June 2007 Issue

FOOD FUN FACT: The Upcoming Farm Bill
FOOD CORNER: Yummy Nutty Salmon Recipe
UPCOMING EVENTS: Summer Programs


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I am eagerly awaiting the 6/29 release of Michael Moore's new movie: Sicko.  This movie is going to highlight the current state of American health care.  If you care about your health, you don't want to miss this movie.

Click here to see the interview Bill Mahar did with Michael Moore about the movie.




Did you know that the price of fruits and veggies increased 40% between 1985 and 2000... while the price of soft drinks declined by 23%?

This statistic is just one reason why you need to know about the Farm Bill, which is being voted on this month by the American Congress. The Farm Bill is a major piece of legislation on food, agriculture and nutrition in the U.S. for the next five years.

This legislation is a chance to make significant improvements to the availability of healthy foods and nutrition education in America.

Please take a moment now to send a message to your Representative in Congress (via the Center for Science in the Public Interest). Let your Representative know that you think nutrition and health are a major priority.

Please click here to go to the CSPI webpage and make your voice heard.

Here's an article that explains why you should be very interested in the Farm Bill.






Because of a death in the family, I'm not going to spend very much time writing my Commentary this month.

However, I want to give you a boost of inspiration anyway.

I've decided to share portions of the post-program interview from my former client, Kristin.  She gave me permission to share her story with you. If you (or anyone you know) has digestive challenges, this will be especially interesting for you.



Kristin's Words:

"Before I started working with Christi, I had a terribly gassy stomach every single day.  My stomach was so bloated I feared my coworkers would speculate that I was pregnant.  I felt embarrassed when I would go out with friends and have a bad stomach reaction to my dinner, and I was even embarrassed in front of my husband that I was so gassy!"  

"My doctor thought that I had a parasite, and I was frustrated after taking antibiotics and other IBS medicines.  I felt desperate.  I couldn't live the rest of my life like this.

"Why did I decide to work with Christi, as opposed to anyone else? My husband actually found Christi's website one afternoon when he was helping my cause.  Her story stuck out to him because it sounded so similar to my own.  After reading her bio, I wanted to talk to her.  Unfortunately for me, Christi was on maternity leave."

"I decided to email her, and she responded almost immediately.  That's when I knew she was the person I wanted to work with.  It showed me that this was so much more than a job to her.  She had a newborn to worry about and enjoy, but my story was also important to her.  I knew she really wanted to help others find a way out of the tummy misery that she had once endured.

"Christi really is a coach.  She guided me and encouraged me, but it was always up to me to make changes, and I always could tell her what changes I was or was not comfortable making.  She helped me work around my lifestyle."  

"More than anything, I feel that I came away with a toolkit to heal myself.  When I say a toolkit, it means more than a list of suggested foods or relaxation methods -- it was the discipline of knowing that she was counting on me to help myself that really motivated me to make changes before I talked with her next.

"I understand now that IBS is something that I may always struggle with, but I am better able to identify my triggers, and make changes to my life to support my tummy."  

"What did I change about my diet?  I eliminated dairy and realized that made the biggest difference in my belly.  I found that I was able to eliminate a lot of unnecessary stomach aches and gassiness by avoiding dairy -- cheese, in particular."

"Christi suggested a one-week trial.  I then chose to continue the "trial", and soon thereafter I realized how much better I felt without dairy.  I stopped drinking coffee and realized that while it helped to alleviate constipation, it also put my stomach on a roller coaster ride.  I started drinking a lot of different teas, and found that a combination of the warmth and the herbs (fennel/peppermint) made my stomach more relaxed."

"I started making sure that I eat a lot more greens.  By making sure that I eat vegetables with my lunch and dinner, I found that I am eating better all around."

"These days, my belly feels calmer.  The closer attention that I pay to the food that I am putting in my body, and the circumstances under which I am eating, the easier it is for me to realize why my stomach is gassy."  

"For example, I recently started a new job and I was disappointed to find that my stomach felt like I was back to square one with the gas... so I started to keep a food-mood journal.  I have realized that what I'm putting into my body isn't really causing the gas, it's the new stress.  Now I am working on ways to stay calm in order to heal my belly again."  

"Here are the top three tips that Christi gave me during my program, the ones that I still use regularly, and the ones that have made the biggest difference for me:

1.  Keep a food-mood journal.  It really showed me exactly what I was putting into my body,how I felt while eating, and what impact those factors were having on my belly.  I recently started a new job -- I'm very happy with the job, but my tummy isn't quite as happy.  I've started up again with the food-mood journal to help me get back on track.

