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THE NOURISH LETTER
APRIL 2018 Meet the Men Behind Your Meals
www.OctoberKitchen.com | 860-533-0588 | 309 Green Rd, Manchester, CT 06042
Paul with his father
What My Father Taught Me About Nutrition MARGARINE WITH EVERY MEAL
E arlier this year, my father passed away on Jan. 15. He was only 77 years old, but his death was not a surprise. He suffered from kidney disease, had a couple of strokes in 2015, and spent the last three months of his life in hospice care. I talk about nutrition with my seniors to the nth degree, and I must sound like a broken record at times. But this topic is so important to me because I can see the difference good nutrition makes in a person’s life. My father was a classic fussy eater. He didn’t like vegetables, and if he ever agreed to eat a salad, it was nothing more than iceberg lettuce and tomatoes. I don’t know how he got enough energy to work as hard as he did. His idea of a serving of vegetables was a few peppers and onions atop a slice of pizza. While I was growing up, my dad would rise early and be out the door by 6 to get to work. He was a construction worker and a contractor. Breakfast was an English muffin with margarine and a glass of juice. Lunch was a ham and cheese sandwich, slathered with margarine again. Keep in
mind, this was the 1970s, when margarine was full of trans fats.
Dad liked his junk food, and he especially enjoyed processed lunch meats and sugary drinks. That was his diet for years, and for a man of his generation, that was the typical diet. But it was detrimental in the long run. There was a reason Dad’s kidneys weren’t strong and his organs failed him. There’s a reason he suffered two strokes before the age of 75 and ended up with dementia in his later years. I know his bad eating habits cut 10 years off his life and greatly diminished the quality of life he could have enjoyed in his final years. I firmly believe Dad passed away at 77 because his poor nutrition finally caught up with him. I’m never going to stop harping on people to eat their vegetables, because those vitamins and nutrients make all the difference in the world. We don’t have to become vegetarians or swear off ice cream forever, but we should try to cut back on the sweet stuff and consume a variety of vegetables. Put
“I firmly believe Dad passed away at 77 because his poor nutrition finally caught up with him.”
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