MMB – A Killer Home Work Out for You!

Hi Everyone,

 Can you believe that Thanksgiving is Thursday?  This week will launch the holiday craziness with crowded malls, congested streets, and overflowing waiting lines for restaurants, Starbucks, and ATM’s.  I can hardly wait!  Do you sense my sarcasm?  Well, we all take what we want from the season and I will choose to grab onto thankfulness and watch my kids in wonder as they craft their Christmas lists, make Star Wars Christmas cookies, watch Elf, and go out at night to drive through neighborhoods filled with amazing displays of Christmas lights and decorations.  Of course, the most important aspect we’ll be focusing on is the birth of our savior and can’t wait to attend the Christmas Eve service at our church, Valley Bible Church this year.  You are all welcome to come and join us if you don’t already have plans for Christmas Eve!  See me for details if you are interested. 🙂

MMB – Yes, the Holidays are Around the Corner!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are walking into your Monday morning feeling refreshed and invigorated.  Glancing down at the calendar, I can’t believe it’s November 13th, can you?  Where has this year gone?  Well, I can officially start reminding you guys on a daily basis that yes, the holidays are here, and it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to manage the holidays without gaining weight and feeling miserable.  You can probably guess that it has something to do with exercising regularly, watching excess sugar intake, increasing greens and veggies, and getting proper rest?  Yup, this is a good list to start with but I’ll have some additional tips for you below, so keep reading!

Announcements and Reminders:

1)  Cardio Core is at Jen’s Studio Tuesday.  There is one spot open for each of the time slots at 5:45pm, 6:55pm, and 7:35pm.  Please let me know if you’d like to join us!

2)  Cardio Fusion will be at Jen’s studio this week because VBC is utilizing the multi-purpose room.  There will be three classes for sign up just like the Cardio Core format at 5:45pm, 6:55pm, and 7:35pm.  If you are interested in a Cardio Fusion class at Jen’s studio, please contact Jen!

3)  Thanksgiving Morning Boot Camp!  Come get a killer work out in on Thanksgiving morning so you can enjoy the rest of your day with special dishes and treats.  Classes will be at 7am and 8:05am.

4)  The Annual Christmas Boot Camp & Brunch!  Mark Saturday, December 23rd down because you’ll attend Boot Camp and then enjoy a Christmas Brunch directly afterwards.  Come and enjoy Mama Jen’s special breakfast strata, homemade muffins, a fruit salad, Peet’s coffee, and special time to fellowship with our fitness friends! 

5)  New!  20-Minute Check-in with Jen!  Need some nutritional advice?  Want weigh in accountability and measuring?  Need some extra stretching or strengthening tips?  You can meet with Jen for 20 minutes to fine tune the things that are road blocks to your health and wellness goals.  Cost is $25. 

 

Thought for the week:  Managing the Holidays is Achievable!

 

Can you smell it in the air?  Can you see them on the counter?  Yup, it’s the aromas of pumpkin spice lattes, ginger snap cookies, peppermint chocolates, and colorful sugary delights around every corner you turn. What’s a person to do with all of this temptation?!  Well, first of all, don’t panic. 

As a trainer I always say, I don’t worry so much about what you do from Thanksgiving to Christmas, it’s what you do from Christmas to Thanksgiving that I mostly care about.  Capiche? 

If you are a person who is in the habit of moving on a regular basis and eating a well balanced diet throughout the year, then a few delectable treats consumed over the coming weeks should be enjoyed and celebrated.  Life is all about balance and if you’ve been working hard and eating clean, it’s o.k. to enjoy a few treats of the season. 

When do we get in trouble?  Well, if we treat everyday as a holiday and begin indulging on excess sugar, refined carbs, sodium enriched foods, and consuming more sugary drinks and alcohol, then we are going to get into trouble.  These foods are addictive and if you aren’t careful, you’ll start craving sugar every day and the pounds will start to pack on and you’ll start feeling like the Grinch has stole your Christmas. 

I attended a fitness conference two weekends ago and there is new research out about sugar and how it affects the body.  Do you know what sugar acts like in your body?  An antibiotic!  Essentially, a diet high in sugar does the exact same thing to your gut flora as an antibiotic….it kills them.  Many Americans are sick in this country with a whole host of problems because of imbalanced flora in the gut and a weakened immune system.  Have you ever wondered why we have so many food allergies and sensitivities to gluten?  Many of these problems start in the gut because we aren’t consuming enough pre-biotic and pro-biotic foods. 

