The Role Model In You – Chris Weiler, Performance Expert, Author – Part 2

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Today’s Guest – Chris Weiler

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By this time, items like white bread and other low nutrient dense foods were unwelcome guests in our home. My father rebelled, but my mother was resolute. My friends would say, “why don’t you have any normal food?” Typical packaged snack food such as chips and hostess anything could not be found in our kitchen. However, granola, vegetables, fresh and dehydrated fruits could always be found. I would reply by explaining to them what I had learned about food and how the body works, which earned me the nickname “V” (vocabulary) by my best friend, who would often say to me, “Okay, now say that so the rest of us can understand what you’re saying.”

4. How did their lesson change your life?

In my recently published nutrition book, The 3/4 Rule – How to Eat As A Young Athlete, http://amzn.to/17MIMH6 I tell the story of how my interest in nutrition began. ‘…one summer day before I entered eighth grade, I read multiple articles on exercise and nutrition. Two things happened as a result. First, I stood up from the table and declared to my family that I would stop using salt. Second, I rode my bike 6 ½ miles the next day to join the nearest health club and never looked back.’

That summer I formed a lifelong relationship with protein and becoming a regular at the local health food store. Think 800 square foot mom and pop store, as Whole Foods did not yet exist.

In my book’s acknowledgements I thank my mother ‘…for introducing me at a young age to smarter nutrition and to question everything.’ I’m pretty sure this was the genesis for my later developing the concept – ‘The thing Has No Power – You Do!’

In our push button society we are conditioned to give our power for physical development to magic diets, exercises, equipment and apps. “Push that Stapes Easy Button and all your office supply needs will be met.” The thing Has No Power – You Do, helps redirect us back to where true empowerment starts – within.

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

HealthPart of my business is involved with youth athletic development. There is not a day that goes by that I do not tell young athletes, including my daughter, ‘The thing Has No Power – You Do!’ The thing, the tool, has no power to give you anything until it is acted upon by you. Your intention, guided by your mind, body and heart determine how skillfully you use the tool, and the quality of what you create. This applies equally to all areas of physical and academic development, we just happen to be focusing on health, fitness, sports, etc. Although the language I use is appropriate to the age group, the message is the same – empowering kids to think and attach that thinking to their intention and their actions.

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

Cause and Effect baby – no one’s immune! Every action you take and every thought you create reinforces either a positive or negative effect in your body, heart and mind. We all have the power to decide whether we make empowering or disempowering deposits in our physical, mental and emotional bank accounts. Whatever you choose to deposit most, determines what is available for you to withdraw and use to power your life.

When I speak to youth sports teams on nutrition, I tell them ‘you are what you eat is true in the sense that about every 6 months we replace a large percentage of the cells in our body – blood, skin, hair, etc. As such, the nutrients we put in our body literally help shape our future selves.

If everyone says it, it must be true. Never accept this Consensus Reality. Always challenge Common Knowledge (what everyone knows, but is actually wrong about). The health/fitness industry is in a current love affair with evidence based research and many are becoming conditioned to holding it up as the final word on a subject. It’s important that kids understand that at best, this is a starting point for further discovery and discourse. This is provided the research is conducted correctly – mostly it is not. The point is not to accept information at face value, especially if it is online. Learn to think your way through life and dig to uncover and understand the root of how things work. It makes sifting through all the Common Knowledge and Consensus Reality much easier.

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The Role Model In You – Chris Weiler, Performance Expert, Author – Part 1

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Today’s Guest – Chris Weiler

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

· Chris Weiler – Performance Expert

· Published author, speaker, trainer, coach. Age – 45

· Maximizing performance in athletes, fortune 500’s and YOU!

