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Thanks for the Healthy Eating Habits, Mom

May 9, 2013

With Mother's Day in just a few days, I got to thinking about some of the healthy eating habits I learned from my mother. When I was a kid, my mom gave us homemade yogurt and granola, and there were green vegetables and/or a salad with every dinner. Sandwiches were on whole wheat bread (with that natural peanut butter that separates in the jar), while sodas, anything with food coloring, and other junk foods were forbidden except on special occasions. Now, we did get to have ice cream pretty frequently and, as a South Louisianan, my mom still cooks with a fair amount of butter (she did have a brief margarine period in the '80s, and now uses olive oil in many dishes), but processed food was not on the menu. Her focus on real food would make Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman happy, I think. Of course I sometimes balked at fruit as a snack ("But, mom, I want those fluorescent orange Cheetos!") and the other food rules, but as an adult, I have settled into what I think is a generally healthy way of cooking and eating, including occasional treats--sometimes fruit, sometimes chocolate ice cream. So, thanks for teaching me to eat real food, Mom! What about you? Did you learn healthy eating habits from your parents, or are you like my many friends who eat healthily despite the fact that they were allowed unlimited access to junk food (or maybe because of that, some would argue)? Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! Pictured above: Homemade Yogurt (photo by Ma'ayan Rosenzweig)

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