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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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 200 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, deepening engagement within our BB community.


Niki loves fresh flowers for any occasion, the ample use of emojis while texting, and firmly believes ketchup does not belong on the breakfast table.

With over 15 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 managing the Balanced Bites Instagram & Facebook accounts, she also creates the BB Insiders weekly emails, & works closely with Diane to create new recipes for balancedbites.com, cookbooks, & Balanced Bites Meals.


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.

Outside of work, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes, reading, and spending time with her husband and son. Find her on Instagram @CleanLivingCandice.


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Katie Weaver

Customer Support Specialist

Katie manages the Balanced Bites customer support - have a question or concern about Balanced Bites Meals or Spices? She's your girl!


Katie loves to help others! With many years of experience in customer support roles, and her passion for small business, she’s thrilled to join the team.

Many years ago Katie and her husband followed The 21-Day Sugar Detox to rid themselves of their sugar cravings. The program kickstarted a healthier lifestyle for them. 

Katie loves to cook. Her favorite place to be is in the kitchen, whipping up a delicious meal. As a mom of three, it’s a priority to provide her family with healthy, nutrient-dense home-cooked meals. 

She enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband, fresh flowers on the table, and wine tasting.