I honestly don’t remember having too many heart to heart talks with my dad when I was younger. I’ve certainly had a lot more in my adult years. Having kids. Buying a house. Starting a new job. Plenty of those for sure, but I just don’t recall many from when I was a kid.
The one thing I do recall, though, is probably one of the very first times I did have a heart-to-heart with dad. I had just graduated college and was leaving the next day for a five week backpacking trip through Europe.
For some reason, my dad and I went out to dinner (I don’t recall where mom was at the time) at our favorite restaurant, Martio’s in Nanuet. As usual, the place was pretty crowded. As we were rushed for time, we chose to just go sit at the bar. Hey, I was 21, so it was legit!
We ate pizza, drank beers and just… talked. But it wasn’t the usual sports talk or general chit chat. This time it was a bit different. For the first time in my life, I felt like my dad was looking at me as an equal, someone he could have a regular conversation with.
I don’t remember too many details other than some bigger questions he asked me like, “Are you nervous?” and just general “Be safe, be careful but have fun” type of things.
My kids aren’t even through middle school yet, so I’m not even close to having that post-college chat with them yet. But it’s gotten me thinking that I should have some heart to hearts with them, especially considering February was Heart Month.
In honor of last month’s Heart Month, I’m proud to be participating in Meta’s “Heart 2 Heart” campaign, alongside spokesperson Michael Strahan and the great gang from Life of Dad. This campaign is encouraging men all over the country to sit down and have those important heart-to-heart chats with their loved ones.
In general, us guys aren’t so good with the conversation part. Sure we can talk for hours about a football game, a video game high score or the latest Star Wars movie. But get us talking about personal issues and men as a species tend to clam up a bit. Thankfully, big guy Michael Strahan is setting the tone by having a real heart to heart with his dad Gene.
I just love this Meta Heart 2 Heart video featuring Michael and his dad Gene. Come on, how can you not love a dad like that? Take a look:
So I’m going to have a heart-to-heart with my boys about the fact that I need to eat healthier. I need to make better choices. I need to get up and move more. And I’m going to let Meta help me out too.
One of the nice things I like about Meta Health Bars is that they help lower cholesterol to promote heart health. † As someone with high cholesterol (thanks, genetics!), I’ll take every bit of help I can. And I want to make sure my kids will grow up thinking about these things as they get older and start having kids of their own.
The bars are actually pretty tasty, I have to admit. Soft and chewy, they’re a super convenient way to get that Meta fiber into my diet. I just keep a few boxes in my desk at work and come 3 or 4 pm, it’s snack time!
Another great Meta option is the Meta Orange Smooth Single. These little packets of fibery goodness are another incredibly convenient way to get my Meta on. Just pour a pouch in a glass, add 8 ounces of cold water and stir.
Jason and Ryan saw me downing my Meta and were curious what I was drinking. So that helped kick-start my heart-to-heart conversation with them about the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I explained that as you get older, you need to be even more vigilant about what you put into your body, as well as keep an active lifestyle going.
I’m hoping that between our heart-to-heart conversation and the actions I take in my life (in terms of diet, nutrition and exercise) really rub off on the two of them.
If you’re ready to have a heart-to-heart talk with your dad, your brother, your uncle, your son, or even yourself, give Meta a try. You can even take advantage of some Meta coupons to save some money while you save your future.
Who are you going to have a heart to heart with?
†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil and Meta Health Bars, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One adult serving of Metamucil Powder has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One Meta Health Bar and one serving of Metamucil Fiber capsules have at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.