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Mom Owned and Operated in Thousand Oaks, CA

We are moms who are passionate about health and helping others. Founded in 2012 and growing in 2018 to over 40 health food stores in Southern CA and national online grocery retailers, Integrity Cacao has evolved from a one woman, part-time show to a full-time team of dedicated mothers who are prolific contributors to the wellness and empowerment of their local community and abroad.

 

Meet the team

 

Merissa and Ericka met at Lassen’s in 2010, where the concept for Integrity Cacao was born two years later in 2012. They bonded over many things from health and fitness to the challenges of being single moms, and eventually worked together in 2015 coordinating care services for seniors and their families. In 2018 they reunited professionally once again, only this time to support one another in business. Their combined passion for health, being of service, contributing to the betterment of society and raising children consciously fuels the fire of this humble craft cacao company. We have come full circle and cannot wait to share this mission with you.

Merissa Founder & CEO

 

Merissa has been consumed with her passion for the human potential, esoteric quantum physics and alternative healing since a small child.

Her insatiable thirst to explore all subjects related to health, healing, our inherent human potential, the essence of consciousness, Earth-based indigenous traditions, archaeology/biology/chemistry and longevity began with her early introduction to alternative medicine as a little girl. She experienced several serious auto-immune disorders, the treatment of which opened her awareness to many forms of alternative medicine including acupuncture, TCM, naturopathic/allopathic remedies, herbalism, reiki, Ayurveda, Yoga, prayer, sound healing and gem therapy.

Merissa’s Health History

During her first near-death experience, she received a transmission while in the hospital and learned the root causes of illness being emotional in nature through her own health-related issues. She also received, or remembered (??), her assignment or mission in this life, which was of service. At age 8 she realized that her path was to help teach people how to both acquire and maintain their empowerment and thus optimum health through living an illumined lifestyle through self awareness and self mastery. That health and our quality of life is a choice, and we need to explore the potential of our bodies to heal. The body is a highly intelligent design intricately connected to our belief system and quality of thoughts/emotions.  The body mind spirit connection is more profound than is currently widely accepted. Spontaneous healing is highly possible. This wisdom stems from many traditional branches of mysticism on a global scale including ancient technology systems and tools that are now becoming more socially acceptable as we collectively remember. 

Merissa enthusiastically shares her wisdom of Ayurvedic philosophy, energetic alignment, and diet/lifestyle practices to help people take their health into their own hands. She combines her Ayurvedic education with traditional Hawaiian Huna, Shipibo cosmology, Western/Vedic/Mayan astrology, esoteric quantum physics, Kundalini and shamanic/Earth practices from all over the world, enabling her clients to de-program from old/artificial identities to experience an expansion of perception and self-awareness through their own conscious allowance/creation to actively engage in heart-centered living.

This knowledge has been condensed into Integrity Cacao as a high vibe food, an initiation to allow for an elevated perspective and more fulfilled life experience. Let’s birth a new world of consciously sustainable practices, from lifestyle, to business and commerce.

Other certifications

Bachelor’s in Business Management & HR 2020

Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor 2017

Certified Personal Trainer NASM 2013

Certified Nurse Assistant PMCI 2013

Certified Yoga Instructor 200 hrs Yogaworks Westlake Village 2009

Certified Restorative Yoga Instructor with Jillian Pransky Yogaworks Montana 2009

 

Ericka Operations Manager

 

Ericka was drawn to health and fitness 7 years ago. Her energy levels were low and she wanted to feel more vibrant to enjoy time with her children, which sent her on the path of discovering the power of plant-based living and fitness. Ericka is a certified Kettle Bell instructor and coaches clients privately in the Conejo Valley. Her coaching services include diet and weight loss, as well as helping her clients include more plant-based alternatives to their diet. For her services, please reach out to her directly here

A life of service

Before discovering her love for fitness, good food, and helping others to feel healthy and strong, Ericka had multiple careers helping society’s most vulnerable populations: the elders, women and children. She worked at Casa Pacifica to provide relief and aid to women and children who were suffering in our local community for many years.

She also worked at a local senior caregiving franchise, helping families find solutions for quality in-home care for their parents with varying stages of dementia.

Ericka is a devoted mother and loves playing with her kids with every moment of her spare time. She loves adventuring, hiking in nature, teaching her children, and enjoying the simple things in life.

 

About the cacao: The Integrity Cacao Story

How did you start making chocolate?

It all started back in August of 2012. I was working at a local healthfood store and two things were happening:

1. I noticed many customers could not eat anything packaged because it all had soy, gluten, peanuts, or some other common allergen. I thought, wow these folks need something clean to enjoy.

2. I could not afford to buy the raw chocolate in the store at that time, so I started making my own. After experimenting and sharing my concoctions, the feedback was so beautiful I decided to pursue cacao as a business; to share quality, clean products made with love, to show my daughter how rewarding it is to be an entrepreneur, and to set a new purity standard for gourmet food. All the chocolates are free from any binders, alteratives, waxes, or preservatives of any kind.

 

Going back even farther…

I had a lot of near fatal health issues as a young child and have been fascinated with alternative medicine and the human potential since very small. My illness put me on a lifelong path of research and discovery, always looking for patterns.

