This morning I read a picture essay in the 'news.' Apparently, food stamp benefits will be negatively affected by about 10%. The article showcases an obese woman cooking pounds of fatty hamburger into taco filling, stuffing it into flour tortillas, topping it with cheese. Not only are these foods unhealthy, they are expensive. I'd like to offer her a bit of advice on spending her $460 per month.
Oatmeal with mashed bananas and chopped apples make an inexpensive, filling, nutritious breakfast for pennies on the dollar if you by oatmeal in #25 bags. Similarly, #25 bags of beans, lentils, split peas, and brown rice can be transformed into dozens of unique, filling, delicious dishes with a few spices, cabbage, potatoes, winter squash, carrots, onions, garlic, and peppers for less than $1 per pound. If she chooses frugal plant foods instead of hamberger, white flour, and cheese, obesity will be a moot point as will type 2 diabetes, vascular disease, arthritis, macular degeneration, and cancer lurking to strike her and her children. The healthiest people in the world eat like this every day. "But where will she get her protein and calcium?????" If adequate calories are ingested from plant foods, a deficiency of protein or calcium is not possible. Like the old TV commercial said, it's in there. But so are tons of vitamins and phytochemicals not found in cheese and meat. Anyway, nobody in her home needs to go hungry. She simply needs to shift her paradigm.