Blog post written by,
Yaneth Beltran, RD/LDN, CEDRD
Males are typically depicted by society as not being able to express feelings out to others, regardless of this being a misconception, it seems that fathers usually do not share emotional information especially with their kids. While talking to some of my patients about how to celebrate Father’s Day, I came to the idea of putting together ideas to help fathers build bonds and participate in activities that will actually help them practice mindfulness and be connected with their family.
If you’re planning on being creative on how to celebrate Father’s Day, I have ideas for you! These are some fun ideas to practice nourishing your relationship with your father:
Making a meal together– this is a great bonding activity to do with your father on his special day. Consuming nutritious foods helps you get the necessary macro and micro nutrients to have an active life. Balanced meal plans are essential to maintain or body with good health. The Whole Health Organization (WHO) stresses the importance of a combination of different foods as it protects you against many chronic noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes.
…you can never be too old to spend time with your dad while making meals!
Baking deserts – this activity might get a bit messy but you are guaranteed to have a great experience with your father. Just think about the yummy sweets you can make and share with the family!
…next thing you know, you’re the next Gordon Ramsey!
Doing outdoor activities – A benefit of being outside is getting fresh air into your lungs and brain. Breathing reduces stress and it improves immunity and digestion. Check with your dad and learn his favorite things to do outside. Take a little break from your daily routine and enjoy nature.
It might be cycling, running, taking a walk in the park, or anything you and your dad like doing.
…and if he doesn’t have a bicycle, you have a perfect gift for him!
Fluids and hydration - Staying hydrated is crucial especially during summer. Overall, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends having more than 10 glasses of water per day. Keep in mind that recommendations for fluid intake depends on gender, physical activity, and temperatures. Here are some ideas of getting water from food: Water melon, cantalope, strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, celery and, zucchini have a high-water content of about 90%. Other options are peaches, oranges, grapefruit tomatoes, bell peppers, and cabbage which provide approximately 80% of water.
...drink water and be as cool as a cucumber!
Participating in yoga – nothing is better than forgetting life problems, lighting a scented candle, and exercising mindfulness. It helps you improve your strength and helps with posture and release back pain. You might not be the most flexible but yoga is still pretty relaxing.
…maybe too relaxing sometimes. Make sure not to fall asleep in the process!
YANETH BELTRAN, RD/LDN, CEDRD
Eating Disorder and OCD Registered Dietitian
I take a holistic approach to wellness by providing nutritional counseling to clients that want to establish a healthy relationship with food. I am a compassionate person, who believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship between clients and professionals. For a FREE phone consultation and more information about nutritional counseling, please call me directly at 954.773.3139. Services available in English/Spanish and Online.