Celebrity Eco-Friendly Tips
The (surprisingly simple) truth about "going green": continued...
"I never wanted to make my own apple juice or puree my own peas. But now
I make healthy choices about food, and I only wish someone had really, really
explained to me the consequences of not doing that when you're around young
kids. I always heard, 'It's important to eat your vegetables.' We all did. But
it wasn't until I was older that I realized just how important it really is,
and what damage can be caused by not appreciating that.
"When my kids were younger, if they didn't eat what I put out for them,
it was no big deal. I didn't enforce it (and I hate the word 'enforcer'). I
wasn't a big vegetable eater myself. I never said anything to them like, 'These
carrots and spinach are so great, I can't wait for you to taste them.' It was
just so much less friction to do SpaghettiOs or pizza again. And since I'm not
a great cook, it was easier in that way, too.
"As my son got older, his habits, like those of most kids his age, were
pretty much set. In high school, we had the three-bite rule: He had to take
three bites of spinach or broccoli or whatever. Sure enough, he took his three
bites and that was it. There was no pleasure involved whatsoever. For him, it
was like a prison sentence. Now, my son is in his junior year of college, and I
have to bribe him to eat a salad. Recently, we went out to eat and I said,
'Will, you've got to order some vegetables.' And he replied, 'Well, I wasn't
taught to eat that way.' And you know what? He was absolutely right. He
"It's just about my biggest regret as a parent. Instead of letting them
eat Ho Hos and Twinkies and saying, 'If you're good, I'll let you have some ice
cream,' why couldn't I have said, 'If you're good, I'll let you have some apple
slices'? I'm not saying that, if I had it to do over again, my son would never
have gone to one of those ice cream birthday parties. But it's about education
"Kids learn manners from their parents; why shouldn't they learn from
them the beauty of asparagus? I'm not one of those mothers who could ever have
grown her own garden. But if I had to do it all over again, I would really
celebrate the joys of carrots and broccoli and spinach. I certainly would have
felt better had I tried. And, of course, my children would have, too."
"My mom has always been conscious of the environment and health issues.
When I was growing up, we would go to farmers' markets and even had wheatgrass
in the kitchen. She started a curbside recycling program in Santa Monica, CA,
in the seventies, and each week I drove with her to the recycling center.