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.

joanna puciataJoanna Puciata

Joanna Puciata helps women with autoimmune disease, endometriosis, digestive issues live bloat, fatigue, craving, pain free life. She is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Certified Gluten Practitioner, Author, Founder of Heal ‘N Glow, Holistic Health Coaching with Beauty in Mind and serves on Board of Directors of EndoPositive International™, a global foundation educating women on living pain free.

Wondering if you should go gluten free and need more understanding? Head over to for a free book that might change your life.

anya_kassoffAnya Kassoff

Anya Kassoff is the author of The Vibrant Table – Recipes from My Always Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan and Sometimes Raw Kitchen. She was born in Russia and grew up in a family of passionate home cooks. While following several career paths, one passion remained steady: she ended every day in the kitchen, perfecting her cooking intuition and gaining strong interest in whole foods-focused recipes. In 2010, Anya started sharing her healthy culinary discoveries on her blog, Golubka Kitchen, which has since gained a worldwide following. Her recipes have appeared on and Golubka has been a finalist for Saveur magazine’s Best Food Blog awards twice and was cited by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the best vegan and gluten-free blogs.

Anya now lives in Florida with her husband and younger daughter. She works in collaboration with her older daughter, Masha Davydova, who photographs all of her recipes.

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Blog: Golubka Kitchen
Cookbook: The Vibrant Table (more info/retailers: here)

Tasha Boojihawontasha

At the age of 26 after living 8 years with 2 autoimmune conditions (ulcerative colitis and iritis) having my large intestine removed, and then experiencing burnout and multiple hormonal imbalances, I decided to take my life into my own hands and started a journey of self-discovery that’s still going today. I started taking herbs, changed my diet, eliminated triggers and toxins, started doing yoga, awakened my mind and soul to new ways of thinking, discovered meditation and energy medicine and started to study naturopathic nutrition.

I’ve been working to support people at the grassroots for 7 years now and it’s my life’s purpose to continue this work with a focus on health and wellbeing.

I’ve set up a wellness clinic – The Earth Clinic where I offer nutritional therapy, health, wellness and career coaching, mentoring, reiki, training and Hopi ear candling. My vision is to support people to live full and happy lives, free from dis-ease, pain, trauma and oppression and to assist the evolution of our planet. Check out my blog,

melissa vertosickMelissa Vertosick

Melissa Vertosick is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, an herbalist apprentice with Ola’s WoIW program, and a creative. Using what started as her personal journey of health and healing, Melissa created The Whole Life Approach to inspire you to reconnect with your body by having fun in the kitchen. She guides clients toward a better body connection using simple lifestyle changes through her Cook the Rainbow eCookbooks, blog, LiveLifeWell: The Whole Life Approach to Healthy Living online group program and one-on-one coaching sessions. She can be found at Melissa is also the owner of Leaf & Twig, LLC, hand-crafting teas and tisanes combining herbal knowledge and good taste.

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!

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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.


danielle-arsenault-raw-food-chefDanielle Arsenault

Danielle Arsenault, founder of Pachavega Living Foods Education digs in her toolbox of skills and passions, to hone in on fresh, gourmet, raw foods as a way to entertain, educate and inspire. She offers Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching, Private Catering and is the creator of the popular 70-hour *Heal and Ignite* Raw Food Chef Certification Course. Boasting a collection of mouth watering recipes, she has also co-authored 4 vegan, gluten-free and seasonal cookbooks released with Jessica Perlaza under the name the “Kitchens of Pinch and Dash”. With a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and an Education degree in the Masters of Teaching Program from the University of Calgary, she is a passionate Holistic Educator and wears many hats. Keeping busy as an avid rock climber, cave guide, colon hydrotherapist, fluent Spanish speaker and adventure seeker she has traveled to over 25 countries. Danielle is also a singer/songwriter and under her musical pseudonym, Mustache Fable, she released her debut ukulele-infused album in 2012. As a professor at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC in 2014, she taught Holistic Nutrition Cooking, Superfoods and Whole Foods Preparation and continues to further her study in the science behind nutrition. In the summer of 2016 she will release her 5th cookbook, “Heal and Ignite; 55 Plant-based, Whole Food Recipes to Heal your Body and Ignite your Spirit”. Feel free to visit her various websites: www.pachavega.com

