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LU 058: Me, solo – “You don’t have to be thin to be underweight”: Anorexia at higher weights.


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Lovely radicals… podcast time!

This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I am talking about a topic that sadly doesn’t get addressed nearly enough:
The importance of recognizing anorexia in people in bigger bodies.

In our thin-obsessed culture, eating disorders go undetected at alarming rates.

With the stereotypical depiction of an emaciated teen (white, female, cis-gendered) being at the forefront of people’s minds when it comes to eating disorders, the majority of sufferers either don’t “feel sick enough” to seek treatment, or their symptoms get dismissed if they don’t present said emaciated weight-status.
This has horrendous ramifications.
The majority of eating disorders happen OUTSIDE of this severely underweight range.

We need to start asking patients about symptoms, not weights.
How about:
– Is your hair thinning out?
– Are you still getting your period? (Meaning a natural period, not a withdrawal bleed from the birth control pill!)
– Do you have trouble sleeping?
– Tell me about your mood. Is it stable? Are you irritable? Depressed?
– Do you feel anxious a lot?
– How are you relating to food, your body, your weight, and exercising?

We need to start talking about anorexia in people with higher weights.

Doctors need to start asking better questions.

Love, always.
Meret.

“You don’t have to be thin to be underweight”.
(Tabitha Farrar, host of “The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast” – I highly recommend you listen to her episode with Dr. Rachel Mullner.)

And here’s the link to the article I read in this episode:
https://www.verywell.com/anorexia-nervosa-in-individuals-of-higher-weights-1138302

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LU 057: Dr. Steven Prentice – Are you ready for “Healthnut Rehab”? Here’s how real health works.


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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Dr. Steve Prentice from Columbus, Ohio.

Steve, as a practicing chiropractor and health contrarian since 1996, has spent his career questioning the status quo and the accepted norms when it comes to health and wellbeing. His experience working with thousands of patients over the past 20 years led him to create what he termed quote “the stress-centered approach to health” and he now leads his patients through the process of restoring their health and quality of life while rejecting many of the restrictive and obsessive health recommendations that are promising quick results and lead so many people into feeling of increased trapped-ness and misery. His brand-new book called “Wrecked” has just come out, and rarely before has a small book made me sigh with relief like his. Steve will tell us:
– When he started to feel self-conscious about his body
– Why it was in his chiropractor education that he basically stopped trusting his own body and started dieting
– What he thought when he started regaining the weight, and what that set off
– How many disordered eaters make up sensitivities that they don’t really have and end up believing their own fear-narrative
– Why, when we hold on to a certain food fear (carbs, fat, gluten…) in our minds, we start brainwashing ourselves into believing that any negative reactions are caused by that particular food and we go look for confirmation for this
– Why eliminating foods from our diets (for no other reason than believing the latest diet fad) most often leads to more obsession, and subsequently, more eliminations, and more health problems
– Why restricting, overexercising, obsessing, compulsive behaviors around food and movement and fear of food are actual stressors for the body and therefore, in themselves, harm our health
– Why he recommends never to slap any labels on ourselves when it comes to eating and exercising
– The social, mental and physical dangers of food tribes and their moral pressure and group identity
– How diet culture, food tribes and eating/exercise rules make us forget that we really are free people with individual needs and bodies
– How much pressure he built up around his own “quest for the better body”
– How he found out the hard way that diets and restriction never work long term
– How rules set us up for obsession, especially around food, weight and exercise
– His guilt about having lectured people about weight-loss and dieting
– What today’s culture of “Go! Go! Go!”, social media, comparison, and unrealistic imagery does to people’s mental and physical health
– Why people get sucked into being health-nuts and actually risking their health in the name of “hardcore health”
– Why he recommends to just “take the pressure out” and stop believing that you need to be “fixed”
– When he came to the realization that he, too, was barking up the wrong tree and something had to give
– How we can all live the life that is being promised to us “once we’re thin/toned/better looking” RIGHT NOW, with the body that we have
– Why some soul searching is necessary to find out about our true values in life
– How his own diet-recovery looked like
– Why letting go of rules will automatically lead to a decrease in food-obsession and compulsive thinking
– Why, after diet-recovery, our bodies will find the weight they are happy and healthy at
– Why living at war with your body is just no way to live, and not the way to happiness
– How true self-acceptance is never related to size/shape/weight…
… And so much more!

If you are interested in working with Steve, you can find him here:
http://www.healthnutrehab.com

Here’s the link to his book “Wrecked” on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Wrecked-Quest-Health-Weight-Failed-ebook/dp/B074K5BBLB/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501955529&sr=8-6&keywords=steve+prentice

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LU 056: Michelle May – “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” as the way to heal eating issues.



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This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Dr. Michelle May from Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Michelle May is a former physician, mindful eating speaker, and recovered yo-yo dieter who founded the “Am I Hungry?”-company that offers mindful eating programs and training. “Am I Hungry?” empowers people to end chronic dieting and to get back a fulfilling life without deprivation and guilt. She is also the award-winning author of the book “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” and, based on the success people had with her first book, Dr. Michelle May wrote and published three more books: “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Diabetes”, “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating” and “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Bariatric Surgery”. Her books, programs and retreats are all designed to help people increase self-awareness of beliefs, habits, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, to finally understand why diets do not work, to discover simple yet powerful methods for knowing when, what, and how much to eat without restriction. Since finding her passion in helping people get out of their dieting traps, Michelle has retired from her medical practice to focus fully on sharing the mindful eating method. Along the way she has been featured on countless media outlets and publications, her personal success story is featured in “Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul”, and it could well be that Michelle’s unique yet common sense approach will change the way we think about eating.
Today, Michelle talks about:
– How she felt in her body as a child
– Why she though she “needed to go on a diet” when she was only 11 years old
– How easy it is to market anything “weight-loss-y” to people, and what specific product her mother bought to “suppress her hunger”
– How much we tend to keep believing the “weight-loss guaranteed”-products/programs because their advertisements is so convincingly designed, and at what cost that comes
– What lies she bought into as she was looking for “the best diet”
– How, as a physician, she sees behind the mechanisms of specific diets that falsely promise results
– What “ketosis” really means for the body (!), and we should never override our body’s signals of distress
– How many women get sidetracked by diets, and how much energy gets wasted in “trying to figure it out”
– How different the world could look if women invested their energy into living fully, instead of perpetually chasing the “once I’m thin”-illusion
– How women perpetuate the cultural oppression by comparing/diet-talking/body-shaming behavior
– How she describes the “eat, repent, repeat”-cycle
– Why never to fall for the “sugar/carbs are the devil” narrative
– How to disprove the “you are addicted to food” narrative by digging one layer deeper
– How to use the “Mindful Eating Cycle” and its brilliant questions to decipher your food behaviors
– How dieting, food-obsessing, and a hyper-focus on weight messes with our natural “Mindful Eating Cycle”
– How dieting/restriction is just as much a coping mechanism as eating is
– Why stopping dieting/overexercising/restricting/overeating is harder than jumping on the next diet bandwagon
– Why no company will ever sell you the message that “you can trust yourself”
– Why empowering yourself works better than following rules in every case
– How to stop proving your diet-beliefs right and start seeing how it was all set up to fail you
– How, at first, the pendulum might swing widely, and how not to give up and keep trusting the process when that happens
– How mental restriction has the same ramifications as physical restriction and how to combat restrictive thoughts
– How to find out what unmet needs we might have that we are restricting/overexercising/overeating over
– How not to demonize emotional eating and fall into the trap of turning Mindful Eating into another diet
– What she learned in all those years of teaching her programs (and why „weight-management“ is not in her vocabulary anymore)
– What she thinks about the way bariatric surgery is being marketed
– What the misconceptions about the efficacy of bariatric surgery are
– How to be there for someone when the “honeymoon phase” of the initial weight-loss after bariatric surgery passes…
… And so much more!

