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Grandma was right!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 13, 2010 at 2:49 PM

We probably all know advice that our mothers or grandmothers gave us. The kind of advice that we found ennoying. The kind of advice that we gladly dismissed as old wives tales. And often our doctor also said it was nonsense.

But now, since we (paleos) understand the power of our ancestry, some of that advice seems to be correct! Grandma was right after all!

Examples:

  • you get acne from sugar

  • you get bad eyesight from reading a lot

  • use real butter

  • skimmed milk has all the good stuff taken away

  • the best part of the meat is the fat part

Do you have other wisdom from your grandmothers to share?

Thanks.

[EDIT: you can also tell me the wisdom that was wrong and still is wrong and that was correctly labelled as old wives tales]

F9a0b72f38860d7601afd5a45bb53394

(3618)

on March 22, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Sweets = candy for some non-British too.

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

(539)

on November 07, 2010
at 07:20 PM

I'm with grandma 2 on the whiskey thing.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on September 16, 2010
at 02:20 AM

Boy, you people really don't get metaphor, do you? Not everything is about food! It's the same as "Being born in a stable doesn't make you a horse" -- though I never heard the kitten version (it's cute).

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on September 15, 2010
at 02:12 PM

Grandma 2 seems like a really funny granny!

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on September 14, 2010
at 02:36 PM

It means "don't eat kittens." I think.

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

(1304)

on September 14, 2010
at 06:49 AM

Great suggestion... :) it would have probably left grandma a little perplexed. It seems that the curative properties of fermented grapes change drastically with time...

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 14, 2010
at 04:14 AM

I've never heard this and don't get it. Any help?

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 14, 2010
at 04:13 AM

Eva, I think the point is not that reading in dim light gives you bad eyesight, but that constantly limiting your focus to objects within 5-15 feet can have a negative long-term impact. Pieter's list may not quite be accurate on that score, but Cordain's paper is pretty interesting.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 14, 2010
at 04:10 AM

Well that makes sense- you'd just have to have a glass of wine with every salad! ;)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 14, 2010
at 03:35 AM

You do NOT get bad eyesight from reading a lot. Your eyes may get tired but there is no permanent damage.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 14, 2010
at 02:41 AM

I wanna be a grandma too! I mean grandpa.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on September 14, 2010
at 12:01 AM

Thank you for the link!

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on September 13, 2010
at 04:57 PM

@ ambimorph: see paper of Loren Cordain: http://www.thepaleodiet.com/articles/myopia-loren-cordain.pdf Seems to be a combination of genes and environment (again...)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 13, 2010
at 04:57 PM

My newest bit of wisdom is that when your coconut oil solidifies too often it is time to head south.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on September 13, 2010
at 04:33 PM

What's that about eyesight? I must be an exception. I've always read avidly, and in dim lighting, and my sight is excellent. But I'm always learning, so if you have something, I'm all ears.

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on September 13, 2010
at 03:28 PM

Same here - mine eats turkey bacon, Miracle Whip, Smart Balance, etc. She also complains about how she can't lose/keeps gaining weight...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 13, 2010
at 03:11 PM

Haha, not my grandma....she's an enthusiastic margarine user

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 13, 2010
at 03:11 PM

The problem with this is that some of their advice was dead wrong, e.g., putting butter on a burn.

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on September 13, 2010
at 03:21 PM

Great topic, thanks!

Here are a few:

If you want to be slim, pass on the sweets and starches.

Go to bed before ten o'clock.

Go outside every day.

Do your own chores.

Eating at home is nicer than going out.

Don't go to the grocer when you are hungry.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 13, 2010
at 04:25 PM

In a way I am the Grandma- even though I grew up in the city I still remember as a kid feeding grass to the horse that pulled the milk wagon making door to door deliveries. When the weather was cold and the milk was left on the porch, the cream would pop the lid on the glass milk bottles.

There were also home deliveries of veggies which we stored in a cupboard which was screened to the outside allowing air flow.

Everyone was more active because in order to keep warm we had a sawdust burner which meant frequent trips to the basement to reload the burner by shovelling buckets from the storage under the front porch and dumping them in the hopper.

At a fairly early age I moved to the country and raised my own veggies and chickens first, graduating to raising beef cattle and having a milk cow. I made my own butter and cheese (some of my cheese turned out like door stoppers). We also at times had goats, turkeys, ducks, and guinea hens.

I still use Grandma remedies like putting garlic in an ear to control bacterial infection causing earaches. (It works.)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 13, 2010
at 04:57 PM

My newest bit of wisdom is that when your coconut oil solidifies too often it is time to head south.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 14, 2010
at 02:41 AM

I wanna be a grandma too! I mean grandpa.

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1c4ada15ca0635582c77dbd9b1317dbf

(2614)

on September 13, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Don't forget grandfathers. My grandad would say "sweets make you fat" (sweets=candy for non-British). His weight didn't vary in the 20 years I knew him til his death. And he'd skip meals when he wasn't hungry. I wish I had listened harder!

F9a0b72f38860d7601afd5a45bb53394

(3618)

on March 22, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Sweets = candy for some non-British too.

