Dr. Consir Thot is a Health Counselor, Nutritionist, Alchemist and creator of Inside Body. He is a student of Dr. Afrika, he toured with Dr. Afrika and his wife helping to teach holistic health classes. Dr. Thot is currently teaching holistic science nutrition classes on the "Evolution of a Natural Hair Care Revolution" 18-State Tour with founder Malaika Cooper. When Dr. Thot is not on tour, he counsels patients from across the country with telephone health assessments, conducting classes on holistic rites of passage to a group youth offenders 4 days a week. He also volunteers at community events with a group of youth offering free classes and services.
B-E-M: What are your views on health? DCT: Health is absolutely the most important thing there is; your body is your temple. We have been entrusted with the living temple of our creator to serve as living proof of existence of a creator. It is our God-given duty to protect the body of our representation of god. Everything we consume is considered a sacrifice and our testimony to what and how we serve our creator, so yes health is of the utmost importance.
B-E-M: How is a holistic approach different from dieting and fitness programs? DCT: The holistic approach covers the whole or the holistic aspects, which entails the spiritual, mental and physical body. Taking a holistic approach you will be healthy from the inside out, not just a "physical look good on the outside" wellness system.
B-E-M: How do you think health impacts a community? DCT: Health impacts a community in multiple ways, first and foremost it sets the example for our youth. how can there be leaders teaching our youth anything but have the physical attributes of being unhealthy, overweight and overall not taking care of themselves. A healthy community has leaders that stress the importance of physical, mental and spiritual activities not just one or the other that only creates an imbalance and further destroys the community.
B-E-M: Why do you think people have a hard time succeeding at making healthy lifestyle changes? Do you think culture plays a part in determining their success? DCT: People in my opinion have a hard time succeeding at making and maintaining healthy lifestyle changes because they don't see the immediate need. When you are faced with the traumatization of a life threatening illness or trying to keep up with the rising costs of medications, it then becomes more real to you. The part culture plays is that of not remembering the time when we were not allowed in the hospitals and relied solely on ancestral remedies. As a culture we are getting of the stigmatization that vegans and vegetarians are only for white people and, as we become more and more aware of our natural beauty, we are taking pride in our natural hairstyles and realizing it's ok to get our hair wet from sweating in the gym!
B-E-M: What advice do you give to people who want to achieve a healthier lifestyle but don't know where to begin? DCT: I would advise people to first begin to increase their water intake, this would begin to flush out toxins and get your focus on the inside of your body. This easy first step creates discipline to begin the process of looking at your body in a different way, everyday. Also, another first step would be to begin to limit the portions of each meal and add fruits and vegetables to every meal and in between meals.
B-E-M: What do you suggest to anyone wanting to embrace a more holistic way of life? DCT: I would suggest to begin to take a self inventory, take a deeper look inside oneself. This can be done by taking 10-15 minutes out of everyday sitting in a relaxed position in silence focusing on the one thing that you want to change the most about your life. You can focus on your most primary pressing goal or focus on nothing just "BE" - be one with the universe in the present moment.
B-E-M: What is your mission and or philosophy? DCT: My mission is to end childhood obesity! Childhood obesity is plaguing our communities and Inside Body (my company) is taking an active stance to educate and empower our youth. My philosophy is: healthy youth builds strong character, increased self esteem and empowers our whole community. My motto is "The life you save may be your own."
B-E-M: How do you stay motivated? DCT: My motivation comes from many sources, from the children I see walking around with fat all over their body, to the corner and grocery stores with rows of junk in plain sight, advertising to our babies. I also get unexpected motivation from clients or people that have attended my classes or seminars over the years that call or text me their success stories. Also, reading stories on social media sites about how our people are starting health and fitness challenges in their communities.
B-E-M: Where can people contact you or follow your movement and learn more? DCT: I can be reached by email email@example.com and my social media sites Heal Eye Self on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have a couple of videos at Consirtv on Youtube. Call or text me and I can send my upcoming radio and magazine interviews, The Evolution Natural Hair Tour Schedule or to schedule an appointment for a health assessment (717) 943-5025.
*Shontel Vanterpool is an intern writer with Brown Eyez Publishing Group. She currently lives on the island of Saint Kitts and writes for several Caribbean and American based publications and websites.
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