Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I've mentioned before that we are a bit short this month with our food budget due to us moving and having to stock up our pantry. What I didn't mention was how worried my husband and I were that we might not have enough food to make it till the end of the month. I grew up very poor and although I don't remember not eating at all, there were times when food was very scarce. I remember living off of ramen noodles and baked potatoes one winter. Literally. My mom bought a 50 lb bag of potatoes when it was on sale and we learned to fix it every way possible. With that, I learned the "eat as much as you can now" mentality. There were times where we really weren't sure what we were going to have to eat and since we were sooo very sick of potatoes and ramen, when other food was offered at a function or at someones house we ate a lot. That mentality stays with me sometimes sadly.
Yesterday we received a gift of food. This came from a man who gets things from the local senior center. I guess that there is so much that he was told to give the extra away. Both my family and our friends received this gift. As many are aware, these kinds of foods from food pantry's and such are not exactly healthy. Maybe according to the typical American diet they are, but to me- they are not exactly in the direction that I want to take my diet. We received about 20 boxes of instant mashed potatoes, 20 large packages of spaghetti, and 20 cans of beef stew. There was a large bag of chicken thighs, which is something I consider acceptable. I wouldn't say that I am necessarily trying to go gluten free or wheat free or anything like that, but I am beginning to see that some of these standard foods aren't really all that good for you. Yet, I see this gift as precious. The beef stew turned out to be a lot less calories than most beef stew, so that is good. The potatoes and pasta will help stretch our groceries so that at the end of the month we aren't hungry. I've realized too that this extra food will help so that next month we can actually have people over for dinner every week. Socialization is important to me.
We met someone who owns his own restaurant. He's looking for help from my husband for ideas and/or physical labor. He told us that our first visit is on the house. We'll probably go on Sunday. The thing that I have to keep in mind is that this is one meal provided. I don't have to overeat because I am worried where my next meal will come from. We're not that destitute and overeating one day won't help me anyhow.
So, in closing, I am so thankful. Thankful for what G-d has already provided and what He will provide in the future. I may not have every little thing that I want, but I can still do the best that I can. I'm also thankful that our food budget is increased starting in January and I will have more money to eat right. I'm already formulating a plan and thinking about ways to maximize that money- such as couponing- so that I can focus on fresh fruits and veggies and meats, and maybe even start experimenting with different baking recipes for desserts and breads that aren't as bad as the commercial packaged stuff.