Check out Michelle’s website:
http://www.amihungry.com

Here’s the link to Michelle’s books on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michelle+may

If you are interested in going to an Am I Hungry retreat, there is one coming up this fall.
The “Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Emotional Eating and Binge Eating Retreat” will be from Thursday, Sept. 14 – Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, near Chicago, Illinois. Here are the details:
https://amihungry.com/mindful-eating-for-binge-eating-retreat/

And: This conversation will be continued! Michelle and I have already set a date for a follow-up conversation in which we will address the specific cases she encounters where people tell her “Well, this is all great, BUT I can’t do this, because…”, and how she counters that and helps those people, too. We will be diving into the topics of diabetes, weight-loss surgery, athletics and how “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” works for all of them individually.

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LU 055: Me, solo – Stuck on the island of disordered eating? Miserable, yet afraid of leaving it?



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Hey there, lovely radicals… podcast time!

This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I’m telling you about the shame we feel to be stuck in patterns of disordered eating, disordered exercise and our fears to break out of those patterns.
It’s not a coincidence that I should be talking about this in this week’s episode; it’s the humbling experience of the persistence of my own struggles and my own seeming inability to change certain behaviors for good.
It’s the painful realization that, for most of us – certainly for me – recovery isn’t something “we just waltz through”, even if we have all the expert’s advice in our heads.

Also, I’m in the mood for a little metaphor, inspired by my internal challenge. A little story about:
– How we get tempted by the diet-siren’s call
– How our disordered eating thoughts convince us that recovery is too hard
– How we get sucked into diet-cultures images, messages and false promises
– How we often lose faith in ourselves and our strength
– How we doubt ever finding that long-lost trust in our body’s wisdom again
– How we forget that we are FREE to leave the miserable island of diets, disordered eating, overexercising and eating disorders, the island that was once sold to us as the “happy, skinny, self-confidence island”, the place we believed we would find what we were yearning for
– Why we often forget how much we really do sacrifice when we’re stuck on this island that only causes us misery, despair and obsession, just to keep suppressing our body’s natural weight
– How we forget that our bodies are our friends, not projects to be fixed
– Why we end up putting up with increasingly unacceptable conditions and more and more rules
– How we’re influenced by the people surrounding us who have bought into the same set of body-lies and
– Why we often don’t leave, or why we return to this miserable place.

Love, always.
M.

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LU 052: Jennifer Rollin – Exercise bulimia, engrained habits, ED myths, and getting very personal.



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This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s not just vulnerability time, it’s not just real, raw badassery time, no, it’s also … Well, it’s actually the most fun episode with the most unexpected circumstances I’ve ever had. Mix that with the incredible depth of the conversation, and you’ve got a pretty unique ride ahead of you. And the mission for this one is pretty simple: It is to say, hey, who ever you are out there, you are not alone, you are not crazy, you are not broken… Recovery is messy like that. Eating disorders really come in all shapes and sizes, and they take many forms for the sufferer too. So, lovely radicals, It is my extreme pleasure to bring you Jennifer Rollin, a professional psychotherapist in private practice in Rockville, Maryland.

Jennifer is an eating disorder and body image specialist, and expert writer and speaker. She is passionate about helping people to find freedom from eating disorders and body-hatred. Jennifer has completed certificates in CBT-E for Eating Disorders (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is a member of The Junior Board of Directors for The National Eating Disorders Association, and her articles have reached thousands of people through print and online media including The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, FabUplus Magazine, Social Work Today Magazine… From out of her practice in Rockville, she offers eating disorder therapy and eating disorder recovery coaching to people worldwide. If you were wondering where the fun part of the situation comes in…… Well, listen for yourself!
Jennifer talks about:
– Why this very interview is proof that perfectionism is a hindrance to fully experiencing life
– How she discovered Health at Every Size (HAES) and why she didn’t fully understand it at first
– Why being weight-centric is an active hindrance to recovery from yoyo-dieting, disordered eating, eating disorders AND binge eating
– Why she often gets frustrated when people completely misunderstand the message of HAES
– When to invest in educating others about HAES and when to prioritize self-care and step back
– Why it is so hard to recover into a world that actively promotes disordered eating and disordered exercise behaviors
– How we can talk to ourselves when we’re struggling and there’s no one around who seems to understand
– How weight-stigma in eating disorders treatment often hinders a full recovery for those who are in treatment, and prevents millions who suffer from actually GETTING treatment
– What she would want the world to know about eating disorders and the myths surrounding them
– Why the common depiction of eating disorders (anorexia, skeletally skinny, mostly white teenage girls) in the media actually represents the smallest percentage of how eating disorders manifest, and why this is detrimental for all of those who suffer and “don’t feel sick enough”
– Why some of the sickest people are not officially diagnosable
– What she means when she describes eating disorders as being “competitive and comparative diseases”
– Her thoughts on exercise bulimia and why this – very common! – subtype of eating disorders is not being openly addressed more widely
– What makes exercise bulimia so hard to overcome
– How to reframe exercise behaviors in recovery from compulsive exercise, when the voice in our heads tells us that we “can’t rest”
– How to decode those negative body thoughts and find what they really stand for
– How to find out what our compulsive behaviors around exercise and food are really about
– How to make behavioral changes and set small challenges that support recovery
– Why discomfort is an inevitable result of going against our ED voice, and how to see that discomfort as a sign of success in recovery
– How she would deal with a client who suffers from exercise bulimia
– How she would address entrenched behaviors and habits/rituals that have been in place for years
– Why it is so important (in any process of recovery) to find out what really brings us joy in life, and add those things into our lives that do NOT revolve around food or exercise
– How we can start to decode and make sense of our are behaviors
– How we can recognize moments of body neutrality and slowly create more of those
– Why it’s important to ask ourselves “what would I like my life to look like in 5 years from now?”
– How she addresses the fear of weight gain with her clients
– How to find out what we really want when we say that we “just want to be thin”
– How to give less of a damn about what other people think of our recovery, our looks, our eating, our weight or any other comments
– How to see the gift in losing those people who only “loved” us for an artificial version of ourselves
– Why this process of recovery is the doorway to finding those people who really love us for who we are
– The advantage of getting into the mindset of “giving recovery a try”, just as one would do with an experiment
– Why we need to change behaviors first, in order for the thoughts to be able to adjust and change (or in other words, why there is no “thinking ourselves into recovery”)
– Why eliminating all restrictions is the crucial step in recovery from anorexia and bulimia
– How, after eliminating all restrictions, the most important next step must be to eliminate all compensatory behaviors for eating
– Why never to forget that eating disorders are sneaky, and so behaviors can sneak back in almost unnoticeably and suddenly we’re deep in unwanted behaviors again
– Why having an accountability partner when reducing the amount and intensity of exercise can be the key to avoid denial…
… And so much more!