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.

brea-gunnBrea Gunn

Hi, I’m Brea! I’m a Holistic Health Coach, and a mom just like you! When I had my second son, everything fell to pieces – my thyroid went out of control, I suffered severe postpartum depression, and I discovered that on top of all of that I was also dealing with adrenal failure. Unlike many new moms, I struggled to lose weight and get my hormones under control. Through training, classes, and lots of research, I discovered a system that worked for me – it has allowed me to lose weight, rebuild my adrenal and thyroid function, and be the mom I knew I could be to my boys. Website

laura agar wilsonLaura Agar Wilson

I’m Laura and I help women stop getting in their own way, find balance and start living their healthiest, happiest most fabulous lives.

I’m mama to a one year old little boy called Finley, and I live in Durham close to Newcastle Upon Tyne up in North East England. I’m married to a bearded music junkie and we’ve just moved into our semi detached forever home slap bang in the middle of suburbia.

I’m also a certified holistic health coach and published recipe book author!

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.

minh-hai alexMinh-Hai Alex

Minh helps people become Intuitive Eaters — so they can stop obsessing about numbers and weight, and start eating in a way that’s satisfying for their body and mind. If you would like to break free from food prison, and feel more confident about your eating, you’re in the right place.

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 about how diet can affect your thyroid health in her online workshop: Understanding Your Symptoms and through her Thyroid Kickstart program.

katie farrellKatie Farrell

Katie Farrell is the author of Dashing Dish, a clean eating meal planning website. Katie lives in Brighton with her high school sweetheart and husband of seven years, Sean, in Brighton Michigan.

Being that Katie is a former registered nurse, she naturally has a passion for health. About six years ago she combined this passion with her desire to teach women their worth and true beauty, and Dashing Dish was born! Katie feels that it is her purpose in life is to inspire women to get fit and healthy for life, all while enjoying the journey!

connie chapmanConnie Chapman

Connie is a life coach, passionate writer and inspirational speaker. She is on a heart-driven mission to help beautiful souls (like yourself) break free of limitation & a create a life that is filled with freedom, flow & fulfillment.

She is here to guide you on the path of inner transformation and empower you to choose love over fear, serenity over struggle and to listen deeply to your divine inner wisdom. For more info to go:

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.

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becks sayceBecks Sayce

I am a health and fitness enthusiast and linguist, from rural Herefordshire, England. I am enjoying inspiring and encouraging woman to be healthy, enjoy exercise and embrace who they are and what they can do. When I first began my fitness journey, I had no idea where to start or what I was doing. There was no one to lead me through or give me tips on what, where and when. I never thought it was possible to get where I am today – I thought people who looked fit and healthy were a special breed; you were either born that way or not. This I now know to be totally false, anyone can do it with enough hard work and belief. Originally, my blogging began when I was I was living abroad for a year whilst at university. I blogged to keep friends and family up to date with what I was doing but also as a memory to look back on. I loved writing and sharing my words. When I became a fitness fanatic, I decided to share my passion for both and combine the two.

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:

maria fairesMaria Faires, RD

Maria is a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Wellness and Lifestyle coach and a and freelance writer based out of Sammamish and Issaquah, WA.

As the owner of Active Nutrition Fitness & Consulting, Maria provides highly personalized nutrition services, personal training and preventative and post-rehabilitative fitness programming in her private training studio. She also provides Skype, phone and online nutrition counseling and training for remote clients with exceptional service and unsurpassed expertise.

Maria leads the industry in the development of cutting edge fitness and nutrition techniques as well as innovative and unique fitness programming. Maria expertly designs every workout, nutrition plan and provides the personal attention, extra motivation, support and accountability that helps her clients achieve optimal performance and health. Contact or read more about Maria at

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.