Originally Posted by forthebest
I have 3 dc and am a single mom, we don't eat meat. I cook all our meals from scratch, lentils, beans,pasta, wholegrain rice, quinoa, I bake bread, but they also like the crap white stuff so I must get unbleached flour,cakes, biccies etc. No-sugar muslee, supermarket muslee, bran flakes, I never buy soda or coke type drinks, ever. They get that from other people very rarely, I don't see how 13 or so tablespoons of sugar in one glass can be a treat.Trying to lower intake of dairy. I'm not that good a cook but I try and my dc say they like what I cook! I need to vary what I cook, I get tired of thinking of stuff to do, my shopping list never varies cos I can't afford to buy more expensive stuff, it's all offers mostly. I used to get bulk stuff from our wholefood warehouse and must start again but it's storing it and we got mice but our cat does what he can. Our Wee Health Shop is very pricey.I need to get more dried stuff in bulk like rice and flour cos we often run out depending on bills. I've got a polytunnel and will be putting it up soon for next year, very little sun this year in Scotland, then we should get some variety on the veg front and have fresh organic food but oh, I'm so tired. I very rarely buy junk food, I'm sure some of it is actually plastic,but will get them chips and pizza if we are going to a film , I try and not feed them sweets too much, it's mostly fairtrade chocolate, and I know too much fruit juice is not good for teeth. I find sometimes the best meals we have is when we are really low on food and they can't be fussy about what I cook and I can put things together I don't normally cos someone doesn't like, courgettes, lentils, pepper's etc. My dc love food, they all love veg and will eat raw carrots,celery(this I buy organic cos ds loves it)as snacks, eldest dd is tomato mad and loves quinoa, youngest dd discovered she likes brown lentils but still they eat too much rubbishy sugary stuff. I don't have any money after food and bills,I mean zero, my ds has 2 pairs of trousers both ripped to shreds at present so I have to clothe them for school soon.I run a motor cos I always have and we've moved a lot in the past, we had to live in one car for a while,we live 19 miles from supermarket out in the sticks,but we are much closer to town than we we used to be, we are 4 miles from village shop which I could not afford for weeks shopping, it costs a lot keeping a car but I did a college course for a year in mechanics so have more of a clue now, it gets me and my dd to work, shops, camping,see friends etc. I hope my dc have developed some good food habits that they will take into later life. We used to live on the road and have always had untreated water as we have now thankfully, we live 1000ft above loch ness, sorry to be so gross but we had to into homeless accomodation once and it was tap water for 6 weeks, one of my dc ended up with a tapeworm!!! via that treated water and we were all pretty sick and rundown.