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The Experts I Turn To For Health And Wellness Advice

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I was asked two great questions in an interview recently. The first one was, Who has had the most impact on my health and wellness journey? And the second was, Who do I NOW turn to for health and wellness information? And because I LOVE sharing this kind of stuff with you (and ‘cos I always get so excited when I stumble upon someone who’s AWESOME!) today I want to spill the beans on all of ‘em — right here, right now!

Let’s start with question one... Who has had the most impact on my health and wellness journey?

When I first started out, Jess was a massive resource of health and wellness information for me, as was the Institute For Integrative Nutrition (IIN). My wellness journey began back in 2010 when I ended up in hospital incredibly unhappy and unwell. I knew I had to sort my health and life out, but I realised I had no idea how. There was/is so much conflicting information out there, that I knew I wanted to go study holistic nutrition so that I could have the knowledge and understanding I desired, and so I could make the best and most informed choices for myself. Deep down, I knew knowledge was the key.

In order for you to make the most informed health choices, you first need knowledge.
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This is why I LOVED IIN so much. It gave me the tools and knowledge I needed at that exact time in my life. I particularly loved the philosophy of bio-individuality — meaning, everyone is different and no one diet is going to work for everyone. It inspired me to explore all the different ways of eating and to really find out what works best for me and my body. It’s an amazing course for anyone — whether you’re a mama wanting to further her knowledge for herself and her family, or someone who wants to become a holistic health coach, or if you’re already in the health and wellness space (i.e. a personal trainer or life coach) and want to add another tool to your wellness tool kit. Basically: I loved it, it changed my life, and it put me on the path I am on today. PLUS they offer a free sample class too so you can try it out and get a feel for it before you enrol in the course.

Next, it was the work of Weston A Price, Sally Fallon and Nora Gedgaudas who had a huge impact on me. Before discovering these peeps, I was a vego with no period, I had eczema all over my body, I lacked energy, had adult acne, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, leaky gut, candida, SIBO, high levels of mercury, hives, depression, and loads of vitamin and mineral deficiencies just to name a few. After diving deep into their work, my eyes were opened and it all began to make sense. The puzzle pieces started to click into place. I first started introducing organic bone broth into my diet, and within a few weeks I got my period and my eczema and acne started to clear up. Not to mention, for the first time in my life, I actually had energy. It was truly amazing!

Years went by where I kept experimenting with different things to see what worked for me, which I still do to this day.

Then, more recently (like over the last 2 years) I discovered the work of Dr Chris Kresser and biohacker Dave Asprey. These dudes are seriously studied up. They know what they are talking about and have so many AMAZING resources you can sink your teeth into. They both also have epic podcasts and loads of resources for pre-, during and post-conception.

The Better Baby Book is actually from Lana Asprey — a medical doctor and also Dave’s wife. Back in 2006, Lana and Dave were ready to start a family and decided to combine their knowledge to figure out how to have the healthiest, brightest baby they could, while reducing the risk of autism as much as possible. Even if you’re not thinking of having a baby any time soon, this book is a MUST read for all women.

The Healthy Baby Code is another GREAT resource. It’s Dr Chris Kresser’s online program that combines traditional wisdom and modern science to help you cut through the confusion and hype. Again, it gives you all the tools for before, during and after pregnancy, but again this is not just for someone wanting to make a baby; this information is life changing and crucial for health and vitality.

Another goodie is Donna Gates and her book The Body Ecology Diet. It radically influenced me, especially when I had candida and SIBO. Donna's food combining principals saved my guts (literally!). A must read for everyone.

Alright, on to question two: Who do I NOW turn to for health and wellness information?

For up to date and relevant information, I turn to these four epic peeps. They are all very well researched and know their shiz when it comes to health.

Dave Asprey
I listen to his podcast. Use his products. Cook out of his cookbook, and refer back to his books all the time.

Daniel Vitalis
You may remember Daniel when I interviewed him for my blog. He is such an epic human being, I love him so much. I read his work, listen to his podcast religiously and buy his products.

Chris Kresser
Again, I listen to his podcast, read his books, and do his programs.

Soulla Chamberlain from Star Anise Organic Wholefoods
I am super grateful to have Soulla on speed dial, so whenever there is something I am not sure about or I want someone to totally geek out with, she’s my gal! Soulla and I hike for 4-5 hours every second Sunday with our kids, and honestly, we talk the entire way about health and wellness. My husband doesn’t understand how two people can talk nonstop for 4-5 hours straight. I think it’s a female thing.

