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This weekend: 2015 Santa Speedo Dash!

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guys running ssd3Watch out for a large group of Kris Kringle wannabes showing a lot of skin in the Arena District this weekend. It’s time for the 2015 Santa Speedo Dash!

ladies in red ssd3The 4th annual event is again presented by YPAD (YPsAgainstDiabetes) and benefits the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. This 1K / 5K is a great event for those that take their running seriously or for those just looking to have a good time.

This year’s event steps off at noon on Saturday at Bar Louie on Park Street. Participants have the choice of taking part in the 1K walk or the 5K walk/run. And this year, for those of you that keep track of your time, the Santa Speedo Dash has upgraded to improved timing chip technology, so you’re all set there. Walkers and runners are encouraged to show up dressed in their speedo-best for the occasion.

“Ho-Ho-Ho-Hold on a minute. You mean people actually wear speedos for this guy ssd3thing?”

Yes, they do! Please…show up as the jolly old elf himself or as one of his helpers in speedo fashion. (They really know how to have a good time at the North Pole!) And if a speedo just isn’t your style…no worries. It’s not required. It’s all in good fun. The event winds through the Arena District and finishes back at Bar Louie…the pre- and post-party host for this year’s Santa Speedo Dash!

And again…it’s for a good cause. Advance registration is $35 for walkers or $40 for chip-timed runners / walkers. And all participants get a FREE event shirt.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association to help people right in our area. Funds will be used to help children with diabetes (regardless of income situation) attend camps where they’ll have a good time AND group shot ssd3learn how to live better lives with the disease.

So grab your friends, family, co-workers…anyone you know that would be up for a wild and jolly time for a good cause…and get signed up today! Registration closes this Friday at 5pm!

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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

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H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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Truth or Trend: “His” vs “Her” portions

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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It’s not uncommon to scroll through Instagram and see beautiful plates of food labeled “his” and “hers.” Typically the “his” plate is larger in all portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

But, this depiction of portioning is inaccurate and can be damaging to the way women satisfy their hunger.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmBjeBnB5jb/

Gender does not determine the quantity of food people “should” eat. From a science perspective, there are so many variables that affect metabolic rates that are not specific to sex, such as amount of muscle mass, fat mass, location of these deposits, physical activity, and more. 

For example, a very active, self-identified woman with high lean body mass can have significantly higher maintenance caloric needs compared to a more sedentary male identifying person. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxnh7yaFftA/

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you that gender determines the amount you deserve to eat. Listen to your body and your hunger cues. Fuel your body for what you need!

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