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Are we healthier than our parents?

  • May 8, 2013
  • By 50 Shades
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Family Table

 

If you had asked me this question “am I healthier than my parents” years ago I would have replied with a solid “yes”.  However the more I think about our break-neck paced, stressful, fast-food society, I am beginning to change my mind.  There appears to be many good reasons for returning to a more simplified way of life that I experienced as a child.

The statistics for obesity, heart disease, diabetes and stress related conditions are definitely on the up.  We, as a society as a whole, have become more materialistic, money orientated and time-poor.  We spend more time in front of TVs and computers than exercising in the great outdoors.  We are eating more and more processed foods loaded with additives and sugar.  We are working more and more hours to make money to “keep up with the Joneses”.

Reflecting back on my childhood I recall that my mum was a stay-at-home mum who prepared simple meals from fresh ingredients.  Nothing came out of a packet, except staple items like flour.  We had fresh meat, fruit and vegetables straight from the market garden down the road or from our own fruit trees in our backyard, freshly laid eggs from our chickens, fresh milk and cream from our cow. All our meals were prepared from scratch.

Sure we had full cream milk, butter and white bread.  We had puddings like apple pie, golden syrup dumplings and bread and butter pudding. We had roast meat and vegetables cooked in lard and lashings of potato mashed with butter and milk.  We only had soft drink or cordial occasionally, otherwise we drank milk or water.  We snacked on fresh fruit and bread with home made jam.  No sugary cereals or muesli bars.

According to http://healthcave.com/10-reasons-why-our-ancestors-were-healthier-than-us/ :

“Our ancestors ate much more meat than us and as a result, our brains and mental capacity are much higher than they would have been had we had the same diet we have today. The proteins in red meat and fish help boost brain activity and because we only eat a fraction of the meat we ate centuries ago, it’s thought that our brain growth has slowed significantly compared to our ancestors”.

 

evolution

 

The other very valid points that were mentioned in this article were:

  1. Our ancestors of long ago worked much harder for their food than hopping in a car and buying prepackaged meat from the supermarket. The extra exercise involved with being outside all day provided a lot of natural vitamins such as vitamin E and D to the skin, resulting in a healthier lifestyle
  2. Our ancestors didn’t drink any of the soft drinks or coffees that we drink today, so sugar intake wasn’t a problem.
  3. Our ancestors used herbal methods to cure their ailments by utilising plants that grow freely in nature that are capable of curing our most common problems. From head colds to headaches, plants and leaves have helped the human race prevent problems and cure ones that spring into existence for thousands of years. Only recently have companies started capitalizing on our sicknesses and charging us money to cure all of our small ailments.
  4. Our ancestors managed to add to their lifespan by not having to worry about foods treated with preservatives and chemicals. It is rumored that the preservatives in our food are helping our bodies live longer, but the quality of our health deteriorates as a result. The lack of preservatives in things like meat and vegetables, as well as the lack of food in their diets that needed preservatives to stay fresh, helped our ancestors live better lives.
  5. We all have cell phones, iPods, and TVs blaring at us at all times of the day. The distractions we have coming at us all the time aren’t helping us live a calmer life. Gadgets contribute to stress and fatigue, despite what you may believe. Our ancestors didn’t have any of the “luxuries” we have today and without all of the distractions, they were able to pay attention to their families and survival a lot easier.

Very interesting indeed.  So basically if we were to de-clutter our lives, simplify our diets, restrict  our usage of electronic gadgets and get back to the basics we would all be a lot healthier.  I don’t know about you, but I feel there is definitely some merit in this!

 

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By 50 Shades, May 8, 2013 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

6 Comments
  • Charlotte
    May 27, 2013

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    Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to our blogroll.

  • Marla
    January 23, 2014

    I would have to agree that we are not healthy today. We have lost the true value of family life and the value of Real Food and replaced it with synthetic, artificial toxic ingredients. Love your post and how your word it. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop!

    • Kathy
      January 23, 2014

      Thank you Marla, I couldn’t agree more. I try to avoid processed foods where possible and go back to the basics. As a society we all seem to be in a big rush and take shortcuts which is probably the reason for obesity, diabetes and heart disease. I think we need to be educated to return to a more simple way of life.

  • Deborah Smikle-Davis
    January 25, 2014

    What a delightful post!
    This topic really brings back memories of growing up with a wonderful, stay at home mom in the suburbs who loved to try every modern trend in convenience foods, but she also cooked fresh food from scratch, maintained a backyard vegetable garden and we always sat down to dinner at the table together as a family and talked with other. Thank you so much for sharing these valuable insights on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

    • Kathy
      January 25, 2014

      You are very welcome Deborah. I love sharing stories of what it was like being a child back in the sixties. Things were so simple back then and in a lot of ways we were so much happier and healthier.

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