Reviews and Gossip

Below you’ll find comments from people who’ve worked with me, just to give you some idea of what you might be getting into.

Sandra:

I think the biggest change for me after having done the Learn to Eat program is the HUGE reduction in anxiety. I am no longer second guessing myself all the time – most of the mind chatter about calories, fat, fibre, etc is gone.

My weight is freakishly stable – I used to think the need for high carb and high fat food in the winter was a bad thing, but in fact it is indeed my body getting the energy I need – who knew? Here it is February, and I have been eating more all winter, and no weight change at all…my weight has never stayed the same for so long – never.

Exercise is now about feeling well, and having energy, not a way to make up for “bad” eating or a way to earn a treat.

I would never have had the courage to to make a sculpture of my own torso for an class project – not only that, it sold!!

So thank you Michelle. Please feel free to quote me.

Vanessa:

I have recovered my sense of humor about myself, I now view food as an important part of my life, but now it isn’t like some weird obsession. It is a joy, almost all the time.

I no longer hide from cameras. I am not waiting anymore to go to the beach, until I weigh “x.” While I have never really enjoyed shopping, I no longer feel the need to say “screw it, let me just get something to cover up my big ass.” I want to look pretty and cute, and I don’t believe I have to weigh “x” for that to happen. I feel like I have given myself permission to take center stage in my own life (that sounds SO CORNY, but it is true). I feel happier, more relaxed, I have the brain space to dedicate to living my life, instead of constantly wondering what is the right thing to be eating, and should I try this or that new diet?

I have consistently stood up to the food police in my life, and maybe even given them an example of what it looks like to have a happy life free from food and diet based insecurities. I have learned how to politely and firmly refuse advice regarding my weight. I have learned how to not participate in the “oh God, I am so fat” conversations.

In other words, completing this program has helped me in many, many ways. I am most grateful and actually quite amazed at how well it has worked. I was expecting to be messed up forever with regard to food. This program has taught me not to be my own victim.

Thanks, Michelle! I owe you a great deal.

If you’ve done the Learn to Eat program with me, how are you doing? What do you think changed?

3 Comments

  1. Tiffany Bradley
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Michelle is a really great eating coach! Working with her has helped me to let go of anxiety around food. Her program taught me to feel positively about my eating habits, and not to stress if I occasionally made imperfect choices. I’ve also been able to prioritize eating enough food, which has helped the quality of my life generally. I would recommend the program to anyone who would like to improve their eating habits!

  2. Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I found that the most striking change in my life since working with Michelle was the striking disappearance of my anxiety around eating. I’ve been able to weather ups and downs in the stability of my eating while feeling grounded and peaceful. I can’t say enough how powerful it was to eat with Michelle and laugh in the face of the messages I’d had lurking in the back of my head my whole life. I could eat potato chips without being a bad person! It was simply transformative.

  3. Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    So I completed the Learn to Eat program about a month ago and…I still can’t stop talking about Michelle and everything I learned in our sessions.

    I had a lifetime of crippling anxiety around food. I ended up eating the same foods over and over, and loathed eating meals I hadn’t cooked myself for fear of what I would encounter in my food. I thought I ate too much, felt guilt and shame, and though I hadn’t dieted in years, I still felt like I “should.”

    And what did I learn? I learned that food is awesome. Nutrition is awesome. Shopping for and preparing food is awesome. Eating is awesome. And, best of all, it’s *okay* to find these things awesome. Accepting that eating isn’t just a necessity for our bodies but something that can be enjoyed and celebrated has made me a happier person in general–it means I derive pleasure from preparing meals, experimenting with food, and getting to eat what I’ve made, so that’s guaranteed pleasurable time spent every day.

    I’ve gone from eating the same foods week after week, day after day, to experimenting at home and trying new things at restaurants; now after many years of trying (and failing), I’m comfortably moving toward an entirely vegan diet that I feel really good about without the sense that I’m depriving myself of anything.

    Michelle is amazing and I highly recommend her Learn to Eat program.

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