|My Granny & Granmommie - both nourished & cared for me|
Mothers are so often associated with food because that is who we depend on in our first years of life of food and nourishment. When we think about our comfort food as adults, so many times it goes back to what our mothers or grandmothers fed us as kids. Whether that food is lasagna or meatloaf, chances are we are comforted less by the actual food and more by the memories and feelings associated with it. For example, for me, one of my grandmothers cooked three hot meals a day. She didn’t work outside the home and that is what she loved to do. She made the best breakfasts – homemade biscuits & jelly and eggs with runny yolks. To this day, eggs are still a favorite of mine and I eat them very often for dinner. Also, my mother was a single mom who worked multiple jobs. While we didn’t have time for many sit-down meals, I can remember eating lots of bananas on the run. And my maternal grandmother also had a full-time job and I can remember peanut butter being a staple food for both of her and my mother. As an adult, I eat a banana every day and peanut or almond butter several times a week. Lucky for me, these foods that I remember so well are not only healthful, but they are super affordable! But, my point is, as a mother, we all have the opportunity to influence our kids by being good role models. We often find ourselves doing things simply because our parents did. To ensure you leave a healthy impression on your kids, make sure they see you eat (and like) lots of vegetables, eat only one piece of (not the entire) cake, and spend more time being active than sitting on the couch or at the desk. Who says comfort food can’t be vegetable lasagna made with whole grain pasta or turkey meatloaf?
I also encourage everyone to use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to recognize the influence each of us is capable to have. Whether or not you have given birth to or are raising a child, you have the opportunity to influence everyone around you. The definition of mother as a verb is “to watch over, nourish, and protect” or “to bring up with care and affection”. So, whether you’re male or female, whether you’ve given birth or not, everyone is capable of “mothering”. This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to care for those you love by nourishing their bodies while also nourishing their souls. Each of us will leave our impact on this world and we each have a legacy leave. Let’s make sure it is a happy one and a healthful one!
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