Worcester Fitness presents “Aqua Girl”-Choosing the Real Food

sarah copyHelp, I’ve been kidnapped by a band of bubbly camp counselors and their unruly pint-sized followers. They’re forcing me to teach proper swimming technique for hours on end, and eat fruits and vegetables with every meal. I tried to create a smoke signal during a raucous marshmallow roast last week, but my escape was thwarted before it ever got off the ground. I imagine it will stay like this for most of the summer; days spent swimming, bike riding, and running around with rambunctious campers will likely prevent my regular presence at Worcester Fitness. But, rest assured, I’m getting in daily workouts, and drinking my milk.

Worcester Fitness isn’t the only place that will be seeing a little less of Aquagirl in the coming months, you can count Flying Rhino, Picasso, Corner Grille, Kaizen, Baba, Coral, and Bocado in that club as well. I’m the first to admit that my habit of eating out on (more than) a regular basis has gotten out of hand. The Central Mass restaurant scene is almost too good to resist.

I’ve spent every summer at Camp Putnam since I was eight years old, and one of the things Camp prides itself on is serving home-made, family-style, all-you-can-eat, nutritious meals, three times every-single-day (an alarming number of hyphens, I know). Stop by at 8:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., or 5:30 p.m., and you’ll see little ones gorging themselves with fresh veggies from the local farm stand and countless cartons of 1%. Summers at Camp have always reset my nutritional compass by saturating my diet with “real food.”

Speaking on behalf of insufferable picky eaters everywhere, I would like to recognize the growing trend in restrictions. “Gluten free, vegan, sugar free, low fat, low sodium, no carb, no dairy, soyless, meatless, wheatless, macrobiotic, probiotic, antioxidant, sustainable, local and raw,” Jessica Bruder writes in today’s New York Times. Some say nutritional choices are a way to form identity or to lift our mood – I say that Camp Putnam makes choosing easy. With fresh produce on the table every meal, it’s hard to go wrong, and as a result of selecting wisely, I feel better in all realms of my life.

Keep it “real” WF nation!


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