What if your war with food was over, your health began to improve, you were no longer confused about what to eat, and you started craving vegetables?
Discover a safe and supportive place where you can learn how to free yourself from food prison and experience lasting peace with your body and health.
I know what it's like to struggle with food.
It's been a long-standing dream of mine to create a safe space for those struggling with their food and health. A place where you can come to feel understood, supported, free, inspired, and enough.
I know what it's like to struggle with food. From 1997 to 2000 my relationship with food was one of war. And it all started with one little diet I tried to help me shed the few pounds I gained from partying and eating all the wrong foods.
The restrictive nature of the diet and the focus on calories caused me to become unnaturally preoccupied with food. I thought about all of the foods I wasn't allowed to have while resenting the foods I was allowed to have.
As a result, I participated in almost daily secret binges on the forbidden foods... you know, cake, potato chips, pizza, ice cream?
And after every binge I would sink into a deep pool of guilt and shame.
Not a day went by where I didn't ache to tell someone. But I was so ashamed that I didn't dare. Never before did I feel this hopeless and alone.
All I wanted was for things to be the way they used to be. I wanted to wake up feeling free of sugar cravings, full of energy, vibrant, and healthy. I wanted to go back to a time where food was just food, not an object of obsession.
If I could sum up what I was longing for in one word, it would be PEACE.
Peace is defined as:
- freedom from disturbance; tranquility.
- a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.
But with every new program, I grew more disconnected, confused, and food-addicted.
What's worse, not only did I fail to shed those initial few pounds, I gained ten more. Now you may be thinking: Big deal Mel, ten pounds is nothing. I have 50 to lose! Whether five pounds or 50, the inner struggle and scars left behind from diets gone wrong are the same: the disconnect with food, shame, fierce cravings for forbidden foods...yes, they are identical.
What happens when the shine of the new diet wears off?
Most diets and organized programs out there make the promise that if you follow their plan, you'll see results. And they are absolutely right. When you make better food choices and mix in some exercise, BOOM...like magic your health begins to improve, the extra pounds disappear, and you feel on top of the world.
But what happens when a month into your new lifestyle, your motivation fizzles and the shine of the new diet (what I call "first day enthusiasm") begins to wear off? What happens when you start feeling deprived and slowly turn back to your old comfortable habits? You feel deflated and defeated don't you? You probably even judge yourself as weak-willed.
Something else happens too. A subtle, yet unsettling transition of power occurs. Whereas before, you were at peace with and in control of your food—eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied—now, food begins to control you!
You find yourself thinking about food more than normal.
It feels like you're locked in prison, wrapped in chains, unable to fully enjoy life...with no way out.
Life is not supposed to be this way my friend.
"I’ve participated in several different healthy lifestyle programs, and Mel's is my favorite by far. I love the focus on mindset and positivity - the foundational belief that our bodies strive for balance to begin with and we just need to learn to listen and get out of the way. Ideas and practices from this course have stuck with me because they are easy to incorporate. I find myself looking for Earthfoods everywhere. ☺️ And the toolkit is a tremendous resource - the recipes are delicious!! I really look forward to my daily lemon water and morning smoothie!"
Success can be found in any plan, BUT IF YOU FAIL TO DO THIS ONE THING, it will be temporary.
I'm here to share some good news! You can find success in any program, no matter what it is. As long as it's nutritionally sound and sustainable (meaning it's something you can follow for the rest of your life), positive results are almost guaranteed.
But unless you invite a Higher power into the equation, your success will be short-lived.
I call this Higher power God, but you may refer to it as spirit, nature, divinity, or something else.
The bottom line is you are in a partnership: you supply the will, and your Higher power supplies the power.
You do the physical work (make better food choices, drink more water, get plenty of sleep), mix it with a little bit of faith, and your Higher power breathes into you, a continual stream of inspiration and strength. It's like experiencing renewed "first day enthusiasm" every day.
From the Greek word ‘theopneustos’, inspiration means ‘God-breathed’.
So, when you are inspired to do something big or small, that spark is your Higher power breathing into you, giving you the fuel necessary to accomplish your goals.
All you have to do is invite it in at regular intervals throughout the day and it will be the wind for your sail.
The seed of well-being is planted inside of you, but in order for it to sprout you must feed your outer self and inner self.
Peace with your food, body, and health happens when you stop trying to do it alone.
If you want to restore your health, but feel stuck because you've dieted yourself into a combative relationship with food, I'm here to tell you that ending the war and taking back your health is 100% possible.
I've experienced it personally and have helped so many others do the same.
But it didn't start out that way. I spent a good part of my 23-year career helping others by using a "food first" approach. This left me so frustrated because the positive results they experienced were always short-lived.
