Twenty two and twenty years ago God gave me two beautiful boys. My mission was clear: they must learn to cook and dance. As a healthy lifestyle motivational speaker I consider both of these things as imperative parts of a healthy and happy life. How pleased I was to be invited over to lunch by my older son, Steve, today. I parked my car (this grass needs cutting), entered the front porch (does he own a broom?) and ushered in the front door (a little Windex would do wonders here) with his big, beautiful welcoming smile (ignore previous comments in parenthesis) the first thing I saw was this deconstructed Taboulie Salad on his kitchen (don't get me started) counter. Wow!
A delicious lunch and lot's of good catching up later, I couldn't help but ponder what influence I had with our meals at home. Believe me, I'm completely aware that this organic, vegan lunch was recently influenced by an adorable dimpled, vegan, musician cutie he's recently been dating but I'd like to think I gave him the foundation not to flounder in this very healthy chapter of his life. Here's a breakdown for all you moms out there that worked well at my house with maturing tastebuds.
- Whole, unprocessed foods
- Offer up variety, variety, variety = no picky eaters
- Vegetables and salads at every dinner
- 1 bite rule for new, strange foods (they don't have to eat more than 1 bite but they must try it)
- No sodas or sugar-added beverages at home – ever
- Healthy snacks available – always, whenever they want them
- Never insist that they "clean the plate"
It's times like these that recharge my passion for my message of long range health through food, fitness and fun. My younger son just visited from college and reassured me he's cooking lazy but cooking just salmon or just talapia for dinner and continually munches on bags of apples. That'll do for now. Boys who can cook? CHECK!
From your satisfied motivational speaker who wonders if jumping up and down at raves counts as Dance. Sigh….