As I was contemplating Mother's Day, and all the things Mother's do for us, one of the most important is forming our first memories of food. From the womb, to the bottle or breast and finally to the table Mothers help form our relationship with food.
Whether good or bad they have the most influential effect on this relationship than any other person we come in contact with on this earth - a huge and daunting responsibility.
If your Mother was not a good role model for food you have the power to change that once you have an awareness. It will not be as simple as others but I do believe needing to overcome obstacles in life truly makes us better human beings, able to help others with what we have had to overcome ourselves.
One of the reasons I became a dietitian was because of my Mother. She loves food and cooking, and I believe my interest in food came from her. Part of growing up in an Italian household was having healthy food around that was homemade.
When I became an adult it was up to me to continue that love of food but also realize my responsibility to balance my diet and manage my food for a healthy weight and life. There's nothing else I would rather be doing than helping others manage their food and lifestyles.
Thank you Mom for paving the way for me and thanks to my clients who challenge me with finding new ways to help others have a healthy relationship with food.