I am feeling a little guilty tonight – my enthusiasm about the ‘Unprocessed October’ challenge has gotten in the way of reality.
I have been posting everywhere – hoping to bring awareness to the problem of “too much processed food”.
I was brought up short tonight and given some food for thought. I forgot something really important. Some people, perhaps many people, don’t have the option to go shopping, to choose the groceries from the shelves of a supermarket – there are those that are just trying to get by with what they have in the freezer and on their pantry shelves.
Not just until tomorrow or till Friday but for the next two weeks!
There are a few things I do well, one is the ability to make “something” out of “nothing” – it is a gift I have been blessed with. But you see the difference is, I could or would go to the market if I wanted to. Often, I choose to, sometimes I am stubborn and opt to not to make that run – but here is the difference, I have that choice!
You have all heard it, and probably said it, “There is nothing to eat in this house!” But what if there really wasn’t anything to eat? What if we were faced with looking at the bottom of an almost empty freezer?
Sadly, this could be your elderly neighbor or a person you meet everyday on the way to drop off your kids at school. Actually, thinking about this, I have only met this person online – I wonder if in real life I would even recognize their need, probably not.
In my quest to bring awareness of the problem of “Too much processed food” I may have come across as an ‘elitist”. If that is the case, I am sorry!
It is one thing to say, make this from scratch and it is cheaper. But if you don’t have the option to buy “ABC” to make “XYZ” from scratch? Then you make “LMNOP” with what you have and feel proud that you put dinner on the table.
So with this in mind, I am going to focus on not only Real Food but also using what I have on hand. It is time to do a some freezer diving and not fall prey to running to the store for one or two missing ingredients. It is time to make something good out of what I have on hand and be thankful along the way.