1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
My name is Jeannette Kirchner. I am a 32 year old married freelance writer. I currently work as a Customer Support Associate for FutureCeuticals Direct – Your Trusted Source for Innovative and Effective Nutritional Products.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
There are two people in my life who currently inspire me towards a healthy and whole food lifestyle for myself and family. The first is my late father, Charles, who tragically died in 2008 from undiagnosed Atherosclerosis. He was traveling to visit me in the hospital when his heart froze due to 100% blockage causing his car to swerve off the highway. Since his death, I started working for a nutriceuticals company striving to produce functional food ingredients in support of a healthy and whole food lifestyle. The second inspirational person happens to be the General Manager of our company, John, who started taking one of our Cholesterol Support Products, Nutrim.
John had a quadruple bypass as a result of a heart attack. All four of his arteries were clogged. Although my father wasn’t as lucky, John has inspired me to know that there is life after death.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
I’m fortunate to work for a company that allows me and my family to have the first access to our amazing nutritional products. My mom is the most recent family member to start taking the Nutrim oat beta glucan super food after she received some high cholesterol results.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
I am becoming more aware of the type of foods my families buys on our shopping trips. I’m also learning first-hand from co-workers how certain types of foods can actually help heal our body when eaten in a whole, and unprocessed form.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
My daughter is now 7 years old, and everyday I worry she may struggle with weight and body image issues. I have tried to make grocery shopping a family activity to promote healthy food choices by becoming a role-model with my own food choices. I’m happy to report that she is not a huge candy person, and has developed a few favorite vegetables such as broccoli (or tiny trees). She doesn’t need cheese or other flavoring to eat it. She prefers it raw, boiled, or steamed.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
A message that I would like to pass down to my daughter, which was passed down to me from my mother is to “Work hard, play hard”. As long as you lead proactive, and active lifestyle; you don’t necessarily have to limit yourself to strict and bland diet. A whole food lifestyle allows one to eat any and everything within moderation.
**Interview originally published as part of the The Role In You Series via Your Health Journal By Len Saunders – Health, Fitness, Nutrition, And Wellness