The Role Model In You – Terry Walters, Best Selling Author

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Terry Walters

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Terry Walters, best selling cookbook author. Age 46. My work is made up of many facets, all of which are geared to inspire and empower people to eat clean and live well. I am a clean food advocate, educator, health coach, public speaker and writer.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My mom was and continues to be my greatest inspiration. She has always made her health and fitness a priority. She exercises regularly, eats clean, makes conscious healthy choices and never takes her good health for granted.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mom was a health food nut from the 60’s. She made every meal from scratch and the only processed food she kept in the house was the ginger ale that was reserved for company. We sat down to dinner as a family every night and our mealtime was as much about being together as it was about sharing a healthy, balanced meal. And as the dietary needs and preferences of our family changed, mom continued to educate herself so as to be able to provide the most nourishing and healing foods possible. Our food was always delicious, but I think it was more likely all the love that she cooked into it that made us thrive.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

From an early age I understood that the foods I ate influenced the way I felt, looked, thought, and even connected with myself and others. This has inspired me not only to maintain my own health and the health of my family, but to empower others with the knowledge and tools to do the same. To be able to have a career based around delicious and healthy food is an incredible blessing, but often I think it is the connection with so many incredible people afforded me by this work that is more nourishing than the food itself.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

Every day I cook a healthy dose of love into the food I serve my children. And while we don’t sit down to share dinner every night like we did when I was a child, we do share trips to the farm and grocery store, cooking and maintaining a garden of our own produce. They understand and embrace the ideals of eating clean – all 5 tastes and a rainbow of color. Sometimes they make choices that aren’t in their nutrition’s best interest (like all of us), but they understand the power of good food and nutrition, where clean food comes from, and they appreciate their good food and good health.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

All clean food comes from the green kind of plant, not a processing plant. If you can’t imagine how it grows, don’t eat it. Eat a rainbow of color and all five tastes – sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent – and if you don’t know where to begin, start with something green! Eat clean and live well.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

http://www.terrywalters.net

The Role Model In You – Ashley Crossman, Entrepreneur, Stylist, Writer, Trainer, Designer, Producer, Model

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Today’s Guest – Ashley Crossman

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Ashley Crossman a multi talented artistic Entrepreneur, Stylist, Writer, Trainer, Designer, Producer, Experienced Model, National title holder, Event and Marketing guru. Lost over 100lbs and beat stage 3b cancer.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

It wasn’t any one person, I didn’t know much about healthy eating or that being heavy was bad. I grew up in a southern home with all the traditional cooking included. My mother loved me as I was and would never have said anything about my weight or anything I ate. It wasn’t until I was in the 9th grade and going to a New school Walker Memorial Academy. They where vegetarian and had a philosophy behind it. You need to tread you body well because it’s a gift and what you put in it madders.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

They Inspired me mostly by example. No one ever said a unkind word or lead me to feel out of place, but I was. I felt it myself. They where all in shape healthy active and FAST! I realized how slow I was and it was because of the extra weight I was carrying around. I was more like one of the old teachers then one of the young students and I didn’t like that. So, I started looking to see what are where doing right, I was doing wrong?

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Watching how Walker Memorial Academy treated the students with a all vegetarian diet and had all ages have outdoor activities. Even though the amount needed to graduate is only 2 years they encouraged everyone to always get out and be active. They even had a special period in the afternoon just for working outside in the court yard. I loved this it was a optional class; I could work outside or if I had a lot of school work I would go to free period and work on it. It helpped me make good decisions for myself and now I fell I am more well equipped as an adult because of it.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

I try to convey their message by example and with my personal cause G.A.R.D.E.N.S. ; Growing Awareness Regarding Diet& Exercise by Nurturing Seeds. I have developed this cause to help spread the message that it is important, easy and fun to get out, grow plants, and be active. I speak publicly in schools and at community events such as the annual Earth Day festival at the Jacksonville Landing. It was during my rain as Miss Earth Atlantic Beach I started Gardens with the goal to bring garden boxes to schools and in class rooms. I believe that teaching children at a young age the importance of nutrition and imprinting a love for nature is the key to beating childhood obesity along with a lot of the medical problems associated with it. In addition to public speaking I have hosted a Earth Hour walk, beach cleanups, and I have begun a Recycle/ Green effort award. The award is to recognize people and businesses that are doing positive things for the environment.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Get Out There! Get outside see what is in your neighborhood and community. Ask your parents to take you to the state park not concrete theme park. Wonder about things like, how did that grow, or where does that come from? Then go out there and find out. It’s a lot of fun you can visit farms to see how ice-cream is made and drink fresh milk. That is my message to youth just feel the drive to explore the outdoors. In my opinion the only thing that is keeping the majority of children from this type of experience is from a lack of wonderment. The generations before are the ones that hold the responsibility to set the spark in the next generation. Let’s all do our part.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

ashleycrossman.com

The Role Model In You – Heather Parisi, Founder And Creator Of Flip2BFit

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Today’s Guest – Heather Parisi

