They ate low on the food chain. Even I remembered that part. Gardens were big. Canning was a fact of life. Meat portions were small and you got one piece. Potatoes and polenta was used as filler. Green beans in a mason jar were a fact of life. Sweets were simple like cakes and cookies and were used as bribes for children and when visitors came over.
But they remember having a good life. That is the key to the whole banana. Try stopping the fancy crap that you see on restaurants and TV cooking shows. Try eating basics. You will find that by stopping your pretensions and your striving and just eating simple good food you might start a process of simplification that will make you a better person.