Month: June 2017

LU 049: Erica Leon – Free yourself from chaotic patterns of yoyo-dieting and overexercising.



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Hey, lovely radicals… podcast time!

This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Erica Leon from Westchester County, New York.

Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. Erica works with clients all over the globe – by all technical means necessary -, people who struggle with food, their body, and people who want to overcome years of dieting or being stuck in disordered eating. She meets people where they are at and guides them to a better relationship to food and their body with a non-diet approach. She has 25 years of experience under her belt and her career has included working in hospitals, corporations and colleges. Ultimately combining all of her skills and interests, she established a private nutrition practice over 15 years ago. As a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) she also volunteers on the Board of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, she has written professional articles on nutritions, she frequently gives talks, and she has often been quoted in the media on topics such as eating disorder prevention and childhood weight issues.
Today, you’ll hear Erica talk about:
– How she remembers being in a body felt like as a child
– Where she internalized the message that her body was too big
– What the role of her family was in the development of her relationship to food
– What counting and tracking points/calories can do to our self-image
– Why it is so important to curate your social media feed, and to look at bodies in all shapes and sizes
– Why striving for “a flat stomach” is complete BS, and why having belly-fat is, in fact, important for a woman’s overall health as she gets older
– Why it is crucial to realize that we are all so much more than a body
– How it can be helpful to think about what we would love our legacy to be
– How long she lived with her own internal diet-mindset
– How she got into the field of nutrition
– Why she was working in the marketing department for a weight-loss company (and what memories about her connection to one of Oprah’s many weight-loss incidents still make her cringe)
– How she herself unknowingly contributed to diet-culture and its message that “thin is better”
– What made her realize that something was not right
– How working with eating disorders helped her on her own journey
– What she would tell her younger self with the knowledge she has now
– Why women often automatically objectify themselves according to what they see in the media and in ads
– Why she loves the “Poodle Science” video of the Academy of Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH)
– The problem with today’s celebrity worshipping culture and the unfortunate influence they have on our children’s self-esteem
– How she’s helping one of her clients with exercise bulimia
– What the key ingredient is in the journey to give up lifelong dieting, as well as recovering from disordered eating or eating disorders
– Why it takes time, self-compassion, patience and community to heal our societally damaged body image and how we relate to food and weight
– How she curated her social media feed and left all the groups (and unfollowed/unfriended people) that were repeatedly engaging in of diet- and weight-loss-talk
– Why social media opened up a whole new world for her and made her realize that she wasn’t the only one AT ALL who was preaching the non-diet approach to health
– Why it is so hard for the old paradigm-believers to change their minds
– What kind of transformations she gets to witness in her practice…
… And so much more!

Check out Erica’s website:
http://www.ericaleon.com

Here’s the link to the wonderful “Poodle Science” video of the Academy of Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H89QQfXtc-k

Make sure to support the podcast by becoming a “Patreon”, so that I can keep producing it and help as many people as possible. Thank you! Here’s the link:
https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted

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LU 048: Chevese Turner – Breaking the stigma of Binge Eating Disorder with insight and compassion.



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This week, on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s my pleasure to talk to Chevese Turner from the Washington DC area.

Chevese is the woman who almost 9 years ago founded the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) in June 2008, recognizing the need for an organization to advocate on behalf of individuals affected by Binge Eating Disorder (BED), as well as the providers who treat them. Turner’s well-rounded career in the health care, pharmaceutical, political and non-profit arenas, as well as her many leadership roles within these fields, prepared her to launch BEDA, the only organization specifically suited to support individuals and treatment professionals managing BED.
Today, you’ll hear Chevese talk about:
– How old she was when she lost the innocent, joyful, and non-judgmental attitude towards her own body
– What drove her to start searching for, stealing and hoarding food
– What every type of binging behavior stems from
– How her mother related to food and weight
– Why denial about unhealed past wounds always leads to us passing along the same pain (we can not outrun our own shadow)
– Why those old painful memories are often the ones that leave the deepest imprint on our soul
– Why we often treat ourselves the way we have been treated as children
– Why food (restricting/dieting, or overeating) is so commonly used to try to escape difficult emotions
– How we can start to make sense of our own behavior around food
– Why there is no need to be ashamed for recognizing those behaviors for what they are
– How shame and weight-bias affect a person’s physical and mental health
– Why all the advice she got actually only perpetuated her eating disorder
– Why she never really knew what she liked/what her hobbies were
– Why she immediately regretted having lap band surgery
– What is commonly misunderstood with Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
– Why, at the root, anorexia and BED are much more alike as they outwardly seem
– Why our society is too quick to categorize people, instead of listening to the person in question first
– How terribly effective diet-culture and its constant messages and images really is, and why it is important to be aware of how all of that seeps into our subconscious and colors our own judgment
– What she wants us all to know about our bodies
– Why bariatric surgery is often done solely for profit, and why there’s so little information about the dangers and the long-term effects of it
– The medical ramifications of our society’s belief that “healthy” looks a certain way
– How she reacted when she first heard that her Binge Eating Disorder was only to be treated effectively by nourishment
– How many years she wasted by being stuck in the diet-cycle, and having little mental space for anything that would have really sparked her interest
– Why so many body-obsessed women have no idea who they really are outside of dieting
– What led her to found BEDA, and how wonderfully that organization developed
– What BEDA is about and what they are actively working on
– Why it is important for all of us to resist any sort of weight-stigmatization, and to speak up against it…
… And so much more!

