Meet The Team

Diane Sanfilippo

Boss Lady

Diane Sanfilippo is an entrepreneur, author and podcaster. She is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites and the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo, Keto Quick Start, The 21-Day Sugar Detox, The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook and, co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. In 2016 Diane released an updated and expanded second edition of her runaway hit Practical Paleo which has sold over half a million copies and spent a total of 97 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Through Balanced Bites Meals & Spices, five books, multiple nutrition programs and three podcasts, Diane helps people make meaningful changes to live their best life, whether it’s by gaining the confidence to start a business or address health issues by eating nutrient dense food. 

She is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and creator of the popular blog and top-rated podcast, the Balanced Bites Podcast, which ran for eight years and spanned 400 episodes on a range of nutrition and health topics. Currently, she co-hosts the weekly business and entrepreneurship podcast, Driven, and regularly hosts educational workshops and webinars on related topics.

Diane holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, a Holistic Nutrition Consultant Certification from Bauman College in Berkeley, CA, a CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach Certification, and a Poliquin BioSignature Modulation Certification. Diane lives in San Francisco with her husband, Scott, and two fur kids.

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Holly Morello

21-Day Sugar Detox Program Manager

Holly keeps the 21DSD program (and all of the coaches) on-track and running smoothly.


In addition to my nutrition pursuits, I’m a wife and mother of 3 grown sons. Long before my certification with the NTA, I was a certified racewalk coach, a fitness instructor, and I studied Reiki (last year I became a Reiki Master). My earlier career and educational background was in computer electronics and project management.

My passion for nutrition stems from how a nutrient dense real food diet greatly enhanced the athletic performance of one son and completely transformed the quality of life for another. One day we plan to write a book about it.

I’m particularly passionate about empowering peri-menopausal/menopausal women navigate this often puzzling and challenging time more easily so that they can live the best years of their lives with even great vitality than ever before.

Diane is known for asking her fans: “what lights you up?” What lights me is being part of the Diane’s team and working with The 21-Day Sugar Detox Certified Coaches. I’m inspired and motivated each and every day by Diane and her fans, Diane’s team, the moderators, and my 1:1 clients.

April LeMaster

21-Day Sugar Detox Social Media Coordinator

April is the one who is cheering you on and keeping you going while on your 21DSD! She runs all the social media for The 21-Day Sugar Detox.


Outside of her work with Diane and team, she has raised 3 sons, is a Master in Taekwondo, and volunteers for K-9 Angels Rescue Houston while living her best life watching sunsets from her house on the lake.

When Diane asks, “what light’s you up?” It’s a no brainer for April- her passion for dog rescue. Rescuing dogs from her local shelter, fostering puppies (over 100 have passed through her house!), and educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering.

April loves being a part of Diane’s team because she can work with people who share the same passion to help others to live a healthy lifestyle. Everyone on Team Diane is positive and encouraging, they are more like family.

Moriah Smith

Brand & Production Manager

Moriah is the resident designer, the one responsible for bringing all of Diane's visions to life. She's the brains behind our websites, graphics, shareables, printables, online programs, and 21DSD social media... essentially all the things you *see*!

In addition to managing the look of Diane's brands, she plans and coordinates all of the marketing and tasks around Diane's program launches (such as the Balanced Bites Master Class and the 21DSD Coaches Program)!


Moriah received a BS in Journalism and Mass Communications and a MA in graphic design from Iowa State University. After graduation, she continued to expand her experience in both print and web design, working with a wide range of clients. Recently, Moriah completed her certification to be a Nutritional Therapy Consultant, and is now a Certified 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach!

During college, Moriah struggled to balance her lifestyle with eating wholesome foods on a college budget.  After graduation, she began exploring different healthy ideals and stumbled upon Diane’s social media on Facebook and Instagram. Growing up, Moriah was raised on a primarily vegetarian diet. Since graduating college, she has focused on eating as much organic and unprocessed food as possible, frequenting local farmer’s markets in Castle Rock, Colorado. After cutting out the processed food she used to crave, Moriah has noticed clearer skin, more energy, and  feels physically and emotionally better. The fog she felt in college has since lifted! Now, she spends as much time as she possibly can exploring the mountains with her huskies, Sasha and Stella, and her fiancé, Paul.

Moriah is so excited to be a part of the Balanced Bites team and to work in a field that she is passionate about. She looks forward to helping Diane teach others how to lead healthier lives!

Niki Quintero

Marketing Communications Manager

Niki leads all things marketing and community, while juggling a few of Diane's crazy projects on the side!


Niki loves fresh flowers for any occasion, the ample use of emojis while texting, and she firmly believes (sugar-free!) ketchup does not belong on the breakfast table.

When she heard Diane was moving back to San Francisco in 2015, she knew she wanted to join Team Balanced Bites and be a part of this ever-growing community of like-minded, health-focused folks, who are as excited about this lifestyle as she is.

With over 10 years of marketing & communications experience, Niki is also an enthusiastic home cook with a passion for organic, whole, unprocessed food, and loves that her job here at Balanced Bites allows her to combine both passions. In addition to communicating with you all (it makes her day to hear your transformation stories!), she works closely with Diane on brand sponsorships, recipe development & meal planning, while also managing the Balanced Bites Instagram account.

Amanda Behrens

Video Editor

Amanda creates fun, digestible videos with Diane's content for you to watch and share.


Amanda is a digital storyteller and video editor, as well as a Certified Health Coach.

As a video editor, Amanda harnesses over a decade of experience in the field to educate, engage, and inspire viewers.

As a coach, she helps her clients reconnect with their health through the power of real, whole food. Based in Annapolis, MD, she offers grocery store tours, one-on-one and group wellness coaching, and sees clients both in-person and online.

Amanda found a real-food lifestyle in an effort to finally (finally!) get her eczema and digestive issues under control. The book that brought it all into focus? Practical Paleo, of course!

Health is a journey, and seeing such positive changes in her own life ultimately inspired Amanda to become a Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise.

As a member of Team Diane, Amanda is excited to be at the heart of a movement that is creating such an incredible impact, by empowering everyday people to take charge of their health, one bite at a time.

Candice Mayan

Administrative & Content Assistant

Candice keeps things running behind the scenes, and helps Diane create content for her newsletter and blog!


Candice brings her writing, public relations and project management skills to the Balanced Bites team. As the Administrative & Content Assistant, she develops and curates content, supports community engagement efforts and helps keep the team organized.

Several years ago, Practical Paleo was her first introduction to cooking and it opened up her eyes to a new approach to health and wellness. Inspired by this experience, she became a certified nutritional therapy consultant through the Nutritional Therapy Association while running a food and fitness blog. She has seen firsthand the difference Diane’s work has made in her own life, and joined the team with the hopes of helping others in their health journey.

In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes, practicing yoga, trying out new workout classes around town and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son. Find her on Instagram @WholeHealthHacks.