Sanjay Raja


Growing up in a strictly vegetarian Indian household, at home all I had was RDBS: rotli, dhal, bhat, and shak (i.e., bread, lentils, rice, and vegetables). While RDBS sounds and is delicious, try eating it every day; it not only wears on you, but at some point, with its heavy carb-laden base, you wear it.

At the same time, I lived in meat-centric Kansas and all I wanted to eat was McDonald’s burgers. When I had the chance to eat without my mother seeing I devoured every bit (I didn’t dare take home leftovers). I gorged myself and then would come home and eat full servings of the dinners my mom made. Later when I headed off to college, my binge eating led to obesity.

That is my story and it’s the major reason why I am so passionate about parents’ having “the food talk” with their kids.

While I believe it is never too late to get on track with healthy eating and exercise, I (and my parents) had certainly made a lot of work for myself. I wasn’t just starting at zero; I had a major negative balance in terms of my health: a lot of weight to lose, a lot of addictions, and a lot of bad eating habits to change. It would have been so much easier to develop healthy eating habits in childhood.

I have taken my passion for healthy living and parlayed it into successful business ventures. I was a former MMA fighter, 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. I continue to develop a following for my business and have been interviewed on a variety of platforms about my views on nutrition and fitness.

I have degrees in biology, chemistry, and physical science, and for over a decade have served as a medical and nutrition consultant educating physicians and surgeons on various disease states and surgical techniques using different medical devices.

Last, I am a professional actor with credits that include two episodes of season four of the Netflix series House of Cards. I also have appearances in films/TV shows with new projects set to release in 2018.

Smashwords Interview

What’s the biggest mistake you see people make when it comes to nutrition and fitness?
This is such a tough question to answer but I would have to say the biggest mistake people make is thinking that they need to only think about their health when something goes wrong meaning they have an ailment or injury. That being said I educate clients and companies that maintaining your health is done through choices we make daily and in doing so you can lessen the chance for injury and ailments before they occur. The second biggest mistake that is equally as important for me to address is falling into the trap of short term weight loss through fad dieting and expecting to keep the weight off. I constantly have to dispel this notion and reiterate that by being proactive about your health they will keep the weight off for the long term without the need for yo-yo dieting.
Who or what inspires you most?
Helping people achieve their goals and my kids are the two things that inspire me the most. When I started my first company Team No Excuses Fitness in 2012 I wanted it to be a legacy I could leave behind for them and because I wanted to start a company dedicated to helping people achieve their fitness&nutrition goals and I never thought it could grow to this level as my company now helps numerous individuals, athletes, parents and children achieve their nutrition and fitness goals. In addition I have worked with numerous companies large and small across the country in assessing/augmenting/building a health and wellness plan for their employees.
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“The Food Talk” Keynote Speech
Keynote Speech given by Sanjay Raja the author of “The Food Talk” A Parents’ Guide to Teaching Healthy Habits To Kids Of All Ages to audience of over 300 individuals as conference discussing Health&Wellness Topics.


“The Food Talk” A Parents’ Guide to Teaching Healthy Habits To Kids Of All Ages
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 45,240. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Child nutrition, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Children’s health
Do you want your kids to eat nutritious foods but find yourself sabotaged by relatives, school systems, and kids’ birthday parties? Having the food talk with your children is just as important as talking to them about the birds and bees. This book will teach you how to have that talk and much more. It’s time to take back control of your family by raising healthy kids&getting healthy yourself.

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