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Speak Up: What Was Your Diet Like As a Kid?

I grew up eating mac 'n' cheese, hotdogs, peanut butter and jelly (on Wonderbread, of course), and sugary cereals for breakfast. I don't remember ever eating a salad, and come to think of it, I didn't eat many vegetables at all (unless you count french fries at McDonald's). My parents just weren't big into eating healthy, but it is cool to see how we've all come around. While I love fruits, veggies, and whole grains and love teaching my girls how to select the perfect peach at the store, I have turned my mother onto brussels sprouts. Needless to say, I feel happy knowing I am taking better care of myself, but I also feel a lot better eating healthy.

So what about you? What was your diet like when you were younger? Was it much different than it is today? Did you learn healthy eating habits from your parents, or did you create your own. Tell me in the comment section below.


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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
My diet was HORRIFIC. I would think nothing of eating like... cake for breakfast, a hotdog during the break time, a chicken burger for lunch plus a dessert and then coming home and stuffing my face on junk food til dinner was ready. My mother can't cook so dinner was usually a ready meal or some kind of junk. Urgh. I have guilty flashbacks STILL. I had one today about the fact I used to eat like 2 or 3 chocolate bars in a day sometimes. URGH!!!!!!! Now I live a super healthy lifestyle. Gluten and lactose free and go to the gym 3-4 times a week and cycle 20 miles a day. URGGGHHhhhhh... I hate my parents for feeding me that crap.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
So heres the deal: when I was younger my mother was such a health freak (she still is now) so we were not allowed to have ANY JUNK IN THE HOUSE AND I MEAN NONE including white bread! So of course my siblings and I became rebelious and would go to our friends houses to pig out on any/everything! And once my sister learned how to drive, and then my brother....we would constantly go to the store to buy triscuts, wheat thins, pop tarts, candy, donuts, etc - Oh man, they were all so delicious! I even recall when I was younger, going to all my friend's houses and eating the entire food supply of their kitchens and once I left their parents would have to go to the grocery store - that is how terrible I was! ha ha! But now that I am older, I actually follow my mother's diet to a T - which means I only eat lean meats & vegetables & vegetable fats like olive & flaxseed oil!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 8 years
When I was growing up my mom always made dinner. I rarely ate breakfast and at lunch I would buy junk food. Being young I burned off calories easy but now I am an adult and I know the importance of trying to stay away from sugar. I even blog about fitness at
Ayamari Ayamari 8 years
My parents didn't believe much in nutrition since we were poor and that they were working excessively. My brother & me would eat anything. When cookies were forbidded, we would steal them. I would eat ANYTHING except onions, mushrooms, tomatoes or some other vegetables. I became overweight with my father doing the cooking because my mother had depression. We had basically hot-dogs, hamburgers, french fries, meat and etc. We always had HUGE portions at home too. At age 14, after several years of being bullied, I starved myself because I thought that everything they did was unhealthy. Now, I see things with a different eye. It's up to me to do a choice. And I prefer fruits & veggies over fast-food, I didn't ate fast food ever since I was 15. :) I try to be healthier...
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
My mom went through a few health nut phases where the food was nothing but sprouts and carob. But Dad always kept a stash of Oreos in the car.
CanadianKate CanadianKate 8 years
Thanksfully I was never overweight,considering thatmy childhood diet was horrendous. I lived litterally 100 feet from McDonald's, KFC, and a number of other fast food resturants. I had no idea of portion control because my mom was constantly trying to diet, and then bingeing because she deprived herself. My paretns were divroced so weekends with dad consisted of cookies, Pepsi, Chips and Dip, ribs, steaks, and huge portions. I ate lots of salads and vegetables, I loved it actually but just ate so much of the cheese and dressing in the salads. Also, I loved fruit. We didn't get it often enough, because we were pretty poor. I still eat all that garbage but I'm a vegetarian now.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My diet was pretty good as a kid. My dad did most of the cooking and shopping and I remember eating things like homemade pizza, spaghetti with lots of veggies in the sauce, chili, stirfry, etc. We drank skim milk and only bought whole wheat bread (I think my dad would rather die than buy white bread). We had junk food in the house sometimes, but it was mostly my mom who ate it. If we wanted dessert, it usually resulted in my dad helping us make homemade pudding or baking cookies or something. We also weren't allowed to drink soda much and when we did drink soda, it was always diet. I always ate lots of veggies since my family had a big garden and we always grew green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. I started eating junk more in high school when I started eating the school hot lunches more (cheeseburgers, pizza, fries) and going out for fast food with my friends more often.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I consider my childhood diet unhealthy. It consisted a lot of rich homecooking and junk food. As a child and teenager, I was overweight. As an adult, I'm a health geek. I eat very healthy and lean. I work-out regularly, and I take supplements. I have a very petite figure. Right now, everybody in my immediate family is overweight, except me.
