1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Scott Fiori, a third generation professional plumber, founder and owner of Able Plumbing & Drain Service – San Diego, CA.
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 I did not need motivation to eat healthy, because my eating habits were pretty much formed by my parents. It was not until later in life that I realized that as younger I did all the healthy things, that today are so highly promoted by dietitians, fitness instructors, wellness coaches, and even medical doctors. Building up healthy habits from an early stage is what made those routines stuck and further develop into a tradition to take care of my body and mind up until today. As a child it was a common thing to be encouraged to have a snack at 10 a.m. that often tended to come as half a cucumber sliced in four pieces with salt. The vegetable could vary: sometimes I’d have a sliced red or green fresh pepper, a carrot or two. For an afternoon snack I used to have an apple, a pear, grape, whatever the season allowed. The morning breakfast was rich, the supper – lighter. I ate rarely sweets, even though I adored those – they came in the shape of tasty baked treats made by my grandmother. I was out in the open all day long, exercising without knowing it – playing football, swimming, just running with the kids from the neighborhood on the next mischievous adventure that we have come up with.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
My family prepared themselves the food that we ate, I was a witness of most of the processes. It was a fascinating experience, especially when most of the produce was grown by us. I would never forget the aroma of the strawberry jam that grandma made us when we were kids, or the refreshing cold elder juice that she treated us with when me and my cousins came back thirsty from the playground. My love of cooking, healthy cooking especially, was inspired at quite an early age, today my wife often jokes that I am a better cook than she is.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
My life will be forever marked by those childhood years, when I was eager to have a bunch of grapes to share it with my friends, or to go climb the neighbor trees with the hope to snatch a pair or plums. Today I sometimes indulge in fast foods like pizzas and burgers, yet my love for the organic fruits and vegetables will never fade. Now after knowing the delight of playing outdoors and eating food that boost your energy instead of making you lazy and sleepy, I am adopting a strict educational approach towards my kids. I am trying to show them what they would miss if they spend their whole day before their Play Station, computer or TV, munching candy bars and chips all day long.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Yes, I am trying to make my kids fall in love with homemade food just as once I did, and I encourage them to pursue outdoor activities, there is no such a rewarding rest after having run all day long around the block, letting the sun burn your face and the kids share your fascination for been careless and free.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
I’d prefer to address the parents instead: do not oblige your kids to eat healthy food, just let them taste some delicious fruits and vegetables and do it often. Minimize the number of candies and sweets in your fridge and cupboards and substitute those with fruits instead. But do not stop there, offer those fruits and vegetables to your kids as morning or afternoon snacks till they start asking for their daily slice of pear, a tangerine or a banana on their own.
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