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LU 066: Dr. Deb Burgard – The obsession with thinness is keeping us trapped in a senseless loop.


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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I bring to you the absolutely amazing Dr. Deb Burgard, a FAED (Fellow for the Academy of Eating Disorders) from the San Francisco Bay Area. I had the great pleasure to talk to her a few months ago. Deb is a psychologist and activist specializing in concerns about body image, eating, weight stigma, and relationships. She is also one of the founders of the “Health at Every Size” model, as well as the very original Body Positive website “bodypositive.com”, and the “Show Me the Data” listserv, building communities where people can find each other and the resources to resist weight stigma, especially in medical and psychological treatment. Her activism includes working with healthcare providers to integrate an understanding of the social determinants of health and creating interventions that address structural oppression and support stigma resistance. Deb has a PhD in psychology, and has been licensed psychologist ever since 1993. In the early nineties, she was the director of Clinical Services as Woodside Women’s Hospital, and after the mid-nineties, after having started working in private practice, she was also the supervising psychologist at the Santa Clara University Counseling Center. Since 1997, she has been working exclusively in private practice where she helps clients with eating disorders, weight and body preoccupation, sexuality, depression and relationship concerns. I’m very happy to say that, in the time since we spoke, Deb has been rewarded with the “Frances. J. Bonner” award for her outstanding work in the field.
Today, Deb talks about:
– Why she never lost touch to that part of her that felt joyful and carefree about her body
– What she remembers about her mother’s relationship to food and diets
– Why she started questioning our culture’s “assignment to become thin” fairly early on
– Why most people almost automatically take on the “body project” and assume it’s their “duty” to invest all they can into it
– What made her realize that she didn’t have to do this anymore
– Why most therapists never address the body and food issues of a client
– What the “cult of thinness” promises and never delivers
– Why we tend to blame bad things that happen to us on our looks/bodies/weight
– What the medical model fails to acknowledge when it comes to health
– What constitutes the most important factor in a person’s health
– Why stigma and oppression are detrimental to a person’s health
– Why she believes this continuous assignment “to be thinner” amounts to a misspent, lost life
– What made her observe that “we prescribe to fat people what we recognize as disordered eating in thin people”
– What working with eating disorders has taught her in relation to how this society’s views on weight/weight-loss might be, indeed, backwards
– How she approached data and studies related to weight-science
– Why she calls dieting “weight-cycling”
– Why she calls eating disorders “disorders of the pursuit of weight-loss”
– Why eating disorders often get mis-classified, or missed altogether, when weight is used as the main criteria for the diagnosis
– How people who are eating highly restrictively (and suffering severely), are almost always either complimented for their “efforts”, or their malnourishment is missed, because people tend to not believe them when they say how little they actually eat
– What the Minnesota Semi-Starvation experiment proved about the effects of caloric deficit (through dieting, restricting or overexercising) on people’s physical AND mental health
– How she explains the logic of size diversity
– Why people recover from disordered eating and eating disorders much faster and much more completely with a weight-neutral approach
– Why communities where people can support each other in resisting this culture’s fixation on weight together is so important in recovery
– How we can work on our resiliency to stay strong in a world that promotes disordered eating
– The cost of conformity versus the opportunity to live your truth
– Some of the history of the weight-loss industry and why/how it has come back with a vengeance after having being exposed as a failing concept in the nineties
– Why most weight-loss studies only hold up because they only track people’s weight-loss for less than 2-5 years, so “it looks like they have been successful”
– Why she is optimistic that this weight-inclusive paradigm will eventually persist over the old weight-normative approach
– Why the faster people stop cooperating with and participating in our society’s imperative on “weight-loss at all costs”, the faster the paradigm will change
– Why it takes each and every one of us speaking up about our experience with weight-suppression to make a harmful system change
– Why recovery is an “authenticity task”, leaving behind the “conformity task”…

… And so much more!

