Health & Wellbeing – old 20202021-03-22T16:04:21-07:00

This is about you and your goals.

It is not about the latest change-your-life diet book or what the doctor (or the internet) said you need to do. It’s about a plan that works for you – because if the plan does not suit you from the start it will not work in the long run. You need a plan that lets you meet and keep your goals.

I help people over 50 boost their energy, lose weight, sleep better and increase mental performance so that they can feel better, sharper and more confident. If this is your goal, I can deliver a plan.

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Why Cooking Matters

If you want to know exactly what you are eating the only way to do that is to make what you eat yourself. You can chose every ingredient, every spice, how much salt, and all the other details to make it delicious. Choosing what you want to eat is the start of cooking.
Cooking starts with recipes of course. There are an endless supply of them. You can start with your Mom’s recipes. Or go with Julia Childs, Martin Yan, or Michael Chiarello. Find a magazine that has pretty pictures. Cut out what looks good. And make it a few times. If you do not like a recipe you do not have to keep it. You never have to make it again.
Recipes are just guidelines. They are ideas. Cooking happens when you shop. Imagine finding tomatoes that are in season for a price that seems unreal. That is when cooking starts. What can you make from them. What other parts go with the tomatoes. Am I prepared to spend the time to do all the things I imagine. Instead of tomatoes it might be a fish. The cheese sample might inspire. Only take away what will help you today.
Tying new things is fun. Have you ever made noodles from scratch? Making noodles is easy once you know how. How about a sauce. A broth. Hummus from beans. A new way to make salad. Cole slaw without using cabbage. If you don’t know where to start try a search starting with: recipe for ______

Melissa is a joy to work with. I learned so much from her.

J. F.

I have enjoyed working with Melissa the past couple of years on overall nutrition and gut healthy food. I have had several health challenges after donating my liver in 2005 and Melissa has really helped me navigate my health issues. I recommend her without hesitation. She has also given me some really great recipes.

K. W. D.

When I learned of my pre-diabetic condition, my doctor asked if I wanted to talk with a Nutritionist. I believed I was reasonably knowledgeable about diet, nutrition and general health. In conversations with Melissa, I was immediately impressed with the scope of her knowledge, dedication to and flexibility in assisting me, and with her ability to share her passion and inspire me to research on my own to further our conversations. Melissa is fun to work with and her bright personality and genuine interest in people serve her well.

T. O.

Melissa’s expertise and guidance has been invaluable as I continue to educate myself on adapting a healthier lifestyle after overcoming kidney cancer.