Why is it that people are so worried...

@marguicha (100450)
Chile
August 14, 2009 5:01pm CST
about what foods are healthy and then eat all sorts of junk food? I have been wondering about that for a long time. When I was little, a thousand years ago, breakfast was bread and butter, maybe jam if we had it and a glass of milk with chocolate and sugar. When things were wonderful, my pop would make us softboiled eggs and the put bread into the cup where it was.. From that minute there was no food at all until lunchtime. If we were thirsty, there was water. Lunch and dinner were homemade stuff and we were suposed to eat all that was in our plates or ELSE. It was a generation with people that were not so obese, we knew how to use our feet and we walked a lot. I remember I walked home instead of taking the bus to use that money for chewing gum. Now it´s all about counting calories, thinking about what is good and bad. And meanwhile, you are seated thinking with a soda or a beer in your hand. Nearby, chips. What do you think of this?
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@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
14 Aug 09
I have a friend who was struggling with weight and health, I finally got through to him though, he now eats healthy junk food. Instead of soda he drinks juice, instead of regular ice cream, coconut ice cream. these little changes he made helped him out a lot. he also started walking every day. It's really not about callories, it's about quality of food. I can eat so many fruits and veggies in one day that that alone would give me enough callories to last 2 days, but they don't make me gain weight because it's not the same as eating hamburger with the same amount of calories.
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@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
15 Aug 09
There is such a thing as a well balanced meal and it doesn´t come in jars. Fruits are the best desserts and they should be eaten in a natural way: not canned.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
yes, canned foods really make no sence, especially now when we can buy fresh fruits all year round. I eat mostly raw food, very rearly to i actually prepare something with heat these days, i love making my own cakes though, it's my weakness. I make up for the unhealthiness by making cakes from whole wheat flour and other healthy ingredients. If i fry anything, i usually fry on coconut oil because it doesn't turn into artery clogging trans fat. it's really not that hard to be healthy, you just have to make those few changes in the shopping list. And how hard is it to walk these 10 minutes to the store instead of driving? I see people who live across the street from the store and they get into the car to get to the store anyway.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
14 Aug 09
You are so right with what you say, and these people wonder why they are not healthy, and they are over weight. why they have no energy to walk any where.
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@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
15 Aug 09
I remember boys and girls playing in parks and playgrounds. There were all sorts of games. Now they don´t know what it is to look into someone else´s eyes. They only see computers.
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@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
I also agree back then food are healthier and many people walk a lot. Now that our life is much easier all gadgets and hi-tech things that we need to make our life comfortableare everywhere. That's why we tend to get lazy and depends on them. Now a days even children and teenagers have diabetes and high blood because of the bad diet and inactivity. I think we need to go back to the basic and don't depend much on the things that makes our life easier. Physical activity and exercise are helpful to maintain our weight.
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@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
15 Aug 09
You are so right when i was young we got up and ate breakfast, and then all the neighbor hood kids got together and we played out side all day, doing all kinds of things. We were very active, never in front of the computer, TV, and no video games. Just a lot of Running and playing different outside games.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
14 Aug 09
I think you got it just right... more exercise, less food. No junk food, no high calorie drinks. I was amazed when I realized that a "cup" used to be 4 ounces. Look at some depression glass cups and you'll see what I mean. Coffee mugs held 6 - 8 ounces, not the 12 ounces we're used to now. If you had a 24 ounce drink, the whole family would have had a serving from it. Dessert dishes were smaller, too. I have a custard cup that's about the size of one of those dishes you're served soy sauce in now.
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@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
15 Aug 09
It´s not so hartd to make wonderful dishes from scratch. They are healthier, a lot better tasting and they don´t have grease in them.
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
14 Aug 09
You are so right on all counts. I remember I would have to sit at the table and eat every last bit of food on my plate. How many times was I left there all alone because I didn't like what was on my plate. I walked every where to school, the store, to church. The kids of today are spoiled brats. They don't do an ounce of chores around the house, they want to be driven everywhere, they sit in front of the TV or computer munching away on all kinds of junk food and then on top of all this Gym is not always given in the school. You hardly see kids outside playing unless its a team that the kids are on. I remember when I was growing up playing hop scotch, jump rope, hide and seek, cowboys and indians. I haven't seen that in ages. This is why this country has become OBESE.
@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
15 Aug 09
Unfortunatly, that is one of the US exports. It comes with globalization and McDonalds everywhere. In my country, Chile, we had the same games you did . But now my daughter PAYS her children to do some chores. OMG!!! Of course I can´t keep my big mouth shut!