Find out more about Deb (including her email address) here: https://sizediversityandhealth.org/haes-expert.asp?id=56

Here’s the link to the “Health at Every Size Blog” of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH):
https://healthateverysizeblog.org/

Here’s the link to the original, award-winning body image website “Body Positive”:
http://www.bodypositive.com

Here’s the link to “Adios Barbie”:
http://www.adiosbarbie.com/#results

Here’s the link to “The Body Is Not An Apology”:
https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/

Here’s the link to “Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders”:
http://www.transfolxfightingeds.org/

Here’s the link to the (fantastic!) “Poodle Science” video of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH):
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=poodle+science&spfreload=1

Here’s an interesting article about the “Minnesota Starvation Experiment”:
http://www.refinery29.com/minnesota-starvation-experiment

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LU 065: Me, solo – Giving up control, going to residential treatment & my plan for this podcast.


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Today, on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’ll hear the episode that was the toughest—by far—to record for me. And therefore the toughest for me to release.
Yet, maybe it’s also the most important one.
When I say: I’m flying blind from this point on, I mean it quite literally.
Find out my plans for the next months, as well as what’s happening with the podcast.

One thing’s for sure: You’ll be hearing from me.

As always, with love.
<3,
Meret.

http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/lu065

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LU 062: Dr. Michelle Lelwica – The origins of “The Religion of Thinness and Physical Improvement”.


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In this week’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s my great pleasure to talk to Dr. Michelle Lelwica from Minnesota.

Michelle is a professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she teaches courses on the intersection of religion, gender, culture, and the body. She did all of her graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Masters of Theological Studies in Christianity and Culture (1989) and a Doctorate of Theology in Religion Gender and Culture (1996). She is the author of “Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement” (2017), “The Religion of Thinness: Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers behind Women’s Obsession with Food and Weight” (2009), and “Starving for Salvation: The Spiritual Dimensions of Eating Problems among American Girls and Women” (1999). She has also written different scholarly articles and popular blogs addressing women’s conflicted relationships to their bodies.
In our conversation, Michelle talks about:
– How early she started to feel self-conscious about her body
– How she spiraled down into an eating disorder, while nobody knew or saw how sick she was
– How getting taught how to think critically, as well as learning about the history of how women are being kept small by narrow beauty standards helped her to recover
– How religious narratives influence our culture’s obsession with “physical improvement”
– Where some of the roots of our hope for “salvation” and “finding happiness” in thinness can be found in Christianity
– How women’s desires, appetites and bodies are contextualized in religious narratives
– How the story of Eve and the apple influenced the way women and their bodies are treated and perceived to this day, and how similar some of today’s diet-culture messages are framed
– Questions to ask ourselves when it comes to our belief that we have to “be pretty” or “be skinny” or “look good”: For whom? Why? Says who?
– Why our use of language matters, especially around bodies, food, exercise and weight (“good”, “bad”, “sinful”, “guilty”, “get rid of”, “burn”, “eradicate”, “purge”, “repent”, etc.)
– How foundational myths bleed into modern day diet-culture
– How dieting, diet-talking and wanting to belong to certain food/eating/fitness tribes (Paleo, Vegan, Crossfit, Keto…), gives many people a false sense of community where all they hear is the respective gospel
– How women get distracted from giving their unique gifts and presence to the world by the pursuit of “a better body”
– How our culture’s pursuit of “physical improvement” serves the interest of transnational capitalism
– Why never to underestimate the effect of the intense amount of harmful imagery and messages our brains have to take in on a daily basis
– How the BMI (which was never intended to be an indicator for health to begin with!) was manipulated and how this influenced how we view bodies and weight
– Why the lowering of the BMI had everything to do with profit and how the financial ties to this decision lead to the weight-loss industry
– How corporations deliberately send us contradictory messages
– How getting angry about having been duped can awaken your internal drive for change
– How Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly”-series about the objectifying, narrowly defined, digitally enhanced depiction of women’s bodies in advertising shook her awake
– How the “cruisade for thinness” and the “obesity epidemic” started around the same time and what that should tell us about the harmful long-term effects of dieting
– Why “slowing down” can be the greatest blessing
– How to start appreciating non-conformity
– How she challenges her students to ask themselves what their true personal values are…
… And so much more!

