HOW JON LOST 50 POUNDS
Back in 2010, I weighed 195lbs. It was the heaviest I have ever been and I was consistently lethargic. My mind sought adventure and a desire to take on the world, however, my body just wasn’t cooperating.
My dear friend and neighbor then just met Alina Z and started consuming her green smoothies in the morning and throughout the day. His smoothies consisted of wheat grass, kale, blueberries, chia seeds, bananas and more. From these smoothies, not only did I see his waistline shrink, but he had an enormous amount of energy too.
This newfound energy, of course, helped him with his career directing large-scale community events. A few months later I also met Alina and started to incorporate a variety of green smoothie and juices in my life and the results have been tremendous.
From this quality nutrition, I lost 50 lbs and my energy level has skyrocketed. Finally, my body was in line with my desire to take on the world. My job requires me to travel and write and to stay in hotels and speak to doctors, patients, medical and business professionals and more. This newfound energy has not only helped me tackle multiple projects, but it has made me conscious of what I put in my body.
In addition, it has my mind sharper, improved my romance level in my relationships, made my skin glow and has brightened my outlook. It is neat how a simple alteration in my diet has created a whole array of positive change. Je ne regretted rien!
Miami Beach, FL
HOW LAURIE CHANGED HER RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
Well I am home from my FABULOUS Alaska cruise. I focused on eating healthy while indulging myself when I wanted to. There were many choices which really made it easy. (I maintained my weight) One morning they served a Spinach Tofu soup for breakfast. Yeah GREENS!! Didn’t have a lot of choices for DARK greens, but managed and ate lots of fruits and vegetables.
Looking forward to returning to my routine eating everything you taught me to love. Went to Whole Foods and restocked, making my Quinoa for the week, and have lots of salad stuff, coconut water, greens, grains and beans. I look forward to your posts which are continuous coaching and encouragement for me.
COOKING CLASSES REVIEW
Lila and I want to thank Alina Z for her wonderful vegan cooking demonstrations.
We were privileged to participate in her cooking classes at both the Boca Resort and at Whole Foods. The food she prepared was delicious. More importantly we walked away with the ability to duplicate Alina’s recipes in our home.
Since we turned vegan several years ago, we have attended numerous cooking classes here in Florida and in other venues. Noone does it better than Alina.
We are blessed to have Alina here in South Florida.
Dr. Richard Yules, M.D.
Boca Raton, FL
FROM A MANAGER AT WHOLE FOODS
The moment I met Alina I knew she was a very special person. She is filled with such a huge array of talent, knowledge and passion. I learn something new every time I work with her. Our customers really respond to her method of teaching and look forward to her classes each month.
Each of her classes has been full with a wait list within the first few days of registration. She is such a pleasure to work with, as well as inspiring. I look forward to hosting more events with her in the future.
Abigail Nagorski, Lifestyle Center Culinary Instructor
Whole Foods Market, Boca Raton
CROHN’S FLAIR CALMED
Having multiple food intolerances and Crohn’s disease, I was searching for a nutritionist that could work with my unique needs and help guide me to better health (and loose a few pounds along the way!) I immediately connected with Alina’s approach to nutrition- grounded in eating whole foods and not depriving yourself, her philosophy about body and blood type and its effects on our weight and health-and decided she was the right fit.
Having a food company, I felt I’d tried most everything – but Alina introduced me to new super foods to add into my repertoire.
During my session with Alina I had a full flare of my Crohn’s, and together we were able to calm the flare with foods that supported my medication and advice from my doctor.
In our discussions we went way deeper than just nutrition, tapping into why my body was upset and not following the direction of my mind. About two-thirds of the way thru the session my body and mind finally felt into sync.
She has taught me to rethink why I ate, what I eat and how to eat, and most importantly to listen to my body and what it is telling me. Nutrition is more than just nutrients and calories – it is giving your body what it TRUELY needs when it needs it – something Alina has taught me.
Carey G, Owner
Alina Z is RAWmazing!
Her passion for health and vitality will be known to you within 3 minutes of being in her presence…and all of a sudden you just feel inspired to “Let Yourself Blossom!” Alina is one of those that are truly helping the world be a better place.
I am honored to know her – she most definitely is RAWkin’ with PURE ENERGY!!!
~ Steve Factor,
Owner and Creator of Pure Energy Factor and RAWkin’ Juice
I highly recommend her program and her approach.
Not only can Alina create nutritious and delicious meals, snacks, and juices she can guide you to a clearer more cognizant mind! It isn’t a typical “therapy” session with Alina. It’s a discussion with an old friend! If you don’t believe me.. check out her blog! She takes any situation you present to her and puts it in terms you can relate to. For example: I would be having a hard time in my personal life and Alina, knowing my preferences, was able to take my situation, analyze it, and present it to me in terms of a shopping experience. Her ability to dissect and get to the root cause of situations, present them in ways that one can understand, and address them helped me get to a calmer and more productive space in life. She is true in her thoughts and will tell you what you need to hear but in a kind, warm, and loving way.
She helps one to clear out the toxins… not only in ones diet.. but in their lives. Her advice, like her food (especially the Kale chips and green juice) is fantastic and cleansing. You feel energized and refreshed after a session with Alina.
Andrea G., Arlington, VA
Alina offers her undeniable knowledge about living foods in a way that engages you from the start.
