Did You Know? Prediabetes Increases Cancer Risk

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According to a new study published in Diabetologia, prediabetes increases a person’s risk for several cancers, including endometrial, liver, stomach or colorectal cancers. Fortunately, researchers noted that lifestyle changes can treat and even prevent this condition. You can read more about the study here, but this is a reminder that doctors are making people aware that prediabetes is a disease in itself. If you or someone you know has prediabetes,  please seek help, as this can save your life or the life of a loved one.

As a Health Coach, I can help you make simple, effective, lasting diet and lifestyle changes. You will learn how to eat foods that nourish and satisfy you – not ones that leave you feeling sluggish, sick, and bloated. I will also teach you how to manage your stress, find an activity you love, get better sleep, seek a form of spirituality that fulfills you, and much more. In addition to working with me, you can also join your YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. I am facilitating the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA in Culver City. We started our first class for our September 2014 session on Tuesday night! This is a great way to learn more about healthy eating and living, so I encourage you to work with a Health Coach, talk to your doctor, or join your local YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

You are in charge of your health. The decisions you make on a daily basis determine how healthy you are – your health is in your hands. Make good choices. I can help.

Constipated? Skip the Dairy

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Constipation remains one of the most common and consistent issues that my clients are experiencing. In fact, the more that I talk to people (whether they are my clients or not), the more that people will share with me that they are chronically constipated. I had a client who swore that he only had bowel movements once every two weeks. I had to ask him a couple of times if he was certain this was the case, and he assured me that he’d been this way his whole life. After working with me, he had regular bowel movements. More often than not, he had bowel movements every day, but he definitely had them once every other day – a great improvement from what he was experiencing before.

As you may have guessed, diet plays a huge role in our health, including whether or not we will experience constipation. Since I have a plant-based diet and do not eat any animal products, I am able to share with my clients tips, recipes, and foods that they may have never tried before, to help them improve their health and well-being. I know that eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, and legumes – all of which have fiber, can ease constipation (and are recommended as part of having a healthy diet :)). And that’s what I recommend my clients try in order to have regular bowel movements. I also recommend that they drink enough water, exercise, and actively practice stress reduction methods. It’s no secret that I also encourage people to pay attention to how much dairy they’re consuming, and I do ask my clients to experiment with reducing and/or eliminating dairy and noticing any changes they may experience.

Dr. Michael Greger put together a wonderful video sharing lots of studies that show the link between consuming cow’s milk and being constipated. I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to watch this informative video, which can help you or anyone you know who is struggling with constipation, including your children. If you don’t have time to watch the video, I’ll share this with you: there have been several studies conducted on children to see whether or not eliminating cow’s milk from their diets would cure their constipation, and when cow’s milk was entirely eliminated, 100% of the children were no longer constipated.

And, as Dr. Michael Greger shares, these children also saw a, “resolution of rectal inflammation and complications such as anal fissures.” I’d say a 100% success rate is pretty amazing, wouldn’t you? Don’t underestimate the power of making healthy choices. And don’t be afraid to try new milks, such as organic soy milk, organic almond milk, organic rice milk, organic hemp milk, organic coconut milk – there’s no shortage of vegan milks that taste great, contain calcium, protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12 (some vegan milks are fortified with vitamin B12), and won’t cause you or your family to become constipated. What’s your favorite non-dairy milk? Share! And watch this video :).

 

Jessica Simpson’s Vegan Diet

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{Photo courtesy of Jessica Simpson’s Instagram}

Jessica Simpson enjoyed a vegan diet in order to prepare for her wedding to Eric Johnson. She decided to forgo animal products so that she could look her absolute best for her nuptials. It’s no secret that eating lots of fruits and vegetables will give your skin a gorgeous glow, and it looks like Jessica Simpson knows that skipping meat, dairy, and animal by-products will help her look even more radiant. People.com shared Jessica Simpson’s first wedding photo and she looks absolutely stunning. People.com also shows this video of Jessica Simpson with Carolina Herrera, who designed Simpon’s wedding gown. I love the inspiration behind her wedding dress; it’s so romantic and beautiful. What do you think?

