Teddi Mellencamp is defending her All In by Teddi program. On the latest episode of her podcast, “Teddi Tea Pod with Teddi Mellencamp”, the 39-year-old “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star slammed recent criticism against her accountability coaching business’ alleged viewpoints on dieting, exercise and NDAs.
“The reason I started All In With Teddi had nothing to do with the business. I had no big plans about creating a business. I wanted to change my own life. I wanted to grow. I wanted to feel good in my own skin. I wanted to know that I was worth it, and I hadn’t felt that way in quite a long time,” she said. “I created my own happiness by taking care of myself and I used Instagram as a tool to hold me accountable. I would post my workouts, I would post healthy, clean eating, and I used my followers to help hold me accountable to lifestyle changes I was making.”
Mellencamp said that while “not everybody” would want to post their lifestyle changes on social media, she received messages from many people expressing an interest in her method.
“That’s how the business was formed. And I realized that my calling, my purpose, was not just to change my life, it was to help others feel good in their own skin, feel confident, feel comfortable, reach their goals, to know they’re not alone,” she said, before getting choked up. “And that has been something that lights me up every single day. It makes me feel proud, I am excited about it, and I love every second of what I do. I know that so many lives have been changed. I love the community that’s been formed.”
Mellencamp was initially hesitant to address the criticism against her business “because it’s very aggressive and there’s some hate going with it,” but decided to use the opportunity as a “learning” experience to “talk about what’s going on.”
“The entire reason I started All In is to help others feel good,” she said. “Now when strangers on social media are reaching out to my coaches, are reaching out to clients and saying hateful things because of something they know nothing about, it hurts me.”
Mellencamp went on to explain why criticisms of the program make her emotional.
“I think it’s upsetting to me because you know when you’re really proud of something? You know when you’re looking at your child and you’re like, ‘Wow, this is incredible. She was able to do this. She just got her first soccer goal.’ That’s how I look at my All In community,” she said. “When I see that client that is feeling so good that they ask for that raise at their job. Or when I see that client that is finally leaving that abusive husband because she knows her worth. Or when I see that client who finally says, ‘I am worth taking care of my health because I’ve been sick and not taking care of myself and I’ve been stagnant and depressed, and now I’m taking action,’ I feel good and I feel happy.”
“When I see that happiness trying to be dimmed by strangers on the internet, trying to derail other people’s happiness, it makes me feel bad for the world we live in,” she added.
The reality star continued her defense by addressing specific criticisms about her company, many of which, she said, are misconceptions.
Those claims were initially brought to light by social media influencer Emily Gellis Lande, who posted what she said were anonymous messages from former All In by Teddi clients, who alleged that the program would restrict them to 500 to 1,000 calories a day and demanded an hour of cardio daily. Lande later told the “Today” show that the All In by Teddi program was “starvation with cardio.”
First, Mellencamp addressed the calorie count claim.
“It’s not. It never has been. It never was. It never will be,” she said of a 500-calorie limit. “We would never encourage anyone to starve. Every person has different needs, different goals, and we focus on clean eating.”
That clean-eating Mellencamp mentioned has been a topic of criticism as well, with some claiming that protein isn’t allowed in the program.
“We do allow protein. We allow lean protein. Also, so many vegetables are protein-rich,” she said, before sharing the reason she encourages participants to eat soup.
“[Soup] was something that was easy and caused less stress for me at the end of the day than opening up the pantry and going, ‘Oh my goodness, what am I gonna make?’” she said. “This is during the jump-start where you’re trying to figure out how to start navigating a life where you organize your meals. A lot of us have a lot of bad habits when it comes to eating dinner too late and not eating things that actually fuel your body.”
Next was the claim that the program kicks people out for not working out every day. Mellencamp confirmed that specific charge, but explained the reasoning behind the rule.
“When you sign up to the program, you are signing up to be active every single day. It could mean playing tennis with your kids, going for a walk, doing restorative yoga, doing a dance class, doing whatever it may be,” she said. “But if there’s a repeated situation where somebody has signed up for the program and they’re not being active in some capacity, we aren’t doing the job that they’re paying us to do. So yes.”
“But if there’s an emergency where someone’s like, ‘I’m not feeling well,’ or there’s a family emergency, of course they’re not being kicked out,” she added.
Others have noted that Mellencamp is not a healthcare professional, something Mellencamp acknowledged, but combats by saying that All In is based on “actual, lived experience.”
Social media users have also pointed out that the All In program requires daily weigh-ins, something that can be triggering for people who’ve struggled with eating disorders. Mellencamp acquiesced that her program is “not for you” if you’ve struggled with an eating disorder, before explaining the reasoning behind the weigh-ins.
