Extra Diet Tips For The Elderly

Food should taste good.

Eating is a fundamental pleasure of living. In old age there is

no other pleasure that can equal enjoyment of food. It is a time

when we long for the foods of our own childhood, too. Ethnic

foods often had to be given up when children were raised

(switched to hot dogs and pizza) but with this diversion gone, a

return to family food would be most welcome and most healthful.

Ethnic foods were made from scratch. And they certainly were

made at home where cleanliness and “persnickitiness” are at

their finest! A speck in the batter gets noticed. Not so in a

commercial mixing vat. Pots and pans are sanitized with hot

water, not chemicals.

Good advice is to return to old fashioned home cooking: with

its flour and butter, lard and cream, homemade pasta, olive oil

and soup, coarse cereal grains and plain fruit. Gone are the fruit

juices, flour mixes, crackers and sweets that fill grocery shelves.

What about convenience? Old fashioned cooking took most of the

day. It does take 3 or 4 hours to make a soup from scratch. But

you then get 3 days off! Each day you reboil it, it is sterile again.

Or freeze half of it (take the potatoes out first). It does take a

whole morning to make pasta or some ethnic dish. Freeze it in

plastic sealed containers so the delicate flavor isn't spoiled.

Baking homemade bread is automated now. Do at least this much

to get away from the mold-ridden grocery store loaves. Make

your own ice cream and nut butters. They last many days and free

your schedule.

Time is the great inhibitor but if you have the means or the

help, the best advice, nutritionally, is a return to old-fashioned

cooking and recipes. Use your new insights to improve them

where you can. Don't use your mother's aluminum ware; use her

enamel ware or the new glass and ceramic ware. Don't use her

copper-bottomed tea kettle or gold-rimmed cups or “silver”. Use

her wooden spoons, glass glasses, and plain dishes, her wooden

and straw bowls and enamel pots and pans.



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