I have an amazing mother. If I could have picked any mom to have I would have picked her. She is loving, kind and very thoughtful. I credit her (and my dad but this is mother’s day) for starting me on my health journey. She was ahead of her time in how she fed our family.
When I was old enough to eat solids my mom made most of my baby food. She would put vegetables and fruits in the blender and blend them up so I would be able to eat them. My food was all natural with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. When I was school age she would make my lunch every day. She would make a vegetable sandwich on homemade “brown” bread. She made the bread from ground whole wheat, brewers yeast and a little bit of honey. The vegetable sandwich had a little bit of cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, lettuce and sprouts. The sprouts were always home grown. I thought it was normal to have a sprouting tray on your counter. If my mom made cookies she would use honey instead of sugar and carob instead of chocolate.
She didn’t buy meat from the store but bought it from local farmer. Prior to me being in 7th grade she would help a friend weed her garden in exchange for fresh vegetables. My parent’s bought a house when I was in 7th grade that had a huge yard. There were two cherry trees and one pear tree and they put in a very large garden. We ate from that garden year round. We did family trips to Mount St. Helens where we picked huckleberries and Woodland, Washington to the strawberry fields. My mom would go to a local co-op to get fresh spices, local honey and organic beans.
At the time, I didn’t realize how important this healthy beginning was for me and the journey of health that it would take me on. It has been an incredible journey with lots of lessons. I respect my mother for not giving in to what the television said was good food for her family. I didn’t always like having natural and healthy food when I was a kid but now I realize she was doing the best for me. She bucked the system and maybe because of that I chose a career where I could help people in a healthy, natural way.
Thank you mom for all that you have done for me. I truly appreciate it. Happy Mother’s Day.
Your forever grateful daughter,