About Me

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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!

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My Story:

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)10732463236_eb6303077f

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

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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

Certification/Training:

  • 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

46 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I love the story of how you discovered veganism and eating raw. You’re SO lucky that you discovered this path so young. And the fact that you’re going into a career where you can help other people change their lives is wonderful!! I’m really excited for you! Thanks so much for following my blog too. Celeste 🙂

    1. Wow! Thanks, that’s so cool to hear! Ya I love your blog! Hope I stick with this path! School is quite challenging! You’re so sweet, let me know if there’s anything I can do to make your life easier!
      Katie 🙂

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your story and how you plan on help others find their bliss.

    Funny I found my way here just when I was searching for healthy stuff to make for my family. We’re not vegans (yet) but we love raw food in general. Your recipes look so exciting. Definitely going to try some.

    1. AHH! THANK YOU SO MUCH! So neat! Something that started as my little diary that only my mom read (and the people who kept asking what the heck I eat) haha.. so cool that it’s reaching awesome people like you! Let me know if you have any questions! Much love!

      Katie 🙂

  3. Wow! You ROCK, Katie!! Double majors in dietetics and fitness, amazing. You inspire and are inspired!! … By the way my mother is a retired dietitian and she taught me alot about good nutrition just by her example. 🙂

    1. No way!! You lucky to have a dietitian for a mom! I bet you grew up with the best!! Thank you so much for the kind words! I love your blog and am very inspired by you as well! Keep it up! Glad to know you’re out there! Keep in touch!
      Katie 🙂

  4. Yes, way! And I was very lucky, we lived in a junk food ban zone! Lol! … Thanks for enjoying my blog! This is way cool as I just in the past two days moved my blog from Blogger to here ~ tediously moving posts over! lol! And what a glorious welcome and response I’ve got! 😀

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. Sorry my picture wasn’t up yet. I have to say am and not a Vegan but intrigued. I do love my veggies but it is a slow process (change I mean). I was brought up as a meet and potatoes guy. Now, I dabble in organic gardening. Best of luck.

  6. Hi there. You said you didn’t know much about tempeh. We produced Betsy’s Tempeh in Mich. for 9 1/2 years back in the mid 80’s selling our tempeh in both patty and grated form that our customers loved! Since retiring we set up a website showing our easy method for making tempeh at home with lovely visuals. More recently we filed a patent for a tempeh incubator that could be used in restaurants or small shops making artisan tempeh for the local community. Stay in touch for future development since we will begin testing the new appliance within the next week or so.
    betsy shipley

  7. I completely agree and LOVE your philosophy!! What an inspiration. It is amazing that you are pursuing so many avenues to create a holistic approach. I am working on certification in Stott Pilates and am taking a college nutrition class. I also grew up in an “alternative” household, although not of the doctor and foodie variety. Anyway, I hope to inspire people to be healthy through dance, fitness and food as well. I can’t wait to read more here. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. Thanks for following my blog. I’m so glad you did because I love yours! I am a vegetarian and gluten free for almost 2 years now, and agree with you about the power of nutritional choices and activity level being essential to our overall well being (“every cell in my body responds to every thought I think”-so true and a major reason why I practice yoga)…it’s inspiring to hear your story and how much you care about the career/lifestyle path you have chosen. I look forward to reading more and trying some of your recipes in the future.
    Namaste! _/\_
    Victoria

  9. Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog! While I’m not vegan, I love to eat plant-based. I’ve seen & experienced the powerful effects that positive diet and lifestyle choices have on health and I look forward to checking out more of your posts!

    1. Awesome Rosie! I love your blog! I look forward to following as well. That’s cool that you notice how good food makes you feel. Most people don’t even know how good their bodies are supposed to feel! We are quite lucky. Have fun blogging 😀 ❤

  10. Thank you so much for the like on my recent blog! I hope you will continue reading!

    Also, it’s awesome to have some support from a fellow Boilermaker, much less in the same majors! Hail Purdue!

  11. Hi Katie! Fellow Marbleheader here… I find your blog amazing! I’m on a health journey after my freshmen year of college having terrible health habits! I love that you are doing this for all the right reasons. Will continue to read your advice… thank you 🙂

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