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Life. Unrestricted. Podcast: Boost your body image and recover from food & exercise madness.

Aren’t you tired of hating your body, tired of counting calories, tired of making your scale decide whether you get to feel good today or (more likely) not? Aren’t you tired of feeling guilty for eating what you like, tired of exercising obsessively to get rid of that guilt? Tired of the negative self-talk-chatter in your head? Aren’t we all? So. Welcome home. Let’s start this journey toward body positivity, a better body image, acceptance of diversity and a more balanced approach to health; goodbye to body negativity, fat-phobia, disordered eating and a compulsive relationship to exercise. Confidence is an inside job and it’s high time we bust the myth that weight should dictate our worth. Let’s start this journey to loving our bodies from a Health At Every Size perspective and let’s nourish our body, mind and soul without going crazy.
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Jun 6, 2018

Today on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I’m so happy to share with you my conversation with Cyndi Springford from Plaistow, New Hampshire. Cyndi's varied background includes being a Personal Trainer, a Running Coach, and a certified Eating Psychology Coach. She has been in the fitness industry since 1993, encouraging REAL well-being and fitness with her clients. Many of you know Cyndi from her "Love Your Body Project"-Facebook page. Currently, she is working out of her home, coaching clients both remotely and in person. Cyndi shares her background about her body image challenges, chronic dieting, disordered eating and excessive exercise and how she made peace with all of it through discussions, articles, and podcasts with the media. Cyndi talks about: – Why she doesn’t remember a time when she ever felt good in her body as a child – How her mother related to food and exercise in a punishing way – How her lack of trust in her own body led her into a severely disordered way with exercise and eating – Why she felt dependent on outside approval, especially in terms of her appearance and performance – How her relationship with exercise spiraled out of control – How her obsession with exercise and her body negatively affected her relationships and her entire life – How unprocessed trauma played into her disordered ways with food and exercise – Why she couldn’t receive unconditional love – How she felt she was dying inside while people thought of her as an "inspiration" – At what point she started to allow herself to wonder "maybe there’s more to life than presenting a body ideal and eating a certain diet, and maybe there’s more to life than hating myself" – How she sat with the fears and anxieties that she felt when she gave up dieting and overexercising – How she turned her thinking around and started to apply her perfectionism to recovery and healing – How getting angry helped her in recovery – How women often hide their disordered exercise and eating behaviors behind being a "fitness professional" or a "nutritionist" – How she found a new "identity" after having been a "fitness professional" for so long – Why it might be best for some people to just go "cold turkey" and cut exercising out completely – Why her FB page was a tool in her recovery – How mirror work helped her in her recovery – What she did to quiet the negative body image thoughts – How she helps her clients through all their struggles with overcoming food and body fears – What makes dieting so addictive and what it distracts us from – Why your weight is the LEAST interesting thing about you – What she wants every woman to know... ... And so much more! For more information check out Cyndi’s website at: www.loveyourbodyproject.org Here’s the link to Cyndi’s "LYB Project" Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LoveYourBodyProject/ Here’s the link to Cyndi’s coaching on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachcyndilou/ Here’s the link to the book "Overcoming Overeating" by Jane Hirschmann and Carol H. Munter that Cyndi mentioned: https://www.amazon.com/Overcoming-Overeating-Break-Healthier-Satisfying/dp/1456413333/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505754598&sr=8-1&keywords=overcoming+overeating+by+jane+hirschmann+and+carol+munter And here’s the link to the "Intuitive Eating Workbook", the new workbook by the authors of "Intuitive Eating", Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch: https://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-Workbook-Principles-Relationship/dp/1626256225/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505754704&sr=1-3&keywords=intuitive+eating Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Apr 23, 2018

