Do You Know Nutrition: The good ol' days

By Phylis Canion
April 29, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 28, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.

I look back at what we ate and did as a kid. Many times, I wonder how we have survived. I am sick and tired of eating food that is genetically modified, altered, homogenized, pasteurized, loaded with fake ingredients and, for the most part, non-digestible. And now, it seems like everything I pick up has a warning of some kind on it except our food, and that needs it the most. Wow, have things changed since the '50s. Not really a question for you I guess - just more of a thought.

And you are absolutely correct. Back then, we were born to mothers who smoked and drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate bleu cheese and were never tested for diabetes. Our cribs were covered in lead-based paints that we chewed on (and are still alive).

We drank water out of the garden hose (Have you tried that lately? yuck), ate worms, and they did not live in us forever. Mother actually cut up chicken and chopped eggs on the same cutting board with the same knife, and no one contracted E. coli. Hamburger meat defrosted on the counter, not in the microwave. There were no childproof lids on medicine bottles or child-proof locks on kitchen cabinets, and I rode many a mile on my bicycle without a helmet.

I fell out of a tree more than once, and there were no lawsuits. My cousin and I built a go-cart, a two-seater no less, and drove it many hours until we ran out of gas - and, oh, by the way, there were no seat belts in it.

Our actions were our own, and consequences were expected if we made bad decisions. We played all day and came home at dark, and we did not have cellphones - we had friends. No Nintendo or all of those other computer games. Computers? We were lucky to have a television, and "Sky King" with Penny was my favorite show, along with watching my mother exercise to Jack LaLanne, who died at the 96.

We took vacations and rode in the back seat while our parents smoked the entire trip, but we never had secondhand smoke complications. Cigarettes were real tobacco back then. Yes, you are correct: Things have changed. So someone tell me again, what was wrong with those days?

Thought for the week: Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

The next free nutrition class in Victoria will be at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Organic Emporium.

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



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