I love this topic! I’ve had so many discussions with young, arrogant, healthy conservatives (usually male) who seem to think there should be no safety net at all. Since I am an elderly, disabled, semi-humble conservative (at least on moral issues), I always enjoy telling them that I am one of those worthless poor people who get gummint benefits.
Of couse, I also explain that, after a lifetime of being a workaholic, I COULD NOT work any longer. And that it took me almost 4 years (without insurance or income) to win disability benefits. I relied on free clinics, patient assitance programs, doctors’ samples, and family to get me through.
I once discussed with my doc the problem of getting enough healthy food when you are living below poverty level. She sympathized and suggested ramen noodles! There is a crying need for both education and material help for poor folks with diabetes.
Since I also have arthritis, fibro, and lupus, I often don’t feel like cooking, and the temptation is great just to grab anything handy. So when I DO feel decent, I cook huge pots of soup or beans or chili and freeze in single or double portions. I just had some unfrozen minstrone soup for lunch, and on this rainy day it hit the spot.
This year I am arranging with poor but able-bodied neighbors to plant a garden–my yard, my tools and seeds, their labor. I recently also bought staple foods in bulk to save money. I have returned to a mainly vegetarian diet, since I can’t afford meat anyway! LOL!
What are some other good ideas for getting healthy foods?