4
37f1450fbce9bcbcf6736425936553d2

(415)

on September 13, 2010
at 03:16 PM

"If the cat has kittens in the oven, that don't make'm biscuits".

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on September 16, 2010
at 02:20 AM

Boy, you people really don't get metaphor, do you? Not everything is about food! It's the same as "Being born in a stable doesn't make you a horse" -- though I never heard the kitten version (it's cute).

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 14, 2010
at 04:14 AM

I've never heard this and don't get it. Any help?

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on September 14, 2010
at 02:36 PM

It means "don't eat kittens." I think.

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42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

on September 15, 2010
at 02:01 PM

Depends which Grandma...

Grandma 1 -

  1. Cook your eggs in Bacon Grease
  2. Save your Bacon Grease
  3. Use Butter
  4. Enjoy time in the sun regularly
  5. Spend time with your family

Grandma 2 -

  1. Don't smoke more than 2 packs in a day
  2. Drink whiskey, not rum
  3. Sometimes dead people will talk to you at night
  4. In the hospital the nurses will try to kill you and cook you at night
  5. Don't talk to strangers, they want to steal you and put you in their ovens

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on September 15, 2010
at 02:12 PM

Grandma 2 seems like a really funny granny!

101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

(539)

on November 07, 2010
at 07:20 PM

I'm with grandma 2 on the whiskey thing.

2
3f61ba25dff05b513c7769a22408169a

on September 13, 2010
at 03:12 PM

Eating eggs will make you strong and healthy.

Grandma was just that straight up into her 90's.

1
B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on September 14, 2010
at 10:08 PM

On preservatives in food: Eat only what rots, and eat it before it does.

Junk food will make you stupid.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 14, 2010
at 03:38 AM

My grandma seemed to think that most if not all health problems were due to dirt and insufficient bathing. Heh. PLus there was the old, don't exercise or you will get big muscles and the men won't like you. Let's just say that I didn't get any useful knowledge from grandma..

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5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

(1304)

on September 14, 2010
at 02:39 AM

What my grandmother used to tell me:

Cut your bangs shorter or you'll become blind

Don't look at yourself in the mirror too often or you might see the devil staring back at you

Eat liver to fight anaemia

Drink more red wine to....fight anaemia

Don't use too much vinegar: it eats away red blood cells

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

(1304)

on September 14, 2010
at 06:49 AM

Great suggestion... :) it would have probably left grandma a little perplexed. It seems that the curative properties of fermented grapes change drastically with time...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 14, 2010
at 04:10 AM

Well that makes sense- you'd just have to have a glass of wine with every salad! ;)

1
9837a92b22321b0c29cd1d53eeb025ce

on September 14, 2010
at 12:40 AM

Eat your greens

early to bed and early to rise (may not make you wealthy, but makes you healthy and wise)

1
A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on September 13, 2010
at 10:37 PM

well, I've never had grandparents, but some of the stuff my mom was saying makes actually sense. When I was saying that I couldn't eat anymore, she would always say "at least finish the meat" but she was also saying "you can't eat franks only, eat the bread as well!" (when I was a toddler/small kid I wanted to eat meat only. good instincts! too bad it wasn't that easy in Poland in the '80s with meat shortages and food rations...).

some other general advice I remember (no idea from whom) is - homey stuff is always better, drinking sour milk for health, heavy cream and butter can be added to anything, meat should be the base of any meal, the healthiest dairy is "straight from the cow" (omg my father loved fresh, just milked, still warm milk), goat milk is the healthiest, noodles makes you fat, "zasmazka" (tiny pieces of bacon fried in lard) should be poured over everything, healthy people go to sleep "with the chickens", go play outside...

but also bread was the base for everything. and what a bread it was... yum... ;-)

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on November 07, 2010
at 06:09 PM

Grandma always had a huge variety of food on the table. She lived until she was 94 and her mother lived to 96 years old.

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F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

(678)

on September 15, 2010
at 02:43 PM

lucky you. both my grandmas smoked and ate a horrible diet. my maternal one moreso, which negatively impacted my mom's heath and thus mine.

thanks a lot, gram.

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Bb4a9de56dc5016b903d96b318a77ef2

on September 14, 2010
at 02:24 PM

Dose any one think what the fat was key to the way we ate . Cuz back then (100 years or so) we used good fat with everything !and the bread was nothing like the sh*t we have today ! both my grandma's 90 and 103 granddad's lived 80+ and the other die before I was born ! My point is my grandma's did all the cooking and we ate all kinds of food ! no one was fat. Now my brothers an sisters all dead and I'm older than they were! ! they cook with real butter and fats . No seed oil in they house NONE and NONE in mine all the food in my house is real and it is cook home .. I feel great (-:

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0ff848383c9a87f3d0308cf5b28fa846

on September 13, 2010
at 03:31 PM

eggs fried in butter with bacon.

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B4aa2df25a6bf17d22556667ff896170

(851)

on September 13, 2010
at 03:19 PM

hmm.. sortof simple logic. Grandma (like probably most people) believe in the things they grew up with... turns out the things grandma grew up with are closer to a paleo lifestyle than what we have grown up with. The further you move up your ancestoral tree, the more this is going to be true too

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