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The Most Important Thing I Learned…

I want to share a beautiful article by Dr. Mark Hyman – Physician, Advocate, Educator.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

It’s Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate the person who brought us in to this world, who taught us the basic lessons of life and planted the seeds for who we become.

Today, I want to celebrate my mother because she taught me something so essential and enduring that it has become my greatest passion: cooking. And through cooking, touching, feeling, preparing, and savoring good, real food made from real ingredients, I get to inhabit fully my home and my kitchen; to heal my body; and to connect with friends, family, the Earth, and the larger community in which I live.

Cooking, I have come to see, is a truly transformational act. The closer we can get to the food we eat, the shorter the link between field and fork, the better off we will all be. We have outsourced our cooking to the industrial food system. By taking back our kitchens—which we can do simply, easily, and inexpensively—we can create a tidal shift in our food system.

Mothers are exactly the allies we need to lead this food and cooking revolution. Sadly, most mothers today were not taught by their mothers to cook. The food industry deliberately celebrated “convenience” 50 years ago and in so doing, disenfranchised an entire generation of Americans from their kitchens and the essential act of cooking, the glue that delicately holds together our society, our health, and our connection to the Earth and to each other.

So, for Mother’s Day, I asked my mother to share her connection to food, handed down through her mother, which she then gifted to me, helping me learn the beautiful connections between gardening, cooking, eating, and wellness. And I have taught that to my children who have become wildly gifted cooks, making delicious home-cooked meals from real ingredients …

I can personally relate to Dr.  Hyman’s article as my mother is such a great cook and has always relished in the delight of cooking “from scratch.”  As far as I can remember, we’ve had guests, family or more guests visiting (and then some) so mom, over the years has fed an army to say the least!  And this of course does not include our immediate family which she has fed and continues to feed every single day of her life…

And every time we speak, we exchange notes on new ingredients for creative cooking, natural and healthy alternatives available today, detox methods and her “secret recipes” which I have devoured over the past 30+ years. In fact, I am encouraging her to put all these yummy recipes together and write a book or at least create a personal recipe log so I can follow in her culinary footsteps. I cherish this part of her and I know it makes her so much of who she is.

Here’s to You Mom for nurturing good habits in me and creating a healthy image about food, nutrition, taste and balance in my life!


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