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LU 033: Hilary Kinavey – How to be truly nourished and trust your own body.



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

Hilary is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in disordered eating, trauma, anxiety, depression and addictions. She works in partnership with clients to develop a deeper understanding of their personal challenges, inner wisdom and their personal story. As a counselor, she places an emphasis on developing insight, mindfulness, and empathy for oneself. In 2005, she and Dana Sturtevant started facilitating groups to help women let go of food and weight obsession, and – sharing the same ideas – they then merged their practices to create a revolutionary approach to re-establish the “Body Trust” that we all had when we were born. They founded “Be Nourished”, a partnership that is based on the passion to help people lose the weight of body shame and to create the change they seek from a deeper place. They offer programs, workshops, retreats, and e-courses to help cultivate body trust, as well as counseling, yoga and naturopathic care to complement long-term body acceptance and the benefits of being physically and psychologically nourished. In addition to counseling, coaching, and facilitating, Hilary is a popular speaker on topics such as Health At Every Size, Intuitive Eating and Body Respect in health care communities, and she is a regular contributor to the Huffington post.
You’ll hear Hilary talk about:
– How her mother’s dieting made her focus on her own body
– How she came to believe that her body was not ok
– What she learned about what it meant to be “a successful woman”
– Why so many people still aren’t aware of how harmful diets can be
– What most of us are trying to achieve when we start weight-obsessing
– Why her parents’ feminism helped her a lot, even though dieting wasn’t being questioned yet back then
– How she learned about social justice issues from her parents
– Why people’s struggles with food and weight are often not addressed in counseling
– Why, sadly, women are lead from focusing on their own heart’s desires towards being stuck focusing solely on their desirability
– What it was that made the pieces fall together for her on her journey to self-acceptance
– What her first reaction was after she figured out what it is that keeps women from living their fullest expression and following their true desires
– What 5 steps we can all take to get rid of body-loathing
– How Intuitive Eating connected her with her own body
– Why Intuitive Eating and enjoying food freely leads to a feeling of empowerment
– How her whole life changed when she started trusting herself, her body and food
– How she breaks through the diet-mentality barriers of her clients
– What this body image work is really about, at the core
– How she helps her clients get over their resistance to feel emotions
– What her (and Dana Sturtevant’s) work at “Be Nourished” is all about
– How body respect is the first and easiest step towards body trust
– How to learn what diet-culture has robbed of us, and how that can help us grow
– Why it’s not about “not ever having a bad body day” again
– How “Be Nourished” helps health care providers get rid of weight-bias…

… And so much more!

Check out Hilary Kinavey 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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LU 031: Julie Duffy Dillon – Have you hit diet rock bottom and need more peace with food and body?



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Julie Duffy Dillon from Greensboro, North Carolina. Julie is a food behavior expert who helps people enjoy eating again. Award winning with her progressive approach, Julie was featured in TLC’s documentary “My Big Fat Fabulous Life”. She also has an active blog, writes the weekly “Food Peace Newsletter”, but she also hosts a podcast, called “Love Food”, where she addresses people’s struggles by way of a love letter from food.

