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« on: November 09, 2017, 09:41:14 PM »

I have been researching food eaten during WWII rationing. I heard one person say it was poor man's food with attention to healthy. I think there is much to be learned from their making do with simple, easy produced but less of what was normally their diet. They were also more healthy. Both in England and the US. More of a known attainment for survival than many put forth these days.
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 10:13:27 PM »

 A little bit of a different perspective, but I remember my mother talking about rationing gas and I think tires.

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 02:47:31 AM »


it was poor man's food with attention to healthy. I think there is much to be learned from their making do with simple,


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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 10:30:03 AM »

Most people are focused on rice, pasta and beans. I don't have a problem with them per se but I think they may not be the top tier for long term.
I see in 39 when the war was declared people were careful to preserve all the food from the past summer. In other words that was up and producing vegetable gardens and fruit. I believe in one spot they said you should have 2 bushels of tomatoes per person stored. Another thing that was scarce was seasonings. Yes you can grow substitutes but a large amount as they were out before 5 years were done. Another point was from the US was the amounts needed to keep a working person healthy and productive. So much dairy, meat fruit and veg each day. Certainly you can boost healthy by having enough multi vitamins stored but they are not good substitutes for food. Neither is it a good idea to boost food by dumping vitamins in as any soldier from then will tell you tasted terrible. I know whenever my parents bought some vitamin added food for kids when I was young it tasted terrible. I would say a good amount of serotonin foods would be helpful.   https://bebrainfit.com/serotonin-foods-mood-brain/   I don't discount alcohol for those that can have it. A bit at the end of the day might smooth things. Do you know from experience how to make wine and other beverages? Same with comfort foods. I believe one thing they told people to take with them to a bomb shelter was a chocolate bar. The first weeks will see a major breakdown for many that live on pop and Starbucks. The weening away process needs to start on day 2 or sooner if you don't have much. Even now you can live a bit healthier and better if your diet is close to the war time one. Obviously we have learned things since that can make it easier. The one thing that is required that hinders most today is the hard work involved which will suck up leisure time. When I say leisure time, I mean time not spent working for a living.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 08:05:08 AM »

My folks told me that everyone had their gardens going, and they were serious about them. People shared/traded because some things grew better across the street or whatever. When birthdays/celebrations came around people pooled their resources and ration cards to make a small cake. Of course this was when Americans shared a common goal...
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2017, 11:12:59 AM »

Of course this was when Americans shared a common goal...

everyone does, who suffers together.

it's why wars continue.

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 08:15:39 PM »


 when i was a little boy during ww2 we had what was known as "victory gardens" v,, it was my job to water the garden.Every  one had one, rabbit and goat meat was a big seller  .. gas rationed as well as shoes , meat was too.. the black market was a big deal my dad got gas becuz  of his work at the ship yards .. car pools were a big deal ... tires were hard to get...  we smashed all the tin cans to turn them in for the war. i used to wait outside of the store when my mom went in to the butcher shop the butcher  used to flirt with her and she always came out with a fine steak , if he knew she was married it would not have worked well ... house paint was hard to get because it was made with lead.my dad used to fill a thermos bottle with paint and sneak it out of the ship yards ... at the end of a week he had enuff to paint someones kitchen...  extra bucks for the family ... nylons where the big deal but you couldnt buy them ... the black market was where you went o get them..

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 05:00:30 AM »


Of course this was when Americans shared a common goal...


everyone does, who suffers together.


 
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 07:16:41 AM »


 when i was a little boy during ww2 we had what was known as "victory gardens" v,, it was my job to water the garden.Every  one had one, rabbit and goat meat was a big seller  .. gas rationed as well as shoes , meat was too.. the black market was a big deal my dad got gas becuz  of his work at the ship yards .. car pools were a big deal ... tires were hard to get...  we smashed all the tin cans to turn them in for the war. i used to wait outside of the store when my mom went in to the butcher shop the butcher  used to flirt with her and she always came out with a fine steak , if he knew she was married it would not have worked well ... house paint was hard to get because it was made with lead.my dad used to fill a thermos bottle with paint and sneak it out of the ship yards ... at the end of a week he had enuff to paint someones kitchen...  extra bucks for the family ... nylons where the big deal but you couldnt buy them ... the black market was where you went o get them..

     Dude.

Agreed, everything was still available, you just had to work it more... scarcity adds value, and demand, and that drives people to ignore rules. Seems like there’s a lesson there everyone could all learn from...   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 10:50:14 AM »

The scarcity of shoes should remind people to buy quality foot wear that can last. You wouldn't even need to buy new. People buy today and never wear or receive as a gift, try them on and put them away. They are eventually sold. Here a resole cost me $65 the last time I had it done. A go shoe repair place can make them look like new again. As to the garden yeah they had them but they had to tell people it was hard work so they had plenty of lay abouts back then too.

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