As a tribute to Father’s Day, I thought I would share six extremely important reasons why I eat clean and run. Each of these kids make up one of those reasons I do everything I do.
And with that I wanted to share a few thoughts about why its so critical that I do all these things.
Length of life
First, I want to be around to watch each of these lovely kids grow up, get married and have their own kids. My old lifestyle – eating as much red meat as I could get my hands (or more specifically mouth) on, being as lazy as I could be and growing outward more and more every day – wasn’t conducive to a long life. Now obviously, I could be hit by that proverbial beer truck at any time, but those things that I can control (my health and my fitness) will help me live longer by reducing my risk of disease.
Quality of life
Right now I’m at a point where I can play with my kids and keep up with them on the playground, as I teach my daughter to ride her bike (in preparation for her first triathlon – but I’m getting ahead of myself) and more. Essentially, what I’m trying to get at is that clean and healthy eating combined with running and strength training is keeping me younger – which is critically important to keep up with these amazing kids.
Quality of my children’s diet
Don’t think for one second that I’m the only one eating healthy in this house. My lovely wife is doing so and so are my kids. We have incorporated those same principles I live by (whole foods, simple foods, whole grains, less meat and non-processed foods) into that of our children. It was just this morning when taking orders for our made-to-order omelette bar that my 8-year old son asked for parsley and spinach (on top of his long list of veggies). How awesome is it that he is learning from such a young age how yummy and enjoyable clean eating can be!
Quality of my children’s fitness
Family time is active time in our house. Sure, we still have our favorite show or two that we’ll watch with our kids (The Amazing Race is our favorite), but instead of hours of television per week, its just an hour or two. The rest of the time is at the park, on a hike, or joining in on a bike ride, swim or run.
And if you can’t tell, I love each and every one of my reasons. 🙂
Happy Father’s Day (2015)!!!!