A Course in Loving Yourself

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I work with so many women who think that self-care is a luxury and self-love is out of reach. They’ll prioritize everyone else’s needs before their own and before long they’re completely burnt out and struggling to love themselves. I know this struggle all too well because I was doing this same thing for so long that it became the norm. I was exhausted, depleted, and kept showing up for everyone else except for myself. And then I made a vow to practice self-care so that I could learn to truly LOVE and appreciate myself. By making this shift to operate from a place of self-love, I was able to fill up my life with so much love and light that instead of constantly filling up everyone else’s cup while leaving mine empty, I filled my life with an amazing self-care routine, positive affirmations, kindness, and a true acceptance and appreciation of myself – and now I want to help you do the same!

It breaks my heart when I hear women say that they don’t feel as though they’re worthy of love and that they’re not deserving of the life that they dream of for themselves. If you feel this way, I want to tell you that you are absolutely worthy of love. You deserve to have a life that lights you up. You can let your light shine brightly. But you have to love yourself first. You can’t attract goodness, abundance, or the romantic love you deserve unless you learn to first love yourself – just as you are, right now.

And that’s why I’m offering “A Course in Loving Yourself” to just 10 women who are ready to make changes to their lives so that they can stop pleasing everyone else and start LOVING themselves wholly, fully, and beautifully. This course is for you if:

  • You are ready to LOVE yourself
  • You can make a commitment to prioritize self-care
  • You are ready to live your life with purpose
  • You are ready to stop making excuses for why you can’t take care of yourself
  • You are ready to show up for yourself

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You are not ready to stop making excuses for why you can’t prioritize yourself
  • You would rather push through your feelings instead of diving deeply into them
  • It’s not worth it to you to discover how you can take care of yourself in the most beautiful ways
  • You are OKAY with putting yourself last
  • Self-love is not that important to you

The beauty in my life, the miracles that I attract, this all started when I learned how to embrace and love myself fully. To me, self-love truly is where the magic begins. I want to show you how you can love yourself so that you can let go of the hurt, anger, and frustration you feel. You are worthy of loving yourself. You deserve a life that’s full of love, beauty, and abundance – and you can have it – but you have to love yourself first.

Sign up for your FREE interview call with me to determine if this course is right for you – and hurry, because registration for this course closes on February 15, 2017. Take a moment to set your intention for this course and during our call you can tell me why you think this course is right for you. You’ll have a chance to ask me some questions, too. If we’re the right fit for each other, then welcome to “A Course in Loving Yourself.” I can’t wait to help you fill your life up with so much love. 

Love,
Christina

 

New Year’s Workshop Was a Success!

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On January 30th I hosted a New Year’s workshop at One Roof in Venice Beach. I am so pleased to share that the workshop was a success! I wanted to provide women with the time and space that they needed to relax, reflect, set an intention for the way that they want to live their lives, and come up with a plan to reach each and every one of their goals.

We spent the day talking about what we want our lives to look like and we tapped into our heart’s deepest desires. We wrote in our journals, created plans for our goals, made vision boards to help our dreams become a reality, meditated, ate delicious plant-based foods, and took part in an interactive talk that I lead. It was incredibly touching to see so many women come together, open up about their fears and desires, bond, support one another, and know that they are not alone in their joys and frustrations.

I am excited to share that I will definitely be putting together more workshops in the future, so please stay tuned!

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It turned out to be a nice morning/afternoon, so we decided to sit outside. Here are the women creating vision boards.

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Like the retreat that I hosted in October, we ended up having lots of mother/daughter duos at the workshop! Here are JoAnn and Monica, sharing their vision boards. JoAnn is working on finding balance in her life and making more time for herself. Monica recently got married – congratulations, Monica! She and her husband Ted would like to start a family soon and they are thinking that Monica should try to get pregnant by the end of the year. Because of this, Monica wants to eat healthier and stay active so she can be in the best shape of her life when she gets pregnant and so that she can also pass on good eating/living habits to her future child(ren). I can’t wait to learn more, Monica!

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Lynne-Anne created a great vision board that covers the four main aspects of her life. In each corner of her vision board are the letters “LOVE” because everything she does is surrounded by love. I love this, Lynne-Anne!

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Here is Lynne-Anne with her mom, Ruth. Ruth is retired and wanting to enjoy her life and play more. She has an adorable cat that cuddles with her, so you’ll notice the two kitties on her vision board :).

