How to Botch Healthy Cooking and Not Be Derailed

Just because this motivational speaker finds it easy to eat a healthy diet now, it doesn’t mean that it was always so effortless! There were many food pitfalls that could have derailed my desire to be crowned a “health nut”.  I know that most people know what they should do to make good food choices but they still don’t change!  Sometimes it takes hearing other people’s stories, told in just such a way, to inspire them to keep trying.

Here are 10 of my most memorable failures that still bring a smile to my face when I remember the looks on my family’s faces!

  1. Cooking dried beans from scratch that still weren’t soft enough 4 hours later.  I served them anyway.  (Gastric distress is all I’ll say.)
  2. Not washing organic bok choy (it looked clean) and serving gritty greens to future mother-in-law. (I’ll bet your mother-in-law story isn’t about Bok Choy!)
  3. Mistaking fish sauce for exotic cooking oil and pouring a generous amount into a hot skillet.  (Reminiscent of a seafood restaurant dumpster on a hot summer day.)
  4. Using just what was on hand and serving cauliflower, baked potato and chicken breast on a white plate.  (A study in low nutrient off-white.)
  5. Substituting tofu for the “cream” in Banana Cream Pie and not telling fiance.  (Tofu spew happens.)
  6. Undercooked brown rice. Repeat.
  7. Over cooked brown rice. Repeat.
  8. Sandwiches made with whole wheat bread at my then 5 year old son’s birthday party.  (Kids went hungry that day.)
  9. Whole wheat wedding cake. ( Really.  I have pictures of my husband and I trying to slice through the first piece: he’s biting his lower lip, my forehead vein was visible.)
  10. Spaghetti and Wheat-balls.  (Wheat spew happens.)

So next time you want to throw in the towel on your efforts of eating a little healthier.  Reconsider.  I promise you won’t make the same mistakes twice.  Besides, they make for rousing story telling later and perfectly cooked brown rice is such an appreciated side dish at my dinner table now.

Wishing you vibrant health!

Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford


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. Oh Polly, I screamed with laughter when I read this. And now THIS motivational speaker feels SOOO much better for having served some of the same things! I am SO grateful to know I’m not alone! I can particularly relate to the “Visions in White” plate. Substitute white rice for the potato – and that was me.

    So okay, I’m inspired to go try something new – and if it doesn’t work out perfectly – I’ll point to you and say, “Well if SHE can do it – so can I!”

  2. YAY! That’s just the point, Linda! If we can’t be OK with our foibles then we’d be forever stuck in our old food ruts. Didn’t you even have a sprig of parsley for your white rice??

  3. Oh, Polly, that is hilarious. I need to develop a character around you. In fact, I think I will. It is truly motivating when you show us your mess ups too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Who knew you too could be a disaster in the kitchen? I’m not allowed in my kitchen, so I can’t relate. (although there has to be a reason I’m not allowed to cook – don’t know what that could be.) But one of my sister’s mistakes actually made her Carrot Cake an award winning carrot cake. The recipe called for 1 8oz package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. But, she read it as 18 oz of cream cheese! It was the creamiest cream cheese frosting you’ve ever had on carrot cake. Which, I believe, is why she won an award for it!!! Me likes mistakes like that – like whoops, too much chocolate! Oh well!

    • Yay for your sister, Marilyn! I’ve even developed a naming system for some of my concoctions. If the amount of liquid is totally wrong then I call it any one of the following: soup, stew, porridge, casserole, or loaf!! Nobody else has to know you’ve goofed!

  5. Polly, you are one nutritional motivational speaker! I rely on the frozen packages of brown rice — fast, easy and I can’t over/undercook. Thanks for the inspiration.

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