October 2006 Issue

FOOD FUN FACT: "Fast Food Nation" The Movie
CHRISTI'S COMMENTARY: The Halloween Dilemma
UPCOMING EVENTS: Business Coaching Teleclass


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On November 17, why not head to the movies to watch "Fast Food Nation?" 

Based on the book by the same name, this movie explores the eye-opening truths of the fast food industry. 

To learn more, or watch the trailer, visit this website.




Ben, Evan, and I moved into our very first house this summer.


Which means - I get to welcome trick-or-treaters to my door for the very first time!

Part of me is really excited.  I can't wait to meet all of my new neighbors.


The other part of me wants to turn off all the lights and hide on October 31, so no one knows I'm home.




Here’s my dilemma:


My business (and passion) is helping busy people figure out how to eat healthy and give themselves permission to take insanely good care of themselves.

One of the best ways to eat healthy and take care of yourself is:

Avoid Candy!


Most of us know that candy is addictive.  Once you have even a little bit, you need/want more.  Trust me, I know, because I usually get addicted to Candy Corn this time of year.  And I spent my entire childhood just waiting to my sugar high every Halloween.


Have you noticed how candy wreaks havoc on kids’ tiny bodies? It makes them hyper, then sad, then moody. It makes them hungry, cranky, and unfocused.


(Psst - all of those side effects happen to adults, too.)

Now that I know what sugar really does to our bodies and mood, giving out candy to trick-or-treaters makes me feel like a hypocrite.  I’m supposed to be helping families get healthier, not sicker!

By giving out candy, I know I’m contributing to the health problems - like diabetes, obesity, and ADD - that are pervasive in today’s young population.




The introvert in me says, “Christi, just turn off the lights, hide, and pretend you're not home. Then you won't have to give out candy at all."

The health counselor and mom in me says, "Christi, hiding won't solve anything. You're going to face this dilemma every Halloween.  Why not take a stand and hand out something healthier than candy?"


That's when the high schooler in me speaks up.  The high schooler is the part of me that wants to fit in, to be popular, to have people like me.

In other words, the part of me who doesn’t want to be known in our new neighborhood as

“The Lady In The Green House

Who Gives Out Raisins for Halloween!”


You see, when my brothers and I went trick-or-treating as kids, we avoided the houses that gave out raisins.  Yuck!


Do I really want to be “That Lady?”




I sat with this decision for a while, and tried to figure out what to do. It’s a tough decision.

If I hand out something really healthy like raisins, there's a good chance the kids will throw them in the trash or hand them right over to mom and dad.

If I hand out healthy and delicious homemade treats like popcorn balls or healthy cookies, the parents will throw them out because they won't come in "safe" pre-wrapped colorful plastic bags.

That just kills me, by the way - the artificial, sugar-filled candy that comes from the store is considered "safer" than homemade healthy treats made by neighbors... simply because it's packaged.  Does that seem warped to you?  It does to me.

When I explained my dilemma to my husband, he said, "Christi, it's just one night out of the whole year, and everyone else in our neighborhood will hand out candy, you know."

I know, I know.  Trust me, sweetheart, I know.  The high schooler in me wants to hand out jumbo-size candy bars so I'll be the most popular mom on the block.


But just because everyone else has done it this way forever doesn’t mean that we should continue to do it.




When I really thought about it, I realized that handing out candy on Halloween affects more than just the kids who trick or treat.  Do you know why?

Because the candy that's left over from Halloween ends up in candy bowls all across corporate America, where we adults eat and eat at 3:00 p.m. every day until all the candy is gone.

Halloween candy also ends up in mom and dad's bellies, because we are just as addicted as our kids.  Many parents I spoke with this year said that they love to use trick or treating as an excuse to stock up on candy.

As I coach women who are trying to get over their sugar addictions, I see an even bigger picture.

You see, the sugary habits we form during Halloween feed our sweet addiction during the holiday season.  Sometimes, our Halloween stash lasts us until Thanksgiving, so once that holiday rolls around, we're already addicted to sugar.  That means, we can't help but binge on pies and cookies and party cocktails.   Our sweet tooths are just too strong by that point.

The truth is...

How we approach Halloween

Sets the tone for the rest of the year.



Let's face it: it’s really, really hard to eat healthy these days.

It takes guts.  It takes moxy! It takes the courage to go against the grain. Sometimes, it means you have to be unpopular for a while.

Until everyone else realizes how good it feels to eat healthy, too.


The good news is, it only takes a few people to start a Healthy Rebellion. 


Because you subscribe to this newsletter, you are already ahead of your time.  By focusing on your health, you are already leading your own Healthy Rebellion!


So, what did I decide to do this year for Halloween?


Well, I imagined what the world would be like if we all stopped handing out candy at Halloween - and handed out something healthy instead.


And I decided I liked that image a lot better than the image of me wearing a "Most Popular Neighborhood Mom" ribbon.


So this year, I decided to go with what I know is best for all those kids coming to my door. I ’m handing out healthy treats.  Yes, it's going to be expensive, and there's a chance that those treats will end up in the trash.

But that's OK. Because, in the end, it's not about the treats.  It's about creating a change.  It's about inviting other families to give themselves permission to eat a little healthier and say no to the unhealthy habits we've all gotten into (and I'm guilty as anyone). 

