About Melanie

Fast Food to Fresh Food is written by Melanie.  She was born in Southeastern Wisconsin and now resides in the North Central part of the state with her wife of 15 years, Lorie.  Together, they have a Jack Russell Terrier named Lucy, and they enjoy camping, snowmobiling, and traveling the state.

Melanie (left) and Lorie hiking at a local state park.

By day, Melanie is a Vice President/Quality Assurance Manager for a large bank in Wisconsin where she oversees the quality and training functions for a multi-site Contact Center.  She has learned to "cook off the stress"  by creating stews, soups, main dishes, and desserts.  Her family, which includes two grown step-children, are very appreciative of this stress management technique!  When she's not working or cooking, she is the Cantorial Soloist for Congregation Mount Sinai in Wausau, Wisconsin.

In 2014, Melanie took a break from blogging in order to focus on her health.  At 311+ pounds, she knew it was time to step away from food.  In early 2015, she underwent roux Roux en Y Gastric Bypass surgery and hasn't looked back since!  Today, she has a healthy BMI of 22, and she's committed to cooking high protein, healthy carb food that her whole family will enjoy!  She also knows that not everyone follows a bariatric way of eating, so she still makes occasional treat-meals for friends and family.  Come follow her on her continued path to maintaining good health!

Melanie Before
Melanie After