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.
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.
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?