Julie has a Bachelor in Nutrition from Ohio University, and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina. As a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, she founded BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy, a group practice passionate about helping individuals and families recover from eating disorders. As a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, she also supervises other dietitians who are on the path to become eating disorder specialists as well. Listen to Julie talk about:
– What kind of messages she got about weight and body
– Why she got into nutrition and counseling
– What she learned about the treatment of people who are considered “overweight”
– How she realized that, as a nutritionists, they didn’t give those people the right treatment
– What’s wrong with the education of future nutritionists
– Why it is often those who are themselves disordered choose to study nutrition or personal training
– What she found out when she dug into weight-science and research studies
– What she found out about diets, restriction, weight-obsession and the harm of it all and the risk of developing an eating disorder
– What the Minnesota Starvation Study was about and what happens when we diet/restrict/overexercise
– Why binge-eating and overeating are rooted in restriction, be it physical and/or mental
– How our mental health is closely related to how well-fed we are
– How, after periods of restriction, binge-eating is completely normal and our body’s way to save us
– How she discovered Health at Every Size and started to question her approach and her beliefs
– How feminism and the knowledge about social justice issues helped her in developing a deeper understanding of people’s body issues
– Why body image must be addressed on the way of diet- or eating disorder recovery, in order to make sure that people don’t get stuck in disordered eating and a full recovery is possible
– What she means by “hidden faces” of eating disorders, and why they are the vast majority of eating disorders
– Why anorexics often don’t look like the clichéd “skeletal-looking” person
– How she found out how hurtful our society’s fear of fat really is
– What we must be cautious about when choosing a dietitian or nutritionist
– How she found out how exaggerated the connection between weight and health really is
– Why it can be very helpful to feel healthy anger when we find out how we have been deceived
– Why those evasive 3 percent of people for whom dieting “supposedly works” are those who are sacrificing everything just to keep that weight off, and why even those people come to sanity (and their natural weight) eventually
– How weight-suppression keeps us from living our lives fully and freely
– How we can learn to consume media’s messages with a more critical, schooled eye
– Why developing a healthy anger towards the diet- and beauty industries will help us grow strong enough to channel it into advocacy…
… And so much more!

Check out Julie’s websites:
http://www.juliedillonrd.com
and
http://www.birdhousenutrition.com

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LU 029: Isabel Foxen Duke – Learning from the mastermind behind “Stop Fighting Food”.



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Isabel Foxen Duke from San Francisco. Isabel is a Certified Health Coach and Emotional Eating Expert.

She is the founder of the renowned “Stop Fighting Food”-program that has helped countless women making peace with food and their body, so that they could finally stop obsessing about food, and get back to enjoying their lives. After years of trying to overcome her binge eating through “traditional” and alternative approaches Isabel managed to heal herself, as she discovered how binge eating and dieting are linked. She is incredibly successful in her work and has helped thousands of women overcome their food issues for good. Listen to Isabel as she tells us:
– What her earliest memories are of “being in a body”
– What made her feel unattractive and “too big” when she was only a child
– What it was the set the stage for her quest for thinness
– Why she never got help and denied she had a food and body issue for so long
– Why no one recognized she had an eating disorder
– Why that quest for a thinner body has everything to do with her ending up with a cocaine habit
– What she learned in rehab
– What she thinks makes most eating disorder treatments resulting in such poor recovery rates
– What made her finally understand where her binging came from
– What helped her on the way to body acceptance, and why that work is key
– Why mental deprivation and restriction are just as binge-causing as physical deprivation
– How many people unconsciously restrict and don’t realize it
– Why diet-mentality is a stumbling block for our attempts to free ourselves of the “crazy feeling around food”
– Where weight discrimination comes from
– Where the term “body positivity” comes from
– Why healing our relationship with food does not mean acquiring a certain body size
– Why the “sugar addiction” and “food addiction” hype is so problematic
– How to overcome our internal diet-mentality
– What her program “Stop Fighting Food” is all about
– The difference between fat phobia and internalized fat-phobia and why both keep everyone stuck
– How weight-suppression keeps us from living our lives fully and freely
– Why it is important to see the toxic mechanisms behind diet-culture and the diet industry and how this can help us stepping out of old beliefs
– How to heal negative body image, let go of disordered eating, overcome food fears and end weight-obsession…

… And so much more!

Check out Isabel’s website and program:
http://www.stopfightingfood.com

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LU 028: Fiona Sutherland – Goodbye, scale! Time for positivity with food, weight and body image.



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Lovely radicals! Let me bring some sunshine into your lives:
In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Fiona Sutherland from Melbourne, Australia. Fiona is the Director of “Body Positive Australia” which offers therapy, yoga and retreats to the community and also of “The Mindful Dietitian” which offers mindfulness and client-centered practice, training opportunities and information, specifically to dietitians worldwide.

