Christy, 35, is also known as “The Blissful & Fit Chef”, and has worked in the natural foods industry since 2002. She spent many years as a chef for celebrities in Los Angeles, but found that empowering others to take control of their health and happiness was her true passion. Christy has helped transform thousands of lives through cooking classes, food coaching, and her online wellness programs. After falling in love with fitness she became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Women’s Fitness Specialist, TRX Suspension System Trainer, and SPINNING instructor. Her business includes things like healthy cooking classes, lectures and cooking demos, private instruction in people’s homes, consulting and corporate team building, personalized fitness programs and personal training. Find her cookbook Blissful Bites on Amazon and where books are sold. Her newest passion is the first vegan fitness magazine for women, Definition Fitness Magazine. It's available for download online and will go to print in 2016!
She is available for talks, cooking demos, fitness demos and classes, brand ambassador work, as well as recipe development and video content creation.
I’ve helped thousands of people reach their health goals with a vegan diet. We go beyond the number on the scale to create a transformation you never dreamed possible. You can and you will reach your goals with patience, hard work, and perseverance. Many people have proven that any goal can be met on a vegan diet. It isn't just a fad. And it goes far beyond yourself. Going vegan was the best decision I ever made 13 years ago. We are always a work in progress, so trust the process, and enjoy the journey every step of the way!
Areas of Expertise: Bodybuilding, Bulking, Flexible Dieting, Gluten Free, Nutrition, Toning, Weight Gain, Weight Loss
Services: Consulting, Meal Planning, Personal Training, Coaching
Credentials: Cycling Instructor, NASM Certified, Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Training Course Certified
Availability: In person, Online, Phone
My best friend in college was vegetarian so I thought I would give that a try as an experiment. in 2002 I moved to Los Angeles and a new friend showed me the Meet Your Meat video on PETA and I went vegan overnight. She had been vegetarian for a long time so we went vegan together. It was awesome having a friend to go vegan with and we joined our local vegan community to have potlucks. This is when I started teaching myself to cook and decided to change paths and go to culinary school.
I can honestly say it has not been difficult for maintain a healthy vegan diet. Since I went to a natural food cooking school right after going vegan I learned how to make healthy food. The most important thing when you go vegan is to get in the kitchen! If you prepare your own food being vegan is easy and you can do it anywhere in the world. All you need is to go to the grocery store and stock up on fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Eating out and dealing with family are the only issues that may cause some stress, but in the end going vegan is worth it and was the best decision I ever made in my life.
My grandparents actually raised cattle but I had no idea growing up what I know now! Having mostly vegans as friends it seems that every week someone is saving a cat or duck from the middle of freeway, rescuing animals from poor conditions, doing TNR, or a friend of mine fosters baby kitties and bottle feeds them if necessary. I'm surrounded by so many amazing, compassionate people. I do remember the first time I went to Animal Acres (now Farm Sanctuary) outside of Los Angeles. It was such an amazing experience being around all those farm animals!
In terms of involvement in animal rights, I've done it all from circus and fur protests to being present in Taiji during the dolphin slaughter. More recently since getting into fitness I'm doing everything I can to send a message to the very brainwashed fitness community that you don't need meat for performance or strength. Basically I try to walk the talk and set a good example for those around me. And use my voice in social media to help others go vegan.
I'm a huge fan of all animal rights organizations, big and small; anyone that puts their time and efforts to expose animal cruelty and help others go vegan gets my support. And every type of organization is needed no matter what their methods. Some people need an in-your-face shocking message, some need a health message, some need the environmental angle. I see all of them as spokes on a wheel that needs to work together to get the wheel turning.
If you are thinking of going vegan, just give it a month and try it! You have nothing to lose. Try to not get bogged down by all the different types of vegan diets and just focus on eating healthy whole foods and learning how to cook. If you need help I have an online 28 day program that will give you all the tools you need to make a healthful transition!