Why? Because I was teaching them how to feed their "outer" self, while completely neglecting their "inner" self.
When I added that to the equation, things started to shift. The chains began to unravel and freedom was in sight. Well-being was now within reach.
Your inner self is the true you. You may call it soul, spirit, or higher self. This self is an extension of your Higher power—the source of inspiration, peace, well-being, joy, and strength.
Like an acorn from the great oak, you are directly connected to it. And if you come from it, does it not make sense that all of these gifts are available to you too? Of course! After all, the acorn has the oak tree contained within it...does it not?
Does it not then stand to reason that you are endowed with the power to sprout your seed of well-being and bring it to life? Like healthy blood sugar, more energy, a healthy relationship with food?
Feeding your outer self
Feeding your outer self means honoring your body with wholesome food.
It means building your meals around nutritious, delicious, life-giving foods.
It doesn't mean forbidding yourself of your favorite foods (because that will blow up right in your pretty little face).
Neglect your outer self and your seed of well-being cannot grow. Your health has no choice but to deteriorate.
Feeding your inner self
To feed your inner self means engaging in a daily practice of renewing your faith in a Higher power so that it can work in you.
When you take intentional steps to feed your inner self, you are inviting your Higher power in. Just like a good meal satisfies physical hunger for food, feeding your inner self satisfies your spiritual hunger. And that is everything.
Feeding your inner self cures your identity amnesia. You may feel weak, alone, hopeless, helpless, broken, and forgotten, but that is not who you really are. Who you really are is an adored, loved, powerful extension of your Higher power.
Neglect your inner self and you'll be back to your old ways by tomorrow afternoon.
This is why I created the Sprout Community: An online membership site that gives you the tools to feed your outer and inner self so you can experience
ongoing peace with your food, body, and health.
In this safe and supportive community you will learn how to feed your INNER SELF and:
- Break out of your self-made food prison, end obsessive thoughts of food, and enter into your meals in a state of peace.
- Experience first day enthusiasm every day, no matter which side of the bed you woke up on.
- Stop the self-sabotaging, deprivation-driven act of calorie-counting.
- Experience the freedom of listening to and trusting your body to tell you how much food it needs.
- Refuse that bag of chips or second glass of wine, without feeling deprived.
You will also be given the tools to feed your OUTER SELF so that you can:
- Control your blood sugar using simple meal strategies and inspired meal ideas, without sacrificing taste.
- Train your body to crave vegetables and other good-for-you food in as little as two weeks.
- Lose your taste for sweets and salty processed food and finally feel in control of your food choices.
- Create your very own healthy, tasty, and satisfying meals in minutes using ingredients you have on hand.
- Plan a week's worth of meals in 15 minutes without having to search for recipes.
- Stock your kitchen with affordable, high quality nutritious foods, without having to do an ounce of research.
As a member of Sprout you will also:
- Be the first to learn about new wholesome dietitian-approved foods to keep meals fresh and exciting so you'll never get bored.
- Receive expert guidance on your most challenging food and nutrition issues without having to leave your home.
- Get 24-7 support and encouragement from a community of fellow Seed Sprouters when you need it most.
Mel's Seed-Sprouting Map guides you to the next stage of your health journey, at your own pace.
Making too many changes at once is a common mistake and guarantees failure. It's too big of a leap! Seed Sprouters gives you the tools to reach your goals from where you are today.
My monthly one-on-one coaching packages start at $600.
Because with the support and tools I offer, my clients are able to transform their relationship with food and achieve optimal health, without counting one single calorie. For the first time in their lives, they are at peace and the door to their food prison cell is wide open.
But I'm only one person and can only take on so many private clients. Besides that, not everyone can afford $600 a month!
My dream is to make myself and all of my teachings available to the thousands of people who are struggling with their food and health.
And I want it to be as accessible and affordable as possible.
And that's why I'm offering the Sprout membership site to you for just $29 a month.
Here's everything you're getting as a member of the Sprout Community
- Your weekly Morning Sprout: a motivational audio message to inspire you and help set the tone for your day.
- Help Me Mel! video messages to help you through the rough patches. Feeling weak and about to down a bag of chips or drink that second glass of wine? I'll be there to the rescue with gentle words of encouragement to talk you down from the ledge.
- Access to an ever-growing library of Tiny Courses. Have high blood sugar? Looking to conquer your sugar addiction? Want to learn how to plan balanced meals? I've got you covered with these fun and light-hearted mini-courses! Each Tiny Course comes equipped with an action plan for you to put into immediate practice.
