Teresa Fair – Scale Back Alabama

Mind Over Meals

Growing up in a household with 4 adults and 5 other kids was interesting.  We all lived with my grandmother, Momma Mary, and she cooked every day.  We had plenty of food to eat, but getting healthy foods, without additions, was a whole other story. Momma Mary was a true, old school, soul food cook.  She cooked plenty of peas and greens from the garden (both with a hefty load of salt poor or fat back), and buttermilk cornbread (often with a heavy heaping of lard).  She also often cooked chicken (mostly fried), that she so gracefully brought in from the yard, and pork that had previously resided up the hill in the pen….and we ate it without putting much thought into it. It was her labor of love…and we loved eating it!! Little did I know; those formative years were the beginnings of my relationship with food. When I went to college, I continued to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it.  I never paid attention to calories, how I felt when I ate, what triggered me to eat, or what the food really looked like (not even as I studied to become a dietitian 🤦).  I just ate…mindlessly. Luckily, I was still benefitting from being a cheerleader in middle and high school.  I continued to be active in college by taking classes, like jazz dance, that forced me to move. The last few years, leading up to turning 50, have proven to be quite a different story! I find that I can’t eat the same way I did in the past, plus I’m not nearly as...