Can the Low Income Eat Healthy?...Food Bank Diet
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Today, I read a blog about how expensive it is to eat well. I really related and felt inspired to share my experience.
Here's the blog I read:
I've been dealing with periods of unemployment throughout 2012 and I have gotten food from local food banks when I had to. All I can say is that it has been near impossible for me to not gain weight when living on this sort of food. No surprise, I've put on 20 lbs this past year. I have never been a big pasta eater but that has been the mainstay of the food bank diet. Not to mention that bread is also at the top of the list. The rest is nearly all highly processed and junk food. Never have I felt so ill with all the blood sugar spikes and drops I've experienced. There has been the occasional can of tuna or chicken and once I even got a little fresh fruit which I've gotten super excited about. In shorter supply, there have been canned vegetables and bags of beans so I am learning to cook more and to utilize the high protein and high fiber items when I can.
All I can say is that this past year has been a struggle and I am glad that I didn't wait for the new year to make another empty resolution that I'm going to change my habits. Being healthy is a daily thing that has to be part of me every day for the rest of my life regardless of circumstances. There is no magic time in the future when it's going to be easy. Yes, I may have to eat what's there if it's not good for me or even what I feel like eating because I'm not going to starve either but I can change the things that are in my control.
The adversity I've experienced has made me realize that there are always going to be obstacles of some sort and all I can do is the best I can with what I have. I can still make small changes every day. I'm glad that water is still free and so is exercise.