Nutrition, myth?

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    I have a nephew who I'd say has an eating disorder. He literally wont eat fruit or veg at all. He lives off bread, potato products like waffles and chips, and nothing else. For drinks, lemonade, the chemical one not the real one. Yet he is healthy and fit.

    My mate, who is now 40, was round last night, my son offered him a blueberry straight off one of our bushes. He declined it, explaining he doesn't eat anything like that, because it gives him "the poos". He drinks copiously, and he too is fit as a fiddle.

    Then you get me. I eat fruit and veg, often very fresh. I eat junk food too but I think I do so in moderation, yet I'm overweight and often tired.

    Then you get really old ladies in the shop, buying lard. No sign of olive oil, or even nondescript vegetable oil. According to the health experts, they should surely be dead shouldn't they? Yet there they are, alive and well, and often fitter than me, who fries stuff in olive oil if I fry at all.
     
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    It is later in life that the bad eaters will have problems unfortunately.
    I love my veg and good meat and, yes, I do eat animal fats. I am a bit of a cave woman when it comes to food! :) Over the last year and a half I have lost 3.5 stone in weight so I was seriously overweight for a while.
    I think the body adapts to what we give it in the short term but in the long run it can come back and kick us in the rear!
     
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      What about 90 year old ladies that consider beef dripping on bread to be a lovely treat?:)
       
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      You've answered your own question there, clue, they consider it for what it is: ".. a ... treat ..."!! ;)
       
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        Just had a fry up, I often do for sat night tea/dinner.
        Eight rashers of streaky bacon, nice and crispy.
        Two eggs, a slice of fried bread, a small tin of beans cooked in the fat from the bacon and some plum toms cooked with OLIVE OIL and sugar in the oven.

        I dont consider myself fat, but I could lose a couple of stone.
        Maybe I should start smoking again?

        Best way I know of losing weight.
         
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          And she would have worked hard in her life, year's ago things were done by hand now we do thing with mechiney, we have got a bit lazy in this day and age :sofa:
           
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            Clueless, are the people you mention not even a tiny bit overweight??
             
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            My nephew is underweight if anything. The only physical attribute I might be able to associate with his weird diet is pale skin. Oh and he is such a wimp. He's fit enough but if he has a bump while playing, by gods do we get to know all about it, where as my son, 5 years younger than him, will brush himself down, maybe come to me to check that everything is still attached, then get back to whatever he was doing.

            My mate who wont eat fruit is not overweight either, but then he does do actual work. He's not a button presser like me, he actually does stuff that uses muscles.
             
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            It's interesting, the lot of us that went thru the ice age are predisposed to a high fat diet with very little vegetables or fruit.

            We spent thousands of years only eating Reindeer, Bison & so on.

            If we didn't keep piling on the pounds we wouldn't have survived.

            The ones of us that were further south don't have the same cravings for high fat, high energy foods.
             
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              Carrying extra weight is also down to the individuals genes, metabolism and character. Both my mum and brother are overweight, eat healthily and both suffer from diabetes. They are both fairly laid back characters. On the other hand my son is like a rake but has a nervous disposition like me, so I think our bodies burn off sugars and fats more quickly. Although I'm slightly overweight I have never dieted and my body weight has been the same for at least fifteen years.
               
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              Woolly Mammoths were my favourite :)
               
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                Ahh, I remember the serving suggestions on the packets,
                That was my favorite :biggrin:
                 
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                  they could get a Juicer for the lad Clue, great way of getting the fruit & veggies into him in a drink that tastes seriously yummy :coffee:
                   
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                    If he were mine I think I'd remove all food from the house except for fruit and veg and attempt to starve the little varmint into submission. If he complained I would further exclude all foodstuffs except brussels sprouts, tinned pears and dried figs.
                     
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                      He wont drink fruit juice unfortunately.

                      A few years ago, when he was about 4, he came to my house for a couple of days. We'd all been out somewhere and he has always bonded with me, so I came up with a plan. After engaging him in some exhausting larking about while we'd all been out, I suggested we race the last 100 yards back to my house and get their before his mam and his aunty (my wife). He was up for this. Then suitably puffed out, I suggested we needed a 'power drink' that would make us be able to run even faster. He agreed, and I poured two glasses of real orange juice. He was right up for it until he tasted it, declared that it tastes like fruit, and then refused to drink any more.
                       
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