living out of a can

By momma-rae Latest Reply 2010-01-06 19:55:23 -0600
Started 2010-01-05 20:23:43 -0600

ok this may sound bad, but anyone thqat has read any of my earlier post already knows i am a single mom 2 childern one a diabetic age 5 also I am in the Army.
This is my issue, since my daughter eas diagnosed just under 2 yrs ago, I find that her diet now comes from can food and single serving containers, THIS IS DRIVING MY CRAZY. I love to cook and aways have, but have found doing single servings and pre measured food so much less stressful when life is hecktic which it is almost always now. dont get me wrong I can almost now look at a plate and tell you how many carbs are on it just from site and be very close, but it just become a hassel then if she goes to somone elses house to play i pack her a baggy and of course all is single serving ppre package stuff so that it is easier on whom ever she is visiting. School lunch every day it is packed and where my son is on reduced price school lunch for 40 cents a meal my daughter is stuck taking in a cold packed lunch every day unless i can manage to go in with her. Any words of advice out there from other moms or dads? I know what she eats wont hurt her but one it gets exspensive and two she needs to learn to eat everything. I have just started forcing the veggies back on her, wasnt worth the fight before and the fears of the low sugers when she refused to eat them.

14 replies

giojuju 2010-01-06 12:54:05 -0600 Report

i dont know where u live but here in tx there is a website called angelfood ministries it sell prepackaged food and other food for extremly low prices. u can get about $80 worth of food for just $30. just go to maybe there is a place near you.

AddassaMari 2010-01-06 19:55:23 -0600 Report

I live in Texas, I heard about them. There is on on W. S Young. I saw their January Menu, the only veggies are carrots, corn and potatoes, but if you can save $50 bucks on meats and starch, then you can rack up on other veggies and fruits at the supermarket. I hope something like that is close to you momma-rae.

PS. check here for meal ideas
Now is a good time to expand her pallet.

Susie624 2010-01-06 06:27:29 -0600 Report

Doe she like soups,chilis ,stews.if so get her a lunch kit that has a small,wide mouth thermous and send those in her lunch.You can send fresh fruit or one serving cups of fruit or sugar free jello or puddings.Does she like celery,peaanut butter,cream cheese,raisins,fix ants on a log as a change.Like salads serve a salad with broiled and diced chicken or tukey in it, when you can take time to think it over,there is lots of choices,and thank you for you service.You arae to be commended for it and I award you the distuinguised service cross for the care you are giving your daughter .Linda

ptsparkle 2010-01-05 23:41:10 -0600 Report

You said you love to cook, and you know what she likes and what she can eat. Have you given any thought to cooking a few yummy meals on the weekend, and dividing them up for the week, and freezing any left? The issue then is how do you warm or heat the food at school. My wife is the food service manager for our school district. If you would work with your principal, and whoever is in charge of the lunch program, and tell them of your needs, perhaps they would allow the use of the microwave, or warming units.Some kids take advantage of this, but that's why you need to work with the school. I know they are diligent with those who have peanut allergys. Just a thought to break the monotony and cost of pre-pkgd single serve cold lunches. Hope this might help.

AddassaMari 2010-01-06 17:06:05 -0600 Report

I was thinking along the same line as ptsparkle. Find out who is FS Dir for the school district and make it a point to talk to that person. I feel confident that your child is not the only one with a special diet requirement. I know the baby would enjoy having a nice hot lunch, especially on cold days.

Harlen 2010-01-05 21:13:13 -0600 Report

I am so sorry for whar you and your little one is going thrue.
I had to fight the school to get them to do there job. My grand baby has needs and there where not taking care of them hat to go to court to make them do what was needed.So I feel for you.I pack her food now for the food they have just isnt good on sunday I make food for her to have at school so I know she is getting good nutrition.I know this is hard for single mom
I do what I need to do for her I dont like it but she needs it and if I dont do it who will?
I know this is no help at all and I am so sorry I wish you where close I would help you.
Best wishes

momma-rae 2010-01-05 21:18:28 -0600 Report

everything is a help, i am sorry for all you had to go thur, i get so nervous everytime i have to move or change schools, I know there is laws out there but it is still a fight someplaces and then knowing that who is there for them if they are truly there. I love my daughters teacher they try very hard, and one thing i have noticed about her school which is a big change from when i went to school and i am now in my 30's is the amount of children there that need extra care/time to get their education and the time they take to help them. my daughter is not very pickie so if you have any suggestion or food for thought on ideals i can try to give her a bit less of a prepackage single serving lunch email me plz

spiritwalker 2010-01-05 22:22:52 -0600 Report

You are doing the best you can do for your family. Keep up
the great job. Thank you for all you are doing for all of us by
serving! Know you have support here. Its a great site.

Anonymous 2010-01-05 20:45:00 -0600 Report

First, may I applaud your care of your kids and the service you are providing to our country. THANK YOU for all you do!!! As far as your daughter's school lunches: may I suggest that you check to see if you can obtain school's lunch menu in advance (most institutions plan well in advance) and work with school admin to provide an adult to accompany your daughter to select menu items you have preselected or help her choose from items you want her to choose from on the menu. The individual may be a teacher or clerical person who is available or a volunteer that could be located and that the school would accommodate. Just a thought…

Anonymous 2010-01-05 20:48:38 -0600 Report

What I forgot to say is years ago a school nurse would have been available to help in this area but budgets have been cut and I am assuming your daughter's school does not have a school nurse with enough hours to help. Maybe a miracle and there is a school nurse?

momma-rae 2010-01-05 20:50:25 -0600 Report

no nurse, they have admin that was required to take a special class in case the got any diabetic children it is more what to do incaseof an emergency.

momma-rae 2010-01-05 20:49:08 -0600 Report

I have received the menu the biggest issue is 3 out of 4 time what they have listed they are not serving. i think maybe next year or even two years from now when she understands bit more or when the teacher or aid is not so bogged down with kindergartens then maybe it might work, but I have voulenteered in her class alot and those teacher are who needs our applause, let me tell you

Anonymous 2010-01-05 20:56:31 -0600 Report

Yup, educators are another group of unsung heros in my book. Then perhaps locating volunteer who could help make on the spot choices when menu deviates from published menu is way to go. Too bad you don;t live where I live because I know lots of retired adults who would be so happy and benefit so much from being there to help your daughter at meal time.

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