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Heather Parisi, Founder, 43 I am the founder and creator of Flip2BFit – Fitness in a Box – Fitness Board Games and the founder of Fitness For Africa a Not For Profit where I implement Fitness Instruction using Flip2BFit Games in my school in Uganda and other schools to assure Healthy Lifestyles are implemented and taught at a young age.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

Nicholas Parisi – My dad.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My dad lived by setting an example for myself and my brother to follow. As a parent you are the most impressionable person in a child’s life. Every action you take – Every move you make – Every food you eat – Every word you say – Your kids will be listening, watching and copying you. My dad recognized that and set an example of someone that understood what he was eating, joined sports teams and got involved in the community. Growing up I always remember my dad telling me about preservatives and additives in foods. Things that most kids my age didn’t know anything about. My eyes were opened to living a healthy lifestyle that always included fitness, nutrition, education, family, friends and an overall well balanced existence. My dad was that perfect example. He was a teacher, coach, athlete and someone that ate healthy, took vitamins and shared a great deal of time with family and friends. I grew up around a lifestyle that was balanced and open to experience and fun.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

familyrunningIt was growing up within this environment that created habits that I live by today and that I have developed and created 2 companies from. It was these lessons that truly shaped the person that I am today and enabled me to have the core and base to create two different organizations both on the forefront of fighting Childhood Obesity in the US and bringing Healthy Lifestyles to communities in Uganda. Without this core belief system and incredible sense of habits that are now my lifestyle — these organizations would not have been created.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

This message of a Healthy Lifestyle – Living a life through balance of Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Education, Friendship and Family is the core belief and sole of my organization in Uganda and the elementary base for my company here in the US. I work daily to bring this message to kids through projects that are now taking place in Schools, by selling my games to families to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness fun and through day to day work to spread health as a mission through Social Media. Today I am living every day of 2013 proving that you don’t need to go to a gym and you can maintain supreme health and fitness through simple basic aspects of living this lifestyle from within. Healthy lifestyle start from within your spirit and the home is my 2013 Motto and I have engaged people around me to join in challenges and clean eating for the entire year.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

Live every day as if it is DAY 1. You are in control of your choices and have the ability to choose healthy options that will develop into healthy habits if you maintain consistency, commitment, determination and belief in yourself that this is YOUR LIFE and YOU DESERVE the very BEST! Healthy Lifestyles are within your reach! Just live, laugh, and be open to the experience.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

www.Flip2BFit.com

The Role Model In You – Adeyemi Fatoki, MD, Author

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Today’s Guest – Adeyemi Fatoki, MD

1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?

Adeyemi Fatoki, MD, age 49 years, Bariatric (weight loss) and Substance Abuse Physician. I am the author of “The Fatoki Protocol– Its All About the 1/3 – Protocols that Help you Live Healthy, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Life” and co-founder of the Practical Weight Management Program which is a technology that allows me to utilize a database to obtain and read patient histories to help design weight loss plans from their home.

2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?

My mother inspired me to eat healthy and stay fit as a child. I was born in Nigeria and we had a food schedule that was balanced and contained the major four food groups, with emphasis on legumes and vegetables. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at a set time with family which made meal time fun as well.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother usually steamed vegetables or stewed proteins rather than bread and fry them in oil. We had donuts only on Friday nights. We ate seasonal fruits and foods and very little processed foods. Most important we rarely ate outside the home in restaurants or fast food. She taught me the importance of a balanced meal and to love vegetables. I learned to prefer vegetables to starches and carbs. We were encouraged to go outside and play once we ate and completed our homework and chores. Once I was old enough to ride my bicycles, I used it to run errands. I believe that the foods we ate gave me energy an a positive outlook on nutrition and food balance.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

saladAs children we were encouraged to eat healthy but we were also limited in our ability to purchase and eat processed food, when I became a Bariatric doctor I was able to share those stories and recipes with my patients, family and friends. When I decided to write my book, The Fatoki Protocol, It’s All About the 1/3, which teaches how to eat balanced meals instead of dieting, I included some insights learned from my mother. Also while in medical school where free time is limited, I would be able to catch myself from “pigging” out on fast food by trying to incorporate my mother’s recipes and limiting salty and sugary snacks.

5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?

I am proud to observe that my kids eat the same way I do. One of my sons refers to the meals as “gourmet” with a balance of vegetables, starch and protein. They choose water over soft drinks and nuts and grains as snacks without thinking.

6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?

A balanced meal is important. Physical activity with friends promotes an active lifestyle that can be fun (I play on 3 volleyball teams). Vegetables are very palatable when seasoned and cooked properly. Introducing fruits and vegetables at an early age and if they see you choosing healthy foods they will mimic your eating patterns.

7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?

www.Practicalweightmanagement.com