07 3 / 2014

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10 Things Food Banks Need But Won’t Ask For
Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If you’re looking for an easy way to help out, pick some of these up while shopping and drop them off at one of our area food banks.
1. Spices.
Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.
2. Feminine Products.
Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk at Costco for donating.
3. Chocolate.
People don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.
4. Toiletries.
Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.
5. Canned meats and jerky.
This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.
6. Crackers and tortillas.
They don’t spoil and everybody likes them.
7. Baby toiletries.
Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.
8. Soup packets.
Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.
9. Socks.
From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”
10. Canned fruit other than pineapple.
Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.
[SOURCE]
And remember! Food banks love cash donations because it allows them to buy whatever they need!


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98percentevil:

10 Things Food Banks Need But Won’t Ask For

Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey asked volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If you’re looking for an easy way to help out, pick some of these up while shopping and drop them off at one of our area food banks.

1. Spices.

Think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices. Seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.

2. Feminine Products.

Can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk at Costco for donating.

3. Chocolate.

People don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.

4. Toiletries.

Grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.

5. Canned meats and jerky.

This isn’t true of all food banks, but some struggle to give users enough protein.

6. Crackers and tortillas.

They don’t spoil and everybody likes them.

7. Baby toiletries.

Diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.

8. Soup packets.

Sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.

9. Socks.

From a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”

10. Canned fruit other than pineapple.

Food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.

[SOURCE]

And remember! Food banks love cash donations because it allows them to buy whatever they need!

"If you have ever had to go there, then you know how huge this is." - 98% Evil

"We have. Always reblog this!" - 2% Good

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05 1 / 2014

This is the angle I will be taking in 2014.

This is the angle I will be taking in 2014.

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26 11 / 2013

My first visit with my health team was today. I had a comprehensive assessment, blood was taken, weight, blood pressure, height, neck size measured, body composition and resting metabolic rate?!? I met with my nutritionist, my chiropractor and my naturopathic doctor. This is it - I can’t imagine anyone else being called in. The team of professionals are supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to help me through this.

Intellectually I am fully aware of what’s to come - withdrawal, disappointment and resentment towards myself…how did I let my weight get this out of hand??? The bigger challenge will be to keep my “inner gremlin” in check. This is not intended to be a beat yourself up exercise. This is more of a shock therapy reboot of my relationship with food and forcing good behaviour for myself.

My meal plan is lean protein and veggies with very little flexibility. The good news is there is no need for measuring things and counting points or eating “astronaut food”. It’s real fish, real chicken, regular produce from the grocery store.

Lemon, garlic and onions will become my staple flavour enhancers - no salt, no sugar, no fats :/
I’ll have to make a mental note to brush my teeth 4 times a day…keep garlic and onion situation in check :)

I did a quick produce run - I have prepared my breakfast, snacks and dinner for tomorrow and dug out my loose leaf tea tumbler.

The goal is 25lbs and then we go to Phase 2 and a new meal plan.
Next check-in appointment is in 2 weeks.
Fingers crossed - the buck stops here and the needle on the scale starts to tip in the downward direction!

12 11 / 2013

It’s November 12 2013. It’s my Do or Die Day. I went to my doctor, I was weighed, height measured and blood taken to measure my starting point.
Weight = 129kg
Height = 163cm
While at my doctor, I completely broke down. I couldn’t get it together or even begin to articulate why I was crying. It’s come to this.

While intellectually, I am fully aware about what needs to happen. I have never been able to get it together.

These next 2 weeks will be a complete purge of all carb related foods from my kitchen. That means no crackers, croutons, cereal, oatmeal, pasta - I’m not worried about this. It will be the no sugar that will be the challenge.
Fruit options will be limited, my morning coffee will have to change - it will be the high alert that will be the bigger challenge.

It’s Do or Die Day. Time to get my big girl panties on and power through. There is no other option.