The Role Model In You – Sheenie Ambardar, M.D., Psychiatrist, Writer, And Mental Health Advocate

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Today’s Guest – Sheenie Ambardar

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

Sheenie Ambardar, M.D., psychiatrist, writer, and mental health advocate. I maintain a private practice in West Hollywood, CA called ‘The Happiness Psychiatrist’, which combines Eastern and Western philosophies in the treatment of mental disorders.

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

My wonderful parents, Om and Veena Ambardar, inspired me to eat healthy and stay fit. Both my father and mother would make delicious, home-cooked Indian meals every day. Dinner was always tasty and healthy- the perfect combination! They also encouraged me to be physically active as a child by enrolling me in ballet lessons at the age of 5, classical Indian dance lessons at the age of 10, and tennis lessons starting in elementary school. And I’m still a pretty good dancer and tennis player because of that!

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My parents were incredibly hard-working, forward-thinking professionals who placed great importance on both work and family. They were always loving, caring, and devoted to their children’s well-being. They taught both me and my younger sister to dream big and to reach for the stars. I was always encouraged to do well in school, to believe in myself, and to care about the world.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Because of their support and belief in me, I was able to get a great education and to become a doctor. I hope to give back to others the same way my parents loved and gave to me.

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

Well, I wouldn’t consider my younger sister a kid anymore, but growing up, I was like her 2nd mom (I’m 5 years older). I tried to encourage her to follow her heart, have confidence, dream big, and to be authentic. As a big sister, I’m proud that she’s grown into an intelligent, accomplished, witty, and beautiful young woman.

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

As a psychiatrist, my main message to children and teens today would be to stay far away from drugs and alcohol. Sounds a bit cliche I know, but in my line of work, I see the effects of drug use every day, even supposedly “harmless” drugs like marijuana. The fact of the matter is that even sporadic, recreational drug use can have a long-lasting impact on brain function and can lead to worsening anxiety, panic, depression, paranoia, and mood swings many years down the road. Please don’t do it, you will regret it!

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

www.happinesspsychiatrist.com

The Role Model In You – Anthony Dorsett Jr., Former NFL Player

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Today’s Guest – Anthony Dorsett Jr.

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

Anthony Dorsett Jr./ Former NFL Player/ 39

I played 8 years in the NFL, 4 with the TN Titans and 4 with the Oakland Raiders. Currently, I provide skill training for high school students through Camp Deep Threat as well as host the Dorsett Health Spectacular, a national tour that coordinates free health screenings in under served communities.

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

As a child it was easy for me to stay fit because I loved to be outside playing. All the kids in the neighborhood would be outside playing ball, riding bikes and running up and down the street. As far as food goes, we lived with extended family. My aunt Chookie did most of the cooking and she had a garden so she made EVERYTHING from scratch. I grew up on good home cooked food, someone in the house cooked everyday.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My aunt and the rest of my family inspired me in many ways but when it comes to health and nutrition I think we were more health conscious because there are so many athletes in our family. The terrain also had a lot to do with it and the fact that we did so much walking. I spent a lot of time in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. If you have ever seen that part of the country you know it has a lot of hills. We used to walk and run hills for fun and to stay fit. Growing up it seemed normal but I now realize how fortunate I was to have a family so focused on living a healthy lifestyle, even if that wasn’t their direct intention.

adNFL4. How did their lesson change your life?

My family taught me what good food was all about and they never cooked with salt. That was the best thing my aunt Chookie ever did for the family. As African-Americans we don’t always eat healthy due to some generational bad habits. She found better ways to cook things that were not always the most healthy to eat. I still enjoy eating soul food but I know that there are healthy ways to prepare it. To this day I don’t cook with salt and prefer others don’t use it when preparing my food.

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

I try to instill these lessons in the kids that I coach as well as when I organize the health fairs. It is important for people to realize the impact their diet not only has on their weight but also on their overall health. A lot of student athletes think that being bigger is better but they don’t realize the overall effect that high sodium intake or too much cholesterol can have on their long term health. I try to educate them about working out and staying fit in the gym but I also help them to understand that they have to have the same discipline with their diet.

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

Kids today need to put down the video games and get outside and play! That is one of the biggest things that has changed over the years, kids don’t play outside. When kids lead an active lifestyle, it is easier to combat some of their bad eating habits but the combination of eating junk food and not being active is going to hurt them in the long run.

