When it comes to making healthy choices, knowledge is perhaps the most powerful and empowering tool. For me, today was about passing that knowledge on to my oldest daughter. Together we toured the halls of my alma matter, talked to current students and discovered just how much a place and a person (namely, me!) can change over the course of time.
Of course, my daughter, who has taken clean food for lunch every day of her schooling, was extremely interested in the aromas coming from the dining hall! Doesn’t it just figure?! And from there we made our last stop along our tour at the school bookstore where, on a bottom shelf near the front door, we spotted a familiar face – the all green cover of my self-published edition of CLEAN FOOD.
Many of you have requested the original, spiral-bound, self-published edition over the years, and I’m sure this would be the very last place you would look. So, I promised the bookstore manager that I would help get the word out about these precious few CLEAN FOOD cookbooks! If you’re interested, you can order your first edition CLEAN FOOD by calling the school’s book store at 860-687-6385 (and they’re offering free shipping, too!). If you’ve been looking for a gift for someone you love, this book could be your answer, or perhaps you’re gifting granola (CLEAN FOOD page 260) like I am (shhh…don’t tell, I want it to be a surprise)!
Somewhere in between the science center and the bookstore, I realize that the gift I need to give my daughter is not to guide her through the process, but to stand beside her, hold her hand, and let her take the next step on her own. It must have been in the library that I began to feel like my judgments were doing little more than clouding my vision and getting in the way of her having a healthy process. And by the end of our tour, I knew that if I could just let go, that she has the knowledge and ability to make her own choices – whether she is picking a school, or food in the lunch line.
Whether you’re empowering your children with knowledge, or trying to apply your own knowledge to take the next step towards nourishing yourself and your family, I wish you the confidence and wisdom to act from your heart, without judgment and with much love.
May you always eat clean and live well!