"MY LIFE HAS CHANGED FOREVER! Working a grinding schedule as a news anchor, and being a new mom started to take a toll on my mind and body. Within only a few weeks of working with Christa my world has changed. I now have a much better functioning digestive system, more energy and feel so much better all around. I love taking care of my body and Christa has given me the tools I need to know how to fuel myself to live a clean and amazing life! Thank you Christa!"
- Shally Zomorodi, San Clemente CA
"I have officially lost all my baby weight! Yay for me and thank you Christa and The Whole Journey for changing my life. I have never been in so much peace nor had so much energy in as long as I can remember. I am a lucky girl to have found you!
-Arika Daniels - San Diego, CA
"With Christa's guidance, my whole life has changed for the better. I lost 20% of my original body weight, my energy levels have improved greatly, and I sleep better and understand a whole lot more about what my body needs to operate optimally. My digestion has improved like I never imagined. In addition, I have a new and improved (and enjoyable) way of eating and shopping as well as a consistent but fun exercise program. Christa has provided me with all the tools and education I needed to get here!"
-Andrea Kelly, Cardiff CA
"It sounds so cliché, but Christa Orecchio and The Whole Journey program literally changed my life. After 40+ years, I finally learned how to eat properly and maintain my body weight while doing so – and without starving! I used to get stomach aches from most of the things I ate and had a lot of trouble getting really restful, regular sleep. Now I can eat a lot of the foods I used to avoid - and more - and still feel healthy and energetic. My sleep has improved tremendously as well. I learned the importance of putting quality, unmodified foods into my body and the bonus of it all is that I’m able to teach my 7 year old daughter how to eat properly starting now, not when she’s in her 40s."
-Carolyn Brann, San Diego CA
"When I came to The Whole Journey, I was in pain and my life was unmanageable. I also was not sleeping well, had no energy and felt as if I was in a mental fog all the time. I was taking several prescription medications to alleviate my symptoms. Today, I am not on any medications and I know it is because of working with Christa. Christa gently guided me through huge changes in the way I think about food, as well as dealing with life. The Whole Journey was an awakening for me. Nutrition and a healthy, conscious lifestyle are now a way of life."
-Maureen Brown, Carlsbad CA
I came to The Whole Journey initially to figure out why I felt so tired all the time. What I accomplished by working with Christa for three months has been truly remarkable. I discovered the causes of my migraines and now, a headache is rare. I was able to rid my body of yeast overgrowth, to rebuild and repair my digestive track and to heal from adrenal fatigue. What a relief to not be suffering silently anymore! I’ve gained wisdom about which foods really nourish me and have been able to replace or cut-back on those foods that aren’t. I’ve also lost 10 lbs. in the process without trying. This has been a wonderful journey of discovery; I realize that I care about myself and the way I’m feeling much more than I did before.
-Carollyn Rock - San Diego, CA
"I have been trying to get pregnant for 6 years and had been to many doctors but never a nutritionist. Lucky for me I found an exceptional one! I came to Christa with a hard case of many years of accumulated toxins and trauma, including high lead levels. Although my extensive history is daunting to say the least, Christa did not shy away and took my case with care, knowledge and commitment. We only had 4 months to work with so Christa pulled out all the stops and put me on an extensive detox program at the same time as a prenatal protocol to help me reach my goal. It was not easy but she stuck with me every step of the way. And guess what? Yep! I am now 13 weeks pregnant and everything is going great!! Outside of her knowledge, Christa has a care and an intuition that really makes her unique and very effective. She is a special person and I would highly recommend her to anyone who may want to lose weight and get healthy to someone with more severe problems that often cannot be helped by most doctors. Christa offers a whole solution that gets to the root of what is going on so your body can find its own balance and harmony. Plus, as an added bonus, she teaches you how to maintain it!"
-Catherine Hoffman, Fallbrook CA
"My life has done a complete turn around! I went to The Whole Journey to get advice on sound nutrition, which I got in spades, but I also left there with a brand new understanding behind my struggles with food. The shame that I felt from not being able to lose and keep off weight depleted me for many years. Thanks to The Whole Journey approach and their nutritional and spiritual guidance I have discovered the joy of food again, and have found true inner peace within myself. Thank you!"