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

Follow me @dorsettjr on twitter. Hit me up on FaceBook, Anthony Dorsett, Jr. NEW website coming soon.

The Role Model In You – Max Rava, Communications Director

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Today’s Guest – Max Rava

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

Max Rava, 25 years old. I am the Communications Director for FwdHealth, a healthcare technology company that seeks to lower health insurance premiums and improve individual wellness management.

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

My father had a great impact on my dietary choices from a young age, and also inspired my interest in exercise and team sports.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

He taught me to cook starting at the age of five, and that fresh ingredients and healthier choices could yield better tasting food. My father was also extremely supportive of most any physical activity or sport I chose to pursue.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Anytime I feel like taking a shortcut and stopping for fast food or skipping a workout, I remember what he taught me and usually make the healthier choice.

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

Yes, try to pass along the message through my role as a volunteer basketball and soccer coach for the youths in my community. At FwdHealth we are also in the process of starting a mentoring program.

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

I would tell the children of today that I’m thankful for the lessons my dad taught me. Part of what makes each one of my days so enjoyable is the healthy choices I make.

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

http://www.fwdhealth.co

The Role Model In You – Cyndia Monahan, Copywriter For Spinning®

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Today’s Guest – Cyndia Monahan

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

Cyndia Monahan, Age 28, Copywriter for Spinning®.

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 has always been a health nut. While all the other kids at lunch were trading their PB&Js on white bread for mayo-drenched tuna salad sandwiches, I was happily noshing on grilled chicken lettuce wraps and carrot sticks with hummus. I’ll have to admit, I went on a bit of a junk food bender in college, but now in my 20’s, when I have a maturing stomach to answer to, I appreciate my mother teaching me how to cook and eat healthfully.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

Snacks in my home were only raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts – a habit I carried with me all the way into adulthood. Just recently, I decided to switch to a primarily raw food diet, partly because of health and fitness reasons, and mostly because it just didn’t seem like that much of a change to what i was already doing. I attribute a lot of my decision to adopt a raw diet to my mom’s holistic eating style.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Leading a raw diet has given me incredible energy. Working for Spinning® requires both mental clarity (to be able to write and edit engaging content all day) and physical stamina (because we all go to Spinning® Class after work, of course). I don’t think I’d be able to keep up with my career and fitness goals with processed foods and packaged junk in my stomach.

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

I don’t currently have kids, but when I do, I will encourage them to pursue a primarily natural-foods diet. Of course, while they’re growing, I’ll meet their nutritional needs with grass fed meat, organic dairy, free range eggs, and cooked foods (which I don’t currently eat), but I’ll do my best to keep them away from the kind of packaged and processed foods most kids are eating (and school cafeterias are providing).

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

Above all else, I think it is important that children learn to eat and enjoy fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are filled with the healthiest stuff for our bodies, and getting used to them at a young age will translate into a long life of good health. Of course, this is very much the responsibility of the parent as well. Children are not going to enjoy boiled frozen vegetables. Teach them to love vegetables by roasting, grilling, and sautéing fresh veggies to their fullest, most delicious flavors. And be sure to get them started young!

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

Spinning®®

The Role Model In You – Cynthia Richmond, Board Certified Behavioral Therapist, Dream Expert, Author And Speaker

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Today’s Guest – Cynthia Richmond

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

Cynthia Richmond, Board Certified Behavioral Therapist, Dream Expert, Author and Speaker, age 57.

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

Hmmm, I’d say my grandmother, my mom’s mom. She was an amazing cook. She taught me to appreciate how food is grown. She cut out recipes from the newspaper and coupons as well. .She had an envelope for each of the bills she was responsible for. She sewed, gardened, cooked and kept our family together. I loved her more than life itself.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She listened, she cared, she paid attention, she asked me to say grace at Thanksgiving when previously only adults had that honor.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

She didn’t just change my life she saved my life. I was a very unhappy girl at one point. I was a teenager and my dad was a deputy sheriff, there were 5 of us kids and mom & dad had their hands full. I was done. I was over worked as the oldest kid and both working parents and I was also working since I was 12. My grandma gave me a reason to live. It wasn’t specifically tangible…it was was just her spirit.

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

I think I do.

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

I have encouraged my daughter 27 married living in Seattle, to eat healthy, I have been there cooked good food, froze healthy soups etc. Spoke with her about supplements etc.

