As part of my new web series, The Role Model In You, here is my most recent interview. The Role Model In You series discusses how individuals were influenced as a child to lead a healthy lifestyle. It covers who influenced these individuals, the changes they made in their life to be healthy, and the message they would like to convey to the youth of today. Our guests include doctors, soccer stars, Super Bowl champions, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and just regular people looking to share their story. I hope you enjoy it!
1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Brooke Kelley, Editor-in-chief of Akashic Magazine, 14 year career journalist
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
Rosie Newman, first and foremost became my food mentor. Her wardrobe was outdated, so it was an exchange. I became her stylist and her, my guide to all things healthy.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
First thing we did was rid my house of any foods you by in a box or a bag. We went grocery shopping together, and she’d check my progress.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
I learned why it’s important to become healthy. Before, I had no reason to believe it was affecting me, after all, I couldn’t see any immediate problems. I learned that the junk in your system accumulates over time.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Absolutely! I’ve been mentoring my neighbor boy for the last three years (his mother passed when he was five), and his father lets him eat whatever he wants. I’m slowly teaching him about the chemicals and how it affects him, and he’s really receptive to these messages. He’s not fully on board yet, but these things take time.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
I think it’s something that has to start early, otherwise, it may seem like an uphill battle. In kiddie terms, “there’s yucky stuff in that food, it makes your body sick!” Something my vegan friend does is to keep the kids on a vegan diet, but then when they want birthday cake at a party, she’ll allow it, knowing it will make them sick to their stomach, that way, they can FEEL for themselves what it’s like, and hopefully make better decisions for themselves in the future. It’s not something that can be forced. You can’t harm a child or chose for them, or they will rebel.
7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?