Happy Tuesday everyone, today it's about setting good examples to the younger generations, with that I think this should be something all of us can relate to, enjoy.
We just had the 2nd biggest food consumption holiday here in America and 0.0% of people should feel shame about what they ate or drank during their celebrations (unless you stole someone’s last curly fry, then yes shame haha). Many of you know, recently I have been very much about coaching the youngsters and the reason being is I want them to learn lessons early on I wish many of us had, including myself, about exercise and nutrition. Yesterday served as a day where young people learned from the adults in their life, to have “good” and “bad” food or that they were "cheating". On the flip side, those that might be more conscious hopefully avoided those types of terms and set the example of enjoying their holiday food with no shame or guilt involved.
We all know, kids learn behaviors from us, especially at those fun teenage years where they’re really looking for guidance. If for no other reason than that right there, let’s get away from using terms like, "good", "bad", and "cheat" when it comes to eating, unless you’re referring to how good the food tastes, then wheel those words with the might they deserve.
We can talk about eating things in terms of how it helps our goals, or how it helps our mental state for the time and how ear things in moderation. If there’s a young aspiring athlete in the crowd, yes, they will have to really dial in their eating towards nutrient dense foods more often than not. Eating in such a way does not carry any moral value though, you can have the most balanced eating methods down pat and still be a complete ass bucket. Likewise, you can consume all the ice cream, cookies and chips, while still being one of everyone’s most favorite people on the planet.
So please, for the younger generations out there, can the “good”, “bad” and “cheat” food talk, it’ll save some anguish down the road. Thanks for reading everyone, have yourself a week!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS