Interview with Holistic Nutritionist Christina Anania
We're thrilled to feature Registered Holistic Nutritionist Christina Anania from Winnipeg, Manitoba! Christina is the owner of Eats by Tee, a nutrition consulting business, and works one-on-one with clients sharing her knowledge on how to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Christina is also a food blogger and shares nutritious and wholesome recipes through her website and Instagram platform. Christina graduated with her diploma and Award of Merit in late 2017 from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
In her spare time Christina loves cooking and recipe development. You can also find her at the gym, doing yoga, or in the office working on fun new projects. Some of her favourite reads include those based on spirituality, well-being and mental health. Christina is passionate about her role as a holistic nutritionist and thrives to get to the root cause of her clients' health concerns. She loves making new connections and is always available to answer any questions you may have about holistic nutrition!
1. What do you do as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist?
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist my mission is to guide my clients and community to create a life of health and happiness while focusing on the body, mind and spirit approach. I educate them on how to nourish the body with whole, nutrient-dense foods, proper nourishment and supplementation, while maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Registered Holistic Nutritionists work on getting to the root cause of one's health concerns and focus on the body as a whole. The main health concerns that I focus on with clients are gut health (IBS, constipation, etc.), mental health (anxiety and depression) and hormones. Aside from my consulting business I have an online blog and Instagram page where I create holistic recipes using whole, nutrient-dense foods. I believe it's important to know what foods are going into our bodies, and I try to simplify these recipes for anyone looking for alternatives. I want to inspire my followers/clients to feel confident in the kitchen and try new foods that offer our bodies proper nourishment. I also believe that we are allowed to eat all foods, in moderation, by being intuitive with our bodies and allowing ourselves to find balance.2. What attracted you towards studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist?
Growing up with health issues and years of anxiety I felt that I was always in and out of the doctor's office. It started with anxiety at the age of eight-years-old and later on I experienced gut health issues, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, fatigue and high stress. After being on many types of medication and seeing different specialists, I felt like the problems were still there. Of course, the medication decreased my symptoms but I found that it was only masking the problems and they would always return. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong other than anxiety and IBS, so I decided to take a different approach for my healing. I began researching alternative medicine and holistic nutrition, and began making changes in 2014. I noticed a huge difference by eating foods and taking supplements that were nourishing to my body. I also made a huge shift to my lifestyle and began to meditate, do yoga, practice deep breathing techniques and dive deep into my mental and physical health. After going through my health journey I decided that I wanted to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist because of my personal experience. I want to educate people on the importance of holistic nutrition and how there is a body, mind and spirit approach. I'm still on my health journey and am not completely where I want to be, but it is a lifestyle and I have come so far from where I once was.3. Incorporating a holistic approach to nutrition and wellness involves so much more than just food choices alone. What does an overall approach to holistic wellness mean to you?
When it comes to holistic nutrition I believe that we can nourish our bodies with whole, nutrient-dense foods. When you're trying to move towards a place of healing, exploring the root cause of your health concern and going deeper into your mindset is just as important as what you're eating. An overall approach to holistic wellness to me means addressing the body as a whole and looking at the connection of the body, mind and spirit. Focusing on this means peeling back the layers of one's health and looking into past or current emotional events that may come out as a health concern. I often recommend wellness tips such as meditations, deep breathing, journaling, dancing, yoga and whatever else makes my clients feel more at peace. I find simple tips like this very grounding, and allows us to take an approach of working on the whole body and our minds. We not only need to nourish our bodies with good food, but we also need to nourish our minds with love and positive energy.4. What are some of your favourite foods to incorporate in daily meals? Is matcha something you enjoy as a coffee replacement?
When preparing meals or snacks throughout the week, I often try to incorporate whole foods as best as I can. I usually stick to healthy fats, whole grains, proteins, vegetables and fruit. My favourite foods that I usually consume in my daily meals are coconut oil/butter, olive oil, eggs, mixed nuts, brown rice, legumes (chickpeas, black beans, etc.), vegetables (broccoli, cauliflowers, sweet potato, onions) and fruit (apples, bananas and mixed berries). I used to not able to fully wake up until my first sip of coffee. I would have about 4-5 cups of coffee per day when working and in university. I decided to cute it out three years ago due to coffee becoming an intolerance and triggering my anxiety. I was so happy when I was first introduced to matcha. I finally found a replacement to coffee that provided me with energy, but didn't make me anxious or nauseous from too much caffeine. Although matcha contains natural caffeine, I did not feel the side effects that I had when I would drink coffee. I often recommend to my clients who are trying to wean off coffee to consume matcha as a replacement. It's also a great source of antioxidants and provides us with the nutrients our body needs.5. Do you have a favourite personal recipe you would like to share that uses matcha?
My favourite way to use Soar Organics matcha is with a matcha latte. It is one of my favourite hot drinks to have in the mornings or when warming up from being outside in the evenings. I love the calming effect matcha offers from the amino acid L-Theanine, and enjoy that I can have a cup before bedtime as it doesn't interrupt my sleep. Previously, I've mentioned that I don't drink coffee because I used to get anxiety, so a matcha latte is a great alternative for me. In my matcha lattes I combine 1 tsp. of Soar Organics matcha with 1/4 cup of hot water, a cup of warm almond milk, 1 tbsp. of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon.
I also love to bake with matcha and have provided a delicious matcha donut recipe below! These donuts are perfect to jump-start your morning at breakfast, to enjoy as a snack, or to indulge in as an after-dinner treat. They're simple to make and are made from whole food ingredients. What I love about these donuts is that they're refined sugar- and flour-free. You can make them in bulk and store them in the freezer to grab when you're on the go. This matcha donut recipe is so delicious you may want to double the batch! Feel free to get creative and top them with any toppings of your choice.
Prep time: 15 min; Bake time: 20 min; Total time: 35 min; Yields: 12 donuts
- 2 tbsp. Soar Organics Matcha
- 1-1/2 cups gluten-free flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 eggs (sub for flax egg if needed)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut shreds (topping)
- 1 tsp. Soar Organics Matcha
- 1/3 cup coconut butter
- 1/4 tsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. almond milk
- Preheat oven to 350F/175C. In a large mixing bowl add all dry ingredients and mix together. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and whisk well. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- Grease donut pans with coconut oil and add in mix to each donut section. Once donut pans are filled place them into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- While donuts are baking, combine all icing ingredients into a saucepan and cook on stovetop on low heat until all ingredients are melted. Whisk together and pour into a bowl.
- Remove donuts from the oven and dip each donut into the bowl of icing. Cool on cooling rack, top with coconut shreds and enjoy!