Animal Crackers and Liver
Life problems, in a sense, can boil down to biting a bit a time the difficulties - digesting the things that require work to get to the benefits later on. Man can survive on cookies and cake but not flourish. Protein, complex carbohydrates, fresh fruit and vegetables take time to cook and prepare but give the body the fuel needed to prosper. All of these same theories apply to life and life's inherent contentions.
Which brings me back to what you ate as a child. My mom likes to tell the story of how she fooled me for years by convincing me that "cookies" were crackers and "fries" were carrot sticks. And today, as an adult, I have a strong affinity for carrots and other "rabbit foods" that are nutritionally sound and often forced down by society. I am not sure if that has anything to do with my mom's foolery - but it definitely didn't hurt.
It wasn't that I was not allowed to have "bad" foods - because that makes kids desire them more, especially later on in life when they have more control over their daily choices - It's just that she didn't stock them in the house. At home, we didn't keep convenience foods or Capri Suns or candy or Dorito's on a day-to-day basis but, if I was at a friend's house or we were at a party or event, these things were little treats I was allowed to have - with no parenting guilt. Its not about sacrifice, its about control. Self control, my mom letting go of control in certain situations, my gaining my own control, or feeling like I had the upper hand control - if even for a moment as I chowed down on Oreo's - these are all things that teach kids how to be successful adults. How to have control when they need it and, similarly, give it up when that is what the situation calls for as well - to treat control like a pendulum with self or familial intrest always in the forefront.
Think about how you approach problems and what you expect from others and yourself and the time on Earth and decide if you're treating "life" like liver and onions, fighting it every step of the way and skipping the work for the Nabisco, OR rolling with the nutrition and working toward the gourmet desserts.