Check out Jennifer’s website:
http://www.jenniferrollin.com

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LU 051: Andrea Wachter – How to make therapy work for you (whatever your struggle might be).



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This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s my pleasure to talk to Andrea Wachter from California.

Andrea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of “Getting Over Overeating”. She is also the co-author of “The Don’t Diet, Live-It Workbook” and “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the ‘I feel fat’ Spell”, a book for kids who struggle with body image. Andrea is an inspirational counselor, author and speaker who uses professional expertise and her personal recovery to help others overcome their struggles with food, body image, exercise and weight. Today, you’ll hear Andrea talk about:
– How she remembers feeling in her body as a child
– How her parents related to food and weight
– What made her feel ashamed about her body and got her to start dieting
– How she hid her struggles with food from her family
– Why she compares the way she related to food with the way a drug addict relates to drugs – Why she, as so many, believed “If I just change my body, I will be ok”
– How her eating disorder took over her life, and no one had a clue, because she looked so “put together” and pretended everything was fine
– Why she eventually did turn to alcohol and drugs to numb her pain from feeling “not enough”
– How she found her way back to herself
– Why she feels hope that more people are getting help these days
– What concerns her about this “age of social media” we are living in today
– How she has to deal with younger and younger girls and boys who are already obsessed with their appearance and restricting food
– How to avoid the “addiction transfer”-trap
– How our emotions (usually the ones we repress the most) play into the way we relate to our bodies
– Why body- and weight-obsessing is often a distraction from deeper issues
– Why for so many, their struggles with food tend to get overlooked in therapy
– What she found out about people’s issues with their bodies when she worked with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics
– Why having the “wrong” therapist can do much more harm than good
– What to look out for in a therapist, and how to spot it it’s the right one for you
– The fallacy of thinking that “staying in the disordered mindset is easier than having to face the pain”
– The fallacy of believing that we are supposed to “be happy” all the time
– What happens when we try to avoid difficult feelings
– Why it is crucial never to forget the reality behind social media and people’s performance of “health”, “happiness”, “fitness”, etc.
– How we can all upgrade our unkind mind patterns
– How to become aware of the nasty tricks our minds can play with us
– How our negative thoughts turn into negative feelings and into negative behaviors
– How to find out what the next steps are that you are actually capable of taking that will lead to more and more steps
– What she found out about the bad body image legacy that was passed on to her from talking to her parents
– How our own beliefs shape our perception, which, in turn, shapes our behavior
– How we can break the bad body image legacy
– Why never to expect other people to change, but to focus on our own growth instead…
… And so much more!

Check out Andrea’s websites:
http://www.andreawachter.com
http://www.innersolutions.net

Here’s the link to “The Human Fulfillment Institute”:
http://www.humanfulfillment.org

And here’s the link to Andrea Wachter’s books on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Books-Andrea-Wachter/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Abooks%2Cp_27%3AAndrea%20Wachter

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



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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:
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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

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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

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LU 043: Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld – Today’s body-obsessed culture promotes disordered eating.



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This week on the the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, we all have a chance to meet Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld from Coral Gables, Florida.

Stacey is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the “Gatewell Therapy Center” in Miami, Florida. Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is the author of “Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation’s Fixation with Food and Weight”, based on her award-winning blog of the same name. She is committing to helping people develop healthier relationships with food and their bodies. She is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association, the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Academy for Eating Disorders, she lectures around the country, and she has appeared on numerous media outlets, including the Today Show and ABC News.
In this talk, Stacey shares with us:
– When her first judgment about her body entered her mind
– What she found out in all of her years of clinical work with regards to women and eating issues
– What the terrible consequences can be of the myopic depiction of eating disorders in the media
– Why people so often deny having a troublesome relationship to food, weight and exercise
– What she has to say to those people who are “waiting” for the symptoms to go away as they age
– What defines disordered eating, eating disorders and a compulsive relationship to exercise
– The different ways in which she sees the display of disordered eating
– How she uses motivational interviewing with her patients
– Why it is that eating issues often go unaddressed in therapy, and the cost of that
– What it is that connects eating issues with alcohol and/or substance misuse
– What is wrong with the increasingly thoughtless prescription of (speed-like) drug for ADHD
– Why bodies break down when they are pushed to the limit, be it with exercise/drugs/etc.
– What a person with an addiction is trying to get away from
– How everything can be used to self-medicate, but sadly, some of those behaviors even get applause (work/exercise/perfectionism/restriction), no matter how hellish the person might feel inside
– Why we don’t really want to be accepted for a facade-like life, but our real selves, warts and all
– What happens when women start asking themselves what they could be doing with all the mental and physical energy wasted on “managing their appearance” (diets/exercise/surgeries, etc.)
– What she means when she says “women are zoomed in way too much”
– Why the concept of exercise and the concept of food should be divorced to avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms and obsessive behaviors
– Why the fitness classes she teaches are different than the usual ones
– How we can let go of exercising compulsively and reframe “success”
– How to become a more critical consumer of media instead of getting sucked in by its toxic messages about bodies
– Why language (towards ourselves and other people) is so important
– Which of her findings should really shake us all awake to how much this general “fear of fat” is holding us back
– How to recognize if a professional who specializes in eating disorders still has their own issues and biases…

… And so much more!

Check out Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld’s website:
http://www.gatewelltherapycenter.com

Here’s the link to her book “Does Every Woman Have An Eating Disorder?”:
https://www.amazon.com/Eating-Disorder-Challenging-Nations-Fixation/dp/0989851834

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LU 042: Josée Sovinsky – The cost of denial in relation to disordered eating/compulsive exercise.



