Last week I learned firsthand how difficult it is to buy the right kinds of foods for a healthy diet on $4.50 per day.
As I said early last week, I have borderline high cholesterol and blood sugar. The diet prescribed by my doctor is one that’s rich in lean sources of protein, low-fat dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, and limited simple carbohydrates. I've done pretty well, but I should after all—we train on this kind of thing here at The Food Bank, so I have an inside information track that gives me an unfair advantage.
That said, I've blown my daily goals for carbohydrates and fat almost every day this week to stay within my food budget. End result? I gained two pounds eating within my budget, despite my knowledge of nutrition and food costs.
To me this really brings home why there is an increased incidence of obesity among low-income families. All the knowledge in the world won’t help you if you don’t have the resources to put it into action, and that’s the situation that many American families find themselves in now.
One thing my Mom used to say is, “When you serve, you don’t get to judge.”
I try to live my life by these words, with varying degree of success depending on the day. I think if more people participated in this Challenge, there might be a little less judging about SNAP recipients and those who live with these challenges every day.