04/29/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Things We Want Back

This week I celebrated ten years of motherhood. While juggling conference calls, meetings, and birthday parties complete with allergen-free treats, I was struck by a trending topic on Twitter: #thingswewantback. Here's what I came up with:


  • Food ingredients that our grandmothers would recognize
  • The time we've spent in doctors' offices
  • Grocery shopping without "Allergen-free" constraints
  • The 1990s rate of 1 in 10,000 children with autism versus today's rate of 1 in 150
  • Fake Food to find its way out of grocery stores and back into the aisles of Toys R Us
  • The health of our children

Ten years ago, when I first ventured into motherhood, 1 in 3 American children did not have autism, allergies, ADHD or autism; 20% of children were not obese; and 85% of cancers were not environmentally triggered. And while we can't change the beginning of our stories, we can restore the health of our children and #ChangeTheEnd.

"Years may wrinkle the skin. But to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." ~Samuel Ullman