My husband is completely paralyzed and on a ventilator. I work full time and care for him 24/7. (I take him to work with me in a reclining power wheelchair.)
I am beyond tired, and very short on money because of medical bills. (We have insurance, but they don't start to cover everything.)
My health is failing, and my weight is climbing, and I need to stay alive or neither of us will.
I have been a fan of McDougal in the past, but never been serious about it. My question is...what is the very cheapest, easiest way I can do this? I can't go to the store regulary to buy fresh food, though I do have a freezer. Lately I buy a loaf of day old healthy bread and some sale carrots or spinach (lots of vitamins for the money?) and eat little else. Sometimes I will make yogurt, from mostly powdered milk. (Buying prepared yogurt is too expensive.) I am losing weight and feeling a little better.
Is this reasonably healthy? What would I need to add to keep from getting sick, that does not cost too much or require frequent trips tot the store? The bread I eat is whole grain and has some seeds in it so is pretty healthy, I think. My husband does not eat by mouth, so I am only feeding myself and have no interest in the food being tasty. Just really, really easy, and cheap, and sustaining.
Any advice? Thanks so much...
Sorry about your struggles and challenges, Jean.
I am sure that the links provided will give you much valuable information. I will give you my version of keeping it simple:
1. Stock up on the cheapest unrefined starches available. In most places in the USA, you can probably find either brown rice, potatoes or sweet potatoes that are relatively cheap (compared to other foods).
2. Stock up on cheap colorful plain frozen, canned and/or fresh low starch veggies (greens, other green veggies, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli etc.)
3. Cook your starches in large quantities (once or twice weekly) and store them in the refrigerator.
1. Steam one or several veggies in a bowl in the microwave.
2. While you are eating your veggies (your entree), heat your starch (dessert) in the microwave.
3. Enjoy your dessert!
A ratio of about 1:1 in regard to veggies:starches will probably work well for you. If you are unhappy with your rate of weight reduction, you can increase the ratio of veggies/starches.
I do not know how you could make it simpler or cheaper and...I hope you will enjoy the food and feel and function better as your follow Dr. McDougall's guidance!Please keep us posted on your progress!