I found a pretty cool article from greatist.com featuring holiday nutrition tips from nutrition experts around the country.  I found it to be a fascinating and enlightening read and I thought I’d pass it along.  They all have tidbits of wisdom to share about managing the holidays and I hope you’ll be inspired by something you read that will help you stay focused and disciplined during this tempting time of the year. 

Have  great week and see you in class soon!

Jen

 

The One Thing Top Nutrition Experts Do to Stay Healthy During the Holidays by Charlotte Anderson. 

Sourced from greatist.com   https://greatist.com/eat/holiday-healthy-eating-tips

 

Pecan pie! Honey-glazed ham! Candy cane truffles! Holiday food can inspire anxiety or ecstasy—or both—depending on your mind-set. Here’s the good news: The average weight gain for the holiday season is just one pound. Now for the bad: While that might not sound like much, research shows we don’t lose it, and that one pound adds up year after year. And the news is worse for people who are already overweight, who add about five extra holiday pounds each year.

Sweet treats and rich meals can be landmines for health-conscious people, yet no one wants to feel deprived during the hap- hap-iest season of all. No need to fear—there are sensible ways to navigate this territory. And who better to show you how to do it than healthy eating experts themselves? We asked the country’s top nutritionists and dietitians to tell us the single rule they follow to make it through the season without overdoing it or stressing so much that they miss out on the festive fun.

Lindsey Joe, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

My one rule: Eat what you love, leave what you like.

Instead of piling your plate a mile high with things that don’t really tantalize your taste buds (fruit cake, we’re looking at you!), pick only the foods that give you true enjoyment. If something doesn’t make you swoon, leave it on the sideline.

Erica Giovinazzo, R.D., Head Coach and Nutritionist at Brick CrossFit and ​BodyChange Dietitian

My one rule: Keep your treats to one day a week.

The biggest mistake people make at the holidays is making Thanksgiving a four-day feast instead of a one-day indulgence. Then the holiday parties come, and all of a sudden you’re giving yourself an excuse to have treats nearly every day. Rather than letting your holiday feast roll into pie for breakfast, limit your splurges to one event per week.

Lisa Moskovitz, R.D., CEO of NY Nutrition Group

My one rule: Nix the guilt.

Feeling guilty after eating foods you don’t usually allow yourself to eat can breed more unhealthy behaviors. So abandon those negative voices in your head, give yourself permission to enjoy the indulgence guilt-free, and then remember to get back on track with your normal eating routine the very next day.

Justin Robinson, Registered Dietitian

My one rule: Don’t eat something just because it’s holiday food.

Listen to your body; most people eat particular foods like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or down cups of eggnog at a Christmas party because “that’s what we do during the holidays.” Noshing without thinking about what you’re putting into your body and why makes you ignore your internal cues of hunger and satiety. Do you really even like pumpkin pie or eggnog? Or if you could have any treat, would you choose your favorite ice cream or hot cocoa instead? Just because it’s limited doesn’t mean you have to eat it.

Deborah Orlick Levy, R.D., Carrington Farms Health and Nutrition Consultant

My one rule: Eat low to high (when it comes to calories).

Start with a broth-based soup or salad, then move on to lean protein, and by the time you reach those triple-fudge brownies, a few bites will be all you need to feel satisfied.

Teresa LaMasters, M.D., Weight-Loss Specialist at UnityPoint Clinic, Des Moines

My one rule: Alternate your bubbly with sparkling water.

On average most adults consume almost 100 calories a day from alcoholic beverages. Since avoiding alcoholic beverages altogether may be hard during this time of merriment, alternating between an alcoholic beverage and a zero-calorie sparkler can help you avoid pouring on the pounds. Plus sparkling water keeps things festive, and, bonus, you’ll avoid entering the hangover zone, a not-so-happy holiday tradition.

Ashley Koff, R.D. for Earthbound Farm

My one rule: Balance acid with alkaline.

Holiday foods are full of “acid formers” like sugar, alcohol, and meat, so make sure you balance all those rich foods with plenty of “alkaline formers” like lemons and organic greens. While not all nutrition experts agree with the alkalinity theory, which says that eating too much of some types of foods can upset the pH balance in the body, it does make sense to balance out your heavier dishes with plenty of greens.

