I wonder which foods my children will remember from their childhood?
Sometimes I think they will complain about their
mother who forced them to eat all sorts of "weird" and healthy foods.
However, my sincere hope is that someday they feel grateful for their
exposure to varying tastes, textures, and the overall virtue of
When I reflect on my own upbringing, it's with
an ever clearer understanding of the intent behind the food I was served. I was
raised on a fairly healthy and wholesome diet---- fresh and home-canned
produce from our large garden, farm eggs, and a healthy dose (pun
intended) of vitamins, health advice, and snake oils (from my
When I recently took a spoonful of flaxseed oil
(Omega 3s!), I was transported to my grandmother's kitchen as she
opened her old refrigerator and gave me a spoonful of olive oil (was it
olive oil? I hope so!).
I also remember my mom's concoctions of
wheat germ in whole milk, given to me when I was becoming too skinny, or
feeling under the weather. There was also that smoothie she used to
make----- as a child I choked it down, but I would probably welcome it
now. Once again, wheat germ there was wheat germ in it.
There are some revolting memories, such as eating liver on
(what seemed like) a regular occasion. To this day, the thought of
liver makes my stomach turn a little.Or a lot.
But on the whole, I
believe I am healthy and I crave nutritious food as an adult because of
my upbringing. I was exposed to fresh vegetables and homemade food
throughout my childhood and I crave those things today. I worked in our large garden and witnessed the growth of life and sustenance at the most basic level.
Yes, I revolted against many of the healthy things I was given as a child, but I'm glad my parents and elders forced me to try them. I'm glad I can do the same thing for my own children, even when it's met with a whole lot of resistance...
As I gather information for a large research paper (for college) on the effects on a child's' behavior and academics due to diet and food choices, I am finding more and more information related to my earlier post on School lunches . If you have not read the comments from that post, please do---- they are insighful.