· National Academy of Sports Medicine – Athletic / Strength / Nutrition Development

· President of D.I.G.S. Inc. (Devil In Gym Shoes)

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

I was first inspired by my mother to eat healthy. I was 10 years old when my mother was pregnant with my brother. It was at that time she joined LaLeche League, an organization that promotes a natural, healthy lifestyle and diet from birth, which includes breast feeding.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother became very involved with LaLeche League and over the next 2 years became a leader in the organization. My mother fueled the fire of my voracious appetite for reading and understanding how things work at the root level with conversation, books and research. It was important for her that I explore how the body works, and consistently shared her LaLeche league information with me as well as brought me to meetings to experience conversations and presentations by group members and medical professionals. In our home I observed my mother counsel new mothers both in person and on the phone on a regular basis.

healthyheartMy brother had terrible seasonal allergies that required management during his elementary school years. Since my mother questioned the efficacy and long term effects of the pharmacological choices recommended by the medical community, she declined to introduce them to his system. Instead she began testing natural, whole food based combinations to manage his allergies. Although some of the things he ate and drank looked and smelled gross to me and my friends, my brother loved them and they worked! His allergies were managed with no medication. I consistently saw and believed that the status quo can and should be challenged. I was led to believe that you can wield the tools at your disposal to craft and shape whatever you want to make it work for you personally. This enabled me to see science and research as an objective starting point, but by no means the final word or correct in and of itself.

As an adolescent I became heavily involved in martial arts and at some point began modifying it to suit my needs and movement style. My friends told me “you can’t make up your own movements, you have to learn them.” I replied, ‘why not? Everything that has ever been created by humans started in someone’s mind and made up in reality, including all forms of martial arts.’ It is this spirit of self-confidence, self-reliance and adventure that my mother helped inspire. In my middle teen years, an unknowing co-conspirator named Bruce Lee shared the role model space with my mother. Bruce Lee was famous for creating his own hybrid form of martial arts called Jeet Kune Do. His philosophy, “Absorb what is useful, discard what useless, and add what is essentially your own.

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5 Nutrition Tips For The Elderly

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seniorcoupleexercisesmallEating healthy is important for people of all ages. The foods we consume have a major impact (positive and negative) on our physical and mental well-being. A good diet and nutrition plan is especially important for young children and the elderly, as the former are still growing and developing, and the latter are naturally subject to weaker immune systems.

The Importance of Healthy Aging

Although there are millions of physically fit older folks, many of whom rival younger generations in terms of daily activity (the obesity rates in this country have skyrocketed in the last decade); many older people contract illnesses and diseases far easier. Our bodies naturally become weaker over time, which is why it is imperative for individuals aged 55 and older to evaluate their current nutrition requirements.

Of the many bodily changes that occur, the most important ones are a gradual slowing of a person’s metabolic rate (which makes it more difficult to lose and maintain healthy weight levels), less fluid production that hinders one’s absorption of vital minerals and nutrients (e.g. Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid), and fluctuations in appetite for people who take daily medication.

We all may experience these nutritional restrictions at some point in our lifetime, so knowing how to effectively combat them is crucial. Fortunately, a few dietary recommendations will help you maintain peak health and stave off a wide array of conditions that can result from a compromised immune system, such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Top nutrition tips for the elderly

• Eat plenty of fruits, veggies and grains – These foods contain the greatest amount of vitamins and nutrients compared to any other group, so aim to incorporate at least two servings into every meal.

• Eat smaller portions more often – Since seniors are at a disadvantage with regard to nutrient absorption, splurging on calories lumped into three daily meals is not recommended. Instead, a healthier approach is to divide your daily food intake into 5 or 6 smaller meals, as this will counteract slow digestion problems that are common in the elderly. Nutrition is not just about what kind of food you eat, but how you eat it as well!

seniorjogger• Consider the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)– This diet plan was specifically formulated for older individuals, particularly those who suffer from heart-related health afflictions. As such, it consists primarily of whole grains, meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables, albeit in custom proportions. The DASH diet is also helpful in reducing your sodium intake and increasing the amount of foods that can help lower blood pressure through crucial nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

• Drink adequate amounts of water – As humans, we are comprised of over 80% H20; it plays a vital role in every bodily process. As stated, given the issues older individuals face in terms of fluid absorption, greater fluid intake is a must. Avoid caffeinated beverages as much as possible, as caffeine is a natural diuretic, though it can aid in the removal of excess fluid retention.

• Last, but certainly not least, it is important to understand your proper caloric intake. Women need slightly fewer calories per day (1600 to 2000) than men (2000-2800), with the higher numbers applying to individuals that live very active lifestyles. Ultimately, the best elderly nutrition advice you can get is from your doctor.