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
14 Aug 09
We've attained the American dream! Sit on your a** all day watch tv, play video games all day, be on the computer all day, watch movies all day! What ever entertains us with out having to do to much labor in getting to that state is the key! I'm with you, they just did a study that kids were getting sick from a lack of vitamin D that's the one you get naturally from the sun? They don't even leave the house anymore! Go Figure. As far as food goes it's to hard and it takes to long to cook it, I'm hungry NOW, instant gratification! There's a Mickey "D"s on every corner, it's all ready there and waiting for me to pick it up! The new, or mot so new American curse, and it's crossing borders and oceans to other countries, why should they hate Americans? Let me think about that! tdemex
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@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
15 Aug 09
Gringo, you have becone latin by living in Mexico. The problem with all this is that there is a sort of cultural colonization. In my country, as elsewhere, Mc Donalds and Kentucky fried chicken have come to stay. And the children from this generation are gringuitos with diferent hair colour. I told a friend yesterday that the use I gave to my microwave oven was to see the hour of the day. The numbers are big. As for cooking, I do it the traditional way. But the young people destroy their coffee reheating it there.
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• United States
14 Aug 09
I remember when carbs didn't matter much, I lost weight eating pasta. I think it all has to do with just chemicals. The world is becoming over populated and they are putting chemicals in food and water. If you look at the ingredients in a lot of foods now they have a lot more chemicals then they did few years ago.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
15 Aug 09
I think today, parents are afraid to tell their kids no. I didn't have it that bad, but my family was pretty well of. There was always at least some food and we were somewhat spoiled. I know that as I put on weight, I did start worrying about what was healthy, but I always wanted to have whatever I wanted. Now I wish I hadn't been so indulgent. Now I can't afford to go eat out every day and I am starting to hold steady rather than continuing to gain. I still like to have some foods that are not necessarily good for me, but I have a sweet tooth. I don't bother with counting calories or anything. I just try to walk more and eat less. Who knows, I might get healthy again. Thanks for bringing this up.
@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
20 Aug 09
I hope you get well. No need to drop a lot of pounds in a week. I´m trying to shed 20 pounds I gained when I quit smoking. I take off about half a pound a month. I´ll get there I´m 6 pounds less than 6 months ago
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• United States
20 Aug 09
Hi marguicha.....You sure hit the ail on the head. I believe kids are given to many choices about what they want and don't want today. I agree with you, we were given one choice..eat what was put in font of us or starve. With the economy being the way it is believe there are going to be alot of hungry kids out there pretty soon because their parents will not be able to afford to do different meals for everyone. They will just have to be happy becasuse they have something to eat. When My father was diagnosised with cancer, I was still in school and I remember having green beans and tomatoes for all of our meals for awhle because we could not afford anything else. So, me...I am not to picky about what I eat andI can make a meal out of almost anything if I have to. flutterby
@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
20 Aug 09
I cook from scratch everyday and I´m absolutly sure there are LOTS of wonderful dishes that are very unexpensive. In my country we make a dish where we put every kind of veggie that´s around. It also has potatoes and squatch. Then we fry some onions and add a little of ground meat and mix. I use paprika to give it a touch of class. Couln´t be less expensive and it´s so nutritious.
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
Hi Marguicha. I would like to share with you a nice text message i received from a friend about worrying. My father used to worry a lot *i mean A LOT* to the point of not enjoying his life anymore. One time we decided to take a vacation in Baguio, a nice town with a cold temperature *it's pretty popular here in summer* So we have to enter a small place called "Piraso Resort". As we were driving ourselves into the resort, we have to drive all the way down to a steep road. We stayed there for four days and three nights and all my father did was to worry about the car. If it can climb up the steep road without overheating. Yeah, our car was in bad shape when we traveled there. The place can be reached by 5 hours but because of the car's condition, we traveled for 10 hours *without air condition, whew*. So here's the message:"Worrying has never solved a problem, never paid a bill, never cured an illness. Worrying is like racing a car engine in neutral cause it doesn't get you anywhere, it just uses up gas. So stop worrying, all you need is a prayer and a heartful of faith."
@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
20 Aug 09
I don´t worry or count calories. I jsut know natural foods are better than junk food and I must have given mysaelf a brain wash because I don´t like fast food. Mind you, our body needs calories. I had company yesterday and made a wonderful lasagna. All from scratch. As a starter I had a lettuce and hearts of palms salad.
