What Treats And Foods Seem To Be Vanishing From Your Diet As You Grow Older?

@peaceful (3286)
United States
September 5, 2007 12:45pm CST
I'm not just talking about something that you had to remove from your diet, I mean some treat or some food that you used to absolutlely LOVE as a kid or young adult, and now you can't remember the last time you had it, or even thought about it until now... Someone mentioned Jello with fruit cocktail- had to be at least 30 years, since I tried that, although it's on the menu of a lot of buffets- and I don't go to buffets to eat desserts... I also have just realized that I haven't had a cheese sandwich- you know, the kind made with a huge hunk of processed orange cheese (pure junk) and gobs of mayo- I hated mustard until Grey Poupon, that was hastily plunked down between to slices of white "bread" and inhaled with a soda- for lunch, dinner, breakfast, whatever... I'm certain that that sandwich would probably send your doctor into shock- so don't tell him, LOL! :) I was never a big ice-cream eater, but when I had it, I made sure that I had enough to supply me for a year or two- along with enough fig Newtons to tile a kitchen floor with- believe me, the sugar shock hung on for days, they actually used real sugar back then! As I look back, I recall several things that don't seem to be firing up my appetite and my imagination anymore- store-made hoagies, with everything and chips inside the sandwich, pancakes the size of dinner plates with gallons of table syrup and blocks of butter- it's amazing that I'm only 155 lbs, soaking wet... I was looking at my client list today, some of these people are 70+, and they still eat like they did many years ago- and I am so curious as to why... I will not criticise diet or food at all- but my tastes seemed to have been able to adapt and seek out new stuff, without a real conscious effort on my part Some others do not... the fun part of looking at my Life this way is that, I know that I am different- not the same, and changing- it's a real thrill and a challenge, too! :) I see something as basic as different food choices, as sort of a "Rite-Of-Passage" (Yes, you may bring on the jokes here, but I can't think of a better way to say it!) I know that there might be some other more pithy-er, or more "spiritual" and certainly more poetic signs of the Maturation Of Life, other that not eating peanut butter squirted with chocolate syrup, straight out of the jar- but some reason, this seems to be meaningful to me, today... I hope that I'm not boring you out of your gourds (love 'em) with this discussion and I welcome your comments warmly... please tell me about your own "changes and choices" that you've noticed- and as always, please have BIG FUN with this! :)
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
6 Sep 07
My favorite use to be bologna sandwich and now I would never ever eat bologna! Also, spam~ what in the world is in spam! As I have gotten older, I tend to eat more healthy. I never ate veggies and now love them. Funny how things change.
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Oh, I forgot to add that I loved hohos too. I use to eat at least 2 every day. I haven't even seen them around lately except for the generic kind and they aren't the same.
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@peaceful (3286)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I have learned not to ask what was in the food that I used to eat, for purposes of peace of mind! LOL! :) Remember Ring Dings and Devil Dogs? The generic ones are horrible- and it seems that even the brand names aren't nearly as good as they used to be- It can't be my taste buds because I have very keen ones, and I can detect the difference between real ingredients and artificial stuff- so I'm not fooled... Everything seems to taste differently these days, even Spam! How in the world do you justify creating artificial "Mystery Meat" ? LOL! :)
• India
6 Sep 07
So many thingsā€¦chocolates, chips, ice-creams, sweets of every kind, red meat, spicy oily street food, late night bingesā€¦as I said so many. As I grow old and fat, I have virtually given up on these (sweets mostly) but red meat I do take. Late night are a strict no-no, I cant digest and keep awake most of the night. But then again I think that I am 35, in another 15years I will be 50. after that I will have to forego most of what is left if I want to die healthy, so why not enjoy these 15years and have one last go at that bar of chocolate LOL!
