I’m Marissa, the founder of Well & Simple, a connoisseur of pizza, a sasquatch enthusiast, fitness instructor, a cat mom, and a dog mom. Thank you for visiting my page! Here is a little bit more information about me and how I got here.
As I progressed through my nutrition coach training and started out on my own, I knew that I didn’t want to offer another weight loss program. I grew up witnessing those closest to me struggle with their body image and eating habits and, before I knew it, I was in the same boat, trying to shrink my body with commercial diets.
I was in college when I first signed up for Weight Watchers and that program quickly became toxic for me. With the points counting and the weigh-ins, it all became a bit of an obsession and I developed extremely disordered eating habits, some may even tell you I had an eating disorder. At one point, I was eating so little and had lost so much weight that I started having blackouts. Fortunately for me, I was able to break free from those habits.
Most of us have been led to believe that dieting and healthy eating are one-and-the-same and that your weight dictates your health. But those things actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Diets are actually not intended to teach you healthy habits and help you sustain weight loss – they’re simply designed to help you lose some weight quickly and then keep you coming back over and over again. What’s particularly sick about it though is that the diet industry tells us that it’s our fault when we don’t get the results we want with these programs. Instead, we end up frustrated at ourselves, unhappy with our bodies, and feeling out of control when it comes to eating.
So my approach isn’t about weight loss. There are no weigh-ins, no off-limits foods, and no calorie counting with my programs. Instead, I am focused on helping you get back in touch with your body and its cues and getting to the root of your habits so can get back in the driver’s seat. The goal isn’t a certain number on the scale – it’s finding the balance that works best for you and re-empowering you when it comes to your eating habits and your health.
I received my first two certifications in health coaching through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and I received my certification in nutrition coaching through the Precision Nutrition program. I’m a huge nerd though so I am constantly doing different continuing education programs.
When I am not coaching, you can typically find me watching TV shows on the paranormal or true crime. I also love camping and enjoy cooking quite a bit as well. While I am located in Beverly, MA presently, I have a dream of buying a house in the country where we can have chickens and a vegetable garden and our pup can run all over the place.