Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the hard-working crew at the York Region Liberal newspaper. Since January, they’ve been competing amongst themselves for a cash prize of $500 for the highest percentage of weight loss in eight weeks, basically their own mini “Biggest Loser” challenge. Inspired by their group effort to get healthy, I contacted Marney Beck, who has been publicly documenting their journey in her weekly editorial, and asked if they’d like to have some tips from a registered nutritionist.
My offer was promptly welcomed and “Top Foods for Heart Health (that also work for weight loss)” was agreed on as the topic, since February is heart health month. however, Marney’s next column spoke of the all-too-common plateau she seemed to have hit, so, wanting to be less generic and more personal, I changed the topic “What to do when you hit a plateau”. (Incidentally, my tips for getting over a plateau also apply to reducing heart disease risk. Nutrition is like that. What works for your waistline pretty much also works for you heart, your joints, your brain, the wrinkles on your face, etc. It’s all the same diet pattern, just with a different spin, just so you know for the next time you see a “new” condition-specific diet book.)
My favorite part of this experience was the savvy questions the Liberal staff posed and their openness to sharing personal struggles and barriers to their success. There were the usual “is this better than that?” food dilemmas as well as less specific queries about vitamin supplementation, exercise, and menu planning. While the tips in the presentation were informative, I feel the ad hoc tips I provided to address individual concerns added the most value and made this lunch ‘n’ learn more memorable. That, and I think my coriander and lemon spiced salad dressing was pretty good too 🙂
As with the corporate wellness event, I was left with a strong desire follow-up on my recommendations, and turn my information into sustainable action. I guess I need to practice more detachment as I have a tendency to take ownership of all goals and issues people share with me, wanting to advise and see them through to the end.
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