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Discussion of Diet and Fitness as a tool to manage Diabetes

I’m very excited to share a meet and greet video with Charles Mattocks – he is a celebrity chef and diabetes advocate, currently living in Florida.  

Charles has been involved in many interesting projects – He made a name for himself as the  “The Poor Chef”, where he created meals that were tasty, nutritious and affordable, and led to appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, The Talk, Martha Stewart, CNN and Dr Oz.  In addition to being the nephew of reggae musician Bob Marley, Charles is an actor, having performed in the title role of the Emmy nominated “The Summer of Ben Tyler”.  He has written two cookbooks promoting budget friendly and healthy recipes and a children's book.  He has been a featured speaker at the TEDx conference in San Francisco and has directed a reality show called “Reversed”, which follows the life of individuals affected by diabetes, and their struggle to change their diet, exercise, mentality and control to reverse their diabetes.   

His latest project is a documentary about CRPS/RSD called “Trial by Fire”  , which is premiering  at the Hollywood Film Festival on Feb 11, 2016 ( ). 

Charles’ mother, who is also the sister of the late Reggae legend Bob Marley, was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD years ago and he has seen the pain and the mismanagement of the condition first hand. Charles, who also lost his father in November, 2014, was moved to try and get his mother the needed help and also bring awareness to the condition that has brought pain to the lives of almost two million people around the world. RSD/CRPS is a condition that needs much attention and he saw a need and wanted to contribute to getting that need filled. Charles has talked and heard scores of stories and researched the condition and his heart was moved to get involved and become an advocate for the condition through the love of his mother

Charles is also wrapping up his diabetes documentary entitled “The Diabetic You”.  

Chef Mattocks work in defacing diabetes is being noticed everywhere including the Victory over Diabetes gala which was hosted in Atlanta, and on the homepage of AOL. His heart truly lies in seeing this world and those affected by diabetes at their best, in spite of diabetes. He is committed to seeing that change. Find out more about Chef Mattocks at his web site. (

This is the first of a 2 part meet and greet. 

  • 00:30     Introducing Charles Mattocks
  • 01:45     Charles uncle is reggae musician Bob Marley
  • 02:30     Worked with LL Cool J
  • 02:45     Worked in Film and Television
  • 03:00     Charles gets an agent/stories of auditioning/casting agents
  • 05:00     Worked with Cuba Gooding Jr
  • 05:30     starred in ‘Summer of Ben Tyler’ with James Woods
  • 05:50     Emmy-Nominated for best supporting actor
  • 06:30     Diabetes diagnosis
  • 07:00     Career as ‘Poor Chef’
  • 08:00     Moved LA to Florida
  • 08:20     Caribbean food
  • 09:00     Books/Appearances
  • 10:00     Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 6-7 years ago
  • 11:00     Lifestyle change, 2nd cook book – Eat Cheap but Eat Well
  • 12:00     Lost 20 pounds
  • 12:30     Alissa is going on a competition diet
  • 13:30     Diet vs Healthy eating plan
  • 14:00     Recognizing the time for change
  • 15:00     Alissa: try to avoid secondary complications – stay healthy
  • 17:00     Charles goal to be a diabetic advocate
  • 18:45     Crisis = Opportunity
  • 20:00     Adjusting to a Diabetes diagnosis
  • 21:30     Didn’t want to take medication for diabetes
  • 23:00     Healthy Diet: Water,fruit,vegetables, nuts exercise
  • 23:45     Alissa works with doctors on her diet/eats 6 times/day
  • 25:30     Food is Dangerous
  • 27:00     Surround yourself with people who eat healthy
  • 27:30     There are ways to have a cheat meal and be healthy
  • 28:45     Food is an epidemic

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