Top Ten Best and Worst Foods for Your Health

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I saw this great compilation of the top 10 best and worst foods for health and longevity on Dr. Fuhrman’s site and had to share it with all of you. Of course a diet that’s rich in plant-based, whole foods is best for us, because these are the foods that are packed with nutrients, but are low in (bad) fat and calories. By contrast, the worst foods for us are processed and loaded with fat, salt, and calories. It’s easier than we think to include healthy foods in our diets, but it can be hard to cut down on unhealthy foods that we are used to eating.

If you’re struggling to eliminate processed foods from your diet, have a sweet tooth, or don’t know how to change your diet and lifestyle for the better, that’s what I’m here for! Contact me for a FREE initial consultation and we’ll get you started on looking and feeling your best. Remember that the foods on the worst list are the ones that not only contribute to weight gain and obesity, but they are largely responsible for diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Change isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. Let’s work together to help you enjoy delicious foods that are healthy, while we crowd out junk that’s not serving you. Be radiant. Be well. Be the best you possible.

Cheers,

Christina <3

 

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!

Love Your Body

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{Here’s a picture of me and my boyfriend Tim, taken a little over a week ago <3}

In a time when, “thin is in” it can be easy to justify going to extreme measures to make your body match an ideal that society has created. I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly felt bombarded with images of women who are far thinner than I am – thinner than I’ll ever be. I don’t wish I looked like them, but there was a time when I’d stare at those images; I’d dissect every part of a woman’s body and wonder why mine didn’t look the same. I wondered why my thighs weren’t as thin; why my cheekbones weren’t as prominent; why my stomach wasn’t as flat. It didn’t take very long before I started to cut back on the amount of food I was eating.

It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I slowly began accepting myself. When I went to college, the acceptance and love for my body grew. I became a Healthy Eating and Living Intern at the Student Center. For “Love Your Body Day” my fellow interns and I ordered shirts that said, “I <3 My Body.” We wore them around campus and observed people’s reactions (most were positive :)). I was happy to be wearing one, because it was true. I wanted to inspire others to love their bodies, too. If you’d given me a shirt like that to wear when I was younger, I don’t know that I would have, because I wouldn’t want people to look at me and think that I actually loved my body. How could I? I was no model. But in college, I did love my body. I truly learned to care for myself. I didn’t diet. I shopped for healthy food. I walked for miles every day. I ran by the lagoon. I danced. I filled myself with love, laughter, and happiness. I was fulfilled.

I cringe when I hear how much women torture themselves to look a certain way. I feel saddened by the amount of pressure many people feel to be thinner, prettier, taller, etc. I wish that we could appreciate our bodies for everything that they do for us – that’s part of how I healed. I thanked my body for taking care of me. Instead of wanting to look a certain way, I just wanted to be healthy. I still feel this way.

I wish that we could spread more love; instead of calling ourselves or others fat, my hope is that we will look at ourselves and others for who we really are; the numbers on the scale, the size of our skirts, the fact that we don’t look like a small percentage of women who are incredibly tall and thin doesn’t define us. There was a time when being thin was everything to me. Now, I think it shocks people that being skinny isn’t my ultimate goal. It’s not even on my list of things that I want. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, or because I love and accept my body, but I genuinely don’t want to stretch myself out to be a few inches taller and a few pounds lighter. I love my curves. I am passionate about helping women be healthy and learn to truly love their bodies, too.

Instead of focusing on being a certain weight, I would rather we all strive to be our healthiest, happiest, most radiant selves. When we learn to love ourselves and enjoy life, if we have weight to lose, it will come off because we are feeding ourselves healthy food, and are taking time to be active, as well as to relax, and connect with nature, ourselves, and people who lift us up. To me, that’s what life is about. If you’re on your wellness journey and are struggling to love yourself, accept your body, and heal, I’d love to help. If you have an eating disorder, I can refer you to a specialist who can help. Wherever you are on your health journey, know that there are people who can help. The fact that you’re beautiful won’t change as your weight changes. And, you can learn the tools to take care of yourself, too. You’re worth it. <3

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!