Michelle doesn’t have her own website (yet), but you can find the articles Michelle wrote by googling her name “Michelle Lelwica”. Here are a few examples from Psychology Today:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-religion-thinness

Here’s the link to her latest book called “Shameful Bodies”…:
https://www.amazon.com/Shameful-Bodies-Religion-Physical-Improvement/dp/1472594940

And here’s the link to her books “Religion of Thinness” and “Starving For Salvation”:
https://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Mary-Lelwica/e/B001KD3N1O

And here’s the link to the book she mentioned, “The Good Body” written by Eve Enzler:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/good-body-eve-ensler/1100627130

Also, here’s the link to “Descarte’s Error” by Anthony Damasio:
https://www.amazon.com/Descartes-Error-Emotion-Reason-Human/dp/014303622X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501341198&sr=1-1&keywords=descarte%27s+error

Jean Kilbourne addresses body image and women’s depiction in advertising in her award-winning “Killing Us Softly”-series as well as in all of her work, find out more here:
http://www.jeankilbourne.com/

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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



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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 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 050: Sarah Harry – Yoga without pressure or fancy pants; the kind that is for… EVERY BODY!



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Sarah Harry from Melbourne, Australia.

Sarah is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, researcher, writer and university lecturer. As a leading body image and eating disorders specialist and experienced clinician she has a refreshing perspective on bodies, weight, movement and inclusivity. Sarah was the first yogi in Australia to offer yoga for bigger bodies. She has practiced yoga for more than 20 years, and as the owner and founder of “Fat Yoga”, she runs specialist classes and retreats. She is also co-director of “Body Positive Australia” (alongside Fiona Sutherland, whom I interviewed in episode 28). Sarah is a member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition USA, sits on the National Advisory Board of Health at Every Size Australia and she is a member of the National Eating Disorders Coalition. Listen in as Sarah tells us:
– How Fiona and herself started working together, and how “Body Positive Australia” came into existence
– Where they both see the problem with the term “Body Positivity”, and how it’s being co-opted
– Why there are opportunities to help change the system from the inside
– How she aims to get her message across in interviews
– Why authenticity and humor have helped her a great deal
– How she decided to show up in regards to her own personal family story
– What readers of “Fat Yoga” tell her they are most thankful for
– What she remembers about growing up in a body that was different from what her parents believed was “a good body”
– How her 20-year-long quest to be thin started, and what it cost her
– Why she never told anyone about her raging eating disorder
– How her body hate led her to have various surgeries and why she believed the massive pain those caused her was “the punishment for being bigger”
– Why she would NEVER recommend weight-loss-surgery to anyone
– At what point she started to turn her life around
– Why she hit the jackpot with the person she ended up working with
– Why yoga is often misunderstood in the west, and what it’s really about
– Why she works on bringing more “real” yoga to the field of recovery
– How she called out “The Yogi Times” on their weight-stigmatizing articles
– Why people react with anger when their beliefs, that they were invested in for so long, are challenged
– When and how to address people’s weight-biases, and what reactions to expect
– Why “body love” can be a misleading and overwhelming term, and why “body acceptance” or “body neutrality” can be much more helpful
– Why Instagram (and social media in general) are intensifying people’s focus on bodies and appearances, and what she has to say about that
– Why there are people who dislike the term “all bodies are good bodies”…

… And so much more!

Here’s the link to Sarah’s website:
http://www.fatyoga.com.au

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

Link to the “Weight Bias & Stigma Tools” of the Uconn Rudd Center: http://www.uconnruddcenter.org/weight-bias-stigma-tools-for-researchers

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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 045: Carolyn Costin – What recovery means & why undiagnosed eating issues can be the worst.



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I am talking to Carolyn Costin from Malibu, California.