-Anita Driessen, San Diego CA
"As a flamenco dancer, I get asked often how I stay in shape. All the exercise with flamenco dancing certainly helps keep me trim, but that’s only part of it. My diet has had a huge impact on my ability to stay healthy and energized. About 5 months ago I was fortunate enough to cross paths with an incredible nutritionist, Christa Orecchio. I am taken aback by Christa’s knowledge & understanding of the human body and the foods that work best for each individual. She’s thorough, honest and extremely precise. If you or someone you care about is struggling with food allergies, chronic physical pain, or even emotional stress then you may wish to consider contacting Christa."
-Lena Jacome, Mesa AZ
"Christa is a nutrition rockstar. Before I started working with her I was having a hard time with my allergies and it was affecting my energy levels throughout the day, further affecting my time in the water surfing, rock climbing, doing yoga, kicking butt in the office, etc. Christa ninja kicked that right out of my life with a combination of skillfully crafted diet (which tasted great btw), supplements and lots of positive waves. What started as a temporary diet has evolved into a conscious choice to live a healthier lifestyle for the long term and I am forever grateful."
-Joe Kudla, Solana Beach CA
"For years I have lived with low energy, abdominal issues and pain. I went to see a couple of UCLA doctors a few years ago and neither of them could figure out what was wrong with me. They told me “It’s all in your head or an emotional issue”. Well, in my very first consultation with Christa she said that it sounded like I had a parasite, and we ran a test immediately, which confirmed it. We eliminated the parasite easily enough, but then had to rebuild/repair the damage it had done to my intestinal lining. Christa put me on a 5-week protocol, which had me feeling better than I had felt in years. My moods changed, my outlook on life changed as well as my energy level. I’ve learned that my health has so much to do with my emotional well being, with my passion for life and my ability to handle stress more effectively. With such outstanding success I continue to improve my health with foods Christa has suggested and hope to reach my other health goals in the near future."
-Jackie Atencio, San Diego CA
"Prior to working with The Whole Journey, I was feeling exhausted and mentally sluggish. I tended to lose energy late in the morning and had a hard time getting it back. I felt as if my metabolism had slowed and I could not seem to shake the 5 pounds I had suddenly acquired. Almost from the start of the 6 month program, I began to see a difference. The knowledge, assessments, and guidance throughout the program really gave me the support I needed to make life altering changes. I really appreciated their approach to offering suggestions for what could replace certain dietary habits instead of simply asking you to remove things completely. I had also been a rather strict vegetarian for most of my life. Pointing out the depletion my body was suffering supported by actual lab results gave me cause to re-access my choices. The evolution that occurred over a six-month period really allowed the process to unfold organically and stick rather than trying to change everything at once. I am happy to report that I have shed the extra weight, have more muscle tone that I have had since youth, my mental functions are quick and alert and my energy levels stay consistent throughout the day. I feel I have my vitality back and I am deeply grateful to The Whole Journey for supporting a much needed lifestyle change!"
-Denise Disharoon, Carlsbad CA
"Since I travel over 200 days a year, nutrition was one of the primary challenges to my overall health and well-being. Christa helped me to appreciate the beauty in food as well as honor my unique body in a way that enhanced my energy and enthusiasm for life. She helped me to discover that “food issues” were only a by-product of deeper imbalances and that I could find ultimate peace and happiness with my body only when I healed the emotional pain that triggered certain reactions. I learned that nutrition is not just about food but about how each bite - full of flavor, aroma, texture, and color - can bring you closer to finding the essence of what you truly hunger for. And once you find that, freedom is yours."
-Tiffany Grimm, Encinitas CA
"I was referred to Christa by a coworker, who raved about the results she was getting working with her. When I first met Christa, I knew immediately I was in great hands. I had very specific goals to lose a few pounds, choose and prepare healthy meals quickly, learn more about what nutrition could do for me in terms of energy and health, and perform at a higher level when exercising and racing. Through a completely customized program, I was able to quickly and easily achieve ALL of my goals. Christa is extremely knowledgeable and listens intently to ensure the program meets the very specific needs of each of her clients. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
-Angela Hart, Carlsbad CA
"I came to Christa looking for some simple nutritional counseling. Little did I know that four months later I would walk out with a complete mind and body tune-up!"
-Matt Miller, Leucadia, CA
"When I first became a client of Christa's, I brought many obstacles and struggles with me. I was having difficulties both emotionally and physically, and I started to believe that my life would continue in the same cycle forever. Christa taught me how to learn to love myself for who I am, not how I wanted others to perceive me. She allowed me to understand the direct correlation between emotional and physical health, this was a huge turning point in my life. Walking out of her office after each meeting was the best that I had felt in years, she made me want to be happier, healthier, and more successful. Christa's positive energy and outlook on life have allowed me to see the world in a new light, and I am excited for what is in my future. I whole heartedly recommend Christa and The Whole Journey. Your life will change forever."