2. Chew my food thoroughly. Of course I'm going to be gassy if I'm trying to digest half-chewed food!  This allows me to slow down and really focus on my meal.  

3.  Mini-meditations.  These little breathing sessions have been helpful keeping me grounded, and help me to keep my stress in perspective.  

"Here was my secret to staying motivated... and making all these changes: As much as I love cheese and ice cream, I love it MORE when my tummy feels good.  I like being happy around friends and family because I feel good... more than I like eating the foods that I used to love.  Trust me, there are days I could kill for mac n' cheese or an ice cream, but I know I'll be trading short term pleasure for longer term pain.  (hint-- coconut sorbet is almost better than ice cream!)."



Thanks, Kristin, for letting me share your inspiring story with my readers.  Having gone through my own IBS journey, I hear a lot of my feelings and experiences in your words.

My note to my readers? 

Your body is an incredibly honest - and persistent - messenger.  Any health condition that you experience is your body's way of trying to get your attention.  Health conditions are signs of physical and emotional problems in the body.

Your body never lies.  The hard part is to give it the respect it deserves by listening to it and then making the changes it's asking you to make.

Yup, that's right... your bellyaches, headaches, acne, PMS, arthritis... those are all signals that your body needs you to change something. 


What signal do you need to stop, listen to, and respond to to this month?



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!



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Free Teleclass for New Moms:

Eating To Survive


First Years of Motherhood

On June 27, I will facilitate another free teleclass.  This teleclass is designed for new moms, although women in any stage of their motherhood journey are welcome (those who are trying to conceive, those who are pregnant, those who are new moms... you're all welcome!). 

*By the way, if you still consider yourself a new mom, then you're still a new mom in our book.

My two co-facilitators are Amara Wagner of www.amarawellness.com (a new mom, too!) and Pamela Rich of www.bestyoucanbenow.com (a very experienced mom of an 18-year old!). 

The call doesn't start until 8:00 p.m. (plenty of time for you to hand the kids off to your husband... grab a cup of tea... curl up on the couch... and spend a delicious 60 minutes focusing on glorious YOU.

For more details on the call, click here.

If you'd like to participate in the teleclass, or get updates on any new moms or moms-to-be programs, simply enter your contact information here:



Here's the webpage where you can read more

about Amara, Christi, and Pam.



New Moms' Group Program Starts July 9!

This 6-weekgroup will be run by phone.

For more details, click here.



I'm taking a break from all other teleclasses to enjoy the sunny days of summer with my son, Evan, and my husband, Ben.





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







Last year, around this time, Cynthia Stadd and I presented a teleclass called:

"No More Emotional Eating: The Top 3 Secrets A Health Counselor Used to End Her Emotional Eating Journey For Good"

The recording is great, and I think about it everytime I'm about to head towards my chocolate chips. 

What we talked about during the teleclass makes me stop, and wait... and listen.  And then decide if the chocolate chips are really what I want. 

Sometimes they are, but usually they aren't.

If you're looking for some inspiration from health counselors who truly get what it's like to have foods tempt you when you're feeling stressed, sad, angry, or frustrated... then you may want to check out this .mp3 recording.

To learn more about the teleclass recording, click here.





RECIPE: Yummy Nutty Salmon

Many people who take my Sabotage Survey tell me that fish is a food that they'd like to learn how to cook. 

I received this recipe years ago from my mom.  I'm not sure of the original source, but she adapted it a bit to include yummy almond meal.

It is quite easy to make and definitely delicious to eat.


- 2 pieces of salmon (about 3-5 ounces each)

- 1/2 - 1 T. olive oil

- 1/4 t. sea salt

- 1 t. lemon juice

- 1 T. maple syrup

- 1/4 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almond meal

** You can find almond meal in the baking section of your store... you can also just grind up some almonds in a food processor. **



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place salmon in baking dish.  Lightly score the top to make diagonal squares. (to score, you just lightly run your knife along the fish, creating little "grooves")

3. Drizzle oil, lemon juice, salt, and maple syrup over salmon, working into the scored grooves.

4. Top the salmon with nuts or almond meal.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

** Pair the salmon with quinoa and kale... or eat it cold over a salad the next day for leftovers. **


Check out other

Delicious Summer Recipes!





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 and earned a B.A. in Honors in Communication Arts from Villanova Universty.

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 newly converted Red Sox and Patriots fan.

She is the author of the forthcoming book "You Don't Have to be Superwoman to be Healthy: 50 Ways to Reclaim Your Health."

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

Christi can be reached by email or phone (978.494.0144).

To visit her website, click here.

Here are the latest pictures of Christi's baby, Evan!



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