“We use the scale as a measurement tool, so it’s not a punishment, it’s not anything like that,” she said. “Because our entire business is over text message, we have to have a way to measure your accountability.”
Mellencamp also denied claims of “bullying” by coaches, before explaining the reason for her company’s consent forms, which some have said is an NDA.
“[It] protects you as much as it protects us,” Mellencamp said of the consent forms. “I originally had an NDA because when I first started the show, people were signing up solely because they wanted to talk to me.”
As for how she’s dealing with the criticism on a personal level, Mellencamp admitted it’s not easy.
“I hate to see this toxicity, but I also know that there are so many people at home with so much time on their hands that they are using their energy to attack others versus what is going on in their own life and that breaks my heart,” she said. “I do my best to look at what I need to look at and ignore what’s not important, but for me All In is so important that I knew I couldn’t ignore what was going on here… This is something that I live and breathe and it’s the thing I care the most about, other than my family and my friends.”
“There are times where you are seriously like, ‘Gosh, I just want to cry myself to sleep right now. This is really hard,’” she added. “… If you know your why and you know your purpose is good, then you’re going to be OK. That’s how I feel. I am sad. I am emotional. I hate to see hate… Thank God that I went All In on me, because I have the ability to know this is going to be OK. I am going to be OK.”
Above all, Mellencamp said that her program is not about a number on the scale or what you’re eating, but rather about “learning what works for your body and what doesn’t, and what works for your life and what doesn’t.”
“Sometimes, at the beginning, when we are trying to change our life, it’s really hard to do it alone. And that’s what I do. That’s what we do,” she said. “We hold you accountable to the things you say you want to do to change your life.”
Watch the video below to see what Mellencamp told ET about accountability coaching back in 2018.
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Disney Plus Mulan Fails to Make an Impact
Disney Plus’s most anticipated movie of the year was Live-Action Mulan, the infamous remake of the 1998 version of the Disney classic Mulan. With a budget of almost $200 million and alot of hard work involved, the film release’s expectations and excitement were at an all-time high. Disney’s marketing team left no stone unturned in promoting the film throughout the world as Mulan was one of the most influential female protagonists in a Disney movie.
Mulan was known for her power and courage to take a step towards change and create a name for herself instead of becoming a burden for her family. She brought them honor but not through finding a compatible suitor, but through her bravery in fighting amongst the opposite gender when it was considered a taboo.
But did the real Mulan walk in the footsteps of the animated one? Did it create an impact as strong as the classic version, which people love and adore even after 23 years? Sadly, no. The live-Action Mulan was nothing like the 1998 Mulan because it was not supposed to be that way.
The old Chinese folklore inspired the Live-Action Mulan. The Balad of Mulan, which was different, more serious, and portrayed a much more feminist approach by eliminating any romantic or cartoonish elements or characters from the remake.
The elimination of the character of Mushu came as a surprise for all the die-hard Mulan fans who were anticipating the voice-over of Eddie Murphy in a better-animated dragon who is by Mulan’s side, aiding in tough times. We did see a dragon, but it was a silent companion only coming in need. The remake also got rid of all the eventful songs which were hummed as we watched the animated version all the time.
Another setback was the mediocre release of Mulan during the Pandemic, which basically ruined the official March release. Mulan eventually made the screen on September 4 on Disney+ Premier Access, a pay-to-view for $30 across the US. In contrast, countries where Covid-19 was under control, saw a theater release like China. But that hardly made 50% of the total movie budget. Disney hoped to make some dollars in China by accurately depicting the Chinese culture and actors, but that didn’t happen either.
Viewers with access to Disney+ also did not venture enough on the Premier Access service. What further disappointed the release was Mulan’s availability on multiple torrents and platforms for free in HD quality on its release. VPN users worldwide watched the movie for free without paying a whopping amount of $30 for a single film, while the whole service along with other streaming services cost ⅓ of the price.
Live-Action Mulan was also under scrutiny for shooting in the Xinjiang, the region of China where Uighur Muslims were detained and imprisoned in concentration camps. This sparked outrage over the entire social media, where Muslims worldwide protested against the Chinese government’s actions. Disney+ did not state an official apology on their platform, nor did they acknowledge their wrongdoings, probably to stay clear of the Chinese government’s atrocity.
Meanwhile, even within China, Mulan failed to impact the Chinese audience as they have a much better take and approach to recreating any Chinese epic or myths. Their cinema is far more advanced in portraying their culture with local actors and a local production house. As we all know, China has a strict censorship policy on international content, and they have an alternate of their own. It applies here as well.