• China
15 Aug 09
Hi Marguicha, i agree your point , sometime when i chatting with my mom, my mom will remind her childhood 's diet as talk about food nowadays. my mom always said the people nowadays is more weak than before , and it's easy to get sort of sick. they ate coarse of food grain and do work in the field .they didnt have so much cordial or nourished food , but they are strong . i am curious how 's happen to today 's change ? food change ,attitude change , living condition change.. everything change but problem still.
@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
20 Aug 09
Good natural food and the vexercise that work well done provides will keep your inmune system in perfect conditions. That´s why they were stronger.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
15 Aug 09
I think it's just the fact that times have changed so much. There is an alarmingly growing number of very young children who are obese--it's the number one health problem with kids now, but usually it's due to lack of proper supervision with the parents as they often eat junk foods or too many processed foods themselves. Kids now sit like zombies in front of the TV, play video games or in front of the computer. Nope, only occasionally do I indulge in "junk" food like chips, but haven't had sodas in decades, have been eliminating foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup...the worse invention of mankind and is in just about everything, even in juices that you think are supposed to be good for you...I now only drink Welch's 100 percent grape juice...also I home cook everything from scratch and have done for years so I KNOW what's in my food. I think in general people have plain forgotten how to eat nowadays. When I think of my great-grandparents...breakfast consisted of eggs, sausages, bacon and pancakes...yet they also knew how to balance all that cholesterol by eating fresh vegetables fruits, and so forth..and my great-grandparents were THIN..believe it or not with all that eating! But then again, it was all homemade
@marguicha (100450)
• Chile
15 Aug 09
I think that many "fruit juices" are anything but what you thing it is. A couple of years ago I went to the US to visit a friend of mine. He had a very big crap in one of his legs so I asked if he had bananas at home. No, he said, but I have orange juice (which is very rich in potassium too). I read the label. The only resemblance to an orange was the colour. It was corn syrup. Fortunatly, in my country, there´s still the custom that dessert is a fruit.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
15 Aug 09
When I was growing up, the local grocery store had one aisle that had the soda, cookies, and various snack foods. It was the favorite aise of any 6 year old. Now, in the larger grocery stores of today, there is a full aisle (both sides) devoted to each of those things. And combined, it's frequently more space than what is allowed to all of the other non-refrigerated food items. The freezer cases used to be mostly dairy and vegetables, now they are mostly heat & eat meals which are high in calories, sodium and flavor...but low on nutritional value. I do better when I shop to have the family stay home. I buy mostly staples, and skip the junk food and freezer aisles. If the junk isn't in the house, it's not there to tempt us. Of course if hubby goes out to buy milk, he comes home with cookies and all sorts of junk. But I try, it's just a losing battle with so many tempting and tasty junk foods out there....
@malpoa (1218)
• India
22 Aug 09
I have to admit that even I think about the calories in food before gulping it down hi hi. But one look at the tempting food and I forget about all those. I end up eating more than I could. My mother always insisted that we eat more home made stuff than junk. She even used to make jams and syrups and store in fridge. We had this cocco tree in our backyard so chocolate was another thing which was always in the fridge. Once I grew up and the thought of learing all the receipes struck my mind, I started with jam...It takes too long to make very feebile quantity of jam from such a large quantity of fruit pulp, not to mention the difficulty in peeling, deceeding and pureeing. Then was chocolate. OOOh this turned out tougher, my hand got swollen...sundrying the seed, pureeing it, cooking on low flame...it seemed like years to me. Ultimately i ended up buying a lot of ready to eat and make stuff when I started a family. And every now and then I ring up my mother to thank her for what all she did for us!!!
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
i had to admit, back then it was a lot better. and the food was even better and healthier then with out preservatives. but it was only this time that i could walk freely and have an exercise. time has changed, but still a log of people are healthy conscious.
@picjim (3003)
• India
15 Aug 09
I accept your view that when we were young we took more physical exercise like walking and played more games.Intake of junk food and packaged food instead of home made food backed by a sedentary lifestyle have contributed to obesity.Eating and drinking in moderation with good physical activity will remove peoples worry.Nutritious food as you have rightly put will enhance health.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
hello marguicha, It's because we are so high tech now a days that even the sickness now is also that high tech. And so, we must be so concious in what we intake to avoid it. Besides, not all are walking in going to a near place because they have cars, cabs and the likes. They don't even bother doing some exercise. Maybe some but ......
• India
15 Aug 09
Now we are not working out, not eating enough or no vegetables and fruits only. We always drink canned soft drinks, most of them doesn't have the fruit ingredient only. It has only the color and flavor of the fruits :(