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In today’s episode of the “Life Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Josée Sovinsky from Toronto, Canada.

Josée is a Registered Dietitian with French Canadian roots, who, after facing and dealing with her own struggles with disordered eating during her degree, developed a passion to help those affected by eating disorders and mental illness. She now specializes in eating disorders, intuitive eating, community nutrition and seniors’ health. She holds an Honors Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and she has educated herself on topics such as body-acceptance, Health at Every Size and feminism, all topics that guide her work as a non-diet, weight-inclusive, body positive and dietitian whose dreams are similar to mine: We both want to see a world free from mental health stigma, body shaming, dieting and disordered eating, where people of all sizes deserve nourishment, wellbeing and happiness.
You’ll hear Josée talk about:
– How she felt in her body as a little girl
– Why she didn’t develop bad body image until later in life
– How lucky she was to have her parents be her biggest cheerleaders
– Why she felt different than other kids when she was a teenager
– How studying nutrition can easily trigger disordered eating for people who feel insecure
– Why she became convinced that changing her body was the way to acceptance and happiness
– How exercise turned into a problem for her
– Why it is so dangerous to marry the concepts of weight and exercise
– Why nothing she did ever felt “good enough”
– Why, for a very long time, she didn’t actually realize how disordered she had become with eating and exercise
– How she never told anyone that she was struggling, so no one was suspicious
– Why it is especially dangerous for nutrition students to have their struggles go undetected for way too long
– What her deepest fears were when she considered opening up about her struggles
– What her own denial looked like
– What it was that made her realize that what she went through was a serious thing
– Where she first came across body positivity and the non-diet-approach
– What’s wrong with official guidelines regarding diabetes and weight
– Why she thinks no one who adopted the Health at Every Size (HAES) model ever turned back
– Why it is so important to recognize that neither fame, money, looks or any other source of potential outside approval will ever be enough to fill a void that exists in our soul (no matter what advertisement, movies or media might make us believe!)
– Why it is so easy to fall into the trap of comparing our insides to other people’s “performance of happy”
– What the steps to true healing can look like (and what the key ingredients are)
– Why she decided to truly take a break from exercise, and why this could be key for all of us who struggle with divorcing the concepts of weight and exercise
– Why accepting size-diversity is the key to healing our relationship to food and weight
– How she introduces the concept of Health At Every Size to women who haven’t heard of it before
– Why facing our fears is key (even if remaining in a disordered place might feel “easier”)
– How to become aware of the different ways our inner Gremlin pushes us into behaviors that don’t serve us and our recovery
– Why opening up about our struggles contributes to healing on a much larger scale…

… And so much more!

Check out Josée and her work here:
http://www.joseesovinskynutrition.com

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LU 040: Kelsey Miller – The author of “Big Girl” talks about overcoming dieting and getting a life.



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In this week’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’ll hear me talk to Kelsey Miller from Brooklyn, New York.

Kelsey graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Television. She began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing. Soon after joining the staff of the online magazine Refinery29, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website’s most popular franchises. She is currently a Senior Features Writer and of course she is the author of the wonderful memoir “Big Girl”.
Kelsey shares her story with us, and you’ll hear:
– How old she was when she became convinced that there was something “wrong” with her body
– How her mother related to her body and weight
– How early she started restricting food and trying to become skinnier
– How easy kids pick up even indirect comments about food and weight and internalize them
– How her dream of becoming an actor was being put under the condition that she loses weight, and how that kicked off years of her trying to starve herself into some arbitrary ideal
– Why, for so many people, the first diet-success (the high of getting compliments and being applauded for the effort) becomes the carrot they end up chasing for decades
– Why people innocently end up sacrificing their self-esteem, their values, the full experience of life and their peace of mind
– How she ended up with a black or white, on/off mindset regarding food and exercise
– Why re-learning to relate to movement without obsessing/counting/tracking is equally important as developing a normal relationship to food
– Why it often takes hearing or reading about someone else’s struggles to wake us up out of our own trance
– Why dieting and over-exercising are often ways of distracting ourselves from self-exploration
– When and how she finally realized what her being stuck in dieting actually cost her
– What happened when she decided to let go of this body-loathing way of escaping her own life
– How, at first, she was at a complete loss of how to proceed, since all she knew was dieting
– How she realized that “Intuitive Eating” would be her life-saver
– Why “true permission to eat” turned out to be the key to healing
– How re-learning to trust our body’s signal is an ongoing process
– What the issues were that came up after she stopped escaping from them by her dieting behaviors
– Why denial plays a huge part in someone’s obsession with weight, food and exercise
– How her hard work on her deeper issues really paid out for her
– How her relationship developed through her process with giving up her weight-obsession
– Why accepting love when you don’t love YOURSELF first is extremely difficult and uncomfortable
– Why becoming vulnerable and honest towards a partner is so crucial in a relationship
– Why it is so important to start challenging our own internal thoughts and beliefs
– Why representation of “real” bodies matters so much and what she does to make this more of a reality
– When to address someone else’s bias and when to let the ball drop
– How family and friends reacted when her book came out
– What she has to say to you if you are on the fence of writing about your journey…

…And so much more!

Check out Kelsey’s website:
http://www.kelseymiller.com

Here’s the link to Refinery29:
http://www.refinery29.com

Here’s the link to her memoir “Big Girl”:
https://www.amazon.com/Big-Girl-Gave-Dieting-Life/dp/1455532630/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492549935&sr=1-1&keywords=big+girl

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LU 039: Robyn L. Goldberg – Intuition and real knowledge are fundamental for confident eating.


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In today’s episode, we all have a chance to meet Robyn L. Goldberg from Los Angeles.

 

Robyn is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Eating Disorder Specialist. Over the last nineteen years, Robyn has developed her own private practice in Beverly Hills, where she specializes in disordered eating, eating disorders, HAES (Health at Every Size), medical conditions, preventative nutrition and pregnancy nutrition. Robyn serves as a Nutrition Consultant for the Celiac Disease Foundation and she currently is the eating disorder specialist at “The Control Center” and has several body image/eating disorder groups at “Sober Livings” in Los Angeles. Robyn also teaches the nutrition classes for the Motion Picture Wellness Program. She is a contributing author that has been quoted in countless publications, and she has made appearances on national TV shows as a nationally known speaker in the eating disorder community promoting positive body image, weight stigma and size diversity. In this talk, Robyn shares with us:
– Why she felt awkward and self-conscious as a kid
– How she felt around her mother
– What’s wrong with the sizing of clothes
– Why BMI is simply a statistical average and definitely not made for individual determination of health
– Why the medical model fails so many patients when BMI is used as an indicator for health
– What kind of questions doctors should be asking instead
– How she addressed this issue with doctors
– How money plays into the fact that patients are not getting properly examined
– Why doctors are often so heavily biased against weight-acceptance
– How people with higher weight can be anorexic and not get help
– How much treatment and therapy would be ideal for a stable recovery
– Why recovery can only happen at your own pace
– The problem with weight-bias in the medical profession
– Where she sees slow shifts in the medical field away from focusing too much on weight
– What she addresses in her presentations
– Why overexercising can be a form of an eating disorder in and of itself
– How recovery from dieting and from a full-blown eating disorder can be like riding waves
– How do deal with, for example, exercise-relapses, where an individual gets tempted to engage in compulsive exercise routines (so-called “challenges”) again
– How to deal with relapses related to eating
– Why carbs are necessary for our bodies and why we need to de-villainize them once and for all
– How stress is the worst we can do for our health; and that includes stressing over food and exercise
– Why we should all watch the short Youtube-video called “Poodle Science” (find link below)
– Why we should all honor our uniqueness and our individual bodies…

… And so much more!

