Health. What does that mean to you? This is what I learned about health early on in my life.
Growing up, I was lucky to have parents who believed in the importance of sitting around the dinner table together. I also had a mother who always cooked homemade meals for us. Every. Single. Night. I vividly remember as a young child getting a lunch tray with a sandwich, vegetables, and fruit on summer days when we were home from school. Nutrition and health was important, and although I did have chips and goldfish crackers occasionally we ate mostly whole foods.
My mom was also a great example of health care. Although she had 5 little kids running around (4 of them boys) she always took the time to take care of herself. Look at her amazing hair and nails! She painted her nails every week and took the time to put makeup on every day.
I also remember that we usually only had bananas, apples and oranges.
Strawberries and peaches were a rare treat that my mom would hide in the back of the fridge. We had to ask before we ate any, and when it was finally time I always savored every little bit.
The sandwiches consisted of ham, cheese, and wonderbread, but I would always beg my mom to have some of her whole wheat bread. It was special, and not only did it make me feel connected to my mom, but I liked it better. There is just something about being an only girl that makes you want to be just like your mom.
Although I grew up with 4 brothers I was somehow the only one that could catch a fish.
At least this particular year when we went to a “free fishing day” sponsored by Coca-Cola. I didn’t wear the shirt because I drank it. In fact I never even tasted it until I was in college, and my cousin had me try several kinds of soda. I had never been a fan and I’m still not. I will choose ice water any day over most other beverages. Although I do have a thing for lemon and lime-ade. 🙂
This photo was taken in our backyard near our giant garden bed, even bigger than my urban garden. We never had a great yield from our garden, except for potatoes, but we lived in Idaho so that makes sense. Doesn’t it? 😉 Actually I will never forget the taste of a garden fresh carrot, pea pod, or radish. I will always remember my dad tilling the ground and helping my parents plant seeds, water them, and watch them grow. We had a cherry tree that we would climb and eat the cherries from every year until we were bursting. My mom would can the cherries and we would sell them during our neighborhood garage sale. We also had a peach tree that never gave us more than a peach or two, so I always assumed peaches were impossible to grow.
All-in-all I consider myself to have had a healthy upbringing.
We lived in a happy little home, full of joy and love. I learned to make healthy choices and was always surrounded by loved ones. We ate together, we played together, we imagined together, we were crazy together, and sometimes we fought. I’m sure my mom can attest to that. 😉
What are some memories you have of your childhood?
Do you feel like your habits regarding food and lifestyle choices spilled over into your adult life? I will continue to share more about growing up, and how I got to where I am today. I am constantly learning and growing. Where are you at in your journey?