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This blog is devoted to my attempt to eat well and healthfully from October 24-November 25, 2009 on the maximum allowance (which assumes no other income) a single person can receive under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, colloquially known as 'food stamps.'

Please check out these posts first:Throughout the month, I will be posting thoughts, articles, and essays about food, nutrition, eating cheaply, and other food security and nutrition-related content, as well as my daily menus with recipes and photos.

I've learned a lot about what kinds of foods make me feel the best and help my body work at its best. Last year I did an experiment with a One Touch Ultra to see how different foods affected my blood sugar (I am insulin resistant). Whole grains and refined flours affect it almost the same, rapidly and badly. Fruits and vegetables by themselves drive it up very quickly. My meals must have good quantities of protein and fat.

My diet isn't perfect, nor is it a pinnacle of any of the traditions or programs you hear about. I am emphatically not vegetarian, and I definitely do not follow all USDA nutrition guidelines.  I'm a bit of a food Unitarian Universalist. A little bit of Weston A. Price, a little bit Glycemic Index, a little bit Zone, a little bit Locavore, a little bit "I am so hungry right now I don't &^^&$ care." Less of that last one, though, I hope.

I encourage everyone to listen to their bodies and find what works for them. I know people who maintain a healthy weight eating mostly grains and no meat; likewise, I know people who are vegetarian and quite overweight. I know people who live off raw milk and dairy products and pork and are very thin and in terrific health.

Therefore, the recipes and meal structure you find in this blog is heavily tailored after years of working to figure myself out. Your own mileage will vary, considerably, and as always, please work in consultation with a health professional of some description when making major dietary changes.

To contact me, you may send an email to snapchallenge AT  livejournal DOT com.


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Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
You make a good point about the large amount of effort it takes just to seek out inexpensive grocery prices. What with balancing work/school/family on a budget, most people can’t spend too much time researching deals and so they choose the most accessible(ie. usually least healthy) options. I guess that’s why having solid, go-to ingredients is key. Good luck with your challenge!
Nov. 3rd, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've just checked out your blog and am interested in watching you try to fall in love with DC.
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