Finally, A Food Epiphany

Unfortunate circumstances have once again shone a light on things we take for granted.  One of my vows I made to the man I married 27 years ago this month was to cook healthy foods for us and our future family.  I’ve kept that vow all these years but it wasn’t until yesterday that my husband said, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for your cooking!”

What inspired this outpouring of appreciation?

We’ve been splitting the duty of spending the night with my ailing, 85 year old mother-in-law while her daughter (who lives with her) is out of town for 3 weeks.  We head over around 4:00 in the afternoon, help her with some chores, have dinner,  dole out her handful of pills, play endless games of Yahtzee and retire early to TV or bed.  I knew that the food thing would be an issue from years of meals shared together at her house, so I’ve either been bringing my bounty of food over to cook, taken her out to dinner or brought in healthy take-out.

David, on the other hand, just shows up and is subject to her pantry/freezer fare: processed, microwavable, tough meat, high sodium, high fat, and unfortunately on one night – out of date :(.   Not a vegetable in sight.  Let’s not forget dessert!  He told me that his momma brought in a “snack” tray for him the other night that was laden with the following: 2 mini Mounds bars, 3 neon pink Zingers, and 2 Hostess cupcakes!!!!!

For a man who was raised on this stuff and thought he still loved it, well, he’s had a nutritional epiphany.

You are very welcome, my husband.  Spread the news to all the land:  Fresh, unprocessed, natural foods nourish our physical, emotional and mental health and greatly increase our quality of life.

From your motivational speaker, Polly Pitchford,  who is packing up more “Meals on Wheels” for tonight.


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Congratulations Polly!  Not only for taking a vow with such positive effects, but then to keep it.  I didn’t realize how much my mom did for us 7 kids.  Everynight she had a sit-down dinner prepared.  With all those kids, you would think she would take the easy way out and do drive-through, at least one time! But no.  No junk food for us.  Not even the fun cereal in the morning!  Grape Nuts and Shredded Wheat were our only options.  I remember driving by a Jack-in-the-Box – remember when they had a big head for the drive through? My thought was I hope they still have Jack-in-the-box when I get older so I can take myself there.  Well, here’s to mom’s who make healthy choices for their kids.  Thanks Polly for the reminder – I’m going to go call my mom now and thank her!

  2. Wow. Polly you are one incredibly committed woman who has raised a new generation of healthy eaters. I applaud you. I did my best but my ex didn’t share your husband’s appreciation for health. Marilyn, my Mom was also into “real” foods but we would get a White Castle run every 6 months. Always a great reminder to choose health. Thanks.

  3. Oh Polly I can so relate to this. And isn’t it interesting when we (or someone we love) finally gets “perspective.”  I raised my son on nothing but whole grain bread. And he always complained as a kid that all his friends had the really good soft white bread. Well, when he got to college and I visited him for the first time, I remember he led me into his kitchen, flung open the kitchen cabinet door and with an evil laugh said, “Look! White bread! And there’s NOTHING you can do about it!”   Well, he was right. And I told him he was. And I walked away feeling like 18 years of doing the right thing – wasn’t going to make a difference for him.  Well, I’m happy to report that all these years later – he is a very VERY conscious healthy eater!  He not only eats whole grains, drinks a green smoothie every single day (that he makes from organic greens in his very own Vita-mix) but he is also a vegetarian for over 15 years now.  

    So as you discovered with David, and I did with Miles – YES!!! They ARE listening!  Yay!!! 

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