I
appreciate all the emails I receive; one in particular last week really struck
me. It came from a man who recently became homeless due to financial crisis and
is now living in his car. 
One great question he asked was: “What is
a dietary regime to follow? One that is cost-effective, easy/portable and
provides adequate nourishment for what may be a prolonged period of frugal and
austere living.”
He doesn’t
have much other than his protein shake and access to a shower/sink in a local
facility. Regardless of circumstances, I feel my advice to him could be helpful
to others as well. So please feel free to share.
Dear Matt,
Thank you
for sharing your email. I do hope things turn around for you soon. In the meantime,
because I don’t have all the details on your current circumstances — health
wise, etc., I can only do my best to advise on a more general basis (based on
the info you did provide).
No matter
what, you’ll always NEED to have all your macronutrients: protein, carbs, good
fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber and lots of clean, fresh water, in order for
your body to function optimally. That said, I’ll try and keep it as simple and
cost-effective as possible. 
First, you
may need to get a portable mini cooker (or stove)—basically something you can
boil water with or do some simple cooking or warming up of food. This way, you
can make your instant oatmeal and things like that. To give you a general idea:
– Whole
grain instant oatmeal (just add water). This will give you long lasting energy
all day, as well as, fiber to keep your intestinal tract healthy. 
Eggs
you can make hard boiled eggs to get your protein and good fats. They are also
very filling.
– Canned
tunas (and other fish) are cheap as well, and are filled with protein. You need
protein to maintain and build your muscles. It also helps build many other
parts of you like your hair, nails, etc.
– Whole
wheat (brown) bread and peanut butter, add some jam if want.
– Fruits
for vitamins and mineral. Get whatever is in season as they will be well
priced. The more colorful your fruits and veggies, the better!
– Bananas
will certainly fill you well. Your protein shake will be great to go with
it.
– Get bags
of greens where you can steam or just eat raw: spinach, broccoli, lettuce. You
could get the canned ones if it’s cheaper. But you must get your green veggies
for vitamins and minerals your body needs, and to keep your energy and
vitality. Not to mention, they can care for your skin.
– Canned
items can be cost effective given your scenario, so please get stuff like
lentils, beans, or peas. This will keep you full while providing the fiber,
good carbs, good fats and protein your body NEEDS.
Adding to
this: drink lots of clean water. Your body is 70% water so you must match that
everyday with at least 8 glasses per day or more, especially more if you’re
moving around a lot. If you can, boil the water to ensure it’s clean. Also,
squeeze lemon in your water for Vitamin C, alkalinity, cleansing and many other benefits. Also, important thing to add…
…Please
take good care of your teeth and gums. Make sure to brush, floss and rinse
everyday. This can help prevent health problems in your mouth that would
otherwise easily absorb into your system and compromise the health of your
body.
Aside from
that, moving your body in a productive way is essential for good health
(workout, exercise, stretch). This will keep your mind, heart, circulation,
bones and muscles strong no matter what you’re going through. You can do body weight exercises like the kind of workouts I have on my website. Check out all
my earlier workouts that do not require any equipment.
Also,
proper rest is essential to put all the food to good use in your body and for
your body to recuperate, heal and maintain balance — to thrive day-to-day — to
think clearly and move in a positive direction.
Take this
time to also find a helpful book to inspire you. I recommend “Power of
Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I believe it will carry you through this journey as
he, too, was once homeless. This highly sought-after spiritual leader is such a
success today because of his experience from being homeless for 2 years. 
My well
wishes to you, always, 
Penny