Oh my! I look back on some of things I used to eat as a child/teenager and I am dumbfounded. I cannot believe it. We grew up in the 80's on sugary cereals and low-fat ultra-pasteurized homogenized 'milk'. We used to eat bowl after bowl. I ate a whole box of Fruity Pebbles once for breakfast. I must have been 8 years old. My mom was ticked! lol. Sometimes, when we couldn't afford the liquid milk, my mom would buy the powder as a backup. Blukkkk!
Hamburger Helper - barf.
Kraft cheesy macaroni shells - have you looked at the ingredients? OMG!
A big tub of margarine was always in our fridge. I can remember one morning looking at that margarine, thinking it would taste like delicious buttery cream or something. I snuck in the kitchen and ate a big huge spoonful. Seriously almost horked. Never did that again.
We used to beg my mom for sugar. No was the answer. But when only Dad was home, one time we convinced him. So he put a cereal bowl on the table and the full canister of white sugar. I filled my bowl halfway, and started chompin. About 3 bites in, I realized why he let me do it. Problem solved. haha.
That reminds of that one Simpsons episode.
Bart: Dad, can I have a can of frosting for lunch?
Homer: Yah, sure go ahead Bart.
Let's see. Oh! I can remember stopping by 7/11 every day on the way to school in junior high and getting a big cinnamon roll donut for 99 cents (always the one with the most frosting) and a big hot chocolate with marshmallows. I can remember buying instant vanilla pudding and making a big bowl of it for myself and setting the bowl on the fridge shelf with plastic wrap over it and drawing from it over the course of 2-3 days. I used to brag about drinking 6 cans of Dr Pepper every day, when I was 12 and 13 years old. One time I got my babysitter in trouble for making me 6 PB&J sandwiches for lunch, at my request. And I was never a big kid, either. I would eat at Burger King, McDonald's, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, and all the other fast food joints, all the time. Big gulps and slurpees at 7/11. Giant bags of candy at Halloween. NOBODY told me not to do these things. Nobody.
Oh! And french toast. I was the KING of french toast. I've probably tried FT at more than 30 different restaurants and breakfast houses. And do they serve pure maple syrup (i know it's still sugar) at restaurants? Of course not. They give you artificially flavored HFCS. And boy I tell you what I used to dump at least a half cup of it all over the place.
Pretty sad, eh? I am excited to reverse this trend in my family moving forward.
What are some of the atrocious things you did Pre-Paleo? Do tell.
UPDATE: You know... it may seem like this thread is just allowing people to indulge mentally in mistakes and bad food choices of days gone by, but actually I think it's very telling to see the responses to this. It's good for us to know what the real truth is. I mean seriously... look at what people are putting. No wonder we have so many health problems in today's world. Most of the foods we were raised on was utter garbage. Somewhere along the lines, many of us (all of us?) were tricked into eating all kinds of things that should never have been marketed as food. Identifying that, and being horrified or disgusted a bit by it is probably a good thing.