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

DreamPower.net

The Role Model In You – Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick, Esq., Parenting Expert And Health Advocate

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Today’s Guest – Haleh Rabizadeh

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

Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick, Esq. Age: 41 Profession: Parenting Expert and Health Advocate. I speak nationwide. And am author of the recently released book, Little Patient Big Doctor.

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

Without a doubt the person who guides me in healthy living is my mom.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mom is a student of life. She loves life and has a passion for healthy living. She knows every nutritional fact out there. Are you sick? She’ll make you well in a heart beat! She has truly opened my eyes to see beyond typical boundaries.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

She has been a constant presence in my children’s lives. Her knowledge has helped us with my son’s allergies. Her advice has strengthed and built our immune systems. Above all, she is a spiritual woman who prays and envisions our good health.

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

I try. But isn’t it the hardest thing to appreciate what we have sometimes? That’s partly why I wrote the book. To put into words what she has done for us. I’m so overwhelmed when I hear from readers how powerful the messages of her approach to life is.

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

Try not to eat from a box. Make it yourself. Put down those phones and connect in person. Run outside and live.

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

http://www.littlepatientbigdoctor.com

The Role Model In You – Meg Hagar, Holistic Aesthetician

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Today’s Guest – Meg Hagar

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

Meg Hagar, Holistic Aesthetician, 23. I am the owner of a nutritional skin care company, Skintritious. I combine nutritional counseling with all natural skin care products and services to give clients an all around, more effective skin treatment.

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, Leslie.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

She was up every morning at the crack of dawn to do her exercises. She did this before beginning a long day of taking care of a family of 5, including 3 children. She cooked our meals, packed our lunches, cleaned our beautiful house, coordinated driving all 3 of us in all different directions (to dance, soccer practice, gymnastics, etc), and still managed to make time to take care of herself. And she always cooked us healthy, wholesome meals for dinner and lunches.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Following her influence, when I got older I would work out with her in the afternoons, or with my sister. We were always an active family; going on hikes, camping, going for walks, etc. I couldn’t imagine my life if it were any different. I believe it was that early lesson of “doing something” that contributed to my energy and ambition that has lead me to build my business, and a life I’m proud of.

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

I don’t have any kids in my life, we are all grown up including the younger cousins. But I do convey this to other people I meet that seem like they could use the influence (gently, of course!).

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

That it’s more than just “working out” or “eating well”. It’s a chain reaction. When you eat well you feel better, you are happier with your life, you live longer, you get more out of life. Same when you work out, or do other things in a healthy lifestyle. It can save your life.

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

​www.skintritious.com​

The Role Model In You – Roxanne Lee, Entrepreneur

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Today’s Guest – Roxanne Lee

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

Roxanne Lee, Entrepreneur, 32.

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

I do not remember her name, but she was a counselor at my elementary school who took an interest in my eating habits. I was nine or ten years old and she offered to share some of her food while waiting for my mother to pick me up, but I took a look at her tupperware filled with elbow noodles and chopped vegetables and made a face. I was a very finicky eater because I was accustomed to eating fast food like McDonalds and KFC, so her homemade pasta salad with vegetables was not appealing. In retrospect she was trying to look out for me, but I did not realize it at the time.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

After I declined her kind offer, she gave me the usual speech about starving children in third world countries, but I brushed her off because I knew that my mother would arrive soon with McDonalds, or a slice of pizza, etc. I grew up eating cheap takeout because it was convenient, and I did not complain because I loved eating junk food. It was not until I was around thirteen or fourteen when I realized that my counselor tried to do an intervention, and honestly I felt embarrassed for having turned down her kind offer those many years earlier. I began taking matters into my own hands by buying grocery and making my own meals, which seemed counterproductive at first because cooking healthy meals is more expensive than cheap takeout, as well as time consuming, but I instantly started feeling more energetic, happier, healthier, slept better at night, and started doing better in school. It was at that point that I actually understood what it meant to eat healthily.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

Absolutely, her words have stuck with me throughout the years. I wish there was some way I could contact her and let her know that even though I did not appreciate her intervention at the time, she set into motion a life changing experience.

