Exercise Hurdles: Overcoming Aches And Pains

seniorjoggerFinding the motivation, routines or workouts to lead a more active life has never been easier. Still, exercise isn’t without its troubles – sore feet and aching muscles are no fun! – which have a habit of tripping up beginners at the first hurdle.

There’s no doubt your body will take time to adjust, but there are a number of ways to prevent or lessen the impact of the most common ailments, to ensure you and your family are keeping fit and having fun.

Muscle Stiffness & Soreness

Keep Cool

While opinions remain split on the advantages of the age-old icepack, many people swear by it. Directly applying an icepack wrapped in a dish cloth or t-towel can help to alleviate immediate muscle discomfort, as well as help prevent Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, which usually occurs within 24 to 48 hours after exercise as a result of overexerting yourself.

Warm Up

Cooling down may help post-workout, but research suggests that warming up with lighter exercises leads to better long-term results, and happier muscles. Instead of launching straight into your workout, introduce some light routines to allow your muscles the time to prepare for the exercise ahead.

Baby Steps

They say Rome wasn’t built overnight, and neither was your body ready to run a marathon just because you said so! That you’ve taken these initial steps is a great start, but it’s important not to push yourself too far at the outset.

Understand your limitations, get to know what you’re comfortable with, and start slow. Take a walk with a friend. Go for a jog around the block. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Slowly work your way into new, more intensive workouts, and allow your body the time it needs to adjust.

Blisters

Does The Shoe Fit?

joggingWhether you’re taking a walk or running a marathon, it’s vital that your footwear is working with you, rather than against you. Everyone’s feet are different, so make sure you take the time to select a pair of shoes that fit your needs.

Overly tight? You’ll be uncomfortable from the get-go. Overly loose? Your shoes will jostle and rub, inevitably leading to blisters. As tempting as it may be to get out there and get moving, make sure your footwear is as ready as you are. Your feet will thank you for it.

H2No

Much like chafing, moisture only speeds up the occurrence of blisters, whether its damp socks or wet shoes. Your best bet is to look for moisture-wicking socks, aiming for synthetic fabrics like Spandex or
Acrylic.

Easy Does It

New shoes are notorious for causing blisters, so take it easy. As tempting as it may be to throw those old, smelly sneakers in the trash, try alternating between your old and new pair instead. Not only will this give your new shoes a chance to soften up, but it gives your feet a break and means blisters are far less likely.

Chafing

Dress To Impress

Just like blisters, chafing is caused by excessive friction between surfaces, so when it comes to exercise, it’s important to choose workout gear that will let your skin breathe. Synthetic, moisture-wicking fabrics are, yet again, recommended, helping sweat to evaporate quickly and ensuring your skin is kept cool. Oh, and avoid Cotton. It may be your friend on a cold winter’s day, but it’s your worst enemy when it comes to the training track, as it holds onto moisture and makes chafing that much worse.

Clothing with flat or minimal seams and stitching is also a plus, as is clothing that fits your body. Loose fabric and clothing can rub and lead to chafing and the increased potential of fungal skin infections, so snug fitting is best. Just make sure it isn’t too tight, as blood circulation is still important!

H2O

Keeping hydrated is vital when it comes to exercise. Making sure you’re getting enough water also has the added benefit of alleviating the risks of chafing, preventing dehydration and allowing you to perspire freely.

Pills & Potions

Clothes picked out? Water bottle handy? Even with smart preparation, for some, chafing is inevitable. Habit may have you reaching for the Petroleum Jelly, but there are natural anti chafing alternatives that are that much better for you.

Anti-chafing creams help by alleviating and preventing the friction that causes chafing, applied to problem areas like the inner-thigh or underarms. Not only that, but these natural alternatives help to repair the skin, and don’t rub off as easily in harsher environments like their chemical alternatives.

Do you have any tips of your own? A fantastic home remedy to fight the aches and pains of exercise? Let us know in the comments below!

Mums ‘n’ Dads Need To Keep Healthy And Exercise Too

By James Helliwell

familyrunFor parents, a great way to ensure that your children are keeping fit and exercising weekly, is to lead by example and exercise regularly yourself. There’s no point suggesting to your beautiful but slightly overweight offspring that they need to get into regular exercise and referring them to a local leisure center’s activity day, if you could do with shifting a few pounds yourself. You are someone they look up to, and setting a good example yourself can do wonders for the natural progression of your child’s fitness levels.