In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you’ll hear my conversation with Tabitha Farrar from Boulder, Colorado. Tabitha developed anorexia at age 17 and – as she says so herself – this devastating illness took pole position in her life until, at 25, she finally started her recovery journey. She successfully recovered from her eating disorder and the complicated matrix of obsessions and habitual eating disorder behaviors that came with it. Since recovering she has done a lot of work to help adults with eating disorders, and she has written a book called "Love Fat", an educational memoir on eating disorder recovery and all the insights that she gained. Tabitha is a founding member of IEDA, International Eating Disorder Action and World Eating Disorders Action Day, and she has written countless eating disorder recovery guidelines for adults. Apart from that, she has set up two forums for adults in active recovery, she founded AEDRA, the Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults Meal Support Service, she has been selected to be a Coordinated Specialty Care Grant Advisory Board member, and she hosts a podcast called "Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast". On top of that, she coaches adults and family of adults in recovery from eating disorders and she frequently gives talks about understanding eating disorders, how to spot them, and how to treat them. Tabitha talks about: – How long she was able to keep the body-confidence she felt as a child – What triggered her eating disorder – What the almost inexplicable lure of "being in energy deficit" can feel like – What her eating disorder took from her – How her compulsions and obsessions only grew the more her illness progressed – Why eating disorders are such isolating illnesses – Why so many people with eating disorders also struggle with excessive exercise – What makes eating disorders to hard to break free from – What the "Adapt To Flee Famine" model explains when it comes to eating disorder behaviors – What she learned from animal studies – How she differentiates anorexia and bulimia, and why her recovery guidelines apply for both illnesses – What it was that made her start recovery – Why she prioritizes food over everything else when it comes to recovery – Why "going cold turkey" with exercise was the only thing that got her out of her compulsive and obsessive ways with exercise – How she dealt with the fear of eating – What she experienced in recovery – Where she looked for advice regarding recovery – How she dealt with her changing body in recovery – How not to get stuck in "quasi-recovery" – Why overshooting (weight) in recovery isn't just "a good thing", but maybe even critical to a full recovery – How she now understands, trusts and feeds her body – What her advice is for clients suffering from anorexia or bulimia – Why eating disorder treatments that still have a weight-centric approach often backfire and make a full, lasting recovery impossible... ... And so much more! If you are interested in Tabitha’s extensive work and all the resources she has, please check out her website: http://www.tabithafarrar.com Here’s the link to Tabitha’s book called "Love Fat", a memoir about her insights from recovering from her eating disorder: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Fat-autobiography-Tabitha-Farrar/dp/0692461426/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501769393&sr=8-1&keywords=tabitha+farrar Here’s the link to Tabitha’s podcast called "The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast": https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-eating-disorder-recovery-podcast/id1138563928?mt=2 Podcasting is expensive. So 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. Thanks! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join

Mar 19, 2018
Hey, lovely radicals... podcast ahead! In today’s episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I have the pleasure to bring to you my conversation with Dr. Michael P. Levine from Santa Barbara, California. Michael is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology who actively taught for 33 years. In the field of eating disorders, Michael’s commitment to research, writing, and activism focuses on the intersection between sociocultural risk factors, prevention, community psychology, and developmental psychology. He has authored two books and three prevention curriculum guides, and he has co-edited three books on prevention. In addition, he has authored or co-authored approximately 110 articles and book chapters, and he has presented his work throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Spain, Austria, and Australia. He is a member of countless advisory councils such as The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), or the Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB, NY), among others, and he has been awarded with awards for Leadership in Public Awareness and Advocacy, for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness, a Research-Practice Partnership Award, and one for Lifetime Achievement. To this day, Dr. Michael P. Levine is an absolute expert in the field of eating disorders, and he is still working on informing people regarding research, advocacy and activism related to eating disorders prevention, body image, public health, dietetics/nutrition, community, health psychology and social work. Listen in and hear Michael talk about: – How his father influenced what he believed about the world, men, women and bodies – What his first reaction was when he heard about feminism – Why he became a feminist, and why he thinks that many men feel threatened by the idea of feminism – Why feminism is as much for men as it is for women, as it should help all humans to liberate themselves from oppressive, gender-based ideals – Why healing can only start when we start questioning the beliefs that we’re passed on to us – How important it is to question our automatic assumptions about the world, our bodies, weight, and our worth – Why we should all educate ourselves on the effect mass media has on us – What "the third person phenomenon" is – A good example of "the fundamental attribution error" – How important it is to recognize that all of us are being influenced by the messages we see all day, no matter how much we might think that we’re "above that" – Why the internet and social media can be the worst danger to our self-esteem AND a door to find people who help us to stay strong in recovery from all sorts of self-destructive behaviors – Why it is important to learn that it’s totally ok to have to opposing thoughts in our head, and to learn that we don’t have to act on our negative thoughts (that tell us to restrict/overexercise, etc.) – Why he loves the word "AND" – Why he considers America’s "war on obesity" to be an absolute madness – Why he thinks that how this society thinks about class, gender, race, health, age, etc. is only exacerbating the problem – How we can create more resilience in ourselves against the onslaught of diet-culture messages and images – How to make the best of the internet and social media and disregard what isn’t helpful for us – What he means when he talks about "the mass media being a power tool" – Why we so easily internalize ideas that we were raised with or exposed to, and why only by questioning whether we really agree with those ideas, we get a chance to change our mind and rise above harmful beliefs – What you could do as "a radical act" – Why, weirdly, body image issues are so intimate for people, and why it takes guts to honestly talk about them – Why he thinks that if we would feel NO anxiety, and NO doubt on this journey, then we wouldn’t really be on it at all (because that’s what courage is about)... ... And so much more! Michael is happy to answer any questions by email. You can reach him at: levine@kenyon.edu Find great resources about Health at Every Size here: www.haescommunity.org Find the "7 C's of prevention" in this pdf-file: Levine Exciting Recent Developments in Prevention Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref   ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/  
Feb 14, 2018

