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Mar 1, 2011 07:27 AM

Older gourmands are still eating the same

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  1. I dunno. On the one hand, it's admirable that they continue to take an interest in life's pleasures. But I can't exactly cheer for this guy:

    "Mr. Garfield, unchanged in his alimentary ways even though he’s had his gallbladder and prostate removed and had a quintuple bypass in 1992, said, not without satisfaction, 'The main thing to understand about the people who have constantly warned me about what I eat is that I’m here and they’re not.'”

    There's a point where stubbornly eating stuff that harms you goes from being adorably transgressive to stupid and self-destructive. I think it would be right around that quintuple bypass. Plenty of long-term heroin users still enjoy the drug. Doesn't mean heroin is a good thing.

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    1. re: small h

      Did you miss the part where it was stated that he was 95 YEARS OLD? And the bypass was almost 20 years ago? Dude can eat whatever he wants. And I love what he says because it's true.

      The one thing I noticed is that with rare exceptions they were eating non-processed/ home-cooked foods (the author's mom seems to love her sweets, though).

      1. re: MandalayVA

        I didn't say he couldn't eat whatever he wants. I said I didn't admire it. 'Cause I don't, the same way I don't admire people who attempt Jackass-type stunts and survive. Mr. Garfield is not heroic; he's lucky.

        1. re: MandalayVA

          Yes, that is what I thought. I can't see where their diet is "unhealthy". Sugar and processed foods are the killers- not meat, caviar, calves liver, and some other items in the article. It seemed like the authors mom ate alot of sweets (but that's hard to tell what her daily sweet intake is from this article).

          It also didn't appear (from the photos) that they were overweight or in poor general health. It might be because they don't eat the processed, prepared's not "gourmand". No one mentioned fast food. I might have a different reaction if they did.

      2. That was a fun read, actually. I kinda sorta agree with small h but I really loved the two 90 year olds who said, "We drink as much as we can."
        (No, I'm Not 90. Yet.)

        1. On a rational level, I understand that food is fuel. The better the fuel, the better the performance. I understand that to look and feel my best, I cannot exist on a diet of Scrapple and Cheese fries.

          We all know about Jack LaLanne. The man was a fitness pioneer. He lived, breathed, and exemplified a healthy lifestyle. His famous quote was "If God didn't make it, I won't eat it." He lived to the ripe old age of 96. Vivacious to the end.

          Then you have my great great Aunt Cora. She drank. She smoked. She caroused (to put it politely). She ate absolutely anything that crossed her plate. This was a woman who thought mold was a vegetable. She lived defiantly alone, until passing at the ripe old age of 95.

          I say more power to 'em.

          1. We have been eating less calories in a modified weight watchers method. Trying to be more accountable for what we take in. I don't like to follow a menu plan or anything like that. Just being more accountable.

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            1. re: scubadoo97

              Yes. My guess is when these folks talk about eating whatever they want, the actual portion sizes they are consuming are very small compared to the average younger eater.

            2. "If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."

              Eubie Blake

              Amen, brother!