While fitness is a personal journey, surrounding yourself with professionals who understand the science behind fitness can help you reach your goals. The team at Heroic Fitness believes that fitness routines centered around the individual will help you achieve success, and with that in mind, let’s look at four fantastic exercise styles to set you on the right path to being a shining example of health and fitness for your children.

Yoga

Kicking off with one of the finest and most graceful (when done perfectly) forms of exercise, the ancient spiritual art of Yoga. Yoga unifies the body and mind through the practice of physical poses that are known as ‘Asanas’. This in short sounds simple and easy, but in reality they push your body to its limits, make you sweat and tone you up completely. Doing Yoga often releases the tensions of the body and can make you stronger, have more stamina and achieve much greater flexibility. They also help your mind, giving a great boost of mental clarity and general feelings of well-being. All very useful when you are a stressed, over worked, and time-stretched parent of young children!

Boxercise

Boxercise is an on-trend new exercise that is rapidly gaining in popularity. It is boxing for fitness and is the perfect exercise to release your tensions that unavoidably build up when looking after your children. You can smash and bash your way to a calmer being and a fitter body with increased stamina. As you can imagine, it is based on the fitness routines that boxers use.A session can take different formats, but could include skipping, hitting pads, kicking pads, shadow-boxing, shuttle runs and the classic press-ups and sit-ups. It’s worth noting that this covers all fitness bases and you will not be punching each other! Boxercise is extremely fun and a real challenge, so give it a go.

Weight Training

Weight Training is the father of all exercise. Lifting weights will make you strong and develop your muscle structure better than anything. If lifting weights is included in your fitness routine you can be sure that you will be getting a proper work out every session with a variety of different exercise to do. You can literally work every muscle in your body! Weight Training works by undergoing morphological muscle changes to get stronger. Any muscle asked to do more that it is used to, will grow using the proteins in your body. Remember not to overwork your body and train in an appropriate way so that you avoid hurting yourself.

Running

joggersRunning is a perfect way to lose weight and gain stamina. Top fitness centers will have running machines that you can use to track progress and give you some great runs. You can always try setting a long term objective to aim for. Training to participate in a marathon or half-marathon is a great long-term goal. This may sound like a hard target to reach, but with a proper disciplined training routine, and personal motivation, you can set up a fitness routine that can help you complete this goal. Remember, however, that this goal doesn’t have to be about finishing in a certain time unless you’re an experienced runner; if you’re a beginner simply completing the event can be your goal.

Healthy Living

As an additional note, it is advisable that you also look at your diet in tandem with your exercise routine. Here are two big changes you can make:

Give Up Processed Foods

Processed foods play a large role in obesity rates and contain a lot of empty calories. If you know that you consume a lot of processed foods throughout a week, set a goal to give them up for different periods of time. Start by going a week without processed foods and then increase it until they’re mostly gone from your diet.

Eat a Fruit or Vegetable with Each Meal

In a similar way to the processed foods goal, you should try to add at least one fruit or vegetable to each one of your daily meals and snacks. It has been reported in medical journals that you should eat anywhere from five to ten fruits and vegetable servings each day for a healthy diet, so try to aim for this goal.

So remember mums and dads, all this should be great motivation to get active and increase your fitness levels. Make sure you set a shining example to the little people in your life!

Pickle Ball Is Great Exercise And Education For Kids!

By Sophie Eagan

groupkidsLet’s talk a little about the history and origin surrounding this fantastic game. Pickleball was founded in 1965 by 3 friends, Joe Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum. It all started in Bainbridge, Washington where the three were returning from a game of gold and were pretty bored, they were attempting to play a game of badminton but could not find the Shuttlecock.

What they did was use a Wiffleball and lower the nets of the badminton game, they also constructed two new paddles from an bit of old plywood from their shed, changing the name Wiffleball they began to call it Pickleball as it mimics the game of Badminton, Ping Pong and Wiffleball, their dog was also called Pickles, the kids would constantly shout throughout the day “Pickles bring that ball back here!” And so, Pickleball was born!

The Kids Loved It!

All three of the friends had children which is why they fabricated the paddles to be smaller (like the Ping Pong paddles) so the kids could hit the ball easier. The game also has three unique rules that won’t be found in any other racquet sport, the non-volley zone, the double bounce rule and also the serve position.

● Serve Position – You put one foot in and keep one foot out then serve the ball, you must serve from an under arm position with the bat and not out to the side, this is why the on foot in one foot out rule was added.

● Double-Bounce – During the very early days of creating the game, the server had a massive advantage over the component. The player receiving the serve would have to stand there and wait for the ball to bounce, meanwhile the server had loads of time to re-position themselves for a quick return off the volley. The three fathers quickly added the double-bounce rule to take this cancel this advantage out to make it fair.