Hannah Disterdick, R.D., Wellness Specialist for One to One Personal Physician Network

My one rule: Bring the punch.

Offer to bring the party punch, then “upgrade” your traditional recipe with natural sweeteners like stevia or 100% fruit juice. To go even healthier, ditch the booze and replace it with club soda for a sparkling mocktail. Although they might miss the buzz, no one will miss the extra calories, and you’ll be comfortable knowing there’s at least one light drink so you can skip the eggnog.

Jessica Setnick, R.D., Senior Fellow at Remuda Ranch at the Meadows, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians

My one rule: Make holiday treats year-round.

Prevent some of that “last-chance eating” by promising to make your mom’s pumpkin pie in February or your favorite green bean casserole in July. Knowing it will be available again means you won’t feel the urge to “go for broke” and overeat it now.

Adrienne Raimo, RD, and Founder & Director of One Bite Wellness

My one rule: Veg-out on veggies.

Try swapping light pureed cauliflower for carb-heavy mashed potatoes and add side dishes with more vegetables, like ratatouille, to bolster the nutritional value of the meal and keep you satiated so you don’t overeat. Bonus: All that extra fiber will help keep you regular, even if you do overindulge a bit on the cheese platter.

Valerie Orsoni, Nutrition expert, founder of LeBootCamp

My one rule: Don’t be fooled by the “health halo.”

File this under sad-but-true: You can gain weight even if you eat healthy. You can overdo it with the veggies and dip or creamy asparagus soup, just like you can with ice cream—except with the ice cream at least you know it’s an indulgence. So make sure you’re not eating something based solely on its health-food aura and keep an eye on your portion sizes.

Ana Goldseker, CNE, Director of Nutrition for Nava Health and Vitality Centers

My one rule: Go to social gatherings to gather (not to eat).

You go to family gatherings, work parties, and other social events to see your friends and loved ones—so see them! Use these times to socialize and be present rather than rummaging for holiday treats. A good idea is to “pre-eat” something with protein and vegetables to stabilize your blood sugar so you can keep your focus where it belongs: on present company.

JJ Virgin, author of three New York Times bestsellers, including JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet

My one rule: Bring out the skinny jeans.

Elastic waistbands, “relaxed fit” sweaters, and other loose clothing are practically an engraved invitation to overeat. Leave those roomy pants in the back of the closet. Instead, bring out the bandage dresses, skinny jeans, slim-fit suit, or nipped-in blazer—whatever ensemble makes you feel sleek and slim. Not only will you look hot, your outfit will offer subtle reinforcement to keep you from getting seconds (or thirds) on those peppermint bark cookies.

Alissa Rumsey, R.D., Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

My one rule: Just say no… to food pushers.

Whether it’s Grandma’s caramel cake or your best friend’s first attempt at a holiday roast, often you may feel forced to eat certain foods simply because people keep offering them to you. Put on a genuine smile, politely decline, and then offer a compliment. “Oh, Emily, these truffles look amazing, and you’re so thoughtful to make them for me! I’m too full to enjoy them right now, but could I take a couple home?” They’ll feel loved and you won’t feel pressured to show your affection through busting a gut.

Lindsay Martin, R.D., Nutritionist for Hilton Head Health

My one rule: Rock the bed-head.

Between holiday traveling, work schedules, and all that shopping, it can be easy to skimp on sleep in order to get your to-do list done, but getting a consistent six to nine hours of sleep every night helps regulate hormones, promotes recovery from workouts, and prevents daily fatigue—plus it keeps you from face-planting directly into your mom’s apple pie. There’s really no such thing as “catching up” on sleep, so the key is consistency . Bonus: The bed-head tousled look is totally in right now!

Megan Roosevelt, R.D., Founder of Healthy Grocery Girl

My one rule: Be a snack smuggler.

Traveling, shopping, and running errands during the holidays can lead to fast food, skipping meals, or surrendering to the siren call of Cinnabon. To keep your appetite in check, never leave home without a snack. Choose options made with real ingredients to truly energize and nourish your body. Check out our suggestions for on-the-go high-protein snacks.

Lisa Reed, C.S.C.S., Personal Trainer

My one rule: Burn the bird.

