Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Christina Pirello

Christina Pirello is an authority on natural and whole foods, an author, a professor, and a colomist.
At a very early age, Christina spent time with her mother learning how to cook in her Italian kitchen.
At age 26, she was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. By the time her cancer had been identified,  it had advanced to an acute stage.  Christina's doctors gave her very little hope, and told her that she had only months to live. She was completely discouraged and planned to go to Italy for the final months of her life.  Her co-worker introduced her to a whole foods advocate who helped her to adapt a lifestyle and diet based on hole unprocessed foods. His name is Robert Pirello. (They eventually married).

With dedication, and discipline, Christina overcame the odds. during this process she developed an expertise in cooking with whole foods and after just two months of eating beans, grains and vegetables, her doctors noticed a significant improvement in her condition.  In 14 months, her cancer was gone.  Christina had been convinced of the close relationship between diet and health. She knew that her life's calling was to help others discover the importance of this relationship in their own lives.

Christina studied and became an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, acupuncture and earned a Master's degree in Nutrition. 27 years later, Christina is an example and an inspiration on the power that our food choices have on our overall health and wellbeing.

In 1988, Christina began teaching whole foods cooking classes, conducting lifestyle seminars and lecturing all over the United States about the powerful role food plays in our lives.  She has shared a deep knowledge in a variety of settings from natural food stores to corporate boardrooms, and not one life is left unchanged when she leaves the room.

Christina is the Emmy Award winning host of the television series Christina Cooks which airs weekly on over 200 national public television stations nationwide as well as on the Create network. (PBS) It has also aired in over 50 countries on Discovery Health.

Christina has written 6 cookbooks including the bestselling "Cooking the Whole Foods Way" which was recently named the "Healthiest Cookbook of the Decade" by the Washington, D.C. based  Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Christina is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Pos,t and the Examiner and featured columnist for VegNews, New Visions, First for Women, Natural Health & Vegetarian Times magazines.

In 2008, Christina founded the Christina Pirello Health Education Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing America's relationship with food, with community outreach media programs, and several in-school programs designed to teach our kids to make healthier choices before it's too late. She works closely with the city of Philadelphia on various school and farm market programs under the umbrella of The Initiative.

Christina holds a faculty position at the restaurant school at Walnut Hill College where she lectures as a professor of culinary arts. She also serves on the Board of The Farm Market Trust, The Green Council of Philadelphia Green City Youth Council of Philadelphia, The Chefd for Humanity Chef's Council and is a member of IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) and women chef and restaurant or Christina and both of her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Miami and was awarded a Masters Degree in Nutrition in 2003.
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