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Kelli Calabrese

Kelli is a mom of two, the author of the Adventure Boot Camp Cook Book, the creator of the ISAGENIX 30-day cleanse and re-nourish plan, and a clinical exercise physiologist and betterment expert.

How many children do you have?  Nicholas will be 11 next month and Melina is 9.

How did you come up with the idea for your company?  At the age of 13, I wrote in my journal that I  would be an exercise therapist.  I knew very early on that I was happiest when I was running, dancing, cheerleading, swimming and playing tag in my front yard.  I also wanted to avoid a very strong family history of heart disease, cancer, and obesity and help others to live longer stronger more energetic and vibrant years.  After becoming a mom, my heart really went out to women who made such grand sacrifices of their own health with the thinking that their children’s priorities were far more important than their own.  I saw many women who began to accept being overweight, sleep deprived, having headaches and depression as a normal way of life.  I went on a mission to help people to become their physical best every day. 

What’s your favorite parenting tip?  Be  a positive role model. You children will do as you do, not as you say. Let them see you exercising, eating healthy, serving your spouse, doing acts of kindness, giving back to your community.  Life is about reap and sow. You will get back what you give and if you genuinely live an honorable life, your children should follow your lead.

How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise?  My children are engaged in organized sports year round and they also have many opportunities to exercise alone, with friends or as a  family. For example, we have a trampoline in our yard and a garage filled with a variety of balls  We all have bikes that we ride several times a week after dinner on the golf course.  We take the dog for walks, go hiking, rollerblading and swim among many other activities.  Eating is a family affair. We all get involved in the menu planning, write up the grocery lists, setting and clearing the table, prepping and cooking the food and having family meal time.  We have healthy recipe makeovers for some traditional kid favorites.  We also don’t keep any junk food in the house. If we want to have something sweet, we will bake it from a gluten free recipe and swap out some ingredients or go out for a serving for ice cream rather than keep it in the house.  There are many options to make foods in our food processor and we also enjoy trying new recipes from healthy cook books.

How do you recharge your batteries?  I love to cycle. When I need to get a break from my desk, I hop on my bike and spend time pedaling in natural.  I also cycle with a group and it pushes my physical limits which feels great.  I like to lie by the pool in a lounge chair and read.  This year I committed to reading the bible from Genesis to Revelations, and it has been eye opening to read the bible daily.  I also like to journal to get things off my mind and help me get focused and recharged.

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