– This article was provided by Griswold Home Care, a national home care service. Griswold offers home making services such as meal preparation, meal planning, and grocery shopping just to name a few. Contact Griswold Home Care today to explore the wide range of services.

The Role Model In You – Briana Santoro, Certified Nutritionist, Author

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Today’s Guest – Briana Santoro

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

My name is Briana Santoro. I am 31 years old. I am a Certified Nutritionist, the author of the #1 Best Selling cookbook Get Naked In The Kitchen, a leading health and wellness speaker, and the Founder and Chief Product Undresser at The Naked Label, a tell-it-like-it-is website that undresses the food we eat.

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

There were two people who inspired me at a young child to eat healthy and stay fit. Those people are my parents.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

I must confess that I didn’t always feel “inspired” by my parents when it comes to learning the important lessons about eating healthy. As a kid, we didn’t have sugar as an ingredient in my house, I was fed vegetarian food like millet and tofu, my mom made my own ‘fruit leather’ from dehydrated blended fruit, and my brother and I were the kids in the class that no one wanted to be partnered with on “share your lunch day”. I used to argue with and scream at my mom constantly. I would tell her how bad a mother she was because I wasn’t allowed to have Joe-Louie’s and Flakies like all the other kids. I was angry that my peanut butter didn’t say skippy on the container, and that my bread was brown instead of white. However, lucky for me they ignored me on this issue and continued to feed me a diet filled with whole, natural foods. I didn’t realize it at the time, but what I later came to realize is that as much as it annoyed me at the time, they gave me one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child (right up with there love), and that is the gift of health. They helped to ensure that I created a healthy body and along they way taught me about the importance and power of good healthy food.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthyheartLater when I left home and started cooking for myself I quickly realized how horrible my body felt when I wasn’t eating ‘mamma’s’ cooking! I realized that if I fed myself healthy foods I would be healthy and feel amazing. This is when my interest in food started to really develop. I started reading a lot about food and became extremely interested in where our food came from. At the time I was working in Business Strategy Consulting. I was the one in the lunchroom telling everyone how the food they were eating was hurting their body. I always saw food as a passion more than a career. However, one day I took it a step further. I decided to follow my passion and go back to school where I became a Certified Nutritionist. I will be forever grateful to my parents for the health they gave me as a child and for the inspiration they gave me to have the health I desire as an adult.

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

I am passionate about spreading information about health with everyone I meet. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than knowing I have been able to pay-it-forward and give the gift of health to someone else.

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

My main message to children today would be to open their eyes to what is in the food they are eating and how those food choices impact their body. Warning kids about the risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t often resinate with them. However, demonstrating how food can help them get better grades in school, clear up acne, give them more energy, and even improves their looks can be more effective.

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

TheNakedLabel.com

Advantages Of Sleep, Good Nutrition, And Exercise In Everyday Life

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By Flora G. Aleana

cutekidsIndeed, sleep, nutritious food and plenty of exercises done first thing in morning, does wonders for the child’s mental and physical health and significantly wards off diseases and conditions. Besides, these are important factors for child growth and development and a lot that children carry well into adolescence; adulthood and senility have to do with how they slept, what they ate and how well they exercised during their formative years.

In everyday life of children, sleep has the following advantages:

1. It refreshes the mind and body and makes the child fresh, invigorated and stimulated for another day of activity

2. It offers daily well being and aids in physical and intellectual development

3. It allows children to remain alert and attentive in class and remain focused on studies

4. Sleep also aids in social connectivity in that well sleeping children are socially more responsive and make friends easily and well. They are also good communicators

5. Finally, good sleep and falling asleep and waking up with fixed timings does aid and abet physical, mental and social development and children who get good sleep are more healthier, active and forward looking than those who have sleep deficits.

Coming next to good nutrition, it is important for health because of the following reasons:

1. Good and nutritious food are important needs for physical growth and development of children of all age groups

2. Lack of good nutrition could cause illnesses to children who need good food for good health, sustenance and advancement

3. A solid balanced diet filled with vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and salads. Transfat needs to be substituted with unsaturated fats and there is need to limit or stay off sugary drinks, junk food, colas and obesity-causing foods

fruitsalad4. Good nutrition is capable of building strong, robust and active children who do well in academics as well as in the playground. They fall ill less frequently and can give 100% to what they do – and enjoy it immensely too.

