Please say your name, field of expertise and years of experience.
Sam Bangs, production coordinator; fitness and nutrition, 1 year
1) Why you should be considered for the Operation Fitness Channel? (30 seconds)
I should be considered because I’m young and in debt! Just kidding. Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine. I’d been lucky enough during college to have access to a wellness center, but after graduating, I’ve seen what “real life” options there are for our health, and it doesn’t look good. I want to break the idea that being fit and healthy has to be expensive because it totally doesn’t. I’ve been lucky enough to work for a celebrity personal trainer and nutritionist for the past year or so and have gained SO much knowledge. I plan on getting certified as a personal trainer myself in the very near future so I can help spread that wealth of knowledge to people that may not have a celebrity bank account, but still have the drive to be healthy.
2) Give us a fitness tip? (20 seconds)
PLANKING! No, I don’t mean that weird craze of lying face down and taking pictures. There are two main kinds of planks and they will engage your entire body, but most importantly your core. Try 30 seconds in push up position with arms fully extended, and another 30 in push up position with your forearms on the floor. Don’t hate me. The pain means it’s working.
3) Give us a nutrition tip? (20 seconds)
Coconut oil is your friend. I know it sounds counterintuitive to ingest fats to stay slim, but your body needs good fats to properly digest the food you give it. Mixed into protein shakes you can’t even taste it. Feeling naughty? A tablespoon of coconut oil sprinkled with stevia makes for a delicious post-meal treat.
4) Give us a stress relief tip? (20 seconds)
Run. It doesn’t matter how long, or how far, or where you’re going. Blast some good music in your earbuds and just take off. Even if you can only last a couple minutes, the experience is so exhilarating. Pushing that oxygen down into your lungs forces you to breath and releases those tense, pent up feelings. Plus, it’s free, and who doesn’t love that?
5) Give us a motivational tip? (20 seconds)
Don’t let a fear of failure keep you from succeeding. This applies to all areas of life. Trying something and hitting a wall is better than never trying anything at all. Life is too short to play it safe. Believe in yourself; you’re worth it.
6) Give us a shopping tip? (20 seconds)
Stick to the outside aisles of your supermarket; the fresh and frozen sections. The more you move in, the more processed the food becomes. You’ve seen it, ingredient lists in .5 font running down two sides of the box with high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin and other crazy things— why would you want to put that in your body? Stick with food that comes from the earth. It takes less of it to fill you up, which makes it cheaper in the long run!
7) Give us a cooking tip? (20 seconds)
Prep your meals for the week. I can’t stress this enough. It’s too easy to make excuses when it’s time to eat. When you get home from the store, prep your veggies, portion your proteins and snacks. The best thing to do is make a HUGE salad for the week and keep it in a big tupperware. That way, you can’t say you don’t have time to make a salad because it’s STARING YOU IN THE FACE.
8) Give us the definition of a organic food? (20 seconds)
Organic foods are foods that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, additives, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Packaged foods get the USDA seal of approval if 95% of the ingredients are organic.
9) Give us the definition of a natural food? (20 seconds)
There is no definition of a natural food. It is not recognized or regulated by the FDA or USDA. In fact, poultry companies can inject chicken with saline solution up to 25% of its weight and still call it natural. Ridiculous! It is a term food companies throw around to try and get consumers to buy their packed, processed food with pretty labels.
10) Give us the definition of a natural-organic food? (20 seconds)
This is another fancy label. Most companies claim “natural organic”when they have some organic ingredients but not enough for the stamp of approval. Generally the ingredients themselves aren’t too scary, but obviously someone is cutting corners somewhere. If price is an issue, it’s definitely better to go this route than buying something with a list of ingredients you need bifocals to read.