FOOD FUN FACT: Spring Cleanse Starts Now!
CHRISTI'S COMMENTARY: Guest Post - Elimination Diet
FOOD CORNER: Creamy Avocado Pasta/Carob Mousse
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Spring Cleanse Program Starts Now!


This spring, I’ll be following the 100% vegan, organic

Purify” detox used by The Chopra Center for Well-Being.  


Want to join me for this one-week detox?


Chopra Certified Vedic Master, Pamela Rich, will lead us in an online virtual cleanse "retreat."  You will learn Ayurvedic lifestyle practices to enhance the cleansing process - yoga, meditation, body-brushing, journaling, etc...


You can start the 7-day cleanse on any day you desire

from March 15th through April 7th.


  • Yes, it's easy to follow in the comfort of your home.
  • Yes, you can still eat!
  • Yes, you can still work - no running to the bathroom with this DEEP, REJUVENATING Cellular Cleanse.
  • Yes, you will feel OM-azing afterwards.
  • Yes, you will rid your organs/tissues/cells of unwanted toxic build up!
  • Yes, you will balance hormones and TURN ON your metabolism!
  • Yes, you will have increased energy and mental clarity!
  • Yes, your skin and outlook will be glowing!
  • Yes, you will have reduced headaches!
  • Yes, you will shed unwanted weight!
  • Yes, you will reduce aches & pains!
  • Yes, you will reduce mood swings!


There will be 21 days of online support for participants, which

will help new and experienced detoxers alike move through the cleanse with grace and ease.


* The detox herbs/fiber/oil can be purchased directly through

me here. Simply click “SHOP” and select “PURIFY The Total Cleanse System.”  This is the same cleanse kit I will be using this year.


* You can set up an account to receive DISCOUNTED PRICING if you desire - contact me by email for directions on how to do so.


To participate in the cleanse, simply purchase your herbs and then email me to receive instructions to join the online community.  Hope you can join us!



Jen's Elimination Diet Story

Did you know that many, many people suffer from food intolerances and sensitivites... often without being aware of it?  According to current research, food allergies and intolerances can cause or contribute to a vast array of problems including:


- fatigue
- anxiety and depression
- insomnia
- joint pain

- food cravings
- nasal congestion and runny nose
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- gas and bloating
- constipation and diarrhea
- abdominal pain and stomach cramps
- gallbladder disease
- high blood pressure
- acne and rashes
- eczema and psoriasis
- muscle aches
- migraines
- respiratory difficulty

Are you suffering from any of these symtoms? If so, keep reading, because we're going to tell you what you can do.

From Christi: I've done several elimination diets... and have found them to be incredibly helpful in getting to the bottom of my own health problems.  However, this month, I thought it would be helpful for you to hear about elimination diets from someone other than me.

My sister-in-law, Jen, has been on quite a health journey the past few years... and she has gone from feeling pretty awful to feeling totally awesome.  She has successfully completed an Elimination Diet... and lived to tell the tale.  Not only that, she ended up writing a pretty kick-ass cookbook to help others who were attempting the Elimination Diet, too.

Today, she is sharing her story with you, in the hopes that it will help you sort out what might be going on with your health.

Without further ado, I'm going to pass the rest of this commentary over to Jen...

From Jen Lehner, in her own words:


"Each of our bodies is unique and our stories are all different, but many of us have found ourselves at the same place – in pain, uncomfortable, going to countless medical appointments, trying weird medications, and yet we still haven’t found a solution. 

We are frustrated and know that something isn’t quite right, but we don’t know exactly what it is or how to get better.

About five years ago I began experiencing painful skin rashes and intense body aches without any significant sign of serious illness or cause.  I was poked, examined, x-rayed, and CT-scanned to exhaustion by multiple doctors of various specialties, only to be told that there was nothing “physically wrong” with me except for a mild case of psoriasis.

I trusted my doctors, but I knew deep down that they were wrong.  I wasn’t sure where to go next or what else to do, and I thought I had exhausted all of my options.

Then a good friend recommended that I visit a naturopathic doctor (ND).  I had no idea what an ND was or what they did, but the recent psoriasis diagnosis had me very concerned about the prescribed lifetime of intensive steroid treatments that lay before me.  After my first round of steroid treatment, I knew that I didn’t want to continue exposing my body to those hormones - there must be another way, a better way...

At the first appointment, the ND recommended that I do the Elimination Diet to see if food sensitivities might be causing my symptoms. 


As the name implies, thie elimination diet is designed to identify food intolerances and sensitivities by temporarily eliminating foods from our diet that are known to frequently cause symptoms (like the ones listed above in the Food Fun Fact section), and then systematically reintroducing these foods to observe for a reaction. 

The elimination diet works by removing commonly-allergenic food groups from your diet for 2-4 weeks (the Elimination Phase), then adding those foods back into your diet one at a time to test for a reaction (the Challenge Phase).  

