Some people may look at the things that I eat and think that they are a bit on the bland side – no sauce, no butter, no salt – just au natural is how I roll. I do (more often than not) spice up my meals with cinnamon – a bowl of oatmeal is not the same without it. Have I always been this way? Well, yes. My mom raised me to actually learn what food is supposed to taste like rather than masking it’s scrumptious flavor.
That’s why I eat so many salads – I LOVE the flavor of vegetables and fruit. Eat them together and that is double delight.
When I was growing up we did not even have a salt shaker and she would never put butter on anything (well, that’s not entirely true, we did have buttered toast on occasion). She never stocked our kitchen with soda or sweets – they were reserved for special occasions. Honestly, me and my sis were not ones for soda when that special occasion came up. We did enjoy pizza nights or dinner at our favorite restaurant. Oh The Homestead Restaurant held so many memories – too bad it went out of business. It was one of those pay what you weigh places (for the kiddies, not grow-ups).
My mom even taught me the importance of being active and having a healthy body. When I was around 11 years old she would take aerobics classes at a gym and we would tag along with her. My mom would even let us participate – I hung out in the back row and looked ridiculous trying to keep up. It was fun even thought I had no clue what I was doing. To this day my mom goes out for an hour long walk around her neighborhood. She has always maintained a healthy body image for her daughters – something that I am very thankful for. My mom just turned 49 and looks FABULOUS!!! I hope that I look as gorgeous as she does when I am 49.
There were times when we thought that she was being unfair – no sugary sweets when we really had a jonesing for them. But now I am able to see that what she was doing was trying to teach us that there are more nutritious options for us – like a nice piece of fruit as a snack instead of those cookies. These are things that I hope to pass on to my little one too. I am less strict than my mom but I still do my best to teach D a rather healthy approach to eating (like he gets donuts way more than I did as I kid, I probably had a dozen donuts over the course of my childhood).
With all that being said, yesterday I decided to purchase a box of cereal that I was not fond of seeing for breakfast as a kid – Post Original Shredded Wheat. I remember thinking that it was like eating hay and my mom would NEVER let us add sugar (this is where I am a lot more lenient – I will add honey to D’s cereal). I made my usual yogurt and pumpkin concoction but instead of Weetabix, I used 2 Shredded Wheat biscuits.
Guess what? It did not taste like hay at all. I now have another biscuit to work with.
That strange colored blob in the middle is Hemp Seed Butter. Not something that I would have eaten as a kid but as an adult I adore it. My mom was nice enough to feed us peanut butter and jelly – heck she even spoiled us a few times with a Fluffernutter.
I am very thankful to have learned at a young age such healthy habits. Eating clean just comes naturally to me since it is the way I have eaten throughout my entire life.
Thanks Mom – I’ll pass it on.