March 2010 Issue

CHRISTI'S COMMENTARY: My Surprising Detox Journey FOOD CORNER: Fennel Orange Salad
EVENTS: IIN Call and "Weight Loss Pleasure Camp"


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My Surprising Detox Journey

On paper, January 2010 looked like the worst time EVER for me to sign up for a 6-week detox.  Because...

-Detoxing is not advised while breastfeeding, and I'm still breastfeeding Henry.


-Boston, freezing cold winters, and raw foods usually don't mix well for me .

-I was already at my lowest weight ever, and my skin was already dry (hmm, again, perhaps not the best time for raw

-My life was crazy busy, I was going through some big personal challenges, and my kids needed me all the time (can we say major overwhelm?!).

-I was having one great poop a day (which, for someone with a history of IBS and constipation, was amazing), so why mess with success, right?


So, of course...

I signed up for a detox program.

Not just any detox program. But the SIX WEEK DETOX, led by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and Tera Warner.

I signed up at the last minute, so I missed all the prepatory weeks. But, despite all the warning signs, something just made me sign up.

I wanted Tera's enthusiastic cheerleading and tough love. I wanted Dr. Ritamarie's endless knowledge, moderation, and amazing ability to translate complicated healing information and raw foods into realistic action steps.



My main goal? I wanted this detox program to help me have 3 poops a day. Because, as a perfectionist, I wasn't happy with just one poop a day. Oh no. I wanted to have THREE.

Not just any poops, but amazing,
"call-my-friend-and-scream-and-yell-yahoo!-about-them" Poops (with a capital P!).

I was convinced the detox would make that happen. I mean,
6 weeks of green smoothies, chia seeds, salads, raw foods, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and lots and lots of dark leafy greens were bound to make things move faster, right?

Actually, the opposite happened. I ended up getting stopped up. For days at a time. Even though, one day I consumed 10+ cups of green smoothie.  How is that possible???  That's why I was asking myself, at least.

Well, I won't bore you with all the details of my detox constipation, but let's just say that my goal of three poops a day was quickly forgotten and I started quickly longing for my former one-poop-a-day rhythm.


So, what did I do? 

Well, my first reaction was to get mad. So I did.

My next reaction was to "get even," and so I promptly scarfed down some coconut ice cream and meatballs.  Not exactly detox fare. :)

According to the detox protocol, I was doing everything "right," so why weren't my bowels responding?

OH... YEAH... because bodies are all different and need to go at their own pace.

Duh!  Remember, Christi, you know this already. You've told hundreds of clients this.  (Gulp).  Sometimes the truth is hard to face when YOU'RE the one doing the detox.

So perhaps my sweet little body  - try as it might to appease me - simply wasn't ready to go on an all-raw diet. 

I'd made one of the big mistakes that I warn people about when they do cleanses - Don't Go Too Extreme, Or It Can Backfire On You.

Now, I eat pretty darn healthy.  I make 95%+ of the food I eat, and 95% of my food is made from scratch using whole, organic, unprocessed foods. 

But I wasn't eating close to 100% raw before I started the detox.  I was eating healthy winter foods (soups, baked root vegetables, grains, etc.) And those of you who got my emails around the holiday time will remember that I was periodically indulging in some raw cookie dough too!  Going from a healthy, mostly-cooked winter diet to a 100% raw diet was just not something my body was ready for.

Thank goodness I had the support of Dr. Ritamarie and Tera... I emailed them for support, because for some reason, I have trouble being my own health counselor sometimes.  If I'd been working with one of my clients, it would have been so obvious to me:

** Sweetie, cut back on the raw, and ease into the detox
a bit more gradually , OK?**

But sometimes, it's hard to see things for myself - I'm too close to my body, my expectations, my self-criticism, my hopes, my hang-ups.

That's why I like to hire health counselors to support me and health experts to coach me. I always learn something new. And they can see me better than I can see myself at times.


After talking with Tera and Dr. R. and checking in with my own intuition, I decided to customize the detox to work for me. I had to figure out what I could eat to keep my breastmilk supply up, my energy up, my bowels moving, and still relieve the strain on my digestive system and liver.

I'm happy to say that I figured it out... and I ended up eating a simple, healthy, mostly raw way for what has been 8+ weeks now.  I feel so good on it that I've decided to continue with the detox (for the most part) as long as my body continues to thrive.

At the end of the detox, Tera and Dr. Ritamarie asked us to celebrate what went well - what we achieved.  So, I created the list below and sent it in to the group of 200+ detoxers.

