Oh, you guys, I’m exhausted. David is too because he was locked in a car with me and had to listen to me for 4 hours straight go on and on and on about how upset I was about how some people interpreted the EBT challenge post.
I’ve reread my words wondering if there was a way I could have presented the idea to not to evoke such an emotional response. I realize now that there might not have been, since it’s clearly a topic people feel strongly about (rightfully so). The idea was simply a challenge with context. Yes, the challenge is $100 a week. The context is that that is the amount the government believes a family of 3 should get to feed themselves for a week.
I really wanted to focus on how you can still eat healthy on a limited budget, because I’ve heard it argued many times with my own ears, during my years of health coaching, that it’s impossible. I worked with people on government assistance (some wanting to learn and eat healthier, others wanting to convince me that eating out was cheaper than buying groceries) and shown them ways to stretch a dollar. That’s what I wanted to do with this idea, too.
That’s why I wanted your tips and advice. I wanted, with your help, to create a list of useful advice on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank, and to decide what “not breaking the bank” meant, I turned to see what the government deemed appropriate to feed a family my size.
I hope you all were able to see my intentions with this challenge. Those that read my full post and offered feedback, whether in support or respectful criticism, I appreciate it. As a blogger, I know I am opening myself up to criticism and that’s ok. In fact, I LOVE discussions about real topics.
In addition, your insightful comments and suggestions have inspired me to look at even more challenging scenarios, such as the existence of food deserts and transportation obstacles. I am enjoying reading the discussion and my mind is going a million miles an hour thinking about other thoughts and discussions that can stem from this topic. Obviously it is an important issue that people feel passionately about. So thank you so much for your thoughts and participation. I truly value you all!