We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimatni Rawlins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimatni, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Yes, I am proud to have introduced my two teen daughters to a healthy plant-based and active sports lifestyle. Each competes in multiples sports and understands that physical fitness is one of the paths to life extension. As parents, it is imperative that we lead by example so our children become the example. Far too often we take life for granted and fail to improve our quality of living until bad news strikes from a negative health assessment. But why wait for degenerative diseases to strike? We can take control now by starting with ourselves and of course the next generation represented through our seeds. Why not eat more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes now to prevent clogged arteries and reduce attacks from cancer cells? If we know that sugar and saturated fat enhances the odds of diabetes, why indulge in soda, candy bars, and pastries? If we are aware that our bones, muscles, lungs, and hearts are strengthened through routine exercise, then why lead a sedentary life? We should be running, walking, swimming or biking on most days. Instinctually, kids will follow their parents’ lead and develop life-enhancing habits as opposed to behaviors that increase life degradation. Instead of sugary drinks teach them how to make homemade smoothies with their favorite fruits. Water, ice, flaxseed, bananas, mangos, spinach, and berries always do the trick. Try healthier options over chips and cookies. My kids happen to love SeaSnax seaweed snacks which is a learned habit we initiated. How about an avocado pudding instead of ice cream? Banana, almond or peanut butter bagels (whole grain of course) are also a hit. Simply spread the nut butter on a toasted bagel and top with slices of bananas. Apples and nut butter are also a treat. And when all else fails just give them some watermelon or an orange and call it a day. Kimatni D Rawlins, Founder, Fit Fathers
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The road to positive change and eco-friendly living can be daunting and seem challenging. However, as a society, each individual is presented with bountiful information on nutrition, fitness, green energy, and wellness to procure life everlasting health and a clean, daily regimen. We all inspire to run through nature’s most captivating environments, swim in majestic waters, drive 500 miles without emitting environmental pollutants, hike mountainsides while breathing fresh, clean air, and drinking pure spring water. Or simply supporting local farmer’s markets by purchasing organic foods from the earth. Fit Fathers edifying movement reaches its goal of educating urban dwellers with the message of sustainability as it relates to human health, physical fitness, and clean living. While the program messaging remains focused on education, our collective efforts will be structured to help align the target’s overall lifestyle with the symptomatic nature of living clean. We accomplish this via: • Nutrition practices and healthier living content creation • Exercise and fitness plans by way of our Social Workouts • Overall wellness practices through videos, testimonials, and articles With this threatening wave of societal confusion and lack of healthy habits, today’s kids, for the first time, are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, which concerns me on a nervous level. Health, fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness are priorities for the extension of life. To achieve the balance of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients our bodies need, we must eat nutritiously to fight the onset of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and more. Regular exercise is also vital. Just as the human body needs food and sleep, it also requires an active lifestyle to maintain muscle mass, strengthen bones, balance blood sugar, stabilize weight, circulate blood, jand jump-start the metabolism. The human body is complex but its requirements are simple. Eat clean, live well, and energize your life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I’m all about communing environments that lead to positive vibrations. So, of course, we would hang out in Santa Monica often hitting the well-known Santa Monica stairs first then taking a stroll along the beach and pier. I’m also into hiking so Runyon Canyon Park would be nice for a relaxing hike. For grub we’ll be hitting Veggie Grille, Stuff I Eat, Shojin, and more. So many vegan eateries in LA that’s its challenging keeping up with.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, of course, I would like to thank the esteemed Dr. Neal Barnard of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine who showed me the true path to whole foods and the power of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. For that reason, my nonprofit, Fit Fathers became an instant tool for the positive lifestyle change of people living in urban communities. Through his vast network, Neal is able to help educate all the patients who have complained that their doctors know nothing about nutrition, all the medical students who have had nowhere to see plant-based diets in action, all the people following vegan diets who could not find a doctor who understands their choices, and more. Thank you Dr.