Nice to Meet You!
I’m glad you’re here! My name’s Melissa, and I’m a health coach! 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 too struggled with my weight my relationship with food. I want to connect with women who are struggling like I was, and guide them to a nourishing relationship with food and themselves.
At a young age, I knew 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 during my late teens and early 20’s.
However, in doing so, I developed a terrible relationship with food and my body. I was fearful of carbs and fat and did my best to avoid them. I also dealt with stress and anxiety while in college that I had no idea how to manage or cope with.
To help myself cope, I chose external things to forget and numb what was going on in my mind. Partying, alcohol, controlling my food, not eating regularly, or caring for my body, is what I chose instead.
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 and didn’t dread.
I didn’t want to harm my body by not nourishing it anymore.
Once I got that in my mind and vowed to change, 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 didn’t want to look at myself anymore and throw tantrums about how my thighs could be smaller (like they were in high school).
That just took up too much of my energy!
Plus, I realized this is my one life and I there’s so much I want to do. Do I want to spend my youth talking about how much skinnier I could be? Nope! Sometimes I struggle, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to get out of that negative place when my mind wants to go there. I just remind myself that it’s temporary and I feel good and I’m content. Then I move on.
Trying to always eat according to a diet is exhausting!
There’s no such thing as having a perfect diet, and if you think there is, you’re not truly feeling joy in every area of your life.
In my programs I help women start where they are, and unlearn all of the strict food rules and diet habits–like weighing food and counting calories, carbs and fat grams.
You 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 help you think about your behaviors more and get into a flow as opposed to working against your body.