● Non-Volley Zone – This is where they made the game more into fitness and strategy rather than just pure power which is what the dads first started with, they modified a 7 feet space on either side of the net where the ball must bounce before it is hit.

The Impact

groupkidswbgThe game gathered huge interest within their community and network of friends, everyone started to play it as it was cheap, great for fitness and even the elderly were coming out to play it in parks and gardens all over Washington. Young children who had never played any racquet sports were enjoying Pickleball. The game has even taken in by schools and used in PE lessons across America.

The Fitness

Pickleball is used in many exercise and fitness classes as well as the PE hall’s across the United States. Not only does it provide an all over fitness for the children but it also teaches hand-eye co-ordination. The game is available in portable kits that can be taken along to the park with families and enjoyed for the entire day, you will also find other families at the park joining in!

In Pickleball you are using every muscle in your body, the legs, arms and torso are the most at work here. As the game is not too strenuous it is also great for the elderly to have a go and enjoy. So whether you are just looking for something that the kids can do in the backyard, would like something to take to the park or even getting the family in shape, Pickleball is a fantastic game for all ages to enjoy, why don’t you give it a whirl?

- Sophie has a little girl she introduced her to playing Pickleball and she absolutely loved it! The great thing is there are many different sizes and weight of Pickleball paddles so you can compensate for the ages you are playing with, give it a go and you will be pleasantly surprised!

The Role Model In You – Thom W. Newcomb, Financial Advisor

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Thom W. Newcomb

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

My name is Thom W. Newcomb, I have just turned 40 years old and I am a financial advisor with TW Newcomb & Assoc a platinum firm with Ameriprise Financial.

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

Ironically it was my Brother who inspired me to eat health and stay fit. I say Ironically as he currently fights weight issues and it appears the roles have reversed as I am now the one to encourage him.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My brother inspired me to compete in sports including wrestling where health and fitness is key. My brother was at every match and pushed me to be better, stronger, and more athletic than even he was. The majority, if not all, of my athletic achievements were a direct result of his encouragement to stay fit, eat healthy, and push myself to the next level.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

My brother was top of his class for fitness and athletics, was voted athlete of the year,breaking records along the way, he achieved starting positions and awards, and at a predominantly younger than normal age. And while I looked up to my brothers achievements he wanted me to be even better. Many want to maintain the glory for themselves but he looked at me as a person to achieve as much or even more. I never genetically achieved the size and muscular build my brother naturally had, but he believed that by maximizing my quickness, lean muscle, and athletic ability, I could still out achieve him. While I doubted this, I later came to realize… he never did. He believed in me until my own belief kicked in.

I too achieved athlete of the year, national medals, college scholarships and a fit and healthy life that I never could have imagined. I easily could have coward in his shadow, but he certainly was not going to hear of that, he raised me up on a pedestal that without him never would have existed.

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

Yes, I now volunteer my time to youth programs focusing on positive attitudes and finding that hidden talent that many don’t realize they have. I dedicate a great deal of time and energy giving to others with the hopes of helping them feel the way my brother helped me feel. While I may never be able to dedicate so focused on one person like he did,I hope my motivation as well as personal example leads others to the light that I found, which was all originally shown to me by my brother… the one who believed in me more than I did in myself.

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

Healthy living and fitness serve more purposes than just athletics. You have to pursue fitness as a way of life.

Yes,living a healthy life takes discipline ,commitment and sacrifices, but the rewards are far greater than our investments. If you set the foundation now, with healthy choices, you might sacrifice some instant pleasures in life ( being able to play video games instead of exercising, eating fast-food instead of quality food), but you will be rewarded by the quality of life that you later get to lead.

By doing the things others will not do now( exercise and give up unhealthy foods) you will be able to do the things others wish they could do later (enjoy life with no health problems).Healthy living is about leadership and you have to play the leading role in your own life.

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

ameripriseadvisors.com/Thom.w.newcomb

The Role Model In You – Adrienne Smith, Elite Athlete And Media Entrepreneur

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Adrienne Smith

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

My name is Adrienne Smith. I am an elite athlete and media entrepreneur. I am a member of the U.S. women’s national tackle football team, the U.S. women’s national flag football team, and the Boston Militia (www.bostonmilitia.com – a pro women’s football team in Boston). As for my career, I operate two companies: Harlem Hip-Hop Tours (www.h3tours.com) and Gridiron Queendom (www.gridironqueendom.com).

