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ruthiegirl
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Maybe I'll give that a try after camp, to see if DS likes it. I'll make it into meatballs, rather than a loaf, because for some strange reason, my daughters will eat meatballs but not meatloaf (and they prefer their meat to not have anything mixed into it before cooking.)


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Maybe I'll give that a try after camp, to see if DS likes it. I'll make it into meatballs, rather than a loaf, because for some strange reason, my daughters will eat meatballs but not meatloaf (and they prefer their meat to not have anything mixed into it before cooking.)

I know - aren't kids the funniest about food? They eventually outgrow most of that, thank heaven.




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My daughters are 16 and 17 years old! One will be a "grown up" in less than 5 months! I think they're done "outgrowing" things.

Mind you, it's not like they "won't eat" meatloaf; they just don't really like it and prefer meatballs.


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I started a post and now it has disappeared somehow.

Anyway, Ruthiegirl, I was just confirming what Sanj said about kids being picky eaters.  When we were all at the kid stage certain foods were just "yucky" and that's all we knew.  Luckily I wasn't  served TV dinners 5 nights a week with the TV on somewhere near the table.

D.L..  I remember when that book came out by Harvey Diamond.  It was a revolutionary concept at the time.  But I "pooh poohed it" because afterall where was the meat????  I can see, though, how you lost alot of weight on it.  But ulcers can't be much fun at all and I'm glad you got that cured.

So after hearing about his book and rejecting the concept I just popped open a "Tab" and ate a slice of pizza!  The Tab was my way of counting calories.  I can't believe it now but that's the way it was then.

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Quoted from ruthiegirl
Maybe I'll give that a try after camp, to see if DS likes it. I'll make it into meatballs, rather than a loaf, because for some strange reason, my daughters will eat meatballs but not meatloaf (and they prefer their meat to not have anything mixed into it before cooking.)


Also look up the post I made for Greek Balls. Turkey meatballs with a lot of spinach and some Feta cheese.
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Turkey and feta can't be mixed together in a kosher meal- nor is feta compliant for me. I suspect that if I put spinach into meatballs (turkey OR beef) I'd be the only one eating them. The girls don't really like ground turkey, and DS doesn't like green things in his food.

Strange, because he used to LOVE spinach as a baby. I remember feeding him the spinach/feta filling from those Greek spinach puff pastry thingies (I know there's a name for that but it escapes me at the moment) when he was about 9 months old, and he used to LOVE the spinach-flavored baby food even before that.


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Spanakopita: Greek filo pastry filled with spinach/feta.

As a child I liked spinach chopped fine and mixed with mashed potatoes. If he can't eat potatoes, he might not mind it mixed with some other puréed starch?


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fresh salad every night with bits of avocado (i was always the chief designated salad maker)  okra stewed in stewed tomatoes and juice (with onion and bacon bits), yellow squash seasoned with onion and bacon bits, or only a little parm. cheese, oven baked sweet potatoes (which i still abhored even into junior high scool- why do parents force kids to eat the tastes that make their stomachs turn even when you tell them it makes you sick?) homemade refried pinto beans seasoned with onion and - you guessed it - bacon bits or drippings, carrots with fresh mint leaves, canned corn, split pea soup seasoned with ham hock, canned string beans, freshly baked idaho potatoes; canned spinach (my mother always advised to drink its juice with lemon) anything else was a special trip to the farmers market nearby. oh to be back in those days when we all lent a hand with the cooking - even if we were dysfunctional, addicted and co-dependent.   Half was really good times. Now im usually grabbing the bags from the store freezer and salad is waaay to expensive to make up big, big, and my mother - well....you know the story; shes got dementia and just doesnt care to do the healthy things she taught me. I always credited my cavity free teeth and strong  bones to the  veggies i grew up on as a child. PS: i had to specifically beg for childrens vitamins when i wanted flintstones chewables, or chocks......but never needed them consistently.mt parents never viewed me as sicly, although i was highly prone to the common cold throughout the year. the dr would order i be given a spOonful of codliver oil each day (BARFF!!!) and that was IT, baby!! in a nutshell  


