A Health Review for Father’s Day Peace of Mind Post F ather’s Day has always been fun for my dad and me. When I was growing up, it was usually spent together at horse shows, but now we go to a fun Mexican JUNE 2020
For dinner, though, when he visits Rey Azteca, he often gets the Yogi Special, which is named after him! The platter consists of white rice cooked in tomato juice, grilled veggies, shredded grilled chicken, lettuce, cilantro, and sometimes
restaurant called Rey Azteca. You have to know one thing about my dad, though: He does not cook, so he’s an evening regular at Rey Azteca. Now, you may be wondering how my dad maintains his heath. It’s no easy task, especially as he ages! With Men’s Health Week running from June 10–16, I thought this would be the perfect time to showcase how he maintains his health! When my dad starts his day, rather than drinking coffee, he has a cup of Constant Comment decaf black tea and eats oatmeal with a pinch of brown sugar. Oatmeal is filled with soluble fiber, which helps improve intestinal health, lower cholesterol, and stabilize blood glucose levels.
a little bit of queso. So even though he goes out, he’s still able to keep a healthy diet! But it’s not just his diet that keeps him healthy — his schedule keeps him burning calories all day. If you can’t make a workout fit into your hectic schedule, then it doesn’t hurt to get creative! Simple things like parking in the spot farthest from the grocery store and taking the stairs at work can eat away at calories. Take my dad’s schedule: He starts his day by feeding the horses, which is a 3-mile walk round trip. This doesn’t even account for when he has to exercise them, ride them, or cut hay! He’s so active around the farm that I tease him by calling it his
For lunch, he will usually have a peanut butter and honey sandwich. My dad uses local honey specifically for its immune- boosting properties and the peanut butter for the protein. When he needs a snack, my dad usually goes for something salty, even a raw potato or a turnip! Raw potatoes are high in resistant starch, which is associated with low blood sugar and improved insulin sensitivity. These two veggies are also high in vitamin C; studies from the International Journal of Cancer found that they can reduce the growth of colon cancer cells. “When he needs a snack, my dad usually goes for something salty, even a raw potato or a turnip! Raw potatoes are high in resistant starch, which is associated with low blood sugar and improved insulin sensitivity.”
“Farm CrossFit” workout.
These are just some of the ways my dad tries to live healthily, but he’s still a sucker for salty chips and ice cream! If you have any tips for eating healthy or know of any tricks to incorporating a good workout into your day, then let me know next time we chat! I’m always looking for ways to keep my dad healthy and active.
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