We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Lombardo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk-taking gets a bad rap. The first risk we take is trying to roll over as a baby and then walking. At some point, we become afraid of failure when failure is nothing more than an illusion. I cannot imagine my life without taking risks! I love the thrill of a new adventure, the butterflies you get in the pit of your stomach when you have no clue whether or not what you’re going to do is going to work out or not. When it does, it is fantastic and the most unbelievable feeling! When it doesn’t, we can learn to adjust and continue to grow. Some people say starting a business is risky. But I ask, why wouldn’t you? I couldn’t imagine anything else.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started my health journey at the age of 12 while watching a late-night infomercial. It was the first time I heard an adult say certain foods could be unhealthy and at 12, I chose to be a vegetarian for the next 10 years. This decision drastically shifted my diet, my study into supplements, food, fitness and served as the catalyst over the next 20+ years, for me to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.

As I got older, personal health issues, many stemming from undiagnosed PTSD (which had included excess weight, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, I had major stomach and digestion issues, migraines, hypothyroidism suspected IBS, and adrenal fatigue) all served to give me greater insight on how to help my present-day clients.  Many of my clients have underlying health problems, problems losing weight, are busy, and don’t have time to sift through conflicting diet information but are coachable and ready to make the necessary changes to have a healthy life.  We work together one on one to walk through four pillars of wellness:  sleep, lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness.  I have a 10 Day Mini program we can walk through or a Six Week Intensive nutrition and wellness program all designed to get the ladies I work with on the road to a balanced lifestyle and better health.  I absolutely love working one on one with women to help them get the results they desire and help them learn that a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong journey, not a destination we reach and quit.  We can do great things when we do them together!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is hard because I’m in love with Arizona. It would depend on the time of year on whether I would take them North or South of Phoenix. To be honest, many of the places I travel to do not have a lot of tourists therefore I do not openly share those spots (sorry). But there are some breathtaking areas in southern Arizona that I love sharing with guests. Prescott is also a fun touristy town to take people to with great little shops, delicious gelato, and a number of little eateries that really speak to the area. If someone has more time, Page or basically anywhere on the Navajo Nation, has stolen my heart! The Navajo nation is one of our favorite places to go to in the state. For food in Phoenix, Jewels Cafe and Urban Cookie Bakery will always get a visit from me.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have had so many people lift me up and encourage me along my journey. First, my husband who was the first person to encourage me to become a Nutritionist. My girlfriend Cher, who helped me begin to mold my business idea. An organization called Hustle Phoenix that assisted me in learning the nuts and bolts of owning a business, such as how to apply for an LLC. My first mentor, Jasmin Manke who held my hand as I launched my business. My second mentor, Stephanie Corder, who has been amazing at helping me to dig deeper into personal work and marketing to propel my business forward. Then of course, each client I’ve had has taught me along the way how to better serve them.

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