Hi, I'm Melissa....
Some other fun facts about me…
I grew up in New Jersey, other wise known as Joisey to my East Coast Peeps. Yep, that's right, I'm a Jersey girl at heart, but California has been my home for the last 21 years.
I was raised on the Standard American Diet (SAD). Pop-tarts, Lucky Charms and Fruit Loops, were my breakfast of choice. By 10am I'd be snoozing on my desk in class, in a puddle of drool.
I battled with many childhood illnesses and never connected the dots to my diet. I was a complete sugar-aholic. I even had a dresser drawer full of sweets that I lived for.
My body image issues started at age 12, along with my food obsession. Growing up in a dysfunctional household with an alcoholic father did nothing to help me feel better about myself. I lived in fear and I was in constant survival mode.
Food was my only safety net. But my body was my nemesis. I had the biggest internal war going on right inside of me. I didn’t have a safe space to express my emotions, so I ate them away. I spent endless nights on the sofa eating, feeling completely alone.....
Luckily, I was always drawn to healthy food, and even though I had a skewed relationship to it, I ended up getting my certification in nutrition and wellness coaching thinking that would be the answer to my challenges.
Enter in Karma Chow, and my very first gig as private chef to fitness sensation Tony Horton, the creator of P90X. I was on top of the world, but I still had a dirty little secret, that kept me feeling like a fraud, and a phony.
No one knew how much I was struggling, and how much the food obsession, binge eating and emotional eating took over my life. One morning after a big binge session, I woke up disgusted, discouraged, feeling sick, fat and at a loss. I knew I couldn't do it alone anymore. I had hit bottom and I needed help.
I hired a coach and enrolled in a Masters program for Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. I took a 2-year journey into healing my food and body issues. I wanted FREEDOM and I would've done anything for it.
With lots of commitment, courage, patience, consistency and most importantly support, I broke out of my self-imposed prison, dropped the extra weight I was carrying and totally transformed my relationship to food, and most important MYSELF!
I’m now a Transformational Eating Coach, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Spiritual Psychologist, Plant-Based Chef, Speaker and Author of two best-selling cookbooks, The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook, and The Clean in 14 Detox.
I am here to support you in stepping fully into your greatness, in every area of your life, by empowering you to permanently lose the weight that's holding you back and to learn to love the skin you're in, so you don't have to go it alone!