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  •  i have lived with extreme poverty - i remember all (10+ / 0-)

    too well having nothing but dried beans to eat and being very grateful.  i know the value of peanut butter and know very well which foods fill the nutritional needs.

    having lived for a number of years with a very tricky gut (that still punches me if i go to mcdonalds or to fast food), and having cooked nutritional food for tee for 3 1/2 years because of his diabetes, i know food very well.

    sometimes, people need dignity over nutrition. for that man, a meal of brown rice over a hamburger (pre-mcdonalds since this story goes back to 1970 in ny) or even a pizza slice and soda should have been his choice, not his "benefactor".

    dignity over judgement.  that was what was lacking.

    also, we were one of the first "health food" stores in ny - on w.4th off jones street.  our store was so healthy that i quit a week later after calling the board of health on the owner because he stored the 50 lb bag of brown rice in the bathroom and when the toilet overflowed, i caught the bastard scooping the rice out of the top half of the bag that had been soaked in sewage.  oh, and when he fired the cook, he hired to dishwasher to replace him.  needless to say, the store went under.

    oh, and that fiver would have fed the homeless man for five days plus - i know, when i first moved to ny, that was my diet - $0.48 for a slice and soda and tax once a day until i got a job.

    still, my point was about dignity vs humiliation... not nutrition.

    and i do agree with you that good food fills an empty belly better than junk food.  in those days, though, a hamburger was not processed mystery meat.  i cook almost every meal - from whole oatmeal (not instant) to fresh steamed veggies - to the pumpkin puree i ate tonite - tee's gift to me was paying attention to nutrition to live healthy.  i know when i slip - i crave "stuff" - fats are geared to taste good - carry over from our cave days, i suppose.

    we should really have a food group on this site - i loved finding recipes in the troll diaries of old!

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:14:20 PM PST

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