Harlem Hip-Hop Tours is a tour company that provides educational field trips for schools and youth groups. The field trips focus on Harlem and NYC’s hip-hop industry. All of the field trips are “edutainment” in nature as they educate students about entrepreneurship, history, and the arts, while entertaining them as well.

Gridiron Queendom is a sports and edutainment company that provides online and live action content and events geared towards women and girls who play and/or are fans of American football.

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, my mother was instrumental in teaching me to eat healthy and stay fit. She was a home economist and studied nutrition in college. My mother was a superb cook and always ensured that I ate healthy meals, every day of the week. I was an athlete by nature and she always encouraged me to play outside versus playing videogames indoors, and was an integral part of the genesis of my love for organized sports.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother led by example. She always ate right and loved to run. My father also served as an exemplary role model. He was an avid tennis player and kept playing tennis well into his 60s.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthyheartThe example my parents set showed me that health was a lifestyle. Eating right and exercising is not something you do on the weekends, or when you’re trying to fit into a certain dress. Staying fit and eating healthy is a way of life. It just became the way I lived – plain and simple. I’ve never dieted, nor done some crazy workout regiment. My mother and father showed me through their lives, the benefits of continual exercise and eating right.

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

Absolutely! As a professional football player it is imperative that I stay fit and make healthy eating choices. I have lots of girls and boys who look up to me and want to know how I achieved my athletic success. Whether I am speaking at a school, or coaching a football clinic, I always teach children that the first step to success is eating the right food. The body requires foods such as fruits, vegetables, and protein to perform at its best. I also teach that exercise is not only good for the body, but it also is important for stimulating the mind.

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

In addition to telling kids about the best foods for them to eat and the importance of playing outside or joining sports teams, I also tell them it is important to talk to their parents about eating right and exercising. Most children are at the mercy of their parents in terms of what food they eat. I try to reinforce and encourage kids to talk to their parents about eating healthily and to go on family outings such as hiking or bike riding so the whole family can adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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

h3tours.com

The Role Model In You – Tim Sinclair, U-Be-Livin-Smart Co-founder

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Tim Sinclair

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

Name: Tim Sinclair

Title: Co-Founder

Age: North of 45 – South of 50 – Feel 30

Living: Advocate healthy living and nutrient dense food products at U-Be-Livin-Smart. Company Mission is to provide the best of all Nutrient Dense products while being able help feed 88 Million underprivileged-undernourished in all the communities across North America where U-Be-Livin-Smart product is sold. Work to be a better person every day and influence those around me to be the same.

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

My mother and my wife for two very different reasons. My motivation has come from experiencing first-hand how unhealthy (and healthy) choices shape families and people. There is a physical toll, of course, but the emotional toll always seems to be greater. My mom was a single parent, raising six children. She chain-smoked to survive her long days of work and raising my siblings and me. She passed away too young. Conversely, Sherri, my wife, always has found ways to “go for a walk” even in busiest time. Which seems to be every moment, as we raise four children who are 4 1/2 years apart in age (13-12-11-9).

3. What did they do to inspire you?

There is no single thing that my mom or wife did or do to inspire me – they are just themselves. In my opinion, actions always speak louder than words and if you really look and listen you can be inspired in the most surprising ways.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

As a self-diagnosed “Type A” personality, they have taught me to better understand that we can only live now and that planning for the future is pointless if you don’t have your mental and physical health. They motivated me to explore how and what balance means for me.

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

I do. I am still learning to “walk the walk” and our 13-year old is quick to call me out when I’m contradicting myself. Obviously, this is somewhat frustrating, and a lot humbling. It’s great to know that at least the message is getting across.

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

You have the ability to choose everything that you do, hear, feel and see. Respect your body and mind. Understand that just because “we can” doesn’t always mean “we should”.

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

ubelivinsmart.com

The Role Model In You – Chris Weiler, Performance Expert, Author – Part 2

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Chris Weiler

Continued from part 1 of this article…..Click here

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?

HealthPart 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.

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

ChrisWeiler.com

The Role Model In You – Chris Weiler, Performance Expert, Author – Part 1

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Chris Weiler

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

· Chris Weiler – Performance Expert

· Published author, speaker, trainer, coach. Age – 45

· Maximizing performance in athletes, fortune 500’s and YOU!

