When I was a child, my Mom used to tell me stories, about growing up during the depression and WW2
Born in 1934 to a single mom, they were very poor. Living from rooming house to rooming house. My Mom would tell my friends and I, about school life, boys and patriotism. She often spoke of what they would eat. SPAM, bacon-grease sandwiches, fried cornmeal mush, and beans are just some of the foods she said she ate. I've never had a bacon-grease sandwich. But everything else I have and for me, when I have fried cornmeal mush (fried polenta) I always think of my Mom and the hard times they had. Sometimes they would have nothing to eat - and that's where the bacon-grease sandwiches came into the menu. She told me, there were the time, when you are so hungry that even THAT was a tasty meal.
* SPAM came out in 1937 according to their website.
Here it is now, one of the worst economic times I ever had - people are out of work, jobs are hard to come by so most likely you are "under-employed" You have a job, you just don't make enough to get by. So you have to cut corners. Many are having to frequent a community food bank. Eating a healthy diet is almost out of the question when you are given free food for your family. Many thumb their noses at this; others will rise to the occasion, just like the "greatest generation" did. You do what you have to do, in order to survive and feed your children.
That's what I was taught as a child. When I had my young family, we had some challenging times, of unemployment, or a job disability - funny. I never panicked. It's like I knew instinctively just what to do. CUT the food budget.
There goes a balanced diet. Most diets revolved around macaroni, potatoes, rice - simple carbohydrates - not enough protein and hardly any fresh fruit or vegetables. That's one reason why, during WW2, people started growing their own. VICTORY GARDENS were more than just a political statement - they stretched the food budget and made it work with some of the other odd ingredients that rounded out their 30's-40's meals.
My mom used to tell me I could do anything - because I came from Pioneer Stock. I believe that!
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