I am going to start blogging the recipes from Dr. Fuhrman's Disease-Proof Your Child next and will start posting the recipes on Monday, January 25th. So I thought I would take a few days and tell you why I chose that book—even though I do not have children. I also wanted to give you a glimpse of what my own childhood food life was like! I am the youngest of 4 girls and everyone in my whole family—including my Dad—can cook!
“Someday you will thank me!” my Mom used to say. Well, thank you Mom!! She started me on this path of thinking about food, thinking about what I was putting into my body from a very young age. It wasn’t exactly a Dr. Fuhrman health-food plan, but she did her best with what was available. She read books like Diet for a Small Planet, and Laurel’s Kitchen. She started shopping at a health-food store, and she improved the quality of our food. This began in 1971 when I was 6 years old.
But as early as I can remember my serious addiction to sugar began. Some of my earliest memories involve sugar. I remember sneaking into the kitchen and stealing the container of Tang, which is basically orange-flavored sugar that you mix with water to make a sugary orange drink. Apparently, Tang became popular when NASA used it on Gemini flights in 1965—that was the year I was born. Can you imagine being up in space and drinking orange-flavored sugar water? They must have been bouncing off the walls—literally. Only with me, I wouldn’t mix it with water—I would just eat it straight from the container. I would also nab boxes of Jell-O from the kitchen cabinet and just eat it. Finally, after my Mom kept finding me with an orange or purple tongue, and little trails of different colored sugar all over the place she stopped buying it. It was a sad day. I also remember stealing money from my sister’s piggy bank to buy candy from a neighborhood boy—when I was like 4 years old! I got caught. Sugar totally had a hold on me—and it’s been an ongoing problem my whole life.
To be continued tomorrow…