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Diet Tips From Grandmother

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on February 10, 2010

Grandmothers Diet Tips And Diet Secrets

Diet tips from one’s grandmother may seem ancient and perhaps nothing like popular new diets prescribed by numerous health magazines and sites. Diet tips from one’s grandmother are based on a time when there were no fast food joints, artificially flavored beverages or junk food. The only indulgence was probably at the baker’s and hence most of one’s cravings for food were dealt with at home. At home, again, the concept of salads as a meal and additional supplements to one’s diet in the form of vitamins and minerals from a medical store were probably minimal if not non-existent.

Nevertheless, the heavy broths that were part of one’s childhood at granny’s place were rich in all the necessary vitamins and minerals one required.

Most broths or stews made at home contain a multitude of vegetables depending on the recipe of course. Cabbages, broccoli, spinach, carrots, potatoes are an integral part of most broths and all the vegetables are steamed and not fried ensuring that they are not stripped of their nutritional content.

These broths were also seasoned with a multitude of herbs and spices, such as garlic, ginger, parsley, rosemary and the like, which boost one’s immune system and keep infection at bay.

If you have school going children and you have to pack their lunch boxes or even your own, school tuck-shops are best overlooked and try to remember what you took to school, you can accordingly supplement your food with an apple, a banana, peanuts, raisins, bran muffins or whole wheat scones.

Diet tips from one’s grandmother’s time do not only revolve around what a meal consists of but also the manner in which it is consumed. In other words, meal times are extremely important as they keep track of what kind and how much food is eaten and most children feel secure in having something predictable to look forward to.

In addition to this, family meals provide time for sharing and bonding.

Today, with so many fast food joints about, it is very easy to fall into an unhealthy diet pattern. Having family meals is a simple way to keep track of the kind of food you eat and so you are likely to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Avoid keeping deep fried food around the house and instead leave fruits and vegetables at easily accessible places in the house so that you can snack on them as and when you need to.

There was probably no television or any other distraction during mealtimes unlike today, so one way to ensure uninterrupted mealtimes and to keep an eye on your diet is to avoid watching television and eating. Also drink plenty of water during the day as this will not only ensure an adequate fluid intake but will also help to curb binging. 

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