Growing up I had never had Cocoa Puffs, Cap’n Crunch or Lucky Charms. While other kids during school lunch got to enjoy Lunchables or school food like chicken nuggets or pizza I was stuck with my peanut butter and jelly with maybe an apple. Soda was unheard of. Halloween stopped at age 8. My mom was a food nut and my dad was a dentist.
My mother used to teach a nutrition class at the local elementary school and the lessons were put in full practice at home. My father was and is a practicing dentist with a firm belief that soft drinks and hard candies are a special type of evil. There were times I was able to eat foods outside of this regimen. I remember as a kid the tasting of delightful sweat, salty or fatty treats at friend’s houses was a perk of any visit. Another time, my mom acquiesced to my request of a onetime gift of a birthday cereal of my choice, Lucky Charms. I ate three bowls when we got home from the supermarket and became sick to my stomach. As I have progressed through this class I have begun to think more about what I eat and what the food I eat does to my body. I have never really had a problem with my weight and I always seem to eat just what I want. When I think about what choices I make in regards to food and drink I realize how much my parents’ control of my diet as a youngster has shifted my tastes to this day.
I don’t know if it’s some form of brainwashed conditioning but I honestly dislike the taste of overly salty or sweet food and I try not to drink soda. Even if I wasn’t then, I’m happy now that my parents had me eat the foods that I did because now I am satisfied eating healthy foods and I don’t really feel that I am missing something if I eat an unsweetened cereal in the morning or if I drink water instead of soda.