Look at what Melissa's Clients are saying....
Before working with Melissa, I had spent years yo-yo dieting and hating my body. I felt completely stuck. I had tried therapy and all kinds of different programs, but nothing seemed to work. I was using food to deal with anxiety and stress. Even my relationships were suffering because of how I felt about myself. Melissa taught me how to truly love myself and be authentically me. She helped me to remember who I was and what was there all along. I have learned how to set boundaries and truly stand in my power, and know that I am good enough just the way I am. I don't find myself overeating like I used to. I've lost over 14 pounds and it's been so freeing.I am so much nicer to myself, and I now see the excess weight as pain that is slowly fading away. Life looks so much brighter and I feel so liberated. It's been so freeing. I honestly can't believe I am able to do it but it's like a switch went off. I don't need food to make me happy and I realize it's deeper for me now.
Before working with Melissa, I was in a vicious cycle for many years (decades really) of hating the way my body looked because of excess weight. I turned to food for comfort and would gain MORE weight, then feel even worse about my body size and shape, and my eating habits.
I knew that even more than wanting to lose weight, I wanted to feel freedom from the constant feelings of shame and negativity about my body. I wanted to stop obsessing about food. And I wanted to be able to focus on other areas of my life that I had been neglecting by using my food and weight issues as a distraction.
After coaching with Melissa, I feel so much freer! Food is more enjoyable now that I’m eating it with mindfulness, instead of as an escape from uncomfortable feelings. I’m also enjoying my life more in general, and have been more active than before — going for walks, dancing (in public, as well as at home by myself). I’ve also changed the way I see my body and myself. I honestly like myself so much more than before I started working with Melissa! And I treat my body with more compassion and love. I buy myself clothes that I feel confident and beautiful in, and I’m not as fixated on the few extra pounds here and there.
The new, healthier habits that I created through our coaching together, now feel like second nature. I never thought I could change my relationship with food and my body so quickly, and without dieting!!
When I started working with Melissa, I was at a loss and in complete crisis. I had tried everything to help with my binge and emotional eating including OA, therapy, and every other healing modality out there. I was beside myself because NOTHING worked. I was very hesitant to invest money with Melissa, which was a big stretch for me, but I did it anyway, because I knew that I had no other choice. I was in crisis. I worked with Melissa for a 4 months in her Balanced Eating Breakthrough Program. I felt the most transformation after I stopped working with her, due to all the tools and strategies she provided, along with being able look deeper at the emotional challenges I had with food. This work brought me a very deep level of awareness. It helped me to see that food was NOT the problem, but was a device to punish myself , or keep myself stuck. I now go for many hours without eating, when in the past I couldn't last more than an hour and would binge all day long. I am still a work in progress and have a lot to do, but I am now wearing a size 6 jeans and weigh 133 lbs just a few months after the work we did. Melissa is incredible and I HIGHLY suggest her if you struggle with food, emotional blocks and patterns that you need to break. I will be working with her again for sure when able to so that I can stay consistent and get the support I need. I learned that It is not about the food !
I highly recommend bringing Melissa's expertise into your life...
When it comes to food, Melissa knows her stuff. For years, she was my go-to for all things nutrition and cooking. Melissa's wealth of knowledge when it comes to knowing what to eat and why we tend to struggle with food, goes way beyond just a traditional meal-plan or diet. If you're looking to break the ho-hum cycle of the same old food conundrum then I highly recommend bringing Melissa Costello's expertise into your life.
My relationship to my body has never been better....
Melissa helped me find my happy place, my authentic self; to let go of my fears and worries. She provided tools that both challenged and lifted me. My relationship with my body has never been better! Melissa has helped me heal from many years of self-abuse and I am forever grateful for the rare opportunity to work with her!
Sarah T. | Premium Coaching Client
Now, I have such a positive relationship with food.
Just 3 months ago I felt controlled by food and was so critical of myself, and had been for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t sure how Melissa could help me, but knew I had nothing to lose. Now, I have such a positive relationship with food. I see it as fuel for my body and almost always give my body quality whole foods. I have so much happiness inside and look forward to new experiences since I’m no longer holding myself back with negativity.
Renee J. | Premium Coaching Client
I feel amazing and free from this life-long battle....
I went to the doctor and I'm down 52 lbs. My borderline high blood pressure is gone. I feel amazing and free from this life long battle with food. I did it all without dieting. Thanks again for your guidance and insight into developing a healthy relationship towards food and myself.
Melissa B. | Food Freedom Program Participant
I now have a toolbox I can use when I have a desire to eat...
I recently worked with Melissa as my Life Coach to help me work on "emotional eating". Melissa has been tremendously helpful in helping me identify all of the non-hunger reasons I eat, and to become present to the emotions. Through our work together, I now have a toolbox I can use when I feel the desire to eat, but I am not hungry. Becoming mindful of my emotions has helped me choose more appropriate responses to them. I highly recommend Melissa as a Life Coach. She is supportive, caring, compassionate, and keeps a person accountable while never being judgmental.
Being positive is now like second nature....
I've been home now for almost 3 weeks after traveling and I cannot believe how much better I have been doing. I actually have inner peace and am comfortable being at home most of the time. It feels so good. I'm so much calmer. Being positive is now like a second nature, it seems like, and I also seem to be able to stay peaceful and balanced in more stressful situations, like meeting new people. Guess I don't feel like I have to impress them anymore .Thanks for all you have done for me, it is such a good feeling!