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Gwenna created four vision boards! She’d like to do things fully so she is working on giving everything that she does 100% of her effort. She wants to see things through to the end. She is also working on getting fit and eating healthily. I can’t wait for updates on your health journey, Gwenna!

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Elizabeth created two vision boards :).

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Nicole has been wanting to go on a cruise to Alaska with her husband so you’ll notice that she has a picture of a cruise on the top left corner of her vision board. She also wants to be authentic; she has a top-level position at her company where she is not only the youngest employee, but she’s also the only woman and the only minority. Though she is required to dress professionally and “be polished” at work, with her hair straightened, she sees her true self as rocking an afro, smiling, and wearing a dashiki, which she does on weekends :).

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You may have noticed Virginia from my last retreat – I love Virginia! She has such a warm, fun energy and she’s always open to attending these workshops and tapping into her true self. As a mom, daughter, and teacher, she is working on saying “no” more often so that she can say “yes” to herself. It’s taking some time, but I am so proud of her for finally prioritizing self-care!

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Pam is retired and loving life! She is traveling and taking the time to enjoy herself and her family. There may be something else that she wants to pursue in life, so with some encouragement from her daughter Nicole, we’ll see what life has in store for Pam!

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Here I am with the lovely women who attended this special workshop. It was a beautiful day and I truly enjoyed my time with them. Thank you, ladies!

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Here are the women with their vision boards. Great job, ladies!

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Lynne-Anne took a picture of me preparing the women for our meditation. I had no idea she was taking pictures!

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We went over the mantra before we meditated.

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Getting ready to meditate!

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I always love spending time with women and helping them reach their goals and live a life filled with love, abundance, and self-care. Please join me for my next workshop!

New Year’s Workshop: Discover Your Heart’s Deepest Desires

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New Year’s Workshop: Discover Your Heart’s Deepest Desires

When: Saturday, January 30th 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: One Roof, 1333 6th Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Why: You deserve to be happy and live the life of your dreams





I’ve been thinking about our new year’s tradition of making resolutions and I’ve been wondering why so many people abandon their lists so soon into the new year? I’ve also been thinking about those who have decided not to make any resolutions at all, because they feel that they’ll fail at most, if not all of them. I’d like us to get back into the spirit of believing in ourselves and knowing that we can lead lives that are exciting, fulfilling, happy, healthy, and beautiful.  For this reason, I want to invite you to join me for this workshop so that we can search our hearts to discover what it is that we truly want for ourselves and how we can achieve these goals. We’ll be exploring topics such as: How can we make our dreams a reality? What are our deepest desires? How can we learn to be happy now?

We’ll journal, create vision boards, meditate, enjoy a delicious lunch, and listen to a workshop on the importance of following our intuition and allowing it to guide us as we navigate our way to the life of our dreams. We’ll learn how to let go of past stories, emotions, and relationships that are no longer serving us and we’ll instead embrace our inner strength, independence, and courage.

Whether you’ve made a list or not this year, we’ll discuss the importance of self-care and why we need to nourish ourselves mind, body, and spirit as this is how we can live in alignment with who we really are – amazing, radiant, gorgeous women who are meant to thrive, not just survive.

As a special gift, this workshop is available for just $25 if you sign up before January 25, 2016. Afterwards, the price will increase to $45. Be sure to bring a friend who is in need of relaxation and the space to create a plan to achieve her true desires. See you there!

If you want to:

  • Get clarity on how you want to live your life
  • Discover your deepest desires
  • Enjoy the company and support of like-minded women
  • Attend a workshop on how to let go of the past and embrace the present
  • Create a vision board
  • Meditate
  • Eat delicious plant-based food

Then this workshop is for you!

In order to ensure your continued success, you’ll leave with:

  • A clear vision on how you want to live your life
  • A plan for how you’ll achieve your goals
  • A FREE 1-hour consultation with me (a $125 value)
  • A new vision board
  • A community of women who share your wants and needs
  • A deeper love for yourself
  • A sense of calm, peace, and tranquility

Join us on Saturday, January 30th (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) at One Roof in Venice Beach. Space is limited so reserve this experience today by clicking the link below. See you soon!

 

 





What Are You Waiting For? Reach Your Health Goals Now!

