Nick Allardice

5 Day Challenge

It's the lethargy that gets you

I felt like day 1 was going pretty well.

Oats and water for breakfast. Half a banana.

Some ramen for lunch, with half a tin of beans added in.

Pasta with tinned / diced tomatoes for dinner. One fried egg.

Lots of water throughout the day.

Not the most nutritious set of meals in the world, but I was rarely actually hungry.

Then at 8.30pm I just hit the wall. I was exhausted. I fell asleep on the couch, and only barely could make it to bed an hour or so later. I slept through until 6.30am (10 hours sleep!), and even now as I write this several hours later I feel groggy and like I just woke up.

I just went back and calculated my nutrition / calories for yesterday. Turns out it was close to a 1000 calorie deficit, and most of those calories were carbs. 

Even after years of doing this challenge, it's still a pretty brutal reminder of how much basic nutrition is a privilege I take for granted.

10 years on, I'm living on $2 a day for all food and drink

I know I'll be tired and run down. Hungry. It'll be hard to concentrate. That I'll have caffeine withdrawals.
But I know it'll be worth it. Worth it to raise much needed money that will transform lives. Worth it as a potent reminder of how lucky I am, and how much privilege we have simply from living in a rich country. For having access to education, economic opportunity and health care.

10 years after Rich and I first came up with Live Below the Line, and 9 years since we ran the first campaign, it's time to do it again. 

Join me. Come do the campaign with me, you won't regret it.
And if not, then please give as much as you can. Every little bit helps.

My Challenges

LBL Expert Recruited a friend Changed Pic Started a Team
Activated Challenge Mode Shared my Page Created my First Blog Followed LBL on Instagram
Upp'd my Fundraising Goal Got my 1st Donation Raised $300 Smashed my Fundraising Goal

Thank you to my Sponsors


Clive Burcham

Well done legend. Send my love to Viv


Nick Allardice


Andrew Picken

Awesome work Nick!


Duncan Lockard


Ben Rattray

Love that you're doing this


Bec Wilson



Benjamin Joffe-walt


Matt Pardee


Robert Benjamin

Hi Nick, may the carbs be with you 😀 love from dad 😃😃😃




Alex Paul

Hang in there!


Elana Lopez


Erica Morse


Matt Campbell

Go Nick! We love you, from all the Campbell Clan xx


Zo Silver



Good luck Nick!


Taren Stinebrickner-kauffman


Jaime Sparr


Sam Wright

Great work Nick! Will be here when you need your first coffee!


Christopher Moore

Keep giving the love mate


Eric Steinle

You go Nick!


Justin Almeida

This is awesome Nick!




Carl Harris


Erika Ferguson




Lacey Severin


Aarti Bhatnagar

Way to go, Nick!


Melissa Benjamin


Kyle Poole


Kunal Deshpande

Great work!


Colin Mutchler

Good work Nick. I'm inspired to try it next year.


Evaline Bai


Matt Williams




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