I'm effortlessly fitting into clothes I never thought I'd wear again...
When I first started working with Melissa, I had no idea how big of an impact she would have on my relationship to food and my life. I have had such a huge improvement and there is so much growth that has happened underneath the food issues that I never anticipated. My life felt scattered and out of control at times. I was a regular binge eater on the weekends. The grounding principals and tools Melissa provided helped me to let go of my fixation on food and my obsessive, negative thoughts about my body. My internal dialogue has shifted and now I trust myself to make choices that feel more natural versus restricting and depriving. I never could have imagined the depth of this work, and it was exactly what I needed to find the freedom I was looking for in my life when it came to my eating and my body. I never thought I would get to this place and I feel incredible. I’m effortlessly fitting into clothes I thought I would never wear again. I’m listening to my body and feel on top of the world!
My life has turned around and it was never about the food!
Being positive is now like second nature.... Working with Melissa these past 4 months has helped me enormously. I was stuck with little energy or inspiration to move forward in my life. Melissa is an exceptional listener, grasping the essence of what I was struggling with so well. She is wise and compassionate but also able to be direct and clear. My life has turned around and it was never about the food! I am now excited and inspired to live each day and as a result food issues are fading. I feel like I am now starting to return to myself. What a gift!
W.M. | Private Coaching Client
Thank you so very much Melissa. You have been the catalyst of change I needed. I will be forever grateful to you. I know my journey has just begun; but because of you I am now well equipped. Blessings & quinoa forever!
Eating for fuel and nourishment is the main thing I learned on the cleanse! I was always afraid to eat in fear of gaining weight because I don't exercise. But to my surprise..eating the "correct" foods gave me the energy I needed to get through my day, cleared my mined, and supplied me with the energy I was lacking to exercise! I would punish myself with food, not eating ect. Now, I use food to live! It's such a great feeling!
I'm doing the booty dance right now!! My dr's office just called me and told me my cholestrol level went from 225 to 196. My last dr's visit was in November 2011. So this is astonishing for me. Thryoid levels are perfect and he said overrall health has improved in such a short period time. Thanks Melissa Costello for the 30 day Vegan Cleanse. I know this helped me out tremendously.
I feel so thankful to have lost 13 (!!!!!!) pounds during this 30 days. It's so motivating to me to continue to make great choices. I also feel like for the first time in my life I'm not rushing to get to my goal weight next week. If I am consistent with my eating and continue to put in the exercise, the rest will come as my body is ready to release it. Thank you Melissa for the tools. Thanks to the whole group for the never ending support!!!
I was in SUCH a funk before we started this cleanse but one good thing leads to another right? I'm feeling like a completely different person. I've made some other changes as well and of course that has had an impact on my "de-funking". However, I firmly believe that what you eat has monumental consequences on your overall well-being. AND, for me, making these positive steps has led to numerous other positive steps propelling me to a happier life.
"This cleanse is AWESOME. Working with Melissa brought me to a new stage of health and wellness that I had feared I would never reach again. I lost 13 pounds on the cleanse without trying to lose weight - I ate as much as I wanted and was always satisfied. My insomnia lifted so I sleep better, my skin is softer, my hair is shinier, I have more energy and so much more! I have decided to remain vegan after the cleanse because I'm so much healthier overall now -- my weight loss from the cleanse is just the "icing on the cake" (currently 21 pounds lost and still thinning). I won't lie that it feels good to be getting my early 20s figure back... ;)"
Kathy Z. | Vital Life Cleanse
"Don't miss this opportunity! My husband is entering his 3rd month following Vital Life's cleanse and he no longer has nasal drainage, he's lost 30 pounds (and he wasn't fat to begin with, but now he's leaner), doesn't fall asleep at 8:30pm every night from exhaustion, and he is faster, stronger, and lighter on his feet during his daily AM runs/workouts. It's not just a 30-day cleanse, it's a program that teaches you how to eat "cleaner" and pay attention to how your body feels with certain foods. It's a life changing adventure!"
KVR | Vital Life Cleanse
Day 14! Wow, do I feel great! My energy levels have gone through the roof, my skin is glowing, my tummy bloat is gone, yes - gone, and I feel like I’ve let go of about 5-7 lbs. This was exactly what I needed to start my summer. I will keep up this lifestyle, because it works and it feels so good to be fueling my body with fresh, whole food. Thank you Melissa! I’m so proud of myself for sticking with this, it was easy with all the great recipes
Thank you for creating this wonderful cookbook. I use it on a regular basis. I recently tried the Cherry Chocolate Smoothie and the Thai-Style Tempeh Lettuce Wraps, two new favorites! I bought this book on New Year's Eve, and not just to start eating healthier, but after I made some of the recipes on your site for the family Thanksgiving meal, I was intrigued. Everyone loved all of the food I made! I have a hard time finding recipes that don't upset my stomach that taste good. So, your book is my new alternative and I'm happy with it. I have tried about 20 recipes from your book and I'm not big on cooking. I found it through Tony Horton, and you, on the P90X2 Yoga DVD. I have introduced your book to a family member and friend and they both bought it. Thanks again!
This is so awesome
I have needed this training since my Childhood. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.