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LU 070: Lu Uhrich – End the restrict/binge/overexercise-cycle & get your health and period back.


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Hey, lovely radicals… podcast alert!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’ll hear my conversation with Lu Uhrich from Pennsylvania. Lu and I spoke a few months ago, and I’m happy to announce that she shares a great deal of knowledge with us here on the show. Lu is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Body Image Mentor and Life Coach who helps women worldwide to grow in self-awareness, find food freedom and practice body love. She also host the “Untamed” podcast, where she interviews women who are living beyond limits and who are helping others to do the same. Lu specializes in guiding her clients to overcome struggles with yo-yo dieting, food restriction, binge eating, loss of periods, shame, body hate and other unwanted symptoms, mindsets or behaviors. Through her one-on-one coaching program and online courses, she teaches participants to end the exhausting hustle for food and body perfection by finding out who they really are, what they truly want, and how to finally get it.
Listen in as Lu talks about:
– How her parents raised her in a very body positive and food positive (and therefore unusual) way
– How well her body and food confidence protected her from falling for diet-messages and body negativity
– Why the messages she got in church threw her for a loop with regards to her confidence about herself as a woman
– What it was that made her slip into disordered ways with eating and exercise
– What we get wrong when “the diet doesn’t work anymore”, and why we end up digging an even deeper hole for ourselves
– What made her lose her period
– Why not having a period is so dangerous for a woman’s health
– Why being on the pill only masks Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (HA) by producing a “withdrawal bleed”
– Why we usually only seek help when the uncontrollable binges start (reactionary eating after restriction)
– Some of the mental traps she set up for herself that made her think “she had to keep the body she worked so hard for”
– Why we often fear weight-gain more when we’re at our sickest/thinnest
– How diet-mentality can distort our inner compass and our true values
– How she dealt with weight gain in recovery from hear disordered eating and lack of period
– How she advises her clients who suffer from Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (HA) in terms of exercise and food
– Why resting, eating plenty and finding joy in what we do are essential for recovery
– Why she would never wear a Fitbit or count calories again
– How to deal with the internalized “should”s
– How we can apply curiosity and self-compassion when our bodies change shape/size
– How to understand your binges and how to deal with them
– What our culture’s obsession with “eating right” is often code for
– What she means when she says “the only way out is through”
– What food freedom looks like and why it is liberating on many different levels
– Why weight-gain after menopause is the best life-protection for you…

… And so much more!

For more information check out Lu’s website at:
http://www.lueats.com

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LU 067: Lindsay Meisel – When “healthy” becomes unhealthy… How a runner got her period back.

Hey lovely radicals, podcast ahead!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’ll hear my conversation with Lindsay Meisel from San Francisco. I’ve known Lindsay from the Facebook groups we’re both in that are specifically for women who are dealing with Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (or—in layman’s terms—women who are missing their period). Lindsay is one of the strong voices in those groups, and I always wanted to talk to her, since she has recovered from “HA”, as we call Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (to not have it be such a mouthful), and she is clearly very knowledgeable about this. Lindsay works as the head of content for Ava, a women’s health technology company that makes a sensor bracelet that monitors the menstrual cycle. She was a long distance runner for over a decade, but gave it up to get her period back.
You’ll hear Lindsay talk about:
– What set off her disordered eating and exercise behaviors
– Why the lure of “reaching energy deficit” can be so addictive and dangerous
– How she was only able to break that compulsion by actively changing her behaviors towards “reaching energy surplus”
– Why she is angry at people in the medical field who give women terrible advice when it comes to issues like missing periods
– Why her own doctor encouraged her to dismiss her HA, which kept her in her disorder for a number of years to come
– How the stages of her disordered eating/exercise morphed over the years
– What her breaking point was
– How she started to wake up to the fact that she wasn’t healthy
– Why, when she decided to start recovering, she unknowingly went about it in the completely wrong way
– Why it was only when she read Nicola Rinaldi’s book “No Period. Now What?” that she finally got an idea of what real recovery looks like and what she had to do to “go all in”
– How long it took her to break free (and feel free) from her exercise addiction
– Why we often compensate not “formally exercising” by compulsively ramping up low-level movement
– How she reframed her thought-patterns and taught herself to think about her recovery as her goal and mission to get healthy
– How she started filling up her time and using her energy for different things than exercising
– Why recovery without the mental work doesn’t work, and why a person with HA is never at “a healthy point“ with exercise and eating
– Why for women with HA (coming from a history of overexercising, undernourishing) it takes a phase of letting the pendulum swing in the other direction (full rest and complete replenishment of the body’s depleted energy stores)
– Why it’s important to stay “all in” for 4-6 months more after getting the menstrual cycle running again
– How there really is no “cheating” in HA recovery since the “feel good hormones” of exercising are exactly what cause the hypothalamus to stay shut down
– Why it’s completely normal to experience exhaustion and pretty extreme hunger in recovery
– Why it is important to work on body image while recovering
– How HA is impacting a person’s health in worse ways than one might suspect at first glance (bone loss, depression, anxiety, thin hair/nails, mood swings, irritability, low libido, lowered body temperature, sleep issues, etc.)
– Why (even though many physicians might recommend it!) going on the birth control pill is NOT solving the problem of HA, but, in fact, only masking the problem by producing a so-called “withdrawal bleed”
– Why she says that life “after recovery” is a million times better than before…

… And so much more!

Check out Lindsay’s blog at:
https://differentkindofhuman.blogspot.com/

Here’s the link to the company Lindsay works at, the company that produces a bracelet that tracks a woman’s cycle:
http://www.avawomen.com

The book on HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea) that Lindsay and I highly recommend is called “No Period, Now What?” by Nicola Rinaldi:
https://www.amazon.com/Period-Now-What-Regaining-Improving/dp/099723668X

If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a “Patreon”! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted

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https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2
or on Stitcher (Android):
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