Generation Changes

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Submitted: December 08, 2016

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Generation Changes

Have you ever gone to the grocery store, and actually looked around at the price of healthy food? If you have paid any attention you would recognize just how much cost of healthy food has changed over time. The expense of healthy food is only one of the reasons that more people don’t purchase it. The fact that humans are creatures of habit is another. Cooking is a skill that is typically passed from one generation to the next, and it must’ve skipped my generation because I for one can’t cook, but my mother is practically a chef. Many people also have favorite family recipes that were handed down through time.  My mother still makes the homemade biscuits from the recipe that her great grandmother used.

Today’s generation is more health conscious and we now know that foods high in fat and excessive calories are not good for us. We may shy away from using these old recipes/cooking techniques frequently, but it is a behavior that is learned. In order to effectively change the types of foods we purchase and how we prepare our meals, a conscious effort would have to be made.

Many recipes from back in the day weren’t healthy. They were high in calories and fat, but the amount of physical labor exerted by generations of years past allowed those calories to be burned off and obesity was not an issue. Today inventions and technology have allowed us to become a generation whose only substantial physical endeavors are the time we set aside to “work out”.  

My mother new a family that had farmed in a small community for many generations. The foods prepared did not change much over the years. A family dinner would commonly consist of fried or mashed potatoes, creamed corn, biscuits, and fried chicken. Over the years the farm embraced modern day equipment which reduced the amount of physical labor needed to tend to the farm. They also utilized technology inside the household. Laundry no longer needed to be washed by hand and dishes were cleaned by a dishwasher. It appeared they were accepting change in every aspect, however the foods prepared and served in the kitchen remained much the same.

When my mother met this family it was the third generation living in and running the farm.  The husband and wife had 5 children that were raised on the farm. They all grew up and started families of their own that lived on the land, and worked on the farm. Of those five children all were obese and their lives were cut short. Only one remains living. Two of them passed due to heart attacks they were ages 54 and 59. The other two died as the result of a stroke, their ages were 53, and 49. While obesity may not have been the only contributing factor to their deaths it definitely played a huge role.

We have to start paying attention to what we are consuming each day, because believe it or not it plays a huge factor in our lives. I know it is hard for some low-income families to afford healthy food, but America as a whole has to try harder, I mean c’mon 2/3 of America is obese. This is something that most of us could control, but choose to let it slip away. Don’t get me wrong a good piece of fried chicken, and a piece of chocolate cake for dessert is delicious, but we can all live without those kinds of foods, or only have them in moderation/special occasions- not included in our weekly meal plans. The healthier we are the longer we live, and we all know that. The more nutrients rich food we consume, the healthier we will become. The choice is yours to make on how you want your life to end up.

 


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