Do You Know Nutrition: Poor choices can affect us forever

Phylis Canion

By Phylis Canion

I was raised as a kid during the '50s and don't remember ever being sick other than an occasional broken limb. When I think back at the things we did, ate and drank, we all survived. What has happened over time is disturbing. Where are we headed? (Not sure how much this has to do with nutrition, but I am sending it anyway).

As we turn over another year and enter into 2012, I too was raised as a kid in the '50s and can remember the following: drinking out of the water hose, riding in the car without a seat belt (there were none), watching my siblings gnaw on the lead-based crib paint (they were never sick), playing dodge ball - and getting hit - it hurt, but we didn't sue anyone, playing games made with sticks, rocks and mud, and doing something wrong and getting in trouble for it (didn't do any good to try and blame someone else because my dad said that was taking responsibility for my actions).

There were no child-proof lids on medicine bottles (I never remember having medicine bottles anyway), and when we rode our bikes up and down the road, we did not wear helmets (the only helmets people wore back then were the oil field workers).

All of us cousins spent hours building go-carts, ending up with blisters and strawberries on our feet from poor brakes (and we survived). We fought and got over it. We ran barefooted all of the time, and were all creative because we played outside and had nothing but nature to garner our attention.

We had freedoms, failures, successes and learned responsibility but most importantly, we learned how to deal with it all.

We had no cell phones, computers, cable television, PlayStation or Xbox, and our chat room was at the dinner table each evening with family.

And here is my nutrition answer: Back then we did not . drink out of aluminum or styrofoam, eat margarine, cook with teflon, eat genetically-modified food, microwave, and we ate no processed food (there was no such thing).

Sugar was sugar (until saccharin appeared), eggs came from chickens - there were no egg beaters, and fresh-baked bread had mildew in about two or three days.

We drank water all day long and slept like logs at night because we were physically exhausted from playing and working.

How we feel each day is now up to us in the decisions we make with our diet and lifestyle and the consequences from our poor choices can affect us forever.

And to all, a very Happy New Year. Here's to a new you in 2012.

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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.