Guest Contributors

shayna mahoney

Shayna Mahoney

Shayna Mahoney is a transformational holistic life coach who is passionate about giving women hope to embrace their anxiety and find peace and power within. Head to her site to download her free Hope Meditation to go from feeling anxious to calm in only 5 minutes. She specializes in showing women in their 20’s how to find who they are meant to be, rather than constantly feeling lost and lonely. She combines her background of nutrition, psychology, human development, coaching techniques, sense of humor and personal experience to transform how the mind and body are fully connected. She lives on Cape Cod, a mile from the beach with her husband, dog and cat. | | |

Leslie McDonaldLeslie McDonald

Leslie McDonald is a holistic health and wellness coach, currently enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She holds a BA and MSPC degrees from Clark University, where she met her best friend and husband, Ryan. Leslie has spent 6 years in the corporate advertising and finance world before focusing on working with people to be the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. Her approach to wellness does not just focus on the foods you eat, but also on the relationships you have, your career choices and physical activity. Leslie believes that when all of these building blocks are in balance, the food that you eat becomes somewhat secondary. While diet is very important, Leslie believes in balance in all ways. You can find her most mornings before the sun rises at yoga or working out, at home cooking with Ryan, at the dog park with her rescue dog, Sadie, or starting the day with a green smoothie in one hand and dark chocolate in the other. Click here to read more about Leslie and her balanced approach to holistic health and wellness and to work with her on your own personal journey. Be sure to follow her on Instagram to see all of her adventures working out, cooking in the kitchen and balancing all aspects of life.

Tracy FlahertyTracy Flaherty – Board Certified Integrative Health and Lifestyle Coach

She was trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Teachers College at Columbia University. She offers a personalized approach to wellness, weight loss and lifestyle. She is the founder of Be Well Nourished where she guides and supports her clients on their journey to wellness with a mind body, spirit connection. She is currently working on a healthy, plant based cookbook and is passionate about cooking and creating healthy recipes. She sees clients one on one in person or via phone or Skype. She also runs workshops and women’s wellness groups. If you have any questions or like to know to work with Tracy, you can visit her website or email You can also follow her on Facebook @bewellnourishedcoachingwithtracyflaherty or and instagram @bewellnourished

alisha templesAlisha Temples

Alisha Temples is a nutrition coach and yoga instructor who uses a mindful eating approach to instill healthy eating habits. Her work combines nutrition, yoga, meditation, and gratitude with the goal of bringing her clients as much joy through their health as possible. Alisha is a MyPlate college educator, Healthy At Every Size practitioner, and current MS in Nutrition candidate at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She can be found at alishatemplesnutrition.comInstagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

melissa vertosickMelissa Vertosick

Melissa Vertosick is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and an Herbalist. Her love of tea and fascination with herbs led her to begin combining the two together at home for her own use and enjoyment. Melissa created Leaf & Twig to share with others the enjoyment of tea while providing a way to experience the benefits of herbs. Melissa brings her creativity to Leaf & Twig through her teas, herbal products, and educational focus. Connect with her at, on Instagram @leafandtwig, and on Facebook @LeafandTwigLLC.

michelle garlandMichelle Garland, CNP

Michelle Garland, founder of Plentyfullme Nutrition and Lifestyle Consulting, is a well-respected Natural Health Educator, Certified Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef. Michelle has dedicated her practice to creating optimal lifestyles through a whole food, plant-based approach that educates and empowers her clients to make lasting change. She began to develop her own approach to health by exploring plant based cooking and alternative medicine. What started as a passion has transformed into an ever-evolving life journey and professional career in Vancouver, BC.

Follow Michelle on social media for more resources and inspiration!

Website: | Facebook: | Instagram: @plentyfullme | Email:

jen-byrneJen Byrne

Jen is a Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her main focus is guiding, inspiring, and teaching busy moms how to pause and take time for themselves and be well nourished. Jen is a busy mama herself with four little ones under the age of 7. She has personally found the value and importance of taking time to nourish herself in order to step into the beautiful and challenging role as a mother. Her background includes a B.S. in Exercise Science. She also holds a 500 hour advanced therapeutic yoga certification. Jen can often be found in the kitchen cooking alongside several little ones. She is also a lover of all outdoor activities and especially loves family bike outings. She can be found sharing tips on woman’s wellness and raising healthy kids at her facebook page Jen Byrne Wellness.

guy-finleyGuy Finley

Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 40 books and audio albums on self-realization. He is the founder and director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for self-study located in southern Oregon. For more information visit and sign up to receive a free helpful newsletter each week.


sharon palmerSharon Palmer

Sharon has created an award-winning profession based on combining her two great loves: food and writing. As a registered dietitian with 16 years of health care experience, she channels her nutrition experience into writing features covering health, wellness, nutrition, and cuisine. Sharon is also a passionate writer about food and environmental issues, having published a number of features on plant-based diets, hunger, agriculture, local and organic foods, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, and food security.

