Melissa Joulwan's favorite spice is cumin. Her favorite vegetable is cabbage. Her favorite book is "Jane Eyre." Her favorite city is Prague, and her favorite band is Social Distortion. You might have known all of that already if you follow her blog The Clothes Make The Girl. The Clothes Make the Girl is an unusual title for a blog that's about her tales of triumph and failure in the gym, in the kitchen, in life.
Melissa has been following a 90% strict paleo diet since 2009 when she 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.
"Well Fed" is her second book. Her first is "Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track," a memoir of her experiences as one of the founders of the Texas Rollergirls, the original Flat Track Roller Derby league. She has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America in her roller skates and fishnets. These days, she's hung up her skates, and her 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, Melissa's blog won the Homie Award from The Kitchen for "Best Healthy Cooking Blog" -- and "Well Fed" was the winner the 2012 "Best Cookbook" Award at the San Francisco Book Festival. She is also a Community Ambassador for "Experience Life" magazine and has been a featured chef for U.S. Wellness Meats.
She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Dave and their cat Smudge.show more