Melissa Joulwan is the author of the cookbook Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat, Living Paleo for Dummies, and the blog The Clothes Make The Girl, where she writes every day about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, in life.
After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Melissa found the paleo diet in 2009 and has been happily, healthily following it ever since. That year, she also underwent a thyroidectomy. In the aftermath of the surgery and recovery, she became particularly interested in how diet affects hormones, body composition, mood, and motivation.
These days, Melissa’s workouts are just as likely to include yoga and meditation as lifting heavy things and trying to stay ahead of the CrossFit stopwatch. In 2012, her blog won the Homie Award from The Kitchn for “Best Healthy Cooking Blog,” and she contributed the recipes for the “Meal Map” in the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food. She is also a Community Ambassador for Experience Life magazine and has been a featured chef for U.S. Wellness Meats and Lava Lake Lamb, as well as an instructor at Whole Foods Culinary Center.