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