· National Academy of Sports Medicine – Athletic / Strength / Nutrition Development

· President of D.I.G.S. Inc. (Devil In Gym Shoes)

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

I was first inspired by my mother to eat healthy. I was 10 years old when my mother was pregnant with my brother. It was at that time she joined LaLeche League, an organization that promotes a natural, healthy lifestyle and diet from birth, which includes breast feeding.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

My mother became very involved with LaLeche League and over the next 2 years became a leader in the organization. My mother fueled the fire of my voracious appetite for reading and understanding how things work at the root level with conversation, books and research. It was important for her that I explore how the body works, and consistently shared her LaLeche league information with me as well as brought me to meetings to experience conversations and presentations by group members and medical professionals. In our home I observed my mother counsel new mothers both in person and on the phone on a regular basis.

healthyheartMy brother had terrible seasonal allergies that required management during his elementary school years. Since my mother questioned the efficacy and long term effects of the pharmacological choices recommended by the medical community, she declined to introduce them to his system. Instead she began testing natural, whole food based combinations to manage his allergies. Although some of the things he ate and drank looked and smelled gross to me and my friends, my brother loved them and they worked! His allergies were managed with no medication. I consistently saw and believed that the status quo can and should be challenged. I was led to believe that you can wield the tools at your disposal to craft and shape whatever you want to make it work for you personally. This enabled me to see science and research as an objective starting point, but by no means the final word or correct in and of itself.

As an adolescent I became heavily involved in martial arts and at some point began modifying it to suit my needs and movement style. My friends told me “you can’t make up your own movements, you have to learn them.” I replied, ‘why not? Everything that has ever been created by humans started in someone’s mind and made up in reality, including all forms of martial arts.’ It is this spirit of self-confidence, self-reliance and adventure that my mother helped inspire. In my middle teen years, an unknowing co-conspirator named Bruce Lee shared the role model space with my mother. Bruce Lee was famous for creating his own hybrid form of martial arts called Jeet Kune Do. His philosophy, “Absorb what is useful, discard what useless, and add what is essentially your own.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

The Role Model In You – Briana Santoro, Certified Nutritionist, Author

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Briana Santoro

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

My name is Briana Santoro. I am 31 years old. I am a Certified Nutritionist, the author of the #1 Best Selling cookbook Get Naked In The Kitchen, a leading health and wellness speaker, and the Founder and Chief Product Undresser at The Naked Label, a tell-it-like-it-is website that undresses the food we eat.

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

There were two people who inspired me at a young child to eat healthy and stay fit. Those people are my parents.

3. What did they do to inspire you?

I must confess that I didn’t always feel “inspired” by my parents when it comes to learning the important lessons about eating healthy. As a kid, we didn’t have sugar as an ingredient in my house, I was fed vegetarian food like millet and tofu, my mom made my own ‘fruit leather’ from dehydrated blended fruit, and my brother and I were the kids in the class that no one wanted to be partnered with on “share your lunch day”. I used to argue with and scream at my mom constantly. I would tell her how bad a mother she was because I wasn’t allowed to have Joe-Louie’s and Flakies like all the other kids. I was angry that my peanut butter didn’t say skippy on the container, and that my bread was brown instead of white. However, lucky for me they ignored me on this issue and continued to feed me a diet filled with whole, natural foods. I didn’t realize it at the time, but what I later came to realize is that as much as it annoyed me at the time, they gave me one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child (right up with there love), and that is the gift of health. They helped to ensure that I created a healthy body and along they way taught me about the importance and power of good healthy food.

4. How did their lesson change your life?

healthyheartLater when I left home and started cooking for myself I quickly realized how horrible my body felt when I wasn’t eating ‘mamma’s’ cooking! I realized that if I fed myself healthy foods I would be healthy and feel amazing. This is when my interest in food started to really develop. I started reading a lot about food and became extremely interested in where our food came from. At the time I was working in Business Strategy Consulting. I was the one in the lunchroom telling everyone how the food they were eating was hurting their body. I always saw food as a passion more than a career. However, one day I took it a step further. I decided to follow my passion and go back to school where I became a Certified Nutritionist. I will be forever grateful to my parents for the health they gave me as a child and for the inspiration they gave me to have the health I desire as an adult.

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

I am passionate about spreading information about health with everyone I meet. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than knowing I have been able to pay-it-forward and give the gift of health to someone else.

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

My main message to children today would be to open their eyes to what is in the food they are eating and how those food choices impact their body. Warning kids about the risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t often resinate with them. However, demonstrating how food can help them get better grades in school, clear up acne, give them more energy, and even improves their looks can be more effective.

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

TheNakedLabel.com

The Role Model In You – Scott Fiori, Professional Plumber, Founder / Owner Of Able Plumbing & Drain Service

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The Role Model In You
Today’s Guest – Scott Fiori

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?

healthillustratedMy 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.

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

ableplumbinganddrain.com