Check out Robyn’s work on her website:
http://www.askaboutfood.com

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LU 037: Beth Rosen – Life is for living, and food is for eating; here’s how she does it.


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This week, on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, we all have a chance to meet Beth Rosen.

Beth is a Registered Dietitian in private practice in Southbury (Connecticut, USA) and virtually everywhere else. She subscribes to a non-diet philosophy to wellness and is a Health At Every Size® practitioner. Beth has an undergraduate degree in Dietetics, and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City in Nutrition Education. She has been a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years. Currently, she works with chronic dieters who are struggling with the vicious cycle of dieting to ditch all diets, learn to eat fearlessly through self-regulation and Intuitive Eating principles, and respect and care for their bodies. As someone who knows how it is to live with serious food intolerances, she loves sharing recipes and food ideas for joyful eating. Being a mother, she also writes about parenting, sustainable living, gardening and crafting. In this talk, Beth shares with us:
– How she was taught to feel about her body
– How her mother’s (and grandmother’s) relationship to food and weight got passed on to her
– How dieting became the “normal thing to do” for her
– How her brothers were affected by her mother’s obsession with thinness
– How she learned that girls “bonded” through body-hatred and diet-talk
– How diets mess with our body’s signals in a harmful way
– What kind of people she met in her studies to become a Registered Dietitian
– That – disturbingly! – even people with full-blown eating disorders were allowed to take these courses
– Why what is being taught at nutrition school is always to be taken with a grain of salt
– Why she made herself a disservice by following the advice she learned at nutrition school
– Why all foods – fun-foods included! – are important
– How the “stocking”-method words to get over the fear of certain foods
– How she remembers the moment she herself snapped out of her diet-obsession
– How her “way out” looked like when she decided to leave diet-culture behind
– What traps she fell into when she started intuitive eating
– What keeps us from actually letting dieting go, even if we know that it’s imprisoning us
– How to create new, better inner self-talk
– What it takes to make a new habit – like positive self-talk/not dieting – stick
– Why it is so important to separate the negative voice from ourselves and personalize it
– Why dealing with body image issues before motherhood is so crucially important
– How she made sure that she passes on a positive or at least neutral body image…

… And so much more!

Check out Beth’s website:
http://www.goodnessgraciousliving.com

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LU 036: Judith Matz – How the diet-/binge cycle works and what it takes to break free from it.



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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…

… And so much more!

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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

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LU 030: Marsha Hudnall – Helping women find body-peace and a full life after an eating disorder.



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Marsha Hudnall from Ludlow, Vermont. Marsha is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and she really has been a voice of reason and a thought leader for the last three decades in helping women move away from restrictive notions of food and health.

Ever since 1986, Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run, the Vermont women’s retreat that pioneered the non-diet approach to health and weight. She now serves as president and co-owner, and she is passionate about all of her work. She is an accomplished writer who has written hundreds of articles for popular magazines, and professional journals and has worked extensively to educate the public about nutrition and about the impact of dieting and the internal diet-mentality that drives our eating behaviors and obsession with weight. Marsha is also the president of the Center For Mindful Eating and a former board member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association.
Listen in as Marsha talks about:
– What it was the set the stage for her quest for thinness
– How her mother’s body image and diet-obsession influenced her
– Why her personality type is typical for a person with an eating disorder
– What perfectionism has to do with eating disorders
– Why she never talked about her bulimia to anyone
– How her bulimia has affected her health long-term
– How restriction exacerbates any food-issues and causes food-obsession
– What the diet-industry has taken from our experience of “eating”
– Why that diet-mentality-induced guilt for eating created so many problems
– Why she became a dietitian
– What the steps to her healing looked like
– Why Green Mountain At Fox Run literally changed her life
– How her husband’s mother became the pioneer in the non-diet approach
– What the non-diet approach is REALLY about
– How best to move away from body-hate
– Why having a community and supporting each other can make all the difference
– Why accepting size-diversity is the key to self-acceptance
– How she introduces the concept of Health At Every Size to women who haven’t heard of it before
– What she means when she talks about structure around eating (it’s not what you think)
– Why eating fun-foods is very much part of a “normal” eating routine
– Why sugar addiction is nothing but another misleading marketing tactic
– How we can overcome those feelings of “addiction” with food
– What kind of feelings and thoughts people are trying to cope with by obsessing over food and weight
– How she deals with difficult feelings
– What makes community the key ingredient to healing for people…

… And so much more!

Check out Marsha here:
http://www.greatmountainatfoxrun.com

The Green Mountain At Fox Run Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/GreenMountainAtFoxRun/?fref=ts
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LU 027: Thom Rutledge – Confronting the “inner Gremlin voice” and learning how to disobey it.



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Thom Rutledge from Nashville. Thom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychotherapist, author and speaker, who has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship; as a clinician and as a client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 30 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion.