Fiona is a specialist in Eating Disorders (mostly Binge Eating Disorder), eating behavior and body image. Fiona has recently been appointed to the Australia & New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Board, where she aims to strengthen the voice for ED recovery and Health at Every Size. She is a professional kid-wrangler (of two boys, aged 5 & 7) and she is currently half-way through her yoga teacher training. She is passionate about how we can help everyone – in every body! – live in peace within this very brainwashed diet-culture.
You will hear Fiona share:
– Why she thinks it’s never worth to sacrifice birthday cake to a thinness-dream
– What makes scales the worst device to have around
– What she loves to do to scales and what she promises to do if I smash my elliptical
– Why compulsive exercise can cost us the experience of actually truly fulfilled needs
– How she proves why you, me and everyone else is inherently worthy; without pursuing our ideas of perfection (i.e. the need to be busy, the need to pursue weight-loss, the need to be fit, etc.)
– What she learned about bodies when she was a kid
– Why she describes her experience as a child as “thin-xiety”
– How her mother’s dieting behavior bewildered her
– What traumatic memories she has of the time when she went to weight-loss group with her mother
– How her sister got treated for being in a larger body
– Why all of these experiences made her angry enough to DO something about the toxicity of diet-culture
– How we get tricked by society’s messages about weight and weight-loss that “there is a magic bullet” and how this sets us up for falling into the trap that everything “can be fixed almost instantly”
– Why food-restriction and any attempts at dieting are so harmful and have ZERO to do with health
– Why our internalized diet-mentality and weight-obsession can burn a whole into our self-worth
– Why any sort of diet-recovery, be it for lifelong dieters, disordered eaters or people with eating disorders, is a slow process with lots of tiny steps
– Why our belief that we master recovery success either instantly or just not try it at all is coming from the voice of the eating disorder
– What little steps could look like, in terms of eating or exercising
– Why our judgment of our behaviors (emotional eating, for example) is what creates the real problem and how we can start to become more observing and less judgmental about ourselves
– What the key element is to a smoother recovery process
– How she would raise ME if I had been her child (and what her goals are for her own children)
– What her top tips are to avoid passing our body image struggles on to our children
– What “The Body Positive Australia”’s mission is and what kind of services they offer
– How they help make dietitians and other health professionals aware of the long-term harm of dieting and of weight-discrimination
– Why her business partner’s “Fat Yoga” classes are taking off like crazy
– What they continuously do to change the harmful paradigm of weight-loss-idealization and diet-culture…

… And so much more!

Here’s the link to Fiona’s website:
http://www.themindfuldietitian.com.au

Check out “The Body Positive Australia” website:
http://www.bodypositiveaustralia.com.au

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LU 025: Harriet Brown – “The Body of Truth” reveals what’s wrong in today’s thin-obsessed world.



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Harriet Brown from Syracuse, New York. She is an award-winning author, a poet, magazine editor and professor at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and she writes, researches and teaches about eating disorders and body image.

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She has written for the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today and many others. Her experience with having a daughter who suffered from anorexia inspired her to begin working as an advocate for better eating-disorders treatment. She is the author of several books, two of which I’d like to mention: The first is called “Brave Girl Eating” in which she writes about how they, as a family, fought against her daughter Kitty’s anorexia. And second, of course, the groundbreaking book called “The Body of Truth – How Science, History, and Culture Drive our Obsession with Weight and What We Can Do about it”. The two of us forgot that this was a recorded conversation pretty quickly and I bet you can hear the passion in both our voices in this one. Listen in as Harriet tells us:
– Why she felt unattractive and “too big” as a child already
– What it was the set the stage for her quest for thinness
– What it was that made her say “enough” and “I can’t do this anymore”
– What happened in her first therapy session
– Why she went back and worked with her therapist for 10 years after that, in spite of her initial resistance
– What made see the logic behind a weight-neutral approach to health
– Why she decided to write books on the subject of a weight-obsessed diet-world
– What made her question some interpretations of studies
– How she found out how hurtful our society’s fear of fat really is
– How she found out how exaggerated the connection between weight and health really is
– Why it can be very helpful to feel healthy anger when we find out how we have been deceived
– Why it is that people are so resistant to this, and why they seem to want to stay stuck in their dieting efforts
– Why those evasive three percent of people for whom dieting “supposedly works” are those who are sacrificing everything just to keep that weight off, and why even those people come to sanity (and their natural weight) eventually
– How weight-suppression keeps us from living our lives fully and freely
– How her daughter Kelly’s anorexia opened her eyes to the brutal truths of a diet-fixated culture
– What her findings revealed about the tragedy of the BMI, the danger of weight-bias in the medical field, the effects of weight-stigma and the reason why everyone seems to have terrible body image these days
– Why it is important to see the toxic mechanisms behind diet-culture and the diet industry and how this can help us stepping out of old beliefs
– How to heal negative body image, let go of disordered eating, overcome food fears and end weight-obsession
– Why it can be very exhausting and overwhelming to swim upstream in a diet- and thinness obsessed culture
– How her life and her relationships and her marriage improved ever since she stopped dieting
– What she teaches her students in her body image and weight-stigma lectures
– What she wants every woman in the world to know…

