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LU 054: Amy Pence Brown – Taking a badass stand for radical self-acceptance & body image healing.



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Hey there, lovely radicals… podcast time!

This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Amy Pence-Brown from Boise, Idaho.

Amy describes herself as a fat feminist mother who believes in opening her mouth and her heart. From both of these places she tells stories – as a writer on her blog and other local & national publications, as a historian giving tours for Preservation Idaho, and as a visual artist creating subversive stitchings and performance pieces. She has a Master in Art & Architectural History, she has worked at many museums and has juried and curated numerous exhibitions. You might know Amy from her radical stand for self-love at the Capital City Public Market on August 29, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, or from her TED talk. Amy’s message of self-love and the value of all bodies, no matter their size, went viral and has been written about by countless media outlets. You’ll hear Amy talk about:
– How she remembers feeling about her body as a kid
– How her chubbiness was perceived at different stages of childhood
– Why she considers herself lucky in terms of how her parents related to food and bodies
– Where the bullying about her body came from
– What her parent’s ideas were about “beauty” and “being a woman”
– What she describes as her “first defiant feminist act”
– Why she got pulled in the direction of feminism
– How her experience with boys and their reaction to her body influenced her view of herself
– Why books and education were (and still are) key to her body positive attitude
– How early she started drawing attention to the public body image crisis
– When she first experienced online trolling and what that did to her
– Why she created the “Boise Rad Fat Collective”
– Why feminism and a positive attitude about bodies must go together
– Why feminism is not a concept “against men”, but including men
– Why we all get hurt when we get put in societally predefined boxes of what “masculinity” and “femininity” are supposed to look like
– Why women are often other women’s harshest critics, and thereby reinforcing the very limitations that they would like to free themselves from
– How her famous “stand for self-love” came about and subsequently went viral
– What she experienced in those 50 minutes of standing half-naked and blindfolded in the middle of a public square in Boise, Idaho
– How men engaged with her during her stand
– Why she wore a blindfold
– How the media shapes our culture’s assumptions about bodies and how different it would be if there were adequate representation of those people who are happy with their bigger bodies (instead of the usual, dehumanizing depiction)
– Why it is crucial to feel secure and confident enough in your own body positivity to do such a thing
– How, after her video went viral, lots of women started speaking up
– How each one of us can find ways to send a powerful message to the world
– Why stepping out of our comfort zone is leading us to live fuller lives
– What she does in her “Radcamps”…

… And so much more!

Check out Amy’s website:
http://www.amypencebrown.com

Here’s one of the video’s of Amy’s famous “Stand for Self-Love”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n50KVLgwlY&index=4&list=PLXsBK-DbXmku30EaoWD4AZxBdbAo2mt3a

Here’s the link to Amy’s TED talk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnTLFlQ419s

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LU 046: Jessamyn Stanley – What yoga is about, what it’s not about, and why it is for EVERY BODY.


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Hey there, lovely radicals… up for a mind-stretching podcast?

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Jessamyn Stanley from Durham, North Carolina.

Jessamyn, as many of you know, is a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes. She has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life. It’s called “Every Body Yoga”, and just like herself, this book breaks all the stereotypes. You will hear Jessamyn share:
– Where she thinks our self-consciousness about our bodies comes from
– What it was that made her become dissatisfied with who she was and how her body looked
– What brought her to yoga
– What anxiety/depression have to do with our mind’s tendency to ruminate about the past and/or worry about the future
– How she understands the spiritual aspect of the yoga practice
– Why there’s so much to be said for having a healthy detachment to the materialistic focus that our culture promotes
– Why she thinks that the obsession with surface-level things, like the “look” of bodies, are huge shortcomings of our society
– What the dangers of social media and the display of fake “perfection” are
– Why “getting likes” is never something we should be aiming for
– Why no amount of outside approval can ever fill the void in our hearts
– Why the disconnection that happens when everybody “lives” on the screen is so harmful for our soul’s wellbeing
– Why most of what we see on social media is fake and—upon closer inspection—completely irrelevant
– Why she says what she wants and doesn’t care too much about what other people think of her
– Why we often look for “meaning” in life in the exact wrong places
– Why people who feel insecure make better customers
– How we can become more comfortable in our own company
– Why facing and owning our “shit” is the only way to liberation
– Where true inner contentment comes from
– What most people plain misunderstand about yoga
– What the problems are with “modern” (westernized) yoga
– What she feels yoga is really about (hint: it’s not about how the body looks)
– How she got connected to her emotions after years of stuffing them away
– What emotions she has most difficulty with
– How she deals with critics and haters
– How she deals with getting so much attention and having to be more social than she feels is her nature…

