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If you're looking for articles featuring inspiration or the latest in health and weight loss news, look no further.

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The Simple Principle My Dad Can Teach EVERYONE

In the wee hours of the morning, with the sun still not out and the smell of coffee flooding the kitchen, my dad could always be found in the same place...sitting at the kitchen table, fully dressed and ready to take on the day.

As a young girl, if I happened to stumble out of bed before sunrise, I knew my dad was already well into his day.

But it's not so much that I remember what he was doing at that hour, but how he was doing it...with a huge grin on his face that spanned from ear to ear.

You see, my dad was born and raised in a small poverty-struck village in Peru. His father left him and his siblings when my dad was just 9 years old and his mother (my grandmother) never got past the anger and resentment of his leaving. This meant not just a financially difficult childhood, but one that was filled with a lot of painful memories.

Me, my dad, and my sister Vicky

But you would never have guessed this was his childhood if you happened to see my dad at 5am with his coffee in hand. Instead, it was always, "Good morning, Isabel. What a beautiful day, right?" (In Spanish, of course.)

It was always a beautiful day for my dad because every morning, he got to wake up in a warm home with his wife and two young girls. The struggle he endured to work his way into this country (nearly 40 years ago now) is one that most people would have given up on.

Heck, if it would have been me, I might have given up too.

But my dad knew there was more out there for him, it was just up to him to find it. He knew the old saying...

"If it’s to be, it's up to ME."

I'm so grateful to my dad for transferring his happy spirit over to me and my sister. Being grateful for all we have (even when it wasn't very much), taking responsibility for our actions, and seeing discipline as a positive instead of a negative has helped me create the life I live today.

And I can’t thank my dad enough for that!

Fast forward to today...what is my dad up to? Well, this year he celebrated his 78th birthday! But you would never know it by looking at him.

He's incredibly active, spending a good portion of his day running after my two boys (which is one of my favorite things to watch).

Papa De Los Rios with the boys

He's also passionate about photography and spends lots of time taking pictures.

And, most importantly, his health is incredible!

When my dad goes for his yearly checkups the nurse asks, "Can I see a list of your medications?" And with a huge smile on his face he says, "None."

Kind of amazing at his age, right?

If I had to sum up the secret to my dad's health success it would be this simple principle...

Take responsibility for your health and be grateful every single day.

I saw my dad do this day in and day out. He has never been a dieter, nor has he ever really needed strict rules to maintain his ideal weight.

Papa De Los Rios taking photos

In his own words, "It was never about losing weight or gaining weight. It was always about health and asking myself whether or not the choices I was making were going to keep me going for years to come. I never made a big deal of it, but I did always ask myself...how will this food/choice/experience affect me in the long run?"

Wow! It’s incredible that that simple question helped him lead a life that was filled with good health and free of disease.

Today, in the U.S., we are celebrating Father's Day and I am so blessed that I get to celebrate with my own father, my wonderful husband, and my father-in-law.

Today I'm also celebrating and reflecting on the wonderful lesson of good health that my father has passed down to me with one little question...

"How will this affect me in the future?"

If you asked yourself this simple question in the face of temptation and before making decisions throughout the day, would your choice be made for you?

If you envisioned yourself 10, 20, 30 years from now, running after your grandchildren and great grandchildren, or doing the things you love despite your age, would the right food choices become easier to make?

Isabel and Papa De Los Rios

Sometimes a quick reflection on where you want to be in the future can be all you need to make the best decision in the present, and that's what I hope my dad can teach you today.

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful men who have served in this amazing position (biologically or not). Being a dad is not an easy task, but it sure can be a rewarding one!

Head over to the SHARE section of the community and let us know what you're doing to celebrate your dad – whether you celebrate Father's Day or not, it's always good to be grateful for what you have!

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       8 posts
  1. Balance   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Parenting   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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