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I’ll see many of you at the Crusher Race this morning… Looking forward to a fun and exciting day with you!! 🙂
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Kids Eat the Darndest Things…
Some of you may know that over the past couple of weeks I’ve been having mini-Bootcamp sessions with the kids attending Summer Camp at Vetta. We’ve made it a once/week experience every Thursday.
And frankly, I’ve been having a blast with it!
Here’s a clip of some of our fun. The kiddos and I doing football drills which you may or may not be familiar with. 😉
The first week was a bit of an adjustment for me. After all, I’m used to working with adults every day. Well… ok, let’s say adult-aged people… some of whom actually have the attention span of a five-year old. But I digress… 😉
The younger kids are the funniest. They can follow along extremely well as long as you’re doing the moves with them. But when you stop, they think it’s time to stop too. So it turned into an additional workout for ole Trainer Ceej as well.
The older group has it’s own quirks. Some of them really like the idea of working out. Others at the age of 13 are already waaaaaaaaay too cool for school.
“Ummmmm… you should know… I don’t do pushups…” (13-year-old girl using her best Alicia Silverstone impression from Clueless.)
Me: “Ummmm… Hi, my name’s C.J… Do you always introduce yourself with what you CAN”T DO??”
But aside from a few exceptions who choose not to paticipate, it’s been a really positive experience.
Most of the kids really seem to look up to me.
Maybe because I wear sleeveless shirts with biceps the size of their tiny heads.
Maybe because they pitted me against Coach Tyler in an arm wrestling match in which I came out victorious.
Maybe because I actually have fun teaching fitness and the kids sense my passion and have fun too. (I’m assuming this is why a lot of my adult clients come back too. It’s hard to convince outsiders that we actually, for-realsies, do have fun while working out, but once you see it first hand, you know what we’re all about.)
The camp counselors watch in awe as I get the kids to move on command from one station to the next with military-like precision.
I feel a little like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop.
The kids have definitely accepted me and made me feel loved over the last few weeks.
They go out of their way to say hi to me between classes.
They want to know what all my cool gear is for.
They even “help” me write out my white boards at the end of the day… which I’ve been told comes out looking more legible than my own handwriting!
One of the things I really love about kids is how honest they are… (Even when it hurts…Lol.)
One kid looked me up and down on Thursday and told me straight to my face, “You don’t look as buff as you did last week.”
After I apologized for my slacking… another kid reached for my shirt saying he wanted to see my abs.
As I considered the ensuing stories about the trainer at Vetta who takes his shirt off in front of children, I decided to not comply with this request to avoid being featured on the next “To Catch a Predator” with Chris Hanson.
But this experience has triggered a few concerns in me as well.
Before we were about to get started this past Thursday, I was chatting with the kids while we waited on the rest of their group to get back from snack time.
As I asked them about their day, I realized they get TWO snack times AND a lunch time over the course of the day. Estimating that they also probably have breakfast, dinner, and perhaps another snack outside of Vetta… It seemed to me like a lot of eating… And didn’t even factor in the fact that most kids were still chomping on assorted candies and gummies and ring pops even after snack time.
But what was most disturbing was when I took inventory of the snacks being consumed.
I pointed to one kid at a time to accrue an informal census of my munchkins’ nutrition.
The answers came back…
“Sour Patch Kids”
“Carmel AND cheddar popcorn.” (Obviously, because one flavor of popcorn just isn’t enough!)
This last answer spurned a debate on which kind of popcorn was best… however, a consensus was never reached.
I also happened to walk through lunch time the other day and saw more of the same.
White bread sandwiches…. chips… Cheetos… Doritos… candy, soda… I think I even saw a Code Red Mountain Dew, which I didn’t even think existed anymore!
As I surveyed the terrain, there was not a fruit or a vegetable in sight.
I felt like that commercial with the Native American who sheds a single tear at the sight of epic pollution…
Because that’s exactly what I was witnessing… epic pollution (of the mini-sized human body).
Now, I’m not goign to tell you that I was much better growing up. I used to eat every item on the aforementioned list.
We ate some healthy food too. But my brothers and I put a hurtin’ on the Cheez-Its, Teddy Grahams, and Chex Mix like it was going out of style.
When I was a kid I didn’t really care that much about health. Sure, I dutifully ate my broccoli when it was at the table. But I also remember hiding Klondike Bars and Drumsticks in the far back reaches of the freezer to keep for myself.
Hey, when you’ve got three little equally ravenous brothers, it’s every man for himself!
I didn’t think about the effects any of that stuff was having on my body. I just knew that it tasted good.
But as my mom wised up about health, there were fewer and fewer of those options around the house. The transition was slow… from white pasta… to whole wheat pasta… to vegetti pasta.
From “circle chicken”… to frozen breasts… to organic only.
From potato chips… to hummus dips… to nuts and seeds.
I missed a lot of my favorites. But there wasn’t a lot I could do about it.
After all, Mom and dad make the money. Mom and dad buy the groceries. My brothers and I eventually get hungry and have to eat whatever’s there.
Perhaps you can see where I’m going with this…
Parents… YOU HAVE THE CONTROL.
As a non-parent, you may think I just don’t get it. And that’s fair.
But here’s what I do get… childhood obesity, childhood fatty liver disease (previously only seen in alcoholics), and childhood diabetes are all at record highs and showing no sign of slowing down.
No… It’s not because kids don’t move enough.
It’s because of the food they eat. Period.
Is it harder than ever to get kids to eat healthy? Yup!
Are there more pitfalls and sugar and processed food than ever in history? You’d better believe it!
But do you ever wonder WHY that is?
It’s because processed foods are cheap to make and MASSIVE in profit margin.
Entire research teams are dedicated to finding the sugar “Bliss Point” and getting you and your family LITERALLY addicted to their faux-food products for life.
AND there are entire industries dedicated to medicating you back towards normalcy once you’re ailing.
Bottom line… your kids eating crap is good business. It’s good profit.
Acne, asthma, ADHD, and the truffle shuffle…
It’s all directly influenced by food.
I only preach because I care.
Because when two snacks per day plus lunch look like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter rolled into one… what kind of future are we setting those kids up for?
A few extra pounds here… a mild symptom or two there… self esteem declines… depression ensues… more medications needed… more side effects from the meds… and the only thing that brings comfort will eventually become the very same toxic food that started the downward cycle in the first place.
I know this is a sensitive topic for many, and I don’t broach it lightly.
And maybe your kids really are doing “better than most”.
But we can always raise the bar a little higher.
That’s what Bootcamp is about.
That’s what life is about.
Constant and never ending improvement.
Please don’t take this as criticism. I know you love your kids. I know we’re all doing the best we can with the information we’ve got.
But I have a dream for a healthier America.
And where better to start than with our nation’s youth?
We can do better.
I can do better.
You can do better.
They deserve better.
So start making some uncomfortable changes… and let’s find out together what knocking down that very first domino can eventually lead to. Shall we?
Thanks for reading and please let me know if I can ever be of help. I live for this stuff. 🙂
CJ’s Book of the Week: “Fat For Fuel” by Dr. Joseph Mercola
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