photo(13)My name is Mellissa Sevigny, and I am the creator of I Breathe I’m Hungry. I started the blog on a whim during the summer of 2011 – mostly as a way to stay in touch with friends and family back in Connecticut.

I’ve always loved cooking and entertaining, but when people would ask for the recipes I’d just shrug, because it was usually a little of this and a little of that.

I thought the blog would be a good way to catalog my recipes, and would force me to record the ingredients while I was cooking. It was also a new place to focus my photography efforts, which until then had been primarily flowers and macros.

In January of 2012, I planned to post a week of low carb recipes, mostly to appeal to the New Year’s resolution dieters.  I decided to start eating low carb again myself a few days into it, since I was already cooking that way for the blog. I’d done low carb with good results a few times in the past, but inevitably I’d quit after a few weeks because the food was boring.

I’d done low carb with good results a few times in the past, but inevitably I’d quit after a few weeks because the food was boring, or it was too hard to eat differently from everyone else all the time. Being surrounded by pizza, pasta, bread, etc. was just too difficult for me after awhile, and I would be so sick of steak and bacon and eggs that I would eventually cave in, and that would be the end of it.

When I started really applying myself to creating interesting and delicious low carb recipes, the response was amazing. I found out quickly that you guys had the same problem I did! So many of you had been having trouble sticking with a low carb plan, even though it was working, because you were bored with the food. That motivated me to keep experimenting, and here I am two years (and over 10 million page views) later – 40lbs down, author of The Gluten Free Low Carber, and a proud member of the low carb blogging community. I really never saw that coming when I started I Breathe I’m Hungry!

I love reading your comments and emails, and I have so much fun creating new recipes with you all in mind. It’s almost like having you all over for dinner at my house – but wow, that would get expensive! ha ha! Knowing that my recipes are helping so many of you reach your goals through low carb eating, really makes me happy. I love reading your comments and emails, and I have so much fun creating new recipes with you all in mind.  It’s almost like having you all over for dinner at my house – but wow, that would get expensive!  ha ha!

I still live in South Carolina with my amazing husband (aka. “Mr. Hungry”), our son (“Hungry Jr.”), and our three very spoiled cats.  Matt is a talented stone mason, and we have our own business, Old World Stone and Garden.  We work primarily in the Columbia and Charleston areas of SC, but will travel if the job is right.  I also hire out for recipe development, food photography, and freelance writing.

Feel free to contact me by email at sevigm@yahoo.com about working together, or if you have any questions or comments about the blog or anything else.Feel free to contact me by email at sevigm@yahoo.com about working together…

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  1. Raquel Boyes
    Raquel Boyes02-03-2013

    Great blog! Got lots of inspiring recipes here, thanks!

  2. Chris

    I just love it when I stumble upon new L/C sites. I’ll be trying out the meatball parmigiana recipe for sure!!

  3. karen

    love your website. thanks for all the great gf recipes.

  4. Laurie McAuley
    Laurie McAuley05-31-2013

    This will be so helpful. Thanks

  5. Daniella

    Hi Mellissa, I found your website tonight after searching Pinterest for low carb recipes. I’ve since been pouring over your recipes for about 2+ hours! I just wanted to say a huge thank you & let you know that I am absolutely in awe of how clever & creative you & your collection are. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. I am someone who has struggled with my weight my whole life & have recently reached lost over 70 pounds to get to a very healthy weight. The only way I can maintain is to lead a paleo lifestyle with the occasional indulgence of dairy. Your site is therefore a Godsend & so incredibly impressive / helpful. Thank you so much again & I look forward to visiting daily for new inspirations & deliciousness! :)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-09-2013

      Hi Daniella and welcome to IBIH! Congrats on losing 70lbs and keeping it off – I hope that the recipes you find here will help you maintain your healthy weight in a delicious way! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, and I look forward to hearing back on how you’re enjoying the recipes! :)

  6. Glennis

    I am really excited about your website with all of these low-carb recipes! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jamie Magnuson
    Jamie Magnuson08-11-2013

    Have you thought about trying some of your recipes to also be lactose free? Only curious cause my son has a gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance. Ive notice alot more products on shelves becoming lactose free and most brick cheese are. I have substituted lactose free milk for regular milk in a few things like mac and cheese or mashed potatoes and you cant tell the difference. But im not sure if it would change consistency for some of your recipes. Correct me if I am wrong but when my son was seeing a GI doctor I recall him telling us that most Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) patients also have lactose intolerance so it could be very beneficial for you and your fans. Thanks for your time

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-15-2013

      Hi Jamie,

      A lot of the recipes can substitute coconut milk for the heavy cream (use your own discretion) or coconut oil, or olive oil for the butter. I do have quite a few dairy free recipes (though I do love cheese obviously!!) and you can find them by typing Whole 30 into the search bar since all the whole 30 compliant recipes have to be dairy free. Enjoy!

  8. Elizabeth

    I just stumbled across this website by a link from Reddit and boy am I glad I did! These recipes look absolutely amazing! I am just on my first week of low-carb dieting as a former sugar addict, and now I don’t think it will be as hard. Just wanted to thank you for the work you’ve put into this :)

  9. Sharon martorana
    Sharon martorana04-05-2014

    Trouble accessing comments regarding DE, they show up on my e-mail and then when I go to the comment I am unable to access.

  10. Elli

    Love the blog, love the giveaways, love the food–thanks!

  11. poppet


    loving your blog and recipes. Being diabetic and Coeliac myself, so great to have some lovely recipes to follow. I am now aiming to go Low carb but was wondering from your menus, do you drink Tea as well as water? Am asking because us British love our cup of teas and so need milk…but don’t see this included..

    Please advise, thanks so much!

  12. Amy

    I found your blog by googling “egg fast”, and found that and so much more. I have survived day 1 of the egg fast today and am looking forward to it…being over. Your site is very charmingly rendered, and I enjoy your wit. What sealed the deal, however, was your having three cats. I have just put my three on the “catkins diet”, and we are all enjoying fat and protein without grains.

  13. Debby

    My diet doctor’s office recommended your website and I am so glad that they did! Your recipes are amazing and I love that you posted your 3-day low-carb diet – Thank you so much for being so “real” and keeping it so.
    God bless you,

  14. Brenda

    I just found your site from someone who recommended your meatball recipes. I’m a bit confused; is your blog IbreatheImhungry.com or BlogherLifewellSaid (upper right corner). I’m trying to basically find your home page, and do you have a place that indexes your recipes? I guess I’m just having a bit of trouble navigating and fearful of clicking on an ad–sometimes it is hard to tell what is an ad from what are pics that you have personally posted. Any advice would be great. For example, I couldn’t find anything to click on to find out about you, so I just went to the address bar and added /about which got me to this page. Thanks a million for any advice.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny01-06-2015

      There is a menu bar across the top of the page that will take you to About, Contact, Meal Plans, Cookbooks, and Recipe Index. If you are on a tablet, you have to click the little menu icon to see it. Here is a link to the recipe index. I will be launching the new site very soon now and it should be much easier to navigate!

      • Brenda

        So strange. I am using a docked laptop with a full-size monitor and the webpage is maximized. I see the BlogHer icon in the upper left, and ad to the right of that and another ad just below that one. Below that is the twitter, email and FB links and below that is an orange search bar. I’m using IE10. So strange. Totally don’t see a menu bar listing those options. Weird.

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