Today on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you’ll hear my follow-up conversation with Dr. Michelle May from Phoenix, Arizona that we promised to have in our first talk (episode 56 - in case you haven’t had a chance to listen to that one yet, I highly recommend it to you). Michelle is a former physician, mindful eating speaker, and recovered yo-yo dieter who founded the "Am I Hungry?" company that offers "Mindful Eating" programs and trainings. "Am I Hungry?" empowers people to end chronic dieting and overeating, and to get back a fulfilling life without deprivation and guilt. She is also the award-winning author of the book "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat". Based on the success people had with her first book, Dr. Michelle May wrote and published three more books: "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Diabetes", "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating" and "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Bariatric Surgery". Her books, programs and retreats are all designed to help people increase self-awareness of beliefs, habits, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, to finally understand why diets do not work, to discover simple yet powerful methods for knowing when, what, and how much to eat without restriction. Since finding her passion in helping people get out of their dieting traps, Michelle has retired from her medical practice to focus fully on sharing the mindful eating method. Along the way she has been featured on countless media outlets and publications, and her personal story is even featured in "Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul". Today, you’ll hear Michelle talk about: – The "Eat – Repent – Repeat" –cycle – All the cases she hears where people tell her "Michelle, I love your idea to be able to love what we love and love what we eat, BUT I CAN'T, because ... " – Why she is convinced that everybody is able and allowed to eat without fear – What she wants people who are managing diabetes to know – What the common misperceptions are about food when it comes to diabetes are (often perpetuated by uninformed health professionals) – General myths about weight, food and eating in relation to diabetes – Myths about food and eating in relation to "treat" binge eating – How "mindful eating" could look like for people with diabetes – What she tells people who deal with binge eating – How "mindful eating" could look like for people who deal with binge eating – What she advises to clients who had bariatric surgery – How "mindful eating" could look like for people who had bariatric surgery – Why abstinence or elimination eventually leads to reactionary eating... ... And so much more! Check out Michelle’s website: www.amihungry.com Here’s the link to Michelle’s books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michelle+may ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Jan 18, 2018
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: www.lueats.com Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref   ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Dec 23, 2017
Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals! Podcast ahead. Today on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, your ears are in for a re-treat. Because it's THAT time of year again. Christmas and New Year's are at the door and with them a lot of tension. And a lot of misguided "resolutions". So I think we're all in need of some reminders as to why we DON'T have to listen to all the diet-y New Year's Resolutions and false promises. Some soul-saving words to stay true to our own body's needs and to keep trusting it. So in todays' episode I want to remind us of that by replaying something I said a while ago. See, all around us, people are in a buying frenzy, we are all being bombarded by "special offers" and "limited editions" and "gift ideas". And I can't help thinking of this excellent quote (credited to 15 different people, so I wonder if I should make it mine...?—Just kidding!) that says: "We are persuaded to buy things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people we don't care about." And as if THAT wasn't enough to give me a million ideas for this podcast, we are ALSO being bombarded by the same old, sucked dry, tried-and-failed weight-loss New Year's resolutions. I can't even with this nonsense anymore! It makes me want to poke my eyeballs with a pencil and make monkey noises. This has got to change. So I'm going to talk about it. This episode is packed full of what I know about present-day marketing and how this ties into our world's collective, terrible state of body image. In my opinion, this knowledge is crucial to become more critical as a consumer and better equipped to see behind façades. This episode also contains a truckload of NEW "New Year's Resolutions" to keep you strong on this path towards liberating your wonderful self, and not to fall for the tired old bunch of weight-lossy ones. And lastly, this episode is full of love. Full of gratitude for you showing up, full of respect for your continuous growth, full of awe for our collective support, our community, our sister- and brotherhood, for lack of a less wooo-wooo word. All of what I say today, is based on my interest to see us blossom. One promise: After listening to this, you will be perfectly equipped to step into the New Year with an awake mind, a well-oiled internal bullshit-detector, and a protective shield against the onslaught of body negative messages around you. One warning: Listening to this may cause you to question some beliefs you might have subconsciously been holding on to, and that might feel uncomfortable. One secret: That's a sign of growth! Growth happens out of your comfort zone. Thank you a million times for being on this journey with me.... You are incredible people, radicals. I love you. Happy holidays, merry everything! <3, Meret. "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."—Anaïs Nin. Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/    
Dec 14, 2017
Hey lovely radicals, podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life Unrestricted." podcast, I am happy to bring you my conversation with Jonah Soolman from Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jonah is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. He and his wife Joanne co-own "Soolman Nutrition and Wellness LLC", a private practice where they offer individualized nutrition counseling using a non-diet approach. His writing has appeared in BuzzFeed, Boston Baseball magazine, and other local and international publications. Jonah talks about: – What messages about bodies and weight he picked up from society when he grew up – What makes dieting and restricting so insidious – Why people often only realize much later (if ever!) that dieting/restricting/overexercising was what set in motion a vicious cycle for them – Why going back and retracing our diet-stories can really be enlightening as to what caused the downward spiral/yoyo-dieting, or even the development of an eating disorder – Why a story of "I am a sugar/bread/food addict" will only reinforce itself if the person decides to cut out certain foods or food groups, and how to break that story – What the problem is with weight-loss studies – The different ways fat-phobia manifests (out in the world and in our own minds) – Why never to underestimate the power of the mind when it comes to making ourselves believe certain things about food – Why he thinks it’s unethical to put people on diets and promise them weight-loss, even though that would make his business "better bucks" – What he observes in gyms he frequents, and his thoughts on today’s "gym-culture" and exercise bulimia – How he got stuck in years of exercise and an exercise addiction – What needs to change in the way personal trainers, nutritionists and dietitians are schooled – Why eating disorders need the diverse representation that they deserve, and not just the stereotypical depiction – How he and his wife work with clients – How hard it is for males to seek help, because eating issues are still considered "a female issue" – Why he strongly believes that there needs to be a therapist on board when he is helping clients with eating disorders – An example of a client story that is hope-inspiring – Why we all must absolutely follow him on social media... ... And so much more! Check out Jonah and his work: www.soolmannutrition.com Please consider supporting the podcast with by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref   ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/        
Nov 25, 2017

