Cheap is as Cheap Does February 23, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in Cooking, Cooking Challenge, Food.
We were watching the news the other night, and one of the “fluff” stories was about how introducing solid foods too early causes childhood obesity.
Feeding a 2-month old infant a bowl of rice cereal will make him (or her) fat when he gets to school? Back when the Boy was an infant, introducing foods too early just caused allergies.
And, to be honest, I suspect that the recent rash of gluten and other food intolerances – in both adults and children – may be connected, though that’s nothing more than a suspicion on my part. I could be totally wrong.
I will say, however, that I followed my pediatrician’s guidelines for introducing solid foods to my little boy, and then I continued to feed him a healthy diet, yet still, he was a pudgy kid. I was a pudgy kid. Just as, I suspect, both my parents probably were.
And then he grew a couple feet, and now he’s well over six feet tall and no longer a overweight. Funny how that happens, huh?
But this isn’t about being fat.
This is about the other, hand-in-hand issue that goes with “childhood obesity” – poor people can’t afford to eat well.
Okay, I’m sorry, but I think that’s a load of crap.
We live in the richest nation in the world – even our “poor” are better off than most of the rest of the world.
(And the last thing anyone needs is more “help” from the government.)
The fact is, if we in this country don’t eat, if not well, at least healthily, it’s not because we can’t afford it; it’s because we’re either too lazy or too
Peeps and I have what seems to us, to be a fairly generous grocery budget, though compared to others, we may be considered frugal beyond belief. We frequently under-spend, and not just because we have a stocked freezer, but because we know how to cook – and how to shop – on a budget.
And we eat well, believe you me!
You don’t need to give up healthy, delicious food when you’re on a budget – you just need to be a little smarter and a little more creative.
I think there’s a real need out there for education – people need to learn how to take the long view – in stocking a pantry, in shopping and cooking in bulk – and in season.
Spending 59 cents for a fast food burger may be cheap – but it’s neither healthy nor satisfying. Spending $5 for a dozen (or more) servings of bean soup, or $10 for a giant pot of jambalaya, is not only more soul-satisfying, but you know what you’re feeding your family that way.
Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. -Edmund Burke, statesman and writer (1729-1797)