Bottom Line Up Front. How do I find out, objectively, what would be the best thing to do for my kids’ diet?
Deciding What to Feed the Kids. How do you feed your kids? It’s a big question.
Today’s message from SparkPeople.com brought this to my forebrain with their article: A Parent’s Guide to Nutrition for Kids – Part 1, Lesson 1: Blueprint for a Healthy Diet.
The food pyramid is still the best blueprint for building a balanced diet. At http://www.mypyramid.gov, you can obtain a personalized nutrition plan for each member of the family. A healthy diet will help your children build bodies that go the distance. Here is what they need most each day.
Yeah . . . I’m not so sure about this.
I know people who obsess over what their kids eat: no fat; no artificial flavors; no artificial colors; no artificial sweeteners; no preservatives; no gluten; no pork; no red meat; no carbs; no corn; no HFCS . . . . Plus 1000 other rules about what goes in their mouths.
Lots of folks insist on using the gov’t-blessed low-fat diet for their kids. Then again, I’ve read paleo sites which, in full self-righteous glory, condemn to the deepest and fiercest pits of hell anyone who feeds their kid a bowl of cereal.*
My point is I don’t know what to do.
My kids know about my diet and even, to some extent, why I eat like I do. We’ve talked to them about carbohydrates and why I avoid them. The know about (and like) my Free Days. But should I try to get them to eat that way? Is SCD/low carb a good diet for kids?**
Is there any actual evidence one way or the other about what is the best diet for children?
My kids eat a fairly standard diet which includes a normal mix of American food, including fast food, junk food, TV dinners, pizza, etc. in and among the homemade meatloaf, pork chops, spaghetti, soup, sandwiches, etc.
They are growing well, tall for their ages, bright, and healthy according to the doctors’ reports from their checkups. So how do I decide?
Anyone want to share what you do and why?
Max Capacity Training. Today is the start of MCT Week 10 and it’s all about abs.
MCT Day 28 is the following exercises in a 50-10 timing protocol.
- Heel Touches: 31
- Pulse Ups: 23
- Leg Over Reverse Crunches: 27
- Alternating Crunches: 23
I hate ab-specific exercises but I’ll do what I gotta do. I’ll post results here later on.
UPDATE – Workout Review. I was right – that sucked. My abs hate me right now.
My abs are pathetic and I seriously doubt I did these exercises right. I can tell you with certainty that I didn’t look like the pictures on the workout page at any point….
Two notes about this workout:
- Stretch your glutes and hamstrings before you start. The Leg Over Reverse Crunches really stretch your butt and I suspect that, if you are stretched down there, you’ll have more success with them than I did today.
- These exercises really hit the lower abs hard. I suspect I was not doing them correctly because the only one which really caused my upper abs to ache was the Alternating Crunches.
What to Do Next? I mentioned yesterday that I am thinking through what exercise program I’ll do after I finish MCT a few weeks from now. Options are:
- Redo MCT, adding in some additional exercises to include pulling (curls, pull ups, etc.).
- Do some combination of the 100 push ups / 200 squats / 50 pulls ups / 200 sit ups / 150 dips workouts.
The problem with both of these options is that, while I do have some light dumbbells (20 lbs.) for curls, I don’t have the equipment at home to do pull ups or pull downs.
Plan for Week 33.
I am making a change to my plan for tomorrow: I will still do SCD but I won’t fast since I am going to go to lunch with a coworker and a friend who works nearby. I really love that IF is flexible like that….. =)