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

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I am excited to share that for the past several months I have been working with the Culver-Palms Family YMCA! After giving a few health and wellness workshops, I was asked to become a  member of the Healthy Lifestyles Committee and to help bring the amazing Diabetes Prevention Program to the Culver-Palms Family YMCA. In the time that I have been here, I have given more workshops, spoken to members about how they can make healthier food choices, encouraged people to try new fitness classes, and much more. Additionally, I am so happy to share that our Diabetes Prevention Program will start in September!

In case you haven’t heard, The American Diabetes Association reports that in the United States, in 2012, 29.1 million people had diabetes; 21.0 million people were diagnosed, while 8.1 million people had diabetes, but didn’t know it. Additionally, 86 millions Americans have prediabetes. Wow! These statistics are alarming, especially because complications that arise from having diabetes include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, and nervous system disease.

Thankfully, there are many ways to help prevent and in some cases even reverse type 2 diabetes. I am proud to say that the YMCA has been doing an excellent job of providing people with lots of information on how to stay healthy and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance on a nation-wide level and is also part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The YMCA’s year-long Diabetes Prevention Program starts with 16 weekly sessions and is then followed by 8 monthly maintenance sessions. At the Culver-Palms YMCA, participants will meet with me. This is a weight-loss program and we do want our participants to lose 7 percent of their body weight. If you join the program, you will have tons of information, support, and guidance. Since this will take place in a group setting, members will be able to reach out to people who completely understand what it’s like to need to lose weight, eat healthier foods, and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As this is a prevention program, people who already have diabetes do not qualify to join. However, I feel strongly that everyone should receive assistance, so if you already have diabetes, please contact me for more information on other programs that are right for you.

During the course of the Diabetes Prevention Program, members will learn how to stay motivated, be active, manage stress, eat less, make better food choices, and much more. If you are interested in joining this program, you must be 18 years of age or older and have a BMI of 25 or more (unless you are Asian or Pacific Islander, in which case your BMI must be 22 or greater); some participants will need lab values from their doctors (such as their A1c levels, fasting plasma glucose, 2-hour plasma glucose, and/or confirmation of having had Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy).

I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful, generous, positive, inspiring community. I truly feel right at home, here at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA. If you’d like to sign up for our Diabetes Prevention Program, be sure to take this risk assessment quiz, and contact me for more information at christinatanios@ymcala.org. I am looking forward to working with you!

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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!

 

Kick Your Sugar Habit Now!

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I’ve seen lots of people posting pictures with their holiday/winter treats: gingerbread men/women, donuts, cookies, chocolate cake, hot cocoa, apple cider, brownies, carrot cake, truffles, and more. I know it’s okay to indulge in your favorite treat once in a while, but the holidays tend to be a time of the year when people overdo it on sweets. Since sugar is addictive, it’s easy to understand why many people rely on candy, chocolate, cookies, and other sweets to get through the day. But this will only get worse if you are one of those people who constantly reaches for sugary treats and you don’t take action and work to curb your sugar cravings now.

I’ve put together an easy to follow 10 Day Sugar Cleanse that will leave you feeling amazing and will help you kick your sugar habit once and for all. You will learn to enjoy sweets on occasion, instead of feeling like you’re addicted to sugar. You will no longer keep a bag of candy in your drawer or a box of cookies in your kitchen. You will kickstart your weight loss and before you know it, you’ll look and feel your best! Before we dive into the awesome details of the cleanse, 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

Testimonial: “Before working with Christina, I was addicted to sugar, junk, and fast food. I ate processed chocolate every day, I had milkshakes frequently, and I was always cravings sweets. I was exhausted, overweight, and had restless sleep because I was also consuming several cups of coffee a day. My joints ached, I wasn’t exercising, and I was depressed. After working with Christina, I started eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and I lost weight, limited my coffee consumption to just one cup a day, lowered my cholesterol, and now that I sleep better at night, I have tons of energy. I no longer eat fast food and I’ve embraced whole foods and prepare most of my meals at home. I walk, bike, and spend more time outdoors, which has made me much happier and given me more energy. I recommend her as a Health Coach to everyone who wants to heal, lose weight, and finally feel great. She is wonderful.” – A. K.

