Hey there, Katie Reines here. Getting the world to wake up from the inside out. Starting with the matter that makes our cells; food. A plant based diet can reverse the leading causes of death, while allowing us to energized, happy, and heck- save the world and the animals while doing so! I’ll drink something green to that! I double majored at Purdue University in dietetics, nutrition, fitness, and health while teaching Zumba, yoga, writing as the health fitness columnist for the Greek newspaper, and leading my own series of Raw Vegan food demonstrations. Continuing to teach and cook throughout my masters/dietetic internship program at Texas A&M has brought me so much joy. Hope this blog is a helpful resource to you and feel free to reach out if there is anything I can do!
My father, Dr. Reines, is an amazing whole-hearted physician. Growing up with a general practitioner for a dad was fabulous, for I was always the one to get the weird illnesses. From random rashes, to the throw up bugs, multiple strep throats. Yes, I am the sickness / rash queen of the household. True story. Haha, anyways, he was awesome. A direct diagnoser and perscriber if he ever knew what I had, and if I needed meds right away. Thank you 24-hour CVS… now let’s imagine what family dinner every night was like. Dad just got home from work. So how was his day? Well, one patient: alcoholic. This other patient: obese. And this guy: heavy smoker. See a trend here? I became master at diagnosing the real cause to the problem. If my dad is taking care of him, I know for a fact that he made poor lifestyle choices. I’d say 99.99999% of patients could have saved themselves. (and PAUSE. My father deserves a rant. He once had high cholesterol levels (like every 50+ year old man in America) and was taking meds to control it. Since becoming plant based, he no longer takes his nasty expensive meds and is up there with me on his bike treking the steep mountains of Vermont! No lie! You go daddio!! xo)
The fact that my dad’s patients are born with beautiful healthy bodies frustrates the crap out of me. WHY! #lifestylechange #now. ! …With a gourmet food snob for a mother, I was always a spoiled brat when it came to food choices. Uhm store bought bread? Heck no. Store bought anything was simply… below my standards. Avoiding all of that processed crap has literally saved my life in many ways, seeing as it causes so many of the issues in the patients that I see in my clinical rotation. Thank you mom, much love!
Sister Mary decides to go vegetarian after the Avatar movie came out. She wanted to respect the environment and whatnot. I decided to try it too. She said she was interested in Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet” which I got her for her birthday that year, and stole (like every other gift I get my sister 😉 love ya mare!). This book changed my life. At the time I was in high school working at an ice cream place and feeling pretty gross. Alicia starts the book off by asking the reader, “what if I told you that the ice cream you’re craving is actually one of the causes to every single one of those problems? What if I said that by choosing nondairy ice cream instead, you’d be taking a huge step to solving them all? (problems referring to the millions of problems in the world today: global warming, droughts, rising food costs, toxic waterways, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, starvation…etc).
Coincidence? I think not. Sooo after reading that book and many flirts and dabbles with veganism. I went on PETA.com and pledged to be vegan for 21 days starting January 1, 2011. And that day for lunch I ate at Rawbert’s Organic Garden Cafe. Where I ate the most delicious lunch and dessert ever and was beyond inspired and felt amazing after eating the food I ate and could not believe that vegan food was actually better than half decent.
To this day I work there. Well, over the summer or on breaks when I am home from school. I have met many people in my journey and have fallen in and out of inspiration many a time. But right now, I think it’s for forever. Thank you to everyone who has helped me in my journey. It has been a bumpy ride. Now, I invite you to feel amazingly healthy and vibrant with me and explore the wonders of fresh fruits and vegetables!
The root of most health issues is what you eat and if you move your body. You have the power. Where there’s a will, there is a way. Simple choices everyday. Yours in sustainability and vibrancy<3
My prayer to you:
May you have love, gratitude, success, good health, and happiness, forever, ever, and ever ❤ Katie
Undergraduate: Purdue University
- Major: Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness & Health
- BS Degree: Bachelors of Science with Certificate in Exercise Science
Graduate / Dietetic Internship: Texas A&M Kingsville
- Major: Human Nutrition
- MS Degree: Masters of Health Sciences
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- ZUMBA® Steps Basic Level I
- Yoga Fit Level I
- Raw Vegan Chef, Organic Garden Cafe
- Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
- American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens
- Purdue’s Plant-Based Foods Demonstrator
- Purdue GroupX Fitness Instructor
- Health/Fitness Columnist Purdue’s Greek Newspaper, “The Odyssey”
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- First Aid, CPR, AED cpr-cert
- ProBlood Born Pathogen
- ServSafe Certified
- Texas Food Handlers Certified