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



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Hey there, lovely radicals… podcast time!

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 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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