… And so much more!

Check out Harriet’s website and her books:
http://www.harrietbrown.com


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LU 017: Sonya Renee Taylor – The brilliant mind behind “The Body Is Not An Apology”.



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This week, the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast brings to you the wonderful Sonya Renee Taylor from California. Sonya Renee is the Founder and – as she calls it – Radical Executive Officer of “The Body Is Not An Apology”, an international movement and organization committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation.

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Sonya holds a BA in Sociology and a Masters degree in Organizational Management. Her work as an award-winning Performance Poet, Activist and transformational leader continues to have global reach. Sonya is a former National and International poetry slam champion, author, educator and activist who has mesmerized audiences across the world. Believing in the power of art as a vehicle for social change, Sonya has been widely recognized for her work as a change agent and has won heaps of awards and honors, and Bustle Magazine has named her one of the 12 “Women who paved the way for body positivity“. Sonya’s work has been seen and heard on practically EVERY news outlet in America. Sonya is a fierce advocate and activist for intersectional global justice. Listen in as Sonya Renee tells us:
– What sort of messages she heard about women’s bodies when she grew up
– What the most important messages are that made her believe in her abilities and power
– How she experienced privilege and oppression
– Why she believes body-shame and tendencies of self-hate are learned and can be unlearned
– What body-empowerment entails and why it really is about all areas of social justice, be it ableism, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, weight-discrimination or any other form
– Why weight-stigma is adding a toxic layer that affects those most that are already being discriminated against
– How her great movement called “The Body Is Not An Apology” came about
– Why she feels so grateful for all the contributors for showing her their perspective
– Why “The Body Is Not An Apology” is for everybody
– How her idea of self-love is different than the fuzzy ideas we often hear; why she calls it “radical self-love”
– How her 30-day self-love challenge called RUHCUS helped her overcome her biggest shame
– Why it is that some form of body shame is likely to seep back in and how we can deal with it to maintain body-peace
– Why it is critical to learn about the mechanism of the diet- and beauty-industry to see just how much power we are giving away by buying into the lies we are being told every day
– What would happen when women over night stopped believing those lies and stopped buying all those products
– What radical self-love realistically looks like and why it has a massive impact on the world around us
– Why we can never create a peaceful world unless we make peace within ourselves
– What she does on those days that she finds it hard to love herself
– Why it is important to see that we would only set ourselves up for failure if we want to do this journey towards body love perfectly
– Why she encourages all of us to do “what WE want” and not “what we think others want us to do”
– What she would change immediately were she to rule the world…

… And so much more!

Check out Sonya Renee Taylor here:
http://www.sonya-renee.com
and her platform “The Body Is Not An Apology” here:
http://www.thebodyisnotanapology.com

 

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LU 016: Dr. Maria Paredes – Reframing and healing your relationship with your body.



