“Food: The essential nutritive energy source for human life. Food provides an uncanny dynamic of texture, flavor, fragrance, emotion, and satiety all harmonized between infinite varieties of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. My life is dedicated to executing a delicious and romantic blend of entertainment for our mouths while energizing and supporting health in our bodies.” -Michelle
I first began to connect body and food while in college. I developed an eating disorder in my teens that carried into my twenties. I strived for the skinny body by eating fat-free and sugar-free versions of every processed food because cookbooks and diet books told me that was the best way to a “fit” body. I deprived my body of nutrients and struggled with body image and bulimia without an end in sight. I lost hope in myself and thought that I would eventually find my demise in that disease.
It wasn’t until the day that I found a health supportive culinary school in NYC, The Natural Gourmet Institute, that I changed the rest of my life. I began to appreciate and connect food to health rather than a means of gaining/ losing weight. Food began to be a friend, not an enemy, and before I could even realize it, my mentality and disordered eating habits had diminished.
Obtaining my BS in Dietetic Nutrition and becoming a certified Natural Food Chef propelled my “Cinderella story” to Jersey City, NJ as the proud owner/ founder of Busy Bee Organics, LLC. At Busy Bee, we are dedicated in providing the “busy bees” of our community with health-supportive, flavorful grab and go foods for every lifestyle. I dedicate my every day to help others gain clarity with eating habits and provide education in nourishing our bodies with each bite.
Health food does not have to be bland and predictable.
My goal is to provide meals to all “busy bees” with aesthetic appeal, complementing textures and flavors and a health-supportive promise with each flavorful addition.
“Let thy food be they medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates
Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach
Jamie is a holistic nutrition & lifestyle coach, with a focus on hormonal and mental health. She helps to empower women to feel comfortable and confident in their skin and around food- and keep it simple and fun. She’s also a kick-ass dancer, and has worked as a professional in the dance fitness industry since 2009.
Not long ago, she dealt with health issues of her own. From inflamed, chronically cystic acne that plagued her teens and 20’s (sometimes still flares up today!), digestive issues, to mental health issues ranging from deep, scary depression, alarming anxiety, insomnia that never seemed to break. There was no light at the end of the tunnel. Through her holistic nutrition education and self-experimenting, Jamie discovered the link between food and feelings, between mental health and hormonal health. She learned that food can heal you. Listening to your intuition can free you, and she shares this wisdom in her no-bs, let’s get you feeling like a rockstar coaching programs.
Together, she works with you to provide the tools you need to achieve your wellness goals- nutrition education, lifestyle support and action plans all in an effort to put you in the driver’s seat of your health and empower you to create achievable, sustainable habits that you feel good about. That excite you. That drive you to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself.
Jamie received her education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied hundreds of dietary theories, and developed the skills set to begin her career as a health coach. From there, she went on to learn a refined skills set of women’s health, spiritual coaching and business accolades from some of the most highly accredited leaders in the wellness industry including Dr. Aviva Romm, Gabrielle Bernstein, Nicole Jardim and Marie Forelo. She is a level 1 Spirit Junkie, and a highly trained women’s hormonal health expert. She keeps it real, she keeps it fun. She keeps it moving, and always exciting.
Sous Chef, Vegan Food Chef
A Busy Bee team member going on 2 years, Ula as been a vegetarian for ten years a vegan for about 4.
“I’m passionate about making vegan food delicious and accessible.”
Her intuitive palate and plant-based passion shine in the Busy Bee kitchen while helping The Brunswick School food program and Busy Bee meal delivery. Ula also enjoys creating vegan goodies through her own business via ulalafoods.com
In the wellness field for 15 years, providing health education and culinary nutrition for healthy living.
Marisa began her career from working as a teenager at health food stores to evolving into a nutritional professional and culinary spokesperson for premier spas including the Canyon Ranch and the Regency Health Spa in South Florida. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC. Marisa was the lead Nutritionist at the East Orange Child Development Center in East Orange, NJ and believes that introducing new foods early on is essential to establishing a lifetime of healthy eating habits. She was the Chairperson for Food Development and organized a monthly Menu Committee in which children were the focus groups.
She believes that you must look to the whole food traditions of our healthy ancestors, as well as, modern scientific studies. Her goal is to teach and inspire people to be healthy and happy. Her passion is to help others find balance and to achieve and sustain a healthy body, mind, spirit and lifestyle.
Outside of the kitchen, Marisa loves to hike, paddleboard and snowboard and is the proud mother of 2 wonderful children, Chace and Livia.
Certified Elementary Educator, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Busy Bee Meditation Consultant
Jess’ teaching style focuses on alignment with an attention to detail. She teaches with warmth, enthusiasm, and creativity. She sees yoga as a practice that can be strengthening, invigorating, relaxing, healing, and fun; her mission is to make this contemplative and beneficial practice accessible to all. She enjoys teaching all types of students: beginners, experienced yogis, pregnant women, new mamas, children, and individuals affected by cancer. Jess guides her students to find an accessible yoga practice that fits the rhythm of their life and that honors their body and mind to bring more ease to the ebb and flow of their daily life.
As an elementary school teacher with a Masters degree in education, Jess made movement activities an integral part of her work with children in the classroom setting. Jess was also a volunteer teacher for nine years at Gilda’s Club, a cancer support center, for individuals affected by cancer. She has had the honor to be a guest presenter on meditation techniques and practice for the Stone Center for Yoga’s 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training the past three years.
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Michelle on HLN’s Cook Your Ass Off