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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?
Part 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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