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(PennLive)   This woman just celebrated her 105th birthday. So what is her secret to a long life? Eat tomato soup every day and don't dwell on the small stuff. Subby will stock up on Campbell's Tomato Soup now   (pennlive.com) divider line 66
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2014-04-27 10:48:23 PM
I'd rather die today than eat tomato soup ever again.
 
2014-04-28 12:10:12 AM
Meh. How many films has she directed in the last 5 years?
 
2014-04-28 12:13:09 AM
Aren't those things just packed with sodium?
 
2014-04-28 12:13:50 AM
I mean Campbell's soup, not old people.
 
2014-04-28 12:27:42 AM
So basically, let it go....let it go....let it go!
 
2014-04-28 12:48:28 AM
I hear the campbell's soup has gotten pretty gross.  I make my own out of canned tomatoes.
 
2014-04-28 01:02:05 AM
Stay on the leader.
 
2014-04-28 01:26:32 AM
Homemade tomato soup is a joy. Canned soup, not so much.

Given her age I bet she ate more homemade soup than canned.
 
2014-04-28 01:38:34 AM
Don't sweat the petty stuff. And don't pet the sweaty stuff.
 
2014-04-28 01:41:16 AM

Danger Avoid Death: Don't sweat the petty stuff. And don't pet the sweaty stuff.


mmmmmm sweaty petting...
 
2014-04-28 01:46:36 AM
Don't sweat the small stuff? Most Farkers will be dead in 10 years.
 
2014-04-28 01:49:23 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Homemade tomato soup is a joy. Canned soup, not so much.

Given her age I bet she ate more homemade soup than canned.


This.

I used to hate soup.

Then I realized the problem was that I was eating Campbell's.
 
2014-04-28 01:51:02 AM
Isn't this pretty much the advice every centenarian gives when asked? "Eat the same thing every day. Learn to say 'fark it.'"
 
2014-04-28 01:57:27 AM
Oblig...thanks Andy! dnrta
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2014-04-28 01:58:34 AM
But regular cans of Cambell's tomato soup are too small to dwell on. You need to think bigger.

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2014-04-28 01:59:42 AM

fusillade762: Aren't those things just packed with sodium?


You can get the Healthy Request version which isn't too bad but beware each can (of Campbells) has (IIRC) 2 1/2 servings and I always eat the whole can.  That's 410 mg per serving.  Go eat almost anything at a fast food place and you're probably getting more sodium.

The good part is I don't think it's that bad - certainly not as good as homemade.

It's also relatively cheap and very easy.

And it only takes 3 minutes i the microwave.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the BPA.
 
2014-04-28 02:00:30 AM

fusillade762: I mean Campbell's soup, not old people.


They're both pretty gross.
 
2014-04-28 02:02:39 AM

fasahd: Oblig...thanks Andy! dnrta
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There's a web-camera on his grave 24/7, but it's kind of dark right now.

http://www.warhol.org/figment/
 
2014-04-28 02:02:39 AM
Secret to living a long time = good genes.  Not what you eat.
 
2014-04-28 02:04:11 AM
I had a great grandmother who made it just a few months shy of 105.  Her secret was whiskey and cigars.  YMMV.
 
2014-04-28 02:07:57 AM
114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance

MILFORD, WY-Mayor Hammond Forsythe officially declared Monday "Hazel McCreeley Day," and why not? After all, if you'd lived through over 41,500 of them, wouldn't you deserve one too?

With pomp, circumstance and cake, the oldest living American celebrated the start of the 14th year of her second century of life here amid her friends at the Milford Nursing Home. But make no mistake-old age does not mean old heart!

"What a crock of shiat," re-marked the feisty McCreeley, playfully feigning both inability and unwillingness to blow out even one of her 114 candles. "What a flaming crock of shiat this whole day is... For the love of Jesus, honor somebody accomplishing something, not someone whose body is spiting its mind by staying alive."

