In fact it should be a REAL FOOD movement, not a Slow Food movement. Real heirloom plants not GMO’s, Real farms with real pastures, Real workers making a living wage, just REAL. Real People making a difference. Food shouldn’t be a science project, its a gift from God and the workers that make it possible. Poor people need to get this message. Its something churches can advocate for. They can order bulk organic grain, have a communal grinder whatever it takes to bring Real, God-honest food to the tables of more people. So real food happens to be slower, so what, you’ll live longer and be healthier doing it. Who decided on SLOW FOOD for a name? Real sounds much better than slow. Slow is something the poor want to avoid, Real is something they might find worth accepting even if it is slower. Better convince them they won’t be waiting til doomsday to eat. Working folks get hungry. Who went to college, studied marketing and then settled on Slow Food for the name? Someone who didn’t run this idea by a former waitress (Like ME!) for sure. Its catchy in a way, but a woman can soon envision hours in the kitchen preparing Thanksgiving dinner and think, “OH, MY GOD, THEY CAN"T POSSIBLY MEAN I NEED TO WORK LIKE THAT EVERY MEAL!!!” If fast food represents convenience the slow food must therefore be terribly inconvenient. Actually, you can eat real food and spend little time slaving over the crock-pot. Just saying, a real food movement would sound more appealing. I can cook up some ugly food that tastes pretty good, but I have this daughter who just wouldn’t give it a chance. Wrap it up in a pretty package and a salesman can go work. Many poor people here do not read fantasy or science fiction because it isn’t REAL ENOUGH FOR THEM! They read and watch crime dramas, stores set this world, with characters they might find down the block. Real is much easier sell than slow.
I can’t get grass-fed beef for under $6.00 per pound! How did you find it? I see cows grazing around here perhaps I should knock on a door? But then I’d need a way to get it someplace to be butchered and they charge by the pound for that too. Honestly, I am rarely pleased when I see someone claiming to have the answers for eating better for less. They are not aimed at those of low enough income to need food stamps. I am right above food stamps myself. I admire you for being able to eat ethically on a small budget. I also realize that what you do to achieve it is not possible in Government Housing, an apartment, a house with a small lot. So while you look at her and go, “WHAT!” Others can look at you and say the exact same thing! It just is not possible in their location, situation, with their income, etc. I try to purchase whole foods myself. I am going to try and find some meatless meals my family will eat but they are very picky. I’m a mom and I do not know enough about Vegetarian nutrition to just start making meatless meals and throwing them at family in a hit or miss fashion. So a few helpful books are in the mail.
My mother was a horrible cook, my grandmother on my father’s side was an amazing one. I always cared about nutrition and healthy eating. I was a fat child. I went threw a faze of loosing weight in unhealthy ways as I became a teen. My dad took a belt and made me eat. I looked in the mirror one day and had a moment of clarity where I saw how underweight I was and began eating again.
I was careful to maintain my weight and not gain too much before going on a diet so I didn’t get bigger than a size 12 until I had children. My first whole food diet was GFCF for my autistic daughter. It was great I lost weight. I ended up living with my ex for awhile and he didn’t believe in GFCF and I ballooned. I ended up weighing 235 pounds and my baby was starting school. When I moved back out, I went on Atkins. It took years with occasional cheats to reach 135 pounds. My butt shriveled up and I looked older from my skin be loose.
I tried to quit smoking. I gained back to 160. I’d sneak a few cigs but then eat M &M ‘s as a reward for all the ones I wasn’t smoking. I was pushing 17o and my 12’s were getting tight. Moved back in with the ex who says he’ll kick me out if he catches me smoking. He wasn’t on a stinking diet, he had me learn to make good fried rice. More chicken and rice please... He clipped coupons for processed crap and loaded the house, the kids, and me up on it. I weigh 195 lbs, down from 200 lbs. Now I am in a 16 and I’m not happy. I did not learn to maintain my weight, I never do.
I believe that whole grains, beans, along with meat and vegetables do have a place in a healthy diet. I’ve bought some cookbooks to help learn how to bake whole grain breads. I bought a grain mill and pasta machine years ago and never used them because I was on Atkins. I am sick to death of not getting to use them!!!