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 periods). 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: 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 ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Nov 1, 2017
  Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! 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": 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 Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref   ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Oct 16, 2017
Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! 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. www.lifeunrestricted.org/lu065 Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Oct 11, 2017
Download Episode! Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, we’re going to change perspectives a little bit. We’ve been talking a lot about how our upbringing, our parents, our environment – and of course the insidious messages that our diet-obsessed culture bombards us with! – shape the way we grow to view ourselves, our bodies and the world. Today, however, I will share another possible angle with you: Could it also be our country’s traditions and our country’s culture that are influencing the way we show up, the way we interact with others, and how we deal with our insecurities? It just might! I’d love to share my thoughts about how my own country might be influencing the way how we, as Swiss people, tend to deal with our perceived weaknesses, our mental health struggles, our vulnerabilities, and how that often keeps us from finding support, or even to share our struggles with others. I hope you like it! With love from Zurich, Meret www.lifeunrestricted.org 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 Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refid ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Oct 4, 2017
Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Chris Sandel from outside of London, UK. Chris is a health and nutrition expert who runs his own company called "7 Health", and alongside that, his wonderful podcast "Real Health Radio". Chris works with clients all over the world through private consultations, and he also creates and runs online training programs. Chris’ approach to health and food is completely non-dogmatic, and he knows that there IS no solution that’s perfect for everybody, and that the more anxious and stressed out we are about food and weight, our health and our life will only suffer for it. Chris wants his clients to find their own personal best health, whatever that means for each individual, mentally, physically and emotionally. He also has a specific interest in improving client’s general relationships with food and body image issues. Listen to Chris talk about: – Why he considers himself lucky in terms of body image, and relaxedness around food – How he went from being a "fast food" youngster to a food-appreciating, health-conscious cook – Why it’s the people who are most "keen" to go on detoxes, cleanses and any types of restrictive eating are the very people that should avoid all that – Why he thinks that the majority of "diet-y" tipps out there are dangerous, and why we should NOT restrict our food – Why anyone with a "difficult" relationship to food should never do a cleanse or detox – Why we should broaden what foods we allow ourselves to eat, instead of narrowing the choices – Why he thinks weight-loss as a focus is not conducive to improve health – How he works with clients and what he focuses on – What kind of questions he asks of his clients to find out what the real issue is – What he would do with our imaginary client Susy who’s experiencing a loss of periods, bad sleep, digestive issues, who’s often restricting food and overexercising – Why sleep is a central piece when it comes to health – How eating and sleep are related – What frequent nightly peeing (and/or nightly sweating) points to – Why restricting is directly linked to the increase of stress hormones, and how they wreak havoc with our system – What HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea – when the menstrual cycle goes missing) translates to, in terms of why a body decides to shut down the reproductive system – 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 – will only mask the problem by producing a so-called "withdrawal bleed" – What the Minnesota (Semi-)Starvation Experiment tells us about our own experiences with restriction, the impact on our physical and mental health, and how it is all related to a lack of energy availability – How he helps his clients deal with weight gain when they start recovering from dieting/overexercising – What is usually hidden underneath the fear of gaining weight – Why, especially in the "health and wellness (and weight-loss) realm", we are prone to fall for the "survivorship bias" (meaning that just because something worked for someone, we automatically assume that the same advice must be true for us) – What we trip over with the "halo effect" – What the "negativity bias" does to our judgment – How recovering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea improves much more than a woman’s hormones – Why he brings the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study with all of his clients, and why taking this test can give a lot of insight as to why a person is struggling in life – What his latest project "Tummy" is about... ... And so much more! Here’s the link to Chris’s website: www.seven-health.com Here are some of Chris’ podcast episodes that you might find interesting! 1. The Minnesota Starvation Experiment: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/06/042-the-minnesota-starvation-experiment/ 2. The difference between eating disorders and disordered eating: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/08/054-eating-disorders-and-disordered-eating/ 3. Issues with a woman’s menstrual cycle: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/02/025-issues-with-your-menstrual-cycle/ 4. Chris’ overeating experiment: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/05/040-my-over-eating-experiment/ The book on HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea) that Chris and I highly recommend is called "No period, now what?" by Nicola Rinaldi: https://www.amazon.com/Period-Now-What-Regaining-Improving/dp/099723668X The podcasts Chris mentioned where cognitive biases are addressed (something we all fall prey to) are called: "You Are Not So Smart" and "Hidden Brain". There are also lots of great books on human misjudgment/cognitive bias/implicit bias out there, I highly recommend: – "Mistakes were made (but not by me)" by Elliot Aronson: https://www.amazon.com/Mistakes-Were-Made-But-Not/dp/1491514132 – "Thinking, fast and slow" by Daniel Kahnemann: https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555 – "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt: https://www.amazon.com/Righteous-Mind-Divided-Politics-Religion/dp/0307455777/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=71BTDKKRKBBCBRZTKZFK – "You Are Not So Smart" by David McRaney: https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Not-So-Smart/dp/1592407366/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=71BTDKKRKBBCBRZTKZFK Here are a few example of biases that mess up our decision making process: http://www.businessinsider.com/cognitive-biases-that-affect-decisions-2015-8 If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a "Patreon"! 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Sep 27, 2017

