Meet the Wellness Professional: Christina Tangredi, Nurse Practitioner, Nutrition Specialist, and Registered Yoga Teacher

Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of 20 questions and they choose to answer them however they'd like.  [Are you a "Wellness Professional"? Email Amy at RVCAmy at gmail dot com to be featured here.]

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This week I'd like to introduce you to Christina Tangredi, Nurse Practitioner, Nutrition Specialist, and Registered Yoga Teacher


Bio: 

Christina Tangredi is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at Enhance Health.  She has additional expertise in nutrition and is an experienced practitioner and teacher of yoga (E-RYT 500).     

What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?

My wellness philosophy is to incorporate healthy lifestyle behaviors into the daily routine.  I plan ahead to ensure that I always have healthy, whole foods on hand.  I try to do some form of exercise or activity every day whether it’s 5 minutes or 45 minutes.  It’s like that saying… if you don’t use it, you lose it!  Sleep is also really important.  I aim to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep per night. 

How did you get to where you are now?

I have been a nurse practitioner for over ten years and in the healthcare industry for about 20 years. I have experienced a variety of healthcare settings and specialty areas within the traditional healthcare model but found that it was difficult to find time to truly educate and support healthy behaviors for my patients.  At Enhance Health, our team is focused on both mind and body health where we provide comprehensive, “whole-self” evidenced-based care.  We promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and empower patients to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life.

Cathleen Beaver and Christina Tangredi at Enhance Health

What makes you unique in your field?

I truly love what I do.  I am passionate about caring for people and guiding them to make choices that promote health and wellbeing. I think this love and passion shines through when I interact with patients or clients. I am interested in hearing the patient’s story so I can better understand what makes them tick.  Being fully present with each person is important to me. 

It is a privilege for me to provide care for the Upper Valley community.

What's your go to meal for: breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage? 

You will always find me drinking water throughout the day, and 1 - 2 cups of black coffee in the morning.  I love hot tea especially when it gets colder outside.  My three meals are usually pretty adequate to fuel my day.  If I need a snack, I reach for fruit, nuts, or a homemade granola bar. 

  • Breakfast: green smoothie (something like ½ cup of cooked red lentils, two big handfuls of greens, banana, and water or homemade cashew milk) or almond butter on whole grain toast with sliced banana, sprinkle of cinnamon and a few raisins…yum!  I love varying my  breakfast routine.
  • Lunch: Leftovers from last night’s dinner adventure.
  • Dinner: Always different and I love to experiment in the kitchen.  My husband is the guinea pig.  I try to incorporate local and seasonal ingredients in my dishes along with an array of different herbs, spices, and seasonings.  I love exploring different cultures through cuisine.  I play with many different ingredients and whole grains.  I prefer healthy, plant-based cooking.  No matter how healthy, the dish has to taste good for it to make our regular recipe cycle. 

What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?

Dark chocolate and a glass of really good red wine. I am really picky about my chocolate.  The darker the better.  I usually go for 70% or higher. I am really into the Salty Dark Chocolate HU Bar from HU Kitchen.  I am also pretty particular about red wine.  I always love a good Barolo. 

What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?

Growing up, my diet was not great.  I consumed a lot of packaged or processed foods along with artificial sweeteners.  I wish I knew about eating healthier at an earlier age in life.  I would have felt better sooner!  Because healthy eating gives me endless energy to do the things I love. 

What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?

Be a food detective and do the bulk of your shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store because you are more likely to find whole or minimally processed foods.  Learn how to read nutrition labels and ingredient lists.  You will be surprised to learn some unexpected ingredients in foods. 

What's your favorite quote or mantra?

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

Who or what gives you inspiration? 

My husband.

If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?

Yoga mat.

What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?

Taking my two golden retrievers (Lucy and Max - I love them) out for a nice long walk or jog.

What are your passions outside of your field?

I love to cook for my family and friends.  Teaching and practicing yoga.

What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
How do you make better bad decisions? 

Healthy eating has been a passion of mine since graduate school.  Making better food choices is about improving health and wellbeing without cutting out major food groups or eliminating dessert. Healthy eating goes beyond basic nutrition.  You really have to look at food quality, quantity, know triggers, and hunger cues along with being mindful! 

The best advice I can give to anyone looking to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors is to make small changes and build over time.  The key is to integrate healthy choices into your unique lifestyle so that it can be sustained over the course of a lifetime. Think small, manageable changes that are flexible because you never know what life will throw at you.

Where can people learn more about you?

  • Contact Info: Christina Tangredi, APRN, Nurse Practitioner, Enhance Health, 67 Etna Road, Suite 350, Lebanon, NH 03766, 603-448-0055
  • Website: www.enhancehealth.org
  • Facebook: EnhanceHealth

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