So I was trying to learn about Vegetarian cooking to add more veggies to the diet and wound up here while searching for a review of Laurel’s Kitchen the revised edition. It was interesting. I had read about the Paleo Diet but decided I could not afford it when I priced the grass fed beef I could get my hands on. At the time I felt I felt it was rich people. On My budget the whole thing sound snobby. Yep the food is better, and yet you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it, cause you a stay at home mom, with a disabled kid, and you can’t afford it, too bad. Having read about the food movement and other things on this site I am still feeling I need more cash join. I am trying to find a way of eating I can live with and won’t make me ginormous first,well second actually, first is actually getting my kids eating healthier after their dad’s poor influence!
As I read about ethical food, organic food, buying locally, and many other food concerns it strikes home that my sister on foodstamps can’t eat this way. Does my working sister have time and energy and resources to provide her child with whole foods at the very least? The answer is no. Did anyone take the time to write a guide for getting the most out of your foodstamps? Did anyone say please don’t buy processed foods until they are required to label GMO’s. Does anyone care about the participation of the poor in any food movements? I’m not talking about wealthy people buying the poor food here. I’m talking about voting with the dollars you have, in the way that you can, and best meeting your families nutritional requirements. I want to talk to the Walmart shoppers who run in at midnight when their foodstamps come in.
First, educate yourself about nutrition. Say you like meat and believe it is a MUST have. Many people live without it, ask how they do it and pick up a used book or two to help guide you in figuring out how to do it once in a while yourself. You don’t have to swear off meat forever but it’s good to know those beans really are good for you. Do you know that white flour and white sugar make up the bulk of the processed foods people buy? Do you know they aren’t that good for you; they are just cheap stuff to sell you. The profits from selling bad food are enormous. Are you buying it? Do you buy it because you feel too tired to cook? Do you know the nutritional qualities of processed budget meals are so bad that eating them starts a cycle of making you too tired to cook so you reach for more boxes and bags?
Today organic food costs too much. Today you can’t afford grass-fed beef. Should you give on eating better? Today you are worn out. Should you give up on eating better? Should you give up on trying to feed your children better? I am asking you to read on, please and let’s find something you can do.
Do you have better than basic cable and internet? Do you have a landline plus a cellphone you don’t need for work. Do you need to spend time in a salon in order to look presentable for work? (I’m talking fancy cuts and colors). Do you ever buy used clothing, can you use it? Do you go the movies? Do you buy CDs and DVD’s and games? Do you get them used? Now, if you absolutely had to could you find some spare change? For most people, the answer is going to a yes to something somewhere that can be cut back. Why should your food budget be what is left over after you have your fun and create your image? Why is it the thing you need to live and stay healthy ranks last in your humble opinion? Go ahead, comment away.
Don’t just line up at Walmart if you are a meat-eater. Check the sales at local grocery stores for meat. Save up and buy a freezer so you can keep a variety of sale meats on hand and more than a few choices per week. Get a big crock pot and a cookbook that gives you ideas for healthy soups and meals you can be cooking in it while you are at work. Plan to eat a cooked dinner every night made from real foods. Fresh fruit can be washed and handed out when a kid wants a snack. There is truly nothing faster than a pear, plumb, apple, etc. or a bowl of soup from a crockpot. Stop drinking sodas and start making tea. Have to have it sweet, add Splenda.
I’m just asking that you buy real food. I’m asking that cook real food. I’m asking that you serve real food. You’d be surprised at how cheap used cookbooks can be! I was. I found out that with a freezer , we spend less eating real food than processed foods. That‘s right, I don’t have a cell phone but we eat good. We don’t go to movies, we rent them six months later. My hair is down to my waist and I color it red with henna myself at home. Its gorgeous. I have not been to a salon in three years. Sure it’s not for everyone and everyone would make different choices in where to spend and where to cut back.
Can we work our way into the food movement with baby steps? Can we start by cooking, serving and eating one cooked from scratch meal per day? It doesn’t have to be fancy. Everyone has to start somewhere. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel good food is only for the rich. Can’t everyone participate to best of their ability? Can we start one meal at a time? Is it too much to ask?
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