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A Small Victory for Food Revolution Day

Published: May 15, 2015 at 5:40 am

A Small Victory for Food Revolution Day

A Small Victory for Food Revolution Day

I can’t believe my littlest is already in kindergarten. And the tallest boy in the grade to boot. They get big fast. And the bigger they get, the more I just want to hug them and hold them right where they are and say STOP! For just a minute, please …stop growing up.

But that’s my job, as my own mother would say, to “grow them up”. I never filled out any application for this, was never interviewed to gauge whether I am qualified for this sacred work, and never studied any textbook or took any exam. I guess none of us do. We just suit up and show up.  And do the best we can.

The minute I start feeling the littlest bit of motherly guilt for not taking my kids to an amusement park, or letting them eat something wretched, I remember another of my mother’s infinite pieces of wisdom…”You just remember that those are the luckiest kiddos in the whole world. And good enough is good enough.”

I guess so far I have been good enough. I have cooked thousands of meals, wiped away countless tears, read hundreds of books…even if I have lost my cool more times than I can count.  I have even sat broken in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) praying just to hold my 24-hour-old infant as he recovered from emergency abdominal surgery and I recovered from childbirth. Holding his tiny hand, just STARING at him, in all kinds of new pain, and watching the monitors for two weeks — until finally the social workers told the doctors, “Mama needs to hold that baby”.  And I did. And recover, we both did.

It goes so FAST. In the blink of an eye, Levi is in kindergarten!

This week is his turn to be “Star of the Week”.  As a part of this special status, Levi gets to bring in a story for me to read to the class and a special snack of his choice.

Are you ready for it? Here it comes…

My son chose jicama. Not string cheese, fruit snacks, cinnamon applesauce, Pirate’s Booty, graham crackers or any of the bazillion irresistible “kid” foods out there. He chose jicama. I could not be more proud.

Jicama! The glorious sweet and crunchy “Mexican Yam” that is rich in antioxidant Vitamin C, vitamin B6, soluble fiber and potassium! (you can read all about this awesome root vegetable here.)

So as I sit and absorb how fulfilling it is for me to teach people (and especially my children) about healthy food… I can’t help but think that Jamie Oliver would be so proud! After all, tomorrow, May 15 is Food Revolution Day!  Jamie Oliver’s campaign is fighting for food education for every child – to CHANGE the fact that worldwide there are over 42 million children under the age of five that are overweight or obese.

To honor Mr. Oliver’s cause, and at the request of my SUPERSTAR 6 year old, I am serving jicama to kindergartners!

Let the Food Revolution begin!

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  1. Happy birthday little man! And good job to you, Mama. May our kids with good taste in healthy food not always be the exceptions among their peers ☺️

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