Asked for the secret to her long life, the perky, silver-coifed McCreeley quipped: "Dumb luck. Do any of you have even a rudimentary understanding of probability? Extrapolate the bell curve of life expectancy for a quarter of a billion people and see for your goddamn selves." The frisky matriarch continued. "By probabilistic rights, somebody in America ought to be 119. Only one person being 114 years old is an incredible statistical deviation."

"Great, I pissed in my diaper again," wise-cracked the chipper McCreeley, who still has the sense of humor she inherited from her mother, the wife of a pioneer rancher who gave birth to her only child, Hazel, on March 5, 1882, during the administration of Chester A. Arthur. She grew up during the tail-end of the legendary Old West period, graduated high school when Teddy Roosevelt was president, turned 51 one day after the first inauguration of his relative Franklin, and was eligible for Medicare by 18 years when it was first created!

Thinking of those times, McCreeley wistfully recalls them as "a total goddamn blur... Everything before this morning is a brain-fart for me."

The bouncy centedecarian has lived in Milford all her life, spending 53 years running the general store which she founded with her husband, Herb. Herb died in 1958 at the age of 79. She has three children, five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

"Buried most of 'em," the peppy McCreeley noted. "My body is a drooping heap of grief-flesh."

Asked if her family has a history of longevity, the still-sharp McCreeley riposted, "Christ, the usual rigmarole. All right: My parents did not have long lives, I don't drink a daily shot of brandy, I don't exercise regularly, and the clean mountain air makes no difference. I've lived in a climate-controlled nursing home for 34 years. Talk to a goddamn actuary, alright? I'm just the randomly-chosen outermost tentacle of the billion-legged beast that is suffering through time. Any other brilliant theories, farkos?"
 
2014-04-28 02:10:51 AM
Soup or pretty much any food item is better when it's homemade, doubt there is anyone going to disagree with that point. There is something to be said for a food item that you are familiar with and offers it's own comfort or joy because of nostalgia and tradition. The experience of eating these foods are linked to something greater than taste alone. I like tomato soup. I like fresh heirloom tomatoes roasted down and stewed with purple seasalt, goats milk, and fresh smoked paprika, but 9/10 times I'm just in the mood for Campbell's condensed tomato soup with some slightly stale Ritz crackers and a couple of slices of American cheese melted into it. I bet you that this old bat feels the same way.
 
2014-04-28 02:11:15 AM
"fark a lotta women"

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2014-04-28 02:13:52 AM

Frederick: I'd rather die today than eat tomato soup ever again.


this. see ya, suckers.
 
2014-04-28 02:18:48 AM
My Mom has a print of a painting called "Grace", by Enstrom, hanging in her kitchen. She's had this painting since my earliest memories, and it's always hung in her kitchen or dining room.

If you look it up, it's an older man sitting at the table with a bowl of soup and a chunk of bread.

I used to look at that weathered face, apparently serious in prayer, and put myself in his head. I'd try to imagine what he was thinking during that moment of reverence...

"farking tomato soup  again?"

I think I was an atheist before I ever realized it.
 
2014-04-28 02:20:19 AM
Mmm, mmm. Campbell's famous Cream of Salt soup. "Soup is like food."
 
2014-04-28 02:38:18 AM

Marisyana: Secret to living a long time = good genes.  Not what you eat.


The secret is being the kind of person who eats, drinks, does the same damn thing at the same damn time in the same damn way every damn day. Those folks last.

The ones who travel the world and think big ideas might make it to 90 if they see the doc a lot and cut out all oral cravings. But the ones who stay put, keep a narrow focus, and never get restless are in for the looong haul.
 
2014-04-28 02:51:36 AM
Anything that runs on tomato soup for a hundred and five years shouldn't be underestimated.
 
2014-04-28 03:13:36 AM
Why would anyone want to live that long? I'm with The Kurgan on this -- It's better to burn out, than to fade away!
 
2014-04-28 03:14:32 AM
Goddammit, now I want a grilled cheese. I have neither bread nor cheese.
 
