The best way to refuel:
Maybe not the right way, but the best way. But it gave me a major stomachache, which can only mean one thing: I need to eat more froyo so my body can get used to the copious amounts of sugar.
The right way to refuel:
Sitting on the porch with a blackberry/banana/vanilla smoothie bowl, the sound of
the ocean rushing pool water, and my Bible.
Exercise in my life used to be a way to burn all of the calories that I put into my body. In a nutshell, refueling was out of the question. Now that I know how important it is for my body’s repair and restoration, I almost fear not refueling properly.
So it drives me a little cray cray when my dad-who runs marathons-comes home after a run to refuel with one Poptart. Okay, first off, even looking at that silver wrapper makes me want to gag. In order to “lose weight” he believes that ONLY the amount of calories he puts into his body matters. According to him, as long as you stay under the calorie ceiling, you’ll lose weight. Even if that means eating one 1500 calorie burger for an entire day.
Instead of eating balanced meals every few hours, he eats not-so-healthy foods in small amounts to restrict calories. I feel like I’m looking in a mirror sometimes-he is adapting the same habits that I had during my worst days.
How do you convince a 50-year old man who thinks he knows everything that that is the wrong way to refuel and the wrong way to treat his body? And is that even my place to say anything? After all, I’m not a registered dietician of any sorts. Everything I know is based off of what works for my body. Any time I try to encourage a healthier food relationship, it escalates into an argument.
None of my family members have overly good eating habits yet if I try to encourage healthier eating, smarter grocery shopping, an active lifestyle, it seems to have the opposite effect. I want to have a career encouraging kids to eat healthier and be more active, however that will look. But if I can’t even convince my own family of the benefits and the energy a healthy lifestyle can bring, how in the world could I convince kids I don’t even know to do such a thing?
I know how stubborn I was back in the day about food, where nothing anyone said could change my mind. I was stuck in my ways and any lectures went in one ear and out the other. I don’t want my family to be another statistic in the rising epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cancer, etc. Yet stubbornness seems to be the main obstacle.
Forcing a healthier lifestyle is impossible. A person has to desire that to make the necessary changes in his or her own life. So how do you encourage that when there is no desire?
Question: Do any of your family members live an unhealthy lifestyle in terms of food or exercise?
What is the best way to encourage healthier food habits without shoving it down someone’s throat?