Joy D'Souza is an editor at HuffPost Canada covering lifestyle content. As a self-proclaimed pop culture junkie and lover of food, fitness and fashion, Joy generally covers food, fitness, health, entertainment and royals.
Growing up in a Filipino/Indian household, I was always told there were only two options when it came to moving out - either buy your own place, or get married and buy a house with your partner. Unfortunately, both scenarios meant I'd be staying put for a while.
My cultural identity isn't defined by where my parents were born. My father was born in Pakistan, his siblings and parents were born in Goa, India, and all of his great-grandparents were born in Portugal. What does that make him? My mother was born in the Philippines, and my sister and I were born in Toronto. What does that make us?
The rules were simple: consume only $1.75 worth of food and drink each day, and do it for five days. We pooled our money together and bought groceries as a team, but each of us went into the Live Below The Line Challenge with different strategies, expectations and motivations. What began as a 'fun' food challenge for three Huffington Post Canada editors turned into a eye-opening experience we won't forget.