December 2009 Issue

CHRISTI'S COMMENTARY: Inspiring Holiday Recommendations From Busy Women
FOOD CORNER: "Can These Really Be Healthy?" Muffins
UPCOMING EVENTS: "Live" Sugar Blues Lecture!


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Inspiring Holiday Recommendations

From Busy Women Who Refuse to Sacrifice

Their Weight, Sanity or Bliss During the Holidays

Are you waiting until January 1 to make your health resolutions?  If so, you'll miss out on the best time of the year to focus on your health:

The two months in between Halloween and New Years.


Wait a minute. 

Am I actually suggesting that the holidays are the best time of year to focus on your health?

You bet I am.

The holidays are an untapped secret GOLDMINE when it comes to being healthy. They provide endless opportunities to practice guilt-free self-care, pampering, nurturing, FUN, and moderation. 

Have you ever made your holiday season a crash course in healthy living? You know, you absolutely, positively, 100% CAN lose weight... stay sane... and feel blissful during the holidays.




That's easy.  You simply follow the exact same approach you'd take on January 1:

1. You find your inspiration and set your intention. 

2. You establish a gameplan. 

3. You execute that gameplan. 

4. You evaluate along the way to see what's working.

5. And you compromise when necessary. 



But don't take my word for it.

The best way I can prove to you that the holidays can be a time of great health is to share with you the experiences of the women who are currently using "Christi's Secret Holiday Strategies: A Practical and Inspiring Program for Women Who Refuse to Sacrifice Their Weight, Health, or Sanity During the Holidays" to transform their holiday seasons.

These motivated women have listened to the teleclass audio and have been working through the accompanying Funbook since the week of Thanksgiving.  They've been emailing me their updates, and I want to share with you how some of them have put my holiday program into action this year.

Here's a sampling of the inspiration, in their own words:



“I discovered a great holiday tea, Celestial Seasonings “Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.”  It tastes like cake batter. It’s caffeine-free and my fix for sugar.  I also love this zucchini, avocado, pomegranate salsa - it's healthy and delicious, plus it looks so festive.”

“I have a smoothie in the morning with a banana, an orange or apple, a carrot, a couple of handfuls of berries and then a cup or two of greens. This morning I was out of fresh greens so I used some frozen turnip greens with chopped turnips and it was really good. It's SO energizing and puts me in a great mood!”

"Being the "I generally have a glass of wine (sometimes 2) with dinner almost every night" person that I am, I have decided to refrain from wine until my next holiday get together (Dec 10) and even then to continue to employ the water-between-wine tactic. I know that drinking wine all the time is not very good for me and I especially feel the need for a break all together after a long Thanksgiving weekend.  So that is part of my holiday game plan as well."

"I visited a friend over Thanksgiving and told her about your program so she helped me be conscious of eating and exercise.  I did well over Thanksgiving and felt great, both mentally and physically. My early morning flight prohibited me from exercising pre-flight, but the two hour layover allowed me to walk the airport a few times.  I packed an oatmeal cup and fruit. My proudest moment was buying a cup of raw veggies at the airport to go with my sandwich (a healthy wrap), I ignored all of the tempting treats.  I was so full after eating the veggies, it was my little victory."


"The day before Thanksgiving was my birthday, and I knew I would go out to eat with my husband, so I planned a morning circuit-training workout into my day.  On Thanksgiving, my husband and I went for our own little Turkey Trot through the hills near our house.  I'm so glad that I exercised both days, because I felt much less guilt and much more enjoyment savoring my desserts than I would have without that day's exercise."

"The Thanksgiving marathon at the gym was a blast.  I was excited that I was able to do it all, including almost 1 1/2 hours of spinning! Also, I danced like Elvis, Mambo'd, chacha'd, sweat like crazy, and drank my weight in water."

"I really got your holiday program to use the entire Christmas month. My challenges are in-between the holiday meals when everyone is bringing treats to work. I am newly-motivated to join a new gym that offers yoga & pilates classes for an extra $10/month."



"Your program helped me make this holiday my own. Like many people, I dreaded the holidays, and your program helped me cut out the things that stressed me out. One huge change this Christmas gifts! My husband and I decided to rent a house in the Finger Lakes for a week this summer, and we're inviting our families to join us as their gift."

"Another thing I realized while listening to your teleclass is that I don't have a lot of family traditions left because my sons have families of their own and except for Xmas day I don't see them or their kids because they go away. I think this year I will invite several of my neighbors for a tree trimming dinner party.  That way I will have company doing something I used to do with my sons. And after listening to your call I think I'll make dinner a take out rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods and some good veggies and salad."

“I'm planning a fun-filled day after Thanksgiving with an annual gingerbread house building with a friend and his daughter. We're making a Laura Ingalls inspired log cabin house of pretzels and crackers and then will decorate the heck out of it. Much sticky fun.”

"My birthday is right before Christmas and I take a holiday break where I do something special for myself (my mom's birhtday is the day after and she has taught me well).  A tea, massage or just spending the day at home relaxing.  I suggest everyone take a holiday break, just a day away from thinking about the holidays."


