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Melissa Mishler
Health Coach, Pharmacist, Home Cook
 Bucks County, PA


Supporting Your Journey to Create a Balanced Lifestyle 
Through Nutrition, Healthy Cooking & Healthy Living


HEALTH IS A  JOURNEY NOT A DESTINATION!

Welcome to Wholistic Melissa!

I'm so glad you are here...

Being here means you are taking a step in a healthier direction.  

Have you often thought about what a HEALTHIER YOU might look or feel like?  Maybe you're sleeping better, eating more nutritious foods, are more energetic and happier in your own body.  

Maybe you have read countless articles on nutrition and wellness and would like someone to help you sift through all of the information.

Have you tried dieting or counting calories without much success or only to "fall off the wagon"? 

Have you wished there was someone that could point you in the direction of wellness?  

What if I told you that by WORKING TOGETHER, we will explore basic improvements and implement gradual changes to improve your overall health.  We WON'T restrict food or count calories, but we WILL discover what foods nourish your body and make you feel your best, inside and out.  

As your health and wellness expert I will help you rewrite your story. Together we will find a healthy lifestyle that is best suited for you.  

If you are ready to take these steps towards your wellness journey, I encourage you to explore everything I have to offer.  I have something for everyone, whether you are just starting out or need to connect all of the nutrition dots you have already discovered.  I invite you to commit to becoming the healthiest version of you!



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It's That Time Of The Year Again...Back To School!

I don't know about you, but I always have mixed emotions about back to school. I love being able to hug and kiss my kids on demand during the summer, I also love the unstructured evenings (other than a couple of activities) of no homework, I love letting them sleep in and veg out if they want to, and I love just having them home. Those are the GOOD days; then you have days like yesterday when the entire day was spent yelling at every insane sound they made, it was like watching cats play all day, just a swirling ball of madness! So yea, I'm conflicted! 

The other downside of school, will be the sheer craziness of our afternoons. I'll have two kids in jiu jitsu and one swimming and playing drums. Doesn't sound like much, but sprinkle in homework, tutors, and any other pop-up events and it's going to hit the fan real fast! Oh and running two businesses, let's not forget about that:)

SO, it got me thinking. Am I the only one reviewing her Pinterest board for go-to slow cooker recipes??? Probably not right!? Then I thought, I should totally compile my favorites and share them! Maybe I can get some good ones from you guys too! It takes a village people! Not the ACTUAL Village People, just a village, oh you know what I mean:)

So without further or do, here's 12 of my fave back-to-school slow cooker recipes!

My Heart Beets - Chicken Curry

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Know Kitchen - Chicken Tacos

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Skinny Taste - Balsamic Pork 

Skinny Taste - Balsamic Pork


Skinny Taste - Kid Friendly Chili

Skinny Taste - Kid Friendly Chili

The Kitchen Wife - Whole Chicken 

The Kitchen Wife - Whole Chicken

Rachael's Good Eats - Stuffed Pepper Soup 

Rachael's Good Eats - Stuffed Pepper Soup

Modern Christian Homemaker - Sausage & Peppers

Modern Christian Homemaker - Sausage & Peppers
 
Healthy Slow Cooking - Lentil Quinoa Tacos

Healthy Slow Cooking - Lentil Quinoa Tacos

Real Simple - Slow Cooker Lasagna

Real Simple - Slow Cooker Lasagne

Cooking Classy - Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cooking Classy - Chicken Tortilla Soup

I Heart Eating - Garlic Rosemary Chicken

I Heart Eating - Garlic Rosemary Chicken

Wholesomelicious - Paleo Turkey Meatballs

Wholesomelicious - Paleo Turkey Meatballs

I hope you're enjoying these last few weeks of summer (if you haven't gone back already) and these recipes help you ease back into the routine of school days. 

Be Well,
Melissa










Why Choose "Pasture Raised or Grass Fed" Anything???

It's no secret that I love Costco and shop there weekly for many of our grocery and household needs. I have found numerous high quality products and foods from brands I trust and my family loves. They even carry my favorite brand of Kombucha! 

I had been buying Nellie's Free Range eggs from Costco for months. I was so happy when I found them because of the quality and value. I don't eat eggs every day but at least 3 times a week. The kids love them scrambled or hard boiled, so they are great for lunches or snacks. And at the rate we consume them, it only made sense to purchase in bulk if available. 

I don't know what prompted me to browse Nellie's website one day (I'm always looking something up), but I came across their info page about their chicken raising practices. I WAS SHOCKED at what I read! According to their site, all of their chickens have access to forage but aren't forced to go outside and if they choose to stay in the hen house (which most likely they will because they are social creatures), they will feed on grains. And not just any grain but non-organic, non-gmo grains. GASP! I know, don't make fun of me, I can't help but get annoyed in these situations. 

My frustration stems from the fact that all of this labeling of grass-fed, grass-finished, free range, cage free, pasture raised, non-gmo, vegetarian fed, can sometimes amount to nothing, or at the very least, not what you expected. There is enough push back from large beef, dairy and poultry farmers regarding these terms and their significance, that when companies like Nellie's have blatant sub-par practices and loose definitions, it only adds more suspicion to the validity of pastured farming. 

So why am I sharing this with you and why does it matter anyway? 

I wholeheartedly support evidence that suggests eating locally, organically and pasture raised is healthier for us. "WE ARE WHAT THE ANIMALS EAT THAT WE EAT". It makes sense that a cow fed a diet high in processed genetically modified grains would produce meat that is higher in saturated fat content, while grass fed beef is leaner and contains higher amounts of the beneficial fats (omega & CLA) as well as antioxidants and minerals. I also agree that sustainable farming and agriculture is better for the environment and the animals. 

However, for every study in favor of grass-fed, pastured or organic you'll find another rebutting the very same facts with their own evidence. Often times these studies are funded by the very industry they are trying to support (eh hem, big agra) but THAT'S a whole other issue!

So what's the take away? 

Do what you can for your family and your economic situation. Can you afford to buy better quality eggs and meat from local sources and maybe do with less? Then do that! Can you afford to do one or the other and maybe dabble in organic produce? Then do that! 

If nothing else, work to incorporate LESS processed food, sugars and dairy in your diet. Simply eating more whole plant based foods and less factory meat and eggs will help keep you, your family and our world healthier. 

Lastly, my hope is that organizations like American Grass Fed continue to push for tighter regulations and standards and that each industry follows suit. Transparency is key for consumers to be able to make informed decisions about the health and wellness of their families. 

Be Well,
Melissa

P.S.  here are a few local (to PA) farms that have pastured products.
Cherry Grove Farm
Birchwood Farm
Beechtree Farm 






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