Eat Like a Baby
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To me, the most important things in life are to live with integrity, be true to yourself, be honest and compassionate, and contribute to the world in some way.
In 2012, my father and I ran into an old family friend. The last time I saw him was over 20 years ago. He retired when he was 50 years old, collects pensions from four different countries, and lives life with his wife playing golf every weekend. In my eyes he’s one of the most successful people I know. When we saw him, my father couldn’t stop bragging about my career as a DJ and Producer, working with celebrities, and traveling all around the world. He interrupted my dad and asked me, "How is your health?" Of all the things he could have said, he asked me how my health was. He continued with, "If you don't have your health, you have nothing." This is coming from a man who worked in four countries, and retired at 50. That’s when it hit me: the quality of your health plays an important role in defining how successful you are in life.
For the past year, I've been going to the gym six days a week and eating healthy; and I’ve never felt so inspired, motivated, and energetic. The mental and physical parts of my body are really connected, which helps me get through this crazy life of mine.
I want to give back to the community by creating awareness about the importance of eating right and being active every day, as well as encouraging people to be more disciplined about what they choose to eat. My goal isn’t just to make people switch to a healthier lifestyle, but to make them understand that a healthier lifestyle helps you to accomplish more in life.
The title Eat Like a Baby not only goes along with my DJ name, but also literally means to eat like a baby. We should eat less, like a baby, and also consider that when we feed a baby we only want the most nutritious things for them. No one would ever feed soda, butter, salt, refined sugars, or fast food to a baby.
Using this as an analogy, I'm trying to remind people to eat nutritious food so that they can function at their highest level throughout the day, and not to eat just for the sake of satisfying their hunger. Extra weight increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, many types of cancer, sleep apnea and other chronic illnesses. According to the CDC, 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030.1
Where do we start? I want to educate children because they are our future. Without motivated and inspired children, we will not have great leaders, politicians, engineers, doctors, lawyers, entertainers, athletes, business entrepreneurs, or teachers to run a sufficient society in the future. However, I realize that it is pointless to target kids if their parents are not actively committed to the development of healthy eating habits and a productive lifestyle for their children. So with this book, containing input from top chefs, dieticians, trainers, athletes, and celebrities, I want to help educate people
from all ages to be more kind to our bodies. I believe the discipline we gain from a healthy lifestyle will help us choose a brighter, more positive path in life.
1 Nanci Hellmich. "State obesity rates could skyrocket by 2030" USA Today. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/19/state-obesity-rates-could-skyrocket-by-2030/57799906/1 (accessed June 11, 2013).