The best part about all these peeps is that they are truly walking their talk. They are living examples of what they preach, and all of them glow from the inside out. I always think if you are going to take health and wellness advice from someone, they really should be the picture of health. After all, you wouldn’t take financial advice off someone who is in millions of dollars in debt, would you? And you certainly wouldn’t take relationship advice from someone who has never been in a relationship, right?! So be mindful where you are getting your knowledge from, and make sure you (and they!) are well researched.

Most of all though, always ALWAYS tune into yourself and do what feels right for YOU. (Remember: no one — no matter how great — is your guru.

No one knows your body better than you. So honour and stay true to that.
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There are so many great resources above, so have fun diving in.

Now I would LOVE to hear from you, beautiful — Who is your number one expert that you turn to for health and wellness advice? Share with us in the comments below, and let’s make a long list of amazing people. And remember, thousands of peeps come here every week for inspiration, so please share your best recommendations below. The person you share may be the PERFECT fit for another beautiful soul in our MA tribe who’s desperate for insight on their health journey… so share away!

Thank you so much for being here. I love supporting you to be the best version of yourself.

P.S. Do you know someone who needs some health inspo or is interested in studying at IIN? Forward this post onto them. And if/when you’re ready to dive in you can call IIN at +1 (877) 780-5455 or you can simply email Hailey, IIN's Primary Ambassador and expert in all things Health Coaching, at haileym@integrativenutrition.com. She'll be able to personally connect you with an incredible IIN team member at a time that works best for you.

P.P.S. Gorgeous, I just wanted to let you know that some of the above goodies I have mentioned are affiliate links — which means that if you choose to purchase, I get a small commission. Transparency is essential for all of us here at MA, so please know that I only ever recommend things that I LOVE and have made a massive difference in my own life.

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    • August 25, 2016

      Thank you so much Mel. Am deeply honoured to be mentioned right up there with Chris Kresser, Daniel Vitalis and Dave Asprey!! I've learnt so much from you too and am certain that we will continue to Inspire, educate and stretch each other till we are old and (stylishly) grey

      • Melissa
        August 25, 2016

        Love you so much sista!

    • hayley (thenourishingmidwife)
      August 25, 2016

      Love this post Melissa! it is very interesting, particularly as I am deeply interested in balancing hormones and fertility. Was it Dave Asprey's cookbook or Lani Asprey's book that specifically gave you insight into your own personal hormonal imbalance all those years ago? or was it just a mix of all the above? I intend to read all of them but was just interested!

      Thankyou lovely!

      • Melissa
        August 25, 2016

        It was a mix of all of the above sista! So many nuggets in all the above resources. You will love.

    • August 25, 2016

      Fabulous- thanks so much, Melissa! I'm a huge fan of Star Anise's products too (the activated nuts are incredible!)

      I was just wondering, will there be replay of the IIN call? I'm not able to make it live, but it'd be great to hear more.

      Thanks!
      Katie x

      • Melissa
        August 25, 2016

        Hey honey,

        Yes, you can go back to my Facebook page any time and re-watch the video ;)

        • August 25, 2016

          Fabulous- thanks, lovely lady! x :)

    • Dominique
      August 25, 2016

      Hi Melissa,
      "Before discovering these peeps, I was a vego with no period, I had eczema all over my body, I lacked energy, had adult acne, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, leaky gut, candida, SIBO, high levels of mercury, hives, depression, and loads of vitamin and mineral deficiencies just to name a few."
      Are you talking about me?

      Although I do have a regular period the rest could really be me! After having been vegan for more than 7 years, some months ago I decided to eat some organic meat and cream again and at the same time to cut out gluten. And yes, I am already feeling better.

      So your post could not be more on time for me, as I am also planning to get pregnant in the near future.
      Thank you very much for the information.
      I am not sure if I will be a "full paleo" girl any time soon and eating innards etc., but bone broth, meat and eggs will also be a good start! ;-)

      Best greetings from Germany,
      Dominique

      • Melissa
        August 25, 2016

        Hey Dominique,

        You don't have to be anything but you sista! No need for labels here just eat the way your body want's you too ;)

    • August 25, 2016

      Thank you for sharing this, and for emphasizing that everyone's body is unique, and that their healing journey will honor that. You're a big inspiration for me :)

      Marie
      marietheresebatt.com

    • SARAH TAYLOR
      August 25, 2016

      Hey Melissa,

      First off I need to start by saying I love everything you stand for and you just radiate so much love and light and health! Your skin and eyes glow constantly! I follow you on snapchat and love learning new things you are doing that I can apply to my own life, so thank you!

