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to think an elderly man should only eat tiny meals?

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Cailinsalach Thu 24-Jan-13 21:10:14

My eats like a horse. Today he had 2 weetabix a boiled egg, tea and toast for breakfast. Tea and homemade soda bread for elevenses, 2 big bowls of homemade soup, fried chicken, mash and buttered swede and then a bowl of ovenbaked rice pudding for lunch. An apple and half a bag of liquorice allsorts for afternoon snack, a bacon butty, fruit cake and carrot cake and a pint of tea for his tea. He has just mullered the other half bag of liquorice all sorts and is talking about a mug of cocoa as it's near his bedtime.

AIBU to think at 90 the norm for his ilk is Complan and Werthers?

He pulls the half starved orphan routine (complete with quivering lip) if I suggest cutting back on the baking...He then tells me he is doing me a favour eating all the cakes, pies and buns as it would be a mortal sin to allow them to go stale.

Maybe he has worms?

Sirzy Thu 24-Jan-13 21:11:25

If you can't eat what you want at 90 when can you? Leave him be!

Cailinsalach Thu 24-Jan-13 21:11:32

Er My Dad eats like a horse...oh ok, more like a herd of horses....

toomuch2young Thu 24-Jan-13 21:12:12

If he's made it to 90 and going strong he's obviously doing something right grin

MsVestibule Thu 24-Jan-13 21:13:08

That's appalling! He'll never reach old age eating like that.

Imnotaslimjim Thu 24-Jan-13 21:13:44

Sorry but who are you to question what he eats? Or are you just annoyed that you're having to cook so much to keep up? As toomuch2young has said, he must be getting something right!

Salmotrutta Thu 24-Jan-13 21:13:54

Oh for gads sake!

It's probably one of the few remaining pleasures he has, at 90!

Leave him alone. grin

Salmotrutta Thu 24-Jan-13 21:14:56

Gads sake?

God's sake.

LegoAcupuncture Thu 24-Jan-13 21:16:04

Fornthe love of cake, let the man eat!

AMumInScotland Thu 24-Jan-13 21:16:12

The "tiny meals" tends to go with being frail and getting little exercise. He sounds like he's still a lively sort of person? If he isn't ill, and isn't puttin gon weight, then I think you have to assume what he's eating is fine for him!

LegoAcupuncture Thu 24-Jan-13 21:16:17

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oneandnomore Thu 24-Jan-13 21:18:03

Good for him!! smile

Cailinsalach Thu 24-Jan-13 21:19:39

Oh I'll let him eat alright, I daren't not. He'd bite my hand off if I didn't.

I have suggested he consider his future health, but he just laughed at me.

(Sigh...the owl fella can be so demanding)

Inertia Thu 24-Jan-13 21:20:48

It must be doing him good if he's fit and well - or are you worried that he's overweight to a harmful degree?

Sounds like he really loves your cooking - bless at the quivering lip when he thought the cakes were being cut back !

Presumably he's not hammering his health with drugs, drink , fast cars and women - if that's the case then let him get some pleasure from food.

Cailinsalach Thu 24-Jan-13 21:26:44

Oh he has vices; he sneaks the odd whisky, has a crafty bet on the horses, chats up women in the waiting room at the Doctor's and I have just found out that when I think he is having his daily walk, he is in fact next door at the neighbour who is reknowned for her boiled fruit cake!

He is unfaithful to my cuisine....(hangs head in shame at thought of Father scrounging cake...)

magimedi Thu 24-Jan-13 22:59:03

He sounds like a great guy! Long may he live.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 24-Jan-13 23:01:52

Lucky bugger. My DGF couldn't eat anything without getting ill. Your DF sounds like a right laugh. grin

SPsFanjoIsAsComfyAsAOnesie Thu 24-Jan-13 23:04:50

My great grandmother is 91 and can eat like that. She also likes a couple of sherries after her mile long walk in the evening

scottishmummy Thu 24-Jan-13 23:11:51

Christ alive the auld boy can eat what he wants at 90
a pint of tea,he got right idea
feed him cake,nae cutting back I'd be affronted if good cake went to waste

nannyof3 Thu 24-Jan-13 23:17:31

Leave him alone!!!

PickledInAPearTree Thu 24-Jan-13 23:21:32

your better off with a bit of meat on your bones at that age.

do you cook all his meals?

can I move in?

Callycat Thu 24-Jan-13 23:22:23

He sounds AWESOME.

CommanderShepard Thu 24-Jan-13 23:23:27

He. Sounds. Awesome.

CommanderShepard Thu 24-Jan-13 23:23:48

Ooh x post!

PureQuintessence Thu 24-Jan-13 23:24:29

My dad is 86. He eats:

Breakfast: 1 slice of whole meal bread with white cheese, and a glass of natural yoghurt drink.
Dinner/tea: 1 potato, portion of meat/fish, one helping of veg
Supper: 1 pot of youghurt with oats.

Some days he eat a snack: like a couple of grapes, or a satsuma.

He is in a wheelchair, so conscious that he must not put on weigh. He takes no exercise.

Is your dad very active?
Or is he overweight?

Unless he was overweight, I would let him enjoy his food!

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