You may have seen information on the web recently about some marketers who are offering a new product called “Real Guys. Real Money.” You may be wondering what on earth that has to do with SNAP or WIC or Angel Food Ministries. You might question how that relates to food commodities or food pantries. What could that possibly have to do with YOU saving money on your grocery bill, assisting you with s t r e t c h i n g your food budget…
I found an ad in our newspaper that just made me want to WEEP. The ad was full of hype about how all our favorite food combinations are on sale this week end. They fancy we should stampede through their doors and buy all this JUNK instead of real food. Real people need real food!
The sad truth of the matter is that people WILL flock to stores everywhere to get what they can afford to buy to fill the tummies of the people they love best. Here are just a few examples of what I mean:
- Young mommies will buy soy formulas for their babies
- Tired families will load their shopping carts with chips and crackers.
- Working men and women will purchase plastic packages of lunch meats.
- People of every size and shape will load up on soda pop.
- Shoppers will fill their pantries with canned soups.
- Hungry folks will buy peanut butter and cheese “food” that is filled with inedible materials.
- People who are determined to cook at home will opt for “helper” products which are loaded with toxicity.
- Those who do take time to eat breakfast will choose cold cereals that are devoid of nourishment.
- Shopping lists will include non-foods like margarine.
Shoppers will not make these choices because they are bad people. They make these choices because they have become a habit, or they simply have not learned about the choices that would be better. They choose the foods in our example because they can afford them. AFTER ALL, THEY ARE LISTED IN THE SALE BILLS. They buy these things because they presume that since the items sit on a grocery shelf, they are automatically edible.
Let me say that soy formulas, soy milk, soy products by any name are not good for human consumption because they interfere with hormonal function.
Chips and crackers are not good sources of vitamins or minerals, the fuel that makes the body go, no matter how good their advertising campaigns make them out to be. Baked not fried? No matter. They are packaged, processed. NO GOOD.
Soda pop and luncheon meats with all their toxic ingredients can ultimately lead to issues with the pancreas, neurological problems and dehydration. Weight management is nearly impossible if soda pop is ingested.
Canned goods of every description are loaded with MSG or hydrolyzed protein or “emulsifiers” which might very well be powdered U.S. currency! As Jack Paar used to say, “I kid you not.” Do you want your children eating toxic additives? I don’t think so.
“Helper” products are a losing proposition. The junk that is contained in those “cheap” boxes are not good for people. You can help the flavor of the foods you cook by adding salt and pepper and spices that do not cost a fortune. Even when helper products are offered at ‘Ten for a Dollar’ you have to know you are buying trouble!
Cold cereals are convenient, to be sure. But they are processed and so not nutritious. You can cook up a pot of hot cereal quick as a bunny if only you PLAN AHEAD. And you will save a king’s ransom!
Are you using margarine? It’s plastic. Cheap peanut butter has lard in it. Your body has no way of digesting margarine and lard clogs up all your plumbing. Butter is a much better option. Real peanut butter is far more preferable. In the long run, these items will be cheaper.
The bottom line is that real people need real food. Whole food. Fresh food, if it’s available. Frozen is acceptable; use canned if you must.
In 1936 our own government declared that the soils used for agriculture was depleted. How much more depleted must they be by now? It is really important that we grow as much of our own food as possible and where that is not feasible, we must find real food for our tables. Even then, supplementation is critically important.
It’s possible your grocery list has now been seriously affected. I hope you’ll consider these points and adjust your shopping list accordingly, because YOU are an important feature of the Food Stamps Cooking Club. We want you to be well and happy!
BTW, this post is sponsored by Real Guys Real Money. Maybe you can check them out after you put your groceries away? Tell them Mother Connie sent you…
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