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Monday, August 14, 2017

My earliest childhood memories are of my parents drumming two things: Clean up your plate. After all, there are starving people in the world!" .....And my Dad: Eat those vegetables! They will put hair on your chest!" ..... Little children tend to believe every word their parents say, though I kept looking for hair to appear and it never did! It's hard to believe I was the kid who was constantly told, "Eat your peas!" .".."What's that you just snuck into your napkin!?" ....."Did you just slip something under the table to the dog?" .....Fast forward 5 years when I had to remind my Dad, "I AM IN HIGH SCHOOL NOW AND I DON'T WANT TO PUT HAIR ON MY CHEST!"

For the longest time, I didn't know that vegetables came out of the ground! I thought they came straight from Del Monte cans! Creamed corn, Lima beans, string beans, peas, and Veg-All! emoticon

I now LOVE most vegetables so much that we often have vegetable stir-fry for dinner or a big pot of vegetable soup, with lots of robust color. (none come from a can though)....::: Sorry Del-Monte.

I like to spend my time wisely so I can get to the Gym and make meal times simple as possible. On work days I make my husband's lunch; a nice hearty green salad with lots of extras to pile on top but while I'm doing that I have two other containers going. One for stir-fry dish for dinner or a big pot of vegetable soup. The pitcher is filled with fruits and veggies; a great natural energizer! ......:::::: Everything is done at once so my time spent in the kitchen is minimal, plus nothing gets wasted.

The Upside:
Since eating much more meatless dishes, both my DH and I are noticing more energy.
He is type 2 diabetic and his blood sugars are stabilized daily.
He wants to stay with vegetarian dishes.
The Downside:
Both of us are watching the scale move downward with our weight.
The best news:
We are both on the Small goals commitment team and we share the dietary goals! ....
We are equally more committed on a daily basis and feeling energetic and enthused!

On a final note, thanks for stopping by. The above was as I said true so help me ......
Have a great day and new week!

Here is a link to Spark Guy's small goals/ commitment challenge team which is over 1500 members now if you would like to join!.....

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    Great! Blog yes we was told also eat all your food ,there are ppl starving, emoticon Sorry Del Monte emoticon
    411 days ago
    I eat mainly vegetable dishes, but I do find myself missing fish and white meat sometimes, so I eat these a couple of times a week. At primary school I got told off and disciplined for refusing to drink my milk (which had been standing outside in the sun all morning and was sour); I was told that there were starving children in India who would be grateful for the milk, and I replied (with the logic of an eight-year-old) "So send it to them, then." Those were the days of "clean your plate before you are allowed to get down from table"; I can understand the post-war dislike of waste, but it didn't do our figures or our eating habits much good...
    441 days ago
    We rarely eat meat.
    531 days ago
  • AMBER461
    Great blog, thanks for sharing.
    545 days ago
  • CBASS30
    When I was eating salads everyday my stomach started feeling funny. I didn't like the feeling so I change up my fiber intake. I will still eat salad but not everyday
    556 days ago
  • MARYM1962
    awesome! Vegetables are great, but I still crave meat from time to time......
    559 days ago
  • AURA18
    emoticon Veggie meals emoticon Glad it's working out for you & DH. Good planning & prepping for the day emoticon Love the pitcher full of healthy freggies! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    562 days ago
    I am so glad to say my childhood cans ended half million years ago, but my love of roasted veggies have skyrocketed, enough to replace sweets in my life, that I found odd! I like that you have a small goals link! Wonderful
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    569 days ago
    Oh! I definitely remember those days. Thank you for this great blog and the great you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    570 days ago
    Oh indeed... this sounded so familiar. I hated beef growing up (still do!). My parents would leave me at the kitchen table to eat my beef until I had finished... it usually too ages! Why? But why? I would have been so much happier to eat something else! Sigh. Hopefully most parents aren't making the same mistakes nowadays? We can only hope!
    Thank you for a great blog... I didn't understand though how we can help you? (Or is it an American phrase I didn't get?)
    571 days ago
    Another great blog! emoticon And, emoticon boy can I identify, my dad used to tell me "clean your plate, there are starving children in the world"! Fast forward to high school and by then I had "blossomed" and he had me start running! And that was long before it was "the exercise to do" or popular. I was surprised to see you live in Eugene; I live in Brookings! I have a grandson in Eugene and one in Springfield plus other friends and family there! "It's a small world"! emoticon emoticon
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    573 days ago
    I was thinking about growing my own produce next year but sill on the fence about it. I just don`t want to fail at it then end up buying produce from the store.
    573 days ago
    I believe many of can relate to the whole clean your plate , open past lol . I hated veggies growing up . When I started cooking on my own I discovered so many veggies I liked and soon that number began to when I actually started eating with my first pregnancy ! At the ripe age of 23 ( over 30 years ago ) I knew I had to eat for a change I learned to cook pinto beans , make pico de gallo , I soon discovered a world that I had never known lol . Like you we keep the meals simple and now do to oral difficulties we are adding in more fresh fish ! Figured out how to get my husband to actually enjoy fresh salmon ! emoticon
    573 days ago
    I am much happier since changing to plant based eating. Meal prep is so much easier too.
    574 days ago
    I think parents everywhere say those things! "Clean your plate! People are starving in China!" (Can I send this to them? ) "No dessert until you eat your vegetables!" (How much do I really want dessert, and where is the dog? Can I slip him some veggies?)
    574 days ago
    I think a lot of us grew hearing the same admonitions from parents or grandparents!😁 I too rarely eat anything canned, and when i do it's organic! Bye, Bye 👋🏻 chemicals!
    576 days ago
    Sounds familiar. emoticon
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    576 days ago
    Ah, meat is so overrated. I've been drastically moving away from red meat. Still eating fish every so often. My body is definitely thanking me. haha, we need to rethink meat. Lifefoundonarun shared a documentary with me, it What the Health, on youtube or Netfix . Interesting stuff, opened my eyes. Hope you are staying strong UBD! emoticon
    577 days ago
    577 days ago
    We had to finish our plates also. Really changed that with my daughter.
    577 days ago
    I believe your story. ;-) Thank you for all of your support and also to all others in this team that keep encouraging me to keep at it.
    577 days ago
    Enjoyed your blog brought back childhood memories . don't forget the Jolly green Giant ! i had to smile as i reread your blog they had a Del Monte commercial for green beans caned in water with a dash of salt 1 great message as always
    577 days ago
    Great! We are edging toward vegetarian but I don't see us going completely veggie.
    578 days ago
    Thanks for telling your and tips on making food prep easier with multi tasking for several meals. Time saving tips are always good to know. Continued enjoyment of your fresh non-canned veggies. emoticon emoticon
    578 days ago
    Great blog. I too have many things going. I have a couple of freezer containers, one for cleaned veggie scrapes while will be turned into vegetable broth for other dished. And another one for a few of the veggies which will be used in soups, stews and pies
    578 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great blog. I love the red and white kitchen photo.
    578 days ago
    When we were young, my husband told me that he didn't like asparagus...... until he tasted FRESH asparagus! (He had formed his opinion having eaten only CANNED asparagus//// What a difference!)

