This week, it’s my honor to welcome Judith Matz to the podcast.
Judith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience as a therapist who helps people make peace with food, their bodies, and themselves. As someone who knows the struggle of feeling out of control around food, she now specializes in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder and compulsive eating. Judith is the director of the “Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating”, an organization dedicated to ending the preoccupation with food and weight through educational programs and workshops. She also loves public speaking and frequently presents at local and national conferences and meetings. Judith also is the co-author of two acclaimed books for adults called: “Beyond a Shadow of a Diet” and “The Diet Survivors Handbook” as well as a book on body image for kids called “Amanda’s Big Dream”. Her work has appeared in countless media outlets, and today, here she is!
Judith tells us:
– How she remembers being in a body in her pre-teen years
– How her family related to food and body
– Why her body image plummeted in high school
– How she learned that girls “bonded” through body-hatred and diet-talk
– What she experienced in the years she was restricting in order to “fix her body”
– What made her realize that it was restriction that messed with her once-normal relationship with food
– How the false promise of diets keeps people trapped in the same cycle
– What we are avoiding by making everything about our body’s size and its weight
– How to approach the journey towards self-acceptance and body acceptance
– Why this healing work is so worth it
– How she helps the many, many health professionals, nutritionists and personal trainers who are struggling themselves and unwillingly pass on their biases
– How the diet-binge cycle works and why it takes courage to break free from it and actually empower ourselves
– How you can tell if someone is dieting (no matter what they might call it to make it sound like they are not)
– Why there is often so much resistance when we tell them that diets are harmful
– How to find out what to do instead of dieting
– What she teaches parents about how to address body, food and weight
– What the research on the bodies of identical twins says in relation to diets
– Why you simply can not tell a person’s health by looking at their body
– How to re-learn eating after a lifetime of dieting and restricting
– How to switch to a kinder way of talking to ourselves…
– Why self-compassion and patience are pivotal in healing our body image and how we relate to food and weight…
Download Episode! In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Aaron Flores from Calabasas, California. Aaron is a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES).
As he describes on his website, he promotes a non-diet, weight neutral approach to changing behaviors that lead to improved health. He says “If you feel like you’ve tried every diet, your weight has yo-yo’ed for years and you are ready to stop fighting your body and learn to love food again, then I am the dietitian for you.” I’ve had Aaron in my ears for a while now, because he is the man that hosts one of my favorite podcasts, namely Dietitians Unplugged, with the fabulous Glenys Oyston, whom I introduced you to in episode 12 of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast. So it is high time you meet the other half of that wonderful podcast. And you will! Listen to Aaron talk about:
– How he came up with his Star Wars analogy for Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size versus diet-culture
– How he experienced his body as a boy
– How he and his family related to food
– Why he’ll never forget his first trip to the dietitian with his mother
– What the dietitian told him to do and why that set him up for the diet-binge-cycle
– How he judged his body as an adolescent
– How he ended up dieting for years and why he stopped
– How diets fail all people, and why people still think “they failed” at the diet
– What made him decide to become a registered dietitian
– What he thought of Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size when we first heard it
– Why he clung to the idea of weight-loss for as long as he did
– How his transition into Intuitive Eating went for him
– How he is working on accepting his own body
– Why his transition into Intuitive Eating made him eventually leave his job and open his own practice
– What he has learned from his whole transformation
– What made see the logic behind a weight-neutral approach to health
– Why learning about Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size is a lot like the movie “The Matrix”
– How he handles his own judgmental side towards people, diets and bodies
– Why he calls himself a feminist man and how he recognizes his privilege as a white male
– How he wants to raise his boys
– Why he is so grateful for his wife…
… And so much more!
Check out Aaron’s work, as well as the link to his podcast with Glenys Oyston here: http://www.bvmrd.com
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