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25 August 2016 @ 06:10 pm
I challenged myself to eat healthy on $4 a day Not my article  


So articles like this piss me off because they really do not address the issues of food insecurity at all. Instead they set an impossible or nearly so goal and show how the poster has no freaking clue about shopping on a budget, food prep or stretching one's resources. Could I eat healthy for a week on $28? Yes, but I would not have purchased thinly sliced chicken breast, avocado or shrimp instead of salmon. I wouldn't even considered almond butter. Oh and organic eggs? What BS. Organic is not in the cards on SNAP.

Long story short this is really a fluff piece pretending to care about the health of folks on SNAP aimed at making the reader feel informed without doing so.

What a waste of damn pixels.

If you need help or want to understand food insecurity contact 211.org or your local Food Bank. They are on the front lines of food scarcity and they will tell exactly what's going on.


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mosinging1986 on August 26th, 2016 03:31 am (UTC)
One of the hardest things for me even when I used to work and be a normal person was making meals for one. It's just about impossible. You either end up eating the same thing for days in a row, or else risk it spoiling. I can't tell you how many times I had to toss things. I hated doing that! I suppose if you have the skill and inclination, you could freeze things? But I don't know that I'd want to spend the time and energy.

Ugh, I bet we all spend literally YEARS of our lives in the planning for, buying, making, eating and cleaning up after meals! What an utter waste!

How I wish we could take a pill 3X a day to get our nutrients. Anything else we wanted to eat would be simply for pleasure! ('cause I aint' giving up my chocolate!)

Kestrel Catkestrelcat on August 26th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
couldn't disagree more.

Cooking for me is a joy. Even when I was a widow I loved cooking. I found it relaxing and I enjoy the challenge of stretching my resources and making something different/yummy every time.

Oh and food waste. Nothing is worse. Particularly after living through one of the many lean periods in my life where it was choice between meds,the heat/light and rent or food. A choice that none should have to make.

As to freezing and singles cooking I always saw it as if I cook a bit extra I can warm this up in a couple days or freeze and eat in a couple weeks. So even when I was alone I cooked enough for 3 or 4 and saved the extra for later. Ready made food that can be rewarmed at the touch of a button or banked until a day I lack funds or am to sick to cook. Hels yeah! Those realizations were some my first steps into batch cooking.

I guess what bothered me the most about the article is if you are aware it's very easy to stock a pantry on $28 dollars a week for 1. Even on the West Coast were the cost of living is higher. That's what $120 for 30 days? It can be done. You just gotta be a bit frugal and a use all your resources. Oh an' buying organic will not gonna get you there.

This gal was neither frugal nor creative. So she failed and that's just stupid.

Worse she only addressed SNAP folks. Do you know there are a huge portion of folks who don't qualify for SNAP? They are they invisible poor in this country. And by fair the most food insecure.