Friday, October 31, 2008

A Special Day

Me, mom, and Hil right before "step-off" at an LSU game

I originally sent this message as a TWL email on Mother's Day earlier this year when I was still living and working in Houston. Tonight marks 4 years since my mom suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away. Needless to say, Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays to celebrate (and on top of that, I am sick right now with a sore throat/ear infection and I always miss her more when I am not feeling well). However, tomorrow is All Saints Day...a day of celebrating those who have left us for the most perfect life in heaven...and she could not have passed on a more appropriate day. My mom was a Saint in more ways than one and I am so blessed to have had her in my life for 23 years. So in honor of my mom, here is the email I sent:


First I want to wish all of the moms reading this Happy Mother's Day! I hope someone fixes you breakfast in bed...that's what my brother, sister, and I always did for my mom on Mother's Day. I talk about my mom a lot in the TWL classes and most of you know that she had a big influence on my healthy eating habits. What a lot of you don't know is that my mom passed away 3 1/2 years ago. She was such a great person and I am so thankful that I had her in my life for 23 years...she had (and continues to have) such a huge influence on my character, personality, and values.

When I was younger I probably couldn't appreciate the fact that she didn't keep sugary cereal, Oreos, and candy in our house or that we could only have a Coke for a "special treat" (we actually used to ask her, "mom, could I have a coke tonight for a special treat?"). Now that I am older I can appreciate what she did for me!

However, sometime I think I see things about her and the way we ate "through rose colored glasses". If I really think back to it, we didn't always eat perfectly...we ate spaghetti with beef meatballs, pizza, hamburgers, and fried chicken tenders. She would occasionally bake a cake or make cookies for us...sometimes we would have a frozen store bought fruit pie after dinner (with ice cream). She would pick up Popeye's fried chicken and biscuits or order delivery pizza sometimes. And during the summer we would get snow balls (snow cones in Louisiana are called snow balls).

But, all of these things were occasional...and weren't readily available in our house. We didn't eat out a lot and my mom cooked on most nights...mostly things like baked chicken, pork tenderloin, or fish. We always had at least one vegetable with dinner and we didn't have dessert every night. This way, when we did have a "special treat" it was need to feel guilty.

That's how I eat now too...believe me I eat my share of dessert, beef, full-fat cheese, etc. (although I rarely eat fried food). Most of the time, however, I eat more nutritious foods...that way I can afford to have a treat.

So just remember, it's what you do MOST of the time that's important. Don't keep junk food in your's too tempting (so many parents tell me they have to keep it around for the kids, but the kids don't need it either!). Make it a family event and go out once or twice a month for ice cream, pizza, or another treat, instead. That way those "forbidden" foods go from being "bad" to "special".

Happy All Saints Day to everyone!

Me and mom on the beach in Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant


  1. was so precious to read your words and know how much your mom influenced you. Her character, talents, and compassion live on through you, Blair, and I can't wait to meet the woman who has influenced me in a second-hand way. I love you!

  2. Blair, you remembered your mom in such a special way. I have been thinking about you, Hil, Adam, and your dad for days. Such a sad time of the year but I remember how lucky I am to have had her in my life and be named after her. When I look at you, listen to you and see how you are living your life you remind me so much of her. She was an awesome lady. I love you very much and you (Hil, Adam, Jessica and Buddy) are all in my daily prayers and thoughts.

  3. Hi Blair,
    This is your old neighbor, Kristin from Samantha Dr. Mary got me hooked on your blog a couple of months ago and i have been so blessed by it.

    I love what you wrote about your mom. She was such an amazing role model for me as I was growing up. I think of her many times as I raise my own two girls. I always loved coming to babysit you all as well as the time I had with your parents. And yes, she did have pizza for us on certain occassions :-) It is so good to connect with you again.

    With love,

  4. Thanks for all of you comments! It's so rewarding to be able to share my love of nutrition and food with you.

  5. Blair,
    I was so touched to hear you speak about your mom. She was so special to me. I think about her often when I am driving Andrew around Covington. I remember riding in your van and her taking us all over the place.
    I am enjoying all your receipes. Your blog has helped me so much.