Have you been eagerly anticipating the recap from my Coca Cola Balanced Living Workshop? Well, here goes!
True to the name of the workshop, Balanced Living, we were presented with ways to balance the different aspects of our lives to make a happier, healthier whole. And by whole, we focused on our whole selves as well as our whole families. Balance was referred to in terms of looking at the big picture.
For instance, twice I heard people use the phrase, There aren’t bad foods, only bad diets. Meaning, that white-bread sandwich you eat isn’t the devil. As long as you strive for whole grains most of the time, and incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet as much as you can, you will be in balance nutritionally. This really struck me when I was in my one-on-one session with my nutritionist, because I realized I am in a major spinach rut. I rely on spinach to be the panacea of my family’s diet, and I forget that I need to branch out with my veggie choices. I’m actually excited to try one new vegetable each week, and have Beckett, my co-shopper, help me pick them out.
Behold the mighty sweet potato.
As for exercise, I learned from my trainer session, and from a workshop we had with Harley Pasternak, that bodyweight work is extremely effective, and super accessible even if you are at home all day. I’ve been brainwashed over the years to focus on cardio as the most important form of exercise, but I am now going to end my exclusive love affair with the treadmill, and throw some new moves into my arsenal.
I think most of us were surprised to learn about all of the things Coca Cola has been doing to help people in the U.S. become more healthy. I had no idea they were investing so much money into programs to teach people to incorporate fitness into their daily lives. They actively award grants to organizations that promote health and wellness in our communities. Nor did I know they had a whole website for professionals in the health and wellness fields. It’s The Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness, and as I’ve poked around I have found a ton of science-based information and studies.
You know what’s other cool thing I found? You can donate your Coke rewards points to your child’s school to help the schools buy equipment and supplies. I’m thinking with the amount of Diet Coke we go through in a year, we’ll be able to build a whole new school. Donate My Coke Rewards Points.
Now, who is going to join me in the veggie-of-the-week club? Or at least offer me suggestions. You can forget about kale, though. I will never learn to love that nasty green.
I was compensated for my participation in Coca-Cola’s Balanced Living Workshop, but my thoughts and views are my own.