Chris Powell: Are You Setting the Proper Eating Example?
Health Hacks Husband, father, author, fitness trainer and star of ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” Chris Powell encourages families to break the food addiction cycle.
Healthy Summer Popsicles
Beat the heat with these nutritious fruit juice popsicles. This smart snack boasts all real ingredients, no unnecessary dyes or preservatives and is easy to make!
What you need:
- 1 large, ripe banana peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces and frozen
- 12 large strawberries – cut in half
- ½ cup pineapple or orange juice
What you’ll do
- Blend all the ingredients together on high until smooth.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
- Pop in the freezer for about 2 hours and add sticks while firming.
- Place back into the freezer and freeze for 8 hours.
Nutritional information per serving
- Calories: 20.5
- Protein: .32 g.
- Carbs: 5.05 g.
- Fiber: .7 g.
- Fat: .1 g.
Weight transformation specialist Chris Powell and his wife Heidi travel the country sharing innovative techniques, education and their expertise to help people drop hundreds of pounds.
Message with meaning
What ignited Powell’s transformation efforts? Twelve years ago, it was a 26-year-old obese man who wrote to Powell, then a fitness expert for “Good Morning Arizona”, telling him he wouldn’t live more than a few years.
“His letter haunted me for a week,” recalls Powell. “He didn’t want to die. He wanted to fall in love and have a family.” Powell showed up at his house and engaged in a plan resulting in the loss of more than 400 pounds. “His journey opened up a whole new world for me of helping other people.”
Since then, Powell has an especially powerful message for families looking to break bad eating habits and fight childhood obesity: Start by setting the right example. “Be the change you want to see in your family,” he suggests. “You can tell your kids what to do until you are blue in the face. But all they want to do is what you do.”
Food often becomes kids’ first drug, suggests Powell, adding that’s especially the case with hyperpalatable foods that are high in fat, sugar and food additives to enhance flavors.
“As humans, we develop deep relationships with food. Food becomes a coping mechanism and people reach for soda, pizza, chips or cookies to make them feel good,” he explains. Unfortunately, they aren’t aware of the damage being done.
His household pantry is always stocked with healthy foods including fruit, whole grain crackers and cheese sticks. But Powell is realistic and doesn’t forbid a treat now and then.
“As parents, we don’t fixate on junk food. We don’t say you can’t eat this or that. We never say a food is going to make you fat. Instead we focus on powerful and healthy foods.”
Applying in your life
Families can control what’s consumed at home, but peer pressure kicks at school. “Get involved with your school to make sure there are healthy programs in place,” he suggests, adding he is pleased with recent efforts to eliminate soda and reduce salt and sodium in school diets, as well as the major food corporations removing artificial sweeteners and colors.
Powell wants kids to make the right choices today to avoid health issues in the future. "We need to make it cool to be fit, to be powerful,” he says. “I’d love to see pop stars and sports icons spread that message.”