Today I want to share it with you because, although I didn't end up pooping three times a day as hoped, I got so much more out of the detox than I ever expected.  Plus, I'm trying to stop criticizing myself so much, and celebrate the rockin' diva that I am for making it through what turned out to be an 8-week detox experience.


So here's the list of all the things that have changed, for the better - over the past 8 weeks:

-(for the most part) I've given up meat, chicken, eggs, fish, dairy, soy, corn, most whole grains, roasted nuts, wheat, and gluten. OH MY GOD! THAT'S A LOT of my old way of eating that simply not longer exists.  And for the most part, I don't miss these foods.

-I've become addicted to green smoothies, green salads, and dark leafy greens - I need them every day.

-I don't eat if I'm stressed or hectic (because if I do, I notice my belly starts hurting right away).

-I drink 6+ glasses of water even before lunchtime. I've become reacquainted with what thirst really feels like.

-I'm astonished by how little food I really need to feel satisfied, and I now know how much I used to eat just because it was time to eat... or my kids were eating... or I just wanted to chew something.  I don't need to eat every few hours, even though I'm having light foods.

-I've lost 5-7 pounds. Which I actually didn't need or want to lose, but they released anyway.  I'm actually hoping to put this weight back on, and that's one of the things I'm working on post-detox.

-When the yucky foods were out of my system, I got really, really angry and irritated. I was a BI*CH to be around for a few days during week 2. The detox helped me see how much I use eating and food to stuff down negative emotions and soothe myself.

-With the food no longer numbing my emotions, I realized I had to make some changes in my personal life that took a lot of self-love, courage, and trust. The changes that I made are too personal to share in this newsletter, but the results of those changes were life-transformational and priceless.

-I gave away more than 50% of the clothes in my closet, and several other bags of unneeded things in my home. I'm tapping into who I am and released those things that no longer serve me.

-I discovered I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE turmeric and fresh mint. Who knew? I also discovered chia seeds, Jerusalem artichokes, and Vitamineral Green powder for the first time.

-I started taking a year-long clairvoyant class.

-I started speaking my mind more often.

-I started having more fun.

-The skin on my face is clearer.

-My body odor and gas has decreased.

-I'm sleeping so MUCH better at night.

-I did finally get back to my once-a-day-poops... and I'm confident these will only get better and better... when my body is ready.

OK, I know I could keep going on and on, but that list alone totally amazes me.

Which brings me to the point of this whole newsletter.



At the end of the official detox, I asked myself:

Can I let go of my self-criticism long enough to revel in the amazing changes I've made?

Can I let go of my bowel-criticism long enough to acknowledge that my bowels are healing, just perhaps not at the "RIGHT NOW!" speed that I want?

Can I be patient with myself and let things unfold as they're meant to, even if that means surrendering my control over the process?

Can I acknowledge and hold on to the things that worked for me during the detox, and leave the rest for someone else (or another time)?


** And so, my questions for you today are:

What's on YOUR list of changes that you have created for yourself during the first three months of 2010?  What have YOU accomplished/changed/noticed/celebrated?

Where do you need support in your life or physical health?  Do you know where to go to get that support? If not, do you know who to ask for guidance?

Are you trying to "force" health changes that your body just isn't ready for yet? If so, how can you slow down or customize so your body can keep up?

These are big questions, but the answers aren't really that hard, if you listen to your body. And when you put the answers down on paper, it's amazing the clarity you will gain.

So, go ahead. Take a few minutes to do so right now. If you wait until you've got an extra few minutes to spare, you'll never do it. So, grab that piece of paper and pen and go for it.




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.

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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 very much (I'm off feeding, cleaning, and playing with my munchkins, Ben, Ev and Henry), but even if I can't respond for a while, rest assured that I will read every word you send to me.




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Women's International Summit on Health

FOR: Any and all women who want to learn about sensuality, money, health, food, financial abundance, etc. from 40 of the world's top experts, including Donna Gates, David Wolfe, Susun Weed, Mallika Chopra, Dr. Carolyn Dean, and more.
WHEN: Starteds March 8, but is still going on!

WHERE: All interviews conducted by phone, so you can listen in using your phone or computer

TIME: Varies each day

COST: Free to listen in

FOR DETAILS, SEE: this page.


Christi's Q&A Call About The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)

FOR: Anyone interested in hearing Christi's honest and open answers to all your questions about IIN.

COST: Free for all.

DETAILS: See this page to access the recording.