Here's a partial list of foods that are eliminated in this diet:

wheat, eggs, dairy, tomatoes, potatoes, citrus, soy, sugar

The Elimination Phase gives your body time to detoxify and clear itself of any negative influence those foods are having on your body.  If no reaction occurs when adding a particular food back in to your diet during the Challenge Phase, that food probably isn’t one that you are intolerant or sensitive to.  If a reaction is observed, it can then be confidently determined which food has caused your symptoms to return.


When my ND suggested the Elimination Diet to me, my first reaction was total surprise - it had never occurred to me, nor been suggested to me, that food (?!) might be the problem. 

My second reaction was mild devastation - I love food and, next to growing it, cooking it and eating it are my greatest passions.  The ND gave me a small handbook of information about what not to eat along with a few sample recipes, asked me to make a follow-up appointment for the next month, and sent me on my way.

Flipping though the handbook on the bus ride home, I panicked - no wheat, eggs, dairy, tomatoes, potatoes, citrus, soy, sugar?  What exactly am I going to be able to eat?  Will my husband, Mike, be willing to eat the same food as me, or will I have to cook two separate meals every evening? 

The ND’s handbook recipes looked interesting, but there wasn’t much variety.  They required a lot of prep time and exotic ingredients that I was unable to realistically handle while working full-time. 

'Can I actually do the Elimination Diet?,' I asked myself.

I jumped off the bus and ran home, headed straight for the kitchen, and pulled my big binder of favorite recipes off the shelf.  I spent the next several hours sifting through them to find Elimination Diet-friendly recipes and recipes that could be modified to be diet-friendly.

The result was a HUGE stack of quick, easy, and delicious recipes that gave me the confidence to commit to the Elimination Diet - even Mike agreed to join me on the journey, since it didn’t seem like too much sacrifice to eat a lot of the same meals we were already eating. 

Excellent!  I now had a rock-solid plan and the necessary tools to blast through the Elimination Diet - or so I thought.

Day 1 of the Elimination Diet was exciting and energetic.  Day 2 was good, and Day 3 was OK.  By Day 4, though, I was ready to throw in the towel. 

It turns out that I had accidentally been eating rice bread made with some egg whites.  I had the worst headache of my life and a friend wanted Mike and I to come over for dinner that weekend - she was going to make her award-winning lasagna (try asking someone to modify a dish primarily composed of pasta, cheese, and tomato sauce to meet Elimination Diet requirements and they will not be pleased!).

It was a bad day for sure, but made more so because I wasn’t prepared for all of these unhappy surprises.  No one told me what it would actually feel like to do the Elimination Diet, and I was not a happy camper!

I took a few days off from the Diet to regroup and think carefully about what was really before me. 

  • How could I avoid accidentally eating prohibited foods? 
  • How could I still have a social life without completely eliminating food from the occasion? 
  • When was my headache going to go away? 
  • Would I have to put my real life “on-hold” and could I afford to do that for several months to do the Elimination Diet? 

I spent hours searching articles online, reading blogs and medical journals, and consulting my personal calendar - and then I developed a realistic game plan.

I started over, now empowered with more preparation about how to navigate life while staying true to the Elimination Diet. 

Mike and I breezed though the Elimination Phase for the next month. 

Next was the Challenge Phase - the fun part - where I got to add the "forbidden foods" back into my diet, one at a time.

After weeks of carefully adding foods back, I was surprised to learn that I have a wheat sensitity.  Of course, looking back over the past few years it all makes sense, but hindsight is 20/20! 


Since many sensitivities and intolerances cannot be clearly identified using blood or skin tests, the Elimination Diet is one of the most effective ways to identify the foods which may be causing your symptoms.

You're less likely to associate food with the resulting symptoms when there’s a delay or gradual appearance between eating and the symptoms occurring. 

People with a food intolerance or sensitivity may not experience symptoms unless they eat a large portion of the food or eat that food frequently.  At times, symptoms may be delayed. 

For all these reasons, food intolerances and sensitivities are much harder to diagnose than food allergies.   The Elimination Diet’s process isolates problem foods so that you can reliably associate cause and effect. 

The Elimination Diet can also jump start you out of “food ruts” and identify any lurking food addictions that may surface as cravings or withdrawal symptoms (coffee, anyone?!).  Daily repetition of the same foods is thought to be a major contributor to the development of food sensitivities.

Not surprisingly, many people experience improvement in various symptoms when following the Elimination Diet.  If you stop eating refined sugar and white flour, you'll generally wind up cutting out most processed foods, which tend to be high in calorie content and low in nutritive value.  Within a few weeks of replacing processed foods with fresh ones, it shouldn’t be a surprise if you start to feel better too!



