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Old 09-14-2008, 07:09 AM   #81
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For people with less money can't afford a lot thigs. Not just food. How about health club, that is part of healthy life style. My mother in law goes to club every day, my wife or I can only dream about something like this.

while a health club helps and you can excersie more muscle groups.

Last time i checked taking a walk or jog around town was free.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:21 AM   #82
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This is a clear picture of what I see here, too. High quality, healthy foods are definitely more expensive in San Antonio. Of course, there are inexpensive healthy foods like the beans and rice mentioned in many other posts and from what I see here, they are the staples of the poor families I know. Perhaps it's because for southerners and Mexicans, these are integral to our traditional meals. But they can still lead to obesity if not supplemented with fresh produce and other foods that are simply too expensive.

Your mention of sports and other activity is a very good one, Vera. Most of the kids I know from poor families come straight home from school and have no physical activity on a daily basis. First, because they can't afford or even get to sports programs. And second, because the areas they live in are unsafe and no place for children to play in. If you have a car and someone home to drive, you can go to nice city parks or play on a soccer team or a swim team, etc. That is just not an option for very poor children. Most of us take for granted that a nice long walk in the evening is safe but for poor people, safety is an issue 24/7. (I hope this doesn't sound "preachy". It was an eye-opener for me when I first truly became aware of how hard it is to be poor and the kinds of things they deal with every day.)
I totally agree with you. When we were young, mother used to walk to the nearby grocery store with my siblings and I to get our groceries. That was basically our exercise since we weren't school aged kids yet. Although it was a humble and safe neighborhood where we grew up, mom wouldn't allow us outside much unless she was out there watching us. So in essence we didn't get much exercise as a normal 3-5 year old should have. Our groceries consisted mostly of red meats, chicken, rice, beans, vegetables and fruits. Mom would make sure that the first 5 foods listed had a good helping of oil or butter. Ick! Oh but it was SO good back then and we didn't even know the difference. One thing that was never missing from our table were FLOUR tortillas...not good. We were not fat kids but more on the pudgy side...lol

On the other hand, DH and his 3 siblings were raised by the ocean in Central America. Their diets consisted of fresh seafood everyday and lots of their local fruits and vegetables. They had the beach nearby to swim and run all over. He had a very healthy lifestyle by just living near the ocean.

Now that we have our family, an education and higher income, I have better knowledge of what a healthy lifestyle consists of. I make sure my family gets a good nutrition and exercise in their daily lives. We have a very safe neighborhood with beautiful scenic trails to exercise. They're all involved in some type of sport in school as well. I try to get whole grain pastas, rice, breads and baking flours. Add more seafood, poultry and lean cuts of meat WITHOUT extra added oils when cooked. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies (sometimes steamed NOT covered in butter) and salads with no added fats. I think that a lot has to do with being conscious and educated of what we consume and how we prepare foods as well as the area where we live.
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When you are worried about how you are going to pay the electric bill and where the rent money is going to come from this month and how on earth you are going to be able to buy school clothes and whether or not they are going to reposess your car and will the gas company wait another month and will I still have a job tomorrow...nutrition kind of takes a back seat. "Comfort food", isn't notorious for being nutritious.
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:57 PM   #84
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I just came back from the grocery store where I saw something I've seen very often and had to post about it. The family in front of me had food stamps, a load of the most outrageous junk food AND a carton of cigarettes and 2 six packs of Budweiser. Now I understand that the food stamps can't be used for the cigarettes or beer but don't you think that at nearly $5 per pack for cigarettes and whatever beer costs, these very overweight people could buy something more nutritional? Notice how many of them smoke next time you see this. Being poor doesn't make you fat.
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When you are worried about how you are going to pay the electric bill and where the rent money is going to come from this month and how on earth you are going to be able to buy school clothes and whether or not they are going to reposess your car and will the gas company wait another month and will I still have a job tomorrow...nutrition kind of takes a back seat. "Comfort food", isn't notorious for being nutritious.
Sorry to disagree but comfort food is some of the most nutrional food you can eat. Chicken and dumplings, chicken soup with veggies, meatloaf, pot roast, I could go on but you get the idea. People tend to load their freezers with the "on sale" TV dinners, burritos, tacos, pizza, bisquits and sausage gravy, and some other horrific stuff with no nutrional value. They're cheap and they're quick and they're garbage.
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I've never thought of chicken and dumplings, as being good for you. Mine certainly isn't, it's loaded with sodium and it's high in fat but it sure does taste good! And then there's the mashed potatoes with gravy and mac and cheese...well, maybe some folks recipes are "healthy" but mine are geared more towards taste and less towards nutrition. Which is fine as long as all things are in moderation.
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I've never thought of chicken and dumplings, as being good for you. Mine certainly isn't, it's loaded with sodium and it's high in fat but it sure does taste good! And then there's the mashed potatoes with gravy and mac and cheese...well, maybe some folks recipes are "healthy" but mine are geared more towards taste and less towards nutrition. Which is fine as long as all things are in moderation.
Chicken and dumplings are made from scratch so you add the sodium yourself. Why do you have so much? Trim the fat from the chicken. As for the mac and cheese, cheese is not unhealthy. Just don't load it on. Everything in moderation, including moderation.
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Old 09-14-2008, 03:27 PM   #88
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I totally agree with DramaQueen.

Unless you're making your "Chicken & Dumplings" & "Mac & Cheese" from some commercial mix, where exactly is all that fat & sodium coming from? From YOU!!

I don't add salt to ANYTHING. If we feel something definitely needs a dash of salt, we add it at the table. And as for fat - that's definitely something you can control during the cooking process. You just need to educate yourself a little better Mama.
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Ouch!

Southern dumplings are made from flour, shortening or lard, and buttermilk. The salt brings out the flavor. I know there are a lot of places around the country that call thick noodles dumplings but down here in the south, a dumpling is a big 'ol clump of biscuity goodness. As far as mac and cheese, sure I could use skim milk and low fat cheese and fake butter but it just doesn't taste good. I like to use cheddar cheese...have you looked a the nutrition facts for cheddar cheese? 532 calories per cup with 385 of those calories coming from fat with 820 mg of sodium. 1 tablespoon of butter is 100 calories with 100 calories coming from fat. 1 biscuit is 357 calories 148 of those from fat with 586 mg of sodium.

I think I need to steer clear of this thread.
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...well, maybe some folks recipes are "healthy" but mine are geared more towards taste and less towards nutrition. Which is fine as long as all things are in moderation.
No mama, I think your statement was overlooked
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