1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
My name is Leslie Reichert and I am a “green” cleaning coach. I’m 55 years young.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
I actually wasn’t inspired to eat healthy until I turned 40. Prior to that I would live on coffee and diet coke during the day and eat a large, carb filled meal in the evening. I was always physically fit and never really connected the dots about my eating habits until my health started to fail in my early 40′s. I’ll give my daughter’s the credit for inspiring me to take a bigger interest in my diet and overall health.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
My daughters are both athletes. They played varsity soccer in high school and went on to play in college. They are both extremely disciplined in their eating habits and workout schedules. I’m amazed that young women can be so focused. I love how they always make healthy choices and realize that even one day of poor choices can affect their athletic careers.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
I was athletic in high school but definitely took it for granted. I never thought that my poor eating habits would have an affect on my health as I aged. I also was affected by toxic cleaning chemicals that really disrupted my immune system. I think that my girls actually learned from my mistakes and it had changed all of our lives.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
I am considered an expert in green cleaning and healthy living. I work with school systems and have created a curriculum that combines science, history and logic to show people that they can live better without chemicals. I speak around the nation to children about how toxic chemicals in cleaning products and food can affect their lives and the lives of their families. I’m trying to change the world – one spray bottle at a time.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
Children are so open to my message. I love going into schools and working with their science teachers to explain that we don’t need chemicals in our lives. And the kids get it! They are actually the ones that go home and share my message with their parents. The kids are the messengers.
7. Do you have a web site you would like to promote….web address only?