… And so much more!
Check out Jessamyn and all of her work (including her book “Every Body Yoga”) at:
http://www.jessamynstanley.com

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LU 024: Rebecca Scritchfield – With “Body Kindness” to lasting health and peace of mind.



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Happy happy 2017, dear radicals!!

Let’s DO January differently, shall we?
Let’s come up with better ideas than those presented in the tired old weight-loss-resolutions. Let’s step into a kinder way of relating to ourselves!

This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you are going to hear another great woman who is changing the game and inspiring the world with her wonderful work on body kindness and Health at Every Size (HAES). It is Rebecca Scritchfield from Washington DC.

Rebecca is an expert on the connection between health and happiness and believes the foundation for a long, happy life lies in enjoyable habits. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a well-being coach as well as a health and fitness specialist, Rebecca helps people create a better life with workable, interesting self-care goals through her weight-neutral “Body Kindness” practice. Rebecca is the founder of Capitol Nutrition Group, co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence, and her very first book has just come out, it’s called “Body Kindness”, and I am honored to be holding an advance copy of it in my hands… it is a wonderful, colorful and powerful read; highly recommendable. Rebecca has also been a spokesperson and consultant to some big food brand, and through over 100 media outlets, she has reached millions of people. And today, it will be you she reaches, dear listener.
Listen to Rebecca as she tells us:
– What her happy childhood memories of “being in a body” look like
– What kind of comments and role-modeling made her become self-conscious about her body
– How her mother related to food, body and weight
– How her good intentions to take care of her body got twisted as her body image got worse
– What it was that pushed her over the edge and into some of her darkest times
– How her bad body image manifested in her ways of eating and exercising
– Why no one recognized her struggle with her body, food and weight
– How many women live in pretend-mode and hide their pain behind a mask of “I’m totally fine!”
– How we can overcome shame and start sharing what we are struggling with
– How we can make the best of our worst experiences
– How raising our voice against discrimination and injustice makes all the difference
– How it takes all of us to take down diet-culture
– Why our internal diet-mentality is so persistent
– Why everyone is entitled to their own pace when it comes to healing our false beliefs
– What the most important sentence is that you can tell yourself when things get rough and diet-thoughts are taking over our mental space
– How not to fall from one coping-mechanism into the next
– What she means by “body kindness”
– What the PACT-strategy is and how we can apply it
– Why we need to learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings instead of believing our Gremlin-voice
– Why being learning to be kind to yourself and your body (any sort of personal growth)) is likely to fire up your inner Gremlin and why that’s normal and even to be expected
– How not to get triggered by every diet-culture message you come across
– How her book “Body Kindness” came to be, and who she was really writing it for
– What she wants us to remember at this delicate time when so many people “go on diets”…

… And so much more!

Check out Rebecca’s website and have a look at her brand-new book:
http://www.bodykindnessbook.com

 

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LU 011: Virgie Tovar – “Lose hate not weight”; a critical examination of diet culture



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Hey, lovely radicals… Ear-treat ahead!
In this episode of the “Life Unrestricted” podcast, Virgie Tovar and I chat about how she became the unapologetic badass she is today. As you might guess, she wasn’t always as confident as she is nowadays, and she had to learn a lot about life, herself, sexuality, feminism and diet-culture to finally be able to liberate herself from the oppressive, fat-phobic cultural paradigm that keeps women desperately trying to fit in, often in the form of dieting and obsessing over their weight.