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Hello, dear body acceptance radicals!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Maria Paredes from Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist who describes herself as a five-star listener, heart healer, courage instiller, lover of ALL bodies, self-compassion coach, voice amplifier, companion to those in pain and a believer in hope.

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She holds a Bachelor degree in psychology, a Masters degree in school counseling, as well a a doctoral degree in counseling and counselor education. She helps people who are stuck in the diet-binge-cycle as well as those who want to feel more comfortable in their own skin, make peace with food and with their bodies. She offers individual and group counseling, clinical supervision, workshops, and talks at schools, workplaces and different communities. Listen to Maria tell us:
– How she grew up without constant diet-talk, weight-obsessing or body-shaming
– What made her get into her field of work
– How she helps her clients with different therapy methods like Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT)
– Why she doesn’t demonize any behaviors around food and how she finds out what the behavior represents
– How she lets people re-relate to behaviors like binge-eating
– Why she is against “forcing” people to let go of their coping mechanism and what she does instead
– How she helps parents not to pass on the difficult relationship they have to food and body to their children
– What she says about her “butt” when she looks in the mirror (hint: it’s gooooood!)
– How we can utilized Social Media to our benefit when it comes to un-learn toxic ideas about weight, body, food and shape
– Why she fully supports the Health At Every Size (HAES) principles and Intuitive Eating
– How she introduces these concepts to her clients
– How she helps overcome their internalized shame and fat-phobic beliefs
– What helped her become aware of the weight- and fat-stigma in our world
– How she helps her clients educate themselves about diet-culture and the capitalistic machinery behind it, and how this helps us stepping out of old beliefs
– Why she thinks the path to real body and food liberation are MUCH harder to do than going along with the mainstream dogma and constant dieting
– How she started to appreciate her own body
– Why we will always be stuck in a weight-obsessed mentality (and spend precious amounts of energy and time trying to “fix” our bodies) unless we address internalized fat-phobia
– Why it is so important to surround ourselves with people and images of people of all shapes and sizes to end our inner fat-phobic beliefs
– What makes the HAES movement so incredibly beautiful, warm and welcoming…

… And so much more!
If you are interested in working with Dr. Maria Paredes or finding out more about what she does, check out her website:
http://www.threebirdscounseling.com
Also, check out her Facebook site called “Body Politics with Dr. Paredes”:
https://m.facebook.com/BodyPoliticsWithDrParedes/?__mref=message_bubble

 

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LU 012: Glenys Oyston – Dare to not diet – losing the obsession with food



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Hello, lovely radicals! Time for another podcast ride; hold on tight!

In this episode of the “Life Unrestricted” podcast, we are getting to know Glenys Oyston. Glenys is a Registered Dietitian who does NOT believe in dieting; she has seen behind the diet-culture BS and has become a Health At Every Size dietitian. Like many of her fellow RD’s that follow the Health At Every Size (HAES, for short) principles, she knows that it’s much more helpful to improve our relationship to our bodies and food than focusing on weight-loss. She has been a diet-victim for decades, just like many of us, and she has experienced just how much attention and congratulations we get when weight is lost. Therefore she knows exactly why so many people dread to gain weight. But instead of keeping on living in the pre-hell of either lusting after food or restricting it, she got taught a better way. She got educated about HAES, Health At Every Size, and as she says, it has transformed her life and the way she thinks about weight, diet and body image.

