Hi! I’m Melissa.
I am a mama to two awesome kids, wife to a pretty great husband, and like everyone else, I've got a million things on my plate. I know that nourishing my body with real food, getting adequate sleep, and managing my stress levels optimizes my ability to handle whatever life throws my way. My passion is to empower people - especially busy women such as myself - to take their health into their own hands, understand what it truly means to be healthy, and help people find their wellness by balancing blood sugar through a real food lifestyle.
As the daughter of parents who both have type 2 diabetes - one of whom died due to complications of the disease - I am determined not to share their fate. Although I've now realized that eating whole, nutrient-dense foods leads me to a place of optimal health, this wasn't always the case for me. In the earlier years of my life, my diet consisted of low-fat, highly processed, sugar-filled, chemical-laden food-like substances. I drank soda to wash down my dinner, and it wasn't uncommon for us to head to the store for some candy or to the ice cream shop down the street for a post-dinner treat. A youthful metabolism and playing basketball and volleyball seemed to keep my junk food obsession in check, so it wasn't apparent to me that eating all that junk could be problematic.
My college years brought newfound independence, the ability to eat and drink whatever I wanted, and little time to exercise due to the stress of juggling school and work. As such, my unhealthy ways caught up to me and I gained way more than the "Freshman 15". After graduation, I finally realized that I should probably try to get healthy, so I sought the assistance of a personal trainer at my local gym, who coached me through a fitness and nutrition plan, and the excess weight came off fairly easily. This started me down the path of understanding how what we eat affects our health.
I have conducted years of self-study in the field of nutrition - poring over as many books, articles, websites, and podcasts that I could get my hands on. Some soul-searching led me to pursue more formal education in this area, and I enrolled to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association.
We've all heard the adage, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." In the thousands of years since Hippocrates made this profound statement, we've unfortunately fallen away from this concept. All too quickly, we turn to other means to help us feel better. I teach people that you really can feel amazing by making simple changes to what and how you eat.
I want you to know that no matter where you’re at with your life, it’s always the perfect time to take control of your health. I’m here to empower you to find your wellness, one nutritious, delicious bite at a time. Let me show you how!