-Do you wake up every day and say, “I’ll eat healthier,” but then you don’t?
-Are you afraid to change your diet because you think you will be deprived of the foods you love?
-Do you lack the time and motivation you need to take better care of yourself?
-Do you need help creating family meal plans and getting your kids on board?
The reality is that unless you have a nourishing, positive relationship with food you will continue to make choices that do not support you!
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For me, Thanksgiving dinner means roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, and Brussels sprouts. This has been my family’s Thanksgiving dinner equation since I can remember. We may add in new variations, or new dishes, but we never subtract. This past Thanksgiving, I was reminded of how important they are when I almost went without after the local grocery store in Virginia where we celebrated, ran out and I had to hunt some down.
The taste of Brussels sprouts-along with the smell of turkey-is etched in my mind from as far back as my early Thanksgiving dinners in Michigan, when my family cozied up in our small dining room with the red wall paper to enjoy our annual feast of the turkey. Me, waiting for my Brussel sprouts. My mom always served steamed Brussels sprouts with butter, salt, and pepper. Nothing gourmet, but she always made those little sprouts seem so important. “You’ve got to try at least a few Brussels sprouts!” She always said this so enthusiastically, I felt like I would really be missing out if I didn’t.
In fact, she always gave the impression that this was the important dish on the table-no… Read more »
Audrey Gerkin is married and a mother to three girls. She is also a farmer, and a dedicated advocate of the local food movement. Today’s story features an excerpt of an article that Audrey wrote and submitted as part of a competition. In this heartfelt story, Audrey shares with us her deep connection to the earth and our health and how she tries to make the world a better place, one carrot at a time.
On Pickpocket Farm, in Brentwood, New Hampshire, I’ve created a place where my reality and my vision are one. A Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) farm, I grow food for seventeen families who pay up front for a weekly share of organic vegetable harvest, which lasts from June through October. In tune with the seasons, the shares reflect Mother Nature’s temperament and my ability to accommodate her mood swings.
At the peak of the season, the heirloom tomatoes pile up in my small hand-pulled cart, like multi-colored croquet balls, revealing colors and patterns of red, yellow, orange and green stripes. Often, while pulling the fully loaded cart to the hill’s crest where the small barn sits, I experience a moment of clarity, when I know… Read more »
Joanne Curran-Celentano is Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches and also explores why diets rich in fruits and vegetables decrease the risk of chronic disease. She is married and has two daughters: Jeannemarie, 33, who lives in Portland, Oregon, and Jess, 30, who lives in Atlanta.
To a food scientist like Joanne, cooking a meal is more than just compiling ingredients; it’s “high-order chemistry.” Whether you are cooking, baking, roasting, or making an emulsion, chemical reactions are taking place for even the most basic of ingredients. This is what she teaches her students in her food sciences class as, for example, they compare the dispersion characteristics of milk versus yogurt.
But after rearing and feeding two girls, Joanne’s advice to mothers has less to do with food and more to do with living in the now. She advises mothers to “slow down a little and appreciate what’s happening now because it goes by so fast.”
“Moms feel if they’re not busy, busy, busy, they’re not working hard enough.” Luckily, Joanne realized early on that she didn’t want to do that.
“I didn’t want to be so busy that I couldn’t have… Read more »
Julie Farrell is a holistic psychotherapist, former cancer researcher, and grass-roots health activist. She is also Reiki Mater and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner. She is 58 and has two sons, Jake (28) and Jamie (26).
Julie’s roots in Berkeley, California, gave her an appreciation for nutritious foods served in delectable ways (think: Alice Waters and her restaurant Chez Panisse). Julie says, “My mom is an amazing locavore chef and taught French cooking with her sister in our kitchen when I was young. She grew her own lettuce—before anyone had heard of doing such a thing—and encouraged us to cook when we were young. I was baking my own bread by age 13.”
Julie was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and dedicated herself to making—from scratch—everything that her family ate: muffins, whole-grain pancakes, soups, breads, pasta and sauces, and jam. “That was before I realized how bad many of those foods are for us,” says Julie. “I thought I was rockin’ it, but I served a lot of processed flours and sugar.”
Julie was discouraged when she had to deal with her children’s food preferences. She discovered that her mother didn’t fully appreciate her sensitivity to different tastes, so she thinks… Read more »
Mimi White is a poet, writer, teacher, and clean-energy advocate. Her poetry has been published in many journals, and she has written three collections of poetry, one of which was awarded the 2009 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Poetry. She has two daughters, Rachel (40) and Abby (37), and four grandchildren.
