An Apple a Day – 5 Questions for Lisa Avellino, NY Health and Wellness’ Fitness Director

Lisa Avellino is one of New York’s top fitness experts and a corporate wellness consultant who has worked in the fitness industry for more than 30 years. She developed the Balance 3H+ “Reboot” fitness plan that accompanies the Balance 3H+ Diet Plan.  Reboot is a customized fitness program for women in perimenopause and menopause, and features simple, fun, and effective 15-minute periods of exercise during the day.

Lisa works closely with each of her clients to provide custom programs based on their needs, fitness level, and goals – including weight loss, increased strength, flexibility, toning, etc. Lisa is dedicated to motivating clients and creating an environment where health goals are heard, nurtured, and ultimately achieved. She is a published author and has been featured in The New York Times, Shape, Fitness, Prevention, and First for Women as well as FOX, NBC, ABC, NEWS 12, and others.

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Name: Lisa Avellino

Age (if you want to give it up): ageless

Occupation/Expertise: NY Health and Wellness Fitness Director

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY


1. What book should every one of your patients read? Why?

“The Little Engine That Could,” reason being, it’s the most basic and fundamental principle that we learned in kindergarten–having the “of course I can” mindset. Henry Ford says it best, whether you think you can or cannot, either way you are right.


2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard? And what advice do you always give your patients?

Be happy and stay happy.  When you are inspired, healthy lifestyle choices come easy and feel naturally effortless.

Best advice? Be careful of who you hang out with. We are creatures of habit and adaptation, so combine your circle and you have representation and reflection of yourself.


3. Are you staying healthy? If so, how do you take care of yourself? If not, what will you be doing to get back on track?

Yes, healthy! Energy is created brand new everyday, so wake up and put into the fuel bucket. Food is the obvious consideration; however, it is hydration, movement, breathing, and alignment that plays like a symphony. Optimal health is achieved when they are all in balance.


4. Would you recommend any of the following to your patients? Why or why not?

a. Coffee?

No, because it can cause stress on hormone balance, and can be quite addicting.

b. Vodka?

No, because it can have an adverse affect on your liver, and all body functions over time. Occasional use is considered light poisoning in my book.

c. Chocolate?

Dark, yes, high cocoa specifically, and again in moderation. If your goal is to lower your body fat and weight, be aware of the high caloric density ratio to serving size.

d. Eggs?

Yes, it’s a great source of protein.  Buy organic and hormone free.  A two-to-three egg white omelet is a great way to increase portion size.

e. Cheese?

Yes, almond or soy cheese, if you are not soy-restricted. Parmesan to sprinkle as a condiment, occasionally.

f. An apple a day?

Of course, it keeps the doctor away. It’s also a great source of pectin and fiber, and it’s way more delicious than apple pie. Try to gently warm, then add cinnamon and nutmeg with a sprinkle of raw oats – yum! All the nourishment and no guilt!


5. What trend or latest discovery in medicine/science fascinates you?

The next trend in weight loss is the correlation between hormone balance and weight gain. As a fitness professional, this intimation is a game changer, and we now realize fitness is medicine and how medically supervised exercise prescriptions can reboot and rebalance the body.


BONUS: What else about you or your field would you like to add, promote, or discuss?

I was asked to participate in Shape and Social Life Magazine’s fitness event called Healthy Guru in the Hamptons, which will be hosted by Veronica Webb on July 9th, that I’m excited about.  You can find out more by visiting


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