Lovely radicals... it's podcast time! 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/ Hey, radicals, I need your help to keep up producing the podcast. Please consider supporting it with a monthly pledge on Patreon! Thank you very much. Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi   ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Sep 20, 2017
Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Alan Levinovitz from Charlottesville, Virginia. Alan is an assistant professor of religion at James Madison University, and his academic work focuses on classical Chinese thought, the philosophy of play, and the intersection of religion and medicine. He studied philosophy and religion at Stanford, and received his Ph.D. in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His writing has appeared in numerous media outlets as well as academic journals. Listen to Alan talk about: – What made him see and investigate the connection between religion and our culture’s obsession with "wildly attaching morality/miracle powers" to different foods – Why he would personally have chosen a different title for the book – Where the inclination to attribute (somewhat random) superpowers to certain foods comes from – Why we are so susceptible to fall for miracle promises and fall for all the nutritional lies we are presented with – Where the science really stands on gluten-sensitivity – Why a lot of people with disordered eating hide their disorder by making up sensitivities they don’t really have – How living in fear of certain foods can severely limit our life, relationships and joy – What we are forgetting when we are obsessed with "healthy eating" – Why a fearful attitude about food/food groups/ingredients alone can cause the undesirable symptoms we were trying to avoid – How to not get caught up in the myth of "optimization" and "body hacking" when it comes to food and exercise – How we should really be thinking about the concept (and consequences!) of "dieting" – Why fear-mongering myths about food can have a powerful, long-lasting effect on people – Why, when "the honeymoon phase" of a certain diet is over, we tend to think it’s us that sucks at dieting – What the "Sunk Cost Bias" is and how you can recognize it if it happens in your own mind – Why books by medical doctors (like "Wheat Belly" or "Grain Brain") are misrepresenting actual scientific evidence, and are causing nothing but unnecessary hysteria and fear – Why in science, any "exaggeration" is, in fact, a lie; yet science is often misquoted or taken out of context to create a new sensationalist, fear-mongering narrative – Why we hold on to false beliefs even in light of disproving evidence – What the "Wind Turbine Syndrome" is – Why the powerful "Nocebo Effect" is way too often forgotten – What our beliefs about food have to do with our own mortality – Why irrational fears can cause major obsessions, and why thinking critically and staying objective is so important – Why, when we feel stressed out, we tend to repeat actions that don’t actually work for us, and we tend to do those even harder ("diet’s not working! – let’s diet harder, then...") – Why diet-gurus summon up demons that don’t exist (and how often they get rich doing just that) – Why 30% of the American population is interested in "going gluten-free", even though only 1% actually are affected by Celiac Disease – How to stay sane in a world that constantly throws contradictory nutritional advice at us... ... And so much more! Here’s the link to Alan’s workplace: https://www.jmu.edu/philrel/people/faculty/levinovitz-alan.shtml You can also check out his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/alanlevinovitz?lang=en And here’s the link to his book "The Gluten Lie" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Lie-Other-Myths-About/dp/1941393063 If you enjoy and love my podcast, please support it on Patreon! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Sep 13, 2017

