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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,016)
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6/25/13 7:44 P

I am sure that you will - you have MORE than one incentive to achieve - the drive for good health, and the desire to be parents :-)

Kris xxx

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6/25/13 11:34 A

Thank you all so much for the help. I've been talking to my husband about this, and we are going to try everything we can to do this. I want to be healthy, and we desperately want to be parents someday...

The only way we can do what we want to, is to lose the weight and get healthy first. Thank you again, and I hope to come back with some good, positive posts in the future about our success!

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6/25/13 5:21 A


Don't despair ! I recently read an article on yahoo about an unemployed man who lost 250+ pounds. How did he do it ? By shopping for food at the Dollar Store.

So, it is possible to lose weight on a budget. Spark People has written several articles on how to eat healthy on a diet. You may want to read some of them for ideas. Here's a couple more you may find helpful.

I know money is tight right now, but you can lose weight. You might not be able to eat organic, but that's okay. You do what you can for now. When resources open up, then you can expand your focus. For now, you do the best you can. Remember, frozen veggies ARE just as healthy as fresh veggies. store brand frozen veggies are fine. it's not just peas and carrots. You can find frozen broccoli, kale, spinach, pearl onions, corn, peas, green beans, etc...

Also, are you on food stamps ? Have you tried applying ? If not, try applying for food assistance. No one will think less of you if you have to use food stamps. there are many families in need these days because of the rotten economy.

You do the best you can. If you need support, feel free to post on the forums. The spark community will support you when you need it.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,016)
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6/25/13 4:57 A

Below is a link that you will find helpful:

I have lived off the smell of an oily rag for many MANY years, and believe me when I say, you CAN eat well on a tight budget.

Dried Lentils, Dried Split Peas and wholemeal pasta are great staples.
Buy specials as much as you can afford, and of things that keep. Often buying fresh veges is more expensive than frozen. IF you have good room in your freezer, buy peas (good source of protein and fibre) and perhaps mixed veges for back-up when the fresh you buy doesn't last the distance. You can bulk-buy carrots, chop them up and freeze them, if you don't have room in your fridge. Onions are another great purchase - cheap and good keepers.

Bulk cook soups and casseroles and freeze them in single serve containers, labeled and dated. I do this all the time and it gives good variety and cuts costs in ways people wouldn't normally think of - cuts power/gas costs because it is one lot of cooking and cleaning. I make really healthy and filling pizza doing that too, and you would be VERY surprised what ends up in them. Lentils, Split Peas, Celery, Swiss Chard, Carrots - heaps of things EVEN OAT BRAN :-) BUT they taste just like a bought one - LOL!

Oats are a very healthy, filling breakfast and very low cost. I make mine very thick in the microwave and thin it down after with Soy Milk. I find that I am more satisfied with that and a PIECE of (as opposed to whole) banana. I have PIECES of apple for a snack - hardly ever eat a whole one in a day. Because they keep very well in a fridge, I buy as much as I can afford and keep them in there. I even have a cooking apple that is as good to look at as the day I bought it about 4 months ago. I figured if they warehouses store there fruit like that, then so too can I but pay less when they are in season to do it.

I have cans of tomatoes, cannellini beans, baked beans, little cans of tuna - some flavoured and some in spring water - salmon, sardines etc. all bought on good specials. I hardly ever pay normal price for something. I bulk buy my good quality breads and sandwich thins and freeze them, taking a slice or two out as I want them.

I also keep a spreadsheet of every little thing I spend - even if it is a packet of chewing gum. You can soon find where you can cut costs on other things. I have done this since I was 16 yrs old - I am 59 now! THAT helps to keep things on the straight and narrow! If you have problems trying to budget, then you might find it helpful to seek the services of a Budget Adviser - you can access them for free.

If you find that you don't have money, or enough money, to buy all your groceries that you need, please do NOT be embarrassed to seek help from a food bank. I have had to use them a few times in hardship - our Social Services Agency has given me a non-refundable Food Grant to buy food - even clothing after I lost a lot of weight but wasn't able to purchase clothes that I needed - AFTER my trou had fallen off me at the Dietitian - LOL!

I hope that you and your husband find that you are soon on a healthier road - keep in touch and don't be afraid to ask for more help if/when you need it! That is what we are here for - to help and support each other!

Take care,
Kris xxxx

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6/24/13 11:10 P can make it!! There was recently a very long thread on "Eating healthy on a VERY tight budget" Put that into the message board search and you will find much information on that subject! Spark also has a Diabetes LIfestyle section with great information.

I going to presume medical insurance is an issue...but I hope you have been able to get a referral to a dietician. If you can do that, by all means do so!! But even without it you should be able to get some Free reliable information from a local hospital or clinic.... Most of them have brochures available....
You can also try your library for some books to help you deal with the Blood Sugar and Diabetes issues. Although there are a lot of Not-so-reliable publications. Look for something from the Diabetes Assoc of America....or look online. The libraries also have internet usually.

To help with the food issues, have you registered at a local food bank or church sponsored food room? Some community centers also have them. Don't hesitate--this is what they are there for!!

You can make it through this!!!

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6/24/13 11:05 P

I'm sorry you are having a rough go of things.
Spark truly does have a lot of great articles and resources that may very well be helpful to you.
I typed in, "eating right on a budget" and got all kinds of great stuff - here's the link for you:
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This topic certainly does come up on the message boards, too. You can do a few different kinds of searches and you will be amazed at the smart things people have thought up. Perhaps a food pantry could help augment what you are able to purchase. that is what they are there for. Anyone can have a rough time & need their help.

As for fitness, if you are both able to walk, I'd suggest that. It's a great way to get going and will lift your spirits, too.

Frozen veggies (in bulk, on sale if possible) and beans or chicken bought also in bulk on sale can be helpful. Spark will have some great recipes for you, too.

Good luck and please, don't despair.

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6/24/13 10:34 P

My husband and I both need to lose weight desperately. We're now on a very tight budget which doesn't allow us to grocery shop but maybe once a month right now and it's so hard to stay positive when all we can afford is small things like a few pieces of fruit and veggies that don't last us long. What do you do when you need to lose over 100 pounds and you can't afford to do it? We cut out everything we could do without, except lights, we use internet at my inlaws house instead of having it hooked up in ours, we don't have tv... what else can we do????? I have blood sugar problems, high blood pressure, and I'm scared that if I don't do something now, I won't make it to my 32nd birthday, which is in a few weeks!

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