5. Since children are what they eat, it is important that they be provided the best possible nutrition in food so that they could grow on to become healthier, purposeful and strong adults, fully capable of meeting societal needs and community demands.

Finally, exercises are very important for children, especially growing ones:

1. For one thing, regular exercises ensures quick development of bones and muscles and makes their heart and other organs supple and strong

2. It wards off diseases and conditions of the heart, lungs, fatty deposits in liver and elsewhere and keeps them in perfect health for long, long time

3. Child Obesity, one of the major scourges of 21st century living could be controlled and remedied with regular, timely and vigorous exercises

4. Exercises helps in the correct and effective assimilation of food and aids positive metabolism and good body formation in growing children

Indeed an exhilarating combination of excellent sleep, choice of nutritious food and plenty of indoor/outdoor exercises does promise a long, healthy and disease-free life for children and also promotes academic, cultural, social and personal wellbeing for all indulgers.

– I am Flora G. Aleana, doing my profession as a writing expert in an online essay writing company for the last few years. My skills and expertise have indeed given a hand for me to create educational projects such as applications to use before students examinations to increase their marks.

The Role Model In You – Ethan Benda, Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach

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Today’s Guest – Ethan Benda

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

Ethan Benda, Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach, 39 yrs. old, I have been a Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach for over 13 years.

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

I was raised mostly by a single mother, my uncle Mark was only a little older than me. He was the one that got me playing sports. I remember when I was 7 or 8 years old he introduced me to weight training–just some basic exercises using those old plastic dumbbells that you could buy at Sears. Something about the experience stuck with me. I kept adding to my exercise routine–pushups, sit-ups, just basic stuff.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

I will never really know what it was that Mark said or did that made exercise stick for me. I think I just recognized that HE was a fit and healthy person. He was athletic and was always willing to introduce me to new sports. He encouraged me a lot, which I think helped.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

That CREATED my life. I don’t know any other lifestyle than athletics and being fit. It was so important to me as a kid that I taught others in the neighborhood how to exercise. I was that weird kid in the neighborhood that built obstacle courses and made the other kids do pushup and sit-up contests. I think if I never became a trainer, I would feel empty now.

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

I have an 8 year old boy. He has been familiar with gyms since he was born. I am VERY conscious of teaching him a healthy lifestyle. He knows about eating healthy and being active. I still compete in natural bodybuilding and Jiu-Jitsu, and try to take him with me to my competitions to show him sportsmanship and what that type of competition is about.. His step-mom is also a Trainer and Fitness Competitor. I think it’s cool that he gets to see women being strong, active and healthy also.

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

Play. Play a lot. Stay active. Find a role model that lives a healthy lifestyle and follow their example. Kids are smart. They know what’s healthy. It’s usually the parents that force bad habits onto kids. Sometimes it’s the kids that need to educate the adults.

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

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The Role Model In You – Jim Johnson, Teacher, Coach, Motivational Speaker And Author

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Today’s Guest – Jim Johnson

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

Jim Johnson, High School Physical Education Teacher, Varsity Boys Basketball coach and Motivational Speaker, and author of A Coach and a Miracle. Age 54. I presently work as a teacher and coach. Will be
retiring in June of 2014 to become a full-time speaker and workshop leader.

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

The person who inspired be to have a healthy lifestyle was my Dad. My Dad was my high school P.E. teacher and basketball coach. He loved to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. He was a wonderful role model for me.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My Dad practiced what he preached. He took great care of himself by exercising consistently, eating many fruits and vegetable and doing things in moderation. My Dad turns 80 this year and is still in
excellent health. I attribute that to the positive health habits he established early in his life.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthillustratedThe way my Dad lives his life inspired me to create healthy habits early in my life that I still maintain. My Dad always emphasized moderation in everything you do and take care of your health. He is a wonderful role model for me.

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

My personal mission is to be an outstanding role model who makes a positive difference in the world by helping others have their dreams come true. It was very important for my wife and me to be great role models for our son. We emphasized having an exercise plan, eat the right foods, and get enough rest. We also taught our son different ideas to help cope with stress such as meditation. My wife and I are both Physical Education teachers and #1 we want to be great role models for a healthy lifestyle for our students. We also research a lot on the most up to date health ideas that we share with our son and our students. My wife and I exercise almost every day.

