We probably all know advice that our mothers or grandmothers gave us. The kind of advice that we found ennoying. The kind of advice that we gladly dismissed as old wives tales. And often our doctor also said it was nonsense.
But now, since we (paleos) understand the power of our ancestry, some of that advice seems to be correct! Grandma was right after all!
you get acne from sugar
you get bad eyesight from reading a lot
use real butter
skimmed milk has all the good stuff taken away
the best part of the meat is the fat part
Do you have other wisdom from your grandmothers to share?
[EDIT: you can also tell me the wisdom that was wrong and still is wrong and that was correctly labelled as old wives tales]
Great topic, thanks!
Here are a few:
If you want to be slim, pass on the sweets and starches.
Go to bed before ten o'clock.
Go outside every day.
Do your own chores.
Eating at home is nicer than going out.
Don't go to the grocer when you are hungry.
Don't forget grandfathers. My grandad would say "sweets make you fat" (sweets=candy for non-British). His weight didn't vary in the 20 years I knew him til his death. And he'd skip meals when he wasn't hungry. I wish I had listened harder!
In a way I am the Grandma- even though I grew up in the city I still remember as a kid feeding grass to the horse that pulled the milk wagon making door to door deliveries. When the weather was cold and the milk was left on the porch, the cream would pop the lid on the glass milk bottles.
There were also home deliveries of veggies which we stored in a cupboard which was screened to the outside allowing air flow.
Everyone was more active because in order to keep warm we had a sawdust burner which meant frequent trips to the basement to reload the burner by shovelling buckets from the storage under the front porch and dumping them in the hopper.
At a fairly early age I moved to the country and raised my own veggies and chickens first, graduating to raising beef cattle and having a milk cow. I made my own butter and cheese (some of my cheese turned out like door stoppers). We also at times had goats, turkeys, ducks, and guinea hens.
I still use Grandma remedies like putting garlic in an ear to control bacterial infection causing earaches. (It works.)
Depends which Grandma...
Grandma 1 -
Grandma 2 -
well, I've never had grandparents, but some of the stuff my mom was saying makes actually sense. When I was saying that I couldn't eat anymore, she would always say "at least finish the meat" but she was also saying "you can't eat franks only, eat the bread as well!" (when I was a toddler/small kid I wanted to eat meat only. good instincts! too bad it wasn't that easy in Poland in the '80s with meat shortages and food rations...).
some other general advice I remember (no idea from whom) is - homey stuff is always better, drinking sour milk for health, heavy cream and butter can be added to anything, meat should be the base of any meal, the healthiest dairy is "straight from the cow" (omg my father loved fresh, just milked, still warm milk), goat milk is the healthiest, noodles makes you fat, "zasmazka" (tiny pieces of bacon fried in lard) should be poured over everything, healthy people go to sleep "with the chickens", go play outside...
but also bread was the base for everything. and what a bread it was... yum... ;-)
What my grandmother used to tell me:
Cut your bangs shorter or you'll become blind
Don't look at yourself in the mirror too often or you might see the devil staring back at you
Eat liver to fight anaemia
Drink more red wine to....fight anaemia
Don't use too much vinegar: it eats away red blood cells
My grandma seemed to think that most if not all health problems were due to dirt and insufficient bathing. Heh. PLus there was the old, don't exercise or you will get big muscles and the men won't like you. Let's just say that I didn't get any useful knowledge from grandma..
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