No, we’re not telling you to intentionally char your holiday dinner (although that’s one way to save calories). Rather, try a post-feast interval workout like Reed’s “burn the bird” sweat-fest: Have everyone start in a single file line down the sidewalk. Begin moving, with the person in the front of the line setting the pace—you can run, sprint, or walk. Then have the person in the back of the line move to the front of the line and set a new pace. Repeat until you have either reached 30 minutes or completed 2 miles. Consider this a new form of family bonding. Go ahead and high-five the line as you run past, treat your team to a full on sprint, or goof off and perform lunges down the line to the front.

Edwina Clark, Registered Dietitian

My one rule: Don’t “save up” calories.

Fasting before a big meal can backfire worse than posting a Justin Bieber fan video on YouTube. Low blood sugar from hunger increases cortisol levels, which leads to cravings for fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Instead of saving up for the big meal, nibble on healthy snacks like raw veggies, nuts, and fruit throughout the day to avoid a full-blown gorgefest where no crumb is left behind.

Andrea Szebeni, R.D., Nutritionist for the Lighthouse Recovery Institute

My one rule: Detox your taste buds.

Over time we adapt to eating “hyperpalatable” foods that are high fat, high salt, or high sugar (or all three). By eating these foods regularly, we erode the ability of our taste buds to appreciate subtler flavors, and we train them that a hit of fat/salt/sugar is normal. The good news is that you can reset taste buds by cutting out processed foods for just one week. Then when you do indulge in a treat, you’ll be able to appreciate all the flavors and be sated with just a few bites. You may even find that processed foods you used to love don’t even appeal anymore.

Lauren Harris-Pincus, R.D.N., of Nutrition Starring You

My one rule: Three bites and good night.

Stick to the three-bite rule for desserts: The first bite is the best, the last the grand finale, and every bite in between is the same. In three bites, you get the full dessert experience, so really focus on savoring those three and you’re less likely to overindulge.

Simone Gloger, R.D., Head Nutritionist for The Dukan Diet

My one rule: Trim the trimmings.

It turns out that most traditional holiday dishes are really not that unhealthy—think lean turkey, roasted vegetables, nuts—but adding in all the additional trimmings to the dishes are what make the calories soar into the stratosphere. Simply eliminate extras such as gravy, cream sauces, butter, and crust on pies, and you’ll axe loads of unnecessary calories and fat.

Anne Ricci, R.D., Founder of Anne’s Healthy Kitchen

My one rule: Eat mindfully.

It sounds silly, but lots of people don’t even realize when they’re eating. Taking the time to choose food you really want to eat and then actively focusing on enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of each bite will naturally help you slow down and stop when you’re full.

Kristy Del Coro, R.D., Senior Culinary Nutritionist of SPE Certified

My one rule: Eat a good breakfast.

Your mom was right: Eating a healthy breakfast sets the tone for the entire day. If you start your day off with a doughnut or leftover pie, you can trigger a relentless sweet tooth the rest of the day. Don’t skip breakfast either, as that will leave you dragging through your morning and more likely to overeat later because you’re starving. Your best bet? Start with something that has lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and some healthy fat to give you energy and keep you satisfied until your next meal. Del Coro’s favorite: An omelet made with one egg and two to three egg whites; easy-to-cook veggies like spinach, mushrooms, or sautéed onions; fresh herbs if you have them; and a touch of grated Parmesan cheese. Add fresh fruit and whole-grain toast to really round out the meal.

Maggie Moon, R.D., Author of the Elimination Diet Workbook, owner Everyday Healthy Eating

My one rule: Eat seasonally.

Summer gets all the credit for tasty fruits and bountiful veggies, but winter has its superstars too. Feast on gorgeous seasonal fruits like pomegranates, mandarin oranges, and red grapefruit. Not only are they at peak season for optimal quality and flavor, they’re packed with nutrients. Pistachios, chestnuts, and walnuts also make special appearances around the holidays, so feel free to eat a handful or two before hitting the buffet. These nuts are packed with satiating fiber and healthy fats to help keep your appetite from going rogue.

Anika Christ, R.D., Senior Manager of Life Time Weight Loss at Life Time Fitness, Inc.

My one rule: Use the “fork trick.”

One of the biggest pitfalls of holiday eating is not being able to tell when you’re full and no longer truly enjoying the food you’re eating. To help you answer this question, try the “fork trick”: Once you take a bite of food, place your fork down on the plate, and let go of the fork. Chew your food, swallow, and then pick up your fork again. The key to this trick is actually letting go of the fork. This will remind you to slow down, enjoy your food, and converse with friends and family. By eating more slowly, you’ll be more in touch with your body’s satiety signals.

