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Thinking Out Loud: Spa Castle and Gelatein Wrestling

Happy Thursday. Welcome to this week’s Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where stream-of-consciousness is the name of the game! Thanks to Amanda for hosting!

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Here’s today’s edition of randomness for you:

1.) It’s cold up here in the Northeast. Right now, I am loving it. Ask me how I feel in a few weeks, I guess. That said, my coat (which looks similar to this) is basically a sleeping bag with a belt, and it is awesome.

2.) I’ve been having some crazy dreams lately. I think my favorite was the one where I ran into President Obama in a whirlpool at Spa Castle. What is going on in my brain?

kale and white beans with egg3.) Why don’t I make kale with white beans more often? Fantastic with roasted cauliflower, a poached egg, and goat cheese.

4.) I’ve been doing a lot of research about Pediatric nutrition and talking to parents about getting their kids to eat healthful foods. You guys are my heroes for doing all the things you do while growing tiny humans.

5.) The other day we were brainstorming in the RD office for National Nutrition Month. Some of my (totally serious) suggestions included: scooped bagel breakfast, Gelatein wrestling, and a Q&A on whether or not you can eat the yolk.

6.) Not going to sugar-coat it: my birthday sucked last year. This year, instead of attempting to pull off something Super Fun(!), I decided to plan several small-group, low-key gatherings. We’ll do the karaoke thing in January, once everyone’s holiday buzz has worn off. The celebration kicks off tomorrow night: dinner and a play with my family.

7.) Not like I have the extra income at my fingertips, but maybe I should stop whining about being single and buy myself a right-hand ring for my birthday to celebrate that I am a strong, independent, ambitious lady who makes no apologies for pursuing her dreams (insert inspirational instagram-y pic here). Or I could be a grown-up about it and budget to buy myself one for my 30th next year. On some level, buying oneself a fancy ring seems like kind of a waste because a piece of jewelry is just a thing, but at the same time, I could get so many “married to myself” jokes out of it.

8.) I am reading Amy Poehler’s book, Yes, Please. LOVE it.

What’s on your mind this Thursday? Would you buy yourself a right-hand ring? 

 

President Obama Kicks of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Last week, President Obama launched National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, calling on all Americans to ”take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our Nation’s children.”

With a third of children now overweight or obese, childhood obesity rates  have tripled since the 1970′s, and researchers predict that a third of kids born in 2000 will develop Type 2 Diabetes, an illness that was seen mostly in older adults until the past decade. Obese children are also at risk for related conditions like hypertension, heart disease, asthma and some cancers.

“As a Nation,” the president said,  ”our greatest responsibility is to ensure the well-being of our children.  By taking action to address the issue of childhood obesity, we can help America’s next generation reach their full potential.”

In the rest of the proclamation, which you can read here, he went on to discuss the roles of parents and schools and encouraged people to keep working to meet the goal of reversing the epidemic in a generation.
What is your community doing to address the issue of childhood obesity? 
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