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

My main message I share with my students is to lead an active person. I highly recommend that they find an exercise, sport, or activity that makes them a mover. We also share the most recent nutrition
information. I also believe that you have give children positive habits to deal with stress. Getting enough rest is a high priority.

A quote I love is: Live your life so when a child thinks of a person of integrity, they think of you.

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

coachjimjohnson.com

The Role Model In You – Rebecca Booth, MD. Gynecologist, Author

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Today’s Guest – Rebecca Booth

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

Rebecca Booth, MD. Age 54, I am a gynecologist, author, and co-founder of VENeffect Anti-Aging Skin Care.

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. Around fourth grade I became aware of my appearance, and remember overhearing the phrase “pleasantly plump”, which did not seem pleasant at all! With my mother’s help, I started researching a healthy diet and have never stopped. She loved to cook and helped me make substitutions for the foods I was craving, and that is a model I still use in counseling patients…don’t starve; make better choices.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother inspired me by encouraging an education – that ultimately led me to medical school. Her strength and encouragement helped me to feel I could have a career and a family. After finishing my medical training and helping start a busy OB/Gyn practice I continued to seek healthy balance in my life and found my next role model. In 1995 my husband, also a physician, lost weight after reading the book Sugarbusters! He shared the book with me and it was another key turning point in my life. My husband’s incredible discipline with physical exercise and nutrition set the tone for our household. I was skeptical when he first made changes to a more low carb life-style, but after researching the implications for hormonal wellness I was convinced! Now with that understanding, combating hormonal aging and its implications for metabolism, mood, and skin is a passion for me.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthyheartWith the understanding of the impact of a healthy diet and lifestyle on hormonal balance, I began to focus my medical practice on sharing that knowledge and wisdom with my patients. Not only did the information enlighten me as a physician, it answered questions that were not even addressed in my medical education and residency. With my mother’s lessons about the importance of education and my husband’s shared discipline on healthy eating, I have not only changed my own life but have a mission to share this wisdom and understanding with others. The message was so well received and needed, that I was encouraged to write a book sharing the “inside scoop” on how to optimize our health and balance throughout the month and as we age. My book, The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age was published in 2008, focused on how a healthy lifestyle can support overall vitality, especially for women who have a unique “dance” of hormonal changes throughout their lifetime. This, in turn, led to the creation of a diet and lifestyle plan I share daily in my practice, as well as a skin care line, VENeffect, I developed with my sister who is an expert in that field.

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


My children used to moan at the lack of junk food in our home, but now as college students they actually call and ask my advice about food, recipes and supplements on a regular basis. It is a great relief to see that all of that work early on pays off, despite the whining their father and I endured. Now we know that the example we set actually had a lasting impact. With the temptations of college eating habits and late night studying, it is gratifying that they know how to have a healthy diet and, more importantly, want to have a healthy diet. One thing that trumps food temptation is the desire to look good – and that is best achieved by a healthy lifestyle.

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

One of the biggest issues I see in my young patients – and often those not so young as well – is sugar or carb addiction. This often comes from their childhood years with sugary juices and sodas as the top culprit, followed closely by overly processed carbohydrates. Simple carbs, many of them I call “white foods” such as white flour, white bread, white pasta and white rice are processed to the point of readily hitting the bloodstream with sugar. Just as I did in my youth, and later reformed by my husband’s discovery of Sugarbusters, my main message today is get the sugar out of the diet, substitute delicious healthy alternatives, add protein – especially at breakfast, and keep the body moving!

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

veneffect.com

The Role Model In You – Nancy Bruning, President And Founder Of Nancercize

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Today’s Guest – Nancy Bruning

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

Nancy Bruning, president and founder of Nancercize: the Benchmark in Outdoor Fitness. I can’t believe I’m 65. I spend half my time as a writer and editor of books and blogs about health, fitness, and urban design. the other half of the time I teach outdoor fitness classes and design programs for others to follow. I’ve written over 20 books, and have been an outdoor fitness trainer since 2003.