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Needless to say, she never dieted again and she is doing fabulous. She has helped countless humans ditch diet-mentality and find true self-acceptance and a healthy body image. She also writes the amazing blog called “Dare To Not Diet” and she is a fellow podcast lady. Together with Aaron Flores, she hosts the highly recommendable podcast “Dietitians Unplugged”. Glenys tells us how she came to be a Health At Every Size (HAES) dietitian, and how the process of stepping out of the dogmatic diet-culture chains has helped her—finally, in her forties—to develop a relaxed and uncomplicated, peaceful relationship with food and her body. She shares her story with us and you’ll hear:
– Why she never learned to eat balanced meals as a kid
– How her mother’s diet-mentality kept her from eating with her daughter
– How she ended up comforting herself with cookies and cake
– Why she ended up repeating what her mother did: go on strict, restrictive diets
– How dieting kept her mental and physical bandwidth trapped and made her obsess about food
– How an incredibly lucky coincidence saved her from another 20+ years of yoyo-dieting
– How studying the Health At Every Size (HAES) principles helped her free herself from eternal dieting
– How she gave up on the “thin person-game” and learned to accept her body in its natural, happy shape
– Why she thinks it’s no coincidence that diet-culture started skyrocketing after women got the right to
– What is lost on the world when the majority of the female population is dieting/focusing so much energy on weight-loss
– How diets are just as addictive as any other coping mechanism
– Why it’s never really about the weight or our body, even when we think it is
– What we have to work on before we can successfully ditch diets and embody ourselves
– How she and her HAES-colleagues help their clients to un-diet and re-allow their previously restricted foods into their diet
– Why the whole process of un-dieting requires a lot of trust, courage and strength
– What her deepest wish is
– What she would like to be remembered for…

…And so much more!

Check out her awesome blog at:
http://www.daretonotdiet.wordpress.com
Glenys on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/public/Glenys-Oyston
https://www.facebook.com/DareToNotDiet
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LU 011: Virgie Tovar – “Lose hate not weight”; a critical examination of diet culture



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Hey, lovely radicals… Ear-treat ahead!
In this episode of the “Life Unrestricted” podcast, Virgie Tovar and I chat about how she became the unapologetic badass she is today. As you might guess, she wasn’t always as confident as she is nowadays, and she had to learn a lot about life, herself, sexuality, feminism and diet-culture to finally be able to liberate herself from the oppressive, fat-phobic cultural paradigm that keeps women desperately trying to fit in, often in the form of dieting and obsessing over their weight.

virgie

She experienced first hand, what it means to be fat-shamed, stigmatized and devalued and she is now fiercely on a mission to educate people about the ugly truths behind the merciless profit-seeking mechanisms of the diet-industry, media-literacy, the effects of weight-stigma on mental and physical health and the ways of changing the current narrative. Virgie shares her story with us and you’ll hear:
– How early it got into her head that women should “lose weight”
– What measures she was willing to take in order to change her body
– How fat-phobia and weight-stigma can cause women to engage in risky sexual behavior
– How fat-stigma intersects with other cultural injustices like racism, homophobia, sexism, classism or ableism
– How she ended up with an extraordinary lifestyle and sexual adventures when she was only a teenager
– What it was that made her feel desired and more comfortable in her body
– How feminism helped her to reclaim her own power
– What the exact moment was that she finally broke up with diet-culture for good
– Why feminism is seen as something “OH, NO, THANKS!” for many people, especially women
– What her journey towards self-acceptance looked (and looks) like
– What causes her to experience bad body days
– Why fat-phobia causes ongoing trauma for people
– How bigger-bodied people can protect themselves and take care of their own mental health first
– How we can help changing the current diet-culture-poisoned paradigm one woman at a time
– How we can engage in political activism so that it can be a form of self-care
– What her nationwide lectures are all about, and what her main messages are
– What her online course “Babecamp” offers to women who are ready to ditch their diet-culture-brainwashed mentality
– What her deepest wish is
– What she would like to be remembered for…

…And so much more!
Check out her website with all of her work (including her latest book project and details about “Babecamp”) at:
http://www.virgietovar.com
and on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/virgietovar
Here’s the link to her groundbreaking anthology “Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion”:
http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Heavy-Fierce-Girls-Fashion/dp/1580054382
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LU 007: Kathleen A. Bishop – There’s a life beyond internalized fat-phobia.



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My friend, lovely seeing you here again!
In today’s episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, I talk to Kathleen A. Bishop from San José, California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Relapse Prevention Specialist. In private practice, she specializes in Eating and Substance Use Disorders and she works at a non-profit providing Intensive Outpatient Treatment to clients with Substance Use Disorder and cooccurring mental health conditions like anxiety, depression or Eating Disorders. Kathleen, who is also a body positive size diversity activist who promotes Health At Every Size (HAES) principles to end stigma and mistreatment that is associated with weight, has overcome her own body image obsessions and she shares her great insights with us!

