Happy Mother’s Day

by Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. on May 13, 2012

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,


sonya Lenzo May 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM

When we think of what we have received from our parents and other adults, doesnt it make you want to be careful and generous to the children around you???
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Patricia May 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Wow. Thanks Wendy for the kind words. You didn’t tell how I would disguise the liver dishes which I still could not get you to eat. :-) Keep up the great work in healthy living.

Your Mom,


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Suzanne Laramore May 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

A beautiful tribute to your mother. Our mother’s really do teach us how to eat, don’t they?

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Jennifer May 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

That’s so inspiring that your mom was so proactive with healthy food for you. What a gift. I also really appreciate Ms. Lenzo’s comment about being careful and generous with the children around us. I have to constantly remind myself not to over treat my kids with cookies and sweet stuff. Trying to teach them the value of gardening and how good berries taste is more of what I want for them.

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It is so nice to hear of a wonderful childhood, you are truly blessed.

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Kevin Hogan May 14, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Thank you for sharing your story, Wendy! Not everyone gets off to such a great start!

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It is wonderful to appreciate mom. Inspirational story.

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Dan May 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

good for you for not eating the liver – yes it’s very good for you but wow does it takes bad! – kind of like sucking on a chalk brush…;>)

Clare Delaney May 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Healthy eating is hugly important (and eco friendly), you are indeed lucky to have a mum who showed the way!

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Michael D Walker May 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Wow, you had a very independent and thoughtful mother. What a nice tribute to her for Mother’s Day!

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Bryan May 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Moms are the best.

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Beth May 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Thank you Dr. Wendy’s mom…for putting such a fabulous person on this earth!

Peter Tamosaitis May 16, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Thank you for sharing this. your mum has certainly taught me a lesson. Watch out kids..

Lisa McLellan May 16, 2012 at 4:57 AM

It’s great that your mom was so into natural foods back then. I grew up in the city and my mom, though she is wonderful, knew nothing of nutrition. We didn’t have much money and she was just trying to feed a family of 8 every day. We actually had a company that delivered soda to us weekly the way a milkman delivers milk. Soda was cheaper.

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Lisa Wilcox May 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Wow, your mom sounds amazing. My mom was amazing, but in a different way. (She WAS a picky eater, though) I am glad I had the opportunity to live on my grandma’s property. Gramma loved gardening & cooking. We got lots of organic wholesome food from my gramma. When other kids were drinking pop, I remember feeling so neglected. So thankful now that my mom didn’t give us pop to drink.

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Hi Dr. Wendy,

Happy Mother’s Day. Your mom leading your journey to learn healthy eating from an early age sounds like a simply wonderful and amazing lifestyle learning lesson which would have been great from an early age. So many people don’t learn really healthy eating until after the age of 50 or so and only after they have experienced a health challenge first.

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Connie Lacadie May 19, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Looking back and appreciating what your Mom did for you is a great tribute to both of you. Moms do know best. Love you.

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