Dad always takes care of it
Amanda Dolan M.S., R.D.N, L.D.N. | 06.12.13
My Dad rocks!!!! No seriously he’s the best dad ever. He has taught me how to fish, the rules of hockey, and the importance of a girls self worth. I’m his oldest and admittedly get the biggest hugs! It’s a joke in our house that I’m his princess…but he loves us all a lot.
Dad took care of a lot of things growing up; like fixing cars, getting us up and fed in the morning, and making chocolate chip cookies that are so good! His favorite saying is “Dad always takes care of it” and he did and still does! I married someone who is very similar to Dad which makes him the best husband ever. Todd takes care of a lot of things like the lawn, the bills, the TV remote, and updating me on the latest Penn State football recruit. While they are good at taking care of so many things, they aren’t always good at taking care of their health.
Guys, listen up: the women and children in your lives need you to take care of yourself first so you can take care of us!
Your diet is important to keep you living long and healthy so here are some simple tips to follow:
- Eat 3 meals a day. One meal a day doesn’t cut it, especially if you want to manage your weight.
- Fit in small nutritious snacks…not a family size bag of chips. Think of things like nuts, seeds, fruit, yogurt, string cheese, and veggies.
- Balance your meals with vegetables, not just meat and potatoes. A meal like grilled chicken, baked potato and green beans is well balanced.
- Lycopene, which is found in tomatoes or tomato products, is good for your prostate but make sure you eat other fruits and vegetables too so all of the nutrients can work together.
- Men’s super mega ultra vitamin pack does not replace good wholesome food like fruits, vegetables, and grains, so eat up boys!
- Cold water fish, like salmon and tuna, are important for your heart health. If you don’t like fish talk to your doctor about a quality omega-3 fish oil supplement.
- A 16 oz porterhouse steak and a baked potato the size of a football aren’t considered a serving size. Try a 6-8 oz filet mignon and eat half of the football-like-potato and remember a side of veggies!
- Serving bowls and platters do not constitute dinnerware. Try eating out of cereal bowls and salad plates to control portion sizes.
By eating well and taking care of your health you are taking care of us. I love you!
Amanda Dolan M.S., R.D.N, L.D.N. is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist for Capital BlueCross, and is experienced in working in areas such as cancer treatment, nutrition counseling, and wellness. Growing up, her entire family were locavores – cultivating home gardens, raising animals, and even tapping maple trees to produce syrup. She is married to her best friend and they have the funniest little baby girl! She is striving to continue the locavore lifestyle and pass it down to her daughter and the community.