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.
I’ve grown weary of reading all the information about diabetes diets. For every website, book, blog, doctor, nutritionist, and whatever, there is a different idea of what a diabetes diet should be. Eat this, not that. Take this pill, not that one. Paleo diet, gluten free diet, Pritikin diet, super foods diet, vegan diet, high fat low carb diet, non dairy diet, more whole grains diet, grain free diet, caveman diet, Atkins diet, glycemic index diet , macrobiotic diet, zone diet, blood type diet, and on and on and on.
In my opinion, the diabetes industry is just as big and just as aggressive as any other food industry. They want to get our money by any means necessary. Diabetes is a modern, ultra money making disease and people spend billions each year to prevent complications of a disease CAUSED by the food industry and the technology industry.
Diabetics pay for a ton of diabetic supplies. Everything from test strips to shoes to lotions and creams to medications to special diet supplements as well as all the food labeled as “diet” “sugar free” “diabetic” or “gluten free” these days.
Every year thousands more people are added to the roll of diabetes patients. In my personal opinion, everyone age 50 and older is told they are diabetic and everyone turning 35 and older are being told they are pre-diabetic. I read a news article that said 1/3 of the population is now considered diabetic. Just think of all the billions of new profits for the diabetes industry as more people are added to those rolls each year. You want to become a millionaire or billionaire? Start selling something made (or labeled) specifically for a diabetic.
Anyone can come up with a diet of any kind and promote it these days. Hmm… I think I should start a new fad diet too. I’m calling it the sensible centsable diet for diabetics. Ok, I’m just kidding. I won’t be starting a new fad diet no matter how much money I could make. I’m not that great a cook and I’m certainly not a nutritionist but I do know how to work with what I get from the mobile food bank or from the discount bins in grocery stores.
I’m not the only person who can work with what they get from a food bank. There are lots of people who rely on food bank foods either temporarily or on a more regular basis like me. I don’t qualify for food stamps but there are lots of people who rely on those to stretch their food dollars as well. Somehow we all learn and adapt to use what we are able to get or to purchase.
I’m amused when I hear of a celebrity or other well known person taking a food stamp challenge. A week without their usual food does nothing but make them very hungry. They know their challenge time will end and they can go back to normal eating. But I don’t condem them for bringing attention to the situation.
If someone truly wanted to know about poverty they would shadow a poor person. Follow that person to the grocery and see how the food stamps are spent. Stand in a food bank line and then watch what a poor person does with the food given. You can learn a lot by watching and observing a poor person.
I’m tired of the stress about what I eat. I’m tired of counting my food. I’m tired of counting the calories, counting the carbs, and measuring my food portions. I’m tired of someone else telling me what I should be putting into my body. Ain’t that what got us (the diabetics) into this mess in the first place? Someone telling us that the added chemicals were/are ok?
I intend to simply eat as healthy as I’m able using what I remember from my youth. The things I remember my Grandma Mama taught me that she had learned from experiences during WW1 rationing, the great depression, and WW2 rationing.
Over the last four or five years I’ve eliminated almost all pre made and pre processed foods from my eating. I love the canning I’ve been doing with the produce from the mobile food bank and the store discount bins. I feel much better than I have for years even if my A1C doesn’t say it.