About me

  • Master Mindful Eating Coach
  • Diet Culture Dropout
  • Body Image Healer
  • Self-Development Junkie
  • Food Lover
  • Yoga Addict
  • Recipe Developer

How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become a Mindful Eating Coach & Body Image Healer?

To answer this question, it probably best that I share with you my story, and a defining moment in my life that brought me to where I am today – coaching people like you on exactly what to do to free themselves from food addiction and the dieting cycle. That defining moment in my life happened during my senior year of high school.

When I was in school I was bullied and made fun of a lot, and it got even worse in high school. I felt lonely in a big high school with nobody to talk to. I was isolated and terrorized. I desperately wanted a champion. I would run to the bathroom during lunch so I could hide from the bullies. On a typical Friday night I would be found locked in my bedroom eating food under my covers hiding in shame. I would hide food from my family, and I would spend the weekends gorging on food and crying in pain. I dreaded going to school every Monday. Since I didn’t have a lot of friends, I turned to food as a source of comfort and companionship. I wasn’t eating lunch alone if I was eating it with 3 slices of pizza, right? As I started to gain weight and feel like I was losing control, I started struggling with depression which led to even more emotional eating. I desperately tried to fit in, even joining the dance team when I was the tall, chubby kid in the back, behind the beautiful, skinny popular girls, but I could dance with a lot of heart! But I still had to do the fitness tests which included running “the mile”. I remember being the last one to finish and having to run the last lap all by myself while the rest of the dance team watched. I came to the last corner with tears streaming down my face. I was humiliated, embarrassed and ashamed. But I couldn’t let them see me cry. I was already the chubby girl. I couldn’t be the crier on top of that. So I pulled myself together before I got close enough for them to see how I was really feeling.

This continued for the next 4 years, and by the time I graduated high school I was the most unhappy and unhealthy I have ever been. I was obese, the only girl in my class who had never had a boyfriend, and the only girl who didn’t get to attend prom since I did not have a date, even though I was president of the prom committee and planned the whole thing. After high school right before I left for college, I was getting in the shower and out of the corner of my eye I saw myself in the mirror. I was disgusted with what I saw. I began to sob, and decided at that moment I would not gain ANY MORE weight! After I decided, “I’m going to lose this weight”! I started doing every fad diet and taking every diet pill I could get my hands on. I was obsessed with losing weight and I didn’t care what the cost to my health was. There wasn’t much I wouldn’t do to figure out a way to get diet pills so I could be one of those women in the Hydroxycut ads. For the next three years, I completed over 15 crash diets, and started a cycle of daily dieting and obsessing over my exercise routine. And I couldn’t stop. I could never lose enough weight. I was constantly frustrated by what I saw as a lack of progress. My junior year in class I was given the assignment to start tracking my food. It instantly became a hardcore obsession, I tracked every single calorie I consumed. I started cutting my calories slowly until I was eating just 500 calories a day. I became so scared to eat and so terrified of food that I got to a point where I would deny myself a piece of gum because I had already had my 500 calories for the day. One afternoon as I was going back to my dorm, everything went blurry, then pitch black and I passed out on the stairs. When I finally came to, I realized if I kept living that way I would end up dead. I finally admitted to myself that I was struggling with an eating disorder and that I had to go seek professional help. I called my mom and confided in her, and she immediately came down to take care of me, and get me into a treatment program. That changed my life forever!

I began working with a nutritionist who recognized that my relationship with food was one built on guilt and shame and that my own sense of self-worth was based on what I would and wouldn’t allow myself to eat. If I only ate salad, I could start seeing myself as being worthy of love and happiness. But if I had a cookie, that small glimmer of hope was shattered, and I was a failure and a disgusting piece of garbage who needed to punish myself for 2 hours at the gym and not eat for the rest of the day. I had twisted myself into knots and completely lost my joy and sense of self. I was spending every waking moment and ounce of energy obsessing about food, counting calories, weighing myself, and debating the pros and cons of eating a meal. I would keep myself on such a tight leash until it became so exhausting, that I would snap and find myself eating a whole pizza and a pack of cookies in my car. I would then beat myself up, cry and feel worthless for the rest of the day, but then the first thing that next morning I would jump back on my “diet” and tell myself that I had to be “good”, and that “today is the day I turn it all around”.

