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Growing up in Louisiana, NBA star Glen “Big Baby” Davis developed a taste for his favorite meals of fried food, starches, no vegetables and powdered grape drinks.

But a series of events in his 20s shook Davis into overhauling his diet: the deaths of his father and an uncle from heart attacks; a broken foot that temporarily limited his physical activity; and the birth of his first child, Amari.

“That’s when it really dawned on me like, OK, you need to stop procrastinating,” said Davis, a power forward with the Los Angeles Clippers. “I really had to make changes to break the cycle, and also to stay relevant in my career.”

He began cutting portion sizes, increasing lean proteins and eliminating fried foods, losing a total of 68 pounds and dramatically increasing his energy level.

Now, at age 29, Davis is using his star power to spread the word about the importance of healthy eating to prevent heart disease.

On his website, iambigbaby.com, he has launched three episodes of “Big Baby TV,” videos under eight minutes long apiece that show him cooking favorite recipes such as Asian-glazed drumsticks and gluten-free pancakes while discussing how he has learned to balance his love of food with a healthy lifestyle. (His recipe for Asian-glazed drumsticks can be found on the website.)

“I want to create fun, exciting, healthy ways to teach about food that people my age would love to eat,” Davis said.

Davis was always big for his age — so big he was put with 12-year-olds to play football when he was 9. That’s how the nickname “Big Baby” came about: When the older kids would pick on him, he’d cry, and a coach chided him for being a “big baby.”

Glen-Davis-on-court-682x1024As he began to show his prowess in basketball, the name became endearing — ever more so as he became a standout at Louisiana State University and then made it to the NBA, first with the Boston Celtics, then the Orlando Magic and now the Clippers.

But with his father’s death at 57 and his increased knowledge about his genes — diabetes also runs in his family — Davis experienced an awakening of sorts. At one point, he had reached a peak weight of 360 pounds on his 6-foot-9 frame.

“I think about where I’m from and all the people that are suffering from [heart disease], young men who are suffering from it, and people don’t really talk about it,” Davis said.

He began to focus on putting nutritious food into his body and set out to learn how to prepare healthy meals, hiring a personal chef to teach him. In the process, he discovered he had a true passion for cooking.

Now he can make delicious recipes such as butternut squash pasta with spicy Italian sausage. Between meals he now forgoes empty calories for simple and healthier snacks.

This off-season, Davis is working on three new episodes of Big Baby TV while also promoting healthy eating and literacy to children with his annual “Booking It With Baby” tour in Baton Rouge, which includes readings and other appearances.

His main message, to children and adults alike, is this: “Life is hard, and sometimes you’re dealt problems. The fact that you have the control to break the cycle, you have to prepare yourself and undertake the challenge.”

Via blog.heart.org

Photos courtesy of C.Luxe Brand Management

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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The mom of two said she gained 60 lbs during both of her pregnancies and had to work very hard to get back in shape. “I said I wasn’t going to gain 60lbs carrying Sienna…and I did exactly that!” she stated in an Instagram post.

Every postpartum journey is different, but you can’t help but be motivated by Cici! “After delivering my son, a 9-lb. 10-oz. baby, and gaining 60 lbs., I was committed to [returning] to how I felt before I had him. Four months after having him, I was back to my original shape,” she said. “There’s something very empowering about that. Something about that gave me an extra pep in my step, and motivated me even more to go harder.”

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On the AMAs red carpet: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee on her body confidence with the Tracy Anderson Method workouts:
“…I have to say that Tracy Anderson’s workout the last five years has been really good for me. I love the studio atmosphere, I love how beautiful and sexy and long and strong I look when I work out, and I love the loud music.

I find that, as adults, we stay so regimented in our movement, even if we get on a treadmill. The music changes all the patterns, and my body gets to move freely, so you feel amazing—which is ultimately the point of the workouts, too. One of the things that’s most encouraging is you see a roomful of women working their asses off and looking beautiful. You see women in their 40s wearing jog bras and their stomachs out proudly, walking in a stance that says, “I love my body,” and that’s exciting to me.”
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On the AMAs red carpet: Kelly Rowland

Kelly on her morning routine: “The first thing I do is at least two or three minutes of meditation. I started doing that after I had my son. It has helped me tremendously. It just puts you in an easier mind space. There’s so much you have to deal with in one day, and I feel like meditation prepares you for anything that comes to you. You won’t flip your lid on the first thing that shakes you up a bit. It puts you at ease.

My favorite thing to eat in the morning is oatmeal. I add a little maple syrup, a little salt, and almond milk, and I’m set. Sometimes I’ll add cinnamon and some raisins and pumpkin seeds. I don’t need caffeine in the morning, but if I have to it’s usually through green tea.

I am a morning workout person. I don’t think I could really be as connected or focused in the afternoon if I didn’t do it… It’s definitely a HIIT workout, and I feel a lot better and more centered from doing it. Having my son really did a number on my body…”
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