Jessica Simpson married Eric Johnson at the beautiful San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. I went to college in Santa Barbara, and I do believe that it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I am always so happy when people get a chance to visit and tell me that they were able to enjoy its beauty. I am even more excited about Jessica Simpson’s plant-based diet. I hope that this will inspire more people to give it a try – at least for a little bit. I’m actually a little surprised that Jessica Simpson did this, because she has always been so open about the fact that she is from Texas and enjoys eating meat and dairy. This just goes to show that anyone can give a plant-based diet a try. I promise that the good that you will do for yourself, the environment, and animals will be worth it! And there are so many delicious plant-based foods to enjoy!

I also love the fact that Jay-Z and Beyoncé famously went on a vegan diet for 22 days in December 2013. Jay-Z wrote on his blog, “This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a plant-based breakfast every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought.” Jay-Z and Beyoncé were spotted at some of my favorite vegan restaurants in LA, including Real Food Daily and Cafe Gratitude.

Jennifer Lopez turned to a 22-day vegan diet to help her lose weight, but unlike Jay-Z and Beyoncé, she decided to stick to her plant-based diet a little longer. Us Weekly reports that Jennifer Lopez shared that she wanted to lose “that really stubborn 8 to 10 pounds.” Now that she’s been enjoying a plant-based diet, she says, “I feel great mentally and physically!” I’m happy to hear about the positive changes that these celebrities have made and I hope that they will inspire others to do the same.

Would you try a 22-day vegan diet? If so, I can help! Contact me for your free initial consultation, where we’ll talk about food choices, your health history, and more. What would motivate you to go meat-less – at least for a few weeks?

Celebrate Earth Day, Go Vegan!

 

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I’ve been hearing lots of people talking about Earth Day, and the truth is, I honestly feel as though my diet and lifestyle celebrate the Earth and all of her beauty every day. Since I have a plant-based diet, I know I am making healthier choices for myself and leaving kinder footsteps on the Earth. Plus, I’m pretty sure that animals are very happy that I love to play with them and not eat them :).

I believe that one of the best ways that we can take care of ourselves and our planet is to cut down on our meat consumption. In fact, the Environmental Defense Fund states that, “if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads” – wow! Imagine what participating in Meatless Monday might do. Or, better yet, going meat-free for an entire week. Or forever! There is no denying that a vegetarian diet would save countless lives and help save the environment.

If you are interested in knowing how a vegan diet may benefit your health, read about Loma Linda University’s Adventist Health Study-2. The study started in 2002 and followed 69,120 Seventh-day Adventists; what’s special about this study is that people were divided into several categories (non-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and vegan) based on their responses to a questionnaire that asked them how often they eat over 200 different kinds of food, so researchers were really able to determine how certain foods affect our health. In the end, researchers concluded that vegans have an overall reduced cancer risk – yay! Vegetarians had less gastrointestinal cancer, especially among lacto-ovo-vegetarians (those who do not consume any meat products, but eat dairy and eggs); and there were less cases of female specific cancers in the vegan group. I would also encourage everyone to read T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health. I could go on and on about the health benefits of veganism, but I want to share more on how eating meat is hurting us and our planet.

We are currently using too many of our resources to feed livestock that are being bred for the sole purpose of consumption. These animals are confined to tiny cages and are forced to “live” in miserable, filthy, inhumane conditions. The majority of meat sold in stores comes from factory farms, so if you eat chicken, eggs, beef, turkey, and/or pork, you are contributing to the suffering of animals and to the increase in greenhouse-gas emissions that we have been experiencing for years. In fact, PETA reports that, “a German study conducted in 2008 concluded that a meat-eater’s diet is responsible for more than seven times as much greenhouse-gas emissions as a vegan’s diet is” – that’s crazy!

If you’ve been thinking about reducing your meat and dairy consumption, consider making a delicious, vegan smoothie for breakfast. Enjoy a yummy veggie burger or scrumptious tempeh bowl or even a chickpea salad for lunch, and a vegan quiche, shepherd’s pie, sushi, sautéed Brussels sprouts, green beans, tortilla soup, or roasted sweet potatoes for dinner. If you think you’ll miss all of your favorite foods, enjoy these vegan nachos with friends and/or family members for a delicious appetizer. Last night I made vegan chocolate covered strawberries and they were amazing! I meant to make them for Easter, but I felt that we had so much food already, so I waited to have more treats later and they were worth it! I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and the organic strawberries that I bought from the farmers’ market on Sunday. I wish that I would have taken a picture, but they were gone so quickly after my boyfriend and I made them! I used to have such a sweet tooth, but after switching to a cleaner, plant-based diet that’s filled with fresh, healthy foods, I indulge in sweets on special occasions, instead of constantly reaching for chocolate like I used to.