    And MY Dad used to tell me to eat things "to put hair on my chest"! (In his defence, I DID have a lot of brothers! Hahaha!)
    578 days ago
    I actually lived with my grandparents while in college, for awhile, and so I really heard all the Great Depression stories (after all, they grew up in the Texas Panhandle and NW Oklahoma). My mom's grandparents evidently stated employed during the depression so they came through it okay but they all told my mom (and she told me) that she had to eat all her food because of the starving children in China. One day she pushed back and said "Well you can just send my food to China!"

    Oh boy, that was NOT popular with her parents!!

    I also grew up with canned or frozen veggies... although during the period of time we lived in Florida during the mid-60's to early 70's we did get more fresh fruits and I was introduced to my now life-long love of Meditteranean fresh foods - tabouli salad made with fresh parsley, lemon, mint, garlic, vulgar wheat etc, hummus mad with chickpeas, baba ghanooj made with fresh eggplant roasted, tahini. Etc. But I do remember Veg-all!! Mom used it in a lot of "leftover soup" made with beef stock and meat scraps or chicken stock, depending on what was left over!

    Boy! Didn't expect to trip my memories today!

    578 days ago
    Every once in a while my mom would fix canned as pages. Not often because it was more expensive. But I didn't like it. It wasn't until I was grown that I ate fresh and found it was so much better than canned and I found I liked it!
    578 days ago
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  • SHARON10002
    Yeah, I think this was spoken in nearly every household at the kitchen table in the 50s and 60s. Most of our generation's parents lived through the depression. I think that is partly why they promoted the "clean plate club". I remember my dad telling stories of being so poor, and one of seven kids, sometimes my grandmother made bread soup for dinner and that was all they had to eat.
    I was fortunate not to grow up with canned vegetables. My mother bought frozen, except for creamed corn, which I still love to this day. I have always been a tossed salad girl, and have come to love my fresh vegetables, too - especially when they are roasted. It brings out so much of their flavor!
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    enjoy some dancing veggies and fruit
    578 days ago
    My parents wer obviously clones of yours. We were told on a daily basis to clean our plate so that all the starrving children in the world would not be saddened by our wastefulness, and yess that hair would indeed grow on our chests.... thankfully neither my older sister nor I had to deal with THAT, but neither did my older brother....

    Fortunately like you, I too dixcovered the joys of fresh vegetables, and LOVE them raw or cooked. As much as I also really love my meat, unlike my DH, ( a true meat, potatoes and gravy 7 days a week person) I could cheerfully become a vegetarian myself.

    A great blog, and thanks for the 'smiles' of remembrance you gave me!!

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  • 52BINCE
    This blog is so true of the old timers way of life as far as eating.....However the way2B and I live now when it comes to eating has changed our lives for the better... This Blog says it all when it comes to healthy nutrition... Awesome blog 2B.
    579 days ago
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    579 days ago
    I'm so glad you are in this together. Commitment is more sustainable when someone has your back, so to speak!
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    579 days ago
    Hi! Sweetie! We live VERY similar lives! My parents said that all the time! I didn't know veggies came from the ground, either! I became a organic gardener, then I created a vegetarian deli, in CA & became a vegetarian gomet(sp) chef! I love them now! My fav is lightly cooked broccoli with tangerine sprinkles through out! It's my go to food! (ps... I'm drinking green drink right now, too) emoticon
    579 days ago
    Great that you are both on board with this. emoticon
    579 days ago
    Thanks I check it out.
    579 days ago
    Thank you for a great blog entry.
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