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In my time working as a Nutritional Consultant, I have helped people lose weight, lower their cholesterol levels, lower their blood pressure, reduce their blood glucose levels, manage their stress, get clear skin, sleep soundly at night, and much more. I am currently working with a vegan endurance athlete who wants to make sure that she is nourishing her body with healthy food. I have helped, and am continuing to help people transition to a healthy plant-based diet. And I love what I do! If you need help reaching your health and wellness goals, I am here for you.

I truly enjoy working with people and watching them know that health and happiness are within their reach. I have listened to my clients thank me for supporting them and teaching them what I know about leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I would love to do the same for you. Stop putting off your health goals. You can lose weight and get healthy now. There’s no time like the present to take charge of your life. Contact me for a FREE initial consultation and let’s get you started!

Still not convinced? Read what others have to say about working with me. I am looking forward to being a part of your health and wellness journey!

Renew, Refresh, and Revitalize Your Life with a Spring Cleanse!


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{Photo taken at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market – these berries are always delicious!}

Since spring is just around the corner (March 20th to be exact!), now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Here are some areas of my life that I enjoy organizing, lightening, and cleansing during the spring season.

My Home

I enjoy going through my belongings and my living space and deciding what I can throw away, donate, or recycle. I actually like to do this fairly frequently, but if you don’t, spring is the perfect time to get rid of anything that is unnecessary. Trust me, it will feel amazing to have a cleaner, lighter space to live. I love the energy of a clean room! And speaking of a clean room, I think it’s a great idea to have at least one plant in your home. Lots of plants can detoxify your home, so I recommend doing a little bit of searching and deciding what plant you can pick up for your home. Be sure to share what you settle on!

My Plate

I love to eat foods that are in season. A great way to figure out what foods are local and in season is to visit a farmers’ market. Since I am in Los Angeles, I love picking up fresh berries, greens, and other fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy lighter foods and shift away from the heavier foods that we were enjoying during the winter. If the weather is still cold where you are, consider making a vegetable broth with the remains of the vegetables that you use throughout the week. My friend Tina makes a delicious vegetable broth and it’s so simple! Here’s what to do: when you’re cooking, you can keep the parts of vegetables that you’d otherwise throw away, and store them in a container in the refrigerator until you have enough to make a broth. Some vegetables/herbs to consider using are: celery, carrots, onions, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, scallions, cilantro, thyme, and oregano. When you have enough to make a broth, fill a large pot with your vegetables, herbs, and water, bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Strain, keep this broth in your refrigerator, and add fresh vegetables, organic tofu, and a healthy whole grain such as quinoa to enjoy when it’s cold.

If the weather is warm, start making smoothies! If you know me, you know how much I love to start my day with a smoothie, especially during the spring and summer. Take a look at my recipes and choose from your favorites :).

My Body

For the past few years, I have always enjoyed doing a spring cleanse. I love it! The feeling of being on a cleanse and nourishing my body is amazing. Of course I try to eat as healthily as possible year-round, but spring is an especially wonderful time to detox. Did you know that sprouts are detoxifying and they are widely available during the spring? Nature is telling us to do some cleansing 🙂 If you are wanting to slim down, recharge, and give your metabolism a boost, you have to sign up for this amazing detox! You’ll enjoy lots of delicious recipes as you lose weight, get clear skin, reduce your toxic load, gain energy, and much more. Many people have tried this detox and loved it. It’s your turn to be one of those people! What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

I recommend getting massages. I love massages and have promised myself to do a better job of getting them more regularly. I also enjoy taking baths. If you have access to a tub, fill it with some Epsom salt, which has lots of magnesium and is easily absorbed by your body while you’re taking a bath. Magnesium is an essential mineral and will help you heal, feel relaxed, and help with sore joints, aches, pains, and more. Try it!

Show your body you care by moving! Find an activity you love and enjoy it often. As you increase your physical activity levels, be sure to stay hydrated. I have lots of clients who tell me that they hate drinking water! Since there’s no way around drinking water, you may want to add these fruits, vegetables, and herbs to your water to give it some flavor. There aren’t any added sugars in these suggestions, just yummy goodness! Try any one or more of these combinations and let me know what you think:

Watermelon/Basil

Strawberry/Mint

Lemon/Mint

Cucumber/Lemon

Raspberry/Mint

Blueberry/Basil

My Kitchen

Another great place to do some spring cleaning is your kitchen. Do you know what’s been sitting in your pantry? Do you have anything that you can donate to a local homeless shelter? Go through your processed items and make a conscious effort to eat healthier foods. Things that I have in my pantry are: canned beans, whole grains, tomato sauce, and pasta. Make room for these healthy options, but try to eliminate processed junk, such as chips, cookies, soda, etc. 

