Is Empathy only present if you are well and well fed?

Starvation Diet. What is it?

Mmmmmm chocolate, Mmmmmm sandwich, Mmmmmm doughnuts, Mmmmmm beer. Spoilt for choice. Trying to resist. When I resist I put the money in a pot. When the pot is full I send it (the money, not the pot) to somebody who needs it to survive. The art comes about through the documentation of the process, here and in other places. There is no end to this project.

Whats starvation diet all about and how does it work?

 Whats it all about?

"I was reading a book called "The End Of Food" today. The one fact which jumped out at me was that there are probably as many overweight of obese people in the world as starving and malnourished ones." I was  overweight, probably not by that much by western standards and not enough to worry about it for my own sake. I have never been very good at diets. I start off thinking that its a good idea for the sake of my health, to look better etc but give up because those reasons seem too facile. I needed another motivation beyond myself. Thinking of people starving, not just abroad but here too, may just be that motivation. 

How does it work?

What I pledged to do back in October 2009

"Every time I resist buying a bad food stuff be it snack or meal I will put the amount of money saved in a pot. The pot of money will be counted up from time to time and that amount of money given to a charity which supports starving or malnourished people. As an ex catholic I think that the deep guilt of buying that chocolate bar and thus depriving those in bad conditions will help me resist. I have only ever lost weight when my focus has been elsewhere, when I was running about after my son, during ichy sticky break ups or when too busy with work or worry to eat. I think that this way of doing things will allow me to focus not on the hunger I feel of the fact that I am hard done to without that ice cream or cake but on the hard fact that people starve so that I can eat more. I may loose some weight but if not at least somebody will be benefiting from my new restraint."

Progress as of April 2010

Through this process I've dropped 2 dress sizes and so far given nearly £200 to a charity called Practical Action, just from resisting food I don't truly need.  Through this blog you can log my progress, ups and downs, thoughts, learnings and experiences.  If you feel inspired please comment, join the Interested and interesting people list or start your own starvation diet.