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

For these reasons, and many more, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this 10 Day Sugar Cleanse. During the cleanse you will:

  • Receive daily emails with advice on things such as how to clean out your pantry
  • Learn how to read labels so you discover how sugar is hidden in food
  • You will learn which vegetables help curb sugar cravings
  • Try new recipes that are sweet, but still good for you!
  • Receive advice on how to rest and recharge so you won’t be reaching for sugary treats and caffeine throughout the day
  • We’ll figure out what is truly driving your sugar cravings
  • You will crowd out processed, sugary foods by eating fresh, healthy, whole foods instead

This is not a cleanse where you will be juicing everything you eat. Instead, you will receive everything you need, right in your inbox and you will learn how to eat healthy, whole foods. You will not starve or deprive yourself – it’s the opposite! We will replace the sugar in your life with healthy, delicious food. Once you sign up for the cleanse, you will receive helpful information every day for 10 days. A free consultation with me is also included in the cleanse – that’s over $100 in savings!




This cleanse is available to you for just $25! Sign up now and kick your sugar habit for good!

Brides to Be: Lose Weight Before Your Big Day!

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No one knows how much time and effort planning a wedding can be, unless they’ve done it themselves. With so many details to tend to, it’s easy to be stressed out, break out, and feel like you’ll never lose those last few pounds and fit perfectly into your gorgeous dress. As you’re prepping for your wedding, you want to make sure that you look and feel your best, which is why I came up with a program exclusively for brides to be! Whether your wedding is six months away or next month (yay!), there is still time to lose that extra weight. Even if you’re in a rush, you can still lose up to 8 pounds with my 30-day Rush to Weight Loss Program. My goal is to help brides to be shed those last few pounds before their wedding day without dieting, starving, sucking it in, or stressing out. I want to help take a load off your shoulder and be your partner as you lose weight, feel great, and prep for your big day.

In this special program, you will work with me to finally get to your ideal weight. As a bonus of living a healthy lifestyle, you will also get:

  • Clear, radiant, glowing skin
  • Beautiful, shiny hair
  • Better sleep so you can get more rest
  • Tips and training on how to breathe and be stress-free
  • As much support and guidance as you need from me

You will have access to delicious recipes, food samples, tons of helpful handouts, and more. I will share with you my top tips for shedding weight without dieting or starving. You will be happy, full, and still lose weight!

Choose from one of these programs:

30-day Rush to Weight Loss:

This program is ideal if you have less than 10 pounds to lose. Remember that you can only lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week, and while I want you to lose weight, I will ensure that you are doing so in a way that is safe and healthy.

You will receive:

  • Two one-hour sessions over the course of 1 month
  • Recipes, handouts, exercise tips, and more
  • E-mail support in-between sessions

90-day Intensive:

This is perfect for you because you will have enough time to lose weight and learn how to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

You will receive:

  • Six one-hour one-on-one sessions over three months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Food samples and other materials

6-Month Platinum Program for Brides to Be

This is the ultimate program for brides to be. You will make gradual, lasting changes and will have my constant support and guidance for 6 whole months! I *highly* recommend this program if your wedding is at least 6 months away – get excited!

You will receive:

  • Twelve one-hour one-on-one sessions over six months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Foods samples and other materials
  • Discounts on my special cleanses and detoxes

I know that while this is a special, exciting time in your life, it can also be stressful. There are lots of details that you’re probably thinking about constantly, but stressing out about your weight does not have to be one of those things. I will help you look and feel your best on your big day, because you deserve it. You are beautiful no matter how much you weigh – there’s no question there, but I certainly want you to feel amazing in your own skin. You can finally reach your ideal weight, get clear skin, shiny hair, and more. You are gorgeous and you will be glowing on your wedding day! Contact me so we can get you started on your exclusive bride-to-be wellness package.