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She experienced first hand, what it means to be fat-shamed, stigmatized and devalued and she is now fiercely on a mission to educate people about the ugly truths behind the merciless profit-seeking mechanisms of the diet-industry, media-literacy, the effects of weight-stigma on mental and physical health and the ways of changing the current narrative. Virgie shares her story with us and you’ll hear:
– How early it got into her head that women should “lose weight”
– What measures she was willing to take in order to change her body
– How fat-phobia and weight-stigma can cause women to engage in risky sexual behavior
– How fat-stigma intersects with other cultural injustices like racism, homophobia, sexism, classism or ableism
– How she ended up with an extraordinary lifestyle and sexual adventures when she was only a teenager
– What it was that made her feel desired and more comfortable in her body
– How feminism helped her to reclaim her own power
– What the exact moment was that she finally broke up with diet-culture for good
– Why feminism is seen as something “OH, NO, THANKS!” for many people, especially women
– What her journey towards self-acceptance looked (and looks) like
– What causes her to experience bad body days
– Why fat-phobia causes ongoing trauma for people
– How bigger-bodied people can protect themselves and take care of their own mental health first
– How we can help changing the current diet-culture-poisoned paradigm one woman at a time
– How we can engage in political activism so that it can be a form of self-care
– What her nationwide lectures are all about, and what her main messages are
– What her online course “Babecamp” offers to women who are ready to ditch their diet-culture-brainwashed mentality
– What her deepest wish is
– What she would like to be remembered for…

…And so much more!
Check out her website with all of her work (including her latest book project and details about “Babecamp”) at:
http://www.virgietovar.com
and on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/virgietovar
Here’s the link to her groundbreaking anthology “Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion”:
http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Heavy-Fierce-Girls-Fashion/dp/1580054382
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LU 005: Sarah Vance – When having the “goal body” means misery and obsession.



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Lovely ones… Yay! Welcome to episode 5 of the “Life Unrestricted Podcast”…
… You are going to love what you hear.
In this episode of the “Life Unrestricted Podcast”, you are going to meet Sarah Vance from Cincinnati, a truly fabulous chick who knows exactly what it means when we let the mission to “get our goal body” take over our lives. Sarah experienced first hand how – back when “her body was a project” – life can feel increasingly horrible, and that the more obsessed we become with weight and appearance, the more our health is at the risk of declining. As a former bikini model and exercise addict who was severely obsessed with food, weight, fitness and her appearance, she knows the battle of so many people in today’s society. She has managed to step out of restriction misery and has healed her compulsive relationship to exercise. It has become her mission to help others reclaim their freedom with their bodies and their relationship to food. She is a body image coach who specializes in banishing body hate and in getting a handle on emotional eating.

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This week, on the “Life Unrestricted Podcast”, she shares with us:
– How she slipped into the increasingly obsessive mindset where “good” was never “good enough”
– How we often don’t realize how sneakily a body- and weight-obsessed mentality can turn our life into a trap
– Why she ignored her declining health (loss of period, injuries, hair falling out…) for so long
– What the turning point for her was when she said “enough”
– What the first crucial steps are when we want to heal our negative body image and self-loathing
– How helpful it was to her to learn about the mechanisms of diet-culture and the way media portrays women
– Why the majority of eating disorders aren’t being detected and how our culture promotes disordered behavior as “healthy”
– How body positivity helped her on her path towards body acceptance
– What the most important steps are when we want to break free from obsessive behaviors
– Why we need to detach “food” from “exercise” in our minds
– How she got through the most difficult periods of recovery
– Why she now celebrates every menstrual cycle she gets
– How we can tackle the issue of “body image in the bedroom”
– How she worked through her issues to now be able to enjoy a truly fulfilling sex life that was non-existent before
– How she intends to help change the harmful existing paradigm that keeps so many people trapped in the idea that they have to “look good”…

… And so much more!

Check out Sarah’s awesome website and find out about her coaching business at: http://www.sarahvance.com
Here’s the link to the 2017 retreat in San Diego with Summer Innanen:
http://www.reclaimretreat.com

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