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young palates A Mother & Daughter’s Food Journey How one family chooses to eat healthy By Madeline Scherer “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car,” writes Michael Pollan in his book Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual. This is one of my favorite rules. His book sits on our kitchen table and is, in fact, our second copy because we read through the first one so much it fell to pieces. I’d like to talk to you a little bit about my food journey, why I like to eat healthy foods and cook them. It’s kind of a short journey since I am only 11. The first memory I have of thinking about healthy food is all of us playing in the playroom one day and my mom telling my dad about a book she was reading about which foods you should eat organic. She said, “They spray, like, 52 chemicals on the straw-berries,” and it was hard for me to believe that you needed to spray that much stuff on food to make it grow bigger, faster and shinier. I started asking more questions and getting more answers. I was interested in healthy food even as a baby. My mom tells me that when I was a baby, there wasn’t a single vegetable that I wouldn’t eat. She fed me avocados and celery, spinach and peas, and I gobbled it all up. I guess I was fascinated by healthy food before I even knew it. I do have to say—I always loved carrots! As I got older, I became even more interested in cooking healthy foods. I love to help my Mom make green smoothies. We fill the blender full of Swiss chard, spinach, kale, dan-delion greens, and then we throw in a handful of organic fruit and maybe a beet or two. I love beets! One of my favorite foods to cook is oatmeal. It’s simple, but you can make it gourmet. I soak the oats overnight with a spoonful of whey and in the morning I heat them just a My mom tells me that when I was a baby, there wasn’t a single vegetable that I wouldn’t eat. 24 FALL 2012 edible COLUMBUS

Young Palates

Madeline Scherer

A Mother & Daughter's Food Journey

How one family chooses to eat healthy

"It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car," writes Michael Pollan in his book Food Rules, An Eater's Manual. This is one of my favorite rules. His book sits on our kitchen table and is, in fact, our second copy because we read through the first one so much it fell to pieces.

I'd like to talk to you a little bit about my food journey, why I like to eat healthy foods and cook them. It's kind of a short journey since I am only 11.

The first memory I have of thinking about healthy food is all of us playing in the playroom one day and my mom telling my dad about a book she was reading about which foods you should eat organic. She said, "They spray, like, 52 chemicals on the strawberries," and it was hard for me to believe that you needed to spray that much stuff on food to make it grow bigger, faster and shinier. I started asking more questions and getting more answers.

I was interested in healthy food even as a baby. My mom tells me that when I was a baby, there wasn't a single vegetable that I wouldn't eat. She fed me avocados and celery, spinach and peas, and I gobbled it all up. I guess I was fascinated by healthy food before I even knew it. I do have to say – I always loved carrots!

As I got older, I became even more interested in cooking healthy foods. I love to help my Mom make green smoothies. We fill the blender full of Swiss chard, spinach, kale, dandelion greens, and then we throw in a handful of organic fruit and maybe a beet or two. I love beets!

One of my favorite foods to cook is oatmeal. It's simple, but you can make it gourmet. I soak the oats overnight with a spoonful of whey and in the morning I heat them just a tiny bit so they are still raw. Then, I add cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, a raw apple cut up and a dash of Ohio maple syrup from a local farm. All this talk of oatmeal and I might have to make it for lunch!

I also love to learn about new healthy foods and I love to read about them. I recently read Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids, also by Michael Pollan. I mentioned in my last article that I am also writing a health class that I plan to offer one day. My class is called Eat Real Food, and I am going to teach people about avoiding GMO foods as well as MSG and high-fructose corn syrup, and how to eat organically on a budget.

The journey continues and we don't have it all figured out. My brother still has to choke down his green smoothie every morning, and my mom can't stand lima beans. She tells me she "forgets" to buy them when she's shopping!

But I am enthusiastic about eating healthy and how good it makes me feel. I hope you will join me on this journey.

Mom Remembers

I was too little to remember the beginning of my food journey. My mom, Kristen, wanted to tell you how we got started. – Madeline Scherer

"I don't have a clear, defining moment. I will hear friends say, "I watched Food, Inc. and never ate meat again!" For me, it was a gradual desire to get back to my roots. I am the oldest of six children and my parents raised us "off grid" for many years. We drove to a local farm for raw milk and eggs, had a huge vegetable garden and brought our slaughtered cow home each year and packed it into our deep freeze. We didn't have a grain of sugar in our home, and my father likened soda to drinking gasoline. (. . . Hmmmmm, he might have been on to something!)

I started researching the Standard American Diet (SAD) and decided my parents actually were on to something. They were always considered as being on the cutting edge of food and medicine. I remember my mother telling stories of how she "knew" she should breastfeed in the '70s when her pediatrician told her it was a ridiculous consideration when scientists had created the "perfect food" for infants.

Our family's food journey started when Madeline was very young and continues today. I love teaching the principles of healthy, organic food to our five children and seeing them apply it to their food choices, even in small ways. Recently, we were at a festival that included a puddingeating contest that one of our daughters entered. She quickly returned to us and said, "That was NOT food!" I had to stifle a belly laugh! – Kristen Scherer

About me: My name is Madeline Scherer and I am 11 years old. I have a big family – seven of us. Mommy, Daddy, me and I have two sisters and two brothers – all younger than me. I am homeschooled – or alternatively schooled, as my mom likes to say. I take classes all over the city! My favorite things to do are practice the piano and violin, read books and go to my Uncle Tom's farm. I absolutely love to cook and started cooking as soon as I could read recipes, at least that's what I remember. I make a great guacamole and a pretty good hummus, too. Someday I want to become a farmer and cook all foods from my farm.

My mom tells me that when I was a baby, there wasn't a single vegetable that I wouldn't eat.

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