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.
For quite awhile now I’ve been learning to control my type 2 diabetes while living on food from the food bank. About a year ago I simply stopped dieting and carb counting to concentrate solely on healthy eating. I don’t mean eating rabbit food either. Its been my mission to prove I can be just as healthy as anyone who doesn’t depend on food banks. The food is free and given with good intentions but that doesn’t mean I have to eat everything given.
According to my test monitor a few days ago my thirty day average was 138 I test the first thing each morning before drinking or eating anything. The averages I had two years ago were in the 250 to 300 range. I feel very confident my A1C is still going down.
A few days ago someone I hadn’t seen for awhile noticed my weight loss and asked what I’d been doing. My response was that I was pretending the year is 1943 all over again. She asked what did that mean? It means I’m cooking the way cooking was done from 1900 to the mid 1940’s but I’m not limiting myself to the extremes of the rationing or giving up my modern appliances.
When I go through the food bank lines I know I won’t be eating everything I get. Someone is always willing to trade their carrots or cabbage for my box of donuts. I can trade my sodas and bottled juices for potatoes. Yesterday I traded my cheesecake for a bag of onions. I make trades or give away food before it comes into my house. Let me explain it this way.
I don’t eat any food that …..
When I eliminate those listed foods whats left is only the food my Grandma Mama would recognize and be willing to eat. The food she would have had grazing in the pastures and running around in the yard or growing in her garden and in the orchard. Good hearty food. Comfort food. Chemical free food.
Think of it this way; what was garbage in 1950; became fertilizer in 1960; cattle feed in 1970; and table food in 1980. So what do you think people are eating after 35 more years of food transformation?
I’m eating the way I did as a child and its working!