Lately I've been thinking about how much health wisdom there is to be found in the lives of my ancestors. If you have any grandparents or great-grand parents still living, take advantage of the unique perspective they may provide. One health tenet poses the question: "If your grandmother (or great-grandmother) were grocery shopping with you, how much of what is in your cart would she recognize as food?"
That is just one way in which a different perspective may pay health benefits. Here are some others I've learned from family members that came before me:
- Ice cream is a rare treat.
My grandmother-in-law tells my children about growing up in the rural town of Holden, Utah. In August, her father would pull the block of ice out of the granary where it was buried since spring and made homemade ice cream. No doubt it tasted better not only because it was homemade, but because it was a rare and anticipated treat. Health lesson: Treats are and should be occasional events, not mealtime staples.