2014-04-28 03:15:23 AM

ShatteredMinds: Why would anyone want to live that long? I'm with The Kurgan on this -- It's better to burn out, than to fade away!


Just don't eat the brown acid.
 
2014-04-28 03:26:06 AM
A century of preservatives.
 
2014-04-28 03:39:13 AM

gfid: fasahd: Oblig...thanks Andy! dnrta
[fourseasonsathomeblog.com image 616x379]

There's a web-camera on his grave 24/7, but it's kind of dark right now.

http://www.warhol.org/figment/


Cool I live not to far from the cemetery.
 
2014-04-28 03:41:41 AM

ShatteredMinds: Why would anyone want to live that long? I'm with The Kurgan on this -- It's better to burn out, than to fade away!


Because the "live fast and die young" mantra doesn't work unless you meet a violent end.
It just means your body deteriorates much faster and your 50 year-old body will be like her 105 year-old body.
 
2014-04-28 04:04:33 AM
I guess it's true: Soup is good food. Then again, food is good food.

Sleep is probably good for longevity, too. Wish I had either right about now.


Or better: Be old, the power of lycopene!

(I was going to make a pun about "lycopene is..." = "like a penis" but that's too juvenile. So instead:
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"Cock-A-Doodle-SOOOOUUP!"


...You're welcome.)

I had a great-something grandfather who lived to 104 back in the 1800's. He is reputed to have been quite the horseman and drinker and was said to have died in an accident while drunkenly showing off his riding skills to impress young women. While naked. Or maybe he was playing strip steeplechase with them. I dunno if there was soup involved, but apparently  there was sauce, tomatoes and an old cock, so...

But I think, from all the centennarians that give advice for a long life that I've read or heard, it doesn't seem to require any particular thing, whether it's good or bad for anyone else. It comes down to this:

Find a thing to do that you can keep doing, then keep doing it. Let everything else sort itself out.

Not nearly as easy as it sounds because we rarely get to find our true center without having first been pushed violently out of it. Also, this method probably requires other people leaving your shiat alone, which isn't easy, either. I wish I'd been able to do it. Or even just found something I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but that wasn't how things turned out.

But back to tomato soup: Cans aren't the problem. shiatty soup in cans is the problem. You can make a delicious and relatively healthful tomato soup (or a healthful and relatively delicious tomato soup if you prefer) in about 30 minutes with some canned tomato product, some stock, broth or bullion, a little mirepoix (even the frozen kind) and some herbs and spices from the pantry (fresh is nice, but not everyone has fresh). Also butter and maybe a little cream or yogurt to finish. And possibly some mirin or vodak and a few dashes of worcestershire sauce and tabasco. Plus a nice grilled cheese on the side; gotta have grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. It's like how you need buttered toast points with a soft-boiled egg. In both cases, crackers just won't do unless you have nothing else. Sure, it's not as quick as opening a can or putting boiling water in a mix, but it doesn't suck. And since you season and spice it each time you make it, you can let your instincts (and therefore your innate body awareness) guide you to what you need to have to satisfy you or fix what ails you, like adding turmeric, ginger and clove one day and garlic and cumin and paprika another or some cut corn, lime and cilantro or whatever.

But what do I know? I'm not 105 years old. Anymore.
 
2014-04-28 05:43:32 AM
Just remember to store your immense amount of tomato soup carefully...
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2014-04-28 06:35:10 AM
Back in the 1950s and 60s, one way to demonstrate how thrifty you were (and again, this was extremely important for moms back then!) was to feed your kids tomato soup served up with white Wonder bread spread with that fluorescent yellow margarine for lunch.

Really the most BORING meal in the world.  To this day I cannot ABIDE tomato soup.

But appearances were everything back then. You had to show your kids and your neighbors how seriously you took that money-saving thing.
 
2014-04-28 07:06:33 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Homemade tomato soup is a joy. Canned soup, not so much.

