A couples weeks ago I got a chance to sit down witht the great folks at Encore Radio and talk about Health, Mental Wealth, and Fitness in the Black Community. we dug in really deep in my history, clients, and I shared a few fitness ideas while breaking down some myths, check it out.
So between watching President Obama’s SOTU address last week to Scrolling through articles about Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott of the Oscars this has undoubtedly been one of the Blackest weeks of 2016. And I for one love every minute of it. But, something weird happened in the middle of my excitement. I was quickly bought back down to reality. Interestingly enough it was on a fitness level. I often talk about the movement to merge health,fitness and culture. The goal of creating a space for minorities to feel apart of this is a big deal and mission for QLF. so when I see us being exploited for the gaze of “white”media it gets me ready to build my soap box, place it on times Square and start preaching….but then I realized that I can just blog it(we are over a quarter million readers up to date so this works well too)
The other day Shape Magazine showed me and a million other people what being black in America looks like to them. Shape Magazine put a tweet on twitter telling people how to get a butt like Beyonce. now, this in no way is wrong and with all due respect to Jay-Z, Beyonce is blessed but while the tweet referenced her, Shape Magazine felt that the workout model used for this post was better served looking nothing like Beyonce, and white. While this sparked a mini-discussion on twitter, i’ve come to the realization that the aesthetics of black women are great, just not when on black women. This is quintessentially what the history of being black in media is like.Take the things that separates us: culture,features,identity,and credit them to non-blacks to make them acceptable.
You can relate this back to Dread-locks and big lips being cool only after kylie Jenner got them, Being Plus size was great only after Ashley Graham and Robyn Lawley to even having a big butt/hips and embracing them while being fashionable was acceptable after Kim Kardashian showed up. Now in a system with no representation ( fitness) we are bound to be taken advantage of. Health and Fitness is an industry ran by white culture and and while that isn’t necessarily the issue it does create a problem when you can’t connect with non-whites the same way.
Billy Blank, Shawn T, and then…(me?) the only real faces of fitness from a minority standpoint and yet the first two people listed here wouldn’t dare push cultural issues like I am now. Now let’s look at the logic of this, genetics play 40% of the ability to have certain type of shape and is obviously a factor in having a certain type of hips to glutes ratio, so while this post by Shape Magazine is misleading If Beyonce’s butt is the goal you are trying to push why wouldn’t it make sense to partner with a women of color to get that message across. Simple, she and many other women of color don’t fit the model of the European system or today’s “acceptable”body. Interestingly enough we are the most influential culture, just not when it’s time to celebrate us for it.
“ I have a Dream…” That one day The black body will no longer be fetishized and exploited for the gains of others.
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We’re in for another trip to find some of the healthiest food around! Me and Kris head to Healthy Nibbles in Brooklyn, Yes BROOKLYN!!! and show you how you can enjoy a tasty lunch and…….DESSERT! That’s right, we all know a good meal is concluded by a sweet dessert-especially when it’s organic. Step out of your comfort zone and get in on this!with music by Kris Kasanova
305 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
ANNNNNNND were Back, with another Episode of LIFT THE FORK !
This week ME AND KRIS continued our NYC tour by going to the highly talked about Ripe Juice Bar & Grill in Queens, NY for an epic breakfast! Although they are well known for their smoothies, juices and protein shakes, it’s the wraps and signature omeletes that really stand out. Breakfast is served until 12PM and the menu also offers salad, soup, burger and entree platters. Prep your taste buds and enjoy!
Growing up Haitian, Health and Fitness was never a big deal in my house. From dinner plates that were filled with 80% rice, 10% veggies, and 10% meat to “Pops” cereal being the greatest breakfast a kid from the inner city could ever have, I honestly didn’t learn the value of working out and nutrition until I started playing dodge ball in junior high school. So as I sit here as a leader in health and fitness for the culture and proud son because my mo just joined her local gym. I started thinking about how the lack of knowledge surrounding health and fitness in my household has affected my parents and even yours.
According to studies more than 25% of adults over 65 suffer from diabetes. This happens to be the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. I stress this point because diabetes runs in my family and can often times be controlled with the right health and fitness nutrition plan. The problem is that most adults seem to be stuck in their ways and may be too embarrassed to admit that they could use help in this field. The question remains, how do we get our parents to buy into working out and eating better?
