By Kevin Williams
I am not disparaging "meals on wheels" with this post. Quite the opposite. The service was a godsend for my grandmother in the years before she moved into a nursing home and she wasn't really able to cook for herself that much anymore.
Still, this photo showed up in my Facebook newsfeed (I had posted it on my personal page a couple of years ago and Facebook, for some reason, likes to do things like "remember this lovely event from four years ago today") of something I had posted a couple of years ago. I doubt the meals have suddenly gotten larger, so I figure it's still a relevant topic. Anyway, I look at the photo and Holy Cow, if that is what I have to look forward to when I am 90, then that is good enough incentive to stay in good health for as long as possible. The photo is of a meal from the local senior center that my grandmother had delivered.
My Dad eats like a bird. He has great self-discipline, he'll eat half of what I eat, declare himself full, and that's that. He also eats far, far slower than I do. I eat like someone has an AK-7 pointed at my head and is ordering me to make my food disappear. And, of course, my Dad never as to watch his weight. I, on the other hand, eat much larger portions. I mean, I'd consider this meal a snack. And, of course, I have to do battle with my weight.
I can't even tell what is in the photo, nor can I remember. Obviously, there are lima beans, a piece of bread (my biggest weakness, I'd want 3 - 4 pieces of bread like that) looks like something with pasta and maybe a tomato sauce? I don't know, what do you think? Would you be filled up by this meal? There simply isn't any way I would be. I'd probably have to eat two of these....SIGH.....so the weight battle continues...
appetite is another of those things that diminish with age. I would put the food on a smaller salad dish and it would look quite sufficient. )which it is) the smaller salad plate is what we do when the scale is looking nasty. it is amazing how it fools the eye and translate into fooling the tummy.
I do agree with that, Brenda. Oh, and in answer to a question of yours from a few days ago: my Uncle Pat moved into a "senior housing complex"...he had lived with my Grandma for over 40 years...so it has been quite a change for both of them, but he is very happy there. My Mom takes him to see my grandma several times a week at the nursing home. This worked out far better than any of us dared hope...
I would be filled if that was my lunch. My neighbor received meals on wheels a couple years ago and they were great. She had a hot lunch with milk & a fruit. Plus they also brought a sandwich, milk & a cookie for her supper. A couple times she had her meal left here and the hot meal smelled wonderful.
My grandma did always like the food and she's pretty picky, so I think they made good meals, I guess I'll just have to prepare for some portion control by the time I am in my 80s!:)