-Rosanne Geraty, San Diego CA
"My life changed on February 24, 2008 when I, just by chance, saw an article written about Christa in The San Diego Union Tribune. I finally had the time, and courage, to approach Christa five months later. Since then, I have been on an amazing journey of fitness, nutrition, and "wholeness." I initially went to Christa to learn about healthy foods, and in the process, lost 35 pounds by eating healthy alternatives. I loved the way Christa managed to change my thinking from dwelling on what I can't eat, to realizing all the wonderful foods that can be eaten. Thank you, Christa, for all your tremendous support and wisdom."
-Twila Ginn, Carlsbad CA
"Prior to my first session with Christa I had low energy, challenging periods, consistent stomachaches and debilitating headaches. After a few months of making consistent dietary changes and taking supplements customized to heal my body, I feel good, my energy levels are improving steadily, my weight has started going down with little effort, and menstrual problems I've had since age 18 have cleared up! After only a few months of working with Christa, friends and family started asking me "What are you doing differently? You look great!" I am so grateful for Christa's knowledge about Holistic Health and Nutrition and for her gentle ability to make big changes seem easy."
-Marjorie Old, Vista CA
"Everyone wanted to know how I lost all my baby weight and then some. Christa taught me that it is as simple as understanding your body and how it works for you. This is not about trying what worked for someone else and not about every diet that is known to man (because I have been on those to). It is understanding YOUR OWN BODY and how you can live a DIET FREE lifestyle and simply just "BE" . If you are tired of DIETS and YOYO jeans sizes and you find yourself wanting to be free from it all by finding what your body really needs, it is really simple, The Whole Journey approach; it works. Life is a journey my friends and Christa can help you, but you will have to want to help yourself first . She helped me find what makes my body happy , and in turn helped me find Britt again. Her knowledge will astound you. To me she is priceless."
-Britt Piburn, Dallas TX
"I chose to work with Christa because I liked the 'whole journey' approach to nutrition and lifestyle that her website suggests. What I didn’t realize is what a profound difference in my emotional outlook and energy levels her program would have on me! Not only do I have a better relationship with my eating habits and physical appearance, I now have effective tools and knowledge to listen to my body’s needs in a much more successful way. Christa's gentle approach to nutrition and lifestyle was never intimidating, always educational and supportive, and she is a true leader in her field. I recommend her to everyone wanting a change for the better."
-Tiffany Hardesty, Carlsbad CA
"I originally started working with Christa to lose weight. Through testing and expertise, Christa pinpointed problem areas and worked at correcting them. I immediately saw results. Christa gently yet persistently worked on more changes in my eating and activities. It was all coming together. But there were days that I yearned for the old, 'comfortable' stuff. After about two months and some amazing results, I decided to take a week off to eat whatever and whenever I wanted, I would drink coffee, and I would smoke. Here, too, were some surprising results. I found that, after a day or two, I didn't want bread or rice or sugar. I discovered that I preferred my 'lemon tea" (hot water with lemon juice) to a cup of coffee and that I wanted to smoke less. Through it all, Christa was there to support me and nudge me in the right direction. Since then, I have made a commitment not to weight loss, but to health. I am exercising regularly. I am sleeping 8 hours without waking, and I have lost over 40lbs. I am in love with yoga. Not only do I feel more vibrant, but I have continued to lose weight! For me the Whole Journey is a way of life and it continues..."
-Carmen Dempsey, San Diego, CA
"I have to admit that I was skeptical of Christa's program at first, until I went to visit my sister in October and experienced her new lifestyle. Living in the Midwest made it more challenging; however working with Christa over the phone was wonderful. When I delved into my lifestyle with Christa, we found many ways to make positive changes through small steps that were not overwhelming, difficult or intimidating. I am a young Type II Diabetic with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Through Christa's guidance I have been able to eliminate all of my medications for blood pressure, cholesterol and allergies and now manage my health through a healthy lifestyle. Losing more than 15lbs was effortless and an added bonus. This incredible journey has left me with an increase in my energy level, physical well-being and emotional health. The work, support, guidance and encouragement from Christa has been amazing and truly life changing."
