2014 Weekly Rewards

Throughout the Survivor Diet, the reward system will be a big help - both mentally and physically.  Having something to look forward to after each week is a big psychological boost.  After doing this for several years I have come up with a list of rewards that I believe to be appropriate for each stage of the challenge.  Your needs and desires for certain types of food and flavors will fluctuate throughout the 40 days and this list is designed to satisfy these cravings as well as to fulfill some nutritional needs.  The items will also be used in order to complement the typical foods found on the Survivor Diet. 

It is important to continue to ration any food or reward items – 40 days is a long time.  As stated in the Official Guidelines, you will only be eligible for a weekly reward by demonstrating proficiency in some type of primitive survival skill.

2014 Weekly Rewards*
  • After week 1 you will be rewarded with:
    • Butter – a pound and a half
    • Seasoning mix – a small container of your choice
Make it last! This will help to spice up and flavor your foods.
  • After week 2 you will be rewarded with:
    • Nori sheets – one package
    • Soy sauce – one small bottle
    • Powdered wasabi – small container
    • Dried figs – one large bag
Well done - hopefully there are fish to eat and that means sushi time!  Also, at the two week mark you'll really want something sweet and the figs will provide that for you.  Not to mention the fiber and nutrition.
  • After week 3 you will be rewarded with:
    • Flour - 5lb bag
    • Active dry yeast – 3 packets or tablespoons
    • Eggs – one dozen
There are a variety of things you can make with these supplies so be creative. 19 days left and 12 eggs – be smart!  If you are gluten free, you may substitute the flour for another grain of your choosing.
*Rule exception: if approved where you live, you are allowed to get 2 live chickens at the start instead of a dozen eggs after week 3.  If you already own chickens then you are excluded from the dozen egg reward after week 3.
  • After week 4 you will be rewarded with:
    • Your kid’s garbage. Ha!
    • Free samples of food items where ever offered
Whatever they would scrape off their plate and into the garbage after a meal is fair game – just get it BEFORE it goes in the can, man.  You are NOT allowed to purposely alter the kids normal meals in any way but from this point forward their trash is your treasure.
If, and only if you don't have kids, you are entitled to an alternate week 4 reward:  MEGABURGER – the biggest, baddest burger you can possibly imagine - with all the fixins.  Add some fries and a big ol' beer if you'd like.
  • After week 5 you will be rewarded with:
    • a meal of your choosing - ANYTHING!
Treat yourself - you deserve it for surviving 5 weeks. Maybe try making something extravagant like a suckling pig (just a thought).  The preparation and anticipation of this reward will give you a mental boost.  Hang in there – almost finished!

Special Occasion Rewards
Occasionally, throughout the course of this diet you may take part in “Special Occasion” activities.  Examples of these include birthday parties, holidays, celebratory barbeques, etc.  When you find yourself in these Special Occasion situations you have a choice to make.  You can stay the course and continue with your Survivor diet, or you can choose to invoke a “Special Occasion Reward.”  When you do this, you can take part in that special occasion just like a normal person but, in exchange, you must give up one of your weekly rewards.  It can be one you've already earned (except for something already eaten), or a future reward.

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