My nutritionist recommended that I participate in her mindful eating program in order to learn how to untangle my messy relationship with food, and learn how to tune in to my body and learn to eat from a place of love and acceptance. I took her advice, enrolled in the program, and hired a Mindful Eating Coach to help guide me through the program, and out of this hell I was living in. It was the hardest and most rewarding thing I HAVE EVER DONE!!!! The day the program ended felt like getting to the top of a mountain I had been too exhausted to climb before. Over the course of a few  weeks, all of my beliefs and feelings about food, my body, and how I was living my life transformed forever. I could finally see so clearly, what I was missing during all the time I spent torturing and tormenting myself. I finally understood exactly how I got to where I had been, and why I was feeling so hopeless and out of control. From heartbreak to relief, I knew I would never have to feel that level of pain again. I WAS FREE!!! I was liberated from the pain of a lifetime of distorted eating and body image, and from that point on, intuitive nutrition and wellness became my life calling. So I went back to school to earn my second Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and jumped at the chance to become a licensed Mindful Eating coach and master trainer.

All of that was over 11 years ago! I broke the cycle and have been living an amazing diet-free and vibrant life ever since! Today, my passion and my purpose are to guide other women to rediscover food in a healthy way that is not surrounded by guilt, shame, and fear. To stop using exercise as a way to “earn” food, or punish yourself for something “bad” you ate. Food can be such a beautiful thing that brings vibrancy and joy to your life! Eating can be fun, you don’t have to live a life depriving yourself of what you want! You can have the foods you love, indulge in flavors, eat when you’re hungry, be in a body you love, and live the life you crave! Yes, it is possible and I can show you how to do it!

When I take on new clients or launch a new program, my goal isn’t just to help them lose weight and change their bodies, but I work toward helping them transform their lives. I take a “mind/body/spirit” approach to everything I do, and I truly believe that long-term results are only achievable and sustainable when your head and your heart are working together and building you up to the point where you can achieve anything your heart desires. I have committed myself to help women understand food is fuel for your body, your mental capacity is not about obsessing about calories. When you are consumed with thoughts about food, you lose track of who you really are. I have watched countless women become empowered and excited about their lives, find their happiness, and end the dieting drama cycle and abusive eating patterns. I have made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other women who are ready to break free, believe in themselves, and gain unshakeable confidence in themselves and their ability to live and eat on their own terms, and by their own rules!!

I’ve worked with many private clients, spoken in front of groups, taught classes and workshops. I am living my dream of spending each and every day making a difference in the world, changing lives, and raising the energetic vibrations of women all over the world through my 90 Day Mastermind – The Mindful Eating Revolution. In 90 days, this program will heal your realtionship with food, it will put you back in charge of your life, end emotional eating, and make you feel like an empowered badass who can fearlessly walk in to any party or potluck, eat whatever you want, and walk away feeling incredible! *cue mic drop* If you are a woman who is ready to:

Gain unshakable confidence in yourself (my clients tell me that this is worth the investment alone)
Learn proven tools and techniques for overcoming your internal resistance and self-sabotaging tendencies so that you can start eating and living your best life!

  • Create systems so that you consistently feel in control, empowered, and can finally stop struggling and obsessing about food.
  • Fill your gas-tank and learn how to thrive and self-nurture without food
  • Create healthy boundaries and habits
  • Let go and release trauma that has been driving your eating
  • Rewrite your story and rediscover your happiness
  • Connect with your body and your intuition
  • Have the energy to chase your dreams and reach for your passions
  • Watch the life you have been craving unfold before your eyes
  • Fall in head-over-heels in love with yourself
…then fan the flames of that fire, believe you can have it, know that you deserve it, take action to make it a reality, and schedule a free Breakthrough call with me.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

I work with women just like you who have been trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of crash diets, but who deep down know that dieting and deprivation is not the answer, and who are tired of counting calories, tracking points, choking down kale smoothies and counting out 15 almonds to put in a Ziploc snack bag. I work with women who KNOW that there is more to life than obsessing about food, and who are READY to live and eat on their own terms.