- Build-Your-Own Inspired Meal Plans with Mel-approved meals and inspirational meal planning calendars. As a member you will have access to my growing library of simple and delicious Inspired Meals and meal planning tips. You'll never have to worry about what's for dinner again!
- Seed Sprouting Meal Template and Food List to help you create endless combinations of perfectly balanced and nutritious meals of your own. All you have to do is follow the simple steps!
- Shopping with Mel is where I share new product finds as well as old favorites worthy of being in your grocery cart. It's like having your very own dietitian at your fingertips!
- Personal access to me via a Monthly Group Coaching Call. This is your time to ask questions and receive guidance on your most challenging food and nutrition-related issues.
- 24-7 access to a Private Community of Fellow Sprouts for support and fellowship.
All of this with me as your loving coach and cheerleader, in a safe, peaceful, and spirited environment where you will feel understood, supported, free, inspired, and enough.
"I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes over a year ago after struggling with food and weight for most of my life. It’s been an emotional time for me. I’m the kind of person who typically tries to handle things on my own rather than seek support. I’ve done so much research as I’ve tried to understand what works well for my body. Unfortunately, it left me feeling overwhelmed, unhealthy, and stuck. I’m so grateful I came across Mel’s book and for the opportunity to work with her for a month. I now feel grounded, much healthier, and hopeful about my continued progress. I’m feeling more like myself and in tune with my body. My blood sugar levels have decreased significantly, and the number on the scale keeps going down every week. I truly have a newfound sense of inner peace. Mel’s program was just what I needed."
"It's been about 3 weeks since I started packing my lunch with the food you suggested, and I've lost 30 pounds. Had a couple days where I ate pretty good but still didn't chow down like I used to. We were given a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party by my daughters and many friends and family were there. Most were shocked at my weight loss. I told them that you get the credit for it, and I helped a little. 😉 Anyways, still going good. I hope to look chiseled from stone for my daughters wedding on the beach of Sanibel in August."
Sprout is 100% risk free!
I've gone to great lengths to make sure I'm giving you everything you need to restore inner harmony with your food, body, and health. If you stick with me, you will win the inner battle. I've seen it happen more times than I can count!
I'm so convinced of your success that I'm making it a no-brainer for you with my 30-day 100% money-back guarantee with your purchase of a Sprout membership.
That’s right: Explore the site, attend my Monthly Group Coaching Call, get inspired by listening to a Morning Sprout, gain strength from a Help Me Mel, print off a fun meal planning calendar and build your first Inspired Meal Plan, and don't forget to check out the bonuses too!
If you don’t love it in the first 30 days of your purchase, just send me an email and I’ll refund your money. I promise there will be no hard feelings. 😇
Did you say BONUSES Mel? Yes! If you sign up for Sprout today you’ll receive these exclusive bonuses:
The 11-Day SPROUT! Program:
Break out of the dieting trap and take back control of your food once and for all with my flagship program.
Many people seek health and well-being but are unable to achieve it because: their food cravings are out of control, they're down on themselves due to past failures, and are stuck in an unhealthy relationship with food. How frustrating!
In this bonus program I teach you how to:
Listen to your body and tap into its true needs.
Crave life-giving food (without banishing your all-time favorites).
Gain energy and vitality through the practice of nine wholesome food habits.
Make food choices with a mindset of abundance rather than deprivation.
Make disempowering emotions work for you rather than against you.
Quiet your “head hunger” and understand the real cause of strong urges to eat when not hungry.
Get Label Smart
Do you find label-reading super confusing? What should you be looking at anyway? Some focus on calories and fat grams, while others go straight to the ingredient list. If you’re frustrated and feel like giving up, please don’t because I’m about to make this really simple for you.
In this bonus mini guide you will learn:
Three simple label-reading steps to help you make smarter choices and save time on your next grocery trip.
The 5 ingredients to avoid and the foods that contain them.
- What too much sugar really does to your body and how you may be eating more than you think!
- Over 50 sneaky names for added sugar that are hiding out in your favorite foods.
- One food that can stop a sugar craving in its tracks!
5 Steps to Reclaim Your Body After a Binge
Overeating happens to the best of us! The worst thing you can do is say: Oh well, I screwed up! May as well finish off that pint of ice cream. Don’t look at it as messing up. You just participated in the human activity of overindulging. No worries! This bonus mini guide will help you quickly reclaim your body (and taste buds) as if nothing ever happened.
Inside you will learn:
A 10-minute exercise to cleanse your body and mind. No gym equipment required!
A beverage to help detoxify your body and clean out the gunk!
- A one-day post-binge meal plan for getting back on track.
The Power of Gentle Fasting
Your food choices and eating patterns are heavily influenced by your hormones. In truth, the foods you eat on a regular basis may be revving up your appetite and promoting fat storage. Not only that, the more frequently you eat, the stronger these effects will be.
