Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
My A1C went up again. Yes, I was stress eating…. and comfort eating…. and depression eating… and just plain eating. I was eating whatever and whenever. I had the MUNCHIES almost every day. (definition: strange urge to eat the entire contents of the kitchen cupboards including any chocolate candy languishing towards the back).
I was doing so good at first. But as anyone knows the motivation and urge to keep going can leave you just as swiftly as it began. I can’t give up. Its too important to get the sugar levels down. I’ve set my mind to start over again. (And again and again and again if necessary.)
One of the problems with controlling my sugar levels is because eating for a diabetic is one of those four letter words. D.I.E.T. For me, the word diet conjures up images of eating bland baby food for the rest of my life or having a constant feeling of hunger. Hunger pains are NOT GOOD. I’m about to change these thoughts!
Anyone who gets and uses food bank food can tell you that it is definitely NOT diabetic friendly food. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the food from the food bank. It does stretch my food budget. Now that I’m on 4 medications for controlling my sugar my food budget is even smaller. I need the food bank foods more than ever. I’ll describe the food banks here in my area. Other areas might be slightly different.
There are two types of food banks. One type is the “pantry staples” food banks that provide emergency food. These are usually distributed by a church or a community center and are for times when there is a job loss or a weather related disaster or a major type illness that wipes out the food budget. Receiving this is usually limited to a certain number of times a year. When you are asked to donate food to help end hunger that food goes to the staples pantry.
The other type is the “mobile” food bank that picks up short dated bakery and produce from groceries, left overs from restraunts, blemished produce from fields, and close date dairy items which is then distributed at different drop off points weekly.
I had grown used to getting fresh produce from the weekly mobile food bank that was just around the corner. The drop off location has moved several blocks farther away which means I’m not able to get there. Too far to walk and not on a bus line. I have no choice but to find a new way there and back. It may take a few days and I’ll post about it then.
My current grocery budget is $10 a week…. max. This will pay for both edible and non edible items. I supplement my budget by using the mobile food bank and the USDA senior commodity food program. There is no one standing over my shoulder saying “your going over budget” and the sky won’t fall if I do. It’s the cost of the new medications that limit my food budget. I had to make the choice of food or medication.
Now before anyone starts feeling sorry for me, don’t. I’m merely stating facts, not looking for sympathy. I have 3 little angels setting on my shoulders whispering in my ears telling me “you can do it Mom.” With encouragement like that how can I loose?