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Dec 3, 2010 09:31 AM


40 years ago I could really pack it away. The usual epithets were applicable: bottomless pit. hollow legs, etc. Back then, my 'personal best' was 11 beef ribs (just couldn't make it an even dozen). That was then. Now I can barely do half of what I used to do easily.
Does anyone else find that they can't eat as much as they get older?

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  1. I still *can* but I just no longer *want* to, unless I *have* to.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Interesting point: 'want' to. I wonder if that's the case with me. I've lost about 50 pounds so I'm no longer "mucho". Maybe it's because I don't want to anymore. I never thought about it.

      1. re: mucho gordo

        Age will also affect your libido too if you haven't noticed.

        1. re: monku

          UH UH....I'm not gonna touch that line with a 10 foot pole <G>

    2. I'm coming up on 50 and no, I can't eat as much as I used to . I found this out on Thanksgiving when I struggled to finish one plate. Wasn't even a big plate. Oh well, healthier I guess.

      1. If I eat like a 25 year old, I'll pay for it all night and probably most of the next day. These days, I prefer to savor smaller entree's. As for AYCE, arg!!! what a waste.

        1. same here. AYCE is wasted on me.

          do not wish to experience the after effects.

          1. Through high school I was known as Old Hollow Leg, though my capacity got pretty impressive quite early. Church basement potluck dinners were my natural habitat; in the Midwest of the '50s those offered some fine, fine pickin's. The odd thing was that I simply could NOT gain weight … a state of affairs that ended in my 30s without my noticing it, until the day I was running downstairs and for the first time in my life felt my chest bounce!

            The sad part of course is that my eating habits had by then emphatically become habits, which does much to explain my more spherical format these days; "A shadow of your former sylph," as a too-literate friend said. However, I have learned to make a ritual of the few buffets I attend: a salad for first course, and then one or two more courses of smallish samples of what looks appealing, and stay the hell away from desserts. I am about to be 70, and I'd rather keep going well past that if I can …

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            1. re: Will Owen

              This morning I'm going to re-join Weight Watchers. They have a new point system they are unveiling. Then I'm going out on my weekly brunch date and will be swearing off my usual request "I'd like extra hollandaise with that".

              I'll report back on the WW new concept.

              1. re: Sharuf

                We did WW in Nashville about 12 years ago, and for the most part found it easy to deal with, though not to sustain (obviously!). All the old well-worn family lines kept running through my head - "Hell, that ain't enough to fill a holler tooth!" - as I was carefully weighing pieces of meat …

                I think striving to cut portions, and high-glycemic foods in particular, is the way to go for us. Our fondness for pasta, potatoes and rice is always what opens the door to major dietary transgression, especially after a week of mostly protein (fish and poultry, primarily) and salads, when one of us suggests some rice or pilaf would be nice, and before you know it there's cheese grits and sourdough toast at breakfast, and it goes to hell after that.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  In the WW new system, all fruits (including bananas) and most veggies are zero points. After I do the Sunday paper, I'll study the book they gave me.

                  1. re: Sharuf

                    Thanks Sharuf. I am curious about it. Please post!