The women who see INCREDIBLE results with the program are DONE feeling deprived, hating their bodies and fighting with the scale. They refuse to spend one more day trapped in that life, and are ready to become their own superhero and fight their way out. They do not shy away from the challenges that can come along with growth, because they know that it means that they are getting one step closer to their goal. They are ready to take back their power and live life on their own terms, and they know that they are worth this investment!!

Changing your life is a big step. It is the best step you will ever take. And I choose to work with women who are ready for it!

I have been where you are. Simple as that. You will never feel judged, or like you are “just another client”, because I understand your pain on a very deep and personal level, and I take the responsibility and honor of guiding you out of that incredibly seriously. It doesn’t matter how many up’s and down’s you have or how hard this journey gets… I will never let go of your hand. You get a wise-sage-meets-kick-butt authentic coach in your corner who won’t quit until you’ve reached the top. I’m also spiritual badass and I don’t pretend to hide it. Because I’m honest and I call it like I see it, you’ll always get straight to the point and honest answers from me. You may not like what I have to tell you – but you can be sure I will always tell you the truth. The truth about what’s standing in the way of your success and how to get rid of it FAST so you can start getting results in record time (and I throw in a healthy dose of humor and inspiration, which always helps!).

I help you heal what has ACTUALLY been driving your eating patterns. When you work with me we will not just look at WHAT you have been eating, we will dig deep and uncover WHY you have been eating, and what emotions and beliefs have been dwelling under the surface and have stolen your power. I don’t do quick fixes and Band-Aids. I help you heal your relationship with food and reconnect with yourself so that you can move forward, leave everything in the past, and never look back.

The Mindful Eating Revolution Mastermind was created for women who are chomping at the bit, and are dead serious about healing their relationship with food, themselves, and their past, releasing the grip of emotional eating, and saying goodbye to beating themselves up all day long saying “you’re a failure” “you’re fat” “you need to diet” “HAVE SOME FREAKING SELF-CONTROL!!” and hating themselves when they look in the mirror. This powerful and clinically proven program was created for you to put systems in place in just 90 days so that you can:

  • Discover WHAT has been driving your eating, and WHY food has had so much power over you.
  • Disconnect emotion from eating so that cravings and emotional triggers dont call the shots.
  • Learn how to liberate yourself from guilt, shame, judgment and deprivation.
  • Discover how to fall head over heels in love with yourself and your body again.
  • Rediscover your joy and start living your life without the burden of dieting.

Being a determined and ambitious “go-getter” myself, I’m known to work best with other “make it happen” women who are committed to their success no matter what, who are super-ready to get going and just want to know exactly what steps to take to experience food freedom! My clients often tell me – “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” Consider working with me to be a high-octane crash course on everything you need to know to finally reach those health goals that have seemed impossible for years!! You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. No excuses anymore, just a very different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly exciting goal: getting a body you love and the life you crave, all while eating cake!

I am very selective in who I work with, I carefully cherry-pick my clients, and I choose to turn away women who I don’t think are truly ready to let go of the past, face their fears, commit to their future, and dedicate themselves to this process. If someone is not ready to take this step and doesn’t take it seriously, then they wont get the results that they wanted, and it will be an ineffective use of both of our time. It just wouldn’t be fair to them.