Michael Wood, C.S.C.S., Founder of Sports Performance Group

My one rule: Watch out for sneaky sugar.

Sure, you know that pumpkin pie with whipped cream or chocolate lava cake is a sugar-bomb, but the sweet stuff hides in innocuous places like sauces, seasonings, and processed foods. Suss out sneaky sugars and eliminate the ones you won’t miss, like the barbecue dipping sauce or the packaged crackers, to keep your blood sugar and weight stable. Wood says women should aim to stay under 100 calories per day from sugar while men should stick to 150 calories or less.

Ashley Pettit, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Fitness Chef, and Personal Trainer

My one rule: Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water.

It’s easy to confuse thirst with hunger, leading to mindless snacking that never satiates. To make sure you’re staying hydrated, drink half your body weight in water. So if you weigh 140 pounds, aim for 70 ounces of water over the course of the day. For added detoxification, try adding ginger or lemon.

 

 

 

MMB – Functional Fitness Tidbits

Good morning everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend and are feeling energized as you walk into your work week.  Sometimes we begin our Monday hearing about news over the weekend that is hard to fathom and I’m feeling that way right now.  If you’ve tuned into the news, then you know about the mass shooting in Texas yesterday at a Baptist Church.  I won’t go into the details here, but I wanted to begin this blog by recognizing our humanity and compassion in a moment like this when you hear something that steals your breath away.  So, we hear horrific news, we take it in, and then we pray and ask God to extend his mercy and compassion to the families who lost loved ones.  But alas, we must persevere and press on as we begin our week and focus on an attitude of gratefulness, thankfulness, and our abundant blessings.  So, let’s do that 🙂

MMB – Fall Movement Mania Results!

Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are feeling energized and ready for the week!  A huge thank-you to everyone who came out on Saturday to participate in the trio of Halloween Boo Camp, the last Fall Movement Mania, and the canned food and Santa Rosa fire victim drives!  Wow, you guys were amazing with your positive energy, generosity, time commitment, and effort that you poured out into all of these endeavors!  Thank you again so much!

MMB – Are You a Mindless Eating Machine?

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you are all doing well and have been moving and eating clean out there!  Excellent effort by everyone who made it out to classes this past week.  Keep up the great work guys and you will see the fruit of your labor in every day life as you get stronger and more capable! 

MMB – A Way to Help Out Fire Victims

Good morning everyone,

I hope you are all doing well and have been staying active out there.  Because of the the poor air quality in the bay area, I know we’ve had to come up with more creative ways to get our work outs in.  The winds should be changing this week and will hopefully clear out the smoke so we can safely exercise outside.  In regard to the Sonoma and Napa fires, I heard a news report say that the firefighters are hopeful the fires should be mostly contained by this Friday.  Wouldn’t that be marvelous?! 

Praying for Safety During Fire Evacuations

Hi Everyone,

Now that it’s daylight and if you’ve smelled the air, you know there is something wrong because of all of the smoke.  I’ve been very preoccupied this morning with the news of the fires in Santa Rosa and Napa and can’t believe all of the devastation that’s going on right now!

I would like to ask for prayers for my cousin Jessica, who lives in Santa Rosa.  I just found out that she had to evacuate her home and all of her animals.  Jessica is a wildlife expert and caregiver at Safari West in Santa Rosa and is trying to evacuate all of the animals this morning.  As you can imagine, this is a daunting task and I can only imagine how challenging this is for the staff right now.  Of course, we need prays for all of the people who are in harms way and in danger of the fire.  I saw on the news that an entire mobile home park was destroyed.

MMB – Moving is Living

Good morning everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope that as you are reading this blog you are feeling refreshed from your weekend.  The weather is beautiful this time of year and a good reminder of why we live in California and pay the real estate prices that we do!  LOL!  This past Saturday was our 2nd  Fall Movement Mania and it was awesome logging so many of your exercise minutes into miles.  You guys are off to a great start, so let’s keep the momentum going and finding new ways to squeeze in exercise minutes every day!  I want to see those maps filled up by the end of the six weeks and find out who traveled the farthest! 