Mimi doesn’t give herself much credit when it comes to the eating habits of her two girls, but I think her plan was brilliant. When her daughters were about 10 years old, she says that they were in their “insufferable” phase and weren’t doing anything to help around the house, so Mimi resorted to desperate measures. She and her husband had an official meeting with the girls and told them that they were “throwing them out of the family.” They were getting no more rides to the mall and no more clean clothes until they straightened up. “Here are the rules,” she told them them: “We’ll buy your food, but you’re going to have to learn how to cook and how to do laundry. And when you show us that you are really committed to being a helpful member of the family, you can ‘petition’… Read more »
Jen Hubbell is 47 years old and married, and she lives in Stratham, New Hampshire. She and her husband, Dave, have two children: Harry (20) and Lindsey (18). She runs the New Hampshire council of Girls on the Run, an after-school running program created to inspire self-respect and a healthy lifestyle in preteen girls.
Back in 2001, when Jen’s two children began elementary school full-time, she decided to go back to work to make some extra income for her family. She got a job prepping food at Blue Moon Health Food Store & Cafe (now Blue Moon Evolution) in Exeter. One week before she was supposed to start, her eight-and-a-half-year-old son, Harry, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Jen knew that this life-changing disease would not only affect Harry’s life but also her life. She went to the owner of Blue Moon, Kath Gallant, and explained her situation, thinking it best to postpone her return to the workforce. But Kath wouldn’t take “No” for an answer. “She looked at me and said, ‘Yes, you can.’ Take another week. I understand your priority will be Harry. If you’re here, chopping and prepping, and you get a call from the school… Read more »
Betty lives on the West Coast, in Portland, Oregon. She is currently assistant professor at Portland State University and teaches nutrition and sustainable food systems. She is loaded with credentials including a PhD in nutrition, a master of public health, and a bachelor of science in dietetics. She is 39 years old and married with two daughters, Caroline (seven) and Lucy (two). I met Betty after hearing her give a presentation at the recent Menus of Change Leadership Summit, sponsored by Harvard University and the Culinary Institute of America. See her recipes for Sesame Spinach Salad and Lentil Croquettes below.
You might assume that a registered dietician, like Betty, would lecture her children on the important of nutrition, but she doesn’t. She wants them to eat food because it tastes good and makes their body feel good. Her role as a mom, she says, is to “generally not put food on the table that isn’t nutritious.”
Her kids have been helping her in the kitchen “since they could hold a pencil,” she said. Caroline is her flavor “tester,” who thinks everything needs “a little more salt.” Lucy is the pickier eater, who likes French fries and… Read more »
Susan McNamara is a health counselor, Kripalu yoga instructor, JourneyDance teacher, and shamanic practitioner. She is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and in healing bodywork. She earned a master in counseling psychology and is trained at the doctoral level in clinical psychology. She is 51 years old and has two children: Maddie, 17, and Jack 15 . She is married and lives in Southampton, Massachusetts.
When Sue’s first child, Maddie, arrived 17 years ago, she didn’t have a “plan” for rearing her, but Sue knew that she felt a deep responsibility and commitment to help Maddie grow into her full expression. She knew her kids deserved “better,” but she didn’t quite know what that meant.
Sue was concerned that television could have a big influence on her children. In their first house, Sue and her husband Steven didn’t want the TV to be the central focus, so they hid it and pulled it out from time to time to watch videos. In their second home, they stored the TV in the basement, and when they moved to a new house a decade later, they got rid of it completely.
Sue’s initial intent for limiting the amount of time… Read more »
Nadine McCall is a family nurse practitioner at Kittery Family Practice in Kittery, Maine. She is married and has two boys and a girl: Jack (11), Sam (9), and Morgan (7). Nadine is 40 years old and lives in Boxford, Massachusetts.
Nadine sees the effect a poor diet has on children and knows too well the risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. She believes that one of the biggest culprits is sugar. She knows firsthand how difficult it is to keep kids away from sugar. Jack, for example, has a sweet tooth. Nadine calls him her “sugar addict.” He’s the one who always wants to order the large ice cream with cherries on top.
A sugar addict in a family that doesn’t “do” sugar.
Nadine tells Jack that he was born in the wrong family. “He’ll eat kale chips and salad, so he’s good eater,” she says, but “he’s always wishing for dessert.” She balances Jack’s sweet palate by encouraging him to eat his veggies first, go for the fruits and veggies, and drink lots of water.
It is predicted by the government that one in three children born after the year 2000 will develop… Read more »
Lisa Wilson is a holistic health coach and the founder and director of The Raw Food Institute. She has three children, Ian (13), Evan (11), and Harper (9), and lives in Simsbury, Connecticut. She is 44 years old.
Lisa’s family is living proof that if you start your kids out eating healthy foods (like salads with sprouts, hemp seeds, and goji berries for lunch), then that’s what they’ll like.
I saw her kids in action for seven days when I attended The Raw Food Institute’s weeklong immersion program and bunked at her house. (Lisa and I attended nutrition school together.) What I found most impressive is how independent the kids are in the kitchen. They pull out the scrub brush to wash their own fruit, they make their own smoothies and ice cream, and they make their own lunches in the morning. They are comfortable and confident in the kitchen and encouraged to fend for themselves.
Lisa became a health coach, by default, when neighborhood moms kept asking her for advice on how to feed their kids. She then formalized her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and later worked… Read more »