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In this episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, she talks about … all of it. You’ll even hear about the craziest diet you have ever heard. Wait for it. Horse urine is involved…. But more importantly, you’ll learn:
– How she finally found freedom from yoyo-dieting, body insecurity and disordered eating
– Why a person’s size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating “thin” to “healthy”
– How she started to appreciate her own body
– Why we will always be stuck in a weight-obsessed mentality (and spend precious amounts of energy and time trying to “fix” our bodies) unless we address internalized fat-phobia
– Why it is so important to surround ourselves with people and images of people of all shapes and sizes to end our inner fat-phobic beliefs
– How we can learn to trust ourselves and our bodies again
– How to heal negative body image, let go of disordered eating, overcome food fears and end weight-obsession
– Why it is important to see the toxic mechanisms behind diet-culture and the diet industry and how this can help us stepping out of old beliefs
– How harmful weight-stigma really is and that it is a lose-lose situation for everybody
– How thin people can use the word “fat” appropriately when talking about bigger bodied humans…

… And so much more!
Check out Kathleen’s body positive page on Facebook, where she promotes self-acceptance through Intuitive Eating and with the Health At Every Size principles. The page is called “Body Peace & Liberation”.
If you are interested in her work or working with her, you’ll find all the infos here:
http://www.bodypeaceliberation.com

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LU 006: Kaila Prins – How to stand up against society’s restrictive standards and live life fully.

 

 

Lovelies!
Are you ready to meet the first drag queen who is actually trapped in a woman’s body? In today’s episode of the Life Unrestricted Podcast, I am chatting with Kaila Prins, the woman with the most awesome drag make up I’ve ever seen. She is a body positive burlesque and pole dancer and by that she is a performing woman… performing “woman”!

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Kaila is also a body positive wellness and recovery coach, feminist writer and speaker and a fellow podcastine… She talks about her 13-year battle with eating disorders, calorie counting, yo-yo dieting and compulsive exercise and has the most amazing guests. Kaila is one of the precious few voices who bring the taboo topics of eating disorders, exercise addiction, and body image obsession into the open and is an inspiration for thousands – myself included.

This show will leave you feeling ready to change the world, one step towards self-acceptance at a time. You will hear us talk about:
– How “healthy” and “skinny” have nothing to do with each other
– How we are potentially harming ourselves by doing what society calls “healthy”
– How most eating disorders go undiagnosed in a culture that promotes harmful behaviors
– How to tell if you are exercise dependent and how to break free of exercise addiction
– How too much exercise can be severely damaging to our bodies, our fertility and our emotional health
– How our obsession to be skinny can keep us trapped in recovered-enough and how this can hold us trapped and certainly keeps us from enjoying life as fully as we could
– How we can actually LET ourselves enjoy life, step out of our obsession to control our bodies and the need to be thinner
– How to get over our internalized fat-phobia and diet-culture mindset
– Why burlesque dancing is a great way to help you reconnect to and feel good in your body as it is returning to its happy weight
– How discovery is an important to leave the disordered mindset behind and step into your real self
– How discovering who you really are is worth so much more than living your life trying to match an unrealistic, distorted ideal
– How important it is to see behind media’s messages, to understand the psychology of marketing, to educate ourselves how we are being marketed to and why advertisement is intended to make us feel “less than” and “not good enough”, so that we, as customers, keep coming back
– How we can change the conversation, one brave woman at a time…

… And so much more!

 

Kaila is currently working on a program to work with clients who want to leave their exercise addiction and disordered eating behaviors behind and start living a fulfilling, satisfying life according to their own rules. You’ll find out more about her, her blog, her dancing gigs and (soon) her program on her website:
http://www.performingwoman.com
You can follow her on all the different social media platforms (@performingwoman) and her awesome podcast is here:
http://www.findingourhunger.com

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