DASH Diet Weight Loss & Maintenance

Kids

Yesterday was my first Oak Bay Merrython race, and also the first Christmas event I attended this year, effectively kicking off my holiday season. I learned only a week ago, I was going to be running 8 kilometres. When my daughter, who also works at Oak Bay Recreation centre, first told me about the run, I assumed she was registering us for a 5K run. Turns out there was no 5K, only a 4K and an 8K, and we were doing the 8K.

It was a gorgeous morning, brisk and sunny, a perfect day for a run by the ocean. It was cold enough for ice to still be out there, but we didn’t hit any icy patches along the way that I could identify. Both of us were not in great shape, nursing various injuries, me in my lower back (my physio has been warning me to take it easy) and she with foot troubles, but between the two of us, we made it, taking a few walking breaks on the way.

It wasn’t a timed run anyways, so time was not important, it was more about mother daughter connection, having fun and of course, exericise! My next time run will the be TC 10K in April. I am including some pictures taken just before and at the merrython. Here is wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

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Wonderful tips on getting kids to like vegetables.  Please also see my kids cooking pininterest page link, on this website for lots of great visual of foods kids might like that fit with DASH.  Continuing to offer a large variety is key! Remember little kids don’t eat much, so a little bit is sometimes more than we think.  When I have my grand daughter over she eats the same thing we eat, and she always enjoys it.  We don’t go out and purchase special foods.

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Girl weighing self on bathroom scale, cropped

Girl weighing self on bathroom scale, cropped

It is very important to have anti-bullying programs (e.g WITS) in schools and community programs to address these problems early, before they get out of hand and cause lifelong damage.   Perhaps if we can make it socially unacceptable, we can avoid setting off unhealthy and vicious cycles of early and uninformed, fad and yo yo dieting for our girls, that can cause damage to health across the lifespan.   Why we must act to prevent it from happening in the first place.

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SugarA very Happy and Safe Halloween to all my Facebook page and DotheDashDiet.com website readers!  I thought I would share this wonderful article, called Spooky Sugar and this video link to How Sugar Affects the Brain.  It is wonderful information, highlighting the critical importance of finding ways to discourage sugar consumption in the population.

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12187829_10153809583599203_2247122227683820675_nLauren, my daughter-in-law, who is currently taking an early childhood education program through TRU, made these spooky but healthy Halloween snacks for my granddaughter Aubrey at daycare tomorrow.

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reality-check7lf1Wonderful advice on avoiding power struggles with kids and role modelling a healthy diet and way of being.  Important that the snacks kids eat are whole foods as much as possible and healthy because they don’t always eat a lot at mealtimes.

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