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Christa Orecchio

Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Counselor
Whole Journey Founder 

About me

I am a former caffeine and sugar junkie who was raised on pizza, pasta, and antibiotics. Embarking on a healing lifestyle change of whole, REAL food, customized supplements, and lifestyle adjustments were beyond transformative for me. For the first time in my life, I experienced energy all day long, enthusiasm, peace, confidence, great digestion, deep sleep, and lost "the last 10lbs". I just couldn't believe what true health really was, and I wanted to help everyone I knew experience the same thing. So I decided to leave the business world and do just that.

My approach is clinical with a functional medicine spin, meaning I am always looking to get to the root cause of whatever is going on with someone’s health. It also means that I view the body as a systemic organism and know that all organs, glands, and systems affect each other. 

I have been in private practice for the past eight years and have loved every minute of helping people bust the myth that healthy eating is boring, hard, or time-consuming. My mission is to help as many people as possible to heal from the root cause using food as medicine so that they can thrive. When your health is thriving, you become a better version of yourself, and then you are able to contribute more to your loved ones and the world around you. That is why I do what I do.

Offering The Whole Journey online program is my way of reaching more people to accomplish this mission. It's my way of presenting would-be esoteric health topics into a format that is fun, exciting, and easy to follow while also being much more affordable than working one-on-one.

I do not advocate any one specific way of eating. I believe every individual has distinct dietary needs based upon genetics, lifestyle, gender, blood type, stress levels, how they ate as a child, current state of health, and future health goals. Therefore, I focus on bio-individuality, while imparting a positive and empowering perspective shift around food that results in greater lifelong food flexibility.

I am the co-author of "The Anti-Inflammatory Diet" with Cheryl Tiegs as well as "The Whole Journey Food as Medicine Cookbook" and the co-author of "The Five Tris: A Brand New Approach to Pre-Natal Health." I'm also the creator of TWJ Healthy Product review site, a TEDx speaker, and the weekly FOX nutrition expert where I impart a mind-body approach to eating and wellness every Thursday in a brand new episode of  "Food as Medicine". 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope our website and the information you find here is valuable to you and serves you in your quest for knowledge and true, lasting health.

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My Philosophy

While most nutritional practices dwell on calories, carbs, fats, proteins and restrictive "good and bad" foods, The Whole Journey philosophy provides clients with the ‘tools’ to create happier, healthier lives in a way that is flexible, fun and free of willpower and denial. Emotional happiness and well-being come from living in a vibrant body. As your food changes for the better, your biochemistry improves, and as a result your mood, energy levels and outlook on life improve as well.

My clinical spin focuses on the concepts of functional diagnostic nutrition and functional medicine. We are always looking to find the root cause of illness and to heal that first,  in lieu of addressing individual symptoms. This way the body's own healing process works most efficiently and effectivley. 

The Whole Journey approach to nutrition also focuses on elements that nourish other than food, including honest and open relationships, a meaningful spiritual practice, a career that inspires, and physical activity that is enjoyable. I refer to these elements as Primary Food and address each one of them as we go through the our three-month e-course, so that your life and perspective can truly transform.

By creating a balance between the clinical aspects of health, primary foods and the food one eats everyday, our clients experience steady and gradual changes and improvements in their health and well-being, which enable them to not only achieve their health goals, but to maintain them for life while being flexible with their food for years to come.

All Whole Journey e-courses and programs incorporate both prevailing dietary theories and clinical aspects of health and nutrition. I believe many people are unnecessarily suffering. My mission is to help as many people as possible first to heal, followed by achieving and sustaining vibrant health.

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