I think my mom was ahead of her time, a real ‘Granola.’ She didn’t look anything like a hippie, but she read religiously things like Prevention Magazine and books on natural ways to have healthy children. We ate piles of vitamins and supplements. From a very young age I knew what each one was and the purposes of each. Mom even made homemade yogurt. It was quite bland. The concept of flavored yogurts had not come around yet. When I was small enough to sit up in the seat of the grocery cart, I remember I grabbed a little carton of ‘store bought’ yogurt and started eating it with my fingers. It was so much tangier. Yum. Later, when I had small ‘tuppies’ of yogurt in my school lunch along with carrot sticks, I explained many times to kids what yogurt was. The tuna sandwich was on whole wheat bread. I did not have the proper appreciation for all this. It was the era of Wonderbread, building strong bodies twelve different ways. I knew they were empty calories, but still wished I could trade lunches with the other kids once in a while.
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Ah, the peer pressure of school lunch.
Don’t you wish you could go back to those kids now and point out that they now routinely eat, and appreciate, what you ate as a kid? You weren’t uncool, just ahead of your time.
I appreciate your story, but I think my boys would appreciate it even more. Our household wasn’t as strict, but we did much the same thing. One of my boys was a picky eater and so each day he had a choice of a protein, a vegetable and a fruit and drink usually. Once or twice a year he could bring an entirely unhealthy lunch if he wanted. Unfortunately he was labelled by some of his peers as the “healthy kid” and was upset about it.