Over 950 of Sharon’s features have been published in a variety of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens and Prevention. Her books include The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health Beginning Today and Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps & 125 Delicious Recipes. Sharon is the editor of the acclaimed health newsletter, Environmental Nutrition and nutrition editor for Today’s Dietitian. She writes every day for her popular, award-winning Plant-Powered Blog. In addition, Sharon is a nutrition advisor for the Oldways Vegetarian Network and serves as a judge for the James Beard Journalism Awards and the Books for a Better Life Awards. She was the proud recipient of the Loma Linda University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013.

Living in the chaparral hills overlooking Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, Sharon enjoys tending to her own organic garden, visiting the local farmers market every week, and cooking for friends and family.

holly mullenHolly E. Mullin

Holly founded Breathe Detox in 2008. She has been actively involved in Holistic Therapies and Alternative Lifestyle since 1995. With her background in body therapies, she has a deep knowledge of the connection between body, heart, mind & spirit. In particular, Holly uses the power of Kinesiology/muscle testing for direct communication with the unconscious mind for optimum results. She facilitates a space of simple yet profound understanding and discovery to enhance your personal journey.

tara brachTara Brach

Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Tara is the author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha and True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013).

Tara is nationally known for her skill in weaving western psychological wisdom with a range of meditative practices. Her approach emphasizes compassion for oneself and others, mindful presence and the direct realization and embodiment of natural awareness.

Rachel BoltonRachel Bolton

Rachel is a life coach working with women internationally to rediscover who they are beyond the *shoulds* of life. To create and live life on purpose. She believes that purposeful living is rooted in deep self-love. As your self-love grows, it becomes easier to lead your life where you want it to go. You can see the path. You can feel how awesome life will be as you take the steps to live your best life now. Get started with her free Everyday Self Love eCourse.

lisa_leverrierLisa LeVerrier, FDN-P, MPsy, CWC

Lisa LeVerrier, FDN-P, MPsy, CWC, is a Thyroid Health Coach from who helps busy moms with hypothyroidism and autoimmune Hashimoto’s disease become symptom-free and live happier, healthier lives. You can learn more her work and coaching programs by visiting her website:

tricia cardoneTricia Cardone, CN™, CHHC, CGP

In college, Tricia Cardone, CN™, CHHC, CGP, studied biology, nursing and the nutritional sciences. She attained her nutritional certification through American Health Science University in Colorado. Tricia is a (CGP) Certified Gluten Practitioner and she is Tier 1 and Tier 2 Certified by the Gluten Free Society. Tricia is also a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Integrative Nutrition® school, located in NYC, and is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. This training has inspired her to pursue her passion of teaching clients about whole food nutrition, healthy cooking, and holistic approaches to healthy living. Tricia is an established natural foods cook/instructor. Tricia currently gives ongoing cooking classes for those with various health concerns by teaching clients cooking alternatives with the omission of gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugars.

Follow Me:
Website: | Instagram:

NikkiNikki Janks

Ironically, it was in my final year of Psychology at University that I experienced first-hand the raw, visceral effect of pressure and stress on my physiology and I decided I was sick of sabotaging my health for a certain outcome that may never actually eventuate. I had heard about meditation before but it had always seemed too difficult to still my chaotic mind. I gave it a go and began meditating regularly, immediately discovering the profound effects that it had on all aspects of my life: study, work, relationships, health. I’m still meditating and I genuinely believe that the world would be a much better place if everyone incorporated a mind stress relief technique into their lives. It’s obvious for us to exercise, eat healthy, and clean our bodies, but when do we ever stop and clear out the junk in our mind? Find out more about Nikki and Centred Meditation here:

parul agrawalParul Agrawal

Parul Agrawal is a Bestselling Author, Speaker, Holistic Wellness Advocate and an International Digital Media Marketing Consultant. Her mission is to educate families and professionals alike about simple, effective ways they can use to live healthier, happier and successful lives.

Parul has a Health Coach Certification from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, Colorado, a diploma in personal training and nutrition from National Personal Training Institute, Chandler branch, and a certificate of excellence in holistic nutrition from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), Tempe. She is a certified medicinal juicing instructor from the National Education Council, and has also completed the prenatal yoga teacher training requirements from SWIHA. Before venturing into the field of wellness, she worked as an engineer at Arizona State University and Intel Corporation.