Wasn't that fantastic? These women have inspired me, and I hope that they've inspired you, too.

I wish I could have included all of the comments I've received, but this newsletter would have been about 10 pages long.  I LOVE getting email updates from these women every day.  It makes me feel like a giddy school girl to hear how they have taken charge of their holidays and created motivating, practical changes for themselves.

Did their ideas make you think of something you can do to make your holiday season more healthy or more blissful?  What kind of changes do YOU want to make for yourself this year?

How would it feel to be ahead of the game come January (when everyone else is hoofing it to the gym, sleeping off a cold, or weeping over their credit card bills)? 


If you haven't purchased

"Christi's Secret Holiday Strategies" yet,

you have three more days to do so before the 45% discount is taken away and the program goes back up to full price.

For a description of all the information and goodies included in the program,

click here.


This may be the best gift you buy yourself all season long.  After all, you deserve to feel good.  And you don't need to wait until January 1 for that.  

HAPPY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS from my Boston family to yours!




If you got this far, thanks for reading...

If you loved the commentary, please let me know... your positive comments keep me going month after month.

If you hated the commentary, please let me know... your constructive criticism keeps me on my toes and helps me get more in touch with my readers.

I would love to hear from you. If you've ever thought of emailing me, please do! These days, I'm not at the computer as much, but I'll try to respond within a few days.




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HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK MEETING - "No More Sugar Blues: How Busy Moms Can Conquer Their Sugar Cravings "

** I'm the featured speaker at this meeting - my first live lecture since Henry was born - this should be loads of fun!

FOR WHO: Members of the Holistic Moms Network, as well as the public

WHEN: Monday, January 11 from 7-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:Caron Family Chiropractic, 1005 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA (entrance is around the back)


For more info, see our HMN website.

During this workshop, you'll learn:

- The top 3 reasons why busy moms crave sugar

- Why sugar cravings are actually the solution, not the problem

- Foods that increase - and decrease - sugar cravings

- Why food alone will not cure your sugar cravings

- Natural sweeteners to use in place of sugar

- How to help your kids avoid sugar addiction






If you are looking for inspiration around healthy living, please check out the archived copy of all past teleclasses and healthy living products that I keep on my website.







RECIPE:" Can These Really Be Healthy?" Muffins

This is one of the recipes in the Funbook from my "Christi's Secret Holiday Strategies" program.

My husband says that these might be my "signature dessert dish." My friend Suzanne sent me the original recipe (source unknown), and I've modified it over the years.

These healthy, delicious muffins make great gifts for the mailman, your neighbors, friends, or family members.  You could also take these to a holiday gathering with confidence (perhaps adding in some cranberries for a bit of holiday flair!?).

When I took them to my son's daycare last year, the teacher said, "You can just tell these are going to do good things for your body, and make you strong.  The kids and I gobbled them up!"



- 2 tbsp organic flax meal (if you have flaxseeds, make sure to grind them up first)

- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp hemp, rice, or almond milk (homemade nut milk is awesome, too!)

- 1 cup over ripe banana (or applesauce)

- 1 cup zucchini (or yellow squash)

- 1/4 cup maple syrup (I’ve also used agave nectar and honey for these)

- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

- 3 tbsp coconut oil (I use Nutiva brand)

- 2 cups spelt flour

- 1/4 cup unrefined sugar (I use succanat or turbinado sugar)

- 1/4 tsp sea salt

- 3/4 tsp cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp nutmeg

- 2 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder

- 1/2 tsp baking soda

** optional, chocoholics can add cacao nibs or chocolate chips to these!



1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a bowl combine flax meal and non-dairy milk. Mash bananas, grate zucchini, then combine with milk & flax mixture.

3 . Add syrup, vanilla and oil and stir everything to combine.

4. In a separate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients and whisk to combine.

5. Add wet mixture to dry, gently folding until just combined (don’t over mix).

6. Fit a muffin pan with liners. Spoon batter into liners.

7. Bake for 21-25 minutes depending on your oven.

When a toothpick comes out clean they are done.



For more delicious holiday recipes like this one,

check out

Christi's Secret Holiday Strategies program.



Christi Collins, H.H.C., AADP, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.


**Are you wondering what a Holistic Health Counselor is?  This description may help!

Christi studied Eastern/Western nutrition and modern health counseling at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

She is addicted to learning about nutrition and wellness, and is constantly experimenting with her own food and self-care.

Christi's goal is to help people fall in love with "The Big Three": Healthy Eating, Juicy Living, and Guilt-Free Self-Care.

She works with very busy women who are struggling to eat healthy and take insanely good care of themselves... without feeling stressed or guilty about it.

Christi is a three-time marathoner and triathlete, an avid pianist, and a mom to Henry and Evan.

To read more fun facts and stories about Christi, click here.

These days, Christi is best reached by email.

She is not working with individual clients at the moment, but will be happy to refer you to another holistic health counselor.

To visit her website, click here.



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