Hi! I’m Kristine, the Rogue Vegan. I have been doing hair in the Motion Picture and Television Industry for over 12 years, but now, with a five-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter, I am in a different place in my life. My main focus has turned to my family and my passion – helping others gain back what is rightfully theirs: a healthy, happy and thriving life!
When I was eighteen and moved out of my parents’ house, my diet made a drastic change from home-cooked, traditional Filipino meals to fast food and the typical standard American diet. My interest in health and nutrition came right after I had my son. My desire to provide him with the very best was my driving force down the path to health and wellness.
I was tired of always feeling exhausted and turning to coffee or energy drinks for a quick energy fix. I knew that my diet was total crap (literally) and I needed to change it.
I was tired of using beauty products (sometimes spending a ridiculous amount of money) just to be disappointed by its seductive claims.
I used to get so excited to be able to spoil my mom with high-end beauty products companies would send me that she would never buy for herself to only see it collect dust on her vanity table. Why? She refused to put anything on her body with ingredients that she had to handle in the laboratory with special precautionary measures – as a biohazard. That's when RED LIGHTS started flashing in front of my eyes.
I started paying attention to ingredient lists on food packages and personal care products. I wasn’t too keen on the long list of words I couldn’t pronounce so I started to make my own all natural, organic skin care line and, with the help of my husband, started to grow our own food in our backyard.
Being in the business of beauty for so long and companies sending me products all the time, I was amazed to find that using natural products were far more effective, didn't hurt my pocketbook and most importantly, was not harmful to my body. With the proper diet and reducing my toxic load as much as I could, people started commenting on my much more youthful appearance and that I was glowing – that's when I started to investigate even further how food and lifestyle can reverse or accelerate the aging process.
When my daughter was born, my intentions were to switch her to formula after two months of nursing her. After researching day after day and night after night all the different formulas, I was horrified to find out what was in baby formula. Needless to say, I ended up exclusively breastfeeding her for six months until she would not take to it anymore. This experience, as well as having to grow my own food to avoid the thousands of food-like products that line our store shelves, lit a flame in me and I made it my objective to educate as many people as I could so that they could make informed choices.
With this fire in me, I dropped out of law school and enrolled myself at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. I needed to make sense of it all. What led me to this school was a desire and a drive that kept calling me – I have to teach people how to heal and be the best Jack or Jane that they could be.
I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of health. When I decided to go to IIN I never expected to gain from it all the things that I have. It has literally changed my life! It is my passion sharing with others not only what I have learned from my studies but what I have put into practice in my own life that has allowed me to create a more vibrant and energetic life and has helped me heal my allergies, my skin conditions and my family's health issues.
I healed myself and I want to share my knowledge with you so that you can do the same. I am not unique. If there is one success story, there could be thousands, or even millions of success stories. Everyone has the potential to be the best person they can be.
Food… it is a very powerful thing! Our bodies were designed to thrive in health and has the ability to heal itself, given half the chance.
It is my hope to inspire you and for you to take away with you as much as you can to create that happy, healthy and vibrant life you deserve!