Carolyn is a world-renowned clinician, author and speaker acclaimed for her expertise, passion and accomplishments in the field of eating disorders. She is a certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After having recovered from anorexia in her early 20s, Carolyn became a psychotherapist, and it was her successful treatment of those with eating disorders that led her to bring her philosophy to the public through her speaking and her books. In 1996, Carolyn created “Monte Nido”, the first licensed, residential eating disorder treatment facility in a home setting that has since spurred into 14 facilities nationwide offering a continuum of care. Carolyn’s career is dedicated to lecturing, training, teaching and supervising clinicians, dietitians and physicians. Having left “Monde Nido” last year, she remains active in the eating disorder field and she is involved in several professional organizations including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as a board trustee and the Academy of Eating Disorders as a fellow. Her advocacy work continues in many arenas including organizations such as Project Heal, Eating Disorder Hope and the Eating Disorder Coalition. At the start of this year, 2017, Carolyn has opened “The Carolyn Costin Institute”, which offers Eating Disorder Coach Training, a mentor program, continuing education for clinicians as well as other specialized training. Carolyn talks about:
– How long the carefree, joyful feeling of “being in a body” as a child lasted for her
– How our habits of comparison and our ideas of “status” are detrimental to body image
– What the “Fiji-study” is all about, and what TV/advertisement can do to women
– What body-bullying does to kids
– What triggered her eating disorder
– Why she doesn’t support the idea that eating issues are “a genetic thing”
– How people with anxiety can calm their anxious thoughts
– Why it is so important to become aware of the fact that we are NOT our thoughts, but we can observe them, and let them pass without grabbing on to their message
– Why spiritual bypassing is not solving anything, yet so many people try to do just that; avoid difficult emotions by trying to meditate them away instead of facing them in a calm state
– What there is still to be fixed in our cultural way of relating to weight and bodies
– Why eating disorder treatments that still have a weight-centric approach often backfire and make a full, lasting recovery impossible
– Why it is so important for all of us to just detach from the number on the scale
– Why it is critically important that everyone working with people with disordered eating resolve their own body- and weight issues first
– How she trains therapists and coaches to become good eating disorder therapists
– What it actually is that makes a good eating disorder therapist/coach/mentor/dietitian
– How she defines „recovery“
– Why people with undiagnosed eating issues can often be the ones that are the sickest
– The danger of today’s obsession with “clean” eating, detoxes, the idea of having to earn or burn food, and all the food advice out there
– Why she thinks people still go on diets even if it is a well-established facts that diets don’t work
– The horrible consequences of fat-shaming people
– How the weight-loss industry (together with the advertisement “geniuses”) manage to suck so many people in, again and again
– The risk factors of developing an eating disorder
– Why eating disorders still often don’t get addressed at schools, even though the numbers are rampant
– Why she made it her mission to train recovered people to become eating disorder coaches
– Why a feeling of secure attachment is critical to overcome any issues we might have developed to protect ourselves or to cope with difficult feelings…

… And so much more!

If you are interested in Carolyn Costin’s work, check out her website:
http://www.carolyn-costin.com

Here’s the link to Carolyn’s books:
https://www.amazon.com/Carolyn-Costin/e/B001HCYYJ8

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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 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 038: Ragen Chastain – Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are NOT size-dependent.


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This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Ragen Chastain from Los Angeles.