      I am a holistic nutritionist and I am kind of embarrassed to say that I am experiencing all sorts of crazy symptoms lately, which I believe is candida. I've been reading the bulletproof diet and I am trying to wrap my head around going from eating no meat to eating meat. I am a vegetarian that does eat fish, but no dairy, no meat and no gluten. Yet I am always tired (exhausted) foggy brain, headaches, muscle aches, PMS every month (bloating for 2 weeks) and cannot lose weight no matter how hard I try.

      Can you give some advice on how you at least got started back into eating meat or bone broth for that matter? I am finding it very overwhelming with so much information these days on this diet and that diet. People advocate no meat, no eggs, no gluten, no dairy, no sugar and so on.

      I know I should be able to figure these things out on my own. But really I am trying to find balance in my own life right now. Something that works for me.

      Thank you so much xoxoxo

      • Melissa
        August 26, 2016

        Hey beautiful,

        Thanks for your question and kind words ;)

        I started small with just half a cup of bone broth per day and worked my way up. I listened to my body, tuned in and always gave it what it desired. That's the best thing to do sista! I would also go see an amazing naturopath if I was you to get some more guidance. Don't be hard on yourself. Trust the process. Read. Educate yourself and always ALWAYS listen to your beautiful body.

        Does that help honey?

    • Sammy
      August 26, 2016

      Thanks for sharing Melissa! Love your work and your snapchats are SO inspiring for me in the mornings :) My Naturopath in Adelaide is awesome.. for anyone interested, checkout: http://www.myhealthmyhappiness.com.au/ (Kasey Willson)

      • Melissa
        August 26, 2016

        Thanks for the recommendation sista! And glad you love the snappy's ;)

    • August 26, 2016

      I found you through Ali Schuler

      • Melissa
        August 26, 2016

        Love her so much! Thank the stars ;)

    • August 26, 2016

      Hi Melissa

      Totally on board and also love all your reccomendations. It's funny how we all navigation organically towards similar people along this path.. The only one I hadn't heard of was your hiking friend so I will take a look. Thankyou.

      One thing I personally struggle with is that whilst I've been on an intense 20 year healing journey I am in truth physically very sick still. I don't feel well or look well. But I am living my truth - and learning and growing exponentionally. I explore health and wellbeing all the time and have a wealth of knowledge. The struggle is that other people may not find my advice / info credible whilst I'm not seeing results personally? On the outside at least. It was a reason I initially held back from blogging ... How can I blog about health when I'm still sick etc? .... But actually it works. I do believe - that although it's much more complex and you do meet resistance from some - you can be valuable and share knowledge credibly from a place where you are not yet glowing yourself . I just wanted to explore his concept a little as your words do make sense, yet I believe it's very important to acknowledge that there is another layer, and I do believe it's possible to be the light and share wisdom even when your own body is perhaps not yet shining? I just wanted to share my thoughts on this as I know a lot of chronically ill but incredibly wise people who hold back (and have low confidence) for this reason.

      Also I wanted to say how much I loved your recent interview with Nick. Amazing. And I was fascinated to hear about his Lyme Disease diagnosis as after 20 years I too have now stumbled across this for myself which has opened up a massive new are an to explore. I wondered if I could possibly write to him?

      Many thanks Melissa.
      Carly xx

    • August 28, 2016

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for the recommendations - they all seem like amazing books!

      A book that I absolutely love is "Super Nutrition for Babies" by Katherine Erlich and Kelly Gunslinger. My Mum got it for me after having my daughter and thank the gods she did. It explains so much, such as why we need to be feeding our babies the most nutrient dense foods (such as organ meats, cod liver oil, salmon roe, beef marrow, bone broth etc), also offering what to feed at during each month of development and some great recipes (Weston A Price is mentioned).

      Much love x

      Kelly

      • Melissa
        August 29, 2016

        Sounds AMAZING Kelly. I am going to check it out.
        Thanks for the awesome recommendation sista!

        xx

    • Blair
      August 30, 2016

      I struggle with deciding on the best bone broth to get and also probiotics? Do you have any in particular that you recommend?

      • Melissa
        September 1, 2016

        Hey honey,

        I make my own bone broth (there's a recipe in my ebook The Glow Kitchen and regarding probiotics I would go see a great naturopath and get her advice as there are so many on the market and you need to make sure you are getting the right strains for bacteria for you. Does that make sense honey?