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Hi everyone, thank you for sharing.   It makes me smile when I read you guy’s posts.  I’m  so excited because there are so many choices of things to eat.
When I was growing up my life was very different from most of you. I had very limited choice of meats because of the price in my country.  The main thing in my diet was vegetables with clear water (a kind of soup) with 3 pork bones or 5 oz. of chicken boiled and seasoned in one pot(no oil) for the whole family which consisted of my parents and 4 kids.  We ate the soup with sticky rice (white rice) but there were only two bowls per pot.
We would only have only one entree with nothing else before or after the meal. No snacks in between meals either. We would have to wait until lunch or dinner to eat again ( I posted a picture of what my mom used to make for us looked. The name of curry in Thai is called Kang but in the restaurant it just means that it is always with coconut milk.  We did have 2 styles of Kang, one with and one without coconut milk.  My mom used to use different vegetables for each of our 3 meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Only once a month she would cook 2 legs of chicken with coconut milk and white potato.  We would eat this with Jasmine rice.  That time was the best I remember from my childhood.  I remember we used to think it was the BEST dinner in the world because we normally would eat sticky rice every day.  Chicken legs was something new and different for us!
No grill cheese, no egg, no nuts, no desert, no milk, no fruit except banana and longan from the tree when they are season in the backyard.
The picture below shows how our cooking arrangements looked.  The bamboo baskets were set in our “stove”.  Our stoves were supported by three cylinder blocks.  Below we would make a fire to cook the food.  No fancy stove here.  My job was to collect the wood for the fire so my Mom could do the cooking.  That was, until I turned 14 years old.  Then it was my turn to cook the sticky rice.
Lastly, we never went to see the doctor for regular check ups. No Dentist either.  We were lucky to never get seriously sick. I used to eat like that every day until I was 16 years old. After that I found a job and was able to have more food choices.


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Seraffa,

You did get a variety of vegetables and salad every night.  wow.  That is good nutrition.  But you also has those bacon bits in alot.  Even though they're avoids they added flavor.  No denying that.  
You were very lucky to have cavity free teeth let me tell you.  I had quite alot of cavities, ugh.

Hope things concerning your mom are working out better for you.  You can only do the best you can each day.  


Wanthanee,

The meals you ate were appropriate to your culture so of course they would be different.  I'll tell you one thing though that I envy and that is there were no processed foods used to cook meals.
Also, being an A myself you were eating mostly according to your bloodtype without even knowing it;
lots of fresh vegetables, little meat, and fruits.  We all had favorite meals.  One of mine was roasted chicken breast with mashed potatoes, and cooked carrot slices.  And, of course, dessert.  If it was chocolate pudding with whipped cream that really made the meal special.

Thanks for the photo of the cooking pot.  It sounds like family time revolved around making meals because there wes alot to do in order to prepare each meal.  And that is a special time to share.

You all were lucky to never go to the doctor or dentist.   I started going to the doctor at age 11 due to a condition that lasted until adulthood and had several operations.  It was not fun at all.

So now you are in the right place with food because of the BTD.

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DL, Joy, Chloe, what memories you brought to my mind! Chloe, our living room coffee table always had a bowl of mixed nuts with the nutcracker on top!!!
I grew up with all of those things, too( MMMM grilled cheese"sangitches" and tomato soup)...but..my Grandmere (also subscribed to Gourmet magazine) was in fact a gourmet cook! She was a chef in La Fayette, Indiana, where she was born, in Colorado and California. She retired in her late 70's but continued to spoil our family until she passed in '94. Because of her, I always knew about herb gardens and eating fresh fruits and veggies rather than canned or frozen. So, I would have to say I had an "all inclusive diet" growing up!   
My Mom always worked so used convenience foods, much like what has been mentioned, but tried to cook like Grandmere.( In fact, she has done so in her later years, for my sons!)Ahhh! "Sunrise, sunset, quickly go the years!"
My best food memories are the huge traditional family/holiday feasts prepared by my Grandmere and her sisters over the years. My cousins and I had it so good!
For the record, I hated jello while everyone else loved it, still do.   


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Cajun, I love everything about the description of your Grandmere....a gourmet cook....with an herb garden,
fresh fruits and vegetables.  She would be very welcomed and feel very at home on this forum


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Chloe - I say "touche' " to Cajun's Grandmere being welcome on this forum.  

Cajun - With the kind of gourmet cooking and fresh herbs and vegetables your Grandmere cooked with mealtimes must have been a taste treat!

I'd say that alot of people had very savvy parents and grandparents in some ways that gave us all a boost in the right direction for our health.

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   Hi Joy.  You are right, I were eating mostly according to my bloodtype without even knowing it!  Also, Dr.D said Type A prefers natural living. That is very true.

A lot of miracles have happened in my life.
I was a breech baby (when I was born, I came out legs first).  I wasn’t born in a hospital, I was born at home and delivered by a midwife. Lucky the midwife didn’t live far from our house.  She knew how to take me out safely.  I wasn’t premature but I was a very small baby.  My mom used to tell me I was as small as a kitten!  When my mom was pregnant she never had a chance to go to a doctor for routine checkups.  I am very fortunate that I was born healthy.   When I think back to my childhood days and how little we had, I feel it is unbelievable the fact that I live in a country like America.  How far I have come since then!  


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