My Life

As the seasons change, I contemplate what’s going well in my life and what’s not. Where can I improve? Am I happy with my relationships? Can my finances use some help? Am I involved in my community? Am I doing a good job of helping others? I encourage you to take some time out for yourself and consider what your goals, hopes, and dreams are – and make a plan for how you’d like to accomplish these wonderful things in your life. My friend Rachel once reminded me that the journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step. I encourage you to remember these words as you make plans for yourself so you can know that your goals are within reach, even if it seems like it will take lots of time, effort, and patience to reach them. Trust yourself.

I also think that I’ll make another vision board this spring. I have tons of magazines and extra boards that I can use. I may even get a prettier board if I’m up for it :). If you’ve never made a vision board before, you should try it! It’s lots of fun and it’s just another way to put your dreams/goals in front of you.

How are you celebrating spring? Do you have any recipes that you’d like to share? Let us know! As always, if you want to work with a Nutritional Consultant, I am here for you. Contact me for your FREE initial consultation!

Are You Addicted to Sugar?

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    I love giving workshops and presentations because I get to share helpful information on how to truly lead a healthy lifestyle. I often make samples of #vegan food for people to try. I share research and scientific evidence that shows the many health benefits of switching to a plant-based diet. Some people will pay for a cleanse, detox, 1 month program, 3 month program, or 6 month program on the spot.
    For some amazing others, months will pass, and then I’ll get an email from them saying that they’re ready to make some positive diet and lifestyle changes. I love them. Something has shifted for them. They’re not resistant anymore. They’ve had an awakening. I don’t know if it’s the fall weather, the millions of sweets that are being passed around right now, or if there’s just something fantastic floating around in the air, but I’m getting tons of sign-ups for my 10-Day Sugar Cleanse. This isn’t a juice fast. You won’t starve. You will eat healthily, nourish yourself, and get rid of your sugar cravings.

 

In case you’ve forgotten, here are some not-so-sweet facts about sugar:

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume 156 pounds of sugar per person each year (yikes!)
  • Sugar contributes to obesity
  • According to the American Diabetes Association, “adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes, and the risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.”
  • Limiting sugar in intensive care units saves lives (wow!)
  • Sugar interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium – two important minerals for our health

If you’re experiencing some resistance to making positive changes, here are some reasons to kick your sugar habit for good:

146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. explains how sugar is damaging our health. Sugar can:

  • Suppress the immune system
  • Cause cardiovascular disease
  • Lead to both prostate cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Cause depression
  • Contribute to diabetes
  • Cause headaches, including migraines
  • Make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen

Read more about the cleanse. Sign up now. Break the cycle. Sugar doesn’t have to control your life. I can help you heal. <3

Testimonial: “Christina is amazing! She has a holistic approach that helps you make sense of several different systems going on at once– wellness doesn’t have to be as confusing as all the conflicting media would have you believe! Christina knows how to be healthy for the sake of actual health, how to end calorie counting and carbo-phobia, and how to respect your body with the foods you put in it and the activities you engage in (like yoga!) I’m so happy to have Christina as a healthy influence in my life!” – Kelsey L.

Fall in Love with Yourself First

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I think that if we all spent more time falling in love with ourselves, just as we are, life would be so much sweeter. One of the best things that we can do for ourselves is to say positive affirmations, such as: “I am beautiful”; “I am healthy”; “I am radiant and I attract abundance in my life”; “I am loved.” And then we have to trust that these things are true.

I do believe that there is healing, calming, soothing, energizing, power in falling in love with ourselves. I want to wish you the ability to focus your time and energy on all of the fabulous attributes that make you amazing: compassion; generosity; the ability to make people laugh (including yourself!);  optimism; charisma; charm; wit; lightheardedness – all of the things that make you so wonderful and loveable. When you treat yourself with the utmost kindness possible, it will be so much easier to stay madly, deeply, in love with yourself.  You deserve to be loved by you. You are glorious. <3

Meditate with Oprah and Deepak Chopra!

