Affording Healthy Food
So there's this picture going around Facebook with an obese mom and her two kids. She says (basically) that she's too poor to be healthy, she also has orange hair and tattoos. (if I could find the article, I'd share it.. but all anybody is linking to is the picture.)
There are many ways I agree with her. If she is a working mom (assumptions will go on..lol), she could be working two or three jobs and doesn't feel like she has time (or maybe even no knowledge) on how to cook from scratch, and throwing in a pizza or two or some chicken nuggets for supper is a lot easier and faster when your kids are hungry.
When you go through the meat aisle and see the high prices, it's daunting, you don't know how you are going to be able to afford enough food for everybody for the amount of money you have. And that's just one part of your meal. Prices vary SO MUCH. (A pound of ground hamburger here is at best 3.59, apples are around 2.00 a lb, potatoes are around 3.00 for 5 lbs, eggs are 1.79 a dozen at the cheapest).
You don't need a gym membership to exercise. This is a hard one for me. My husband is in the severe obese category. Nobody will or can help him until he looses weight, he can't loose weight until we can afford a gym membership and a personal trainer to make sure he does it safely because he has twisted vertebrae. He literally cannot stand for five minutes. He can't walk up a flight of stairs. I'm not trying to make excuses for him, and neither is he-but as far as the exercise goes, it seems impossible. The woman in question is standing, holding her child. She can walk around the yard to begin with and work up to walking around the block and so on. Yes, walking is boring-but it's a start and it's free.
You start small. We are starting by eliminating most snacks and the snacks that are left we are switching to homemade and low to no calorie snacks. I am also learning how to bake from scratch. That has to be the biggest thing that I think most families face now, baking and cooking from scratch, especially if mom and dad both work full time.
Perhaps people should help this woman learn how to budget rather than calling her names.
It was written to clearly incite those who have not had to struggle, or have had to struggle very little. Obviously you get it Tabitha, and so do I. But so many people have shared that article and called her all kinds of horrid things.
The truth is, it DOES cost more to eat healthy. If you've ever been so poor that a few boxes of mac and cheese or packages of ramen are what you can afford for the week then you get it. NONE of that is good for you, and it's very high calorie, but it's cheap.
People have to be taught. Food prices need to go down. Some people cannot afford it. Period. WIC cuts kids off at 5, and their income requirements are higher than food stamps. But they need to teach people who need the help how to cook and how to budget. That will help some, but sometimes there just isn't room and you have to buy what will feed your family.
I'm not saying she shouldn't treat herself every once in awhile.. because eating just healthy food is boring (especially when there are food allergies to contend with).. But there's a difference.
Was that liqour or some sort of soda in the top of the cupboard. and marshmallow fluff? That stuff is so nasty.
Except for this.. Food Stamps should have a budget class requirement-with somebody coming to YOUR house to look at YOUR budget, not just examples in the book. And they should have a cooking class requirement.