Shelly Malone

Shelly Malone

I have experienced first-hand the dramatic, positive changes nutrition alone can have on your health. Shortly after giving birth to my daughter almost seven years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which caused debilitating joint pain and fatigue. As a new Mom, a working professional and an athlete, the thought of progressive disability was terrifying. After researching both Eastern- and Western-based therapy options, I opted to try an anti-inflammatory diet – eliminating all food sensitivities and adopting clean diet principles. Within a week, not only did my joint pain and fatigue virtually disappear, but the swelling in my knuckles was reduced enough that I was finally able to get my wedding ring back on.


Ironically, I was well-versed in nutrition prior to my diagnosis. I have a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Public Health from UCLA, with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition. I have practiced as a registered dietitian (R.D) through the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics) in critical, acute and outpatient care settings. However, after discovering conventional nutrition therapies would not provide me a way out of the life destined to long-term pharmaceutical use (and negative side-effects), I researched and pursued an education on more progressive nutrition principals. On that journey, I left a career of management roles in research and marketing in the medical device industry and founded Clean Cravings, a natural food company offering a product line of anti-inflammatory and organic foods, providing me with a unique insight on the natural food industry. I also returned to private nutrition consulting in the office of a holistically focused M.D.  I am now a foundational member of the Bioindividual Nutrition Institute focused on the most progressive, evidence-based, and advanced therapeutic diets.

I am currently keeping my hand in the health care industry, bringing specialty feeding devices to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and raising awareness around increasing the use of human milk to achieve better long-term health outcomes for premature infants. How much “cleaner” of a diet could you ask for?  And who more deserving?

6 thoughts on “ABOUT SHELLY

  1. alicia

    Hi Shelly! I hope this finds you well…

    Question– besides Skinny Bitch is there a book you would recommend for a newbie as clean eating?

    Thank you for all you do!


    1. Shelly Post author

      Hi Alicia. Thank you for writing and congratulations on making the move toward clean eating! I do love Skinny Bitch for its straight talk on the affect of food on our bodies. Michael Pollens, The Omnivore’s Dillema, is also a must read for a comprehensive view of our food supply and a behind-the-scenes look into the politics that affect it. References I like for a more direct look at inflammation and food intolerance, include The Inflammation Syndrome by Jack Challem and Dangerous Grains by Dr. James Braly and Ron Hoggan. I hope you find this helpful on your journey.

  2. Sharon

    I read your interview on Fig+Sage, and I commented there and sent you an e-mail. Just wanted to say on here…YOU ROCK! I cannot thank you enough! All the best to you!

    1. Shelly Post author

      Thank you so much Sharon! I saw your comment on Fig+Sage and I believe we ended up speaking on the phone. I am so happy you were able to relate to my story and I hope that you have found the answers you needed to thrive. If not, feel free to contact me directly again.

  3. Aglaee

    Hi Shelly,

    What an amazing story! I am a dietitian and have been converted to clean eating/Paleo diet recently. I noticed that you used to be a RD and would like to know what stopped you? Did you just decided to work in a another field or did you just find it difficult to maintain your certification when not believing in the standard nutrition recommendations anymore?


  4. Shelly Post author

    Hi Aglaee,
    I apologize for the delayed reply. I had been out of touch with babies and other projects for some time.
    Regarding the RD, I would say all of the above. My career did take the direction into medical devices for some time, which pulled me away from practicing. However, the bigger reason is that simply had a philosophical difference with the conventional methodologies of the ADA. That was especially evident after my own RA diagnosis in which there are no effective MNT protocols and that I had never received any training on anti-inflammatory diet principles that resulted in such dramatic outcome improvement. I still remain very appreciative of the scientific and nutrition education received and have a great deal of respect for the profession (especially in critical care settings) my former colleagues and current RD friends, but it just not currently a fit for the progressive practices I support and the food industry involvement, I do not. I know they now are working on a holistic nutrition practice group, if that comes to fruition, I may consider re-certifying.


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