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Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! 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: www.maryahornbacher.com Lovelies, I need your support. If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a "Patreon", so that I can keep producing it for you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi   ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join

Sep 6, 2017

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Lovely radicals, it's podcast time! 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: www.benourished.org Here's the link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/benourishedpdx/?fref=ts Please consider supporting the podcast with by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Aug 30, 2017

Lovely radicals... podcast time! 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 Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987& ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Aug 23, 2017

Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Dr. Steve Prentice from Columbus, Ohio. Steve, as a practicing chiropractor and health contrarian since 1996, has spent his career questioning the status quo and the accepted norms when it comes to health and wellbeing. His experience working with thousands of patients over the past 20 years led him to create what he termed quote "the stress-centered approach to health" and he now leads his patients through the process of restoring their health and quality of life while rejecting many of the restrictive and obsessive health recommendations that are promising quick results and lead so many people into feeling of increased trapped-ness and misery. His brand-new book called "Wrecked" has just come out, and rarely before has a small book made me sigh with relief like his. Steve will tell us: – When he started to feel self-conscious about his body – Why it was in his chiropractor education that he basically stopped trusting his own body and started dieting – What he thought when he started regaining the weight, and what that set off – How many disordered eaters make up sensitivities that they don’t really have and end up believing their own fear-narrative – Why, when we hold on to a certain food fear (carbs, fat, gluten...) in our minds, we start brainwashing ourselves into believing that any negative reactions are caused by that particular food and we go look for confirmation for this – Why eliminating foods from our diets (for no other reason than believing the latest diet fad) most often leads to more obsession, and subsequently, more eliminations, and more health problems – Why restricting, overexercising, obsessing, compulsive behaviors around food and movement and fear of food are actual stressors for the body and therefore, in themselves, harm our health – Why he recommends never to slap any labels on ourselves when it comes to eating and exercising – The social, mental and physical dangers of food tribes and their moral pressure and group identity – How diet culture, food tribes and eating/exercise rules make us forget that we really are free people with individual needs and bodies – How much pressure he built up around his own "quest for the better body" – How he found out the hard way that diets and restriction never work long term – How rules set us up for obsession, especially around food, weight and exercise – His guilt about having lectured people about weight-loss and dieting – What today’s culture of "Go! Go! Go!", social media, comparison, and unrealistic imagery does to people’s mental and physical health – Why people get sucked into being health-nuts and actually risking their health in the name of "hardcore health" – Why he recommends to just "take the pressure out" and stop believing that you need to be "fixed" – When he came to the realization that he, too, was barking up the wrong tree and something had to give – How we can all live the life that is being promised to us "once we’re thin/toned/better looking" RIGHT NOW, with the body that we have – Why some soul searching is necessary to find out about our true values in life – How his own diet-recovery looked like – Why letting go of rules will automatically lead to a decrease in food-obsession and compulsive thinking – Why, after diet-recovery, our bodies will find the weight they are happy and healthy at – Why living at war with your body is just no way to live, and not the way to happiness – How true self-acceptance is never related to size/shape/weight... ... And so much more! If you are interested in working with Steve, you can find him here: www.healthnutrehab.com Here’s the link to his book "Wrecked" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wrecked-Quest-Health-Weight-Failed-ebook/dp/B074K5BBLB/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501955529&sr=8-6&keywords=steve+prentice Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Aug 16, 2017