Inside this bonus mini guide I share:
Why eating every three hours is not a good idea for blood sugar control and fat loss.
- Three types of gentle fasting methods and how to choose the one that's right for you.
What to eat when you aren't fasting to stabilize your blood sugar and control your appetite.
How to Plan for Your Cravings
Just like your main meals, it’s really important to have a plan in place for any cravings that may creep up. Sometimes these may not even be cravings at all, just an intentional insertion into your day as a reminder that you are human. In fact, I believe we were graced with the five basic tastes of salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami (savory) on purpose. Why not celebrate them?
In this bonus mini guide you will find:
A list of Craving-Buster Snacks to get you started. It covers all the big ones: salty/crunchy, sweet, creamy, fizzy, and spicy!
What to do when you want the real deal (i.e. a donut, pizza, ice cream, etc.) and a substitute just won't cut it.
"I realize I have a long way to go, but was so impressed with your program that it’s stuck in my mind. I’m consistently thinking about choosing “Earthfoods” over other choices. I’m also not beating myself up for having an ice cream or cake once in a while, but making those occasions fewer and in smaller portions.You bring a wonderful level of energy, excitement, and positivity and I very much appreciate your balanced approach (nutrition, mental/spiritual, physical)."
Imagine three months from today....
Dream with me for a moment.
Imagine three months from now, waking up excited, confident, and motivated to start your day. Instead of a snooze button, it's like you hit an invisible enthusiasm button.
The hold that food once had over you is lifted and you feel as free as a child. Remember that feeling?
Your food cravings have shifted and you now find yourself preferring fruits and veggies over junk food. Your sugar addition is a distant memory. You can't believe how sweet birthday cake tastes now...it's almost too sweet and not as enjoyable as it once was.
Emotional eating is no longer a problem because you are armed with the inner tools to stop it in its tracks. You can't remember feeling this at peace with food.
Your kitchen is stocked with everything you need to prepare nutritious meals—all stamped with Mel's seal of approval. And the best part is, you don't feel the least bit deprived. You also don't stress over what's for dinner because you now have a simple weekly meal plan in place that gets dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.
You no longer walk away from the table unsatisfied or longing for more because you're learning how to fuel your body the right way. As a result your health is improving every day and you feel energized and full of life!
When you climb into bed each night there's a sense of satisfaction for a job well done, and you can't wait to do it all over again tomorrow. You sleep soundly and wake up refreshed and filled with first day enthusiasm.
The choice is yours my beautiful friend. You can keep searching for a solution or you can sprout right where you're planted. I know you can do this. I am living proof that it's possible.
Join the Sprout community today and let's bloom together.
Your coach and #1 fan,
"In all my years of fighting my weight battle, I have never met a person that is so dedicated to helping people live a healthy life. Your program gives me the power and education I need to succeed at being healthy for the rest of my life."
"I've failed more times than I can count. How will Sprout be any different?"
"How long will it take me to get control of my eating?"
"Will I get personalized weekly meal plans?"
"How much time will I have to spend preparing meals?"
"What kind of recipes can I expect? Are they vegan? Gluten-free? Diabetic?"
"What if I can't make a live Group Coaching Call?"
"Another success story, Mel! I keep emailing you because friends and family think I’m crazy when I start raving about how great I feel, but I know you understand! I’m a dessert girl, or I guess I was. Whether I thought I’d like it or not, I rarely passed up the opportunity to get a dessert, especially if it came with the meal. I mean, why waste good food? Today’s dessert at lunch was a pre-packaged brownie. I picked one up, looked at it, and set it back on the buffet. I’m sure it was a perfectly good brownie, something I would have happily eaten without a second thought prior to working with you. Today, though, I look for the joy in what I eat and weigh it against how much that fuel can do for my body. Is there room for improvement? Probably (even though I feel pretty great about the choices I am making)! Will I ever eat dessert again? Absolutely! I know I keep telling you, but thank you AGAIN for your help! My hunger is stable- I am not feeling the ups and downs I used to feel throughout the day, and I don’t reach for coffee all day long anymore. Most importantly, I’m able to take control and shape great meals out of what’s offered, like filling my plate with veggies and leaving the vermicelli and breadsticks on the serving tray without feeling deprived. I let go of food FOMO (fear of missing out) for the first time in my life. I know I’m only a week in, but this lifestyle feels sustainable. Yay!!! Every morning I have been thankful for how great I feel. I’m hopping out of bed as soon as the alarm rings, ready for the day. :) You helped me find a deep, continuous happiness, and it’s affected everything I do. Thank you!!!!"