The Mindful Eating Revolution Mastermind is NOT for those who:

  • Are wanting another “quick fix” or “crash diet”
  • Are looking to learn what foods they should be avoiding
  • Are only looking to lose weight instead of whole-body healing and nourishment.
  • Have no money coming in and are absolute, financially desperate. It’s been my experience that people in financial crisis do not trust the recommendations I give them and do not do the work (probably because they spend so much time worrying about where they are going to get next month’s rent check or mortgage payment.) If you fall within this category, it’s absolutely OK. We’ve all been in times of financial crisis at one point or another. Do yourself 2 favors:
  1. Get some money coming in and then call me. This will take the edge off and provide a little more peace of mind. Mostly, it will de-clutter your mind enough to focus on your transformation, the assignments, and the BIG picture.
  2. Join my FREE Facebook group exclusively for high-vibe women who are dedicated to saying goodbye to dieting and learn a new way of eating and living.

Doing these three things will really help you get primed for our work. When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get you started. (I’m in no rush and will be here when you need me.) Other types of personalities I won’t work with (without exception) are the whiner or the chronic skeptic, as well as individuals who consistently make excuses for not getting their assignments done or challenging every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why. We’ll probably just not work well together and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money. Is that fair?

Yes! The result of our work is an approach to shifting your mindset and eating and moving in a works WITH your body instead of against it, resulting in MAXIMUM results and a lifetime of eating what you love, guilt free! CLICK HERE to see what my clients say about working with me!

You can expect to:

  • Break the cycle of yo-yo dieting and never feel the need to go on one ever again
  • Lose weight and start settling at a healthy weight that you can maintain for life
  • Improve your digestion and gut health
  • Learn how to end emotional eating and reduce cravings
  • Stop eating for reasons other than hunger
  • Eat the foods you love without guilt or overeating
  • Gain the confidence to fearlessly attend parties and social gatherings with an abundance of food
  • Stop eating when you’re full and honor your body’s hunger cues
  • Start nourishing yourself so that you have the energy and the attitude to achieve your goals
  • Stop obsessing about food and free up that mental energy to focus on your passions
  • Discover how to exercise for YOUR body in a way that feels good and you enjoy
  • Gain a solid understanding of nutrition, the roles different nutrients play in our bodies, and how to choose what to eat without depriving yourself of foods you love!

Additional benefits my clients have experienced:

  • Normalizing of pre-diabetic blood sugar levels
  • Avoidance of gastric bypass surgery
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Increased attention span and mental focus
  • Improved relationships
  • Better sex life
  • More energy
  • An increased amount of joy and play in their lives
  • Crazy amounts of confidence
  • Better quality of life
  • Discovery of delicious new recipes
  • How to grocery shop and meal plan so that you’re successful
  • Feeling like a freaking superhero who can achieve anything!

Of course! Please visit the TESTIMONIALS page and read all of them. See which ones you feel drawn to, either because the person has gotten the results you want to get too, or perhaps because that person is in a similar situation.

That depends on how quickly you can make those inner shifts, and how dedicated you are to your own transformation. Some clients are ready to go and see INCREDIBLE results in a very short time frame, sometimes even a few short weeks while others have a bit more work to do first. It also depends on how deeply ingrained your emotional eating triggers are, how ready you are to let go of the past, and how hard you work the program.

Do all of your homework. Be totally committed to your success. Understand that this is a process, a proven one, that works if you take action and implement all of the steps. All my clients who have diligently applied every step of this program have successfully reached their goals and experienced huge success, in much less time than they would have on their own AND have gone on to experience a lifetime of healthy eating, maintained a healthy weight, never doing another diet ever again, and never again asking themselves “how many calories is in this?”

Good, sounds like you’re ready to be pulled into your future! Yes, if you have a couple of questions, schedule a Breakthrough Call with me and lets chat about where you are, where you want to go, and how I can help get you there. I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you. CLICK HERE and let’s get going!

Love & Sparkles

Dawn Michaela

  • Master Mindful Eating Coach
  • Diet Culture Dropout
  • Body Image Healer
  • Self-Development Junkie
  • Food Lover
  • Yoga Addict
  • Recipe Developer