Food As Ally Weekly Group Support Meeting Schedule

Dedicated to making food our ally through reclaiming food choices, listening to our bodies, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues…all with a supportive community led by an experienced nutrition professional who developed the program after 17 years as a nutrition consultant.

Gina Briganti, BASc in Applied Nutrition
Developer of the Food As Ally program

Food As Ally Weekly Group Support Meetings are currently held on Wednesday evenings at Lotus (Dallas, TX), Thursday evenings at Entelechea (Richardson, TX), and Friday evenings on Zoom. Join us by registering below for the meeting you want to attend. There is a bonus pack if you purchase 5 meetings – a free 30-minute private Food As Ally session with Gina.

Food As Ally at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas

Weekly Wednesday Group Support Meetings

Next meeting: September 28th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. CST

Dedicated to making food our ally through reclaiming food choices, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues, Food As Ally group support meetings are how you get step-by-step guidance to make lasting changes.

4 seats open. Purchase tickets here for Lotus Salon Suites.

Food As Ally at Entelechea Center – Next Meeting: Thursday, September 29nd, 6:30-7:30 p.m. CST

Entelechea Center 1201 International Parkway, Ste. 200 Richardson, TX 75081 4 seats are open in this meeting. Pre-registration is required. You will be contacted at the email provided during checkout to receive program steps for the meeting. Registration closes at the end of the day on the Tuesday before the meeting.


Food As Ally Group Zoom Support Meeting Friday, September 30th, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST*

Dedicated to making food our ally through listening to our bodies, reclaiming food choices, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues, Reiki Food As Ally group support meetings are how you get step-by-step guidance to make lasting changes. Meetings are led by Gina Briganti, Nutrition Consultant, Reiki Master Teacher, and founder of the program. During the meeting Gina will send Reiki to help with mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual layers. You will be emailed the Zoom link and a PDF copy of the Food As Ally program overview and steps materials for where you are in the program before the meeting. Registration closes Take your next step by registering today! *Not available in all areas due to nutrition laws in different states. Please check with Gina before registering by email foodasally at gmail dot com. 3 spots are open in this meeting.


Get ready to say goodbye to emotional eating and food obsession.

Meetings are led by Gina Briganti, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and program developer. 

Food As Ally Weekly Group Support Meetings Bonus Package

Pre-pay for 5 meetings and receive a 30-minute private Food As Ally session with Gina. ($50 value)


Cookies and salad both provide energy for the body. Emotionally healthy food choice is one of the Food As Ally goals.

Private Food As Ally video, phone, and in-person sessions are also available. Click here for more information.

New clients, schedule your free 20-minute Q&A video or phone call here.

Questions? Feel free to ask here or contact Gina through Food As Ally at gmail dot com.


Forget The Glass Skin TikTok Trend! Here’s How You Can Obtain Luminous Skin More Naturally — THE LIFESTYLE COLLECTIVE

By Brazen Edwards As someone who prefers to embrace ageing gracefully, my normal skincare routine is lacklustre and consists of using cleansing wipes, Cetaphil for hormonal acne (being peri-menopausal sucks) and rubbing coconut oil into my laugh lines.  Don’t roll your eyes! It works for me as people are often shocked at how young I […]

Forget The Glass Skin TikTok Trend! Here’s How You Can Obtain Luminous Skin More Naturally — THE LIFESTYLE COLLECTIVE

Detox Foods

Stay Fit

A vital component of achieving optimal health is detoxification.



There is a solid reason why lemons are a mainstay of many detox diets. First of all, lemons are a fantastic source of the disease-fighting antioxidant vitamin C, which is beneficial for the skin. The citrus fruit also has an alkaline impact on the body, which means it can aid in restoring the pH balance of the body and strengthen the immune system. To assist your body remove toxins and cleanse itself, try starting your day with a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon.



It could be beneficial to include ginger in your diet if consuming too much fatty food or alcohol upset your digestive system. Ginger can aid with digestion, bloating, and gas reduction in addition to being effective for lowering nausea. In addition, ginger is beneficial for strengthening the immune system…

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Spaghetti alla Nicolina (Spaghetti with Zucchini and Pecorino Romano)

You can feel Aunt Juju’s beautiful heart in this post.

Nicolina Sergiacomo Peduzzi is the maker behind Rustichella D’abruzzo. the Italian pasta used in this post. She also created this recipe which I found in; Autentico Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way by Rolando Beramendi(2017). The pasta is made with carefully selected durum wheat semolina and pure spring water in Abruzzo where many consider the finest pasta comes from. The Peduzzi family has been making pasta since 1924 from this region of Italy. On the back of the pasta: “The combination of our fertile soil, salty Adriatic breezes and pure Apennine mountain spring water has long been said to work magic.”

