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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Meals Then and Now

I was thinking about our meals when I was a child. The center of the meal was always the meat. There was almost always potatoes and bread. There was a vegetable. I don't remember desserts too much. My dad would have eaten gravy every meal of his life if Mom would have fixed it.

I suggested to one person trying to cut the carbs to replace the potatoes with another vegetable. I don't even miss the bread. There is a low carb bread in the freezer section at my store that I keep on hand if I want a peanut butter sandwich. Desserts are now fruit pretty much.

The other day for supper I had a handful of almonds, a hard boiled egg, and an orange. Is that a meal? Last night I had green beans for supper and then mixed some vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia in with some cottage cheese and that was my protein and my dessert.

What were meals then and how are they different now for you?

16 comments:

  1. "Is that a meal?" Yes, for me, now, a lot of meals are like what you described!

    Our meals as a kid were just as you described: a meat, a vegetable, a starch, and we always had a simple salad (iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, red onion) after dinner (Italian thing). The exception being Wednesday when of course we had pasta and I'd put away nearly a half-pound on my own, even as an adolescent (and, of course, be freaking out looking for chocolate 90 minutes later for reasons I didn't understand until I was 30 years old). We both refused to eat school lunches, ever, so when we were little my mother would pack our lunches -- sandwich, apple, two cookies. I remember her telling me many times that if I wasn't hungry at lunch (did this ever happen? I doubt it) to just eat the meat out of the sandwich ("Cold cuts aren't cheap, Normie!) and toss out the bread. FYI, we had our sandwiches on Italian bread; why wouldn't I want to eat that? :) Breakfasts were uniformly terrible now that I look back -- I was never hungry in the morning so it was usually a slice of toast; as we got older, on the weekends we wanted crap like frozen waffles, PopTarts, bagels and cream cheese and the like.

    And you are pretty familiar with what I have been eating the last several years! :)

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    1. I remember one of the girls I knew while in college saying if she ate a full meal she would HAVE to have dessert because she grew up having dessert with meals. Those routine/habits as we grew up are difficult to overcome because leaving out dessert for example would leave one feeling incomplete or like something was left out. As we have learned to focus on our health we have had to evaluate old ways in the light of new information and new goals. Take care.

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  2. I grew up in a healthy household. My eating issues derived from emotional eating/binging. But my parents did a good job raising us. Dinners were meat and potatoes, but there were always fruits and veggies with that. And I had to drink a glass of skim milk. I don't remember eating dessert after dinner. If my mom made cookies or brownies, they were part of my after school snack. My parents also bought low fat or reduced fat dairy products and wheat bread. I guess that happens when your parents are a doctor and a nurse. :)

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    1. Sounds like you have a pretty good foundation upon which to build your own plan for health and weight loss. The adult has to reflect on what has brought him/her to the need for losing weight and then take the necessary steps to create healthy eating habits for life. Take care.

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  3. I agree that what you described is a meal. I do tend to eat three meals a day with snacks in beetween, though sometimes I would describe my eating as four meals a day (I like early breakfast, noon lunch, "extra meal" at four, and dinner at 7 or 8). Whatever works for you!! As long as you are getting your calories and your nutrition in... there is no reason to follow cultural standards of what a meal is or when a meal should be.

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    1. I agree with you completely. We need to listen to our bodies and do what works for us. We can stop a history of poor eating habits by creating new ones that we can live with. Take care.

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  4. Meals were basically the same! Meat, carb, a veggie or two. My mom (God Bless her!) was notorious for casseroles. I mean duh, cook some meat, boil some noodles dump it all in a dish with some veggies and a some random can of Campbell's soup (cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, tomato, etc). and voila!

    haha I never got a wide variety of fruits and vegs as a kid. I make a habit of that now. My boss told me I had a "fruit fetish" lol. Better than her "fast food fetish!" (don't tell her I said that!)

    Then as my mom realized she was too heavy, she would eat Jenny Craig and other diet food, but make us the same old stuff. And she would eat at a different table so as to not be tempted! That's when family dinners kind of went out the window. I had a great childhood, but I am sad that (not so good) food was a big part of it!

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    1. Family dinners are sadly missing these days. Some people still get that done but many don't. We have gotten too busy. A fruit fetish is a good thing! Take care.

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  5. In the Nielson house it was always george foreman grilled Chicken, salad, instant mashed potatoes. Always. Except on Sundays... then it was roast beef cooked with carrots and potatoes and a salad. Not wholly unhealthy... but the lack of variety was infuriating to the point that when i got my own job, I would just go out to eat instead or keep a stash of something delicious (see: fancy cheese) in the fridge or something sweet (see: cookies or candy) in my room.

    Fruit was for snacking. cut veggies were for snacking. Mom was constantly buttering saltines for snacks as well. But when mom was out of town... Dad let us get whatever we wanted, pizza, chinese, burgers, ice cream... he'd grill even sometimes. They were sort of polar opposites, mom and dad.

    Nowadays... I call my meals deconstructed salads. Handful of carrots. chopped cucumbers. A tomato. A chicken breast with a little italian dressing on it. I found out that there is more than one way to make chicken... and that it can be completely delicious. : )

    P.s. glad you're back from the quilt retreat.

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    1. It's good to be back - thank you for missing me! You are making great strides as you change your life. I know it gets tough at times but I have found that I just eat differently now and have included exercise and water in my life and it will continue. I get pleasant surprises when I weigh and when I try on clothes. It isn't a big, emotional thing for me anymore. I don't grow weary or get bored with it. This is me for the duration. My life is more than just eating/weight/food. You are doing the same thing. I want you to know you have my full support and encouragement. Take care.

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  6. My parents had six kids (2 girls, 4 boys) and my mom is not a great cook. Many dinners were chili, spaghetti and something my mom calls "Chicken Can Can" (canned chicken, cream of celery, cream of chicken, white rice with French's onions on top). Anything she could make in mass quantities.

    My husband grew up with meals being meat, side, veg. He is getting better with the idea of double veg instead of starch or a meatless meal on occasion. He has been super supportive with my weight loss efforts and has adopted some healthier eating habits too!

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    1. It's great that you have adopted better eating habits and have "converted" your husband well. Your bodies will thank you. Take care.

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  7. Meals growing up were always very rich in carbs. My father loves potatoes and they were pretty much a staple. Now, I only eat carbs found in veggies (that aren't root veggies or starch veggies). So very little carb. And no sweets. My mom was a baker. I still love to bake with my son, but I don't eat any of it:)

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    1. We make choices and yours will make an impression on your son. He may choose to give up sweets one day as well. There are emotions tied to baking for sure. My grandmother used to let me bake a cake when we went to visit and I have also associated love with sweets. Take care.

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  8. Our family meals were mostly beef, chicken, or pork with mashed potatoes and gravy and either peas or corn. There was never any salad--sometimes cole slaw. Desserts were only for weekends, and goulash and scalloped potatoes were served occasionally. We were pretty basic back in the 50's and 60's.

    BTW, I would appreciate it if you could let me know if you can click back and access my blog now that I'm private. I don't think I show up on blogrolls.

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    1. I'll get that done when I get home tonight. I am driving an armored truck today and it is a 1/ 1/2 hour drive each way plus the work day - I will get it done soon.

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