ALINA Z, MA, AADP, CHHP, NDS
FUN FACTS & UPCOMING PROJECTS
In 2009, prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own cooking TV show in Maryland -Entertaining A to Z, a TV show for people who didn't have time to cook, but liked to eat.
Currently Alina is finishing her second book - "Let Yourself Blossom: An Un-Diet Guide To Food & Self Love." This book explores the deeply rooted connection between food and self-love and gives readers realistic ways on planting new seeds that result in health and happiness.
Alina's next writing project is "Office Guide - Tips for eating at work" and "College Guide - Tips for eating at school without gaining Freshman 15"
IN ALINA'S WORDS - From Struggle with Food to Peace!
For nearly 4 years I was a Vice President of Marketing at Windows Catering Company, one of Washington DC's Largest Catering Companies and my entire days were wrapped around talking about food, writing about food, designing projects around food, thinking about food and tasting food! You can only imagine the toll it took on my health and my relationship with food overall!
I also had to work many hours and was always on the go. From early morning networking breakfasts to late-night cocktail receptions and galas, I barely had time to eat healthy. That busy lifestyle was so hectic that I gained my share of unwanted 20 pounds, which I struggled to lose with traditional diets. Diet book after diet book, my shelfs were getting fuller and waist wasn't shrinking. As a last resort, I chose to take the matters in my own hands and enrolled to study nutrition at the world's largest nutrition school -- Institute For Integrative Nutrition, in New York City.
The experience was truly life-changing - I found my unique way to health and fell in love with the field of nutrition. I felt my calling to help others find their own ways to vitality and happiness and so I took a plunge. I followed my passion, quit my job at the catering company and started my own business. I know how challenging and confusing it can be to navigate the world of healthy eating alone and now I am happy to be the support my clients' needs to reach their goals of radiant health. I know that if I could do it, so can you!
The only thing that I saw missing in the health market was FUN! I saw food was either healthy or delicious and with my background in marketing for luxury brands I chose to promote the best of both worlds - food can be healthy, delicious, on the budget, quick and easy! Life is short and you have to have a great time! Why settle for less than that?
In December 2012, I formed a group called America's Health Coaches that focuses on creating a TV show that transforms the way I America views health by making it inspirational, attainable and fun. In January 2013 we won an award for the Best Unscripted Day Format TV Show Pitch at the Florida Media Market. Unfortunately our group didn't stay together and other members went in their own directions. However, I am still pursuing my calling and creating a TV show.