As the husband of a Transformational Nutrition Certified Coach, I finally realized that my wife Elaine De Santos was using super ninja  tricks to make me healthier and to transform the health or our family…All without me (or us) even knowing what she was doing!


Soon after she completed her certification (in fact, even during the training), in our home it became all about eating great tasting food, enjoying more outdoor fun activities, and having more relaxed playful time at home with the kids.

She even suggested I take baths and would make it easy for me by drawing it for me.

It wasn't until later, that I found out that she had been adding epsom salt which apparently helps to detox.  Very tricky of her!  

And the great food, outdoor activities and relaxing play time were all part of her super Transformational Nutrition Ninja trick tool bag to get us to eat healthier, be more active and to stress less!

Just a matter of time

It wasn't long before I started feeling good…really good!  Things started to click for me.  I had more energy to do everything I had on my plate, and do it well I might add!

I was able to roll around on the floor with my kids and not feel pain.  My clothes started to hang on my body much more loosely.  And the food that we were eating was amazingly tasty!!!

As the Mom in our home, Elaine transformed our family's health all while taking more time for herself, which I thought would have wreaked havoc in our home.  But, actually we ended up going from chaos to “happy in the home” because our kids learned to be more independent and we each became more present and united as a family.

She was able to do this all by taking more time for herself.  She calls it Self-Care for the Calm Mom.  I just call it “sneaky“!

The Sneaky Ones

Soon enough, I began to meet some of Elaine's Transformational Nutrition colleagues.  Being inquisitive as I am, I started to ask them if they've applied any of the same super Ninja tricks in their home.  It turns out…They absolutely have! 🙂

With Father's Day nearing, I thought it would be a great to have some Transformational Nutrition Coaches share Healthy Things to do for Dad on Father's Day that Dad won't even know are healthy for them.

Kids will typically give their Dad's coupons for a free hug, a car wash, etc.  They may even opt to give their cool, hip and healthy Dad something from this list

Don't get me wrong, Dad's need and want hugs, and lots of them, but if you're looking for something different and new to do for Dad this Father's Day check out a few suggestions below.

Why not give dad one of these 3 things…

I asked 3 of Elaine's sneaky Transformational Nutrition colleagues to suggest a healthy things for Dad that Dad won't even know is healthy.  Here are the suggestions from 3 awesome Certified Transformational Nutrition Coaches.  Of course I had to throw in a special bonus suggestion as well.  🙂

1. Stress Reduction

“Reducing stress is known to reduce pain, headaches, fatigue, and food cravings. Help dad see the healing benefits of stress reduction, deep breathing, and physical touch by giving him a Father's Day stress-reducing massage!

Gently rub his head for 1-2 minutes, using medium pressure and circular motions with your fingers. Then, press into the two knobby protrusions at the base of his skull, holding with firm pressure. Tell him to breathe deeply, in and out through the nose, 3 times. Continue by rubbing his shoulders, temples, and feet, and having him breathe deeply again.”

Arielle Zieja, Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach
…A mindful approach to nutrition and movement.


2. A Culinary Herb Garden

“I know that some dads out there, my hubby as well, likes cooking.  But they sometimes don't have fresh herbs nearby.  Give your dad or hubby a Culinary Herb Garden Growing Kit, growing some fresh herbs, parsley, thyme, cilantro, basil, dill, oregano and garlic.

The kids can help to plant it and it is healthy and fresh to use in dishes.”

Bernadine Otto, Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach
…a holistic approach to well-being and sustained weight loss by using science, psychology and spirituality

3. Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

Dad's aren't just made to bring home the bacon, they love bacon.  And you can help them eat more veggies by adding bacon to ANY vegetable and Dad will eat it all!

Easy Kale + Bacon


  • 1 bag organic Tuscan kale from Trader Joe’s or 1 lb of kale, rinsed and cut
  • 5 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces (BTW, Pete's Paleo is the world's best Paleo and sugar-free bacon)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat until crisp, do not over cook.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add kale to the pan, being careful to avoid splattering if kale is wet.
  3. Toss kale in bacon grease, season with garlic powder and pepper, and cover with a lid.
  4. Cook covered for 3-5 minutes until kale is wilted and soft. Remove cover and stir until kale cooks down. Serve warm.

Lindsay Marie Young, Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach
…Helping busy moms find balance in their lives so they can raise healthy families while feeling awesome in their own skin, radiating health, and walking out the door each day with confidence

Bonus – From a Transformational Nutrition Coach and Dad: Treat Dad to the morning sun

(I dropped in this bonus gift idea because it's for Dads from a Dad…)

Give your husband a few minutes off in the morning by making it simple for him to get outside early to greet the sun with a few minutes of deep breathing each morning. Have him focus only on his breath as he stands facing the sun. Breathe in and breathe out. Congratulations! You've just helped him experience a basic Standing Meditation which can clear his mind and prepare him for a great day.

Jace Jacobs, Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach
…focus on the pillars of Health, Wealth, Happiness and Love so that you can live positive, take action and be happy.

Any Dad would welcome being Ninja'd like this

This Father's Day (and any other day) be sure to treat the Dad in your house to gifts like this.  He'll be happier, feel more loved and appreciated and energized to go out into the world to bring home more bacon.

From 1 Dad that has been Ninja'd to health, transformational nutrition methods like these are very appreciative.  Anytime the home becomes calmer, less chaotic and happier…it's a great day!

And if you're a Dad reading this, do put your hesitations aside, and encourage your wife to take time for herself, in fact, help her to make time for her self-care practices.  Draw her a bath…you can even add the epsom salt to the bath for her. In the end, you'll benefit big time!


Would you like some guidance on how to master these super Ninja tricks to transform your family to better health?  Start by clicking here to get your 1-minute daily Detox Tip for the Calm Mom incorporate a daily self-care habit that is sure to reduce stress in the home, improve everyone's positive mindset and transform your house from chaos to “happy in the home”.

What have you got planned for Dad this Father's Day?  Be sure to share in the comments below as it's always nice for Moms to have some other Ninja tricks in their bags! 🙂

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