The following is an interview with Sanjay Raja, who had a lot of jobs in his lifetime. He was a former fighter in a variety of martial arts styles, founded Team No Excuses Fitness and Nutrition in 2012, published author, national speaker, and professional actor. Here below is my interview with him.
W.: Please introduce yourself and what you do.
Sanjay Raja: My name is Sanjay Raja and I was a former fighter in a variety of martial arts styles, in 2012 I founded Team No Excuses Fitness and Nutrition, a worldwide nutrition and fitness education company to help children and adults achieve their nutrition and fitness goals through education and cutting through all the misinformation and I have been interviewed on a variety of platforms about my views on nutrition and fitness.
W.: Please talk about some of your highlights from your film/commercial/modeling career.
Raja:I have been blessed with the opportunity to be casted in a number of projects in film, TV, and commercials. My first big break as an actor came when I was casted for a recurring role on season 4 of the Netflix show “House of Cards”. I had the opportunity to work with amazing actors including Robin Wright who directed both my episodes.
I have done a number of short films including a film where I get to play a transgender woman which was an amazing experience as this film shed light on the social injustices the transgender community faces on a daily basis. Most recently I appeared on the the show “Startup” on the Sony Network where I was a reporter and got to speak my native language of Hindi on camera. I have a feature film called “The Favorite” set to release in theaters nationwide in June 2019.
I also have done commercials for IBM and other major bands that have aired in other countries like India because of my East-Indian background.
W.: Next, let’s talk about your writing career. You have published your book “The Food Talk.” Tell us more about the book and what do you want to convey through the book.
Raja: I was inspired to write the book after my twins were born. As a first time father I watched as my wife at the time handled all the feeding responsibilities for the kids as she followed what her mom did. Even though I wasn’t an experienced parent I just felt there had to be a better way to feed kids and prep them to eat healthier foods as they got older. So I started taking a more active part in feeding my kids and eventually I took over all the feeding duties for the kids. I started writing down all my ideas I implemented in feeding my kids and parenting them and after they turned 4 yrs old I started writing the book with all my notes I had taken down for the first 4 yrs of their life.
The book doesn’t just teach parents how to feed their children it discusses various methods I have used with success with my kids and my clients who seek my advice and services from feeding their children, setting rules and guidelines to set them up for success through various stages of their lives, exercise tips to get kids excited about physical fitness, and other important lessons through actionable steps that parents or caregivers can implement with success. The book also has a food diary included so parents can track their progress of their children and for themselves to clean up their diet as this book is not about implementing a diet but a true lifestyle change. The message I want to convey through the book is simple:
A. children learn their nutritional habits through their parents so we have to lead by example.
B. Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic and it is never too early to implement and educate kids healthy nutrition and fitness habits.
C. Parents and caregivers should have “The Food Talk’ on a daily basis with their kids as food will be a part of their lives for as long as they live and they will pass on the knowledge they learn from parents to their own children and so on and so forth.
W.: Why do you want to become a nutrition expert and promote healthiness to the community?
Raja: I enjoy helping people as i am an entrepreneur and I own my own fitness & nutrition company in Team No Excuses Fitness which is worldwide company dedicated to helping parents, children, adults of all ages achieve their nutrition and fitness goals. I dealt with obesity issues as a child which also led to psychological issues when it came to food and I want to help parents & caregivers avoid having these issues with their own children through my expertise which I have gained from helping families for numerous years and through my experience as a former athlete.
W.: Have you had positive responses from your company Team No Excuses Fitness?
Raja: It has taken time to gain traction as I started the company in 2012 but over the years I have had the honor to help numerous people of all ages, children and families in helping them achieve their nutrition and fitness goals.
As the philosophy of my company is to help implement a sustainable lifestyle change through nutrition and fitness and not push fad diets and quick fixes I have gained clients for team no excuses fitness through a strong referral base from satisfied clients who have become friends. In 2019 I have expanded my services and now I work with more corporate clients as for 4 weeks starting at the end of February 2019 I was hired to teach self-defense and martial arts to the entire faculty and staff @ Caltech in Pasadena California. In addition I have partnered with a number companies on the east and west coast who share my philosophy on nutrition and fitness.
As my company continues to grow I look forward to spreading my message to a bigger audience as now more than ever with the rising rates of obesity in adults and children have grown to an epidemic level.
W.; I see that you have degrees in biology, chemistry, and physical science. How does the degrees of three major sciences help you in what you are doing now?
Raja: These degrees help me to have a baseline level of knowledge when it comes to science and nutrition. I also have experience in the medical field as I spent over 10 years educating surgeons on various surgical techniques with various medical devices. All my degrees and experience in the medical field have given my great insight to how nutrition has such a prominent effect on our bodies and daily lives.
W.: I heard that you also did a podcast with Ally (from Ally’s Attic Show) called “The Food Talk.” (same name as your book) Tell about your collaboration with Ally and how that has been (since we interviewed her a few weeks ago)
Raja: Yes, Ally and I did a podcast based around my book and expertise called The Food Talk with Sanjay Raja in the Attic. It was a show where we discussed everything from nutrition&fitness to everything in between and we developed a solid following from these podcasts. I am now part of another podcast where I will be speaking on nutrition&fitness topics and other subject matters including motivation which will start this Wednesday and will be on every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Here is the link to that show:
(Note: You can read my interview with Ally here: https://wworldcommentary.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/interview-with-ally-from-allys-attic-show/)
W.: With many jobs in life, how do you tend to balance each of your jobs?
Raja: As long as I can remember I always liked to multitask and have my hands in multiple projects. As a single father of twins my most important job is being a dad first and giving my kids as many unique experiences so they can learn about the world and have a global perspective of the world. I am a planner and a goal setter so I meticulously plan my days and weeks to make sure I have accomplished all my short and long term goals as everything I do helps me set a positive example for my kids to accomplish their goals in life.
W.: What are your goals for the future?
Raja: My long-term goals include not only getting my message out to a worldwide audience regarding fitness and nutrition education for kids and families but also to further advance my career as an actor, national/international speaker, and entrepreneur. I also recently finished filming a pilot episode for a show based around my book “The Food Talk” and am excited about speaking with different networks to pick up the show so my message can have a truly global audience.
W.: Are there any final thoughts you want to share with our readers?
Raja: The subject of nutrition and fitness seems like such a daunting subject for parents and caregivers to discuss with their kids as so many take the path of least resistance with children. Make no mistake this is one of the most important talks you can have with your children as this not only affects their well being but the choices they make will affect their lives on a daily basis and the habits and knowledge they learn will be passed on to future generations; therefore my message is simple it’s never too early or too late to educate kids on healthy nutrition and fitness habits that will last a lifetime.
We thank Sanjay Raja for answering these questions and to accept this interview with us. You can follow him on twitter: @GoBigRaja. Check out his website from Teams No Excuses Fitness here: http://teamnoexcusesfitness.com/
Check out his website here: http://sanjaysraja.com/
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