He Gets It! Oldest Son Eats Healthy

Steve in hatTwenty two and twenty years ago God gave me two beautiful boys. My mission was clear:taboulie 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….





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.
To book Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford, call 941-685-7725 or visit her at http://www.pollypitchfordmotivationalspeaker.com/

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  1. Polly this is priceless. And I guess we are TWO motivational speaker moms who are enjoying the same things with our grown boys. This doesn't surprise me about any of them really. We just stuck to what we believed was right and even when they fought back or complained growing up (Mom! RICK gets white bread at HIS house…) we knew (or hoped anyway) that something would stick. Well apparently it did. Yay for us and for all the moms out there who LOVINGLY say no to junk food and yes to healthy food! The payoff DOES come eventually!!

  2. What an inspiring post Polly! Well done Mom! I love how you deliver truth in such a grace-filled way. You are truly teaching me to eat healthier. You don't know it, but there are tiny little changes happening in my life and in my house on a daily basis – based on my friendship with you. So you aren't just impacting your boys. You are impacting others too. Well done my friend!

  3. Polly, I'm with the gals that your posts motivate me to make better choices– not just for my family, but for me. You must be very proud of your sons and Milo too!

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