16.6/2014 – Kids
Kids and eating healthy…..what a controversial, tough, challenging topic! Anyone with little ones knows food can be a stand off, straight out refusal or mission to keep up! We have experienced all of the above in our house.
As yall probably know, I promote a plant based, vegan household. While at home everyone eats this way. However, when we go out everyone makes his or her own decisions. Naturally, being vegan 100% of the time, I try and steer my kids in that direction, however if they decided to eat that cake, biscuit or lolly at a party, that is their choice and one we openly talk about, usually when they are not feeling so well as a consequence of their decision!
The trigger for my writing this blog is this week, my four year old actively, with no prompting from anyone or any visual stimulus asked for a smoothie for lunch! To say that I was proud, happy and overwhelmingly stoked she is starting to make really good decisions of her own accord is an understatement!
I posted a photo of her drinking it on Instagram and Facebook which drew some interesting comments from ‘Well done’and ‘Awesome’, to ‘I wish I could get my kid to eat healthy’, ‘My kid would never want a smoothie’ and everything in between. This got me thinking, how did we end up in this place and Pria making this request?
One of the resolves I came to is that pretty much everything our kids do comes down to us as parents leading by example and what we show them is the ‘right’ way to live. Pretty much the whole time our kids have been alive, Tegan and I have been on a health journey, constantly aiming to improve what we fuel our bodies with. We are FAR from perfect, however are always trying to make better choices and provide clean fuel for our bodies when doing so much training. Even more importantly generally wanting to eat healthier for a long, blissful, beautiful life. This is a process…..one that I don’t think we ever reach perfection in, but we sure can aim for it!
Another point I came to is that, like everything in parenting, teaching your kids healthy eating habits takes effort! And a lot of it! I am first to admit that eating a good diet takes time and conscious decisions to prepare and plan good wholesome food for our loved ones! At times I have been as guilty as anyone, giving Pria store bought wedges for lunch instead of making her something good to eat. Most of the time though, Tegan and I try our best to put in the effort and prepare the kids something healthy. Take the time friends, put the effort in cause lets face it, our kids long-term health is at stake.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to challenge the norm! This past week, Tegan picked up Pria early from kindy and was able to see first hand the food the kids were eating. She went and had a chat to the centre coordinators about how terrible the food was that they were eating and how we thought they were to encourage healthy eating. Tegan’s concerns seemed to be passed off a little too easily until a couple of days later when an email was sent out to the whole centres database about the food parents are packing for their kids, healthy choices and how important what the kids eat are for their learning. Whilst we didn’t agree with everything they suggested as ‘healthy’ it was a small victory and one that we will keep pursuing! Stand by your convictions, don’t be afraid to speak up for what you believe in and make a difference to those around you!
So, whilst I’m not an expert in nutrition, I have read enough to know how to steer my kids in the right direction. I want to encourage, push and motivate you to start today! Start making decisions for your kids and yourselves that they will eventually start following and influence their lives forever in the positive. You have the power and responsibility to lead by example and change the world, one little life at a time!
Well it has been a long haul and to be honest, pretty tough for me, but after eight weeks off with a stress fracture in my foot and then four weeks training, building slowly, last weekend I did my comeback race! Cooks Tour 30k.
This has been the first race I have attended in a long time where I haven’t done the furthest distance, so it was a bit of an odd feeling. Starting at 8am was foreign too! With that said, all the runners mingled around Woodford Pool before heading off for a little journey of the Glasshouse Mountains. I had a heap of friends going and in our race I was gonna hang with Andrew and Meagan. Andrew is a whippit and I gave him for-warning not to head out too fast…..
So, after the gun went off, Meagan and I set a pace, keeping Andrew in site. He took off! We kept him in reach however I was running way faster than I wanted to….around 5min km pace on undulating trail. We settled into our own paces and before long I was on my own, still watching Andrew like a hawk!
We got to checkpoint 8 and started on the eastern loop. I know these trails well now and on the downhill at the start, bombed past Andrew. I commented that I would either blow up or hurt and run through…time would tell! From here on I kept my distance from Andrew and with about 9k to go, started to feel the pinch. I was pushing the pace a fair bit beyond what I usually do, however took comfort in the fact that it was ‘only 30k’ and I was ready to suffer that long! I put in, ran as strong as I could and to my surprise finished in 2hr 33min….super fast for me! Andrew finished only a couple minutes’ back and then Meagan only a couple minutes after that! Ripper!
A big shout out to a heap of my other posse that ran too! One of my athletes, Andrew had a bit of a tough day out with a tight Achilles but still finished the 50k. Katie, Dad and my sister that also did the 50k. Deb in the 30k and Nix in the 10k. All winning in their own ways!! Well done friends. To all the other regular faces I see at trail events, thanks for making it a rad comeback race!
The wash up…. 1. The foot was TOPS! After four weeks training in the hills, my legs are already feeling stronger! I cannot wait to see what is going to happen with my running from here on in. 2. Running short, HURTS! Give me 100k + any day! 3. I am going to look at alternating my sandals and shoes in training…..I miss my sandals and the durability of my shoes is questionable, although I really love them. We’ll see how that pans out!
Apart from that, all is great and I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for a while! I am going to aim to blog once a week on a Sunday or Monday to keep things regular and so you know when to tune in and read up on my adventures!
Lastly……MASSIVE news…..after Coast 2 Kosci, I didn’t think I was going to race any more SUPER long events due to the stress on the body and my love for the 100k/mile events…..however, I have decided to apply for a once in a life time opportunity. Next year marks the 100year anniversary of the ANZAC’s and World War One. As a tribute, a race has been organised around the trails of Canberra….a 145km track. There is a one, two and three loop events and naturally, I am going for the big boy! 435km non-stop, with a six day cut off!!!!! I have completed a week-by-week, 11month training and racing program, and cannot wait to see how this next crazy challenge goes! Stay tuned!
Have a rad week my friends, smile, run, dance, kiss and be merry!
This is being added at later date to the above. I have decided, for those interested and for my own accountability, to start a 16week blog for my journey to the 100miler in September. I have made it known to a few that my big goal this year is to finish in under 20hours and be as competitive as I can. I will be doing a personal daily journal entry and posting this each week on a Sunday. I would love if you follow my steps (literally!)! As usual, I will be honest, share what I can (the good and the bad) and you might find it interesting! Keep track on the website each week for this!