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@peaceful (3286)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I love your attitude! :) When I was 35, I was still revving up "The Party Machine"! Today, at 54- I know that I still have a "Machine" but for some reason, I'm content to leave it parked in the garage and I look at it every now and then! :)
• India
7 Sep 07
Thanks and after the 15yrs, i will try to follow your attitude, i liked it too.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
6 Sep 07
I love Jello served with fruit cocktail pieces, but I found that they don't sell that in Austria. I don't know whether it's because of the food colouring or not. One is able to get it in other European countries though, so I must wait till I go to France, Spain, or Portugal to buy some. They also don't have the sweet condensed milk in cans, which I boil for 1.5 hours to turn into "blanc mange" or "dulce de leche", as they call it in Argentina. What they do have is condensed milk, but sold in plastic toothpaste-like tubes, which one can boil, but it's very difficult to eat! My favourite outing when I lived in the USA was to have a hot chocolate sundae, but not with a runny sauce, but rather nice and thick! Chocolate sundaes vanished from my diet ages ago, but I have noticed that fancy flavoured ice cream seems seem to have taken over the good old vanilla!
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I can definately say there aren't too many things that I haven't eaten since I was a kid...unless you count those candy necklaces, those wax coke bottles with the sickenly sweet sugar water in them, pixie stix, and oh yea real strawberries (my mom used to grow them in the back yard and i ate them all the time- then I became allergic to them).
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@peaceful (3286)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Did you eat those "button" candies that were sold on strips of white paper? LOL! :) I hated pixie stix, cuz I would get a throatful of "dust" and wind up coughing my head off! :)
@MsTickle (24756)
• Australia
6 Sep 07
Peaceful I don't even recognise half the things you're talking about...I've often wondered what a fig Newton is? I've never eaten cheese with mayo before either, pickles yes, jam yes, mayo, no. I think I pretty well eat the same things I've always eaten except for dessert...we always had dessert when I was a child and i rarely have it now. There are some veggies I detested in my youth, some I now love, some I tolerate, some I still detest. Blue vein cheese is a taste I've accquired in my middle ages, the results of my culinary delights have all gone to my middle it seems. My younger daughter showed me how "old" I've become a few years ago when she opened my fridge...picked up a can of whipped cream and sprayed copious quantities straight into her open maw. As I looked on, horrified, my own mouth agape, she says, "That's what you're supposed to do with it Ma". BTW, how much ground turkey do I need to make that meatloaf you so kindly sent me the recipe for? I bought some but it was not enough, so I made some yummy meatballs.
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@peaceful (3286)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Here's some US food descriptions for my friends from around the world: Processed Cheese- is "cheese" in name only- it is a compressed milk and vegetable oil product. White bread- ditto- mainly made with glutinised flour and air. Loaded with preservatives and sodium, too! Fig Newton- a very tasty soft cookie, filled with fig jam. They make "all natural" fig newtons these days, but they cost a small fortune. Hoagie- a sandwich of cold cuts of meat, cheese and vegetables on a long Italian-style roll. Huge "belly-buster", made for after-party binging Soda- flavored fizzy sugar water, like Coca Cola. Table syrup- a sweet, light brown, thick liquid made from cane sugar- Nowadays, I don't know what they use- but it's just not the same. Fruit Cocktail- canned fruits in light syrup, loaded with preservatives and artificial coloring. Chips- thin "potato chips"- loaded with salt and preservatives "old-style", but they make "healthier" varieties nowadays. BTW: You'll need about one and a half pounds of ground turkey per meatloaf- Are you making this for our Birthdays? :)
• Pakistan
6 Sep 07
hmm.. as i am growing elder i feel the diet i use to take in my childhood has vanished. like milk although its a necessity but the way i use to drink in my childhood is not now. i take milk may be once a week or may be once a twice a month not more than that. and you are right when i was around 20 i use to eat like a lot but now when i have touched 30 i feel what ever i eat i put on some weight so i restrain my self eating junk and eating a lot:)
• India
6 Sep 07
i think brinjals,vegetables......................... iam even not fond of icecreams nowadays
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@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Candy, especially hard candy. I love sweets and have a big sweet tooth but I don't eat nearly as much candy as I used to. I'm not an ice cream eater either. Never liked it much don't know what people think is so wonderful about it. Bubble gum. Can't remember the last time I had bubble gum either.
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@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Well, I am not that age to stop many things right now but I do eat in a controlled way and i skip some fats and junk food already but some like the cream (whipped cream on top of ice cream or strawberry) or ice cream or cheese what i cant stop eating may be for ever, I know thy have lots of fat but its quite hard for me to forget those while i can give up all the fried from all fast food resturant, something i am so crazy i can't stop when i will have to do some day in future