Diet/Nutrition

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Diet/Nutrition
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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 4:37pm

Is you and your family's diet better, worse or the same due to your status?

As a SAHM, my family's diet was dramatically better than when I was a WOHM. I rarely used boxed or canned items from the store. My basics on my grocery shopping was meat, eggs, milk, pasta, sugar, flour, and fresh produce in the months it wasn't available in gardens or produce stands.

Now, Gads, I HATE to cook with it just being dh and I. LOL We do try to keep a fairly healthy diet. Last night's dinner was skewers with lamb and vegies marinated in low-fat italian salad dressing with rice. However, we do eat the occasional box of Kraft mac and cheese, Hamburger Helper, etc.

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Thu, 09-06-2007 - 4:44pm

We rarely buy boxed or canned items. Our weekly shopping mainly comprises of fruits, veggies, eggs, milk, cheese, flours, meats and hams. Dh bakes all of our bread (other than the occasional loaf of french bread we buy as a treat) and croissants. We make all of our own sauces and salad dressings from scratch. Dh currently WOH ft and I WOH/WAH ft. Our cooking habits have not changed, we cooked in much the same way when I was a SAHM, though our grocery basics changed somewhat depending on the country we were living in (a lot more cheeses and less meats in Switzerland, a lot more fish in Sweden).

eta: forgot to add pastas and rice to the list. Definitely staples for us!




Edited 9/6/2007 4:45 pm ET by laura_w2
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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 4:50pm

"Is you and your family's diet better, worse or the same due to your status?"


I hope as a SAHM I'd cook as healthy or healthier, but who knows?

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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 5:28pm

I was far more apt to use fresh veggies and other foods when I was cooking as a SAHM.

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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 6:29pm

~Is you and your family's diet better, worse or the same due to your status?~


I'm not sure.

 

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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 7:57pm
this is an intersting converstation.
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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 7:58pm

My work status has absolutely no bearing on our diet/nutrition.

WEll, it might ... WOH means we have more income, which means we can more easily afford a healthy diet, as fresh fruits, veggies, quality meat and seafood are more expensive than the junk is.

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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 8:18pm

I think that you're right. It is often more expensive to eat better foods than it is to eat foods that aren't so good for you. I did have to work hard at providing that on our budget as a SAHP. I think that this plays into why there are so many obese people in the U.S.

However, time also plays into it for WAHP or WOHP. I was curious as to whether WAHP and WOHPs found that it was more difficult to put a nutritious meal on the table than a SAHP. This could also play a part in why there are so many obese people in the U.S.

An additional question would be, for those to whom this applies, is whether your kids eat hot breakfast and/or lunch at school and whether those are nutritious meals IYO. My kids ate both hot breakfast and lunch at school. In general, I did not think that their lunches were too great (ESP. during the Regan years!!!!! Hamburger gravy over potatoes was considered their meat TWICE a week. I did pack them lunches on the second day a week of that baloney!), but I simply could not afford to do otherwise. When they went on field trips, they got great sack lunches from home. They loved that.

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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 8:22pm

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No. Time plays into it for SOME, not for all. It really isn't much of a factor for my family. We have home-cooked, sit-down together nutritious meals 5-6x a week. (we go out one night ... and sometimes have a quick or less nutritious meals becaues of activities or other plans)

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My kids' school lunches are nutritionally sound. They've even been certified as *heart healthy*. Ds eats the school lunch almost every day. Dd either does school lunch or "a la carte" lunch (burgers, pizza, etc.). When she does ala carte, she's usually pretty good about making *decent* if not great choices.

They have mix of healthy and not-so-healthy bfasts. Homemade pancakes is a very common thing (pre-made by me, then frozen for quick reheat in the morn), as are breakfast burritos. Cereal, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal ... all commone as well.

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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 8:28pm
My apologies for making that as a generalization. You're right. It's never the same for all.

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Thu, 09-06-2007 - 8:50pm

It's probably about the same. The main difference between my sah and my woh is that we eat meals that take under an hour to prepare and most of them take less than 30 minutes on the days that I woh. My grocery "list" (it's in my head, not writen down on paper) hasn't changed much at all--fresh fruits and veggies, frozen veggies, fish, chicken, some red meat, bread, cereal, lots of yogurt, etc. I do buy bread now instead of baking it and I buy boxed muffin and pancake mixes instead of from scratch. I've always bought Kraft Mac & cheese and Campbell's soups. I only make stew and chilli, for example, on days that I'm home instead of on just any day of the week.

Chris

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