Sun, 16 March 2014
My mom, Lucille Maris, shares her secrets to keeping fit and healthy at age 91 ½ years. Lucille talks about eating healthy from the time she grew up in the 1920s to her diet of meals she prepares in the kitchen of her condo today which are for a gluten-free diet.
Lucille talks about outdoor activities in the one-room school house she attended to moving on to the large high school, Urbana High, where she played sports from 1936 to 1940. She was a three-sport athlete: softball, volleyball and basketball (which women played as a half-court game at that time). In her sophomore year, she was captain of the girl’s softball team. She also discusses the PE (physical education) requirements of a high school student during that era of United States history.
In another section, Lucille talks about her switch to a gluten-free diet and what motivated her to start eating gluten-free. As an outstanding cook, she gives you ideas about how to make gluten-free cooking part of your life. Here is clarification about the grains that contain gluten and that you should avoid if eating gluten free:
wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). If you’d like to learn more about a gluten-free diet, you can visit the Healthy Lifestyle Newsletter from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/gluten-free-diet/art-20048530
Lucille’s husband (my dad), Professor and Lt. Col. James R. Maris, was a pilot in WWII and flew B-24 bombers. He served the United States of America in active and reserve duty for more than 20 years. Lucille introduces the subject in this episode.
Future episodes contain short stories that Lucille tells about her life as a stateside bride during WWII. These are at the end of several upcoming episodes. Through her stories, you’ll feel how she dealt with the stresses of the time, and you’ll laugh and cry along with her as she recounts vivid memories of those days.
In this episode she talks about a one-room apartment she lived in with no kitchen privileges while Dad was on base. She also talks about sitting through a double-feature movie twice one day to pass the time while she had no communication with dad and was worried about his safety.
Acknowledgement and Thank You