“Melissa Shadd is television host, blogger, fitness athlete, entrepreneur, wife….and a MOM! She gets it!!!”
Hi my name is Melissa Shadd!
In 2009 my life took a sharp turn from being a free spirited traveling business woman, when I became pregnant with my first child. After he was born, I went back to school to study Holistic Nutrition, started on a personal fitness journey.
I did it all. Keto, high carb, low carb, vegan, paleo, vegetarian, competition dieting, yo-yo dieting … you name it! Over the years I finally decided my HEALTH had to come first, and not some ‘quick fix’.
Over the last few years our family has gone through a lot of changes. We switched away from a high-flesh sourced diet to about 90% plant based. My husband being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010, was the main motivation for that choice as we explored alternative methods to health, foods and medicine, to deal with his MS.
In 2010 I started my own Health Coaching practice to help others achieve the life, body and mind that they have always dreamed of. My experiences drive my actions. I feel joy in helping others discover themselves through the love of food, being healthy and mindful of their actions.
xo in Health,
Frequently Asked Questions
Tell us a little bit more about yourself & your involvement in your community.
Below you will find my full resume/profile with my involvement’s.
Melissa Shadd Profile:
- Certified Holistic lifestyle and nutrition Coach
- Co-host on Rogers Television parenting TV Show: “Vanessa + Melissa”
- Ontario Physique Association Provincially qualified figure athlete
- Ontario Physique Association Regional Judge
- Promoter: Ontario Physique Association NATURAL regional bodybuilding show: KW Oktoberfest Natural Classic
- Hosts private/group posing workshops for physique competitions http://www.kwOPAposing.com
- Team ATP sponsored Athlete (ww.atp-lab.com)
- CPT/Group Ex instructor
- Editor In Chief/ Director or Social Media: Physique Association
- Media Relations: Toronto Pro SuperShow
- KW Oktoberfest: Corporate Sponsorship Committee
- Author/guest blogger (health/children/ fitness)
- Miss Oktoberfest 2003
- Media/ Event Manager for IFBB Toronto events
Besides your Blog, what other services do you offer?
I currently am available for:
- Holistic heath/nutritional coaching
- Balanced health custom training programs (ie. in the gym, at home etc…)
- Toddler/Youth nutritional guidance
- Independent article contribution
- Public Speaking opportunities:
Please contact me here for more information: http://naturallyfitmom.com/contact-me/
What can I expect to find on your blog?
An honest opinion. (lol) I post everything from “a day in the life ..” to what I go through as a fitness athlete. I post unique articles about the environment, nutrition and health under my FYI section (such as the hype around BPA). I hope to create a central location for other moms, athletes, women and men interested in knowing a little more about the world that surrounds us, and be an open book of what it is like as an athlete mom, trying to maintain a healthy home. With recipes, vLogs and my personal blog, you will learn a little or a lot about ME, and my passions, beliefs and attitude towards life.
Why do you believe in a holistic lifestyle?
After attending the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the Holistic Health Institute I became very passionate about a holistic lifestyle. One that considers mind, body, soul & balance when looking at ones over all health, and well being. My husband was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in 2010 and we decided against immediate medical treatment and opted for a holistic/natural approach while working with a natural path. The results were phenomenal! I also chose to raise my son a vegan and introduce him to whole foods, from the ground, rather than pre-packaged. Anyone who knows our son, will tell you he is a vibrant, active and happy little boy thriving off a mostly plant based diet!
If your family does not eat meat or dairy, how do they receive adequate amount of protein each day?
This is a great question. I ensure you that I spent countless hours studying the requirements of babies, toddlers and youth with regards to nutrients, including protein, both through my schooling and on my own time as a conscious mother. The average toddler requires under 20grams of protein to thrive and build muscles etc (each day). This quantity of protein can be found by adding in items such as nuts, seeds, plant based protein (pumpkin/hemp/rice etc…) veggies such as broccoli and grains, which are all strong in protein as well. Its all about knowing what items have protein and how to incorporate them into your child’s diet.
What are some items you feed your family that are high in protein?
So why did you choose to go sans meat?
Meat- although is a strong source of quality protein, has many cons as well. After careful consideration and research, I decided a while ago to not expose my son to meat, in his early years.
- Meat is a source of internal inflammation and can effect the function of the immune system
- Although no foods are SAFE, meat, dairy and eggs are the most frequent to be found containing salmonella and other bacterias unsafe for young children
- Meat unless purchased from a farmer you trust, will contain harmful additives such as antibiotics, hormones, and some times are fed a low grade diet, which in turn creates a low grade meat/protein source
- Toddlers do not require high amounts of protein, and thus adding in meat right now does not seem necessary to me
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