Eco18 Questions: Jillian Michaels

by Lauren Verini

Each month we will ask a new eco-maven 18 questions about his or her life, occupation and advice for other like-minded people. This month, we spoke with one of the trainers for The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels. In addition to being a trainer on the hit NBC show, which premiered this month for it’s 15th season, Jillian is a leading health and wellness expert, entrepreneur and best-selling author with over 20 years of personal training experience under her belt.

1. What is your name (and age)?

Jillian Michaels, 39 years old

2. What is your occupation?

Health and wellness expert

3. Do you have a “green” memory growing up? 

Sadly no. It was the 80’s.

4. What’s your favorite meal? 

Pasta Florentine from a restaurant called Plate in Malibu.

5. Who/What inspires you to be more “green” in your life?

I think everyone tries in their own ways to leave the world a better place than they found it or at the very least do no harm. I appreciate that I share this planet with billions of other creatures – human and otherwise and I want to do my part to preserve our home.

6. Where on the “green scale” do you fall? 

Gosh, I don’t know because I don’t know what the green scale is. I haven’t heard that before. Does that automatically mean I don’t rank high by default?

7. What are the most rewarding and most challenging parts of your job?

Helping people transform themselves physically and emotionally by facilitating their journey to a happier healthier life.

8. Where’s your “greenspot”: food, body care/beauty, oceans, home or neighborhood, explain:

We try to be as green as possible in all aspects of our lives in my family. We eat organic with as much food as possible coming from local farmers. We use mostly green beauty and hygiene products. We recycle. We use water filters and not bottles etc. The one area where I get a big F is cars. Sadly I love cars and motorcycles – anything with an engine. But I do have my eye on that Tesla Model S.

9. Where do you turn for your news?

I avoid the news. I find it way to depressing. My friends keep me apprised of the world’s major current events.

10. What is one environmental change you vow to make in the next year?

OK OK maybe I’ll get the Tesla.

11. If you could trade places with one person from any time in history (past or present) for one day—who would it be and why?

Gosh, I wouldn’t mind being Einstein.  The ability to comprehend the world in the way he did seems like it might give one a sense of peace.

12. You have a meeting with the leader of every country in the world. You have 30 seconds to tell them anything you want. Go!

FOOD POLICY!!! Put a pollution tax on big agriculture corporations that pollute our world with GMO ‘s, pesticides, toxic fertilizers that are killing our planet. Require 20% of the food in government agencies and organizations like military bases and schools be from local farmers. Give grants to towns that bring in farmers markets.

13. You have the chance to send one tweet to all the tweeps in the world. Let’s hear it in 140 characters, or less! 

Be the change you want to see in the world.  – Thank you Ghandi.

14. If there was one industry/product that you could make more eco-friendly, what would it be?

Motor vehicles. It blows my mind we don’t’ have a solar powered car.

15. Where in the world would you most like to be right now?

Africa.  I love it there, that’s where I want to die when I’m old.

16. What is the best book you have read recently? 

Dinosaurs love Underpants  – a favorite of mine and my 3 year old.

17. What makes you cringe?

The news. I can’t stand it. I hate hearing about all the horrible things people to do each other.

18. What do you want your legacy to be?

Great question.  I haven’t got that one figured out yet.  I guess if I had to throw something out there it would be raising two happy, healthy conscientious human beings that make positive contributions to the world.

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