-Jill Sauer, St. Louis MO
"Working with Christa helped me lose 23lbs, and the best part is that I have easily been able to keep it off. I used to eat a lot of comfort foods like ice cream or pies. Although I have not eliminated them completely, I have learned to eat them in a smarter way. Soon after seeing Christa, I was able to give up coffee and soft drinks completely. Now I do not experience the daily slump that I used to when I was heavily caffeinated. I feel much better and have a lot more energy. I would encourage anyone interested in living a healthier life to participate in a session with Christa. She is a wealth of nutritional knowledge and a wonderful, spiritually supercharged person to be around."
-Sterling Krolicki, Carlsbad CA
"I have had a lot of digestive problems and have suffered with acne since I was 11 years old. No matter what treatments, drugs, or special diets I tried it was an endless battle. I have seen numerous dietitians and doctors to figure out my digestive issues and they all say it's "IBS". It was not until I met with Christa that she was able to identify the link between digestion and my complexion. Four months after working with Christa my digestive problems have gone away and I finally have the glowing complexion I so desperately wanted all these years!
I have also been able to slow down, have more balance in my life, (that I desperately needed), and actually accomplish more with less stress. As a result, my relationships with those I love have improved, my stress has decreased, and my career is thriving. I feel much healthier, balanced, and energized after working with Christa. I highly recommend her services!"
-Jessica Thomas, San Diego
"I came to Christa with debilitating pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, thinking that diet could possibly play a key role in providing some relief. Step-by-step through incorporating the changes Christa suggested, the pain started waning and my mobility returned. My digestion normalized and my energy levels consequently increased as well. I am now limber and vibrant and feel empowered that I have acquired the skills to keep it that way."
-Helen Gipe, Vista CA
"I had some health issues and had no idea what was going on. I just felt bad all the time! I have listened to my nutritionist, Christa Orecchio, and she guided me to change my diet and supplementation and I feel like a new man. I would have never known that I had Leaky Gut had it not been for working with Christa. I've also been gluten free for one year which has changed my life and my health. Thank you Christa!"
-Ron Williams, Reno, NV
"My six month journey with Christa opened my eyes to subtle, yet life-changing mind-sets. Finding the appropriate diet for my health was only a small part of the transformation that occurred. After following the new techniques offered by Christa every two-weeks, I immediately felt more confident and in control of my food and activity choices. People around me commented on the physical changes that were evident, but I changed internally. I am now in balance in all areas of my life."
-Kathy E. Warren, Encinitas CA
"I was a skeptic. After 30+ years of feeling great and performing at a high level, I hit a wall. That wall involved out of the blue exhaustion, depression, mental fog, and constant anxiety. Christa identified the cause as Adrenal Fatigue. While I was reluctant at first to follow her advice, thinking I could overcome it with tenacity, I was quickly relegated to "do what she told me to". After just a few months on the protocols, I've managed to reclaim the energy and enthusiasm I thought was lost due to aging, and not some underlying condition.
While not conventional, her unique ability to combine real science, philosophy and lifestyle is only matched by her desire to heal."
-Uve Hansen, Cardiff CA
"After battling an eating disorder for 18 years I was finally at a point to tackle the years of abuse I had done to my body. I was introduced to Christa from The Whole Journey. When I met her, I was dealing with major anxiety, depression, sleep issues and the aftermath of an eating disorder. I had no idea the food I am now nourishing my body with, played so much into my mood. TWJ set up an intense three-month program for me, which included foods I had never heard of or thought about eating. A year later with their continued, I am an amazing new found woman. I no longer have anxiety, I sleep through the night, and have lost a healthy 50 pounds. My energy is at the top of the chart and I look forward to waking up everyday to explore my new world. I enjoy working out now, because it is no longer how many calories can I burn, but its about making my mind, body and soul healthy. I venture out and try new things, that I would have never done. I have learned to surf and just be with myself, and my body. I am no longer active in my Eating Disorder, and that in itself is freeing. I have regained my passion for living my life to fullest. Thank you The Whole Journey for helping give me my life back. "
-Kristina Triolo, Encinitas CA
"The Whole Journey Group Program was well organized and full of information. The Whole Journey binder is amazing and a very useful resource. The program was empowering and I enjoyed the format where homework was given each week. The "every-other week" model allowed me to grasp the info over time and incorporate things slowly without feeling overwhelmed. I truly appreciate The Whole Journey's functional medicine spin and their process which is dedicated to helping people heal through food."