You have expensive tastes.
Better to eat well than to spend money on electricity your car used driving to the doctor's office.
Seriously this is a unique product. It has lots of high quality protein and minimal carbohydrates, plus not a single molecule of fucking sugar (in the vegan cheddar variety I order), plus it has fiber, often missing from snacks. I've become a competent reader of ingredient lists, and there's that nutrition labeling just begging for a glance.
The price of this product is high, but by sticking with my practice of buying only single serving snacks, and by recent focus on eating bare naked fruit for snacks, I've just gotten my weight down a bit farther from the border of too much. I set out to reduce foods high in simple, refined carbohydrates to get my long term glucose levels down away from what my Dr called pre-diabetes last year. I've been such a well behaved patient she suggested I could take this year off from office visits.
All these atypical behaviors of mine, some out of dire need, are working in my favor.
Have you priced fake meat lately?
Yes, I'm cutting costs by buying bulk soy protein textured vegetable product. I've learned several tricks for modifying the texture and flavor, but only the really expensive fake meat that is sold frozen really gets the texture right. Beyond Meat and Gardein are the market leaders. Some of Gardein's products are also gluten free, most are not. Beyond Meat has some gluten-bearing products too, plus the bastards stopped making the meatballs of my dreams.
I can buy a $6 package of GF vegan hot dogs, a $6 small loaf of GF bread and a $3 jar of dill pickle relish and I've got lunch for over a week. I've also been using beans in stove top meals for protein more often. Since a can of beans is rarely labeled as GF or vegan they are not too expensive, if it's just beans, salt, and water then it is GF and vegan.
I never said it was easy being me, I just try to do it well.
I like chickpeas, well hummus anyway, love that stuff!
I use chickpeas in curries about once a week, usually with spinach or cauliflower. I love them. I must have been 7 when my family farmed me out to my aunt/uncle's house for a few weeks (to get some rest?), my Aunt served a fantastic salad that had chickpeas in it, I'd never seen a chickpea before. Loved them ever since. My Aunt (RIP) was great too.
In regards to the "God bless" I wasn't surprised, the network clinic is run by the Catholic church, it's a massively big group with many clinics and hospitals all over the state. And where I live there isn't much of another choice. Luckily they don't discriminate against heathens.
It's Ok by me, I'll use Catholics if I have to and I also like the LDS people, they house the worlds largest data base for genealogy searches and information and they let you do it for free.
It's no coincidence that your local healthcare is owned by HRCC. Their strategy to end abortions is to buy every hospital and have the hospitals ban abortions.
On the one hand it is admirable that they are providing general healthcare. Atypically it is the Christian thing to do. Educated Catholic professionals are usually not in denial of science or rabid creationists, they are comfortable with science because HRCC has learned to get out of the road when a truck that says Science is coming.
"It's happening, man, it's really happening."
-- Frank Zappa