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

I’d have to say my mother, although I’m loathe to admit it. I tried for many years to not follow in her footsteps, but I guess she actually did a pretty good job of raising me. She was a single mom after my father left when I was 5 years old. She was an immigrant and at first a domestic who worked for rich people (like “Upstairs, Downstairs” or “Downton Abbey,” but in the US and with a German accent. After the business she and my father owned closed, she became a hard-working waitress.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Despite all her hardships, she stayed upbeat and optimistic. I think attitude counts a lot for health, and I’ve either inherited or learned to be optimistic. My friends have called me “relentlessly cheerful.” This really came in andy after I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. This was definitely not the plan. But I eventually bounced back, and learned to use the experience as a way to appreciate life and help others. I think it’s smart to emphasize prevention. She also never had money, and taught me how to do a lot with a little. I remember being fascinated at how she turned orange peels into candy by mixing the peels with sugar water and leaving the pot on the radiator overnight. The next day–voila, practically free candy!

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthillustratedI didn’t realize or appreciate what my mother taught me until fairly recently. She wasn’t much of a talker, so she didn’t “teach” by preaching. She really just lived her life as best she could, enjoying good food, sharing with me the experience of shelling fresh peas and picking corn and apples at a farm–and walking fast everywhere. As she got older, one of the few things we could do together was to ride bikes in her retirement community in Florida. We would just take off and pedal around for hours, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, the smell of the pine grove, the sight of birds soaring overhead. She rarely overate,and except for a little middle-ages spread when she hit 70, kept her girlish figure. Being an only child, she did spoil me a bit, but I grew to be more generous and less self-centered as I paid more attention.Today, I use her skill at making the most out of little by teaching people how to stay fit and healthy be exercising outdoors, using only the features in a park, such as park benches, walls, railings, steps, and so on. Yes, I’m making orange peel candy in a way.

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

I have no kids of my own, but I have friends with young children, and nieces and nephews. I encourage them to play and try to offer alternatives to screen time. Fortunately, they really appreciate parks and trees, rivers and rock, big cardboard boxes and string as much as ipads! Their parents were actually clients of mine, and I taught them how to eat better and they both lost weight. So, I also send my message to their kids indirectly, through their parents’ new healthier way of eating.

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

Look for the healthy pleasures–they’re everywhere.

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

nancercize.net

The Role Model In You – Melanie Cobb, Life Purpose Coach

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Today’s Guest – Melanie Cobb

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

My name is Melanie Cobb. I am 31 years old. I am a Life Purpose Coach. You know how people sometimes get stuck in soul-sucking jobs just to pay the bills, and then they watch what they love slide off of their schedule? Well, I help them by designing custom strategies to get them living a life centered around their passions. My clients experience more freedom and more time to do what they really love.

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 be emotionally healthy, which had a huge impact on my physical health.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She taught me to feel my feelings. She told me that if I felt it, it was important and I was safe to express it. Also, she was committed to never dying her hair. She was so proud of each gray streak as they came. And finally, she used to throw away the teen clothing catalogs when they came in the mail before I could look at them. I was mad about it at the time, but now I appreciate it. She said, “I don’t want you thinking you have to look like those sickly skinny girls in the catalogs. You’re beautiful exactly as you are.”

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Her allowing me to feel my feelings kept me from bottling them up, which can lead to disease. It also sent me the message that I matter in this world; that I was important. Her telling me I was beautiful no matter what, and then modeling it for me by loving her own body as it changed over the years both gave me the freedom to love and accept myself. I am positive this has had a huge impact on my overall health and wellbeing.

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

healthillustratedAbsolutely. Before I founded my Life Coaching business, I was a middle school teacher for eight years. I was passionate about making sure the students felt safe expressing their feelings, as well as loving their bodies exactly as they were.

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

In addition to being mindful about the kind of food you put in your body, be mindful about the kinds of messages you put in. Watch how you think about yourself. When your body hears you say, “You’re so fat/stupid/ugly/whatever” often enough, it becomes true, and then you’re trapped. Be courageous enough to go against the crowd and say things like, “Wow I love my legs!” or “I’m so smart!” It’s not bragging. It’s self-love. And anyone who doesn’t support you saying things like that isn’t someone that needs to be in your life.

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

journeytowildness.com