Most of you know Ragen as the author of the fantastic blog “Dances With Fat”, but she also wrote a book called “Fat: The Owner’s Manual” and she is the editor of the multi-volume anthology “The Politics of Size – Perspectives from the Fat Acceptance Movement”. Her blog “Dances With Fat” is followed by thousands of people from every continent around the world; men and women who are as fed up with weight-stigma as herself. Ragen describes herself as a professional speaker, writer, and real live fat person. She has spoken everywhere from friend’s living rooms to Google Headquarters to Cal Tech and Dartmouth. She will not stop until we live in a world where the full diversity of body sizes is respected, and fat people are able to live in fat bodies without shame, stigma, bullying, and harassment.
Today, you’ll hear Ragen talk about:
– How she remembers herself as a kid
– What protected her of excessive bullying in school
– What triggered her to start restricting and overexercising
– Where that landed her…
– What bias lies underneath the fact that so many eating disorders go undetected and untreated
– How she experienced the competing dancing world as a very talented dancer in a bigger body
– What made her realize that she needed to become an activist if she were to become a fat dancer
– What started her to want to personally look into the science around weight and diets
– What she found out, when she applied all of the skills she had acquired when she studied research methods and statistical analysis (scientific literacy)
– How doctors often prescribe to fat people what they would diagnose as an eating disorder in a thin person
– A few very real examples of terrible advice she got from actual doctors (weight-bias in the medical field)
– How she experienced the effect of being stuck in diet-land
– How to read science and tell the difference between causation and correlation
– The fallacy of the “good fatty/bad fatty”-dichotomy
– Why none of your health decision make you more or less worthy or morally valuable
– Why size diversity is completely normal, yet our society want us to believe otherwise (and buy into their weight-loss programs and products)
– Why “healthy” and “thin” are not synonymous
– What her mantra is to survive in this culture that bombards us with weight-loss messages
– What she did to stop hating her body
– How our childhoods play a role in recovery…

… And so much more!

Check out Ragen’s famous blog:
https://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/blog/

Here’s the link to her book:
https://www.amazon.com/Fat-Owners-Manual-Ragen-Chastain/dp/0985667400
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LU 035: Dan Lewin – A man turns his body image and weight issues around and helps others heal.



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This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’ll hear me a chat with a fellow official “Body Image Movement Global Ambassador”: Dan Lewin from the Sunshine Coast in Australia!

Dan is 35 years old and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Honors) and he has started working for a group of specialized dietitians dedicated to working with clients who are battling eating disorders, disordered eating and weight and body concerns in general. In all of his work, he uses the principles of Health at Every Size (HAES) and the non-diet approach. He is very passionate about working with community and raising awareness around body image issues, for women as well as men. As a professional photographer, he uses imagery as a tool to bring attention to male and female body image concerns.
Today, you’ll hear Dan talk about:
– How he remembers his relationship to food and body as a young boy
– Where he got the message that his body was too big
– What the role of his family was in the development of his body image
– What experience kicked off his first engagement in dieting and trying to “look normal”
– How he became a slave to restricting and counting, even while traveling overseas
– Why he took things to the extreme after meeting his wife, especially with exercise
– How his behaviors influenced his relationship
– How, when he got the most compliments, his mental and physical health suffered the worst
– What made him let go of his perfectionistic tendencies
– Who and what made him see that he didn’t want to spread the diet-word and make others as miserable as he was
– What helped him to let go of his old belief that his worth was tied to his looks
– What he replaced self-hate and self-criticism with
– Why he describes the journey towards body acceptance as an ongoing, fluid process
– How defining his personal values helped him move through the initial phase of letting go of dieting
– Why uncomfortable feelings and difficult emotions are part of the way to liberation, not a sign that it’s not working
– Why we need to face our fears and actually go collect the evidence (that nothing bad will happen if we gain some weight or lose tone) to see that it was only our mind holding us prisoner for so long
– Why the study of dietetics and nutrition often only reinforces body-negativity and fails to address the epidemic of disordered eating and the increase of eating disorders
– How he discovered “The Body Image Movement” that was created by Taryn Brumfitt, the creator of the documentary “Embrace”
– Why he would love to see more men watching this movie
– How he tries to encourage and inspire other men to talk about their struggles
– Why he thinks body image can never be a static thing
– Why he believes it is critical to teach the younger generation about media- and marketing literacy
– How he intends to fight against the disgraceful “headless fatty” phenomenon in media imagery…

… And so much more!

Check out Dan’s work here:
http://www.innerselfrevealed.com.au
http://www.fmb.com.au

His favorite quote:
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you everybody BUT yourself means to fight the hardest battle that any human being could fight.”
– E. E. Cummings

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LU 034: Anne Poirier – No more compulsive exercise: How to break the chains of “being the fit one”.