Here’s the link to BEDA (where you’ll also find info about the conferences)
http://www.bedaonline.com

And here’s the toll-free number that Chevese mentioned (only for US listeners):
855 855 2332

Make sure to support the podcast by becoming a “Patreon”, so that I can keep producing it and help as many people as possible. Thank you! Here’s the link:
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LU 047: Jessica Setnick – When eating and exercising turn into attempts at escaping emotions.



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This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s my pleasure to talk to Jessica Setnick from Dallas, Texas.

Jessica is an internationally known pediatric dietitian, an award-winning writer and she is training professionals to work in the field of eating issues. She is definitely the best sort of woman to talk to about the origins of our world’s body image problem and our issues with eating and weight; Jessica is an icon in the eating disorder field. Her academic background is in human behavior and with her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, she has become an expert in dysfunctional and disordered eating who has a unique ability to see what others might miss. As a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian and Dietitian Supervisor, she has treated thousands of patients in the hospital and out, and she knows how to identify the underlying issues influencing patients’ eating. Jessica is the author of “The Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide” and “Eating Disorders Boot Camp”, and she is a co-founder of IFEED, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. In 2013, after 16 years of hospital and community work, Jessica closed her private practice to fulfill her mission of educating health professionals about our current understanding of eating disorders and thereby empowering them to confidently and competently help those who suffer. In all of her work, Jessica combines humor, science, and professional experience to help us all improve one of the key relationships in life—the one we have with food.
Today, you’ll hear Jessica talk about:
– How she related to food and her body as a child
– What drove her to get a degree in Anthropology as well as one in Sports Nutrition
– What she learned about people’s eating behaviors
– Why there is always a reason for the way we relate to food
– Why the oldest emotional wounds often have the deepest imprint on our soul
– Why we are so often attracted to people who end up treating us like our fathers or mothers did
– Why we can only recognize as love what we grew up to believe was love
– What we hope to achieve by re-creating our childhood “drama”
– Why our habits very often evolved as way to self-soothe, at a stage when the particular behavior was the only way we knew how to deal with difficult experiences
– Why there is no need to be ashamed for recognizing those behaviors for what they are
– What our own judgments can tell us about ourselves
– Why our society is too quick to categorize people in their particular problems, and how to look at eating disorders from an individual’s perspective
– Why it can be the most powerful thing to just be present with someone who’s currently struggling
– What the advantages are for recovering from disordered eating as an adult, no matter how long their behaviors have been disordered
– Why it is never too late to start un-dieting, recovering, and befriending food and our body again
– How early in life we get conditioned to detach our eating from our internal cues
– What she wants us all to know about our bodies
– Why it’s important to remind ourselves who’s profiting off our insecurities
– How weight-bias in the medical field can cause people to die
– The medical ramifications of our society’s belief that “healthy” looks a certain way
– What’s dangerous about our society’s unhealthy coupling of the concepts of food and exercise
– Why our controlling tendencies can only give us a false sense of safety
– How little is actually known about eating disorders
– What an ideal eating disorder professional should bring to the table
– What she means when she says “start being an anthropologist in everyday life” and why it is so helpful
– The danger of repeated exposure to seemingly harmless advertisements
– How to see the ridiculousness of the made-up/fake-advertisement world
– Why awareness (and self-awareness!) is key on the journey of growing more resilient
– What she thinks about the memes that tell us to “love our bodies”…
… And so much more!

Check out Jessica’s website:
http://www.understandingnutrition.com

Find more info about the “Eating Disorder Bootcamp” and other resources here:
http://www.understandingnutrition.com/store/default.php
http://www.eatingdisordersbootcamp.com

If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a “Patreon”! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thanks!
https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted

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LU 046: Jessamyn Stanley – What yoga is about, what it’s not about, and why it is for EVERY BODY.


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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Jessamyn Stanley from Durham, North Carolina.

Jessamyn, as many of you know, is a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes. She has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life. It’s called “Every Body Yoga”, and just like herself, this book breaks all the stereotypes. You will hear Jessamyn share:
– Where she thinks our self-consciousness about our bodies comes from
– What it was that made her become dissatisfied with who she was and how her body looked
– What brought her to yoga
– What anxiety/depression have to do with our mind’s tendency to ruminate about the past and/or worry about the future
– How she understands the spiritual aspect of the yoga practice
– Why there’s so much to be said for having a healthy detachment to the materialistic focus that our culture promotes
– Why she thinks that the obsession with surface-level things, like the “look” of bodies, are huge shortcomings of our society
– What the dangers of social media and the display of fake “perfection” are
– Why “getting likes” is never something we should be aiming for
– Why no amount of outside approval can ever fill the void in our hearts
– Why the disconnection that happens when everybody “lives” on the screen is so harmful for our soul’s wellbeing
– Why most of what we see on social media is fake and—upon closer inspection—completely irrelevant
– Why she says what she wants and doesn’t care too much about what other people think of her
– Why we often look for “meaning” in life in the exact wrong places
– Why people who feel insecure make better customers
– How we can become more comfortable in our own company
– Why facing and owning our “shit” is the only way to liberation
– Where true inner contentment comes from
– What most people plain misunderstand about yoga
– What the problems are with “modern” (westernized) yoga
– What she feels yoga is really about (hint: it’s not about how the body looks)
– How she got connected to her emotions after years of stuffing them away
– What emotions she has most difficulty with
– How she deals with critics and haters
– How she deals with getting so much attention and having to be more social than she feels is her nature…

… And so much more!
Check out Jessamyn and all of her work (including her book “Every Body Yoga”) at:
http://www.jessamynstanley.com

If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a “Patreon”! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted

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