After knowing, working and observing Alina there is one comment that goes without saying….She is the consummate professional. Alina is serious about the importance of nutrition and how to achieve optimum results using food as the medium for curative measures, which is why her presentations are so unique and inspiring….she takes the burden of learning off of the participant and infuses her workshops and classes with fun so you don’t even recognize how much you are learning. Alina is simply at the top of her game, and it is so refreshing to work with and know someone that is passionately walking her talk.
Odette Maria Artime
Alina is an extremely gifted coach.
So much of what blocks us from developing a more healthy lifestyle can not be approached by strict rules, expectations and the directive approach I have observed in health coaches and life coaches alike. Alina is approachable, down to earth and non-judgmental. She has the ability to connect with individuals of all backgrounds and make them feel at ease. This allows one to be honest with her and in turn to honest with themselves. Alina is unique because she is both knowledgeable and humble. She never presumes to know what you need, or why you do what you do, better than you do. Even if sometimes she does know better than you! She guides you while allowing you to grow at your own pace on your own terms. I am grateful to know and work with such an incredible agent of change.
Melissa Cramer, LCSW CAP
Thanks again for making me a part of such a wonderful experience!
Alina your weekend class was awesome, loved all of your “Z” Tips. The recipes where great, the food all tasted delicious I love how we can always change or “fix” a recipe. You are one of my favorite raw Food teachers, enjoy spending time with you always.
Robert, Business Development Manager
Boca Raton, FL
I feel great and my friends have even noticed a difference in my being!
When I first started drinking green smoothies I had been feeling full and heavy and my workouts were sluggish. Today, it has become a daily regiment where I make a fresh green smoothie every morning and have it around the same time, late morning.
Robert, Business Development Manager
Boca Raton, FL
It’s a miRAWcle!
Being Russian is not just about being accustomed to cold and loving ballet. It’s also about loving rich, fatty, highly-processed foods and being accustomed to skeptically question everything. Everything.
Now imagine transitioning to incorporating (and craving!) the raw (and overall healthier) dishes and drinks – just after four days with Alina Zhukovskaya and her not only super-healthy, all-organic but also amazingly tasty approach to eating and – living.
Alina not only is highly knowledgeable about the various dietary theories, she also offers very easy-going, relaxed (oh and did I mention – delicious) practical ways to advise and assist me, a busy professional who also has an active social life and trains in martial arts, on how to achieve and sustain a high energy level throughout my day — through healthier nutrition that doesn’t demand much time or self-torture.
Thank you Alina! I feel stronger, more energetic, and more – light!
Yelena B., Washington DC
You are my catalyst to a future of balanced eating and living, and I am eternally grateful.
As a yoga teacher and practitioner for over 30 years, I have been exposed to many principals of healthy eating and living, but a recent turn of events in my private and professional life, just threw everything I know to be good for me out of wack, and I was living on hard boiled, albeit, organic eggs.
My cholesterol level was rising for the first time in my life, and I had no energy. I now am including sprouts, green drinks and grains into my daily diet, no matter how busy I get, and the results are amazing. In three months my cholesterol level dropped and my nerves are healing.
Sometimes we think we know more than we really do, and sometimes we just need a jump start.
Boca Raton, FL
With Alina’s knowledge and guidance, my immune system has also improved & my allergies are much more controlled!!
I’ve been Vegan for over 15 years, but I was eating too many processed & unhealthy foods . Alina introduced me to raw Vegan dishes that are not only more nutritious but taste much better. Now, not only is my diet kind to animals & the planet, its kind to me too!
Janine F., Fort Lauderdale, FL
I have lost a few pounds and feel great!
I stopped using processed products and enjoy shopping for food now! You have been great, helped me not only on my eating habits, but overall. Taught me how to appreciate and enjoy food, how to be balanced and indulge without feeling guilty.
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed your class and the awesome food you prepared.
I/we would love to partake in more classes. Please keep me notified of upcoming events….I will be there! Everyone should come take a look at your classes, I really learned a lot about how raw food ‘works’ to the benefit of our bodies…love all the ‘Z Notes’!!!
After working with Alina, I got the extra muscle I was looking for without the side-effects or empty calories.
I’ve been working out at the gym since my early 20’s, but I wanted to put on a little bit more muscle. Alina designed a personalized plan for me and introduced me to alternative sources of protein from what I was using before.
Alina is one of the best in her field.
She has the knowledge and compassion that is so strong, that you just want to hear what she has to say all day. She is one of the most insightful people I know. Her understanding and warmth is what makes her stand out most. Her creative mind helps you see things in a different perspective. Alina always wants to learn more, from nutritional theories to different acts of wellbeing. She has a genuine passion for what she does as a health counselor and it shows just by talking with her. She has helped me in so many ways which has led me to discover so much about my eating habits, and I know her work will strive because it comes naturally to Alina. She is simply the best health counselor I know.
Thank you for making me healthier.
After working with Alina for just a few weeks, I started to feel better and my energy level has increased tremendously. I loved the food, especially the raw vegan pizza and hummus.
Alina restored my faith.
I was a skeptic of raw food after visiting a local restaurant specializing in such dishes and did not enjoy it, but then Alina restored my faith. Her in-depth knowledge in the fields of health, nutrition and digestion enabled her to develop a delicious meal plan for me that gave me energy and had me feeling better than I have in years.