It’s Nice to Meet You!
I’m glad you’re here! My name’s Melissa and I help women lose weight at a comfortable pace, and reclaim a healthy, positive relationship with food. I’m so not into diets and being at odds with my body.
I became a health coach because I struggled with my weight and my relationship with food for almost 8 years.
I want to connect with women who are tired of dieting and ready to have a nourishing relationship with food and themselves.
At a young age, I learned that if I didn’t take care of myself, I’d end up with chronic illness like the majority of my family. With that in mind I used different tactics from different diets to try and stay slim throughout my late teens and early 20’s. I had a fear of gaining weight because I related extra weight to health problems.
However, I developed a terrible relationship with food and my body because of this belief. I feared carbs and fat and, did my best to avoid them. I was very one-sided in my approach and didn’t know what balance was. I also dealt with stress and anxiety while in college and didn’t have good coping mechanismas aside from eating or dirinking.
Partying, alcohol, controlling my food, not eating regularly, or caring for my body, is how I lived instead, until I got really tired of the stress that it was causing.
I had to make some changes!
Once I stopped focusing on restricting food and began to let myself enjoy foods that I would normally eat in secret, is when I started to let go and notice changes. I learned to eat more frequently, and then started to feel hungry for whole foods. I also found exercise that I enjoyed doing as a way to release stuck energy and stress.
Once I started to see that food wasn’t the enemy and there was more to life than controlling what I ate, I started to appreciate and like my body more. I gradually changed how I spoke to myself and how I saw myself in the mirror. I started to like what I saw versus throw tantrums about how my thighs looked and how I wish they could be smaller.
That took up too much of my energy!
I realized that I was spending way too much of my brain space thinking about my body and weight, and that this is my one chance at life. I didn’t want to spend my youth talking about how much skinnier I could be? Nope! There are days that I struggle a bit, but it’s a 180 from where I used to be. I don’t dwell on snug fitting pants anymore or feeling bloated. I just remind myself that it’s temporary and I’m nourishing my body in positive ways. Then I move on.
Trying to eat according to a diet get’s exhausting!
There’s no such thing as having a perfect diet, and if you think there is, you’re not truly enjoying your life.
In my 1:1 program I help women start where they are, then unlearn all of the food rules and diet habits–like weighing food, counting calories, carbs and fat grams.
You’ll learn how to eat more mindfully, no matter what food it is. Then dive into a back-to-basics approach to eating and finding foods that you like to cook and snack on.
We find things that you enjoy doing that will and help you become more aware of your behaviors. You’ll learn how to work with your body instead of working against it.
If that sounds like something you’ve been wanting to do and don’t know how to do it on your own, I’d love to hear from you!