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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I’m talking to Anne Poirier.

Anne is the new program director at Green Mountain At Fox Run in Ludlow, Vermont. Green Mountain is a non-diet mind and body wellness center that offers retreats for women who want to start the journey back from years of dieting, body shame, weight-obsession and food fears. They re-learn to enjoy food again, and re-learn to move in a way that brings joy, and has nothing to do with food, calories or punishment. Anne was a fitness trainer for 30 years, battling her own body-shame-demons, and she came to the realization that the fitness industry is – sadly! – making many people less healthy, instead of more. She saw, time and time again, that the same people she had been helping to lose weight through diet and exercise, were coming back to her, after they had gained the weight back, feeling frustrated, depressed and convinced that they had failed. At the same time – unbeknownst to her clients – this same cycle was happening to her as well. Even though she did everything to look like the usual fitness professional, even though she tried modeling a “good way of eating”, and “exercising harder” than others, she finally came to see that this was no way of living, as it really leaves everyone trapped in a vicious, painful cycle, and that it is time to think about sustainability and enjoyment again. Listen to Anne tell us:
– How her mother related to food
– How early she internalized the idea that her body was something to be fixed
– How quickly this idea led her to anorexia
– Why she resisted to be treated
– How her anorexia eventually morphed into exercise bulimia
– How her eating disorder made influenced her decision to go into exercise science in college
– How she managed to hide her eating disorder in her athleticism for years
– How she – for years – tried to find her identity behind labels like “fit”, “strong” or “skinny”
– Why her two pregnancies were the only time she remembers feeling free around food
– How the disorder popped right back up after she gave birth
– How her profession kept feeding her eating disorder, and why she wasn’t even really aware of it
– How exercise is a legit addiction like any other
– What kind of issues and pain we are numbing out from by exercising compulsively
– What the biggest hurdle is for many people when they are tackling their exercise obsession
– How we can reframe how we think about our bodies towards a more realistic, grateful body image
– How painful it is to realize that she lived like that until she was almost 50 years old, too afraid to let go
– Why it was that only when her body started to break down that she started waking up
– How a forced break from exercise turned out to be the first step towards real healing
– How suddenly she discovered a life beyond fitness and training and weight-suppressing
– How she dealt with her changing weight
– Why “Drums Alive” turned out to be a real game-changer for her in terms of exercise
– Why it’s never wise to compare our insides to other people’s outsides
– Why some people have to hit rock bottom before they start to see that they don’t really want to live life presenting a facade that isn’t even them
– How she now sees clearly how she was desperately trying to “be someone special” all her life and how she lost herself in that for a long time
– How she describes her life from, say, five years ago, compared to her life now
– What her focus is in her work as program director at Green Mountain At Fox Run…
… And so much more!

Check out the wonderful Green Mountain website:
http://www.greenmountainatfoxrun.com
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LU 032: Diane Summers – There is hope for healing and achieving a life free from body issues.



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This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s my pleasure to bring to you a fellow size-acceptance fighter: Diane Summers from Everett, Washington.