Lastly, the ill-natured tweet of the lead actress Liu Yifei, openly supporting the Hong Kong Police’s atrocities when China was implementing new security policies on Hong Kong, claiming it as a part of the Chinese government. The Hong Kong police came under fire for mistreating peaceful protestors and using harsh means to disperse the crowd. This tweet leads to #boycottmulan across the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Liu Yifei made no outright apology.
Despite so much anticipation, live-action Mulan came under alot of controversy and failed to make a solid impression on the audience, despite holding a strong message for its feminist audience. Wrong timing and a few wrong decisions cost Disney millions of dollars and somewhat tarnished the reputation of their remake sagas.
5 Underrated Shows on Netflix USA You Must Watch Right Now!
American Netflix is home to hundreds of TV shows across multiple genres. Still, it could be hard at times to find something binge-worthy on it. Now we all have that one friend that’s perfectly content with re-watching their favorite TV series, but the rest of us normies find it a tad boring. We’re on a never-ending hunt for the next big show hoping to inject some excitement into our otherwise mundane existence. However, with so much to choose from, it’s only natural that a few gems go unnoticed when scrolling through the recommendations.
Don’t sweat it! After spending endless hours of research, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 underrated shows on Netflix USA that are definitely worth your time.
Can’t access US Netflix in your home country? There is an easy way around. Just download a Netflix VPN, connect to a US server, and start streaming.
Season(s): 1 season; 5 episodes
Year of release: 2019
1994 is a modest 5-episode docu-series offering the perfect guilt-free, binge-watching experience. The show revolves around a promising presidential candidate in Mexico who stands to threaten the status quo. Seen as a threat by the powerful elite, he gets shot during one of his televised political rallies. If the events of the first episode seem unusual, then what follows is downright bizarre.
Viewers are in store for surreal events backed by actual interviews and real-life footage that ups the ante with each passing episode. 1994 is a fascinating, informative, and rich account of one of the most turbulent times in Mexico. It not only gives viewers a glimpse of the past but also a story that follows a narrative very close to what we’re seeing in our present political climate.
- Rise of Empires: Ottoman
Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes
Year of release: 2020
Following the wildly popular show Ertugrul—at least in the eastern part of the world—Rise of Empires: Ottoman features a historic mix of immaculate production value and dramatic re-enactment of the 1453 fall of Constantinople. A Turkish production, the show is entirely in English and revolves around the life of a young Ottoman Sultan named Mehmet. It shows how the 21-year old leader risks everything to conquer a city his father and so many others failed to take before him.
This point marked a crucial juncture in history: The fall of the Roman Empire and the transition of a local regional entity to that of a global superpower. While the show does have its set of drawbacks (such as the frequent History Channel-type flashbacks), the appeal of our protagonist is sure to have viewers in for a memorable ride.
- Wild Wild Country
Season(s): 1 season; 6 episodes
Year of release: 2018
The mere mention of Wild Wild Country in front of veteran Netflix viewers is sure to garner you some respect points. Based on a true story, Wild Wild Country tells the tale of an Indian cult that’s decided to relocate to Oregon. What ensues is a series of unusual events as the locals struggle to come to terms with the new inhabits and in particular, the eccentric leader of this cult: Bhagwan. This mini-series manages to capture and re-tell a significant—albeit unusual—event in American history and media and retell it in a way that’s sure to leave some viewers scratching their heads!
- Lenox Hill
Season(s): 1 season; 9 episodes
Year of release: 2020
For those looking to embark on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, look no further than Lenox Hill. While we do recommend this docu-series especially if you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy or ER, Lenox Hill is not your average watch. It’s a far cry from what you’d call a feel-good series as it reveals the brutal reality associated with people diagnosed with really bad things.
Set in New York, the show follows the story of an ER physician, an OB-GYN, and two brain surgeons that are part of a small-time hospital competing with bigger establishments. It lifts the curtain from the otherwise romanticized emergency-ward that we’ve grown accustomed to and accurately depicts the struggles of both patients and doctors.
This highly emotional series might not sit well with everyone but if you want to watch a story about individuals that sacrifice everything to save others then this one’s for you.
Season(s): 2 seasons; 12 episodes
Year of release: 2016
The Office is the most viewed show on Netflix according to Chicago Tribune which is a pity because its contract is set to expire on January 1, 2021. Enter Borderline, a British comedy series and ‘mockumentary’ of sorts that follows a similar pattern and humor as The Office. Set in the fictional Northend Airport instead of an office, viewers are quickly introduced to a slew of funny and ridiculous personalities.
The best part of the series is that it has its own version of Pam, Dwight, Jim, and a Michael type-boss. It also doesn’t try too hard to resemble its more popular counterpart and a few episodes are enough to make you wonder why more people aren’t watching it!
Agree with our list? Know of some underrated shows that need more love? Let us know in the comments section below!
The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses
When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.
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