She now uses both her technical and soft skills to empower solopreneurs to gain the confidence to build their business, publish bestselling books, stand out from the crowd, shine in their industry and create an impact in the World through her business and wellness detox programs. Join her at and Parul Agrawal on Twitter.

lauren o'connorLauren O’Connor, MS, RDN, RYT

Lauren O’Connor, MS, RDN, RYT is a Los Angeles based registered dietitian, yoga teacher and founder of Nutri Savvy Health. Her motto: “Discover the Joy of Whole Body Nutrition”. Besides authoring her own blog, she is a health writer, menu developer and nutritional consultant with articles and recipes in numerous publications including Food & Nutrition magazine, Shape, Redbook, Livestrong, AZCentral and DietsinReview.

lyndi cohenLyndi Cohen

My name is Lyndi Cohen and I am an Australian dietitian (APD) cheekily known as The Nude Nutritionist. My mission is to help others who also feel let down by diets and confusing nutrition advice. I’m all about stripping back the nutrition misinformation and making healthy eating simple again.

I offer guidance for yo-yo dieters and emotional eaters via my popular blog and BodyLove eCourse and share free tips via Facebook or Instagram.

Fran SussmanFran Sussman

Since 1993, Holistic Practitioner Fran Sussman has helped almost 10,000 clients reclaim their health and vitality – often in ways they never had it before. Her strengths include teaching people to heal the gut and reduce inflammation, helping women to balance hormones naturally in every stage of life, reviving metabolism, healing the brain, Lyme Disease, and so much more. She works with clients both in person and long distance.

Fran’s passion is to teach people of every age how to claim their birthright of vibrant health!

Her personal journey includes not only surviving, but thriving, after 2 bouts with cancer, and chronic Lyme Disease. At 63, she is grateful to live a life rich in purpose, joy, service, health and vitality.

Along with her private practice, Fran has authored a column called Holistic Outlook for The Times Herald Record since 2009, and has written almost 500 articles on her blog.

She also teaches courses online, including her popular Zen Vitality Detox course, a mind body spirit approach to clearing obstacles to exuberant health and energy.

Eleni Katsoulis Headshot

stephanie clairmont

Stephanie Clairmont

Stephanie Clairmont, MHSc, RD is a Registered Dietitian who has helped thousands of people just like herself overcome symptoms of IBS and get back to feeling normal again. Get Stephanie’s List of Foods for IBS to start reducing digestive distress today.


kristyn hallKristyn Hall

Kristyn is the CEO (Chief Energizing Officer & Chief Eating Officer) with Energize Nutrition.

She is a high-energy and knowledgeable Nutritionist and Dietitian. Drawing from 17+ years of experience, she’ll infect you with her passion and enthusiasm for good quality food and sound nutrition.

Kristyn has worked with hundreds of women and men over the age of 40 years, inspiring them to use food as fuel for their vitality and wellness, one bite at a time. Kristyn leads health-inspired cooking classes and food demonstrations for the public and health professionals, helping people discover the pleasure of eating great-tasting food that nourishes their health and wellness. Kristyn offers nutrition coaching, helping clients feel vibrant and well, one bite at a time.

Kristyn was named as one of the Top 10 Dietitians in Calgary, 2016. She was also named a Centennial Alumni of Influence by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan in June 2014. Kristyn is an active contributor to Dietitians of Canada, receiving two Volunteer Recognition Awards from this national professional association.

Kristyn “lives it to lead it”, eating (mostly) nourishing food to fuel an active lifestyle, while saving room for indulgence! Kristyn has completed several 10 km road races, two sprint triathlons, two Gran Fondos, and has run three half marathons. She is a busy mother of two very active boys. Kristyn is in her 17th year of practice as a nutritionist/dietitian, and also has a certificate in Culinary Arts.

Ready to energize your youth, vitality and wellness? Work with me! | | |

sarah-brewerDr. Sarah Brewer

Dr. Sarah Brewer MSc (Nutr Med), MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC, FRSM qualified from Cambridge University in the UK with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice and realizing that many illnesses have a dietary basis, she gained a Master’s degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. As well as being a licensed doctor, Sarah is also a Registered Nutritionist, a Registered Nutritional Therapist and an award winning health writer. She is the author of over 60 popular self-help books, including Overcoming Low Sex Drive.

Follow her Nutritional Medicine blog at, her nutrition and recipe Tweets @DrSarahB and her health and fitness Tweets @DrSarahBHealthy. Visit her author page here.

rachael o'connellRachael O’Connell

Rachael O’Connell is a holistic nutritionist specializing in low carb and ketogenic dietary approaches. She is currently a third year naturopathic medical student at SCNM in Arizona, where she is completing her clinical training to be licensed as a naturopathic doctor.

