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Feast Q&A: Captain Carrot (still) has healthful advice for you

“Health is common sense,” says Cary Nosler.
“Health is common sense,” says Cary Nosler. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Whatever happened to Captain Carrot? Third-generation Sacramentan and health guru Cary Nosler has been back in town since October after living in Hermosa Beach and Pasadena since 2007. “Everybody needs to make a pilgrimage to the beach once in their life,” he said.

In decades past, the self-taught nutritionist was better known as Captain Carrot, spreading the revolutionary (at the time) word on fitness and nutrition via local and national radio and TV, and as a spokesman for Raley’s. Since then, the science has caught up with the marketing.

Nosler, a young-looking 70, has a degree in psychology from California State University, Sacramento. He’s still getting his message across via his Sirius XM radio show, “Forever Young,” broadcast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays on Channel 131. Visit www.facebook.com/CaryCaptainCarrotNosler.

Q: How was your persona created?

A: I never planned on (becoming a celebrity), it was just part of my own quest. I had the innate understanding that there was something logical about nutrition, exercise and what we call “natural health” that wasn’t being addressed.

Q: What were you doing in L.A.?

A: I was working out, researching food, going to the farmers markets and doing a radio show, the same things I’m doing here. Research is a big part of my life, and I’m constantly transforming myself.

Q: Sacramento now has a vital farm-to-fork movement.

A: I was not only doing farm-to-fork in the 1970s, but (knew about) the values of organic. There was no supply or dollar demand for it then, but people started asking for it. Now organic (and the concepts of “local and sustainable”) is part of the gestalt and has changed the economy of small-acreage farming.

Q: What can people do to improve their health?

A: Health is common sense. First, look at what you eat and what you don’t eat. We know for a fact that excess sugar and excess carbohydrates are problems. Go to a farmers market, look at what’s in season and add it (to your diet). Start to move. Evolutionarily, movement is the essential heart of our being. Do your research. It takes a lot of sleuthing to find out what’s really good and what’s a bunch of baloney, and there’s a lot of baloney in the fitness field.

Q: What about the national epidemic of obesity among children?

A: When kids come home from school, they sit and text and play video games. It’s a lifestyle that does not encourage activity or the burning of calories. It’s really sad.

Q: What can parents do?

A: Get rid of the soft drinks and fast food and get their kids to move.

Q: What’s your regimen?

A: In the mornings I do my pre-tai chi stretching program in preparation for my workout. I go to the gym, come home, eat about 1 p.m., do (research and paperwork) and make sure I get a walk in before the end of the day. I try to stay involved intellectually and physically.

Q: What about your diet?

A: I practice intermittent fasting, (in which) I don’t eat for 16 hours, then I eat for 8 hours. I make a (blended drink of) greens, flax seed, protein powder and berries, but I’m not a vegetarian. Lunch could be a salad with some protein – steak, chicken, pasture-based eggs. Dinner is my biggest meal – steamed vegetables, protein, salad. I eat a lot of fermented foods (such as) sauerkraut, pickles and kimchi. Quality is the most important thing.

Q: Best advice?

A: There’s a level you need in order to participate in life. Do something that uses your muscles. Go for a walk, and you’ll feel better.

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Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

Cary Nosler

The health and fitness guru is still spreading the word.

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