Hula Hoop Class at the Allie Ollie Clothing Boutique

Posted on May 31, 2012

I created the Ladies Healthy Happy Hour for a few reasons. 

First I wanted to be able to talk to women about the metabolic power of pleasure and how when your body is relaxed, hormonal pathways turn up your body’s fat-burning capability and turn down your appetite.

Watch the Video of the LHHH Hula Hoop Class

This is a much more sane approach to slimming down, being and feeling healthy and feminine, and having more fun in your daily life. 
This is part of the feminine formula that I teach women.  It’s about connecting with your inner wisdom, because REAL lasting weight loss is achieved through self-respect, dignity and self-love, not through shame, self-deprivation or masculine techniques. 

It’s accomplished through pleasure, not punishment.

Second, I wanted to provide an easy, non-intimidating way to introduce women to a variety of different movements and motivate them to search for forms of movement that they would enjoy doing, whether it be hula hoop, hiking, biking, swimming, or belly dancing.  The key word is all about the Pleasure!

My Healthy Life Fair

Posted on May 18, 2012

My Healthy Life Fair Banner.jpgCome visit me at the My Healthy Life Fair. I will have yoga instructor, Barbara McCarthy, from "A Yogi's Center" demonstrating Svaroopa Yoga in my booth. Come experience how amazing it feels!

My Healthy Life Fair!

Event Website:

Saturday May 26, 2012
Commerce Center
My Healthy Life Fair at Prescott Lakes Nutrition
1963 Commerce Center Circle Suite C
Prescott, AZ 86301

Belly Dancing

Posted on May 11, 2012

To dance is to be out of yourself, larger, more powerful, more beautiful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
~ Agnes de Mille

It's Friday and I'm still smiling from Wednesday night's Ladies' Healthy Happy Hour Belly Dance class! Terri Walden from Troupe Salamat is a wonderful instructor, and she really gave us a top notch intro class.  I must say, belly dancing is truly a great workout!  WOW!

Happy Mother's Day!
In Celebration of our Mother's, and for those of you that are mother's and/or mother's to others.  Give yourself the Gift of the "Daily Hour".  One hour every day to nourish your amazing female body; for she houses your every breath, and your every heart beat.  She is home to your senses, and she works hard for you every single day.  She deserves more than just one day of pampering - As hard as she works she deserves daily TLC. Don't you agree?

Radiance as a Lifestyle Strategy!

Posted on May 1, 2012

MW Women Tribe DancingIt's no big secret that I am a big fan of healthy strategies that move us toward feeling freakin’ fabulous inside and out.  This particular strategy that I’m talking about in this article addresses something that we all live with every day, yet most of us do not realize just how often we do it.  What’s worse is that we go about our days largely unaware of the intrusive and undesirable physiological consequences it has on our health. 

What exactly is it that I’m talking about anyway?

You feel good when you’re happy and carefree. Right?  Likewise, you feel awful when you’re in a negative state of mind --- sad, depressed, critical, angry, etc...

Is that just a coincidence, or could your body actually be telling you something?

180 healthy makeover

Posted on March 30, 2012

stressed woman eating at computer .jpg

In our culture, it’s supposedly more admirable for a woman to be self-less. 
That’s quite a word, isn’t it? 

Taking care of everyone else first, yourself last. Making sure everyone ELSE is enjoying themselves and feeling good, and making sure the boss or the clients are happy, or that we're getting as much done each day as possible. "Tuning in" and tending to the feelings of those around you. …meanwhile, "tuning out" from your own needs and treating yourself in a way that is, quite frankly, downright cold and cruel. 

In fact, we rush around seeking the satisfaction of checking things off on our TO-DO list and even thinking that we wish we had more time.  But, in actuality, it's not more time that we need; what we need is more pleasure in our life. 

Without experiencing pleasure in our life on a regular basis, I'm talking daily pleasure here ladies, then we leave ourselves wide open for irrational behavior around food and burnout symptoms, which on a physiological level can create negative responses in our brain that lead to fatigue, weight gain and depression.