        • Emma
          December 5, 2016

          Okay thank you Melissa! I thought I saw in a comment somewhere in your blog that you were working with a different Naturopath. Are you still seeing her? I'll take a look at Kultured Wellness website now, sounds great thanks! :)

        • Melissa
          December 6, 2016

          Hey Emma,

          Yes, I also work with Kylie Seaton who you could check out. She's awesome!

          xx

        • Melanie Watts
          December 10, 2016

          Okay so not Anthia Koullouros anymore? I noticed you mention her a couple of times in your blog through comments. I've just had a look at Kylies website now! She looks great, thank you! I like to do my research or get recommendations before I go and see someone.

        • Melissa
          December 11, 2016

          Nope not seeing Anthia any more but I am seeing Kylie and Kirsty. Check them both out ;)

        • Melanie Watts
          December 12, 2016

          Can I ask why you don't see Anthia anymore? Sorry to sound forward and for all the questions but you inspire me so very much. All the health issues you had, I have. And you are everything that I aim to be - positive, healthy, happy, full of energy. You literally are glowing and the past year I have been so down and low - no energy, eczema, bloating, gut issues, high levels of candida, sibo etc. I am beyond frustrated because sometimes I feel I may never get better, but you inspire me to one day be healthy again. I know it takes time and it takes alot of loving and self care but I guess I just want to find a good health professional. To be honest I was only looking at going to see Anthia because I know you saw her when you were starting out on this whole health journey and I have noticed you have said that she helped you in the past so I guess I just want to know if she really did or not.

        • Melissa
          December 15, 2016

          Hey Melanie,

          Different people have different strengths and my needs changed as I progressed, so naturally the people who guide me will change also. It's an ever evolving process. Does that make sense honey?

        • Melanie Watts
          December 15, 2016

          Yes that makes sense and I understand. I will consider going to another Naturopath as it sounds like Anthia didn't help you much and I need someone who can help me as I have alot going on with my health at the moment. It's all overwhelming. Thank you.

        • Melissa
          December 16, 2016

          Hey Melanie,

          Anthia absolutely did help me loads for where I was at many years ago. Kylie and Kirsty are now supporting me with what I have at present.

          Have you looked into Kylie or Kirsty yet?

    • Melissa
      September 2, 2016

      Hi Melissa!
      Thanks for the great read..could I ask what yohr views are on veganisim? I am very confused in what the best diet is for optimal health especially after just watching "forks over knives".. Which advocated a whole foods plant diet and all the statistics around it being the optimal diet for humans.
      Would love some advice!
      Melissa x

      • Melissa
        September 5, 2016

        Hey sweetie,

        The best thing you can do is listen to these two podcasts and make your own decision. Here's the first one and here's the second one.
        Let me know what you think once you have had a listen.

        xx

    • Kay
      September 16, 2016

      Hi Mel!

      Thanks so much for sharing!

      I was wondering if you could share a few of your favorite health & nutrition books & / or inspiring books you have on your bookshelf!

      P.S. You are always glowing!!

      Thanks :)

      • Melissa
        September 18, 2016

        Thanks so much Kay. Here is a list of my fav books for you. Enjoy sista!

    • Melanie Watts
      December 3, 2016

      I love 'The Body Ecology'! I'm just scrolling through some of your blog posts now and I find you truly inspiring. I know you have made mention in some of your comments for people to see a Naturopath or health professional. Was there/is there anyone in particular that you saw for your health issues to help you heal? Are you still healing? Did you ever have any difficulty with digesting high fodmap foods when you had leaky gut/sibo? I have a long list of foods I cannot eat - eggs, dairy, gluten, grains, high fodmaps, nightshades etc and I find it very frustrating. Like you I suffer from all the problems that you have mentioned you have had - thyroid issues, depression, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, sibo, heavy metals, candida, vitamin deficiencies, low energy, eczema, hormonal imbalances and I hope to have healed like you have one day - sometimes I lose all hope. Thank you for being inspiring and giving people guidance. Glad I found your page!

      • Melissa
        December 4, 2016

        Hey beautiful Melaine,

        Thank you so much for your kind words. I work with Kirsty from Kultured Wellness as I have found her to be the best. Check her and her 6-month gut healing program out, it's awesome!

        xx

        • Melanie Watts
          December 7, 2016

          Okay thanks Melissa I will check out her website now! I saw in comments on your blog you were seeing another Naturopath in Sydney. Do you still see her or any other Dr or primarily just Kirsty?

        • Melissa
          December 8, 2016

          I also see Kylie Seaton. Check her out too.

          xx

    • Chelsea
      May 13, 2017

      I've heard you talk about an app on your podcast where you can search cosmetics or foods ingredient lists for "baddies" I'm specifically interested in non chemical sunscreens. Usually I use the if I don't know what it is, it's probably bad method but I want to know more about zinc and titanium dioxide based products! Does this app sound familiar?

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