Diane is a nationally registered and state certified dietitian with extensive experience treating eating disorders at all levels of care. Diane has been involved in the awareness, prevention and treatment of eating disorders for more than 10 years, and has treated hundreds and hundreds of people of all ages and across the entire spectrum of eating disorders and eating issues. She is recognized as a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian through the international Association of Eating Disorder Professionals for her expertise in treating eating disorders and training other professionals in the treatment of eating disorders. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Diane has presented at local and national conferences, schools, universities, clinics, and church groups.
Today, you’ll hear Diane talk about:
– How her parents feed her as a child and why she is extremely grateful for that
– What her emotional difficulties looked like as an “army kid”
– The ways in which her body image suffered in her adolescence
– Why she felt like “the odd one out” as a nutritionist
– What it was that made her question the diet-y ideas she got taught in nutrition school
– The reason why she got interested in working with eating disorders
– Why eating disorder treatments so often fail
– Why we are often unaware of our internal “size-ism” and how to bring that into awareness
– What it would take to make treatment success stories improve tremendously
– What she teaches her clients about weight-discrimination
– How we can smartly respond to body-shaming/food-shaming comments
– Why we should all abstain from making ANY comments on bodies, whether good or bad
– Why not just “the very thin”, but also a person in a bigger body might show signs of anorexia
– How a session with her could look like
– What it is that is way more telling if someone has disordered eating or an eating disorder than the actual weight
– What makes the diet-mentality so hard to break free from
– What people with disordered eating and eating disorders have in common
– Why the role of parents is crucially important in the development of a child’s body image
– How it is never really about food or weight, once the layers of the struggles are being worked through
– Why what the media presents us in terms of post-menopausal women is a legitimate set-up for body-wars
– Why weight-gain after menopause is the best life-protection for you…

… And so much more!

Check out Diane’s website:
http://www.hopenutritiontherapy.com

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

… And so much more!

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

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

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LU 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 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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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.

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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 008: Vania Phitidis – Feeling peaceful around food and your body (+ some instant therapy)



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My friend, how nice to see you are tuning back in!

In this episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Vania Phitidis from Sussex, Great Britain. Vania is an Intuitive Eating Counsellor, an MB-EAT teacher, MB-EAT being the acronym for Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) as well as a Self Esteem Mentor. She has a master in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Art history from VITS.

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In order to resolve her own body image issues and eating disorders she found that she had to let go of 5 things. 1 – unrealistic expectations of herself, 2 dieting, 3 restricting particular foods, 4 trying to get and stay skinny and 5 attempting to be perfect. Sounds easy, but was a lifelong process that she will tell us about. What she is focused on nowadays is being her most powerful self and helping others to enhance the quality of their own life and make better use of it than eternally dieting. For me, it’s vulnerability time today… In this episode, Vania Phitidis doesn’t just show us how we can let go of our food and weight fears and approach health from a sane and loving perspective. But she uses me as an example… and questions my inner gremlin voice. Find out how that turns out! So, listen in and hear Vania tell us her story:
– How early it got into her head that women should „lose weight“
– How quick children are to copy what they see their mothers do
– What made her develop bulimia and how bad that got for her
– Why giving up bulimia didn’t change anything on a mental level
– Why she subsequently got stuck in dieting and being constantly worried about her weight
– Why it is that diets (or “lifestyle changes” where weight-loss is the goal!) DO NOT work
– Why we often do the worst thing for our body when we train too often and too hard.
– What it takes to overcome the eternally distracting quest for thinness
– How she overcame her internalized fear of weight gain
– How we can choose what we expose ourselves to
– How she learned that everyone, including herself, is inherently worthy
– Why women who stay obsessed by weight-loss and dieting are severely limiting their potential
– How she learned to calm her mind and catch the thoughts that kept her stuck
– How we can learn to question our beliefs and our thinking
– Why it is important to question what we believe is „true“, simply because we “always believed it”
– Why mindfulness is key on the path to self-acceptance and body-acceptance
– How mindfulness can help us become aware of our feelings and our spontaneous reactions
– Why she doesn’t advise anyone to shout back at the inner critic, and what to do instead
– Why she believes that Intuitive Eating is the only way to leave the days of “feeling crazy around food” behind
– Why the switch from dieting to Intuitive Eating takes a leap of faith and can be very challenging
– Why real progress in the direction of healing is not possible unless we work on our body image and our deep-rooted fat-phobia
– How she deals with people who engage in diet-talk, body-shaming and eternal weight-loss-talk bonding.
– What her mission in life is…

…And so much more!
Check out Vania Phitidis and her coaching over at:
http://www.peacefuleating.co.uk
Also find her group on Facebook “It’s not about the weight”

The book that opened her eyes on the oppressive nature of diet-culture:
Naomi Wolf: “The Beauty Myth”
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