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Oprah and Deepak Chopra are offering another FREE 21-day meditation! I have absolutely loved all of their 21-day meditations so far, and I am so excited that I can participate in another one. The theme for this meditation is, “Finding Your Flow.” We are on day 4, and so far, the meditation topics have been:

Day 1: Finding Security

Day 2: Finding Happiness

Day 3: Finding Power

Day 4: Finding Love

Oprah starts each meditation with some words of wisdom, and then Deepak Chopra leads us into the meditation. I wish I could meditate with these two amazing people every day! I cannot emphasize enough how much this experience is truly healing. Whether you want to calm your mind, learn how to meditate, unwind, relax, restore your faith in yourself, the world, your body’s natural healing process, this is the way to do it.

Join me on this incredible journey and share your experience with me in the comments below.

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I met Deepak Chopra at Lyfe Kitchen in Culver City and can’t wait to share that experience with you all soon. Xo

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The gorgeous lily pictured above is from the Motor Avenue Farmers’ Market that I go to on Sundays. I have a table there that is packed with helpful handouts, recipes, and special offers for my Health Coaching services. I picked up the lilies on Sunday and they are so beautiful! Stop by and talk to me, get some flowers, enjoy a relaxing, healthy, peaceful Sunday, and share your meditation stories with me!

Join Me for a FREE Healthy Living Lecture at Whole Foods

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I am looking forward to giving another workshop at Whole Foods! This one will take place on 3/25/2014 at 6:00PM at the Whole Foods in Northridge. I will be talking about how to make healthier food choices so that you will feel energized, look amazing, reach your ideal weight, and become healthier and happier than you’ve ever been!

Join me for this workshop and you’ll be able to sample three delicious smoothies! You will learn all about the vitamins and minerals that make certain foods so healthy and good for us to eat; you’ll also learn about how to prepare these foods, shop for them on a budget, and make them in as little time as possible! Now that spring is here, fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables are in season. These seasonal fruits and vegetables are exactly what we should be cleansing our bodies with on a daily basis. Learn how to crowd out processed foods and replace them with whole foods instead – it’s easier than you think! Get rid of extra weight, sugar cravings, and fatigue and replace it with lots of energy, health, whole foods, and happiness!

I have so much fun each time I give a workshop at Whole Foods; everyone is always so warm and welcoming and the last time I gave a workshop at the Whole Foods in Pasadena, Jay, the marketing manager said that he’d, “never seen the crowd so engaged during a presentation at Whole Foods.” He went on to say that he was happy that everyone was so interested in what I was saying and he genuinely felt like they were excited to be learning new health information and inspired to make simple changes in their diet and lifestyle – wow! I am so happy to keep hearing positive feedback, so please join me for another fun and informative workshop! Please RSVP – I’ll see you there soon!

Whole Foods Northridge
19340 Rinaldi Street
Northridge, California 91326
(818) 363-3933

Spring Super Smoothies Workshop at Whole Foods Market

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Last  night I gave a health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Pasadena. The focus of the workshop was how to incorporate healthy, whole foods in our diet and I  made three different smoothies for people to sample. I am so happy to say that the workshop went well; everyone working at Whole Foods was kind and supportive. The audience was a pleasure to speak with, and I was so excited when Jay, the marketing manager said that he had never seen a group of people so engaged during a workshop at Whole Foods! I love to have interactive workshops, so I was thrilled to have so many people asking questions and being fully present during the presentation.

It’s always fun for me to meet new people who are interested in making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. During the workshop, people learned how different foods affect our health; many people were surprised by all the benefits we get from making simple additions to our diet, including eating more greens, berries, pineapple, coconuts, ground flaxseeds, raw cacao, and more. I had such a wonderful time and am grateful for this amazing opportunity. Below is a picture of all the yummy ingredients I used to make the smoothies:

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During the workshop, I made my Super Green Smoothie, Superfoods Smoothie, and Dessert Smoothie (which I also call my, “Tropical Island Smoothie” because it reminds me of being on vacation on a beautiful island :)).

If you missed last night’s workshop, but would like to attend another one soon, I’ll be giving a health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Porter Ranch on March 25th at 6:00PM. I would love to see you all there!