She loves everything humanities, which includes humans! She paints, sings, creates keto food (and eats it), trains martial arts, and teaches people how to take control of their nutrition and lifestyle so they can feel great, train hard, and be sexy. In the clinic, she works under licensed physicians in the areas of comprehensive pain management and primary care.

Rachael believes that all human beings inherently possess tools or weapons that are useful for forging ahead in life, molding future success, creating a foundation, building health. She wants to help all the warriors out there to hone their weapons naturally.

Blog: | Facebook: | Instagram: rachaelface

olivia napoliOlivia Napoli

Olivia is an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach. She has made it her mission to help busy professionals reach their highest health potential. She works with individuals, organizations, and brands to help transform the health, well-being, and performance of America’s workforce — with individual health & nutritional counseling, customized cooking demonstrations & classes, corporate wellness programs, workshops, keynote speaking engagements and more. In 2016, Olivia designed the LivWELL Health & Nutrition program to help the busy professional reset the rules on food, fitness, stress-management, sleep, relationships, career, grocery shopping and more. This is a powerful program to help individuals emerge as the best version of themselves, while reaching their highest health potential. To find out more visit

dr. jillian sarno tetaDr. Jillian Sarno Teta

Dr. Jillian Sarno Teta is a medically-trained naturopathic doctor (ND) and the author of the best-selling “Natural Solutions for Digestive Health”. She is the creator of the Fix Your Digestion gut restoration program—an online, do-it-yourself comprehensive system that can be used by anyone with digestive distress or digestive disorders to feel better.

Ever-loving of social media, she can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest @jillianteta.

She writes and speaks through several avenues, including The Huffington Post, Parade, Natural Triad, Forsyth Woman, Publisher’s Weekly, Pain Pathways, OnFitness, Dr.Oz Online, the Gluten Intolerance Group National Letter, Girls Gone Strong, UnderGround Wellness, Wake Up Healthy, It’s Your Health, Metabolic Effect, Designs for Health, The Smarter Science of Slim and more.

Dr. Teta is the President of the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NCANP), and practices at the Naturopathic Health Clinic of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Boston University in Biology and Energy and Environmental Analysis, respectively.

In her free time, Dr. Teta enjoys walks in the woods with her dogs and cooking delicious things.

russell jamesRussell James

Russell’s mission is to show you that far from feeling restricted on a raw food diet, you have an abundance of options. Whether that’s being able to eat raw sandwiches all week or to put on a show-stopping dinner party for friends.

“Making raw food accessible every day.” Sign up here for your free raw food recipes:

Free newsletter, eBooks, homestudy courses, and online courses:

jessica hummel stammJessica Hummel Stamm

Jessica Hummel Stamm is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist of Healthy Medium Nutrition, Realistic Weight Loss and Nutrition Counseling Services, based out of Los Angeles. Jessica has been counseling clients on weight loss, nutrition and overall health since 2007. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Minor in Psychology and completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. Jessica also completed her year-long Dietetic Internship from Public Health Foundation with an emphasis on community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management. Jessica worked for many years as a Nutrition Counselor at Diet for Health in La Canada, then as the Nutritionist for The Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu as well as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market and Public Health Nutritionist for the Women, Infant and Children Program. For more information or to contact her please check out the website or @healthy.medium.nutrition on Instagram or our blog!

KosloDr. Jennifer Koslo

Dr. Jennifer Koslo is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Licensed Dietitian in the state of Texas, and an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer. A member of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SCAN), she holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in education and a dual Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Human Nutrition. Jennifer’s experience includes almost three years as a US Peace Corps fisheries volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa; working in clinical nutrition as a cardiac dietitian; as the chronic disease nutritionist for a state health department; as a college professor teaching nutrition and sports nutrition, and as a private practice dietitian doing one-on-one nutrition counseling. Author of eight healthy eating cookbooks: The 21-Day Healthy Smoothie Plan, The Diabetic Cooking for Two, The Healthy Smoothie Recipe Book, The Alkaline Diet for Beginners, The Insulin Resistance Diet for PCOS, The Heart Healthy Cookbook for Two, The DASH Diet for Beginner’s, and in press, Lower Your Blood Pressure: A 21-Day DASH Diet Meal Plan, Jennifer continues to teach college level nutrition and sports nutrition, writes, and provides individual nutrition counseling and personal training services through her online business, Koslo’s Nutrition Solutions.