Fried Bologna

Keep it Real Wednesday

July 24, 2019

Fried Bologna

People ask Rosemary all the time “What is the secret of living to 92?”   “How are you so healthy?”  “Is there a secret to long life?”. 

I have pondered this long and hard and I think I finally have her answer.  

Let me introduce you to Rosemary’s favorite foods:

  • Fried Bologna sandwiches with yellow mustard on white bread
  • Hot dogs on white bread
  • Little Smokies
  • Tomato sandwiches on white bread with Mayo
  • Baked bean sandwiches on white bread
  • White Toast dripping butter
  • Jars of Gherkin pickles
  • York peppermint patties and Junior Mints in massive amounts at a time
  • Maple Bars (intentionally plural)
  • Ice Cream with caramel sauce
  • Oreo cookies
  • HoHo’s, Ding Dongs, Twinkies, Little Debbies
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Pudding cups
  • Potato chips and French onion dip

As a care provider, I failed miserably with my goal to introduce my mother to a healthier diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, less fatty food, and less sodium.    I would catch her trying to wrap up the healthy food in a napkin and slowly feed it to our dog under the table (who would also spit it out).  

There was no way for me to change her diet and I began to wonder, why even try?

One of the last straws for me was when I made a beautiful fresh cranberry sauce for the holiday dinner and she asked for the “good” kind in the can.  You know…the jellied kind with the tin can rings around it? 

I don’t think she has ever taken vitamins either.  So, what is the secret to her long life?  I think it might truly be nitrates and preservatives.

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