I first started to write this by explaining the benefits of our CrossFit gym and why it’s important to find or build the support system around you that will help you reach your ultimate goal of being your healthiest self. I wrote what it’s like celebrating with others about losing weight, hitting PRs in the gym, or getting our first strict pull up. Now don’t get me wrong, these are all great things, and they’re always better celebrating them with others. Then I started to think about why we wanted to even start a gym in the first place. It was because we wanted to change lives for the better. How do we do that? By using what we learn in the gym to inspire the people we love the most. Our families. And when I say “families,” I mean the people we spend the most of our time with. Our spouses, kids, friends, co-workers, the baristas at the coffee shop we go to every morning. People that watch what we do, even if we don’t realize they’re watching.
With that being said, I’ve started to ask myself, “What does my family (mainly my kids), know about nutrition?” Well, they know what I show them. Kids are the greatest imitators of our habits. Our good habits, and unfortunately our bad ones also. I realized this when I stubbed by toe the other day and said a choice word, only to have my toddler immediately repeat that word. My wife let me know her disappointment with one of those looks that could shoot through a bulletproof vest. Anyways, let’s get back to nutrition. To answer my original question, I’m hoping that my kids see their dad eating daily his protein, fruits, veggies, and healthy carb options. But most importantly I’m hoping they see my relationship with food. I want them to see me eating the occasional pizza, drinking the occasional non-water beverage, or having the occasional dessert and feeling guilt free. Family nutrition to me is about our relationship with food more than anything. Knowing what’s nutrient dense and what our bodies benefit the most from. On the flipside, knowing that we shouldn’t view food as “good” or “bad.” Food shows the culture we came from, it can show us our goals, or it can bring us closer to our loved ones. My belief is that it can be all three at once, and that is what I’m hoping to pass to my family. Healthy habits, that inspire those around me, and that bring me closer to my ultimate goal of changing lives.