Another beautiful day in paradise! Yesterday I expressed frustration with my family’s poor eating habits while on our family seaside vacation. Sister, nephews, father and mother—all could eat much healthier. Decades ago, most parents spent more time cooking and eating with their kids. Balanced meals were important—meat, potatoes or rice, along with a green vegetable and often a salad. Fruit made a good desert or snack. As a kid, mom always had raisins, apples and bananas available. If I came home hungry from school, an apple was my only option. But it seems as if balanced meals skipped a generation. These days the parents often eat as poorly as the kids! A few years ago, new, basic nutritional guidelines recommended a minimum of five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. That’s a minimum—and catsup, or pickles, or potatoes don’t count. (Neither should orange or apple juice, if you ask me!) This past year that number was raised to eight servings—but no one noticed. Lots of different foods are an acquired taste. How many of us liked beer or wine or coffee the first time we tried them? Vegetables are the same way.

Next time you complain about having to eat an extra serving of vegetables, think about this: You can learn to like broccoli. But it’s not so easy to adjust to a life of radiation or chemotherapy. Tests, needles, IV’s, surgery, stress. Cancer—who needs it? Work to prevent it from returning—or ever starting in the first place.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat

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