He’s the author of several books like “Embracing Fear”, “Earning Your Own Respect” and “The Greater Possibilities“, and he has co-written “Life Without ED” (ED meaning Eating Disorder) with Jenni Schaefer. Thom’s trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads than run through his unique brand of psychology. Thom will tell us:
– How contributing to a bestseller about eating disorders led to him specializing in eating disorder treatment
– How he as a recovering alcoholic (who’s been sober for 30 years) can relate to people with eating disorders and disordered eating
– Where he sees the familiarity between eating disorders and alcoholism
– Why eating disorders are often more difficult to recover from than alcohol addiction
– Why he asks his clients about their relationship to fear
– Why there often are existential fears underneath eating issues
– What his intra-personal therapy model consists of
– Why trust is such a crucial part of eating disorder therapy
– How we can separate our fear voice (inner Gremlin/inner bully) from our healthy voice (recovery voice)
– Why it is normal to often have different feelings or even opinions about things in life
– How clever our inner Gremlins are and how they trick us
– How this inner Gremlin actually manages to scare us into paralysis
– Why the inner Gremlin is a synonym for catastrophic thinking
– Why we should never expect to be able to fully rid ourselves of those inner bullies
– Why we can only learn to deal with them when we first start to listen to what it actually says
– Why it helps to ask ourselves how much of what this inner Gremlin predicts has ever really happened
– What we are really afraid of when we say “we are afraid of weight-gain”
– How he specifically works with my example
– Why rejecting and disobeying the inner Gremlin is the way to recovery
– Why in healing from bad body image and disordered eating it often gets worse before it gets better
– Why, when we have believed our inner Gremlin for decades, it often feels like shedding our old identity when we are on the way to becoming our true selves
– Why the inner Gremlin doesn’t get to use the “I” pronoun
– How to strengthen our inner, true recovery voice
– How we can become the real decision-makers in our own life
– How community and support play a pivotal role for our mental health
– Why he thinks the universe purposely designed us to be “forgetting machines”…

… And so much more!

Check out the Thom’s website to find out about his work and his books:
http://www.thomrutledge.com/
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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 022: Lauren Anton – Reconnect with your body’s innate wisdom and let go of societal rules.



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In this episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’re going to hear Lauren Anton from Culver City, California.

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer specializing in eating disorders and sports nutrition. She is the owner of “Arrive: Nutrition, Movement, Life”. She has years of experience working at Eating Disorders Treatment facilities, in most levels of care, from Residential Treatment to Intensive Outpatient Treatment. She helps people who struggle with weight, food and exercise. Her goal is to assist her clients in moving away from a punitive experience with food and movement to one of self-compassion and self-care. Her non-diet, Health At Every Size approach allows people to break free from the chains of rules they have set for themselves that don’t serve them anymore, and she helps to guide them to an understanding of how their relationship to food, exercise and emotions are influencing each-other and their bodies. Lauren has spoken at numerous national conferences and events on eating disorders and sports nutrition.
Today, Lauren will tell us:
– What her earliest memory is of relating to bodies
– How her mother’s restriction of snacks led to her binging on them secretly
– Why she forced herself to become an athlete “against” her true inner will
– What she sees when she looks at pictures of herself as a teenager, back when she was convinced she was fat
– Why many women with anorexia don’t “look anorexic” and won’t get the help they need as long as doctors rely on something bogus like the BMI
– What her advice is for all the parents out there who are dealing with doctors commenting on their child’s weight
– What kind of experiences and comments made her develop a bad body image
– Why her obsession with body and body image was centered around athleticism
– How she learned to ignore her body’s signals just to be accepted as an athlete
– Why focusing on the shapes and sizes of bodies isn’t helpful in sports, and what we should be focusing on instead
– Why it is important to know and expect that giving up coping mechanisms like dieting or overexercising is going to bring up anxiety
– Why people who exercise compulsively or engage in other disordered eating behaviors won’t heal if they “wait until they feel ready”
– Why she thinks many people have to rock bottom until they allow themselves to change their lifestyle and finally heal
– What her own rock bottom was
– What kind of questions we can ask ourselves when we are tempted to fall back into old habits of weight-obsessing…
… And so much more!

 

Check out Lauren’s (brand new!) website and find out about her coaching business at:
http://www.arrivenutrition.com

 

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LU 021: Christy Harrison – Codependency, trauma, and healing our eating issues.



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Hey, sweet radicals, here we go again: Podcast!

This week, on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s my pleasure to bring to you a fellow podcaster and size-acceptance fighter… It is the wonderful Christy Harrison from New York.

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Christy is an intuitive eating coach and anti-diet registered dietitian who helps people make peace with food. She offers online intuitive eating courses and individual nutrition therapy for people who want to heal their difficult relationship to food. Her work is based on Health At Every size and is coming from a body positive perspective, which is wonderful. Being a journalist as well, she has written for numerous magazines and websites, including Refinery29, Gourmet, The Food Network and others. She is also hosting a podcast that has had a great influence on me and my courage to recover from restriction, binging and overexercising. Christy and I chatted on a Sunday, evening for me, morning for her, so both of us in chill mode.
Listen to Christy as she tells us:
– How her relationship to food and body was when she grew up
– What kind of experiences planted a seed in her mind that her body wasn’t good-looking enough
– How her mother related to food, body and weight
– Why her more serious eating difficulties didn’t start early in life, but only when she was in college
– What experience it was that made her decide to change her body, go on diets and restrict her food
– Why her mother didn’t recognize her eating behaviors and her struggle with bulimia
– How she justified her behaviors around food and why it took her a long time to step out of denial
– How not having the right therapist and physician negatively influenced her behavior
– Why her codependency, of all things, turned out to be a saving grace in regards to taking the necessary steps toward recovery
– How she subsequently healed her relationship to food and how self-compassion was critical
– How early attachment issues often manifest in eating disorders and codependency
– How therapy helped her heal her relationship to food, eating, and her sense of self-worth
– How she helps her clients who want to give up lifelong dieting, disordered eating or eating disorders
– How she helps people find to a weight-neutral approach to health
– Why taking charge of our social media feed is so important and can be so healing
– Why she thinks Health At Every Size (HAES) is the only way to truly heal our relationship with food and our weight
– Why self-compassion and patience are pivotal in healing our body image and how we relate to food and weight…
… And so much more!

 

Check out Christy’s website:
http://www.christyharrison.com

Here’s the link to her podcast called “Food Psych”:
https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/food-psych-podcast-about-intuitive/id700512884?mt=2

 

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LU 020: Dr. Anita Johnston – “In the Light of the Moon” we transform our relationship with food.



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Anita Johnston from Colorado/Hawaii. She is a clinical psychologist, certified eating disorder specialist and storyteller who has been working with women struggling with eating and weight for over 30 years.

