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Reinventing How We Celebrate

Food is a major focus of celebrations in our culture. Sweet treats especially play such a prominent role that a party without them is almost unimaginable. A birthday without cake? Valentine’s Day without cookies? Halloween without candy???

Yes. I propose that we re-imagine how we celebrate, overturn the norm, and actively shape a new culture of wellness.

Here’s the challenge – pick the micro-culture you’re going to change – your family, school, office, or block. Consider starting with your own birthday. Serve fruit kebabs. Or a watermelon with candles in it. Sure, it will feel awkward at first, but few people will find the change refreshing. Encourage those people to carry the charge the next time and support them when they do. Little by little, people will stop believing that cake has to be part of a birthday celebration.

Commit to gradually shifting what celebrating looks like by making some small changes:

  • Make the focus something other than food. You got a promotion? That’s awesome – let’s go for a walk to celebrate and you can tell me all about it.
  • Be creative. Breakfast meeting? Opt for Clementines over pastries. (yes, the fist time I brought Clementines to a meeting I felt a little funny handing them out. But guess what – they loved it. And now it’s just what we do.)
  • Trump the cupcake. Sure, cupcakes are cute. But so are these (my versions of which  were a big hit with kids and parents at my children’s recent class parties):

Canteloupe Lollipop   Rainblow Fruit Kebabs   Flower-shaped Cucumber Slices
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(And yes, there’s still a place for the odd cupcake.)

4th Annual Diabetes Blg Week 2013

This post was written for Diabetes Blog Week

The Prompt (suggested by Briley of inDpendence):
Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community. Tell us who you would write a petition to – a person, an organization, even an object. What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? 

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