Inspirational Friends - The Diet Doctor, Moodi Dennaoui
Have you heard the saying "Ab's are made in the kitchen"? Well if there is one person who lives up to those words it would be Moodi Dennaoui. I found out about Moodi aka The Diet Doctor via Instagram. He is a teacher, author, nutritionist, father, athlete, mathematician and Designer & Master of Research Methodology. I look forward to his daily Instagram posts, they are filled with easy to understand nutritional knowledge and he makes "clean eating" look fun. Moodi explains how our bodies can benefit from eating certain foods at certain times, the best meal to eat after a workout, how to get lean and he shares his love of carbs... everything is said with a bit of humour and a lot of intelligence.
It is people like Moodi who help motivate and inspire others to be the best version of themselves. He really is a picture of health, the ultimate "fitspo" you could say, someone we can all learn something from and it is fantastic having a male figure for young boys to look up to in an industry that is female dominated. If you want fantastic fitness and nutritional motivation Moodi is someone you need to follow.
Introducing Moodi Dennaoui...
1. Where are you originally from and where are you based now?
I grew up in Sydney and I am still happily residing in Sydney.
2. For those who do not know you tell us a little bit about yourself...
I am, first and foremost, a father to a beautiful little five year old boy, Zein. I had a lot of priorities in the past, and still do, however the day he was born he jumped the queue on that priority list. I am also a Nutritionist by day, and Entrepeneur/Mathematician by night. I feel like I constantly need to exercise both sides of my brain - the rational and the creative. Nutrition is great as it requires a little bit of both!
3. Give us a small insight into your daily routine.
I tend to get up quite early to pack my supplements and earn my first meal of the day by doing either a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu session at MyBjj Academy, or an interval cardio session. This allows me to stay lean all year round. I usually follow that up with a light meal, typically a Protein superfood smoothie. I then proceed to another training session, which is usually resistance training. Getting all my workouts in before lunchtime works well for my lifestyle and puts me in a great mood all day!
In the morning I also try and squeeze in a consultation with a client (4-5 days a week) and the other mornings will be spent with Zein taking him swimming or to his own Jiu Jitsu sessions.
Pre-Lunch I usually opt for more protein and carbohydrates, usually in the form of organic fruit and yoghurt.
Lunchtime is usually spent at home with the family, however sometimes work demands that I continue the day with business meetings, meeting sponsors and consultations and so make a conscious effort to finish early enough to eat at home. I feel it’s healthy to spend at least one meal together as a family. Lunch is protein/carbs and salad. I like a lean chicken breast or white fish for my carbs (sweet potato, quinoa, brown/black rice) and a generous salad. If I’m on the road I try and arrange my meetings to be at healthy cafes that serve organic produce like Bills Cafe.
After lunch, my next meal is typically some raw nuts, or sashimi if time allows for it dinner. In the afternoon, roughly 4 days a week, I will be teaching HSC Mathematics at a coaching centre that I own and operate (Premier Coaching College) or will sit and design new smoothies for Nutrition Station (a company I also co-own).
Dinner is always a lean source of protein with dark green vegetables to keep the metabolism going.
In the evening I’m either doing my own research, or being bullied by Zein into playing Skylanders. Before bed I’ll usually have some of my own Signature Tea’s (A selection of signature blends I have designed for Skinny You Tea) and do some stretching or yoga to help me fall into a deep sleep and recover nicely.
4. You have worked along side some pretty big names; RnB artists Lloyd and Ray J, Rugby International Quade Cooper and NRL Superstar Sonny Bill Williams - If you could choose, would be the ultimate person for you to mentor?
Being able to work with celebrities and high level athletes is fun and challenging. Each is unique and require a different approach to finding something that will both work, and be sustainable. Sustainability equals happiness. If they’re happy and seeing progress then that will reflect in their art.
A close friend of mine that I have had the privilege of helping is Riddick3 star Actor Matt Nable. It is always a treat to be able to learn as much from your clients as they learn from you. From today if I was only to help the Mr and Mrs Smiths of the world I would be content. Everyone matters.
5. We love that you promote a wholefoods diet full of fruits and vegetables, good quality carbohydrates and fat what would you say the biggest dietary myth is?
I sincerely believe that food can create, and cure all illnesses. Whole foods can do no wrong. The biggest myth has to be that you have to eliminate ANYTHING that is a whole food, particularly carbohydrates such as sweet potato.
“Rather than eliminate the good foods you love, learn how to use them to complement your health and your lifestyle” - Moodi Dennaoui
6. What is your favorite food indulgence?
My biggest weakness has to be a good quality Nougat. I prefer all my main meals to be clean but sometimes succumb to my sweet tooth.
7. You are in incredible shape, what is your ideal way to exercise/work out? And how can the guys out there get abs like you?
I try and practice what I preach, and lets face it, people don’t contact me to find out where they can get the best tasting pizza so I have to be motivated in order to motivate. I believe as long as you earn a meal everyday, through some form of activity (moderate-high intensity depending on how you are feeling), you will always be in shape. It can be swimming, tennis, yoga or lifting weights. Being active is more important than what you do to stay active. Adding clean eating and some core training 2-3 days a week only helps if you are seeking a year round six pack.
8. You are a very busy man; looking after your gorgeous son, working with clients, guest blogging for StyleRunner and writing menus for Nutrition Station. What else can we expect to see from ‘The Diet Doctor’ this year?
I feel like I am only beginning to find my feet in this industry. I have a few significant projects in the background that I am working on and hopefully they will come to fruition later this year. Being able to educate the masses is a huge motivator for me to take on more and more.
9. What is the philosophy you live by?
You can't out train a bad diet. My other favourite is - Rather than wish for a great future, create one!
10. Where can we find you?