Melanie Manghinang is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and a graduate of Bauman College in Berkeley, CA.
I started out on this journey as a food lover in the most traditional sense - I ate food and enjoyed it immensely. From family dinners to nights out at restaurants with friends, food has always been a very convivial and personal thing for me. During my time in New York, my relationship with food started evolving and deepening. I became involved with various food education and food justice non-profits, cooking with kids, and working in community gardens. I joined a CSA and my love for fresh fruits and vegetables soared - I started to cook. A lot. That was what turned me around.
My love for food as a source of pleasure turned into a love for food as a source of healing, restoration, and energy. With all the cooking I was doing, I felt like a new person, and I wanted to understand why food was making me feel this way. This is how my path to becoming a nutrition and health nerd began. I moved from New York to San Francisco in 2012, and enrolled in the Nutrition program at Bauman College in Berkeley.
I have been navigating my way through my own path to optimal health. As a busy marketing/advertising professional, I understand the barriers because I have experienced them myself - and still do. Personally, the barriers are always there - temptations of the fastest and easiest food, lack of time, lack of resources, lack of information - and they always will be. But I always strive for awareness and balance, and encourage my community to do the same.