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to think our children have far superior diets than we did?

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oldendaysending Sun 19-May-13 19:39:06

I had reasonably well-educated parents. Both worked full time however and our diets did suffer because their childcare arrangements were not great.

Breakfast, if we had it - frosties with semi-skimmed milk. Lunch was a sandwich on white bread filled with some sort of paste. Packet of crisps, chocolate biscuit. One piece of fruit (apple.) Drinks - coke/Ribena. Weekends was always a pie and cake grin

Evening meal - something my mother had cooked; these were usually OK. We'd snack on crisps/yoghurt/biscuit before tea. Might have a banana before bed.

Most children I know now have wholegrain cereal for breakfast. Sandwiches or pasta salad on wholemeal brea. Raw veg, yoghurt, oatcake. Water to drink. Snacks are fruit/more raw veg. kids should be very fit and healthy!

SPsCliffingAllOverMN Sun 19-May-13 19:39:58

My son has the list you mentioned now.

SPsCliffingAllOverMN Sun 19-May-13 19:40:13

First now*

kim147 Sun 19-May-13 19:40:43

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TheOrchardKeeper Sun 19-May-13 19:41:03


<cringes at the memory of 'riveta cake' & lentil soup> hmm

ginmakesitallok Sun 19-May-13 19:41:58

YOUR kids might have a better diet than YOU did - but you certainly cant generalise that the same is true for all children

SPsCliffingAllOverMN Sun 19-May-13 19:42:13

In fact hes currently eating a fruit split ice cream thing so guess that's one of his 5 a day

kim147 Sun 19-May-13 19:42:13

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wigglybeezer Sun 19-May-13 19:43:46

Not me, my mum was a seventies whole food fan. Homemade whole meal everything, never eaten a findus crispy pancake or wagon wheel in my life!

belfastbigmillie Sun 19-May-13 19:44:59

I too had crappy cereal for breakfast, rancid milk at break, a white bread sandwich for my lunch with a tupperware lidded beaker of squash (only ever ribena) (no fruit or veg) and a homemade dinner of something rank like liver, v.dry mash and cabbage or mashed turnip and another glass of milk. No pudding except on Sunday when my mum made one packet of angel delight stretch round 6 of us. Fucking grim it was. My kids don't know they're bloody born...

peteypiranha Sun 19-May-13 19:48:54

A large amount of children I know are eating donuts, and crisps at 8am. I definitely dont think its any healthier now.

squeakytoy Sun 19-May-13 19:50:04

I would disagree.

There was less choice, and certainly a lot less "snacking"..

Oh, and a lot less obesity too.

FarBetterNow Sun 19-May-13 19:51:06

Olden: how old are you?
My kids are 35 ish.
They didn't know what chocolate is until they were 2.
All brought up on wholefoods and home baking.

BackforGood Sun 19-May-13 19:51:37

Yes YABU - you are judging 2 generations on just your experience! Not my experience at all, and believe me, not the experience of most of the children I've taught in the last 25 years.

squeakytoy Sun 19-May-13 19:51:44

I also see the schoolkids around where I live piling into McDonalds straight after school and coming out with fries/burgers etc..

In my day it was either a few sweets from the penny tray in the local shop, or you waited til you got home and had your tea.

oldendaysending Sun 19-May-13 19:52:02

True enough! I suppose I am thinking back to lunch boxes in the 1980s - we certainly had white bread sandwiches, crisps and chocolate biscuits aplenty!

Petey, I daresay my DCs will once they're old enough to get away with it!

phantomnamechanger Sun 19-May-13 19:52:09

I don't agree OP, in your case, yes, but not always so.

IME more and more busy families rely on convenience foods than ever. Lots of parents kid themselves that because the kids eat fruit for snacks, and they do a proper roast dinner at the weekend, they have a healthy diet - but I know they are living on nuggets, sausages, waffles, pizza, oven chips etc and a home cooked properly balanced dinner is a rarity. I see kids day in day out being given a bag of crisps as a snack on the way home from school - OK in moderation, but on top of processed meats and lots of salty, sugary, fatty foods, not good. I have friends whose kids eat no veg or salad at all. Others who just eat peas.

In our house we all eat the same meals - but I know plenty of families where the parents eat well and the kids eat junk, simply because it's easy.

oldendaysending Sun 19-May-13 19:53:42

FarBetter - I'm 36 grin Kids are pre-school still so I do have power over their diets <gleeful cackle>

I genuinely don't remember "five a day" being promoted so much though - I was certainly aware of it at secondary school from reading Just 17 various articles though.

peteypiranha Sun 19-May-13 19:53:58

Oldendays - I am talking nursery aged children unfortunately.

Talkinpeace Sun 19-May-13 19:53:59

not much raw veg or wholemeal in the gigantic estate round here.

StrawberryMojito Sun 19-May-13 19:54:02

In my case you are totally correct OP, I ate your first list in my 80s childhood. I am trying to feed my DS the second.

pinkr Sun 19-May-13 19:55:31

We had mighty white put champion sandwiches sometimes and I thought they were proper posh!

lljkk Sun 19-May-13 19:56:44

Ring Angela's Ashes to be reminded of typical 1930s poor people's diets. Bread and Sugar, Bread and Sugar...

My grandmothers were 1940s-50s American housewives.
I definitely had a better diet growing up than my parents, especially after my mother went thru a health food-no sugar craze when I was 8.

but as for DC, I dunno. Probably their diet is better yet, than mine was, definitely less sugar. However, DH grew up with a 1950s-style British diet pretty much, and DC diet nowhere as good as that.

cory Sun 19-May-13 19:57:00

It's all about individuals isn't it? I was brought up on a diet of boiled spuds and fish (you can get vitamin C through spuds as long as you eat enough of them).

Dh was brought up on spam and smash.

Dc have traditional home cooked food mixed with home cooked vegetarian- and school dinners which all read like junk food to me.

infamouspoo Sun 19-May-13 19:57:46

I loved Angel Delight but my mother forced us to eat up the veg. Bleurgh. I think my teenagers live on pizza blush

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