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Nutrition


Melanie Gayle Green, MA, NC, RYT is a nutrition consultant, yoga teacher and health coach who specializes in healing through yoga and healthy eating.

I received my Masters degree in Women's Studies, specializing in Women's Health and Eating Disorders from San Diego State University in 1998. I have been teaching yoga since 1999 and recently received my certification in Holistic Nutrition from Bauman College. I believe that by integrating yoga, meditation and healthy eating into one's daily life, one can not only live well and feel well, but sustainable happiness can be found. Since 2002 I have also been the co-owner and Director of the Berkeley Yoga Center.

I am a strong advocate for the healing powers of a healthy diet and lifestyle. I feel passionate about discovering the underlying causes and triggers of my clients' pain and fatigue so I can assist them in achieving better health and vitality. I strongly believe that the foods that we put into our bodies affect all of our systems: physical, mental and emotional. I can help individuals gain a better understanding about what foods will help them most.

Through optimal nutrition, you can help heal common problems such as

  • insomnia
  • digestive issues
  • pre-diabetes
  • weight problems
  • prenatal and postnatal needs
  • depression
  • food cravings
  • liver support
  • detoxification
  • and many more...

I have been helping people transform their lives for well over a decade through yoga and meditation. I am now able to offer a more complete approach for healing by offering services as a nutrition Consultant.

I work and live in Berkeley, CA with my partner, two children, cat, dog, hamster, and three chickens.

MY STORY

My journey toward sustainable happiness demanded I make the connection between mind, body and spirit. I began using food as a way to cope at an early age and not in a healthy way. At the age of 11 I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a significant curvature of the spine (both C and S curve), which caused chronic pain until I found yoga a decade later. Yoga helped to heal my physical pain, as well as connect to my body from the inside, which also helped further heal my eating disorder.

During an Ayurvedic cleanse in 2010, I experienced many beneficial outcomes. Two of which were sleeping through the night and no abdominal pain after eating. These were experiences that I had grown accustomed to, and dealt with on a daily basis. After the Ayurvedic cleanse when I began to reintroduce foods, I realized that gluten was the main culprit in my digestive and sleep issues. This led me to want to better understand how nutrition and the body worked, so that I could help people not only have the tool of yoga and meditation to heal, but also the information about how to eat for wellness. This journey of connecting with body and spirit eventually led me in 2011 to begin my education in holistic nutrition.

As Michael Pollan recommends, "Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much." If indeed we were able to understand how to implement this very simple recommendation, there would be no need for the services of a Nutrition Consultant. However, life is complicated and because of the food industry that currently exists in this country, food is complicated too.

If you are interested in better understanding how to take care of yourself with food, make an appointment with me today. If you are experiencing fatigue, stress, weight gain, digestive issues or feeling overwhelmed, I can help start you on a path to heal.


Approach

GENERAL APPROACH

When I work with people around health, nutrition and wellness, I understand that it can be an extremely vulnerable issue in your life. It can be incredibly difficult to make lasting changes to your health, food, lifestyle, and habits. Many different emotions are connected to how and what we eat. I will meet you without judgment and help you make sustainable and lasting changes that you can understand and implement for a lifetime.

I have been working with women, men and teenagers since 2011 regarding food and all of the ways it manifests in our lives. I've worked with clients struggling with many nutritional issues, including pre-diabetic diagnoses, gestational diabetes, eating disorders, over eating, addiction, gluten intolerance, candida overgrowth, digestive issues, and PCOS to name a few.

WOMEN & MOTHERS

I have also worked with women trying to get pregnant, prenatal women, and postnatal women since 2001. I have a solid understanding of the specific health needs for women during their reproductive years and as new mothers. If you are a woman and in need of diet or lifestyle support, please know that support is available.

The demands of motherhood are myriad and support can come in all ways. I can help support you to feed yourself and your family. I can help deepen you understanding about how your health needs may be changing during these times. I can help you implement sustainable changes to keep up with all the changes that have occurred and are occurring in your life.

As we age, our hormone levels change. This may be causing headaches, insomnia, change in appetite, or weight gain. I can help you develop a plan for nourishing yourself with food that can help minimize the negative effects and balance your hormones.


Areas of Interest

PREGNANCY, FERTILITY & HORMONES

In order to give you relief and energy, I can assist you in discovering which foods are healing and which ones may trigger your symptoms. Living mindfully is at the center of my approach to healing. Yoga, nutrition, and meditation are indeed tools that can help. Foods can be our ally and help to heal us, but they can also cause unnecessary pain and inflammation.

While I specialize in yoga and nutrition, I can also address other lifestyle factors that influence healing. These include: stress management, parenting, motherhood, exercise, sleep, social support, and the environment in which one lives/works. By taking into account dietary and lifestyle factors, my integrative approach gives my clients the best possible healing potential.

Understandably, lifestyle and dietary needs differ from person to person. There is not one health program that works for everyone. Each person who has pain, illness, or discomfort does not experiencing it for the same reason. Consequently, I tailor my approach to each individual client. I take into account personality, health history, level of pain, work life, illness, and readiness for change, among other factors.

EATING DISORDERS

I have come to understand that food and emotions are incredibly intertwined. What if you could finally be free of the prison that controlling food has brought into your life? I can help get you on a path to use food as a tool of healing, instead of a tool that signifies punishment. Whether you struggle with under eating, overeating or binge eating, I can help. There are many ways I can help you create a diet and lifestyle that you can enjoy and that will give you what you need through yoga and nutrition. If you are interested in breaking free of the diet cycle, binge-purge cycle, or just understanding how food can be your friend, nutrition services can help.

LIVING MINDFULLY

Yoga and meditation can help create a way of life in which each moment counts. Together, we can create a health and lifestyle program that assists you in becoming more present with yourself, your family, and your work life through diet and lifestyle changes with optimal health benefits. We live in a culture that values multi-tasking and efficiency over and above quality living. For many people, living efficiently is destroying their vitality and happiness. I can help you teach you how to use healthier tools to create a life with abundance, inner peace and wellbeing.