A bit of early morning frost didn’t keep our intrepid walkers away
last Saturday! More than 70 folks bundled up to enjoy hot Starbucks coffee,
raffle prizes and conversation before an invigorating loop walk around
beautiful Coot Lake in northeast Boulder.
Sporting a Santa hat,
Dr. Nelson Trujillo talked about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can dampen moods
during winter. Many of us try to cheer ourselves up by eating traditional
"comfort foods," which tend to be high in saturated fats, salt
and/or "simple" carbohydrates like refined flour and sugar.
Unfortunately, that approach tends to backfire since those foods tend
to cause chronic inflammation, which negatively affects mood and overall
health, Dr. Trujillo said. They also tend to be low in brain-supportive
nutrients like antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Dr. Trujillo urged Walk attendees to choose "Greens over Blues,"
meaning to add as many green and colorful fruits and vegetables as possible
to their daily diets to boost mood and energy. As usual, he also recommended
walking "10 minutes out, 10 minutes back" every day. Getting
outside and being physically active have been shown to improve mood, overall
health and longevity.
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a special holiday edition Walk with a Doc in conjunction with
the City of Boulder Parks & Recreation department. Grab friends and
family and head downtown for Creekside Caroling on a guided walk around
Boulder’s Civic Area. There will be prizes, dancing and singing,
hot chocolate and delicious refreshments -- and Dr. Nelson Trujillo sharing
healthy holiday survival tips. Caroling begins at 5:30 p.m., walking tour
begins at 5:45 p.m.
Click here for more information.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 a.m.
Join us for our January Walk with a Doc at East Boulder Community Park
(5560 Sioux Drive). You don't want to miss
Dr. Andrew McBride from Boulder Creek Family Medicine talking about "How Lifestyle Medicine
Can Keep You Well." Get details at
BCH Walk With a Doc.
Please enjoy the photo slideshow of all the fun we had at the December walk!