anita

She is the Clinical Director of the ’Ai Pono Eating Disorder Programs in Honolulu and the recently opened ’Ai Pono Maui residential facility on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. She is Senior Advisor & Clinical Consultant to Focus Treatment Centers in Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knoxville, Tennessee as well as Consultant to EATFED in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of “Eating in the Light of the Moon”, which has been published in six languages. As an international speaker, Dr. Anita Johnston talks about the effects of the preoccupation with dieting and weight that keep millions of women around the world obsessed and all too often unsuccessfully attempting to control their struggles. Her most recent project is an interactive online e-course and women’s support circle called the “Light of the Moon Café”. Listen to Anita tell us:
– Why she is still baffled that she herself didn’t develop an eating disorder when she was young
– Why she thinks having a sensitive, intuitive nature is making women prone to having eating issues and a negative body image
– How she became interested in women’s issues
– How she became aware of the prevalent obsession with weight-loss, diet and body that women are caught up in
– Why she is so passionate about her work treating eating disorders
– Why she chose metaphors for her bestseller “Eating in the Light of the Moon”
– What made her come up with the beautiful metaphors for her book
– Why women’s eating issues have everything to do with patriarchy
– How women can learn to appreciate and cherish their emotional intensity and intuitive skills
– Why assertive communication is one of the most important skills to learn
– How we can reframe what we have come to believe about women, bodies and food for decades
– Why diet-culture hurts women’s souls so much, and how we can grow a certain amount of resiliency against it
– Why having a supporting community of women is the antidote against the oppressive tendencies of diet-culture and patriarchy
– How she deals with it when diet-culture (magazines, media, commercials) start affecting her inner contentment and how she re-appreciates her body
– Why it is so important to learn to recognize and identify our internalized diet-mentality voice
– How we can strengthen our inner voice of compassion to grow strong enough disobey the oppressive and punishing rules of the internalized diet-mentality and the external diet-culture messages
–Why women’s bodies and women’s sexuality have continuously been objectified, judged and shamed
– What the purpose of her online platform called “Light of the Moon Café” is and what it offers
– Why her treatment center and programs on Hawaii are called ’Ai Pono…

… And so much more!

If you are interested in Dr. Anita Johnston’s work, check out her website:
http://www.dranitajohnston.com

Also, check out the “Light of the Moon Café”:
http://www.lightofthemooncafe.com/

Here’s the link to the ’Ai Pono healing center (Hawaii):
http://www.aipono.com/
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LU 018: Evelyn Tribole – How not to fall for the “street version” of Intuitive Eating.



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Hello, lovely tribe!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Evelyn Tribole.
Yes, THE Evelyn Tribole, the co-author of the groundbreaking bestseller “Intuitive Eating”, and author of several other books.

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Evelyn Tribole is an award-winning registered dietitian with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California, specializing in Eating Disorders, Intuitive Eating and celiac disease. Evelyn has a passion for helping people discover a healthy relationship with food, mind and body; whether that be through one-on-one counseling, writing, workshops or media appearances. And, as we know, she is the very pioneer who co-created the process that we now call “Intuitive Eating“” In the 90s, she was the nutrition expert for “Good Morning America”, she was the national spokesperson for the “American Dietetic Association” for years and she has been rated as one of the “Best Nutritionists in the Country” by many US magazines. As you can imagine, she has had countless media appearances, and she has achieved the highest honors one could possibly dream of as an expert dietitian.
Listen in and hear Evelyn Tribole tell us:
– How her relationship to her body was as she grew up
– How her mother came expressed her regret about her lifelong dieting efforts
– How dieting and eating issues are detrimental to our relationships
– Why she realized that “prescribing diets” was the very thing that made people end up worse
– How it is that people who keep dieting keep gaining weight
– Why we share the belief that diets should not be legal
– Why thinking that “dieting is a healthy thing” is dangerous thinking
– How it is that we can really improve our health
– What she knows to be the source of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
– Why she gets so fired up about toxic messages about “Sugar Addiction” and “Food Addiction” and the absurdity of the comparison of sugar to cocaine
– Why she stresses the fact that many “street versions” of Intuitive Eating are plain misunderstood and wrong
– What Intuitive Eating really is and what the 10 principles are
– Why they stopped mentioning weight and numbers altogether by the third edition of the book “Intuitive Eating”
– How she helps her clients to let go of the diet-mentality
– Why it is crucial to let go of the internalized “Thin-Dream” in order to gain real freedom
– What principles are the hardest for clients to tackle
– How Intuitive Eating brings with it self-compassion and self-care
– How she applies Intuitive Eating when it comes to eating disorders
– Why so many athletes have eating disorders that go unnoticed
– How she recognizes problematic behavior around food and exercise
– How she helps patients and clients find a healthy relationship to exercise
– Why a person’s size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating “thin” to “healthy”
– What kind of world she is dreaming of…

… And so much more!

Check out Evelyn Tribole at:
http://www.evelyntribole.com
or
http://www.intuitiveeating.com
And here’s the link to the book “Intuitive Eating”:
https://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-Revolutionary-Program-Works/dp/0312321236

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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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It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thanks!
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LU 015: Zoe Nicholson – Teaching us how to do “moderation” in moderation.



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Lovely having you here, my fellow traveller!
It’s Podcast time, which means: It’s a great moment to just open our ears and listen to a wonderful woman who has so much to say about what “moderation” really means.

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” Podcast, I have the pleasure to talk to Zoe Nicholson from Melbourne, Australia. Zoe is an accredited practicing dietitian and the owner and director of the highly successful Melbourne based private practice called “figureate”- spelled out like figure and ate, as in “I ate cheesecake”.

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Zoe conducts nutrition seminars and workshops for workplaces and corporations and she has, together with multi-award winning fitness professional Jodie Arnot, established the now well known “Moderation Movement” in Australia. Here’s Zoe! She will tell us:
– How she grew up without constant diet-talk, weight-obsessing or body-shaming
– Why it is so important what kind of role-models we are for our children
– When she found out that, basically, the rest of the world had gone slightly mad around so called health, weight and fitness
– How most people ended up feeling so much shame and guilt around food and their own bodies
– How the constant barrage of images of so-called “goal-bodies” and the millions of weight-loss messages we see every week has twisted our idea of health
– How to be real: We are not MEANT to – nor can we be  successful at (without losing our minds!) – reaching an unattainable beauty ideal
– How much precious time in a person’s life can literally be wasted on this toxic idea
– What she means when she speaks of the “Non-Diet”-approach to nutrition and health
– Why she still can’t believe that in todays day and age, we need to stand up for something that ought to be normal: a sustainable, balanced approach to health that doesn’t shrink our life
– What “The Moderation Movement” is and what its goals are – What “moderation” means to her
– How she helps people get comfortable with the idea of “moderation”
– How we can manage our health without ever dieting or fixating on our weight, and why, ironically the sheer act of “not fixating on weight” might be the first step to real health
– Why a person’s size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating “thin” to “healthy”…

… And so much more!

If you are interested in working with Zoe or finding out more about what she does, check out her website:
http://www.figureate.com.au
Check out “The Moderation Movement” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moderationmovement/?fref=ts

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LU 014: Tracy Brown – Stepping towards a joyful relationship with food and body size.

Lovely radicals!

In this episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’re going to hear Tracy Brown from Naples, Florida. She is a nutrition therapist, registered licensed dietitian and somatic attuned eating coach who has offered counseling in private practice since 2006.