I got back to my normal life (just minus bread) and months later - surprise, surprise - my psoriasis and body pains cleared up.  The Elimination Diet worked!

I’m delighted to introduce you to the Elimination Diet and hope that you feel inspired and excited to try it.  I know firsthand that new journeys - particularly this one - can seem overwhelming at first, but you really can do this!

I was originally nervous about committing to the Elimination Diet, I was worried about my quality of life during the process, and I was baffled by what I was going to eat. 

I won’t lie, it was difficult - but only because I wasn’t initially prepared for what was really involved and I didn’t have the information I needed to meet those unexpected challenges.  I had to do my own research, develop my own recipes, and seek out guidance from those who had come before me. 


Because I had such success with the Elimination Diet, friends and co-workers who learned of my experience began asking questions and wanting to try the diet, so I began bundling recipes and jotting down practical advice to share with them…

The result 4 years later is my new book, Elimination Diet 101, a cookbook and how-to guide filled with helpful advice and over 80 easy, quick, and delicious recipes to test for food allergies and sensitivities.  


My greatest hope is that this book will help readers easily navigate through the Elimination Diet, enjoy the process, and emerge from that journey with answers that will heal.



From Christi: A big thanks to Jen for sharing her story and introducing us to the concept of the Elimination Diet.  You can read more about her journey on her website.  If you are trying to complete an Elimination Diet right now, I encourage you to get a copy of Jen's cookbook, as I've tested almost all the recipes and love them (so do my boys).  We've highlighted a few of my favorites in the "Food Corner" in the top right corner of this newsletter.


If you are new to the concept of the Elimination Diet, stay tuned. In my next newsletter, Jen will share some important tips and tricks to help ensure a successful and happy Elimination Diet experience.  She will also share more of the delicious recipes from her cookbook to keep your belly and soul satisfied along the way!

This month, take a look at the Food Corner in the top right corner of this newsletter... for samples of Jen's recipes... I've made these many times for my family, and we absolutely LOVE them.  Stay tuned for next month!



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WHAT: This is a once-a-month fun gathering by invitation only.  Christi will teach you about essential oils... and also share all of her oils with you, so you can smell, sample, and see which oils call to you.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon

WHERE: Christi's home in Andover

HOW MUCH: This live home workshop is $10 for people from my BostonHealthCoach list

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: There is only one spot left for this month's gathering. Please send Christi an email and ask to be put on the invite list.


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WHAT: Teleclass hosted by Christi and Pam Rich, certified holistic health coaches and oil ladies extraordinaire

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: This is a phone call, you can call in from the comfort of your couch

HOW MUCH: This call is free for all


Pam and Christi will share which essential oils are best for supporting your emotional health. On this call, we will share all the information and advice we learned in March at an all-day Emotional Release workshop with Gary Young (the founder of Young Living oils)... so this teleclass will be full of the most current research and practical tips.  If you are feeling depressed, anxious, sad, fearful or worried... please join us on this call.

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CREAMY AVOCADO PASTA (from The Elimination Diet 101)


Growing up in California, there was never a shortage of avocados on hand to be crafted into creative dishes.  This speedy and unique sauce is so creamy, thick, and rich that you’ll think there’s actual cream hiding somewhere in there!

Serves 2

6-8 ounces rice pasta
8 ounces asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
2-3 cloves garlic
2/3 cups olive oil
1 large ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
3/4 to 1 cup basil leaves, densely packed
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
2. Meanwhile, steam the asparagus until crisp-tender.
3. Make the sauce by blending garlic and olive oil in a blender or food processor.  Process until smooth.  Add the avocado, basil, and salt.  Process until smooth.
4. Add asparagus to the pasta.  Pour sauce over the pasta mix and toss until fully coated.  Garnish with black pepper.




Carob Mousse (from The Elimination Diet 101)

This delicious dessert really satisfies intense sugar cravings in the early days of the Elimination Diet.  Carob is a healthy alternative to chocolate and cocoa - it's caffeine-free, tastes similar, contains little fat, and has triple the calcium!  Look for it in the baking section of health food stores or online.

Adapted from

Serves 2

1 large ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
2 Tablespoons toasted carob powder

1/4 to 1/3 cup honey or brown rice syrup, or Stevia to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or the scrapings from a vanilla bean pod)
1/2 cup water or almond milk
Blackberries or sliced strawberries to garnish

1. Combine the first six ingredients in a blender.  Blend until smooth and thick.  If necessary, add more water or milk to blend.
2. Dish into bowls and top with berries.

Tip:  This mousse can do double-duty as a sorbet.  Just place the mousse in the freezer overnight, then scoop out and enjoy!







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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 uses food, lifestyle changes, and essential oils to help you be your very best healthy self.

She supports 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, pianist, and a mom who homeschools her sons Henry and Evan.

Christi is also a licensed zumba instructor and a trained psychic reader.

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.


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