Sunday, October 25, 2009
I live at present in my youngest daughter's house (I own it, but it's her home), with her four children. She does all the grocery shopping, and it's necessary that she bring in foods that her children (ages 5 through 16) will actually eat. She's on Food Stamps, and I really have very little to say about what foods she will purchase. I'm lactose-intolerant, so I purchase my own Rice Dream instead of milk. The foods available to me are high-carb, high-sodium, and high-calorie. That's what she buys, so I have to work around what's available. I rinse the canned vegetables before I use them, and I try to eat less of the meat - she feels she must cook a meat meal every day, and I'm not used to that, nor do I wish to eat that much meat. I like fish, but she and the children do not, so the only fish that comes into the house is tuna or breaded fish sticks and patties. They won't eat beans, but I've gotten her to put beans in the pantry just for me. I cannot afford to purchase and cook all my own meals, so I eat with the family, doing the best I can to alleviate the overages in 'nutrition'.
I would appreciate any help I can get in the changing of my diet, as long as I'm not asked to purchase food. I cannot afford that, on a VERY limited SSA check. Hopefully, I will be ensconced in my own home within the next 6 months, but I don't want to wait that long to eat healthy. Any ideas?