Welcome to Wildwoods Nutrition! My name is Melissa, whole foods plant-based nutritionist, nature enthusiast, and lover of all things coffee.
I haven’t always been quote on quote vegan. Not that I had steak for dinner every night either. I was raised in a vegetarian house hold – I get my passion for health from my mother who I am now (as much as I used to resist it) quite a little clone of – obviously with my own personal quirks.
The shift from vegetarian to vegan wasn’t an easy one. I caved from time to time, because I felt it was impossible to eat vegan while away from home, or due to wanting to celebrate the holidays with family without being the odd one out. My biggest issue, my reluctance to stay on track was that my decision to eat vegan had been largely superficial, mostly surface level motivation, and personal health related. Just like being on a “diet”, I would cheat. The rest, the little information I did know about the bigger picture, and the nagging I felt because of it, was easily pushed aside. I know what its like to feel overwhelmed with the idea, and resort to the age old default setting of “ignorance is bliss”.
I would go back a fourth, always with the intention of being vegan in my mind. Then one stint of veganism became a few weeks, then months, then all of a sudden, this new way of eating was simply second nature to me – just like a cup of coffee in the morning. I don’t recall the exact day that it was, but I do know why this happened – it was all because I educated myself, which lead to developing a steel strong “why” as to me going vegan, and never going back.
Further down the road, I was introduced to the fact that raising livestock was a huge contributor (competing with the transportation sector) in global warming, and that a far more sustainable diet to feed our ever-growing population was a diet free from meat and dairy. After this, my “why” became that much stronger.
Though becoming “vegan” wasn’t the end of my health transformation, it was a lovely little guide that lead me to the way I eat now – a whole foods, plant-based diet – still free from all animal products, but also 95% free from processed foods, sugars and oils (not fats, but processed extracted oils). I have never been more happy with my diet than I am today, sure I’m still learning, growing and shifting, but I’ve never felt more connected to myself, my health, my environment, and my fellow beings, and am so happy to have the chance to share this connection with all of you.
I graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2014 where I received a Diploma in Natural Nutrition.
I then went on to deepen my knowledge on plant-based nutrition by completing the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program with Cornell University.