Just tell them it's war time. If they complain, tell them their great-grandparents had to eat this way and they're lucky they can have their pick of food from the ration diet. Tell them they can go back to school and share how they followed the ration diet for the summer. Other kids get summer vacations, they get a home-based historical experience. I actually think following a ration diet would make a great reality documentary TV series. But given how they do reality TV, I'm sure it would be horrific. ETA: I'd be interested in joining in after this year is up. Do you think you ladies would still be doing this in the new year?