The Four Biggest Weight Loss Myths

WHAT: 1 hour teleclass March 22 from 8-9 p.m. EDT

FOR: Any womaen who has tried unsuccessfully to lose weight... feels guilt or shame around food... or worries about her body.

LED BY: Jena la Flamme and Marc David

COST: Free teleclass

DETAILS: Found on this page.


- Why almost everything you've been taught about weight loss actually sabotages your results and makes it harder and harder to burn fat as time goes by

- The little-talked about scientific principle that immediately erases feelings of guilt and shame around food

- How to permanently stop worrying about fat on your body (or in your food) while still getting the results you want

- The secrets of a “No Diet” Diet -- that actually works to shift your weight for good without struggle

- The wisdom of "pleasure" and why you'll battle with food and weight forever without this piece to the puzzle...

- The secrets of the 1 - 2 % of women who lose weight and keep it off longterm, effortlessly




FOR: All women in the Boston area

LED BY: Alisa Vitti, HHC

When: Friday, April 9 from 7-9 p.m.

Where: Seven Levels Coaching, 16 Haverhill Street, 3rd floor, Andover, MA 01810 -

Cost: $20

How to reserve your space: send an email to and indicate how many people will be attending with you


In this workshop, Alisa will share with you:

*what's happening in your body and with your hormones that have left you breezeless on your sailboat

*what foods and supplements to get your libido revved back up, beat chronic fatigue, bust hormonal challenges, and restore your youthful energy!

*let go of the emotional blocks that are keeping you from expressing yourself sexually more authentically and fully

*learn Alisa's 10 part definition for "sexual self expression"

*learn the science of  turn on and  how to turn yourself on even at the grocery store!  it is ABSOLUTELY NOT what you think!


Who should attend this workshop?  

*if you have suffered with PMS, Post Partum Depression, PCOS, Fibroids, Thyroid Issues, Adrenal/Chronic Fatigue, Perimenopausal symptoms, lost libido

*if you want a bigger, more fun, more mature, more woman-centered working definition of sexuality 

*if you've been thinking that putting your own pleasure back on your list will allow you to have more fun, more love, and better sex - then of course - get your butt in the chair!







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: Fennel Orange Salad from  “Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home”

This is one of the recipes I relied on during my detox.  It's juicy, sweet, crunchy, raw, fresh, and fabulous.  Best yet, it's easy and fast to prepare!



1 fennel bulb

2 oranges

Juice of half a lemon

1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Remove feathery leaves and stalks of fennel.  Slice off root end and discard.

2. Slice fennel bulb into thin slices.  If too wide to bite, then cut in half. Place in bowl.

3. Section oranges into the bowl (I cut mine into bite-size chunks).

4. Stir in lemon juice and olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes at least (it gets better as it sits and absorbs flavors!)




For more delicious recipes like this one,

check out my Recipe Page.




Your Spring Cleanse

Are you ready to develop a plan to shed extra winter weight, dry skin or sluggishness?  If so, then I want to encourage you to check out my most popular eBook:

"The Ultimate Spring Cleanse: A Fast, Easy Detox Program for Beginners."


This eBook is designed to help you create your own cleansing curriculum (especially if you're new to cleansing). 


I designed it so that you would NOT make my mistake of going overboard and making too many detox changes too soon.

The cleanse programs described in this eBook are gentle, easy, and suitable for people of all health levels.  They are NOT extreme cleanses like the Master Cleanse or a juice fast.  If you're looking for extreme, please look elsewhere!

I wrote this eBook based on cleanses that I've done personally, or have asked my clients to try out.

** Everyone who buys the Spring Cleanse eBook will receive a bonus: a surprise free teleclass recording from me that will help you avoid common cleanse mistakes... and enhance your Spring Cleanse experience!

To learn more about the eBook, click here.

Here's what one client had to say about the eBook:

"Christi's work is top drawer. I became one of her biggest fans after attending just one teleclass. And now after reading this Spring Cleanse Guide, I am a devotee. Christi is a gifted teacher, writer, and healer.

The cleanses offered in this wonderful eBook are very do-able, gentle and effective. Christi has a way of inspiring excitement in making a change. You just won't be able to WAIT to a cleanse into practice. Throughout the guide I often felt she was speaking directly to me. Her writing is clear, elegant, and goes straight to the heart of what you want to know.

You won't waste a minute when you read this guide.  It's all gold. It's like an oil change for your body!"
- Cheryl Miller, Mayor of and manager of a state wellness program for 45,000 employees.





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 working with a select number of individual clients at the moment. If you are interested in working with Christi, please email her with your specific health goals.

To visit her website, click here.



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