Juggling Your Family's Health Starts With You - Jeff Meacham & Alek Lev with Jeff Meacham & Alek Lev OPEN SKY FITNESS EPISODE 200

Juggling Your Family’s Health Starts With You – Jeff Meacham & Alek Lev – Ep. 200


Welcome to Our 200th Episode!!!

This week, we brought back original OSF Podcast cast members, Alek Lev and Jeff Meacham back for the 200th episode! Now that Devon and I are expecting a baby girl soon, we wanted to talk to Jeff and Alek (who both have two children) about how they look after and raise their family, juggle work and home life, plus what they’ve learned about their own health and wellness since becoming parents.

Specifically, we’ll be discussing:

  • How Open Sky Fitness got its start with Rob, Jeff, and Alek.
  • Generational Nutrition: how Jeff and Alek connect with food now compared to in the past when their parents made the rules.
  • The struggles they still face from time to time with nutrition.
  • What life is now like as parents and raising children.
  • How they juggle their own health and their family’s health.
  • What they do to share their own health philosophies and encourage healthy habits with their children.
  • How they handle a situation if their child doesn’t want to eat something or is a picky eater.
  • Why we shouldn’t teach children to associate feeling sad or bad with junk food and sweets nor reward them with unhealthy foods.
  • The Edible Schoolyard Project starting in some schools.
  • Specific rules you can create in your household for nutrition and sleep


“With our children, my wife and I thought and talked a lot about how we would approach nutrition with them. In fact, food is a constant subject in our household.” – Jeff Meacham


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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 Check out last week’s show: OSF 199 with Robert Sikes – Ketogenic Lifestyle: How to Start and Maintain It

5:00 About our show today with returning original OSF cast members, Jeff and Alek!

7:00 Please leave us an iTunes review! Head on over to openskyfitness.com/review to do it!

8:30 Welcome to our 200th episode!!!

9:10 The origin story of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast

17:20 Devon and Rob’s nutrition growing up with their families and what their concerned about with their child’s nutrition.

18:00 After they had children, did Jeff and Alek’s focus on nutrition change?

20:00 A typical day for Jeff and Alek with helping their kids eat healthy.

27:00 Their favorite places to eat, grocery stores, and delivery options.

28:30 Alek and his families’ battles with sugar and how they try to balance it out.

30:00 Is it better to completely keep sugar away from your children? Is it beneficial to completely keep junk food out of your house?

31:00 Specific rules you can create in your household for nutrition and sleep.

32:50 What to do if your child is a picky eater or says they’re full after just a couple of bites.

37:35 How Alek and Jeff’s focus on nutrition and being healthy has changed since becoming fathers.

41:30 Personal guidelines that they live by to set their own standards of being healthy.

45:30 Inflammatory foods you should avoid.

50:00 How to get started on sleep training your children and how it compares to nutrition training.

54:30 The Edible Schoolyard Project starting in some schools.

55:00 Whether or not they spent time in the kitchen helping their parents prepare meals.

57:00 The eating habits that stayed with them from a very young age and their various connections with food.

1:01:20 Why we shouldn’t teach children to associate feeling sad or bad with junk food and sweets nor reward them with unhealthy foods.

1:05:00 What they’ve learned from the Open Sky Fitness podcast.

1:06:10 Why you don’t need any more than 10 recipes ready to go in order to eat healthy.

1:08:00 What the Sky Fit Challenge is all about and how it can help you focus on your health.

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1:17:20 How has having kids impacted their relationships with their wives? Strengthened it? Impacted it? In what way?

1:25:00 Final tips and advice from Alek and Jeff about parenting.

1:29:50 Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:34:00 Open Sky Fitness Closing



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Thanks for listening/reading episode 200 – Parenting and Nutrition: Creating Healthy Habits For Life with Jeff Meacham & Alek Lev! We hope you have gained more knowledge on how to be a healthier you.

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