This week are featuring some of our office staff and their personal stories about their moms. Here, Lacey shares her story.
I’d like to thank my mom for teaching me to eat my veggies…
I know what you’re thinking. “Of all the important life lessons you could have learned,
‘Treat others as you want to be treated.’
‘Do it right the first time, so you don’t have to do it again.’
‘Don’t stop believin’.’” …you know, from Journey’s School of Life Lessons.
you chose to write about eating your veggies?”
And my answer to your question is, “Yes!”
Of course my mom taught my brother and me all the necessary motherly lessons. As the Nutrition Director for a local non-profit organization, one of those lessons was about the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Eating healthy may not seem very exciting to most children, but my mom found ways to make it fun by making eating right like a game. Each time my brother or I ate a serving of fruits or vegetables or drank a glass of milk, we got to put a sticker on a chart we had hanging on the refrigerator (naturally, she found stickers with cute, little fruit and veggie characters). When we ate all the necessary servings of fruits, veggies, dairy, etc. we got a treat – usually ice cream! Believe or not, even in a Nutrition Director’s home there was no shortage of ice cream, as long as we ate our fruits and veggies first. Often, by the time we finished off our final serving of veggies we were full and forgot all about dessert. Funny how that works!
Thanks to my mom’s lessons, I can understand and appreciate the importance of healthy eating – which doesn’t have to mean being on a diet all the time. She taught me the importance of eating a variety of foods and eating fresh produce as often as possible, especially for snacks. She taught me that I can have sweets as long as I enjoy them in moderation. She also taught me that homemade meals are better for you, your savings account and even taste better (especially if it’s my mom in the kitchen) as opposed to eating out. All this, accompanied with an active lifestyle, will keep you happy and healthy.
Now that I’m a new mom, I hope to take my mother’s lead when it comes to teaching my daughter about good nutrition. Hopefully she will grow to love her veggies as much as I do!