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  •  $28 would be difficult (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Amber6541

    No meat, no dairy.  Vegetable fried rice for every meal.  Only a psychopathic %1er could call malnutrition a diet.

    •  Wonder How Far You Can Go on Rice + Beans (4+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, Amber6541, annieli, Dr Colossus

      which is the carbo and protein base for poor folks in various cultures.

      What a terrible way to survive.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:24:51 PM PST

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      •  I've done it for years (7+ / 0-)

        with some additional yoghurt, eggs, veg, a little fish from time to time for omega-3 fatty acids, spices and the knowledge of how to make plenty of Indian dals and breads. And pasta dishes, of course. The hard part is affording enough veg to keep it healthy, and struggling against gaining weight from all the carbs. (You are supposed to accomplish that by being hungry a lot of the time).

        It's the third world diet toward which many, many Americans are headed -- and it is a lot healthier than trying to live on hot dogs.

        The key, though, is to find inexpensive ethnic places to shop for your veg, staples, and spices -- Middle Eastern markets, for example. If you don't have such resources available, and must shop at conventional groceries, you won't be able to afford to eat as healthy as this.

        •  Yep, There's Great Eating, Numerous Ethnic Dishes, (2+ / 0-)
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          but the $7/day is the killer for poor folks. To get good prices in bulk you have to spend less so that you can get ahead for the next buy. Same for buying herbs and spices.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:57:42 PM PST

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        •  Finding places is a deal breaker for many. (3+ / 0-)
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          There are vast urban areas in the U.S. where convenience stores and fast food joints are the only things conveniently located.  So transportation and time enter the equation.

          I'm blessed to be a Californian, and to live like two blocks from an incredible vegetarian co-op and a weekly farmers market.  Not everyone is so fortunate.

          That's why guys like Will Allen are heroes to me.  :-)

          "If Mitt takes office, sooner or later, the Zomnies will come for all of us." -Joss Whedon

          by quillsinister on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:44:08 PM PST

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          •  Curious. (0+ / 0-)

            Do food coops typically take food stamps?

            •  Good question. (0+ / 0-)

              Just spent a few minutes poking around on Google and it appears that most do, though I obviously cannot speak for every co-op everywhere.  That, and whether you still have to pay for a membership, is something that will no doubt vary in the bylaws of individual co-ops.  If you have a local one you want to shop at, I'd suggest you ask them directly and remove all doubt.  As for farmers markets, I could not even begin to guess.

              "If Mitt takes office, sooner or later, the Zomnies will come for all of us." -Joss Whedon

              by quillsinister on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:32:01 PM PST

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      •  OK Found Some Data. (1+ / 0-)
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        Debby

        We're looking at $7 a day.

        Dry beans cooked is maybe 30¢ a cup which I figure is a serving, and add a cup of rice made from dry to each meal for about 25¢ each, so there's $1.10 to purchase the protein-carbo portion of the day's 2 later meals for a middle aged or older adult.

        That's a decent start.

        If you can make a breakfast for $2 maybe using dry cereal, you're at $3.10 for the day, leaving $3.90 per day to add some cheap veggy and fruit, coffee tea.

        A grim prospect and of course starting with raw foods you pay a significant time cost to prepare them.

        Poverty is always reported as highly time consuming.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:50:44 PM PST

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        •  $4, not $7 (3+ / 0-)
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          Debby, Amber6541, annieli

          $29.78 / 7 is $4.25 a day.

          On the other hand, you can make breakfast for a lot less than $2 if you're eating oatmeal. A 2 lb bag of organic costs me a little over $2, and that's 11 servings. Even with dried fruit, nuts and a little sugar that's still under $1. The problem isn't finding something to eat, it's finding food that you can eat with limited time for preparation. Mess up once on your preparation schedule and you're in real trouble.

    •  Booker is a vegatarian. (1+ / 0-)
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      Pandora

      So at least he's not tempted to buy meat.

      Seems he's missing fresh vegetables and fruits, as canned ones are more affordable (sad).

      •  I think it's good he's doing this, (1+ / 0-)
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        Scott Wooledge

        and agree that more pols should, but I wondered: As a single, non-disabled adult, would he even qualify for food stamps? I don't know the rules, but I know other people in that category who have been denied other services.

        Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

        by Debby on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:57:21 PM PST

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