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In today’s episode of the “Life Unrestricted.” podcast, I am happy to bring you my conversation with Jonah Soolman from Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jonah is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. He and his wife Joanne co-own “Soolman Nutrition and Wellness LLC”, a private practice where they offer individualized nutrition counseling using a non-diet approach. His writing has appeared in BuzzFeed, Boston Baseball magazine, and other local and international publications.
Jonah talks about:
– What messages about bodies and weight he picked up from society when he grew up
– What makes dieting and restricting so insidious
– Why people often only realize much later (if ever!) that dieting/restricting/overexercising was what set in motion a vicious cycle for them
– Why going back and retracing our diet-stories can really be enlightening as to what caused the downward spiral/yoyo-dieting, or even the development of an eating disorder
– Why a story of “I am a sugar/bread/food addict” will only reinforce itself if the person decides to cut out certain foods or food groups, and how to break that story
– What the problem is with weight-loss studies
– The different ways fat-phobia manifests (out in the world and in our own minds)
– Why never to underestimate the power of the mind when it comes to making ourselves believe certain things about food
– Why he thinks it’s unethical to put people on diets and promise them weight-loss, even though that would make his business “better bucks”
– What he observes in gyms he frequents, and his thoughts on today’s “gym-culture” and exercise bulimia
– How he got stuck in years of exercise and an exercise addiction
– What needs to change in the way personal trainers, nutritionists and dietitians are schooled
– Why eating disorders need the diverse representation that they deserve, and not just the stereotypical depiction
– How he and his wife work with clients
– How hard it is for males to seek help, because eating issues are still considered “a female issue”
– Why he strongly believes that there needs to be a therapist on board when he is helping clients with eating disorders
– An example of a client story that is hope-inspiring
– Why we all must absolutely follow him on social media…

… And so much more!

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