Shadowsbane1988 Shadowsbane1988 8 years
I had a horrible diet as a child and teenager. I was a 'picky' eater, and 90% of my diet was mac&cheese (a whole box), PB & Butter sandwiches, chips, cookies, sweets, grilled cheese, cheese sandwiches, ect. There was plenty of soda, but that was diet at least (though that also has its problems..) I rarely ate salad/veggies, the only fruit I would touch was apples or bananas, and nobody cared. I have very very few memories of my parents trying to get me to eat healthier. I was alone for much of the time (or with my sister), due to my mother working full time, my father working full time in summer/fall (raft rental), and being homeschooled. So usually I made my own meals for my teen years (lunch was always, or nearly always with a big greasy bowl of chips). So now, at 19, I'm nearly 80 pounds overweight. Think about that for a second. I'm a prime candidate for type 2 diabetes, and many heart problems later down the road. Since I moved out I've become healthier in many ways (workout classes, walking, a very supportive partner who helps me workout and eat healthy). Every time I go to the store I struggle to pick what I know is healthy. My mouth and stomach want sweet/greasy foods. It's what tastes good to me because it's what I ate as a child. I don't eat out, except for special ocasions, I always have someone come with me when I shop. It's a pain, and a huge struggle for me to get healthy. The worst part, that I still struggle to understand is this: My mother is and was a nurse. She knows very well the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
All my moms' doing, btw! ;-)
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
Actually, the only real difference is that my diet is now more vitamin-fortified. I still eat all the fruits, vegetables, and mainly white meat/fish (though I must say, I LOOOVE my red meat, too).
orisugar orisugar 8 years
I'm Indian so I grew up eating alot of tasty vegetables, rice, curries and fruits. My mom has high cholesterol so we kept the oil to a minimum and only cooked using olive oil. Indians really know how to make veggies tasty!!
Graze-With-Me Graze-With-Me 8 years
I grew up outside of town, so we always had a HUGE garden in the summer, tons of veggies and fresh fruits. My mom never skipped a night without cooking a fabulous homemade dinner, always healthy, never anything fried. My best friend would come to my house for the good, healthy fare while I would go to her house for white bread, miracle whip and pop tarts!! We definitely snacked on fruit and veggies but also homebaked cakes and cookies too. I was about 110 lbs at 5'8" when I graduated high school but I unfortunately gained the freshman 15 (all in the form of love handles!) when I went to college, but quickly went back to my original diet and am working on losing that muffin top!!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I grew up eating a combination of Norwegian/Hungarian dishes, and healthy food. We were not aloud to have fast food, white bread, processed cheese, real mayo, take out, junk food. I thought everyone ate pickled herring for breakfast, and liver and onions for dinner, I thought every kids after school snack was a salad. we ate blue corn chips, low fat low calorie low sugar condiments, we grew our own veggies, slaughtered our own pigs cows and chickens, hunted for squirrel, deer, boar, and fished every weekend. As i grew older and realized there was a whole 'nother world of food, I decided to hold true to my upbringing (except for about 5 years from age 19-23 where i ate junk) I sometimes have fast food, if its my only option.
dkaufmann125 dkaufmann125 8 years
Now Im a vegan and eat healthy things. But when I was a kid i was 200 lbs. We were poor and couldnt afford the best things but my mother made due with what she could get but almost everything was fried or butter soaked. When I was up my grandmothers house it was even worse because she had nothing but junk food. When I started high school I lost 50 lbs and I'm a size 6 now. It's funny because my parents still eat crap but when my mom came to visit she put down my vegan lifestyle but I cooked daily for her and she actually enjoyed the food! When she got back home, she went to the Doc and her cholesterol was down and so was her blood sugar and in the week she spent with me she even lost 10 lbs! Now shes motivated to keep it up!