I am an independent food scientist and have formulated my line based upon how our body assimilates nutrition at the cellular level in tandem with how to combine ingredients to assist absorption, as well as what diseases are trending from malnutrition.

In my research starting in 2008 I found many parallels in rising degenerative disorders and malnutrition, namely, a mass deficiency in magnesium. For example: MS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Fibromyalgia, all on the rise, coinciding along with our low levels of magnesium. Cacao is the highest food source of magnesium, which is critical for cognitive and cardiac function, as well as the entire nervous system. Our neurons are MADE of magnesium, so if we are lacking, then we are misfiring and thus all these various diseases manifest.

 

How are your raw chocolates different?

One of my greatest challenges has been helping people to understand that what I do is not just chocolate, it is not like anything that exists in the chocolate universe. It is a supplement or medicinal food for healthy systemic stasis and longevity for multiple reasons.

The biggest difference is our patented manufacturing process. I devised specific manufacturing practices to maintain the energetic quality of the incredible nutrition from my ingredients so these are truly raw chocolates, as opposed to the products which exist that are shelf stable for over 6 months or have fillers and claim they are raw. My chocolates are alive and full of amino acids and trace minerals, thus they are a refrigerated product.

We are organic, fair trade, vegan, non gmo, and soy/gluten/coconut free, contain no fillers, and we use actual supplement products like concentrated turmeric and berry extracts in our formulas.

Our formulas are 3 to 5 ingredients, so they are very pure and potent. NO FILLERS! You can feel the difference! When my clients try these chocolates they get incredible physical and mental energy, because it is truly a living food product.

This is how it all began, and 6 years later we are expanding and sharing our passion for cacao both as a health food and a pleasurable, mindful indulgence. Yes, you can have chocolate and feel great about it! The new paradigm of health is allowance over deprivation. There is a reason the body craves different foods. Go for the high quality stuff; food is medicine after all.

 

Why did you choose this name?

I chose Integrity because this mission is serious. It is an oath to purity of sourcing, ingredients used, and manufacturing practices producing the desired nutritional benefit. It is consumer education, sharing the immense abilities we have to heal our bodies and minds through proper nourishment. It is honoring the healing powers of foods and formulating chocolates  with innovation and maximized health benefits on a biochemistry level. Integrity is deep, and represents our commitment as a business and a culture.  We all can invest in our health and longevity with quality foods.

 

Ingredient Quality

Absolutely zero compromises for ingredient quality is our motto.

We sweeten with organic dark A robust maple syrup from Coombs family farms in New Hamphire. Each piece of chocolate has 2 grams of sugar. Maple syrup is full of fiber and thus absorbed more slowly by the body, so it is low glycemic and low carb compared to other sugars. It is also full of trace minerals.

Our cacao is sourced from the Longevity Warehouse. This Fair Trade cacao is the revered species Arriba Nacional, and it is not grown on a barren lot like typical CM cacao. This cacao is literally harvested from the jungle in Ecuador where the locals have to ride donkeys on the treacherous terrain, swatting at wasps while they pick the pods. It’s truly nature made, and the workers are paid fairly, which is so critical to having a quality company.

No synthetics! Our flavors are organic essential oils without solvents, organic dehydrated fruits, organic floral waters, or organic, non-irradiated spices.

NO FILLERS!

No soy.

No GMOS.

No gluten.

No additives or preservatives.

 

Mission Statement

It is our mission to change lives through good chocolate. From the sourcing of ingredients to meticulous manufacturing practices that maximize nutritional value,  to it melting in your mouth and elevating your life experience, it is an invitation for soulular activation.

Integrity is our code, and represents our commitment to the planet as a business and a culture. We are honored to be stewards for lightworkers, starseeds, and Gaia, igniting and aligning human potential through superfood alchemy since 2012. Many blessings!

In gratitude,

Merissa

Innovative chocolate artist

Ayurvedic health counselor

FAQ

How we ship:

West Coast Shipping: Our products are shipped 2 day via GSO to the West Coast (CA, WA, OR, NV, ID, AZ, NM, UT) These orders will only be shipped on Monday- Wednesday the latest. For orders that require 1 business day transit time to be shipped the week of the order (CA, NV, AZ), order would have to be placed by no later than 10:30AM EST Thursday, these orders will only be shipped on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday the latest.

National Shipping: We ship to the rest of the US (not including Alaska or Hawaii) via USPS Priority 2 day.  These orders would have to be placed by no later than 10:30 AM EST Tuesday. These orders will only be shipped out on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday the latest.

These products ship cool: All orders are shipped in insulated packaging with frozen gel packs to ensure that your product arrives cool. The chocolates can melt due to their having no additives, so they must be refrigerated as soon as possible upon delivery.

Orders are shipped as not to be in transit or arriving on weekends.

If your order is placed after the deadline of your transit time, your order will be shipped the following week. No orders are shipped on Fridays.

Please understand that we do our best to ship all orders on schedule. Holiday hours are different with both USPS and GSO as these providers are closed on Holidays, so it is best to order in advance.

Note: We do not ship to PO box addresses, Alaska, Hawaii or internationally.

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