Recipes: Part of Your Heritage

Summary: Recipes are part of your history and should be handed down to future generations.
Air Date: 3/2/16
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Dawn Lerman, Nutritionist & Author
Dawn LermanDawn Lerman is a Manhattan based nutritionist, best selling author of My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family with Recipes, and a contributor to the New York Times "Well" Blog. She has been featured on NBC, NPR, Huff Post TV as well as several other news outlets. Her company, Magnificent Mommies, provides nutrition education to students, teachers and corporations. Dawn counsels clients on weight loss, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diet-related conditions. She is a sought-after speaker and cooking teacher and  lives in New York with her two children. For more information, go to or follow her @dawnlerman.

  • Book Title: My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family with Recipes
  • Guest Twitter Account: @dawnlerman
Recipes: Part of Your Heritage
Dawn Lerman's father was 450 pounds.

Since he worked in a top advertising agency as you've seen on Mad Men, appearances were important. Her father was always on a diet. He tried everything: Atkins, Weight Watchers, the Cookie Diet. He even had a tape worm injected into his body, hoping that would help with the weight.

Dawn even lived on a "fat farm" with her family for six months when her father was trying to slim down.

The major problem was that he wasn't learning how to eat. He didn't know what his body needed to stay trim.

Dawn has been cooking since she was nine years old. She watched her mother prepare food as a toddler. She recognized that recipes were associated with pleasurable moments. As a youth, she started improvising on family recipes. She made the generational secrets and stories her own.

Dawn now includes her children in the cooking process. This creates new memories with good nutrition in mind. The children are more likely to eat what they've helped prepare. She also encourages them to improvise on the recipes she's handing down, adding their own flair to the family narrative.

Listen in as Dawn shares her stories and tips for healthy nutrition.
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