First , thank you all for your wise words and kind advice.
I know many of you have already experienced what I am going through and I value your willingness to share and to care for me and my family.
Now here is a post that I was going to write last week but life stepped in and took me down another path.
Some time ago I copied these notes out from a book I found at the library.
I think it was aimed at school children and was part of a series taking them through various aspects of each decade of the 20th century.
Unfortunately I didn't keep a note of the book's title and I don't remember how closely I copied the words so my apologies to the author.
Also as I wasn't born until 1959 I can't say how accurate it is but it seems quite similar to how my family ate in the 1960s.
Of course this is for an Anglo Saxon family, other nationalities would have different food memories from 1950s Australia.
1950s Food in Australia
Dinners usually 2 or 3 courses.
start with soup such as vegetable soup with barley or pea soup with bacon bones.
Main course - grilled sausages or lamb chops with vegetables, or stew with potatoes or corned beef with white sauce and carrots.
Desserts - rice or macaroni custard puddings served with stewed fruit, cake like puddings served with custard or golden syrup dumplings.
Main course - salad with hot or cold meats and some vegetables
Dessert - fruit salad and ice cream or trifle or jelly.
Bread and butter on the table for every meal.
On weekends hot dinner was eaten in the middle of the day.
Sunday dinner was usually roast lamb and vegies and then cold meat and salad for the evening meal.
Breakfast was usually porridge or cereals such as weeties, corn flakes or rice bubbles, and toast with butter and jam or marmalade etc.
Some people ate a cooked breakfast of eggs and bacon or omelettes.
Afternoon tea was quite formal. Sponge cakes, lamingtons, scones and jam and cream were eaten.
Take away - fish and chips or Chinese food.
I have no notes about lunches but I imagine school lunches and work lunches were sandwiches, a piece of cake or biscuits and a piece of fruit.
Milk was supplied at school in the 1960s but I am not sure about the 1950s.
How does this compare to your 1950s childhood?
How does this compare to how you eat now?
Do you think in general we eat a more or less healthy diet now?