Why I want to be mentor in this category: I specialize in the Over-40 crowd, but my knowledge can be utilized by anyone. My new funny, healthy cookbook, "Does This Cookbook Make Me Look Fat? Healthy Recipes Even HE Will Eat!" touts my philosophy of low carb, healthy eating.
What inspires me in this category: I don't just talk the talk, I walk the walk. No one ever believes I'm 48 years old. While exercise is, of course, an important aspect of staying lean and healthy, food is about 70% of it. The right eating habits (NEVER use the word "diet!") can totally change a person's body. I want to be an advocate for those working on being their best and help them get that way!
Experience: I'm a health and fitness expert and healthy gourmet cook. I preach a high protein, low "starchy" carb diet and can re-engineer most recipes to make them healthier and still be tasty!
Biggest Lesson Learned: Less is more...except for herbs and spices. Heavy oils, salt and sauces aren't necessary to make food taste good. Fresh ingredients take the place of unnecessary and fattening ingredients.rnrnNow, I don't believe in a totally carbohydrate free diet, however. Hi Fiber starch like oatmeal and whole grain breads should be eaten before lunch, to help fuel your day. It's the white flour, rice and potatoes eaten at night (AND the sugar!) that do us in!
Books, classes, teachers that have helped me: I have books on physiology, nutrition, hormones and exercise. I also am associated with Dr. Karlis Ullis, the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, California and a faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized authority on anti-aging medicine and sports medicine.
Education, Awards, Pro Experience: NASM and ACSM Certified Personal TrainingrnAuthor, "Does This Cookbook Make Me Look Fat?"rnCelebrity Personal Trainer and ChefrnHave written numerous articles for online and print magazines
1/4 tsp of salt can cause a 3-5 lb weight gain! Don't use any in cooking.
REd meat should only be eaten on occasion. It has a higher fat content and can contribute to higher cholesterol BUT it has amino acids and iron that chicken and fish don't have.