Today's Not a Day to Diet Kids

For those of you that know me, i'm of Italian background. Yes, this meant lots of pasta, pizza, anything that's carb loaded and tasty. Try telling your mother you can't eat pasta for dinner anymore and see what happens to you!!

Something that had always interested me was genealogy; where my ancestors came from and what happened to their descendants in our modern day. Well, yesterday I had the opportunity to meet family members I had never known existed before. It was a fantastic learning experience.

You see, my grandfathers father (on my dads side), had two brothers who married and had children of their own. The children had moved to from Italy to Connecticut and then Arizona. It's amazing where people move around and end up, isn't it? Through social media, my dad was able to connect with these relatives and arrange them to come up and visit for a week. One of these relatives is also actively trying to take the family tree back to the 1700's, and relied heavily on the information my dad and other relatives had to say. A call to Italy was placed, and the room started to swell with forgotten memories.

I had met these relatives from Arizona for the first time yesterday, as they are departing today as I write this to you. Of course, to send them off, we congregated at a local Italian restaurant.

Being part of the younger generation in our family (You can say i'm the 'baby' of the family), I was placed at the "kids" table; filled with kids no longer, the youngest at the table was 22.

Filled with all sorts of temptations, I managed to navigate the endless spread of delicious Italian food in front of me. An Italian party of 20 orders enough food to feed 100; good luck leaving hungry.

As we were eating and drinking, one of my aunts came around and proclaimed "Today's not a day to diet kids", spoon in hand, stealing some of our tables dessert. In the moment, I found it funny and dismissed her statement as something a loving aunt would say. Later on however, it got me thinking...

We're doing it wrong. The sooner we start getting rid of that nasty word "diet", the sooner you'll be able to transform your body.

Whether its losing fat, toning up, or gaining strength (anything really), our view on diets and eating must change.

Let's consider some of these health Canada statistics:

  • 1 in 3 kids and 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese.

  • 1 in 5 adults live with chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

  • Some of these diseases are now showing up in kids.

Something needs to change, and it starts with that word... diet.

The sooner you get away from this line of thinking, the quicker you'll achieve your fat loss and strength goals.

Results are dependent on a lifestyle change; it's really as simple as that.

Instead of blindly thinking, "today's not a day to diet", think about the circumstances instead. Ask yourself these questions:

1) Have you been sticking to your nutrition plan?

2) Did you put in a good workout today?

3) Are you willing to post pone your fat loss results for this day/event/cheat meal.

4) When was the last time you ate foods like this?

Answering these questions honestly will help remove emotion and craving from the situation. This severely decreases your likelihood of indulging when you shouldn't, yet allowing you to indulge and enjoy when you deserve to. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

You see, it's all about making little changes that blossom and grow into larger, healthier off shoots. Slow at first, your little changes will combine and multiply.

Are you ready to make a change to transform your body?