Cooking Matters Massachusetts
Small Changes for the New Year
What does “be healthier” mean? Read labels. Drink water. Don’t eat in front of the TV. Eat vegetables every day, and dessert only most days. Dance with your kids in the living room. Cook.
Six weeks earlier, this group of moms had talked about what prompted them to sign up for a Cooking Matters course. No one came with a specific goal, but almost everyone said they wanted to “be healthier.” So we made whole wheat, veggie pizza and low fat chocolate cupcakes. We debated the merits of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables. We tasted tofu. We walked through a grocery store comparing prices and ingredients. We traded strategies and sympathies when it came to dealing with picky eaters.
The final few minutes around the table during the last week of class are always my favorite. The graduation certificates are handed out. Everyone comments that they wish the class were longer or that they could take it again. Someone says thank you and then tells the group about a small change they made as a result of the course.
Stop eating the leftover food on your kid’s plate.
Someone else chimes in.
Cook one dinner each night for the whole family.
Dance with the kids. . .
For a few minutes I get to listen while people talk about the difference the course has made in their lives, all the new skills and new ideas they picked up and put into practice. I hear the pride in their voices, not just because they’ve made a change, but because they figured out what “be healthier” looks like for them.