Given her age I bet she ate more homemade soup than canned.


I only learned about home made tomato soup last year.  It' only took me 49 years to figure it out.  Canned is a salty mess.
 
2014-04-28 07:09:04 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: Back in the 1950s and 60s, one way to demonstrate how thrifty you were (and again, this was extremely important for moms back then!) was to feed your kids tomato soup served up with white Wonder bread spread with that fluorescent yellow margarine for lunch.

Really the most BORING meal in the world.  To this day I cannot ABIDE tomato soup.

But appearances were everything back then. You had to show your kids and your neighbors how seriously you took that money-saving thing.


Not a soup snob, but I refuse to touch it without adding spices (basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, garlic, etc).
 
2014-04-28 07:12:03 AM
Eh, my late grandmother made it to 104 on a strict diet of rich foodstuffs, supplemented by cocktails.  Didn't smoke though, and played tennis well into her 70's...stay active, have fun.

Miss the old gal; she was widowed in WWII, raised her kids on her own, then remarried decades later, at 86.
 
2014-04-28 07:29:16 AM

Ishidan: Bathia_Mapes: Homemade tomato soup is a joy. Canned soup, not so much.

Given her age I bet she ate more homemade soup than canned.

This.

I used to hate soup.

Then I realized the problem was that I was eating Campbell's.


Campbell's would be one of the last things that I would eat.
Make your own food, it's easy.
 
2014-04-28 07:33:43 AM

fusillade762: Aren't those things just packed with sodium?


They're sodium packed with tomato.
 
2014-04-28 07:46:20 AM
I can't imagine wanting to live that long.
 
2014-04-28 08:15:51 AM

DiRF: Just remember to store your immense amount of tomato soup carefully...
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That's just wrong.

Everyone knows that's the menstrual jpg.
 
2014-04-28 08:32:08 AM
OK, guess I'm having tomato soup for lunch today.  And tomorrow.  And...

/and, yes, I happen to like tomato soup
 
2014-04-28 08:36:49 AM
That's refreshing, usually they smugly say they spent 100 years drinking and smoking cigars.
 
2014-04-28 08:45:10 AM
Melt 2-3 Tbls butter and cook 1 chopped onion and 1 small shredded carrot until soft; about 5 minutes. Add about 2 Tbls of flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1-2 minutes, without browning the flour too much. Add two pounds of tomatoes that have been peeled, seeded, and chopped (using 1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes with their liquid works really great too. Just smash them with your hand as you put them in the pot). Then add 2 cups chicken stock (homemade if you can), 1-2 Tbls tomato paste, 2 Tbls fresh basil, 2-3 tsp fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the bay leaf and blend (I use a stick blender) until smooth. Return to low heat and stir in 1 cup of cream or half/half. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When heated through, serve warm.

Got to have a grilled cheese with it, IMO. I also like to have the puffy type Cheetos.

When homegrown tomatoes fresh out of the garden are used, this is simply divine, while simple to make.
 
2014-04-28 08:46:46 AM

some_beer_drinker: Frederick: I'd rather die today than eat tomato soup ever again.

this. see ya, suckers.


And this, again.

fusillade762: Aren't those things just packed with sodium?


I feel we should get the food manufacturers to bring out a better line of low sodium products, like they do sugar free for diabetics.  I have a friend who outlived his bro by decades, who died at the same age as their dad, because he watched his salt intake.
 
2014-04-28 09:03:49 AM

fusillade762: Aren't those things just packed with sodium?


Yes, technically she's salt preserved, but preserved nonetheless.
 
2014-04-28 09:49:43 AM
Actually wish I could still eat Campbell's tomato soup.  Used to love it with heaps of soda crackers.    Unfortunately, age and my wonky gut started saying "Hell no!" about 10 years ago to this stuff.

/ technically I *can* still eat it.
// I can also technically lay curled up in a fetal position with stabbing gut pains within an hour after eating it.
 
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