Hey there, Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m Christina Kalinowsky, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focused on helping people bring balance back into their lives through nutrition and lifestyle changes. I work one on one, in person and online, with clients who are looking to make health improvements like gaining weight, losing weight, kicking never ending fatigue, and resolving digestive issues, to name a few. I truly believe that at the root of all dis-ease there is a dietary component.
I’ve had trouble gaining weight for most of my life. As a young adult I believed a low-fat/no-fat diet was how I was going to find myself a 6 pack of abs and a curvy, sexy, body. The media really couldn’t have steered us in a more wrong direction. Although I was eating plenty of “food” my thin frame struggled to keep weight on. I could easily lose weight, but gaining weight was difficult mentally and physically.
Then in December 2012 I signed up for a fitness competition (a.k.a. an event that people prepare for by strictly dieting and exercising for a few months. The event involves getting on stage all bronzed up in a skimpy bikinis to have your body and sensuality/stage presence judged). Sounds like a great idea, right?. I thought so too back then, I thought this is what would give me the body I wanted. I worked out so hard 6 days a week for about 5 months. I measured all my food and followed everything my coaches were recommending to a T. On a work trip to the Netherlands I brought ALL MY MEALS. Ok? I was serious about this because I was terrified to get on stage let alone in a skimpy bikini. But as the weeks went by, I watched my teammates’ bodies become super fit, and mine barely changed.
About a month before the main event, on March 6, 2013, my mom received a crushing diagnosis – stage 4 cancer of unknown primary. While at that time I’d been interested in health and wellness for a few years, I was completely unprepared on how to handle such a devastating diagnosis of someone so close to me. I knew sugar feeds cancer, but the hospital kept feeding her processed, sugary foods. By the time we’d moved her into our house, I was lucky if she’d eat anything. I knew mindset was so important, yet I had no idea how to encourage my mom to want to fight. When I asked what she had for time, the doctors said 6 months to a year…with treatment. I scoured the internet for natural remedies, alternative medicine, and other types of cancer killing options, but I couldn’t find anything promising or close by. I was so lost and I knew we were short on time. Consequently, being too afraid to take any chances by not following “doctors recommendations,” my mom started radiation at the end of March. She died on May 13. What happened to 6 months?? We wasted all this time at daily appointments while my mom was in such terrible pain, and it was all for nothing. I was completely devastated.
The hardest thing about death is that there is nothing we can do about it. No matter how hard I fight, I’ll never be able to bring her back. But what I can do is learn. I’ve promised myself to learn as much as I can about the body, about health and how nutrition plays a critical role in preventing disease – and I’m committed to do all I can to share everything I’ve learned to anyone who will listen. In honor of my mom, my mission is to empower people to become health conscious and nutritionally aware. I’ve become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and I am dedicated to being a life-long learner of all things related to health and wellness.
Oh and that fitness competition? My mom encouraged me to still compete in it. I remember the day before I left for the event, my aunt was visiting. My mom convinced me to put on the bikini and 5 inch heels, to give them a preview since she obviously couldn’t make it to the show. I clunked into the spare bedroom where my mom laid. “OH. MY. GOD. Christina!” she gasped. My aunt took pictures. As I left the room to change, I heard my mom whisper to my aunt, “How did she get her a$$ to look like that??
My mom had a knack for lifting my spirits and making me feel beautiful. She always knew just what to say. And despite her words, the next day, I came in dead last place
at that stupid competition. But it was a fantastic experience because I learned a valuable lesson – we are all so different. We all have different bodies and different needs. There is no diet that is effective for everyone, because we are all so unique. And this lesson is echoed in the practice of nutritional therapy.
Thank you so much for reading.
All the best,