The Times, They Are A Changin’
Posted May 11, 2011on:
Happy middle of the week!!! We’re doin’ it–Friday is in sight!
I was just taking a stroll down Memory Lane. Growing up living mostly with my grandparents, we all ate very traditionally, very middle-America. One of the things my grandfather loved was very simple: wide pasta noodles in chicken broth, seasoned with black pepper.
As I reached my weight-loss phase, I realized that this simple dish was “healthy” by the standards we’d set back then: it was low in calories and fat! (It was definitely high sodium, but I didn’t have blood pressure problems, so I was told not to worry about sodium.) So, I treated myself to this homemade noodle bowl a few times a week, because it was good for me.
Of course, I look back at that and shake my head. We called that “healthy”? I’d certainly call it “not too bad”, but now, I don’t give something a “healthy” label unless it contains a reasonable amount of nutrition… which this bowl of noodles does not. (Maybe a tiny bit of protein in the chicken broth? And we weren’t using whole wheat noodles…)
I find it interesting how the definition of “healthy” has changed, in the food industry, in the past 10-15 years. But I think it’s changed in a good way. More of us have been trained to reach for whole foods rather than processed foods, and nutrition labels are changing or the better, as well. (Now, whether or not we choose to read them is a different story…)
So, lest you think I’m totally nutrition-pious and deserve a halo……. I do eat my 5 servings of fruit and veg every day, and I drink a cup of green tea every day. I also get a lot of water. But, I do have something sweet on a daily basis, and it’s not always a healthy sweet (yesterday, I had yogurt sweetened with maple, but other days–look out!). I figure–if you hate everything you eat, what’s the point of living?
One more thing–my friend and fellow instructor Jessica has recently started blogging her experiences with P90X and Insanity. Check it out!
How has your definition of “healthy eating” changed over the past 10 years?