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Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Dr. Michelle May from Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Michelle May is a former physician, mindful eating speaker, and recovered yo-yo dieter who founded the "Am I Hungry?"-company that offers mindful eating programs and training. "Am I Hungry?" empowers people to end chronic dieting and to get back a fulfilling life without deprivation and guilt. She is also the award-winning author of the book "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" and, based on the success people had with her first book, Dr. Michelle May wrote and published three more books: "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Diabetes", "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating" and "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Bariatric Surgery". Her books, programs and retreats are all designed to help people increase self-awareness of beliefs, habits, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, to finally understand why diets do not work, to discover simple yet powerful methods for knowing when, what, and how much to eat without restriction. Since finding her passion in helping people get out of their dieting traps, Michelle has retired from her medical practice to focus fully on sharing the mindful eating method. Along the way she has been featured on countless media outlets and publications, her personal success story is featured in "Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul", and it could well be that Michelle’s unique yet common sense approach will change the way we think about eating. Today, Michelle talks about: – How she felt in her body as a child – Why she though she "needed to go on a diet" when she was only 11 years old – How easy it is to market anything "weight-loss-y" to people, and what specific product her mother bought to "suppress her hunger" – How much we tend to keep believing the "weight-loss guaranteed"-products/programs because their advertisements is so convincingly designed, and at what cost that comes – What lies she bought into as she was looking for "the best diet" – How, as a physician, she sees behind the mechanisms of specific diets that falsely promise results – What "ketosis" really means for the body (!), and we should never override our body’s signals of distress – How many women get sidetracked by diets, and how much energy gets wasted in "trying to figure it out" – How different the world could look if women invested their energy into living fully, instead of perpetually chasing the "once I’m thin"-illusion – How women perpetuate the cultural oppression by comparing/diet-talking/body-shaming behavior – How she describes the "eat, repent, repeat"-cycle – Why never to fall for the "sugar/carbs are the devil" narrative – How to disprove the "you are addicted to food" narrative by digging one layer deeper – How to use the "Mindful Eating Cycle" and its brilliant questions to decipher your food behaviors – How dieting, food-obsessing, and a hyper-focus on weight messes with our natural "Mindful Eating Cycle" – How dieting/restriction is just as much a coping mechanism as eating is – Why stopping dieting/overexercising/restricting/overeating is harder than jumping on the next diet bandwagon – Why no company will ever sell you the message that "you can trust yourself" – Why empowering yourself works better than following rules in every case – How to stop proving your diet-beliefs right and start seeing how it was all set up to fail you – How, at first, the pendulum might swing widely, and how not to give up and keep trusting the process when that happens – How mental restriction has the same ramifications as physical restriction and how to combat restrictive thoughts – How to find out what unmet needs we might have that we are restricting/overexercising/overeating over – How not to demonize emotional eating and fall into the trap of turning Mindful Eating into another diet – What she learned in all those years of teaching her programs (and why „weight-management“ is not in her vocabulary anymore) – What she thinks about the way bariatric surgery is being marketed – What the misconceptions about the efficacy of bariatric surgery are – How to be there for someone when the "honeymoon phase" of the initial weight-loss after bariatric surgery passes... ... And so much more! Check out Michelle’s website: www.amihungry.com Here’s the link to Michelle’s books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michelle+may If you are interested in going to an Am I Hungry retreat, there is one coming up this fall. The "Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Emotional Eating and Binge Eating Retreat" will be from Thursday, Sept. 14 – Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, near Chicago, Illinois. Here are the details: https://amihungry.com/mindful-eating-for-binge-eating-retreat/ And: This conversation will be continued! Michelle and I have already set a date for a follow-up conversation in which we will address the specific cases she encounters where people tell her "Well, this is all great, BUT I can’t do this, because...", and how she counters that and helps those people, too. We will be diving into the topics of diabetes, weight-loss surgery, athletics and how "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" works for all of them individually. Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/ 

