About Kristina


I began my career as a CPA but I’m a nutrition, health, and wellness enthusiast at heart.  I was lucky to be raised by parents who were the quintessential 1970s “health food nuts.” We ate homegrown vegetables, organic chicken, and rarely any processed junk food. After a typical teenage deviation during my college years (my dad calls it “the time Kris lay on the couch and ate hamburgers”), I came back to my healthy roots and have lived there ever since.


But even after my best nutritional efforts (except for that hamburger period), I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer on July 3, 2007. There were definitely fireworks that year, but not the fun kind. So while undergoing traditional treatment, I also took charge of my well being and brought my healthy lifestyle to a whole new level.  As a result of great doctors and clean living, I have been happily cancer-free ever since.


Back to introducing myself as a CPA or Certified Public Accountant. You probably wondered, “Why should I take nutrition advice from an accountant?”


Well, we accountant-types appreciate full disclosure, so here’s the scoop.


For several years, I’d been studying nutrition and science, including biology, chemistry, psychology, and anatomy with the ultimate goal of becoming a registered dietician. However, because of the highly troubling ties between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Big Food corporate interests, I changed my focus to holistic nutrition. I knew that’s where my heart truly belonged. It feels right.


In July 2014, I completed my health coaching certification training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. In addition, in 2015 I began working towards a Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through the University of Western States in Portland, OR.


Moving forward, I offer you the analytical mind of a CPA, a sharp understanding of science, a voracious thirst for nutrition knowledge, and the experience of applying that knowledge to my own life-or-death health issues.


Today, my mission is to help YOU navigate today’s confusing food landscape using the tools you’ll find throughout this website.


Yet, although good nutrition played a huge role in both my physical and emotional recovery, I am not an advocate of any extreme dieting practices. That’s why The Vail Diet focuses on eating real, nutrient-dense, high-quality food as well as movement and spirituality, in whatever form best suits you.


It’s about balance, not dogma. And it’s about navigating this ever-changing and fascinating world of food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices.


Please join me and we’ll do this together.




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