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.
Each time I researched about diabetes I had more questions and I really wanted answers. My inquisitive mind wouldn’t let them go.
One big question I kept having was why are people who promote good health not having more effect on the number of baby boomers with chronic disease? Why are the grand children and great grand children of the baby boom generation growing heavier and less active too? The number of obese people is greater than its ever been regardless of age. I read that about 41% of the population is now obese. Those extra pounds create a host of unhealthy medical conditions.
Why the heck are people getting fatter and sicker instead of healthier? Quite frankly its because there is no profit in keeping people healthy. That means no profit for those who make us sick in order to sell us products to make us feel better while we continue to eat what makes us even fatter and sicker. Think about it; if you treat the real cause of obesity there would be no profits to be made for anybody.
Rather than do something about the cause of obesity, people are given drugs to lower cholesterol, shots or pills to control blood sugar, medications to drop blood pressure, bypass surgeries that fix plaque-burden hearts, and still we are unhealthy. The baby boomers are popping pills to stay alive while moving around with canes, walkers, motorized chairs, and stair lifts. We are dependent on surgical solutions and medications rather than creating our own good health. We are now being called “the fattest generation” and our children and grand children are on a path to be “the super size fat generation.” We super size everything these days so why not our kids too?
The campaigns to promote health through exercise and better eating habits are not effective enough against the counter advertising of unhealthy foods which are high in fat, sugar, salt, and chemicals our bodies were not designed to handle. Everywhere you look there are images of delicious looking foods. These ads are on tv, in magazines, billboards, and even in video games. Have you ever noticed there is not a single ad promoting carrots, cabbage, potatoes, or onions?
As I got deeper into my research I began to feel as if I was living in an episode of the Twilight Zone. Hmm…. maybe I mean Fear Factor. Except instead of eating scary bugs I saw that I was scarfing down scary unknown chemicals in my food…… three times a day, everyday. Many ingredients that are considered poisonous are banned in other countries but are common place in mass-produced food manufacture here in the USA.
It was suggested the reason we have so many chemicals in our food is because there isn’t enough food to feed the world’s population. That may be true but it also brings up more questions in my inquisitive mind. If there really is not enough food for everyone then why do we have so much food waste in America? Why are so many fruits and vegetables allowed to rot in a landfill instead of feeding the hungry? Why aren’t backyard gardens highly promoted like they were during the rationing years? Why don’t food banks teach gardening and food preserving classes? It goes back the that thing about no profit in healthy people. I am a voice of one. I can’t solve the world hunger problem but I sure could do something about my own.
I knew I wanted to live on the diet of my parents and grandparents. I wanted to follow the WW2 ration diet but a return to boiled cabbage, beetroot sandwiches, bread in bone broth soup, and frozen carrots on a stick didn’t sound very appetizing. It sounded bland and monotonous. Could I really live without the familiar fast food and the endless supply of junk food? Well ok, I reasoned with myself, this would simply be one more diet to try. I’d been through numerous diets before so what could it hurt to do another one?
At about this time is when my memory suddenly reminded me; I was raised on those foods for heavens sake! It had been staring me in the face all this time and I hadn’t seen it. Strange but I can’t remember foods I ate as a child tasting bland or boring. I thought the foods we ate were delicious. My best childhood memories are of my Grandma Mama and the way she gardened, foraged, canned, dehydrated, and smoked foods. I remember Grandma Mama’s food as delicious meals every day. As a child I even thought turnip soup was good. Yes! I made up my mind. I would live on that kind of food again. Hmm…. I thought to myself. Does this mean I’m starting to go through my second childhood? I’m told it happens to older people.
When I started my WW2 diet plan I knew the biggest hurdle would be getting fresh fruits and vegetables with very limited funds. Could I do this diet with only food bank food? I hate to cut this post off but I’ve some new house related stuff to get done.
TO BE CONTINUED