Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you’re here!
Just a little about me
My name is Melissa, and I love love love food, nature, traveling, and spending quality time with my daughter and our dog, Ladybug. We’re currently in Flower Mound, Texas. Professionally, I’m a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Lactation Consultant, and Registered Nurse.
Why I’m here
I became a nurse in 2011 and have worked in a lot of different environments from the Emergency Department to Mother-Baby to Procedures. Throughout my nursing career I noticed a few things:
- No one was really getting healthier even though they were doing what their doctors told them.
- I realized that the medical industry was a disease and symptom management system as opposed to a healing system.
- You make A LOT more money off of sick people than you do well people, and healthcare is a HUGE business.
- I felt like I was lying to patients and I wasn’t happy with the information that the medical industry gave to healthcare providers, patients, and their families.
- I saw dietary diseases treated with non-dietary methods over and over again, which don’t address the problem.
- I thought I was eating “healthy” when I wasn’t.
- My own body was breaking down from constant stress which was affecting my ability to be the mom I wanted to be.
The most significant thing I realized was that I was on the wrong end of the problem. If I wanted to really help people, I couldn’t do it in a fast-paced hospital setting. So I transitioned to holistic nutrition.
There is definitely a time and place for conventional medicine. I probably won’t wait for my beloved herbs to reattach my arm if it gets cut off, but real health starts with prevention, which starts with awareness and what you do or don’t put in your body.
After working with many different populations, that seemed to be the hardest part: to know what’s healthy, what’s not healthy, and how to eat. Add in overstimulated bodies and food marketing, and you nearly need a degree to figure out what’s actually good for you.
That’s where I can help.
Here’s a few things that a lot of people don’t know about me
I grew up on microwavable Chef Boyardee, frozen lasagna, Dr. Pepper, and Domino’s Pizza. I weighed more in 5th grade than I do now, and in my early adult years had an elevated fasting blood sugar, high cholesterol, reproductive problems, a terrible caffeine addiction, and the worst sugar cravings ever.
That was 70 lbs ago.
I totally get how confusing and intimidating it can be to transition from one lifestyle to another. On paper, transitioning is simple, but not easy–UNLESS you have the right tools, support, and mindset.
So if all the health food hype confuses you, you’re in the right place.
Okay, but what is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the holistic practice of respecting each person’s bio-individuality, transformative education, and functional nutrition.
Nutritional Therapy looks for the root cause of your health challenges using a food-first approach to promote healing and wellness. Many dietary symptoms are treated with non-dietary solutions which can provide a temporary band-aid, but does not address the problem.
Our bodies are made of complex interconnected systems that work together. To help you meet your health goals, we work to balance the key foundational systems that keep your going:
- Blood Sugar Regulation
- Mineral Balance
- Fatty Acid Absorption
- Lifestyle Factors
All of these systems work together, and if there’s an imbalance, it can affect how you feel, your moods, other systems (like reproductive and immunity), and even influence your children’s eating patterns, habits, and future health in ways you might have never connected or thought.
Here you’ll find:
You can find recipes on my blog. All of the recipes are simple and easy to make–even chocolate! They are all gluten-free, milk-free, and mostly corn and soy-free.
Food Education + Food-First Strategies
You won’t find fad diets here, but you will find a bigger picture that includes how certain foods can affect behavior, your body, and the environment that help you make your own decisions about the food you decide to eat. Sometimes all it takes is a little information makes your decisions a lot easier.
Physical health is important, but emotional and mental health are just as important, if not more. If your emotional health is neglected, it will show up in your body. You’ll find simple tools that help bring awareness and keep track of self-care.
Thanks again for stopping by! Let’s stay connected :). Find me @melissayoonmartin on instagram.