KerryG KerryG 8 years
Except for a brief attempt to become picky eaters that my parents squashed in short order, we always had pretty healthy diets. Junk food was always a rare treat in our household, and usually limited to the comparatively nutritious kind, like ice cream and popcorn. I couldn't stand a lot of true junk foods even then, and now I'm even pickier. We hardly ever had pop and I remember being shocked when I was 13 that other people were shocked that we drank water. My parents also had a huge vegetable garden, so in the summer our diet was even healthier, although we were a lot pickier about vegetables as kids than we are now. We liked broccoli, for example, but not tomatoes, unless they were cooked. Also, my dad has always had a bad heart and he was diagnosed with high cholesterol and blood pressure when I was around 8 or 10, whereupon my parents drastically cut the amount of meat in our diets and became mostly vegetarian for years. They started adding more in again in my late teens because my brother was (and is) freakishly thin and they were trying to help him gain weight, but we still eat a lot less than most people. We've also never eaten a whole lot of processed foods - both my parents are great cooks who prefer to cook from scratch - and in my teens my mom got even stricter about that, except for some organic and all-natural type brands.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
My diet as a child was great. We rarely ate out, we had a home cooked- Haitian meal ready for us every single night! Most Fridays my mother would cook steak, french fries and sweet plantains! It was our version of eating out. Maybe in the summer - we'd have ice cream for dessert but other than that out childhood diet was pretty healthy. I would love to raise my kids on the same diet. My brother and I are not over weight; and since Ive been in the 'real world' Ive learn what to eat and eat in moderation.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
Oy. We didn't eat too badly at dinner when my grandma was alive, though I did eat probably twice as much as I should have and none of the extra was fruit/veggies. For dessert I would eat a container of oreos or a cinnabon or a pint of ice cream. When my grandma died, we lived off of fast food and spaghetti. No wonder I lost 40 pounds when i went off to college.
millarci millarci 8 years
I had a horrible diet when I was a kid. I drank soda during meal times and had lots of white rice. My parents didn't really control our diet. My mom was the only one that encourage us in outdoor activities like soccer. I'm paying for it now but hopefully I can turn it around and make a healthier lifestyle for myself.
astello astello 8 years
my dad had a heart attack when i was 6 yrs. old, so from then on we ate extremely healthy, lean foods, to keep his heart healthy. no sugared cereal, no ice cream, and i never, ever ate little debbies - all totally forbidden. we did get the occasional pizza...when my dad was out of town. :)
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
whatever my mum served i ate. i was an avid veggie fan. & wasn't allowed to drink soda in the house till highschool. it was pretty well rounded come to think of it. i mean i'd have the odd sugary lollie that ran my mum off the wall with my hyper-ness but thats just regular kid stuff.
LJDP LJDP 8 years
In my house, we had a lot of exotic food along with a ton of junk food. We were a house full of emotional eaters, and every time we sat down to dinner I'd have 2-3 plates full, and there was a ton of butter in everything. My mom was a gourmet cook and had us try all sorts of new things.. A LOT of them at a time...and when she owned a bakery I'd eat her peanut butter/butterscotch rice krispy treats every day. (I'm drooling just thinking about them!) Plus there was always soda around. I learned nothing about portion control growing up, not a thing. I have completely changed my diet around and eat cleanly 90% of the time.. my family mostly eats like crap still, and is full of morbidly obese people because of it.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
i used to eat all kinds of horrible things - ice cream, cheeseburgers, filet-o-fish, baked ziti - just to name a few. i became overweight and, thankfully, recently quit eating those terrible foods.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
We were a very healthy household on a daily basis, but on Saturday nights we were allowed to have chips & pop during the family movie. I remember going to friends houses though and being puzzled & surprised to see things like cookies and sugar cereals in their pantries on ordinary days that weren't birthdays or special occasions. It just baffled me. I'm thankful for it though. As a result, I loathe fast-food and still only choose salads and never fries when eating out. I've also grown out of the chips & pop and, thankfully, have never struggled with my weight.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
all healthy stuff. lot of fruits and veggies, no hotdogd or burgers ever, my mom still dosn't let me eat them :))) but she can't control me anymore... so i gained 40lbs getting mine. het cookin is amazingly tasty and super healthy. mac and cheese was like 2 times a year and only because my dad liked it - he was the one who made it.
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