This is a recipe Nicolina makes often for guests and the author of this cookbook had this pasta dish the first time he met her and continues to enjoy it everytime he comes “home.”

Simple and you won’t believe how good this is!

A very authentic Italian…

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Sumac-Spiced Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Tomato-Onion Salad

I love the flavor of sumac and am excited to try this recipe.

All I can say is you have to make this sumac-pomegranate flavored recipe while the tomatoes are perfectly ripe (at least here in Michigan). The spiced onions are heavenly and the chicken is tender and goes perfectly in this Palestinian recipe. It is a take on a dish called musakhan, which is chicken seasoned with tangy, deep red sumac which has a hint of lemon. Serve with some flat bread of your choice – I had some Naan on hand.

This is Christopher Kimball’s version of a popular dish from his cookbook “Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean”. There are some different ingredients as well as the method of cooking. It is simple to make with ingredients that are easily obtainable. I made some changes creating my own version. This recipe is a great choice to start winding down the summer.

A spicy dish with fresh tomatoes and…

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Body Wisdom and Food Shopping

Today’s trip to my favorite store, Trader Joe’s, was always going to include an array of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, because my mental, emotional, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies thrive on them.

When I saw these on the shelf, I didn’t think or hesitate to put them in the cart. I knew they were meant for me.

Photo and graphic by Gina Briganti.

Now for a new approach and insight into how much my relationship with food and my bodies has changed – I wanted to find out why they were meant for me. What did my intuition know that my brain didn’t?

A quick search revealed that fresh green figs are:

High in vitamins A and C


Rich in calcium, iron, and potassium

Even without knowing the science behind what I need right now, my tastebuds are excited. Fresh figs are a treat. If you haven’t tried them…

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Journal Opportunity – Food As Ally

Graphic by Gina Briganti via Canva

Which breakfast choices give you natural energy to start the day?

As you answer, check in with each body.

What does your mental body need to get going in the morning?

What does your physical body need?

How about the emotional?

The spiritual?

Observation is a big part of making food your ally. Gentle reminder: observation is not judgment. Focus on awareness. Let the insights come. Here’s an example of the difference: if you’re thinking, “I should get a juicer,” that’s most likely judgment. If you’re focusing on allowing your bodies to speak to you, a juicer could gently pop into your mind, or one of your bodies could call out for fresh juice.

It takes practice, but with practice, you will gain perspective that reshapes your world.

Peace and love,


Simple Nutrition Advice

It does exist. If you start here, your next steps will start to show themselves.

Affordable weekly group support meetings are the difference between wanting change and taking informed steps to sustainable wellness.

Food As Ally group (in person) support meetings are every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CST at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas.

Zoom Reiki Food As Ally Weekly Group Support Meetings are Friday evenings from 7:00-8:00 CST.

Visit for registration, details, and information.

Body Positivity

Graphic by Canva

Supportive in all the right ways to stand tall

Knows you better than anyone

Picks you up when you fall

Always up for a little fun

Tastebuds delight when we answer their call

Skin signals red to get out of the sun

Brain keeps up with all

Healthy is the measure of one

Celebrate that body, y’all

Dedicated to everyone who pays attention to their body care.

Easy Lunch, Dinner, or Snack – Food As Ally Meal Idea

You’ve been asking for easy meal ideas that will keep you out of a hot summer kitchen. This is one of my favorites.

Fast Nachos photo by Gina Briganti

Nachos are endlessly versatile and a great way to eat cool sour cream, fresh diced tomatoes, zesty green onions, smooth velvety guacamole, ready-made cheeze (non-dary or dairy) sauce, your choice of tortilla chips, and protein.

Added bonus, it travels well.

Take it with you – Fast Nachos. Photo by
Gina Briganti.

Bring these to work or a picnic by separating ingredients in containers. Purchased guacamole singles (pictured – Trader Joe’s Avocado’s Numbers Guacamole to Go) are perfect for one meal and will stay green. The protein of choice, next to the plant-based cheeze sauce, is grilled turkey cutlets. Coconut water is a favorite hydrating drink for hot days. Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s give salsa flavor.

For a snack, make a smaller nacho plate. At lunch, add more food to fill you until snack or dinner. If it’s dinner time, load up the table so everyone can add what they for Nacho Bar.

What do you think? Is this easy, fast, and customizable for your life?