Sunday – Day 7 (FINAL)

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Lettuce and cucumber salad with a fried egg and mushroom
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LUNCH:
Fried rice* with 2 eggs and a banana (*extra ingredient from my cupboard: rice)
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DINNER:
Leftover fried rice with potatoes (sad)
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Today was quite sad as I forgot to do a food shop and Aldi closed at 4 pm. All I have left is about 400 g of oats and a few small potatoes from the tin. I’m so glad this challenge is over. I think that I’ve lost about 3 pounds. I can’t wait to buy some fresh fruits and veggies tomorrow and eat whatever I want, as much as I want.

Overall, the challenge is manageable but you won’t be consuming normal healthy amounts of food, although it might be useful if you’re trying to lose weight. It’s something I wouldn’t recommend doing on long-term basis as you would become fed up and feel miserable quite quickly. Saving money from food should be done by buying everyday essentials, low-cost brands and discounted items, rather than restricting your food intake.

Saturday – Day 6

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Porridge with cinnamon
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LUNCH:
2 scrambled eggs with a tomato
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DINNER:
Potatoes curry and a banana
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I’m a bit fed up with the same ingredients but, hey, only 1 day left until I can finally do a normal shop without having to plan every single meal in so much detail. My 3-month placement in Critical Care begins next week, hence I’ll definitely need a lot more nutrients as I’ll be working full-time. Soon, I’ll be a student no more…sigh the final year blues are starting to kick in.

 

Friday – Day 5

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Scrambled egg with fried mushroom and a tomato
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LUNCH:
Crepes with strawberry jam and a banana*
(*Extra ingredients from my cupboard: self-raising flour, sugar, strawberry jam and margarine)
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DINNER:
Leftover curry from yesterday with a lettuce leaf

The products I have left from the shop are about half a kilo of oats, about 350 ml of milk, 1 tomato, a small piece of cucumber, 2 tins of potatoes, about 100 ml of pasta sauce, 5 eggs, 1 mushroom, half of the iceberg lettuce and 2 bananas. Although it’s enough to help me do the final stretch I’m out of new ideas now. Any tips?

 

Thursday – Day 4

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Japanese omelette with veggies
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LUNCH:
Banana and oats in milk with yogurt
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DINNER:
Savory oats curry with aubergine in a lettuce leaf
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It was strange having savory oats but it wasn’t bad either. I made around two portions, hence I’ll have to finish the rest tomorrow, I think. I’m running out of ideas what else to do for the last three days.

Wednesday – Day 3

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Pancakes* with blueberry yogurt
(*extra products from my cupboard: self-raising flour and sugar)
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LUNCH
Banana and oats in milk with yogurt on the go
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DINNER
Fried mushroom with pasta sauce, salad and a boiled egg
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I feel like this challenge is really pushing me to be creative with the ingredients I already bought. Also, I normally have bigger portions of food, hence I find myself drinking more water which is good. Although, I feel full at the end of the day, I feel like I’m dieting. 🙂

Tuesday – Day 2

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Porridge with cinnamon
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LUNCH
Banana, salad and and a boiled egg on the go
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DINNER
Curry with potatoes and aubergine
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I was really hungry after having lectures today, so I actually had my dinner around 16:00. Then I fell asleep all the way until 22:30, as I was doing one of my assignments until late the day before. Overall, feeling full and happy. 🙂

Monday – Day 1

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Raw porridge oats with blueberry yogurt

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LUNCH
Roasted/oven baked egg in a large mushroom with potatoes and herbs

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DINNER
Basic salad with two boiled eggs

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It’s 21:12 and I’m quite full at the end of the day. I’ve been drinking plenty as well. 🙂

Live on £10 a week (updated)

Hey folks,

Last time I started the ‘Live on £10 a week’ challenge and was doing quite well until I fell terribly ill over the weekend and still haven’t recovered fully. This week, (starting from Monday 15th May) I’m going to do the challenge again. So here is my shopping list:

  1. Aubergine (1)= £0.69
  2. Bananas (6) = £1. 19
  3. Cucumber (1) = £0.49
  4. Eggs(15) = £1.89
  5. Iceberg lettuce = £0.49
  6. Milk (1 L) = £0.49
  7. Mushrooms (4) = £0.79
  8. Potatoes in a tin (3) = £0.57
  9. Porridge oats (1 kg) = £0.78
  10. Tomatoes on a vine (6) = £1.19
  11. Tomato sauce (440 ml) = £0.39
  12. Yogurt (500 ml) = £0.79

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I’ll be posting, hopefully, on daily basis to keep you updated of how it goes. 🙂

Live on £10 for a week: The student challenge

Recently, I read about the ‘Live on £10 a week’ challenge and I thought it would be quite easy for for me to achieve it as I don’t eat meat. To complete the challenge, I tactfully made a shopping list of all the ingredients I need. So here is what I bought:

My strategy was to use the same ingredients every single day and here is my Day 1 to Day 7 set menu:

BREAKFAST: 2 toasts with jam, a piece of fruit (apple or banana) and a cup of black coffee.

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LUNCH: Fried potatoes with herbs, 2 fried eggs, salad, a toast and a cuppa.

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DINNER: 3 bread pizzas, salad (optional) and a cuppa. To make the bread pizzas you spread a spoonful of olive oil, followed by a spoonful of pasta sauce on each slice and topping them up which grated cheddar cheese. You grill them in the oven for 10-15 min on 200° C until crispy.

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The negative is that herbs, spices, olive oil, tea and coffee have not been counted in this challenge. The positive is that if you follow the set menu accordingly, you’ll end up with an excess of 4 pieces of fruit, 2 slices of bread, 1 egg and probably a bit of jam. What you might run out of before the week ends is the pasta sauce and the lettuce. Day 1/7 complete. Happy budgeting y’all!! xx

 

My top tips for sitting exams

  1. Revise thoroughly and prepare well in advance for your exam. This will build up your competence and confidence. Additionally, sit as many  mock/formative exams as possible so you know what to expect. Try looking for previous exam papers, for example here.
  2. Use all of your time and go through your answers again and again until the time is up. Enter the exam room with the idea that you will not rush yourself to finish but actually, use all of your time given. Trust me, going over your questions again will save you from making silly mistakes and typos.
  3. Sleep a minimum of 8 hours the night before.  Anecdotally, a good night sleep will improve your concentration levels and help you think straight. By contrast, a lack of sleep will just make you inpatient, irritable and less focused.
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  4. Ear plugs – Unless your exam has a listening part, make sure you bring a pair of ear plugs. Hearing everyone else type or write can be pretty distracting and even annoying. Blocking away the noise around you will help you truly focus on your exam.auritech-swimming-ear-plugs
  5. Nutrition and hydration are really important. You don’t want to hear your stomach growling all the way through the exam, nor do you want to be desperate for the loo either. Make sure you eat and drink 1 hour before your exam and always use the loo before your exam is about to start. Bring a small water bottle along to sip on. Also, I find that a chewing gum helps me concentrate and reduces my anxiety, although that is personal opinion only.
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  6. Don’t forget to bring the important bits, such as your campus card, a calculator, a dictionary, a wrist watch (to keep track of the time), your uniform or whatever is required to bring depending on your exam.Good luck with your exams!