A life coach scolded a woman about how much food she ate “low vibration”Plate in A viral video says the internet just doesn’t understand their mentor-mentee bond.
Tammy Price, age 34, called Stormy Wellington her “big sister”In an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday
Price posted a TikTok to Wellington this weekend, warning Price about not accepting a full meal at an outdoor cookout. The video shows a group women lying on sun loungers, nodding their heads as they watch. “Coach Stormy” examines Price’s plate, piled high with a burger, a hot dog, corn on the cob, and other comfort foods.
“I would never eat a plate that looked like this. You could not pay me $1 million to do that to myself,”Price is told by Wellington. “I deserve better than that. That’s low vibration.”
Wellington goes one step further by describing what her plate of food looks like “royalty,” while Price’s serving is the sign of a “hood rat.”
In the video, Price appeared to internalize Wellington’s lesson. “Coach Stormy is teaching me, don’t accept what they put on your plate,”In the clip, she says. On InstagramShe added the following caption to the video: “I would rather be the rich student than a broke friend! Yesterday, my Coach taught me so much! Humility is the key here @coachstormy perspective is everything.”
But while Price saw Wellington’s advice as enriching—a motivational message, even, about not settling for what people give you—social media deemed it wholly unnecessary. The video very quickly made the rounds online, racking up over half a million views on Price’s TikTok and tens of thousands of retweets on Twitter since Sunday. In just a few days, the phrase was retweeted thousands upon thousands. “low vibration” appeared in an endless stream of memes mocking Wellington’s self-important tone and garden-variety wisdom. Even Chrissy Teigen and Keke Palmer joined in the fun.
“What’s crazy is nothing she is saying even remotely makes sense. Girl we all eating chicken wings on some Target china in lawn chairs with your cooter hanging out…where is the tiara?”Actor Kalen Allen tweeted. Palmer Chimed in, “Guess I’m a ‘hood rat.’”
What bothers Price, she tells The Daily Beast, is that the video is being considered outside of the context of her and Wellington’s close relationship, which she credits with helping her go from a homeless woman living in her car to an entrepreneur with a $1.2 million home.
“I’m like, ‘OK, whatever, whatever.’ ‘Cause it was very low vibrational, and if you ain’t got nobody telling you that you’re overeating, and you’re a health and wellness coach, and my plate looks like this, hey, suit yourself,”She elaborates.
Both Price and Wellington sell teas and vitamins through Total Life Changes, an multilevel marketing company based in Michigan. (The company was the subject. class action lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Michigan in February 2021, which claimed that the company’s hemp-infused raspberry tea actually contained THC, causing plaintiffs to lose their jobs after testing positive for marijuana. After the plaintiffs submitted mediation claims, the lawsuit was ultimately dismissed.
Wellington has built her empire using a very expensive strategy skincare line, private mentorship communityThis is $69 per month. You can also book getaways such as the one Price stayed at during the weekend. Guests can spend up $10,000 (though Price clarifies she didn’t have to pay to attend this excursion, explaining, “I don’t have to do that anymore”). The Daily Beast reached out to Wellington for comment but she did not respond.
Price and Wellington became close for the first time in 2015, while Wellington was still living with Price. Price and Wellington became close after Price and her husband split in 2015. They then lost their home. Shortly after, her father also died. Price claims that she felt hopeless and spent nights alone in her car with her three children. Her ex-husband found Wellington’s content online and encouraged Price to reach out.
“I have nothing else to lose. I’m at the lowest point in my life. I’m going through depression,”Price recalls her thoughts at the time. “[Wellington] said, ‘You not depressed, you need to detox. You need to find yourself.’ And I did just that.”
The saleswoman introduced Price for Total Life Changes. She helped Price to establish her network and guided Price through her weight loss journey. Price claims that she lost 60 pounds in five months and became a spokesperson of Total Life Changes.
On Saturday, the group began their day with meditation and prayer. Price and her group then went for a walk after hearing from a few speakers. Then they settled down to enjoy a barbecue. Price then handed her plate to the catering staff.
What transpired has not only ignited the internet’s vitriol of food-shaming and the legitimacy of life coaches, but has also left some of Price’s own friends and family concerned.
“People are reaching out from everywhere like, ‘Are you OK?’ Blink twice,’”She says.
In a follow-up videoWellington, who filmed the second one after it went viral, reiterates her concern about Price: “If I don’t watch out for you, you have no mama and no motherfucking daddy, so if I don’t watch out for you, who the fuck gonna look out for you?”
Price is for her own part standing by her mentor. According to The Daily Beast, Price giggles at how much attention is being paid to Wellington’s relationship.
“I lost over 80 pounds and my plate is stuffed. It just makes sense,”She says. “A lot of people don’t know that that’s just how she talks. It’s not easy being Coach Stormy’s student.”