The New American Diet
February 7, 2013, by Kristy
The New American Diet
February 7, 2013, by Kristy

Guest post by Pam Cobb, Director of Camp Runoia 

After lunch, as I look out on the Apple Tree field (looking like a Currier and Ives card with 24+ hours of snow falling), I take a minute to dig into my “to read” pile. My newest magazine is AARP. Yep! Although I’ve resisted embracing the Association of Retired People, they are persistent. Ever since I turned 50 a few years ago, their magazine continues to show up in my office. Today’s article is “The New American Diet.” After finishing my veggie burger and pickle with pear for dessert, I feel semi self-righteous diving into the article. Here are some great tips from Dr. John Whyte, followed by Runoia’s approach: 

Have Breakfast Every Day

We have a great camp breakfast with loads of choices for everyone.

Drink More Water

Our daily Assembly water announcement sounds like we are doing the right thing!

Get Fishy

I feel really great about adding fish back to the menu one time a week.

Embrace Whole Grains

Brown rice? Whole wheat bread? Oatmeal and bran? Yes, yes, and yes!

Fill Up On Fruits And Veggies 

We have a salad bar option twice a day, a breakfast bar with fresh fruit, fresh fruit snacks, carrots and hummus. We’re doing well!

Include Low-Fat Dairy Food

We do well with no-fat yogurt on the breakfast bar. Please give us your suggestions for other low-fat substitutes!

Don’t Eat Out For Two Weeks

Assuming they are not referring to our camping trips, we comply!

Snack Smart

Okay, I confess – I changed this from “Snack often.” We serve healthy snacks three times a day.

Chew Gum

Sorry folks, I don’t see this one coming to camp any time soon. The top reason is how to dispose of said gum on the way to the archery range!


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