Mindful Eating Mentor for Health-Conscious Women

meet marcella

MARCELLA FRIEL is a mindful eating mentor and natural foods chef who helps health-conscious women love and forgive themselves, their food, and their figure.

Marcella leads online and in-person workshops on mindful eating and works privately with clients from around the world.

Her writing can be found in Elephant Journal, Sivana East, The Tapping Solution Blog, Shambhala Times, and elsewhere. Her online courses, "Lose Emotional & Physical Weight with Tapping" and “21 Tapping Meditations for Emotional Eating and Beyond,” are top-40 bestsellers on DailyOM.

In 1994, Marcella discovered an escape clause in the rat-race contract and left corporate America to cook for cloistered meditators at Gampo Abbey Buddhist monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, under the guidance of Pema Chödrön.

She then cooked and taught at meditation retreat centers across North America, including Shambhala Mountain Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and elsewhere.

Marcella certified as a natural foods chef at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City in 1998 and taught healing culinary arts at Bauman College in Northern California from 2005 to 2013.

Known for her playful humor, laser-like insight, and deep kindness, Marcella's ability to guide women through their odyssey of healing comes from more than 3 decades of Buddhist meditation practice, 20-plus years of 12-Step recovery, and nearly 10 years as a client and practitioner of Tapping (also called EFT), one of the most outstanding transformational tools ever created. 

Marcella is certified in EFT through Tapping the Matrix Academy in Santa Rosa, California.

Where I once believed that the traumas of my early life defined and condemned me, I now bless and thank them for the gifts they continue to give. Among those gifts is the ever-present reminder to love myself unconditionally while being of service to others.
— Marcella

“I am forever grateful to Marcella, a jewel of a healer”

–Judi W., New York City

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What Is Tapping?

The main tool I use in my work is Tapping (aka "Emotional Freedom Techniques" or "EFT"). 

Tapping is a gentle, powerful self-help tool that reduces the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger stress.

Tapping combines coaching techniques with acupressure in the form of fingertip tapping on acupuncture points. The tapping acts as a circuit breaker on the electromagnetic signal of the stress and diffuses its emotional trigger.

Tapping can be extremely helpful in dealing with food-related issues, such as

  • Emotional eating

  • Binges and cravings

  • Food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances

  • Negative body-image

  • Undesirable food habits

  • Confusion about what and how to eat

Start Tapping right away—sign up for my course “21 Tapping Meditations for Emotional Eating and Beyond” on DailyOM.

Tapping with you seemed really silly at first, but by the time we were finished, I did feel different, and better. Thanks for renewing my faith in the technique!
— Renee R., Santa Rosa, CA