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



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Hey there, distinguished radicals – it’s podcast time!

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

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

…And so much more!

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

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

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

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



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Lovely radicals, it’s show time again!

This week, it’s my honor to welcome Judith Matz to the podcast.

Judith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience as a therapist who helps people make peace with food, their bodies, and themselves. As someone who knows the struggle of feeling out of control around food, she now specializes in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder and compulsive eating. Judith is the director of the “Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating”, an organization dedicated to ending the preoccupation with food and weight through educational programs and workshops. She also loves public speaking and frequently presents at local and national conferences and meetings. Judith also is the co-author of two acclaimed books for adults called: “Beyond a Shadow of a Diet” and “The Diet Survivors Handbook” as well as a book on body image for kids called “Amanda’s Big Dream”. Her work has appeared in countless media outlets, and today, here she is!
Judith tells us:
– How she remembers being in a body in her pre-teen years
– How her family related to food and body
– Why her body image plummeted in high school
– How she learned that girls “bonded” through body-hatred and diet-talk
– What she experienced in the years she was restricting in order to “fix her body”
– What made her realize that it was restriction that messed with her once-normal relationship with food
– How the false promise of diets keeps people trapped in the same cycle
– What we are avoiding by making everything about our body’s size and its weight
– How to approach the journey towards self-acceptance and body acceptance
– Why this healing work is so worth it
– How she helps the many, many health professionals, nutritionists and personal trainers who are struggling themselves and unwillingly pass on their biases
– How the diet-binge cycle works and why it takes courage to break free from it and actually empower ourselves
– How you can tell if someone is dieting (no matter what they might call it to make it sound like they are not)
– Why there is often so much resistance when we tell them that diets are harmful
– How to find out what to do instead of dieting
– What she teaches parents about how to address body, food and weight
– What the research on the bodies of identical twins says in relation to diets
– Why you simply can not tell a person’s health by looking at their body
– How to re-learn eating after a lifetime of dieting and restricting
– How to switch to a kinder way of talking to ourselves…
– Why self-compassion and patience are pivotal in healing our body image and how we relate to food and weight…

… And so much more!

Check out Judith’s website:
http://www.judithmatz.com

Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a “Patreon”; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you!
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