MMB – Parental Nutritional Ignorance = Child Abuse

Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend and celebrated by moving!  Speaking of moving, the Fall Movement Mania kicked off this past Saturday!  For the next six weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to exercise in a variety of different ways.  With every minute of exercise you log, you’ll earn 1 mile per minute.  So, if you exercise for 200 minutes by next Saturday, you’ll earn 200 miles to travel on your own personal map!  Imagine the places we can go….  Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, disclaimer alert ( this vacation is in your imagination 🙂 )  Someday, Jen Allan Fitness will have amazing funds to award a magnificent vacation, but for now, ladies and gentleman, we’ll have to use our imaginations! So, start tracking those exercise minutes and mix up how you are moving.  The only rules are that whatever it is you are doing, you must have your heart rate up and be sweating.  A casual walk with a girl friend and chit chatting doesn’t really count…sorry! 

Every Saturday there will be a timed challenge for everyone to participate in and I’ll announce the winners on the Monday morning blog.  This past Saturday’s challenge was the following:

60 minute class:

  1. Run 1 lap around the buildng
  2. 20 push-ups & 20 Burpee push-ups
  3. 20 MB Slams & 20 MB Rotational Slams
  4. Running Pyramid – starting at 1 (light run) to 5 (sprint) and back down to 1.
  5. 20 Renegade Rows with a push-up, jump into a bicep press, and overhead press.
  6. 4 – 2 X2 Sprints and Stair drills
  7. 20 MB Tricep push-ups & 20 MB Burpee Tricep push-ups
  8. 20 DB Dead lifts & 20 Single leg warrior rows both left and right

30 minute class:

  • Run 1 lap around the buildng
  • 20 push-ups & 10 Burpee push-ups
  • 10 MB Slams & 10 MB Rotational Slams
  • Running Pyramid – starting at 1 (light run) to 5 (sprint) and back down to 1.
  • 10 Renegade Rows with a push-up, jump into a bicep press, and overhead press.
  • 4 – 2 X2 Sprints and Stair drills
  • 10 MB Tricep push-ups & 10 MB Burpee Tricep push-ups
  • 10 DB Dead lifts & 10 Single leg warrior rows both left and right

Top winner for 60 minute class – Christi Stevenson 28:22

Top three winners for 30 minute class are:  Heather Thompson 16:23, Dave Thompson 16:40, and Erin Campbell 17:50

Way to go guys!  Keep up the great work and let’s get those exercise minutes logged this week! 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  6 week Fall Movement Mania is happening now through October 28th!  It’s not too late to join.  You can see me during the week to get weighed and measured and start tracking your exercise minutes this week to record on Saturday!  Bring a friend and shake things up!
  2. Next Running Boot Camp is on Sunday, October 8th at 7am. 
  3. Cardio Core for this Tuesday night is full.  If you’d like to attend, you are welcome to check in with me during the afternoon to find out if there have been any cancellations.  You can also contact me to sign up for the next two weeks for October 3rd or 10th. 
  4. Remember Leah and John Borges?  For those of you who are my regulars, you might remember Leah and John Borges, who used to attend my evening classes together.  They ended up moving to Discovery Bay, so they aren’t able to come to my classes anymore.  However, you might recall that John had announced that he was going to start training for a Triathlon?   Well, this was about a year ago and I ran into John and Leah yesterday and found out that John had just completed his Triathlon yesterday in Santa Cruz!  Here is a picture of John riding his bike in the 24 mile race!  John only started exercising about a year and a half ago.  Before that, he was very sedentary and out of shape.  Based on a decision he made to change, he was able to complete this race of a 1 mile ocean swim, 24 mile bike ride, and 6.2 mile run!  Way to go John!  We are proud of you!

 

Thought for the week:  Parental Nutritional Ignorance = Child Abuse

My husband and I don’t get out much.  In fact, if truth be told, we are kind of boring and enjoy our simple routines of home cooked meals, family time watching concerts, or bbqing and hanging out in our backyard with family and friends. Because Bob and I are both self-employed, it’s hard for us to get away and have any type of extended vacation, so we typically try to enjoy “staycations” where we are close to home and make the most of the time we have in a weekend.

This past weekend was a special one for our family because it marked the 5th year anniversary of our son Andrew’s open heart surgery at UCSF.  Andrew’s heart is now healthy and strong and thanks to the amazing surgeons and nursing staff at UCSF, he’ll have a bright future ahead of him where he can do anything physically he chooses to do!  We praise God for this!

