Mellissa is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and creative chef, her keen desire to help others heal through nutrition began with her own health issues where she suffered for years with a poor immune system, weight, pcos, IBS, anxiety and depression.
After years of Dr's visits, prescriptions, scans, tests, therapies, diets, supplements and far fetched visits to Shamans and ancient healers she finally came across the answer she was looking for:
“All disease begins in the gut” - Hypocrates
Mellissa's approach with her clients closely follows this ethos, as it was through truly nourishing her own gut that she managed to heal her mind and body to a level she never thought possible. Her own personal journey with health has enabled her to develop a way to empower and help others heal their own physical and mental health issues without using harmful medications which lead to further complications down the line.
Her desire for full mind and body healing led her on a self discovery journey through India, Bali, Thailand the U.S and Portugal where It was during this time she resolved that the only way forward was for her to take her health back from the pill dishing hands of the Medics into into her own and nature.
During her travels she learnt the art of meditation, spending silent months in Indian Ashrams and following the teachings of Adyashanti and Mooji. With this well rounded knowledge and empathic approach to a holistic lifestyle, Mellissa works on a one to one basis with clients and during their sessions focus not only on diet but on any possible hidden blocks that might be preventing you from living a fully enriched life.
Her imaginative cuisine and style of cooking concentrate on whole, healing foods that focus on nourishing the mind and body while reducing inflammation in the body which is the common denominating factor in all disease. Her delicious food and inventive recipes run parallel with her approach to yoga and mindfulness. She gained her 200 hour YYT at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh and is a Level II Reiki therapist. Aside from her training with IIN she also gained expertise with Pure Raw in Bali, has catered on numerous retreats and parties around the world, is part of the core team behind Rise and Shine Wellness Parties in London and worked as a live in chef at Rainbow City (now Merkebba Community) in Portugal.
Mellissa loves creating healthy, gluten free, low sugar recipes and shares them generously with her following on Instagram or jump to the recipe section of this website.
I trained with The Institute of Integrative Health where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Keto, Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
During my studies with IIN I was lucky enough to learn from some of the worlds top health and wellness experts including:
Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard Universit
Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
Reiki- In 2015 I trained in the Himalayan mountains of Dharamshala with Reiki Master Joshua and was initiated in the the ancient healing technique, using Mamar point release and specific enery transmission processes.
Yoga - 300 hours YTT completed at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh 2014. I have attended yoga classes in Bali, LA, London, India, Paris and Australia where I have been lucky enoug to learn various different styles to add to my own practise such as Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Iyenga, Kundalini and Bikram.
Raw Chef and Detox - 2015 In Bali I trained to be a raw chef and detox coach under Amy Rachelle at Pure Raw. This formal training was the stepping stone to my career as a health coach as it was just after this that I was asked to be the live in raw vegan chef at a community in the northern mountains of Portugal called Merkeba (formerly known as Rainbow City) The community started as just five people with no running water, electricity or toilets! (I was the only girl) and since it opened it has had over 1000 guests, countless retreats and permanent residents, I bought 2 hectres of the neighbouring land and plan to build a retreat centre there myself in the future.
Meditation and Mindfulness - After attending a Vipassina (silent meditation retreat) in Thaialnd in 2011 I found myself drawn to answer some of lifes more profound questions "Who am I" "What is my purpose?" , "There must be more to life". I travelled the world with these questions close to my heart as I sat with Guru's, Masters, Monks, Spiritual teachers and came to know that space beyond thoughts in which true peace is found. I bring these eastern teachings back to the west and help people encorporate the ancient knowledge in their busy day to day lives.
My Spiritual Teachers include
Mooji - I first met Mooji in 2014 on a retreat in Portugal, I worked on the team in during the Rishikesh retreat and moved and lived at his ashram and home 'Monte Sahaja' whilst immersing myself in his teachings for six months.
Adyashanti - San Francisco
Mukti - San Francisco
Matt Kahn - San Francisco
Rupert Spira - Buckland Hall, Hampstead and Oxford meet-ups.
Roger Castillo - Rishikesh and Hampstead.
Lisa Cairns - Tiruvunamali (India)
Amma - Living and working in Ammritapuri Ashram, Kerela.
My education and extensive life experience has equipped me with, cutting-edge and ancient knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention which looks at not only what we eat but how he nature of the mind effects the way we feel. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. When we work together you will develop a deeper understanding of yourself, why you make certain food and lifestyle choices and how to truly tune in to that which works best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.
Each session we have together will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. Together we will talk about things way beyond food, with my approach to whole healing I aim to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money which are all contributing factors to the foods we put in our mouths.. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.
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