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Melissa Costello

About Melissa Costello

Melissa Costello, founder of Karma Chow has always had a passion for healthy, delicious food and nutrition. As a child, Melissa would spend hours in the kitchen with her Italian father making homemade tomato sauce and pasta. When she became a vegetarian at age 19 she began experimenting with healthier versions of everyday recipes, which led her to her passion for vegetarian cooking. Her collection of simple yet delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes and desserts, has become popular among many top names in the film & music industry.

As a Nutritional Educator and Wellness Coach (NHI & Spencer Institute), Melissa works one on one with clients teaching them how to live a happier, healthier life through a plant-based, whole foods diet. She is the creator of The Vital Life 30-Day Food Based Cleanse, which has become popular among celebs in Hollywood as well as hundreds worldwide.

Stop Seeking And Settle…Into Yourself

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Most of us on a spiritual journey are seekers. We are looking for joy, happiness, “enlightenment” and whatever else we can find that makes us feel good. Why wouldn’t we want that? We go to workshops, read books and soak up anything we can to find the “answers” to life and why we are here…. Continue Reading →

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Taming The Sugar Monster!

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Sugar, yes you know it, it’s gooey, it’s sweet, it’s addictive. It’s what makes our pastries yummy, and our cookies crisp. When working with new clients, I always ask them what their biggest food vice is – and the answer is always, you got it: Sugar! It’s next to impossible to avoid. It’s in almost… Continue Reading →

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Anger: One Letter Short Of Danger!

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This morning I woke up angry; I felt angsty and icky. I couldn’t quite put my finger as to why I might be angry, but all I know is that I felt it deeply in my core. I wanted to scream, start a fight, blame someone or get in my car and rage. The anger… Continue Reading →

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Set Yourself Free—Throw Your Resolutions OUT!

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Ah yes, it’s January and if you are like most Americans, I’m sure you made some juicy New Year’s resolutions to start off 2013 with a bang. New Year’s resolutions are interesting, because most people do not ever stick to them. In fact the actual percentage is roughly around 7%. Most people go right back… Continue Reading →

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Let Freedom In!

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I know the 4th of July has come and gone – a day when we, as Americans, celebrate our freedom. It was such a lovely holiday and my first 4th living in small-town Santa Barbara. I spent the day with a friend riding bikes, seeing a parade, watching an outdoor concert, going to the movies,… Continue Reading →

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The Only Way Out is Through

Emotional pain is something that many of us turn away from, or may not even be aware of. It can show up in our lives in a myriad of ways. One of the ways I see it show up in my life is in the form of patterns. Patterns can be a set of characteristics… Continue Reading →

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Opening Back To Love!

Opening Back to Love…. Breakups suck! Heartbreak Sucks! And mostly all of us have been there at one time or another in our lives. As someone who came out of a relationship a little over a year ago, I still have moments of heart wrenching pain, sadness that overwhelms me, and tears that feel like… Continue Reading →

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Do You Cave When You Crave?

Cravings! Ah yes, we all have them, and most of the time they can be unhealthy. Cravings for foods that are sugary, salty, fatty, crunchy and fried are among the most common types of cravings, and as most of you know, these types of foods are usually not always the healthiest choice for us. As… Continue Reading →

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Let Freedom In!

I know the 4th of July has come and gone – a day when we, as Americans, celebrate our freedom. It was such a lovely holiday and my first 4th living in small-town Santa Barbara. I spent the day with a friend riding bikes, seeing a parade, watching an outdoor concert, going to the movies,… Continue Reading →

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Celebrating Men!

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I was inspired to write this blog from a video post my dear friend, Amber, founder of BodyHeart, put up on Facebook today. It was about celebrating men and as women, helping men to open their hearts and feel safe enough to be vulnerable. Supporting them in their journey within to become the best version… Continue Reading →

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Squash Your Limitations!

Since moving to Santa Barbara a couple of months ago, I am spending a lot of time in nature. I often take my doggie, Pumpkin, hiking and I love to watch her revel at all the scents & sounds of nature. She bounds through brush and hauls up steep rocky stairs, all the while with… Continue Reading →

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The Love Dealer!

I’m currently finishing up my second year of Grad school at University of Santa Monica where I am studying Spiritual Psychology and it has been quite a ride. If you are wondering what spiritual psychology is, here is the best way I can describe it: We learn how to relate to ourselves on the soul… Continue Reading →

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