My brother and I walked around as teenagers saying, “Mom, meatloaf again?” It felt like every third day, we were having meatloaf for dinner. Today, having been a mom for 17 years, I have never made that dish. Just can’t bring myself to make it, or eat it. In fact, my Mom did make other things — but for some reason, those unpleasant meatloaf memories have stuck with me a very long time. I am sure we all have positive and negative meal remembrances while growing up. It’s just part of growing up!
Every parent has their repertoire of foods that they make for their family — and use the same familiar recipes most of their children’s growing-up years. But now with The Everything
Being a nutritionist and registered dietitian for the past 23 years, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you, as parents, that we are in the midst of the worst childhood obesity epidemic in history. Children have never been unhealthier than they are today, and they are not anticipated to have the same life expectancy that our present generation has — due to their poor eating habits, the abundant unhealthy choices available to them, and their preference for sitting at the computer, rather than playing baseball or tennis. Pediatricians have never diagnosed more childhood diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and breathing issues from children being so overweight — not to mention the devastating feelings that weight issues create for children’s self-esteem. There is a better way, and The Everything
Finally, feel free to contact my own children and see how they have fared over the years, living with their mom, the nutritionist! They are none the worse for it — there are always food challenges, but we have created healthy children, who have learned the true meaning of moderation, self-control, and the proper place for food in our incredible world. Best of luck as you embark on your nutrition parenting journey!