Education Vessels

Posted on March 12, 2012

Jane and Melanie in Long Beach

Jane Thompson and Melanie Banayat

I attended an amazingly inspiring and educational health conference in Long Beach, California a week ago, and one morning me and my colleague (friend), Jane Thompson, took a nice brisk walk along the waterfront.  We brought our cameras with us to capture anything that caught our attention.  This “Education Vessels” sign just seemed to encapsulate the weekend for us so perfectly.


In fact, so many of the images along our walk made me think of my own journey back to health.  Many of the ships on the dock had names that reminded me of an analogy that I once heard from life coach, Bill Baren.  

Chocolate and Pasta and Bread…OH MY!

Posted on February 18, 2012

chocolate pieI Love FOOD!

Lately I’ve noticed that many people feel strongly inclined to clarify something about them selves to me, probably because they know I’m a health coach.  The conversation usually goes something like this, “You have to understand, Melanie, I really, really, REALLY love food!” 

Believe me when I say that I understand this huge, deep passion for food that they’re describing.  I can recall those same words coming from my mouth upon many occasions.  The last thing I ever wanted was to do was give up my FOOD!

BUT…There was one thing that I really didn’t like about food - the uncontrollable cravings.  Two of my weaknesses - Marie Callendar pies and Mountain Huckleberry ice cream!  And No matter how hard I tried, I never seemed to have enough will power to control my sugar cravings. On top of that I had to face my “perfectionist” self in the mirror feeling like a giant failure in that arena.

Ladies' Healthy Happy Hour in Prescott & Prescott Valley, Arizona

Posted on February 17, 2012

Watch Melanie Banayat, Shiri Briseno, and Karen vanPrice on the MORNING SCRAMBLE with Lew Rees and Tonya Mock on AZTV

Free Fitness and Nutrition Classes

Melanie Banayat from Miligirl Wellness, Shiri Briseno from Her Fitness, and Karen vanPrice from Heavenlyoga talk about the Ladies' Healthy Happy Hour on AZTV Morning Scramble. The classes take place in Prescott, Arizona, and Prescott Valley Arizona. 

Register for free

2012 New Years Resolution

Posted on January 4, 2012

MW happy new year!Ahhh, Change. It’s the most popular topic on the Internet this week, and probably for the remainder of the month. Some folks love resolutions; some call them intentions, rituals, goals or promises.

On the other hand I’ve noticed that there appears to be a New Years Resolution revolt going on all over the place – on Facebook, on blog posts, in newsletters, newspapers, etc…

Gulp… Do I dare admit that I happen to like resolutions?  I suppose it’s ‘cause I like viewing the new year as a blank canvas where I get to see measurable improvements as well as sweeping changes. When you sweep you can see your accomplishment instantly.

I do; however, choose one clear guiding word for the year that directs my actions toward changing old thoughts, patterns, beliefs, and behaviors.  Then I define what that word means to me.  Last year my word was “Simplify”.

2011 Year in Review:  Here’s how my guiding word played out...

Savory Tips to Foil the Holiday Hangover + FREE GIFT

Posted on December 1, 2011

Cauliflower mash image.jpgEat Only What You Can Savor
We certainly love a juicy holiday meal don't we?  And, Guess what?  We have another whole month of Holiday foods and desserts to experience, so enjoy your meals but eat only what you can savor.  No need to eat everything on the table...twice.

Follow Your Bliss
As the saying goes, you just can't please everyone, so stop trying to please everyone.  It's stressful to try to attend every single holiday dinner party that you've been invited to.  If indulging in too many holiday meals is not your idea of bliss then you can lovingly decline as many invitations as necessary to keep your blissful boundaries.  There are no hard fast rules that say you must spend every holiday with extended family.  You're even allowed to enjoy some alone time during the holidays if that's what will help you feel the joy in the season.