So, we had an amazing “vacation”  weekend and truly celebrated as a family.  One of the fun events we attended over the weekend was the A’s game on Saturday night where they had a special Star Wars fireworks, which by the way, if you have never seen the fireworks at the Oakland Coliseum, they are spectacular and are better than Disneyland – if you can believe that!

One of the interesting things to do at any large sporting arena is to people watch.  It didn’t take my boys very long to figure out the trends at the Coliseum.  They watched a parade of people march by with tray after tray of loaded up hot dogs, nachos with dripping cheese, sodas spilling over the trays, and lots of sweet treats such as cotton candy and churros being consumed with gusto and speed. 

As you might imagine, this is not how my family rolls.  So, we had many interesting conversations about the observations we witnessed in terms of eating behaviors and choices.  As I reflect on what I watched in front of me the entire night, I am both saddened and horrified at what I observed, but I feel that I MUST share this with you to shed the light on what is happening in our country in regard to the path to obesity. 

First off, in sharing this story, I mean absolutely no disrespect to the mother whom I will speak of.  I don’t know anything about her, except what I saw in regard to how she eats and how she was feeding her daughter.  I am truly saddened for the state of health this woman is currently in.

At a ballgame, it’s hard to ignore things around you because you are surrounded by people in close proximity.  You hear their comments, biases, and yes, observe their eating and drinking habits. 

There was a young mother in front of me, probably around the age of 28, and she was about 150 pounds overweight.  She had a one year old with her, who was about as adorable as they come with her little bow in her hair, and was decked out in her little outfit for the day embracing all of her cuteness.  What wasn’t so cute, was watching her mom feed her.  I wish I was making the following observation, but I’m not. 

At the beginning of the game, the mom brought out a huge bag of nacho cheese flavored Doritos and was dipping the chips into the Frito Lay cheese sauce and handing them to her daughter one by one.  A little while later, she brought out a zip lock bag of pretzels and let her daughter have some of those.  Later in the game, the Skittles candies came out and she fed her daughter a handful of Skittles.  I noticed there was a woman sitting close to this mother, who was munching on blueberries, and offered a handful of blueberries to the little girl.  So, thankfully, the little girl had something decent to eat. 

Of course, after all of the sodium this little girl consumed, she’d be thirsty right?  Yup, she was, so the mom brought out a Capri Sun and handed it to her.  The mom was drinking a huge container of soda and was also eating all of the snack foods too.  During the entire course of the game, this little one year old ate nothing but processed food filled with preservatives, MSG, artificial flavorings and colorings, multiple forms of sugar, and void of any nutrients. 

Guys, my heart sank.  I don’t mean to be a pessimist or judgemental, but based on the size of the mom and what they were eating, one has to assume they are eating these types of food at home too. It’s easy to see the path that this precious, innocent little girl will be on for her entire life.  Imagine what is happening to her brain consuming all of these foods?  How are her taste buds being shaped?  With every bite or drink that little girl consumed, she was being trained to take in pleasure.  How is she going to react when she meets a vegetable or green leafy?  How can plants replace the excitement of a Dorito chip? 

This is why child hood obesity is on the rise and diseases such as Type II Diabetes are baffling doctors because they’ve never had to treat so many ten year olds who are now insulin dependent.  While we enjoyed the A’s game and time together as a family, I also took in the realization that this little girl would most likely grow up to be very unhealthy and will repeat the pattern, so I was sad too.  Of course, you never know, and I hope and pray that she’ll choose differently in her life at some point because CHANGE can happen for any of us at any time. 

As I mentioned before, this was a vacation weekend for my family, so my boys wanted to celebrate by having a slurpee.  They only get a slurpee once or twice a year, so it’s a big deal when they get one.  I thought you’d also like to see a couple pictures of my boys consuming their slurpees and the reactions their brains had!

If you made it this far in the blog, thanks for listening guys!  Let’s inspire our families to eat healthy and nutritious foods, because after all, they deserve the best and it starts with your leadership in your home. 

The boys and I munching on Kale Chips at the Boardwalk!! 

MMB – Avoiding Pattern Overload

Good morning everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend and are feeling energized out there!  Great job to everyone who was able to make it out to Boot Camp on Saturday and Running Boot Camp on Sunday!  Wow, that was a double whammy of fitness that made my trainer heart happy!  The hint of fall is in the air and the weather will be cooler this week, so it’s a perfect time to put on those running shoes and get an early morning run in or after work to re-energize yourself and de-stress!  You can do it!