Nutrition Wisdom from Andy Griffith

A moment of silence please. 

Andy Griffith is my all time favorite actor.  I played his girlfriend Helen in a play in 6th grade.  I have watched many of the Mayberry Shows over and over.  My favorite one is “Man in a Hurry”.

When I googled it I found that this was one of the top favorites of all episodes.  I believe this show resonated deep within our hurried souls.  We long for that peaceful afternoon after a good home cooked meal.  But, instead of seeking after it we spend our days rushing around like a chicken with its head cut-off.  (See my headless chicken blog)

This episode was written in 1963. 

I thought I would make a list of things that have happened to our Sunday Dinners since 1963.  

  • There is no such thing as Sunday Dinner.  
  • Fast food drive-thrus have replaced wholesome food.
  • Wheat has been turned into a powdery foreign substance.  
  • Corn has been turned into high fructose corn syrup.
  • Vegetables have been replaced by French fries laden with trans-fat.
  • A glass of milk has been replaced by a coke, sports drink or a specialty coffee.
  • Homemade ice cream has been replaced by cookies and candy made from powdery substances, high fructose corn syrup and trans-fat.  
  • A meal prepared with thoughtful planning and fresh ingredients has been replaced by a frozen glob in an aluminum pan bought at the big box store.  

I am going to miss you Andy.  I wish I could sit at your table tonight. 

Somehow,  I have a feeling that you are sitting at a table with a King tonight.  

Thanks Andy! 

Glenna Moe, Kansas City Dietitian aka Helen


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