I have lots of people in my life who love ice cream, so I set out on a hunt to find a vegan ice treat that’s not filled with GMOs, artificial colors/flavors, and other junk. I discovered Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss and it’s amazing! I know that some people think that vegan foods are bland, but that’s just not true. I want people to explore more plant-based options, and it’s important to me that people enjoy what they’re eating.

Since I am a Health Coach and I believe in the healing power of food, remember to fill your plate with lots of greens, such as organic kale, organic spinach, broccoli, collard greens, turnip greens, swiss chard, and more. Explore new whole grains such as organic quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, organic brown Jasmine rice, and much more. Make smoothies, eat lots of fruit when it’s in season, and indulge in your favorite veganized treats every once in a while. You will feel so much lighter, healthier, refreshed, and at peace knowing that you are doing what’s best for yourself and the environment. Start slowly. Skip the eggs and bacon for breakfast and have a smoothie, oatmeal, beans and rice, miso soup, or something else that you would enjoy. Instead of getting a beef burrito from Chipotle, try a vegan bowl filled with brown rice, beans, vegetables, guacamole, and salsa. Have a bbq with tons of veggies and skip the meat. It’s easier than you think. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Happy Earth Day!

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!

 

Join Me for a FREE Health Workshop at Whole Foods Market!

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Hi everyone!

I’m excited to share that I will be giving a FREE health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Pasadena! Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30PM and join me for an amazing talk, where I’ll be discussing the benefits of plant-based foods, such as kale, spinach, berries, pineapple, and more. I’ll also be sharing information about how to add more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet (without having to eat fish!). Since spring is just around the corner, I’ll be talking about how to transition into eating fresh, healthy, foods that are local and seasonal. When we eat locally and seasonally, we become in-tune with nature, and give our bodies lots of vitamins and minerals that are readily available in the fresh produce that surrounds us. As an added bonus, eating local and seasonal produce also saves money on your grocery bill!

If you gained weight during this winter season, now is the time to start shedding some of it off – and what perfect way to do so than by incorporating more healthy, delicious foods in your diet?

Come sample my smoothies, ask me questions, and learn more about how to be healthy and happy! You will have the chance to try my Super Green Smoothie, Superfoods Smoothie, and Dessert Smoothie – yum!

Whole Foods Market in Pasadena is located at:

3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, Calif. 91107

The workshop will be in the conference room – I can’t wait to see you! For more information, please contact me at christinatanios@gmail.com.

Remember to RSVP as space is limited! Email: sp.pas.marketing@wholefoods.com and save your seat!

Love,

Christina <3

M.A.K.E. Santa Monica

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A little while ago, my boyfriend and I were at Santa Monica Place. As we were walking around, we passed M.A.K.E., Matthew Kenney’s raw (or “living foods”), plant-based restaurant. We had been meaning to try it sometime, so my boyfriend surprised me and said, “let’s go.” I was excited. I had heard such great things about the menu, and couldn’t wait to try the food for myself.

I ordered the raw lasagna (pictured above) and it was absolutely delicious. The “cheese” is made out of macadamia nuts and the lasagna is piled high with raw zucchini, tomatoes, and a yummy pesto made out of pistachios and basil. The lasagna is definitely the best thing we had (I didn’t take a picture of my boyfriend’s meal, and even though it was tasty, I enjoyed the lasagna more).

We also ordered a couple of drinks; I tried the malted chai smoothie and loved it! I would definitely get it again – the flavors work amazingly well together and it’s rich and creamy – so good! My boyfriend, Tim, ordered the heartbeat cocktail, because he loves blood orange. It was good, but I’m not much of a drinker, so I’ll probably try a new smoothie next time, or order my beloved malted chai.

All in all, it was a great experience with fresh, delicious food. The server was helpful and I would say that M.A.K.E. is worth trying at least once, if not more. I’ve since noticed that they have a happy hour menu, which is available Monday – Thursday, from 4 to 6PM. You can order reasonably priced drinks, snacks, and dessert during happy hour. Additionally, the restaurant is right next to Matthew Kenney Culinary, so if you’re feeling really fancy, you can take classes and learn how to make these delicious dishes for yourself! The fact that this restaurant is in Santa Monica is another plus, because it’s in Santa Place Place; you can go shopping, get something to eat, and then head to the beach. I can’t wait to go back and maybe I’ll see you there!