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

I occasionally interact with kids at catered events through work who exhibit the same finicky behavior that I did, especially when it comes to vegetables. I think that kids are used to being coerced into eating things that they dislike, so I take another approach by trying to compromise. For example, a kid recently bypassed the glazed carrots that were available to guests, so I ran to the kitchen and asked the Chef for some raw baby carrots, which the kid snapped up right away. Also I volunteer with the local food bank mobile market to redistribute fresh fruits and vegetables to under-served communities, and the kids who attend these mobile markets with their parents are usually wide eyed and curious. I remember one specific mobile market where we had acorn squash available, and many of the kids had never seen acorn squash before, so I felt like we were playing a game of 20 questions because they wanted to know where it came from, what it tastes like, how to cook it, etc. I think that kids have a natural curiosity for healthy food, but bad experiences dictate their reluctance to eat right and try new things. A good example is Brussels sprouts, which can be amazing if done right.

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

Try to create an interactive experience with your food, and perhaps take the matter of food preparation into your own hands. It could be a fun time to experiment and play with your food while spending quality time with friends and family. If you have a backyard, grow some veggies and herbs. If you don’t have a backyard, research into local community gardens and cooperatives. Once kids become more involved in the kitchen, they will inadvertently learn about science, history, and culture, all while exercising math skills, which could be a great gateway into open communication in the household and connecting to local communities. Also I would advise kids to exercise regularly, join a sports team, hike, ride a bike, whatever gets them out of the house.

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

http://Table103.com

Arla Caraboolad – If I Knew Then What I Know Now

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Today’s Guest – Arla Caraboolad

1. Your message to kids today that you wish you knew back then what you currently know now. Be specific.

I wish I had known how important it is to be open and vulnerable. Being real is so important, and so little is done to teach it.

2. How did you learn your lesson or what was your lesson? Did you get hurt, did you upset someone, did you get scared?

Life and God have taught me through divorce and as I’ve listened to thousands of stories from my therapy clients. My daughter was hurt to be sure and has repeated my pattern. (We usually do repeat our parents mistakes and patterns.) And that has hurt her children.

3. What you would have done differently back then if you could turn back time.

Try more things to see what you are good at (definitely not drugs). Stay away from drugs, especially weed, it robs you of ambition and caring.

4. Do you convey this message to children in your life today?

Absolutely! If you don’t have parents you can talk to find an adult you admire to mentor you. If you have terrible, out-of-control parents ask to go to therapy–especially if you’ve been abused. Don’t blame yourself for other people’s problems, but take every chance to know yourself, and if you are wrong admit it.

I am so grateful that my parents were responsible even though not very open or enlightened. And I am so very grateful that I started looking for a relationship with God early in life. That has made all the difference. I’m so glad I went to college instead of getting married.

Arla Caraboolad, Marriage and Family Systems Therapist

The Role Model In You – Jennifer Shakeel, Content Creation, Marketing And Coaching

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Today’s Guest – Jennifer Shakeel

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

Jennifer Shakeel, CPS, 39. I help people achieve their goals through content creation, marketing and coaching. My favorite part being the health/fitness coaching that I do.

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

It was my dad. He was a very competitive man and he did not tolerate being overweight or inactive. He and I would bike long distances and get up early and run every morning before he went to work and I went to school.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My dad didn’t encourage me to get fit in a positive way. He frequently told my sister and I that no man would ever want a fat girl, and despite that fact that we were both thin and athletic he was very critical of everything we ate and all activity that we did. The more physical the better. I remember when I started puberty, and I gained weight like all girls do, he wouldn’t talk to me until I lost the weight.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

For years it caused me to look in the mirror and see a “fat girl” regardless of how small the number on my jeans. I passed out twice that I remember once falling into the stereo in my room and the second time getting out of the shower thanks to a combination of track competitions and not eating. This unhealthy way of staying thin followed me well into adulthood. Once I had kids I took it as my excuse to eat, I had to eat for the baby. I ballooned all the way up to 250 pounds by the time I had my second child. It wasn’t until giving birth to my third child that I decided it was time to get healthy… and forget worrying about being skinny. There is 12 years inbetween my second and third child and two years between my third and fourth child. At almost 40 I am in the best shape of my life and I am healthy.

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

I am honest with my children about my dad, while I don’t agree with his sentiments or the ways my sister and I used to make sure we stayed thin… I do encourage the competitiveness, the athleticism and I have incorporated healthy eating. It isn’t enough to tell your kids to eat right and be active if all you do is eat chips and sit in front of the TV or computer.

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

To be active. Get out and play. Exercise doesn’t have to be training for a marathon. Exercise is any physical activity that they enjoy including getting up and dancing all over their bedroom or house like a crazy person. Break a sweat, laugh and have fun while you are doing it. That way they stick with it.

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

forceofnaturefitness.wordpress.com