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She specializes in treatment of eating disorders and eating problems for both adults and children and she also routinely teaches intuitive eating workshops and disordered eating related talks in the North Central Florida area, including Santa Fe College and Flager College, St. Augustine, Florida. Today, and only on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, she’s will tell us all of this:
– How being highly sensitive as a kid led her to numb her feelings with an obsession to be the perfect kid
– How her obsession quickly turned into meal-skipping, dieting, and taking advice from fitness-magazines at face value
– Why it took years of purging, binging, restricting and suffering before she realized that happiness wasn’t to be found by chasing after the skinny ideal
– When it was that she decided to learn to accept her body and look into attuned (intuitive) eating
– What it took for her to heal her relationship to food, body and exercise
– Why therapy and body image work helped her not to worry about food and her body anymore
– How she provides practical guidance and interventions for people suffering from eating disorders, food fears and underlying emotions
– How society has a false image of how eating disorders look like and how the reality of eating disorders look like
– How we can learn to eat based on permission
– Why, when she works nutritionally with her clients, she only does so to make sure that they eat enough and have all they need
– Why the concept of “good” and “bad” foods is obsolete to maintain a body’s natural weight – Why she believes that dieting, binging, purging and all eating disorders are symbolic communicators delivering a message from our soul
– What she does when she does “symbolic decoding”
– Why, when we are tempted to say “I feel fat”, it never – ever – is about the size of our body, and what we can ask ourselves instead
– What her three most favorite words are
– Why she thinks that everyone who is willing to heal the relationship to their body/food and weight is a badass…

… And so much more!

Check out Tracy Brown’s website and find out about her coaching business at: http://www.tracybrownrd.com

 

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LU 013: Chris Cole – A man makes peace with his body, mind, spirit and food.



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In this episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Chris Cole from Boulder, Colorado. Chris is a life coach and works with clients in recovery from any number of addictions, mood or behavioral issues. He has been through quite a journey himself. In fact, it was such a rollercoaster ride that he wrote a book about it: It’s called “The Body Of Chris – a Memoir of Obsession, Addiction and Madness”.

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Chris is a highly compassionate, positive force that helps people find their truth and their unique healing by offering an experienced perspective, a radical wellness orientation and an encouraging relationship that is crucial to sustainable growth. Listen in and hear Chris’ amazing story:
– What factors contributed to him feeling ashamed of his body in childhood
– Why early restriction only exacerbated his difficult relationship to food
– How being bullied and fat-shamed as a boy made him obsessed with losing weight
– How he learned to binge eat and the real danger of the concept of “cheat meals”
– How a personal trainer introduced him to diet-pills
– Why he didn’t realize the harm of them and quickly got hooked
– Why these “speedy” diet-pills turned out to be a gateway drug for him
– How his obsession with becoming thinner escalated into a whole range of problems
– When and how it became obvious for him and those around him that he was really sick
– What kind of harmful behaviors and habits contributed to his manic episode in college
– How manic episodes of psychosis typically present themselves and what it felt like for him
– How his deep body shame manifested in this peak moment of crisis
– Why his book is called “The Body of Chris”
– Why he is very passionate when talking about “The tragedy of the BMI”
– How he now sees that his alcohol/drug addictions are connected to his history of body shame and disordered eating as well as to his bipolar disorder
– Why he felt he had to numb out his sensitive nature
– What made him have liposuction at 17 and why that didn’t help him feel better about himself
– Why his body shame was the last and biggest hurdle on his road to full recovery
– Why he thinks recovery from any sort of destructive behavior is only the first step to dealing with the deeper problem that we tried to numb out from
– How vulnerability with his then-future-wife helped him take the necessary steps
– Why intuitive eating was so hard for him to learn
– How he deals with the messages that our weight-obsessed culture, TV and movies throw at us
– How meditation taught him to deal with his thoughts
– Why his current profile picture on Facebook represents what recovery looks like to him
– What having a body means to him these days and how he appreciates it, flaws and all…

… And so much more!

Check out Chris Cole and his coaching over at:
http://www.colecoaching.com
Here’s the link to Chris’ wonderful book “The Body Of Chris”:
https://www.amazon.com/Body-Chris-Obsession-Addiction-Madness/dp/1941758142/

 

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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.

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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 001: Me, solo – How Brené Brown helped me kickstart this show.



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That’s it! Here it is: The Life. Unrestricted. Podcast!

The show that might just make you feel better about yourself, your body and your worth beyond your jeans size. So before you start the next diet to „finally lose that weight“, stop right there and listen in.
Let me ask you: When is enough enough?
Aren’t you tired of hating your body, tired of counting calories, tired of making your scale decide whether you get to feel good today or (more likely) not?
Aren’t you tired of feeling guilty for eating what you like, tired of exercising obsessively to get rid of that guilt?
Aren’t yo tired of the negative self-talk-chatter in your head?
Aren’t we all?

So.
Welcome home.
Welcome to the Life. Unrestricted. Podcast.
Let me take you on a different journey.

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As I recover from excess dieting, disordered eating, from exercise addiction, and – generally – an awful body image, I want to share what I learn, share my struggles and, most of all, I want to bring you the very best experts and the most inspiring guests who share their insights on Health At Every Size (HAES), read: How to approach real health and get to that place where we can live a life free of food fears, body shame and obsessive dieting.
We will learn how to break that vicious diet-binge cycle, how to make piece with our body and how to stop diet-mentality rule us. In this very first episode, I will share with you:

– Why I am so passionate to educate people about the harm the diet-industry does to us
– How, for all my life, I was believing in very harmful messages of a weight-obsessed world
– Why I let my life become smaller than a prison cell – Why podcasts basically saved my life
– Why I am crazy enough to create a podcast in a language that is not my own
– How studying with Brené Brown made me believe in myself enough to DO THIS
– Why I believe we can combat our shame if we share our stories
– What I think it is that we need to get rid of if we want to succeed in living truly healthy and at peace with our body, no matter what its current size is
– Why I am a big proponent about Health At Every Size (HAES)
– Why Health At Every Size (HAES) is about anything BUT „promoting obesity“
– What I believe it takes to truly appreciate and celebrate the body-diversity out there
– Why I believe we all need some loving support on this difficult journey toward a life that is not ruled by dieting, food fears and exercise compulsions
– Why and when I find myself still falling back into my own diet-mentality-possessed brain and how I need just as much support as anyone…
… And so much more!

Let’s start this journey toward body positivity, acceptance of diversity and a more balanced approach to health; goodbye to body negativity, fat-phobia, disordered eating and a compulsive relationship to exercise. Confidence is an inside job and it’s high time we bust the myth that weight should dictate our worth. Let’s start this journey to loving our bodies from a Health At Every Size perspective and let’s nourish our body, mind and soul without going crazy.

(And if you like the show, please make sure you subscribe to it on iTunes, as soon as it’s up! Thank you so much!)

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We’re all a click away…

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