Dec 16

The Original

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!

Terry Walters



  1. Posted December 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like it was a great trip Terry. What college was this? I would love to call them for a copy of your book! Thanks for the info!

  2. Posted December 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi Julie,

    It was a great day and the school bookstore number is in the blog! The manager is Laurie and I’m sure she’d love to send you a book!

  3. Posted December 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for the great post – I especially enjoyed your advice at the end on how to treat knowledge.

    I’m new to your web site and loving it. My husband Brad and I are big fans of clean eating. We don’t have kids but hope to in the future – I’d love to know what your experience was like in teaching your daughter about food and helping guide her in making choices as a child. Helping children eat healthfully seems to be a struggle for many parents.

    Thanks for having such great resources for healthful eating.


  4. Posted January 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kelli, My approach has always been to talk about the choices that I’m making so that my children understand what and why I do (or eat) what I do, and to involve them as much as possible. I take them to the grocery store, the farm…we plant a garden together, they help with meal preparation and I let them pick what they’re going to eat (with a little guidance, of course). I’ve always served greens, whole grains, legumes and lots of clean food at each meal, I never offer non-nutritional alternatives if they don’t like what I prepared, and I make sure that the house is full of healthy options and not a lot of temptations. I prefer to think of my role the cruise director, not the police! It’s all well and good in theory, but in reality, it’s a struggle. Ultimately, we just to have to step back, let go, and pray that they make good choices – whether it’s about food or anything else. We can teach and set an example, but we can’t force them to eat, nor would we want to.

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