Aug 9, 2017

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Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! 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. Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

Aug 2, 2017
Download Episode! 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: 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 Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Jul 26, 2017
Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, it’s time to call out the inner Gremlin voice and all its rules that it is constantly making up for us. Most of you might be familiar with those thoughts; the ones that tell us we have to be "on" all the time, that we "better pull ourselves together", that we have "to soldier on, no matter what", that we have "to power through", that it's our "duty to be productive", that we need "o prove our worth", that it's our job to always "be the responsible one", and that we – heaven forbid! – can never (ever!) be perceived as "a slacker"... Sound familiar? Now... wait a minute. Whose thoughts are these? Mine? Yours? No way! These are inner Gremlin thoughts. They are NOT truth. And in order for us to keep our sanity, and to take responsibility for ourselves and our wellbeing, we need to talk back to those Gremlin thoughts. We have to learn to let those Gremlin thoughts be just what they are: Thoughts. Not something we have to act upon. Because we are of no use to the world when we are burnt out, when we are running on empty, and when we are secretly breeding resentment left and right, because we aren't listening to our needs, and not creating healthy boundaries. Also in this shortie: – Why the myth of „we should be happy all the time“ is detrimental to our wellbeing – What the myth of „we should be productive at all times“ does to our mental and physical health – Why „I’m Fine!“ is one of the most common lies – Why we take on false identities ("The Fit one", "The Healthy Eater", "The Perfect Mom", "The Not-Ever-Complainer", "The Productive One", "The Happy, Smiley One" etc...) and how these false identities end up shackling and constricting us – Why it’s an act of bravery and the only path to true liberation to step up from behind our masks and reclaim our truth, our own personal values, our purpose, and to let go of old identities that might once have served us – Why we will only find „our people“ when we start showing up „real and authentic“ ourselves... ... And so much more! Time for some permission slips! Re-listen to episode 23 with me: www.lifeunrestricted.org/lu023 Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Jul 19, 2017
Download Episode! 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: www.jenniferrollin.com Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Jul 12, 2017
Download Episode! Hey lovely radicals, podcast alert! 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: www.andreawachter.com www.innersolutions.net Here’s the link to "The Human Fulfillment Institute": 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 Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
Jul 5, 2017
Download Episode! Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! 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: www.fatyoga.com.au Check out the "Body Positive Australia" website: 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 Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/
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