Savvy Seniors Re-purpose American Cuisine

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How American Cuisine Is Being Re-purposed to Meet Senior's Diet &Nutrition

NEW DAYS & OLD WAYS


Less than two centuries ago it was not unusual for the majority of America’s dietary needs to be met by the foods that came from the rural farmlands to our tables. Summer’s bounty and autumn’s harvest always signaled good eating. During that time, the availability of fresh produce was determined by seasonal crop productions These food sources were expected to be wholesome and nourishing, but that was many yesterdays ago and the old school’s ways. America's cuisine began to shift as the employment industry changed. These are new days in a new millennium. We have moved from an agrarian society to a post-industrial society. A majority of savvy seniors have also moved from 'Having it Your Way' to more wholesome food selections, i.e. 'Senior's Special Day'. American food producers with the aide of modern techniques have moved away from simple selections to cross-breeding and mutation breeding. Now, everything is quick and in a hurry. Today’s younger foodies have to contend with flash frozen, micro-waved, less substantive food, GMO’s and RDA’s, The eating habits of most savvy seniors became well established in the early 1950's. Years ago, 'traditionalist' and 'baby-boomers' were told "you are what you eat". They were also admonished to 'eat balanced meals' and were persuaded by a generation of elders who believed that 'oatmeal was better than no meal'. In order to maintain optimum health, today's savvy seniors have begun to re-purpose America's cuisine. Many savvy seniors consider good nutrition to be the mainstay of health and wellness. While tradition, ethnic palates, budget and nostalgia weigh heavily, savvy seniors eating habits are most often motivated by their individual health challenges.

TIME TO EAT

Traditionally American meals were labor intensive, time consuming and prepared three times a day. Traditional cooking was not 'junk food' cooking. Good home cooks always used fresh local produce. They also knew the local fish mongers and/or butchers. Whether from memory or with the aide of generational recipes, these seasoned cooks were often noted for the culinary skill of 'scratch cooking'. Additionally, wholesome food was determined by the 'basic four plan' of the 1970's. Americans ate as 'family units' three times a day. They ate before the dawn. They ate at the midday. They ate in the evenings. Meals usually included ‘something from below the earth; something on the earth and something above the earth’. Although country and foods may differ, universally the common meals are breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner and supper. In the olden days, Westerners always consumed their hardiest meal early in the morning. With the passages of time and subliminally-hooked advertising jingles, America’s breakfast meal was changed and re-purposed.. Most importantly, Western palates were also significantly altered. America became a land of fast food foodies hooked on 'junk food'. The luxury of well prepared meals that were delicious and nutritious was not always an option in the new high tech society. In this day and age, one quickly consume the first meal of coffee, donuts and cigarettes. Next, a midday meal is consumed. This meal usually consists of coffee/pop and hamburger with French fries. Finally, supper was eaten. It is a gastronomical feast which further assuages our cravings for salt, sugar and fats. Thus, the last meal also become the heaviest meal of the day.

EAT WELL TO BE WELL

An alarming number of Americans are overweight yet, nutritionally starved and this has prompted many to return to the ways of their elders. The food pyramid has been updated. More individuals are also re-visiting George W. Calver’s 1928, "10 Commandments of Health". Of course, Dr. Calver’s 1st Commandment is to “Eat Wisely”. Calver’s 2nd Commandment is to ‘Drink Plentifully’ i.e. water. Not since Jethro Kloss' classic Back to Eden has there been such a notable upsurge among the general population in the consumption of wholesome foods, ancient grains and 'super- foods' such as Amarant, Farro, Freekeh, Quinoa (ké-wă), Kamut and Teff. Savvy seniors have come full circle and it is now back to the basics. In addition to ‘an apple a day’ there is also a renewed emphasis upon eating three meals per day. Although the jury is still out regarding the value of eating breakfast, various notables have touted the importance of the first meal of the day. Among these were the revolutionary social activist, Black Panther Party, Will Kellogg, Mayo Clinic and Dr. Oz. So, tomorrow upon awaking I’ll drink two 8oz glasses of water and eat breakfast. My 1st meal of the day will include organic seasonal fruit, fiber muesli or oatmeal with a dollop of Coconut Oil, eggs, peppered bacon and coffee. This will be my perfect scrumptious beginning of blending old ways in these new days.

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PHOTOS: by C. A. Lofton

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American Cuisine, Ancient Grains, Diet And Nutrition, Food Groups, Food Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle, Meals, Senior Citizens, Traditonal Meals

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C.A. Lofton is a proponent of Positive Thinking. Her creative works: lyrics, short stories and poetry. B.A. in English and certificates in counseling and publishing. Website: www.calofton.com

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author avatar writestuff
20th Oct 2013 (#)

Mark
Thanks for the star, moderation and informative comments.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Oct 2013 (#)

good good good indeed writestuff...and those people are at the mercy of the big international food companies who also place ads that are so misleading it is almost humorous..except they are killing people. thank you for this

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Oct 2013 (#)

ps I have been breakfasting on two slices of good bread toasted, good butter and English marmelade and two cups of filter coffee for over 50 years and do not eat till 5 pam as we are supposed to leave 12 hours between meals so our bodies can digest the previous one. so I dont eat lunch and am gorgeously slim, beautiful and healthy and over 70 now....

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

got to pp!!! I attended a Goodways Symposium on he Mediterranean diet some years ago and I got up in front of hundreds of health, nutrionalists, doctors etc and said how wonderful it was but how could people in the USA enjoy when everything here is grown on shelves. there was deadly silence and then the board said they would look into it....

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author avatar writestuff
21st Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks for your read and comment. Also thanks for your informative and encouraging ps.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Oct 2013 (#)

What an excellent read! I too love breakfast, usually oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries and of course a few almonds. I usually follow that with multigrain bread and honey with tea as my choice of beverage. Before eating I drink a cut of water that has been boiled and cooled until it's just warm. Blessings.

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author avatar writestuff
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Kingwell,
Thanks for your read and sharing. Water before meals is great way to assist in digestion and to increase hydration. Stay well and also be blessed.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

that's a good brekka my friend...

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author avatar madugundurukmini
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

eat good food in time, it is better to health.

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author avatar writestuff
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Excellent advice. Thank you for commenting and reading.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Great article and quite important advice!

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author avatar writestuff
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks for your read and kind comment.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Writestuff this brougt me back down memory lane. I do remember when food we ate food that was a lot healthier in many ways. It was always a delight to get fresh produce and fruits from the city market or from the neighborhood stands. Those were the good old and often forgotten days

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author avatar writestuff
17th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment. Only elders who know and care take time and effort to preserve these precious memories.

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