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Cool People, Motivation

October 30, 2011

What does a cover model eat on Thanksgiving? An interview with Gregg Avedon

Gregg Avedon is the only Men’s Health model to appear an impressive 20 times on the cover of the largest fitness magazine in the world. Naturally, I wanted to know what he ate on Thanksgiving.

Gregg Avedon on the cover of Men's Health

Having a cover-model body can only come from having a fit mind — and the right diet. One of Gregg Avedon’s life principles is simply that being a model is more than an imagined perfection. 

Although Thanksgiving seems to be more about food and football than about thanks, Thanksgiving really is just that: thanks-giving.

So, how does one say thank you, to whom and why? If you can read this, you are blessed.

Stefan Pinto: Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for what we have and for the blessings we have received. What do you give thanks for?
Gregg Avedon: When I listen to people, I hear them talk about how things are always going to be better; that they are going to make a change to become a better person or to finally work towards the body they’ve always wanted. The truth is that you need to be grateful for all that you have right now. Yes, it is important to have goals and a vision, but it begins from where you are. The first thing I do when I wake up every, single morning is to sit up on the edge of my bed and give thanks for at least three things that come to mind in the moment… then I grab a cup of java and start my day!

Stefan Pinto: Do you feel that we, as Americans, spend too much time talking, and ultimately thinking about food?
Gregg Avedon: I think that there is way too much of the same information thrust in front of our faces over and over and over again. Unfortunately, the truth is that many of us don’t heed this advice so we probably need to hear the same messages repeatedly. Most individuals have the mentality that there’s always tomorrow… that is until you develop pre-diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol or something that scares the hell out of you. Then your back is against the wall and you make a change out of fear and that’s no fun.

Stefan Pinto: There is a statistic in the movie Inside Job that generation Y, is the first generation in the history of America to be less educated and mostly more unemployed than their parents. Do you consider economic restraints to be the primary hindrance to one’s influence?
Gregg Avedon: I believe the way the electronic age has progressed it has created a generation of lazy people. Everything is going at the speed of light, we expect everything at the click of a button, but there’s one thing that you cannot be impatient with and that’s achieving and maintaining your health. You’ve still got to get in the trenches and do the work if you want results.

Stefan Pinto: As a Men’s Health Magazine cover model, how do you feel about The Situation, a reality show celebrity (Jersey Shore) being a fitness role model — and on the cover of a major fitness magazine?
Gregg Avedon: I have to be totally honest, I don’t know who The Situation is. If he’s living with integrity then I give him props. If not, I suppose he’s got some lessons to learn. When it comes to role models you’ve got to walk the talk. It’s about taking responsibility because people are looking to you for direction. They want to see how you achieved success and might look to you as a mentor to emulate. It’s something that should be taken seriously.

Stefan Pinto: What does a Men’s Health Magazine cover model eat on Thanksgiving?
Gregg Avedon: I’m a conservative guy when it comes to the Thanksgiving feast. I do a heaping plate of turkey with some freshly made cranberry sauce on the side. If there are fresh-cooked vegetables, I’ll take a mound of those as well. But I steer clear of the stuffing, gravy, sweet potato pie and anything else that looks two steps away from its original source! For a really good article, check out my latest blog entitled “The Turkey-Day Survival Guide.”

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For more information on Gregg Avedon, visit his website: www.GreggAvedon.com. For healthy, useful and simple recipes on how to eat right — easily, buy Gregg Avedon’s book, Muscle Chow on Amazon.com
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