Below are a couple of tips for getting your mom and dad on a healthier path so they stick around and bother you for another 30-40 years.
–Cook together: Your parents at this age aren’t looking up the latest food trends and probably never heard of “gluten-free” anything. Making dinner a team building activity in which you can introduce them to a healthy alternative to grandma’s “secret chilli sauce” can make a world of difference to their longevity.
–Go grocery shopping: This too can be a bonding experience and great way to ensure dad and/or mom doesn’t load the cart with Doritos and Oreos. Make a grocery list and stick to it! Also ensure to spend more time within the perimeter of the store where you’ll find the fruits, vegetables and lean protein such as chicken and fish. Make sure to steer clear of the aisles packed with processed foods. They will thank you later.
–Become exercise buddies: If you have a gym membership, invite your parent(s) to work out. No membership? No problem, come up with something interactive and fun that doesn’t revolve eating but is physically active. You could also have them sign them up for sessions with me.
–Check-in regularly: You may live on the other side of town or even in another state, so it’s important to check in with the folks and make sure they are on track with their eating habits and workouts. Use whatever platform they can decipher such as Facebook, Skype, phone call, or even text.
–Have a fitness tracker competition: You can each buy a Fitbit, Jawbone or just use one of the millions of apps to track your steps, workouts, calories burned ad etc. Then make it a competition to see who comes closest to reaching the (recommended) 10,000 steps per day or any other cool game you can think of to track them (sounds evil).
–Gift of Health: Instead of the usual coffee maker you get your parents every year, try getting them some cool fitness items. Anything from dumbbells to new workout sneakers, its important to let them know that you’re doing this for their best interest (how the tables have turned) and think it’s more important that they are around long enough to drink coffee with you.
*heads to the gym to make my mom do one burpee for every beating I’ve ever gotten as a kid*
QLF presents: Lift The Fork
While the obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure rates continues to climb, we at QLF realize that we have a job: to empower you with the knowledge needed to make better choices. The ‘Lift The Fork’ mini series is created by Zeus and Kristin Coral as a way to highlight healthy eating throughout New York City. Eating healthy can be fun — and delicious, so follow us as we head to local franchises/mom and pop shops around the five Bouroughs that will make you forget all about the allure of junk food. So go ahead, dive in and treat yourself. we giving you guys food for the soul, just promise me you’ll do the dishes.
Check out episode one as Irv and Kris take a trip to Harlem’s Calista Superfoods located on 1217 Lexington Ave New York, for some protein packed power-plates and smoothies. Calista’s is one of the few locations in NY that makes food from scratch while using no oils and sugar for taste…plus they deliver! Check out what’s on their menu!
USING THE PROMO CODE ‘ ZEUS OF QLF ” WHILE ORDERING ! YOU WILL GET 10% OFF YOUR MEAL ! THANK ME LATER, ENJOY THE SHOW !
The cool thing about a “new year” is that you get to literally start your fitness goals all over. your 2015 fitness plan resets like your body cou..nevermind. so here we are “ New Year, New You” but before you buy a million supplements, gym clothes, and expensive gym memberships let’s cover the best way to make and keep your fitness resolution for 2016!
The fastest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. i’ve come to find that with clients and gym-goer, creating goals with measurable marks will help a lot more. strive for a goal that is attainable in a short amount of time from going down one dress size to even cutting back on your favorite unhealthy meal.
2. Plan Ahead
Ideally you created a fitness goal and plan halfway through last december, but if you didnt dont worry we still have time. use this week to create a plan,workout, and nutrition schedule, its also important to plan out ways to take a mental break from the gym. By creating a solid plan you put yourself in position to to win.
3. Talk About It
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support you along the way. often times we keep these goals a secret and the people around us put us in bad positions with food and working out due to not knowing.The best-case scenario is that you who find a friend who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
4. Reward Yourself
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates or popeyes if your resolution is to eat a better “diet’. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t go against your resolution.
5.Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 50 pounds, let’s focus on losing the first 10 pounds and progress from there. another great way to track progress is to Keep a food journal to help see how food impacts your results
6. when stressed,think : WWZD
If you’ve run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t stress yourself out. Think, What Would Zeus Do? and if you know me i would take a day to chill and get back to work because nobody likes a quitter(i’m kind of extreme) Start over again! or just contact me for sessions. both are great options, see you guys on the treadmill.
In the NYC area and interested in improving your fitness level? Let’s get started!