Let’s make this short and sweet. We are back on nutrition. Why? Because no matter how often you discuss this, people still don’t get it. They come back with the same questions. Do you think my answer is going to change? It’s like being hungry and opening the fridge over and over again… nothing changed!

Teaching kindergarten for 15+ years has its advantages. I’m going to simplify this as much as I can for you.

I’m not even going to talk on “cheating on food” on this one. You can read that previous blog if you missed it. It’s definitely worth the read by the way.

Everyone is different. We know this. What works for me, may or may not work for you and vice versa. Find what works for you. This is not easy. You actually have to set in to motion a nutrition plan to see if it fits you. Talking about it has yet to work for you, maybe a more active approach would work.

Do you eat CRAP?

C – Carbonated drinks – Surely this needs no explanation. Let me not assume. Get off the soft drinks.

R – Refined sugars – Your deserts, cereals, ketchup, sauces, lattes, smoothies, etc. are full of it. To cure this, try to eat veggies in place of pasta, eat fresh fruit, make your own gravy and condiments, grill or broil (not fry), and avoid deserts (I totally get the frustration on this one).

A – Artificial Foods – Let us define this… IT IS NOT REAL. Enough said.

P – Processed Foods – This is any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, either for safety or convenience. I think people get this confused with artificial foods many times. Processed may not necessarily mean unhealthy. It may just have added salt, sugar, or fat. Common foods are cereals, cheese, bread, milk, “convenient” food, and meat products (smoked, cured, salted, or added preservatives). Processed is also used to prolong shelf life.

That’s the basic CRAP of foods for you in a nut shell. It’s the reason you feel bad, you’re not losing weight, you can’t break that plateau, you struggle with “diet”, and you are in denial.

Some other things we need to discuss are sports drinks and the “trendy” word gluten. This is like my come back list. I have a quick story first and then I’ll go back. Squirrel.

So, my 9-year-old daughter, Elli and I are driving home from Baton Rouge today. She popped me with this statement, “mom, I feel uncomfortable getting dressed in front of my friends because I am bigger than them.” I almost wrecked. She is stocky for sure, but I wouldn’t say overweight. She hasn’t hit a growth spurt. There is nothing I can say at this moment that is going to cure this feeling. She then says, “I feel like people stare at my belly when I walk by.” I’m just listening, not letting a tear fall. How do I handle this conversation? First, I listened. Second, I tried explaining growth and how everyone’s body is different. Honestly, I was struggling for words that would comfort her emotions. If she is thinking it, it bothers her, but the positive is that she wasn’t afraid to talk to me about it. It was a lead in on why I do what I do and if I didn’t eat right and exercise what would happen to me.   She took comfort in the fact that I looked just like her when I was 9. It is a struggle for everyone involved. As her mom, it is my duty to not dismiss this conversation but to continue feeding her with tools to grow a healthy lifestyle. My number one concern is not to obliterate any self confidence that exist in this beautiful, spunky, sassy, energetic little person of mine.

My point to this…

younger than ever, your kids need to learn proper fuel for their little bodies. Your children’s health is in your hands.

Let’s focus back…

Sports drinks – The pros and cons of these popular drinks. There is no doubt they are beneficial. Anytime you are exerting energy for more than 2-3 hours, sweating a lot, those drinks will help replace lost electrolytes and give you a little boost of energy. For the average hike, 5k, or game of tennis, the extra sodium, calories, and sugar outweigh the benefits. The sodium will only make you thirstier. Do yourself a favor, drink water.

What is GLUTEN? If someone says they’re allergic to this, please ask them what it is. Can they tell you? This is so trendy right now. There are gluten allergies and they are legit. For some people, I’m not sure what they think their allergy is. Self-diagnosis does not count. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It gives elasticity to dough, helps it rise to keep its shape. Gluten is very complicated. It is not something that should be taken lightly. I will be the first to tell you, that taking gluten out of your diet (allergy or no allergy), you will feel so much better.

If you are intolerant of gluten, then beer is a no no. You already know this right? I say this because some people are not aware that beer is made of malted barley or wheat. It’s the truth. If you’re drinking that Michelob Ultra and claim to be gluten free, you may want to stick with wine or hard liquor. Just be mindful and know your allergies.

When is it your time to stop talking and start doing? It doesn’t have to be done all at one time just one step at a time. You are STRONG enough. There is no doubt in my mind.

“It’s not that some people have willpower and some people don’t, it’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” Carl Sandburg



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