Our eating habits as we are growing up

By Sarguillo Latest Reply 2009-10-09 13:12:53 -0500
Started 2009-10-06 19:03:46 -0500

WHen I was a child, I was told to eat everying that was on my plate.
I was given a sandwich (with white bread) or two with plenty of Mayo and cheese and meat, no lettuce (as it would wilt).
I would come home and for a snack, I ate chips, cookies, candy, drank soda and all the OJ I wanted.
For dinner, we would always start off with soup, but then it was mashed potatoes, some kind of meat, alot of bread (its a cultrual thing), cheeses, and Koolaide to wash it down.
As I got older, more meat, more fried foods. More chilli,
I moved out of my parents house and I ate out of cans. Boxes. lots of bread and pastas.
Lots of meat, a steak evey night. No vegtables came in the door.
No watching my size unless you count that I was seeing that I was growing by leaps and bounds.
One day, a doctor tells me that I am diabetic.
Anyone surprised?
Now at this point in my life, I am learning to eat healthier, Take better care of myself.
After a surpirse like this, how am I to feel about my growing up and what I was taught as a youngster?
There are lot of yourngsters out there that are ticking time bombs ready to go off.
Why was I not taught to eat healthier when I was younger?
Why was I not taught the danger of not taking better care of myself?
Was I taught these things and I chose not to listen to them, as If i was wearing blinders?
Who is going to teach this current generation to take better care of themselves?
The next generation?
It took diabetes for me to start taking car of myself.
By then, it was too late. The damadge was already done.
I dont think young poeple today think anything like this can happen to them.
They are superman, wonderwoman, and the incredible hulk all wrapped into one.
Nothing can penetrate their defenses, untill one day, they are sitting in a doctors office, and they hear those words "you have diabetes".
I feel at a loss for this generation.
Diabetes is growning in portion to the size (literaly) of the population.
I am one voice. How do I get my message out there.
At this moment, all I can do is take care of myself and thank god I, If I take care of myself, will not be more of a burden on society then I currently am (which is currently nil).

Sorry for my rant and rave, but am I to feel like this is a loss cause?

10 replies

Barbi 2009-10-09 13:12:53 -0500 Report

Your not alone. But our generation ate a lot more "home made" food than the young teens/kids of today do. I think that it is more than our eating habits, it is our entire lifestyle…we don't physically do as much as our parents and grandparents did…encluding working be it at the job or in the home. All the advances in electronics, household appliances, and the advent of boxed and frozen foods are really hurting us…not helping as they were intended to. All the addition of chemicals in our daily foods…coloring, persertives, stableizers…ya gotta wonder exactly what they are doing to us in the long run…I think all that "junk" has a lot to do with the health and well-being of our entire society these days. Notice that "3rd world countries" arent' experiencing the health crisis that we are here in the USA. Hmmmm. makes you think a bit doesn't it? Sure, growing up maybe you (and I) didn't learn much about the 4 food groups or take them seriously…and our waistband measurements and BMI's are bigger than they "should" be. But the deal is you have today…wasteing time and energy beating the past won't improve today…or tomorrow. Being a diabetic isn't the death sentance it once was…with determination, a great doctor (or two) at your side and the ability to change we can all live a long, productive, happy life! So, GO FOR IT!!

Waltznfool 2009-10-08 14:15:16 -0500 Report

I live outside of San Antonio, TX, ranked one of the top ten cities for overweight people. San Antonio have a rich Hispanic culture that I would not trade for anything. However, you’re right, I was brought up in this culture AND a German one…I love food. Fortunately I one of those people that everyone hates, high metabolism and thin (My mom says too thin to meet a nice girl..LOL). I’ve seen what has happened though to my parent and sisters, all are overweight (my Dad was before his health starting going south). My sister’s kids are all overweight. I’ve been told that, “protein is more expensive than carbs”. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t substitute beans for meat. There’s always a way to overcome the financial issue to eat healthy. If something isn’t done soon, there will be more people (mainly kids) diagnosed with diabetes and other health problems.
Take care and smart eating!


mamaoak 2009-10-08 13:58:39 -0500 Report

we had big meals as well but good ones a hot dog was very a real treat and a hamberg was as well maybe once a year. they did not have the fast food then . she caned a lot of fruit and she made jam these where from our garden in the fall my mom and dad would dig up the carrost and potatoes and put them in a hole in the ground below the frost line cover then with leaves she would cure ooue bacon and would rent a place cald a cold storage there our meat was stored. she woul do down beets and other vegtables as well. i really miss this it was so good.

