Month: September 2017

LU 060: Marya Hornbacher – Fighting the stigma of mental illness and eating disorders.



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Hey, lovely radicals… podcast time!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I’m talking to Marya Hornbacher from Minneapolis, USA.

Marya is known for many things. She is an assistant professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University, she is an award-winning journalist and – as most of you might know – she is also a bestselling author, most known for her memoir on anorexia called “Wasted” (which was published when she was 22 years old). Ten years after that, she published a memoir on Bipolar Disorder called “Madness”, after which she came out with an acclaimed novel called “The Center of Winter”, followed by two books about mental health, addiction, recovery and spirituality; one called “Sane”, the other one “Waiting”. Marya has a lot more in the works, but we’ll talk about that – among myriad of other things – in our beautiful conversation. You’ll hear Marya talk about:
– When and why she became self-conscious about her body as a child
– How her parents related to weight
– What she was hungry for as a child (apart from food)
– Why we grow up with the idea that our various emotional hungers are unwelcome
– Why people with a sensitive nature are often prone to eating issues
– What her own journey of finding out about (and coming to terms with) her mental illness was like
– How she fell into the trap of identifying herself by her problems, issues, and chaos
– How she found out that recovery meant to go beyond that “black hole of trouble”-identity
– How, for many people (not all!), an eating disorder represents a symptom of a larger issue, rather than the problem itself
– Why misdiagnosis are so rampant when it comes to mental illness
– How she started to re-establish trust in herself and advocate for herself when faced with medical professionals
– Why educating ourselves is vital in the process of healing from our own personal issues
– Why the right sort of medication can make all the difference
– What the key pieces were for her to finally start her healing journey for good
– Why recovery (from anything) is so hard at times, bringing forth what a person has been running from
– Why the investment we put into healing is the best we will ever do for ourselves
– How she understands her own past eating disorder in retrospect
– Why she ended up becoming an alcoholic after her eating disorder was “under control” (aka: addiction transfer)
– Why she doesn’t believe in the theory of certain people “just having an addictive personality”
– Why what we’re all looking for is already inside us, and why our need to “feel in control” often leads us into the trap of “being controlled” (be that by food / rules / compulsions, or substances)
– Why it is crucial for the healing process to develop our own opinion and to advocate for our own truth instead of just following random popular people’s advice
– Why we all need to be careful with our social media consumption
– Why self-acceptance really is the key to become comfortable with who we are
– What she finds helpful on the path to finding out “who we really are”, and what brings us the greatest joy in life
– What she wants us to know about Bipolar Disorder (I and II)
– How she deals with her illness and manages it these days
– How we can accept and live with our own personal limitations without beating ourselves up over them
– Why it is our personal responsibility to step out of the game our society seems to want us to play
– How important it is to find our own tribe outside of the masses
– Why the key to finding “our sort of people” is to step out of comparison-mode ourselves
– Why making friends with solitude can be a key step on the healing journey
– What “resilience” means to her
– How not to fall for “Do THIS… and you’ll be happy!”-lies anymore…
… And so much more!

Check out Marya and her books:
http://www.maryahornbacher.com

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LU 059: Dana Sturtevant – How being truly nourished helps your body to trust you (and vice versa!)



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Lovely radicals, it’s podcast time!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Dana Sturtevant from Portland, Oregon.

Dana is a trainer, mentor, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and Registered Dietitian specializing in Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating. She is the co-founder of “Be Nourished”, a revolutionary business helping people heal body dissatisfaction and reclaim body trust. In her work, Dana loves to incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion practices, and she is specialized in Motivational Interviewing techniques. She has facilitated more than 300 workshops throughout the United States for health care providers looking to enhance their skills in behavior-change counseling, and her work has been published in various media outlets. You’ll hear Dana talk about:
– How lucky she was to be able to grow up in a household where there were no diets, body shaming or any sort of hyper-focus on “healthy eating”
– When and why she became self-conscious about her shape and size
– Why she went into the field of nutrition
– What she found out about her younger self from reading her own letters to her late grandmother
– What she experienced in her previous work as a “weight management” dietitian
– Why that work started to feel deeply unethical for her
– Why living a free, flexible life and weight-suppression don’t go together
– How our inner “trance of unworthiness” drives us to keep abandoning ourselves
– Why no amount of weight-loss will improve how you feel about yourself, and why feeling worthy and confident really is an inside job unrelated to weight
– The importance of recognizing the difference between “fitting in” and feeling a sense of “belonging”
– How her and Hilary’s clients often react when they first hear their message
– Why it is so hard to claim something (that we KNOW is true) for ourselves
– Why this current “health-ism” (hyper-focus on “having to be healthy, or else it’s our own fault”) is really about money
– Why so many people, including health-care providers, are in denial about “prescribing diets”
– Why we are often tricked into believing “well, this is not a diet, this is only a lifestyle change”
– What happens when one coping mechanisms is being forcefully removed without working on the underlying issue
– Why compulsive exercise always points to a complicated relationship with food/weight
– Why it’s totally ok that not all people are athletes
– Why today’s “gym-culture” is ruining a healthy relationship to movement for most people
– Why nobody can tell you what your body needs, and why there IS no black or white strategy that works
– Why it is always wise to be suspicious of people who claim to “have found the true way to health/fitness/weight-loss”, especially when they are trying to sell said truth
– Why it takes some time (and effort) to heal the “dieting mind”
– Why the healing process really only works when we put concerns about weight on the back burner
– Why most people have to hit “diet bottom” to kick-start the healing process
– What needs to be grieved when we find the courage to step into our fears and work towards freedom
– Why diet-talk is basically nothing else but women keeping up their own oppression
– Why the fear of a particular food is worse for your body than the actual food
– Why the moralization of food is particularly dangerous for people
– Why “going Paleo” and “going gluten-free” (except for the 1% of the population who actually has celiac disease) and “going vegan” are fads, too
– How absurd the whole “nutritionism” in the world looks when we zoom out for a minute to really look at all the contradicting advice out there
– What real success looks like for clients of “Be Nourished”
– Why rules are the problem, and not – as we might think – the solution
– How “full permission to eat” looks like and why it is the solution to stop the diet-binge-cycle
– Why it is important to process and release the anger that we have directed inwards for so long
– Why it is important to realize that it is not your fault that you have a complicated relationship to food (Dana’s dog agrees strongly here)
– How “Be Nourished” helps private clients as well as health care providers get rid of weight-bias…
… And so much more!

Check out Hilary Kinavey’s and Dana Sturtevant’s work with “Be Nourished” here:
http://www.benourished.org

Here’s the link to their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/benourishedpdx/?fref=ts

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