Archive for the ‘Eating’ Category

Post-Halloween Nutrition Tip: Fight Fire With Fire

By Daddy Clay Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The foundation of my house is creaking under the weight of all the candy my kids hauled in last night. Literally thousands of calories are hunkered in grocery bags in the cabinet above the fridge. In years past, this candy has called to me, and I inevitably binged on mini-chocolate bars until finally the shame of pilfering my kids goodies caught up with me.

Not so, this year. I haven’t been tempted nearly as much. My secret weapon — a small stash of dark chocolate. After reading a study that showed a number of health benefits arising from eating dark chocolate (including one in which mice showed increased athletic performance when all juiced on the dark stuff), I bought a bar –a nice 72% cocoa — not the extreme and painfully dark stuff — and found that I love the stuff.

A little goes a long way — more than a small square and the benefits diminish the studies show — and besides, you don’t want a whole ton of the dark stuff. Alas, milk chocolate also won’t do the trick (sorry). In my experience, I have found that a small square right when I wake up really takes an edge off my hunger. That’s all I eat in the mornings pre-run or workout. And it also satisfies my sweet tooth. No cravings driving me to trick or treat.

Does it help my “athletic performance?” Not in any way that I can tell. But it does serve as a nice little reward for getting out of bed for an early morning run. And it’s kept my hand out of the plastic pumpkin.

Do you have any tricks for avoiding the Halloween treats?

Join DadLabs for Chocolate Covered Happy Hour at W Hotel

By Daddy Clay Friday, October 7th, 2011

Come cross swords with the Dadlabs guys, courtesy of 3 Musketeers.

Next Tuesday, October 11th from 6-8pm at the W Hotel.

We should hang out. I know we’re all busy with kids and soccer practice and all the other things, but we should make time. Facebook is not enough.

This is what I’m thinking when a nice guy emails me, says, “we want to throw a party at the W, give away free candy bars, and raffle off some airline vouchers, spa treatments and more candy” and they ask us to co-host. We are a “yes.”

Seems the candy makers sponsored a study and found out that people want more sleep, vacation and chocolate. Men of action, these chocolatiers, they have reformulated their candy bar, and set out across the country handing out plane tickets and spa treatments. Problem solved. For a lucky few, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Explain Your Midlife Crisis to a Second Grader

By Daddy Clay Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

If you are experiencing a midlife crisis, I have a strong recommendation: have or acquire a seven-year-old. I am grateful to have to explain my various 40-something compulsions to my second grader. Kids of this age are keen observers and quite curious. Under the barrage of their questions, the crisis-haver is forced to formulate elaborate rationalizations for kooky behavior which can prove very useful in subsequent conversations with a spouse.

For my specific mid-life crisis, I have chosen running through which to express my lunacy. After a lifetime of being borderline obese, I decided that I never wanted to be called “Big Guy” ever again. I also decided that running makes you immortal. So I run a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting News: Gender Selection, Nut Allergies, Prison, Autism, Recess, Netflix, Cartoons

By Dad News Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Is Gender Selection of a Fetus Ethical?: But this technology is igniting a heated ethical debate before it is even clinically available. Many fear that it will be used for a reason that has nothing to do with medical outcomes. They fear parents will use it for sex selection, aborting healthy fetuses that are of an unwanted sex. (

Kids With Nut Allergies Feel Teased, Excluded: According to a new study conducted in the U.K., families with children who are living with this potentially life-threatening condition often feel isolated, stigmatized, or unfairly excluded from activities, due to the allergies. (

Summer Camp Behind Bars: Program Connects Kids, Incarcerated Dads: When Sharon sent her son to summer camp, it changed his life. That happens to a lot of kids. But 13-year-old Damar went to camp at a medium-security prison in Ohio where his father was serving time for a drug conviction. Being together strengthened their relationship and left him with a more positive view of his father, Sharon says. (Today Parenting)

More Evidence Shows Autism Raises Risk for Later Siblings: It’s already known that children with older siblings who have autism spectrum disorder or ASD, have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves,  and a new study in Pediatrics finds that risk is even higher than previously expected. (

All School, No Play? Kids’ Learning Suffers Without Recess, Experts Say: An overall decrease in playtime in even young children is resulting in kids who don’t have a “culture of play,” said Jill Vialet, the founder of Playworks, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the climate of play in schools, teaching kids the kinds of games they would have once learned from older peers. (Today Parenting)

Netflix For Kids: Going After Your Children With Kid-Friendly Version of Netflix: In the fight to win back the hearts of consumers burned by the price hike, Netflix might have an ace up their sleeve: your kids. As any major retailer can tell you, if you get the kids… you get the parents… or at least their money. Netflix may be many things, but they haven’t shown themselves to be stupid, so they’ve created a kid-friendly version of the site that strips out the text and focuses on familiar, recognizable characters. (Reel SEO)

Cartoons on Food Boxes Create Nagging Children: It’s a tried-and-true marketing method: Slap a famous cartoon on food boxes and odds are children will be more likely to seek the food out at the store. But research now suggests that silly cartoons appearing on food boxes may also determine whether children will pester their mothers to buy the food and also the level of nagging parents are likely to experience. (ABC News)