Crashnot 2009-10-08 13:29:10 -0500 Report

I think we're the first generation of "bad food", since really processed food started evolving in the '70s. And medicine certainly shows the results! Growing up diabetic, I saw a dietician 4x a year, and would like to think my mom's healthy home cooking has paid off for me and now my children.

But you know what? It's really hard! Handing them a bag of chips or crackers is SO much easier then setting them down to eat carrot sticks and dip or apple wedges, etc. But mom did it. How? Determination!

I was in line for two hours a few weeks ago and chatting with my fellow line-people. Woman behind me is helping raise her granddaughter. Kid will only eat Cheetos. Fine, she said. You won't eat my food, you won't eat! The health department told her your body will take over and kick into survival gear, so don't worry about it :-) The 3-year old lasted 2.5 days, and on the final morning she gobbled down everything put in front of her, broccoli, green beans and all. Guess it worked.

Now if only we all had grandmothers like that!!!!!

Antique-Dave 2009-10-08 12:30:07 -0500 Report

Growing up the refrigerator was empty most of the time except for beer. We finshed everything on our plate because there was seldom an opportunity to snack or anything to snack on.

I thought that the only vegetables in existence were corn and beans until I was about 11 and ate over at a friends house. cauliflower?

I was eating a lot of fried and junk food in the years prior to dx but we gardened, canned, ate a lot of fruit and veggies and a varied diet, I thought we ate pretty good but as I have learned not as good as I could have.

I was not over weight at dx, ate whatever I wanted and when ever I wanted. Dx wasn't a surprise because it runs in my family.

Its hard to prevent problems, whether you are talking about diabetes, smoking, drugs, alcoholism, most people just don't consider they are at risk and are not willing to take the time and money to prevent it.

You would probably have better luck in trying to get people to get to the doc once they start to have problems. That radio ad they played all the time about the symptoms of diabetes did more to motivate me to get tested then anything else.

Sarguillo 2009-10-08 11:59:23 -0500 Report

Had a discussion yesterday with my assistant. She is a grandmother who lives with one of her sons and help out by taking care of the grandchildren. She agrees that she raised her kids the same way but now knows better and is raising her grandkids alot healthier then what she was raised as, or as she raised her kids as. She is helping one grandson keep his weight so he can play football with the other kids. Coach is a stickler, 1/2 lb over the weight limit and you are benched for that game. They have little kids so they have to be careful that no one gets hurt. She is also trying to keep a healthier diet in the house as the mother of the kids buys out of the box for the kids. Grandmother cooks nothing but fresh.
Now I just have to figure out how to get her to adopt me.

MarineMomX2 2009-10-07 22:51:52 -0500 Report

Yep, had one of those Mothers too! Have to be honest and say I raised my sons in the same manner, but maybe not as extreme. They both know the value of fresh vegetables and fruit and we seemed to do most of our meats on the grill instead of deep fried. Am hoping I helped raise them in a more healthy manner than we came from. To this day though the big family get togethers are still hard. All those 'good' old family dishes seem to come out of the woodwork and the temptations are there!

Alicia039 2009-10-07 03:35:45 -0500 Report

My son is 10 and I try to give him a balanced diet. However, after I was diagnosed I have introduced wheat products. He doesn't like store bought wheat bread but he will eat home made :) I'm so afraid that at some point he will get diabetes. I have always told him that he does not have to finish his plate. I went through that as a child and I hated it. Yes he can be a little wasteful, but I try not to put too much on his plate. I'd rather see it go in the trash then to force him to finish.

And if you can't rant and rave on here with friends then where can you ?

Anonymous 2009-10-06 23:22:07 -0500 Report

I never had store boughten bread until I was adult as I had German hausFrau for mama who baked all the bread, pastry, cake, pies. Oh, and did I mention home made donuts and deep fried bread dough that was left over and dozens of tins of Boston brown bread at a time? As a kid I thought Sunbeam bread (stuff that used to come in the blue plaid bag) was angel food cake..LOL Worse in grade school when I would come home from school complaining of headaches the family doctor told my mother to feed me a slice of bread (she gave me the home made German white bread sliced a good inch thick) with honey on it. SIGH..the origins of my eating disorder and diabetes enabled by a mother and a physician…Wasn't life grand? I understand your concern regarding the young kids of today. It is diabetes, drugs, alcohol, smoking…I have to turn all that over to a power greater than myself. Congratulations on setting an example though for turning things around when you still had the opportunity. You are a great example for any person, young or not young who sees you in action!

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-10-06 21:04:44 -0500 Report

Rant and Rave all you want as there are
many others out there that went through
the same thing includeing myself. Mom always fixed big meals and always gave us seconds. I was told that I was border line Diabetic and kept eating what I wanted. Now I am Diabetic and wish I had listened to the Dr. I have no one to blame but myswelf. Dan