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Health for diabetics and everyone else comes from a variety of fresh, organic, alkaline food, and if you have not been able to afford it or buy enough of it, the secret is to grow your own — whether that’s organic sprouts all year, an indoor gardening system during any season and a water-conserving one outside in summer. You can do it, and to show you that it’s worth your time, get an idea of the money you can “save”, for all the other important bills, including your diabetic medicine and equipment purchases, and as a nest-egg in case unemployment hits.
See how much all of the following actions can help you have more and better food and help to keep a roof over your head.
The average American family of 4 people spends at least $100 a week on groceries and two hours shopping for them. This nets out to about 104 hours shopping and more than $5,000 per year.
Of this total, roughly $560 pays for fresh produce … while more than $1,100 goes toward sweets, packaged snacks and other processed foods!
What’s wrong with that picture — it’s fundamentally what’s causing the global diabetic and obesity epidemic!
Instead, using these suggestions below you can get a total minimum savings of more than $3,000 per year, and be healthier!
Oprah magazine reported the following savings by the methods stated:
___ Plant your own edible garden – save at least $800 dollars a year. “For every $1 you put toward your edible garden (including bags of compost, soil, pots, water, organic fertilizers, cages, netting, seeds, seedlings, etc.), you’ll get an average of $9 back in produce.” Next week, I’ll give you a more complete listing of the plants they used in their estimate.
___ For the food you buy in a market, only buy what is “in season” in your region; no imported foods. Save $130.
___ Saving leftovers is second nature for some people, but a surprising number of Americans consider leftovers waste and automatically toss them in the trash. The USDA estimates the average American family throws away 14 percent of their food! Using all the food you prepare will save you about $600 per year.
___ I hope that you are already just using fresh, filtered water as your only beverage, but if you do only one thing about beverages, do this — cut out soda pop! Oprah Magazines figures are only based on a reduction; you’ll save LOTS more by eliminating it completely! How much more?
Well, soft drinks are Americans’ most-consumed beverages. They are followed by, (in descending order), bottled water, coffee, fruit drinks and juices, beer, milk, tea, wine, spirits and, finally, vegetable juice. The average American drinks 50 gallons of soda per year.
You could save up to $650 per year by reducing your soda purchases by just two 12-packs per week. Think even more by eliminating this junk “food”! You could save about 20% of your food budget if you consume these “average” amounts and then eliminate soda!
___ Use a Pressure Cooker, Save $35
Using an electric pressure cooker instead of your stove top or oven to cook meals saves money on energy costs, as well as time. If you use pressure cooker instead of your electric range (for an average of three times per week), you’ll save roughly 165 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
I tend to think this figure could be better, as it is based on only doing it 3 times a week, but even at that rate, you’ll have the equipment pay for itself quickly, and you will have much more TIME to do other things while your food is cooking faster, too. That’s PRICELESS.
___ If you eat chicken (same idea applies to any animal, proportionately), then buy whole chickens and cut them up yourself. Save $600!
This assumes you use about 4 pounds of chicken per week. It is fast once you learn how. Just see how quickly butchers and chefs do it; there’s no reason you can’t learn. Just be fastidious about handling raw meat.
This process also helps to reduce consumption of energy, resources and waste involved with processing, packaging and transport. If you are allowed to farm chickens in your locality, you can use them for eggs and meat (that’s what my maternal grandparents did in their huge, modern city in the 1940s and 1950s).
___ Take a re-usable thermos for your water, and use filtered water from your local supermarket’s sophisticated machines or tap water (if your local tap water is safe). I find filtered supermarket water costs me just about the same as my tap water, which I will not use (due to my city fluoridating otherwise pristine water!).
Drinking these filtered or safe tap waters, will save $200 if it means that you are no longer grabbing a diet soda, iced tea, energy drink or bottle of flavored vitamin water the next time you feel parched.
You could save up to $200 per year or more, just by cutting your commercial beverage consumption by $4 per week.
The forms of water I describe are best for many reasons. And, I say ‘use a stainless steel thermos’ because I do not want you to buy water in plastic bottles, either (although their plastic, PET, is considered “safe”, it’s an environmental nightmare because people are not recycling water bottles).
Some sources for stainless steel thermoses (the best kind) are Stanley brand (American), Sigg (Swiss – that quietly had been using Bisphenol A plastic as an inner coating, but say it has now been removed) and one which I have just found and it looks really good: KleanKanteen.
KleanKanteen specifically states NO Bisphenol A or coatings. See their FAQs page. Plus, Klean Kanteen uses food-grade stainless steel, which is an important commitment. (Most of the metal made in China will not be checked for metal content, especially nickle content, and whether that alloy is appropriate for food use). So, KleanKanteen is getting high-marks in my book, so far. KleanKanteen is also willing to discuss its plastic caps on the FAQs page, and I liked their answers.
For Stanley, ask about coatings (but remember, Sigg didn’t readily tell consumers, either!). The wide-mouth Stanley, which I have had for years, doesn’t appear to be coated, but I don’t know about their sports bottle. I believe I saw one recently and did not buy it as it was made in China. If Stanley is now manufacturing in China, then you need specific answers. My equipment is old enough to be American-made.
Stainless steel will last a lifetime, and more, so choose well.
Back to gardening. It’s not to late to plant some of the types of food plants for the summer season, and for sure you can plan and plant a full-choice fall garden at the appropriate time (as early as next month in some areas) and a winter indoor garden (now in the Southern Hemisphere), so get started!
You have to become much more proactive and independent of the vagaries of today’s economy.
And for those of you who take diabetic medication, then this fresh food will help to combat the tissue acidity the medications cause. pH balance in your cells is critical to Health. Fresh veggies will help you to detoxify, and eating lots more organic produce may prevent diabetes and obesity in your children, as well as yourself.
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