I've decided that I’m OK being known as The-Lady-In-The-Green-House-Who-Hands-Out-Fruit-Leather-Bars.


Being healthy IS cool, and here at Boston Health Coach, we're starting a new rebellion - the rebellion to eat healthy, live juicy, and practice guilt-free self-care. 

This year, the rebellion starts with Halloween.


Care to join me?!


Healthy Halloween Treats

If you’re looking for some candy alternatives to hand out this Halloween, here are some ideas for you:


- Boxes of organic raisins

- 100% mini juice boxes

- Chocolate-covered raisins

- Individually-wrapped, 100% natural, no-sugar added Stretch Island Fruit Leather (**this is what I'm doing **)

- Earth Balls or Bug Bites (individually wrapped chocolate pieces)

- Maya Bars

- Lara Bars

- Pencils, stickers, and other goodies from The Oriental Trading Company (online store) or Walmart - these can be a fun, cheap alternative to candy... and other moms have told me they've had great success with party goodies like these


All of these options can be found online or at your local health food store.


Another option: a mom I know hosts a “Cider Open House” on Halloween, where parents and kids can stop in for some homemade apple cider before they head home for the night. If you don’t like opening the door all throughout the night, how about hosting a healthy treat stop at your house?




If you need inspiration or motivation to make this a healthier Halloween, please email me and let me know how I can help.

Or if you’ve succeed in making healthy changes in years past, please email me and let me know what you’ve done.


I’d absolutely, positively love to hear from you!






*If you can't make one of the teleclasses listed below, you can order the Audio Recording which can be downloaded and played back (on your computer, or your iPod, or burned onto a CD).  That way, you can listen as many times as you'd like!


Business Coaching Teleclass: "How to Write a Powerful Lecture... In Less Than 60 Minutes"

WHEN: Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern

FOR: Open to all health practitioners or business owners

COST: $29

Want to learn more about this call?  Click here.


*A teleclass is a seminar delivered over a phone line.  Call in from your office or home. You can simply listen in... or you can participate and ask questions.  If you've never tried a teleclass before, it's a fun and convenient way to learn about a new topic. 



Christi keeps an archived copy of all past teleclasses on her website.



Online Nutrition Program for Marathon Runners

Are you a marathon runner who is confused about what to eat during your training season?

The "Peak Performance Nutrition Program" (PPNP) is an online program that teaches you the dietary changes you need to make during your training season.

Want to learn more about this program?  Click here.

Running the 2007 Boston marathon?  Your PPNP starts December 11.  To sign up, click here.







While researching healthy Halloween treats, I found an intriguing article on Dr. Mercola's website

The article was written by a mom named Colleen Huber who's studying to be a naturopathic doctor.  She started out the article by asking:

"If you're a health-conscious parent, which choice should you make at a child's birthday party?

1. Forbid your child to have cake and ice cream

2. Avoid taking your child to any birthday parties

3. Take healthy food to the party for your child

4. Take enough healthy food for everyone

5. Let your child eat what everybody else is eating?"

This is an interesting dilemma. I hear similar questions from my adult clients who suffer from sugar addiction or digestive disorders like IBS. 

As we work together, these clients often identify trigger foods (like dairy, wheat or sugar) that make them feel ill. 

My clients know they can easily avoid these trigger foods when they cook for themselves, but it's harder to avoid these foods when they eat at a restaurant or someone else's house. 

My clients often ask me if they'll have to abstain from all social events just to feel good?  We spend a lot of time talking about how they can eat in a way that soothes their body, but doesn't cramp their social style. 

Since I've had IBS for 10+ years, I know how challenging it can be to take a healing diet 'on the road' with you. I've had great personal success with two creative options:

1. Bring your own food with you. I do this for all holidays and dinner parties.  I usually bring a salad or a big, juicy, delicious veggie dish. Last Thanksgiving, I brought ginger green beans to the feast.  Last Christmas, I brought a salad with goat cheese, pecans, and dried cranberries. 

That way, I know I can always load my plate with a mound of healthy food that won't hurt my belly.

And I don't have to make the host feel bad if they don't take my belly into consideration when planning the menu.

2. Tell people you're on a special diet.  People are on crazy diets all the time! 

For example, if you want to avoid dairy because it gives you gas and constipation, all you have to do is tell your friends or family you're on a no-dairy diet called "The Boston Diet." 

Often, people you know will give you less grief about avoiding dairy if it's part of a crazy diet than if you tell them you've given up dairy because it bothers your stomach.  Sad, but true. 

You can blame any untraditional eating habits on your diet-of-the-day (even if you make up the diet!). I've actually told people I'm on The Boston Diet, and they've stopped asking me questions, because they don't to hear all the details.

Back to the Dr. Mercola article.  If you're wondering what the mom/medical student decided to do with HER kids and the birthday cake conundrum, you can read the whole article here.






This is a delicious sweet dish, suitable for any party or holiday gathering.


- 2 cups of your favorite nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews)

- 1 1/2 T. olive oil

- 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar

- 1 teaspoon sea salt

- Sprinkle of cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients together and pour on to a slightly-greased baking sheet.

3. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring a few times.  Spread to cool.


Check out other

Delicious 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 people who are struggling to eat healthy and take extremely 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 recent pictures of Christi's baby, Evan!





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