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    More useless health advice. I don't recall where, but I recently read an article that said the key to good health was to not eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. I think their point was to eliminate processed, packaged, and junk food. But the grandmother analogy really doesn't work and many people reading the article may not get the real point. I'm quite sure my grandmother (and even great-grandma) recognized breads, pasta, pastries, fried chicken, corn dogs, potato chips, and ice cream. In fact, Grandma probably even baked many of the cakes, pies, and cookies I ate as a young child. So to say don't eat what Grandma wouldn't have eaten and you'll be healthy doesn't seem very helpful. It won't help many less-educated readers eliminate the real problem foods.

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    Grandma was much more active than today's average American. Plus she didn't eat soya or PUFA in quantity.

    She wasn't wrapped up in cotton wool.
    F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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    • #3
      My grandmother would not have allowed me to eat fast food every day or have cakes and cookies all the time like people do now. And should would have disapproved of drinking soda with every meal, too. My grandmother knew how to prepare hunted meat and bake biscuits in an earthen oven. Everything she made had butter and cream in it. My great-grandmother would have eaten herring and potato lefse (mmm yummy I bet it can be primalized). She definitely wouldn't have recognized most of what's now in a grocery store as food.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
        My grandmother would not have allowed me to eat fast food every day or have cakes and cookies all the time like people do now. And should would have disapproved of drinking soda with every meal, too. My grandmother knew how to prepare hunted meat and bake biscuits in an earthen oven. Everything she made had butter and cream in it. My great-grandmother would have eaten herring and potato lefse (mmm yummy I bet it can be primalized). She definitely wouldn't have recognized most of what's now in a grocery store as food.
        What's potato lefse? Is it a potato salad?
        F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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        • #5
          Potato Lefse is a thin flatbread, think tortilla, with the dough made from potato, cream or lard, and flour...
          “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
          ~Friedrich Nietzsche
          And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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          • #6
            Also depends on what generation's grandmother, and the assumption that it was what she ate when she was growing up. Obviously the rule won't apply well in 10-30 years, and doesn't work very well now either.

            The older you are the better the "rule" applies; your grandmother probably wouldn't have had much exposure to fast or processed foods, etc.

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            • #7
              My grandmother tried to make sure that:
              I put sugar in my tea before going to school: "So your brain works"
              I dressed and over-dressed: "You say you are warm now... you'll have sniffles later"
              Didn't approve of my swimming: "Your shoulders will grow too wide"
              But approved on my heavy (already) thighs: "That's pretty for any man"
              I ate my fill and more and didn't miss bread: "Or you will drop dead tired"

              My grandmother grew up in a poor family with 8 other children, and starved during the war. She learned all those "rules" during 1930's and 1940's. Sure, she clarified butter, added sour cream and butter into her cooking generously, but she also did not skimp on sugar, bread and pasta, and one serving of her hearty festive foods would probably destroy my digestion for two days now..... She sure worked hard, but she ate when the food was available to compensate for the calories she used up and was tall stocky, large woman. I loved her, but i won't eat like her.
              Last edited by Leida; 04-03-2012, 01:43 PM.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                Potato Lefse is a thin flatbread, think tortilla, with the dough made from potato, cream or lard, and flour...
                Ooh that sounds yummy.
                F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                • #9
                  Michael Pollan pushes this one.
                  I found him before primal and he turned me on to grass fed beef, and cleaner food.

                  The problem with his paradigm is that he's just not going back far enough in time to get to the roots of what we should be eating.
                  Grandma still ate grains.

                  Now if he said eat what your great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great .....grandmother ate..that might be more appropriate.

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                  • #10
                    My Grandma died at 100 last year. Everyone joked about how she would cut off large chunks of butter and just eat it. She drank loads of tea - always with cream (and, full disclosure, a little sugar). For hours and hours, whenever the weather would allow, she'd sit outside on her patio reading. Got lots of sun when she was younger, too. Maybe too much - had a bout or two of skin cancer, but thankfully, nothing serious. While she fought us - literally - to keep her license until she was like 92, she always preferred to walk.

                    Looking back, she got an awful lot of things right.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, lefse is great, but it's a sugar, cinnamon and butter delivery device. I could see primalizing it and then using it for sandwich-type stuff. I sometimes miss the simplicity of being able to eat a burger or sausage as a sandwich.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                        Yeah, lefse is great, but it's a sugar, cinnamon and butter delivery device. I could see primalizing it and then using it for sandwich-type stuff. I sometimes miss the simplicity of being able to eat a burger or sausage as a sandwich.
                        Oh that sounds way too sweet.
                        F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                        • #13
                          The lefse itself isn't sweet. It's just potatoes and a little flour and lard. If you swapped the flour out with something else (tapioca starch?) then you'd have a nice sort of potato tortilla. The flour just helps it hold together. I guess there's a way to make them thick, too, but I've only ever had the thin kind.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • #14
                            My grandmother is the reason why my mother was born with a hare-lip and split palate and therefor wasn't breastfed, but instead fed 'Ersatz'milk.
                            My mother therefor had no anti-bodies to her enviroment her entire life, suffers severe allergies and has been ill her entire life.
                            Being fed confections, chocolates and white sugar in everything, not owning enough land to be able to house goats or cows to get raw milk, my mothers teeth fell out by the time she hit her 20's. ALL of them were gone by her late 20's.
                            Being fed a mostly carb diet because meat was expensive and the boys in the family got to it first "because they needed the protein to grow into strong men", my mother was left behind nutritionally...

                            My Dad's mother however knew organ meats were important and since it was cheap, she always had brains, kidneys and liver in the house. Also, they had chicken in the yard for eggs, and traded some goods to afford raw goats milk. My Dad (now 70) has all of his 32 teeth, still !!! He ate things he was taught from home his entire life, liver, blood and other organ meats...

                            Since my Dad had little to do with raising us ( he was always at work), my mother fed us all a diet she learned from her Mom...and so the nutrient deficient diet continued down the generation. My sister now has 2 children of her own and continues the same path...needless to say her kids are extremely fragile, always sick, the boy seems underdeveloped, the girl seems to be prematurely developing (feedlot milk with hormones i guess). Both of them lack concentration and have medical conditions. Boy still pees in bed at age 14 and the girl has a genetic defect not being able to digest certain fats.

                            Everyone on my mothers side developed cancer while everyone on my Dads side seems healthy (besides the joint and back pain).

                            I think now I'm just ranting, I don't know what my point is really. I'm glad I found MDA. All my old friends back from 20 years ago (highschool) are all sick and complain about stuff. I seem to be the only 1 bouncing off the walls with energy...

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                            • #15
                              This is CW people's defiant nod to the past. If grandma ate it it must be OK.

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