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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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Dec 22, 2016
"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. Lovely radicals! My knees are a little wobbly, as I bring to you my end-of-the-year solo-episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast. That's because what I put together, isn't just the usual fluffy-jingly Christmas talk. See, all around me, 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. Yes, I feel vulnerable to let the world know where I stand on some of the matters I will be talking about, but that's a perfect indicator: This is exactly what I have to do. Get ready, dear ones. 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. See why my knees are shaky? This one is important. If I had one Christmas gift wish, I would love for all the (wo)men in the world to have a chance to listen to this. For they deserve to live life true to themselves. Thank you a million times for being on this journey with me.... You are incredible people, radicals. I love you. Meret. 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 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/  
Dec 13, 2016
Download Episode! Hey, lovely radicals. Podcast time! In this episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you’re going to hear Lauren Anton from Culver City, California. Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer specializing in eating disorders and sports nutrition. She is the owner of "Arrive: Nutrition, Movement, Life". She has years of experience working at Eating Disorders Treatment facilities, in most levels of care, from Residential Treatment to Intensive Outpatient Treatment. She helps people who struggle with weight, food and exercise. Her goal is to assist her clients in moving away from a punitive experience with food and movement to one of self-compassion and self-care. Her non-diet, Health At Every Size approach allows people to break free from the chains of rules they have set for themselves that don’t serve them anymore, and she helps to guide them to an understanding of how their relationship to food, exercise and emotions are influencing each-other and their bodies. Lauren has spoken at numerous national conferences and events on eating disorders and sports nutrition. Today, Lauren will tell us: – What her earliest memory is of relating to bodies – How her mother’s restriction of snacks led to her binging on them secretly – Why she forced herself to become an athlete "against" her true inner will – What she sees when she looks at pictures of herself as a teenager, back when she was convinced she was fat – Why many women with anorexia don’t "look anorexic" and won’t get the help they need as long as doctors rely on something bogus like the BMI – What her advice is for all the parents out there who are dealing with doctors commenting on their child’s weight – What kind of experiences and comments made her develop a bad body image – Why her obsession with body and body image was centered around athleticism – How she learned to ignore her body’s signals just to be accepted as an athlete – Why focusing on the shapes and sizes of bodies isn’t helpful in sports, and what we should be focusing on instead – Why it is important to know and expect that giving up coping mechanisms like dieting or overexercising is going to bring up anxiety – Why people who exercise compulsively or engage in other disordered eating behaviors won’t heal if they "wait until they feel ready" – Why she thinks many people have to rock bottom until they allow themselves to change their lifestyle and finally heal – What her own rock bottom was – What kind of questions we can ask ourselves when we are tempted to fall back into old habits of weight-obsessing... ... And so much more!   Check out Lauren’s (brand new!) website and find out about her coaching business at: www.arrivenutrition.com   ********* 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/   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 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=stpr
Dec 9, 2016
Download Episode! Hello, lovely tribe! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Evelyn Tribole. Yes, THE Evelyn Tribole, the co-author of the groundbreaking bestseller "Intuitive Eating", and author of several other books. evelyn-tribole   Evelyn Tribole is an award-winning registered dietitian with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California, specializing in Eating Disorders, Intuitive Eating and celiac disease. Evelyn has a passion for helping people discover a healthy relationship with food, mind and body; whether that be through one-on-one counseling, writing, workshops or media appearances. And, as we know, she is the very pioneer who co-created the process that we now call "Intuitive Eating“" In the 90s, she was the nutrition expert for "Good Morning America", she was the national spokesperson for the "American Dietetic Association" for years and she has been rated as one of the "Best Nutritionists in the Country" by many US magazines. As you can imagine, she has had countless media appearances, and she has achieved the highest honors one could possibly dream of as an expert dietitian. Listen in and hear Evelyn Tribole tell us: – How her relationship to her body was as she grew up – How her mother came expressed her regret about her lifelong dieting efforts – How dieting and eating issues are detrimental to our relationships – Why she realized that "prescribing diets" was the very thing that made people end up worse – How it is that people who keep dieting keep gaining weight – Why we share the belief that diets should not be legal – Why thinking that "dieting is a healthy thing" is dangerous thinking – How it is that we can really improve our health – What she knows to be the source of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – Why she gets so fired up about toxic messages about "Sugar Addiction" and "Food Addiction" and the absurdity of the comparison of sugar to cocaine – Why she stresses the fact that many "street versions" of Intuitive Eating are plain misunderstood and wrong – What Intuitive Eating really is and what the 10 principles are – Why they stopped mentioning weight and numbers altogether by the third edition of the book "Intuitive Eating" – How she helps her clients to let go of the diet-mentality – Why it is crucial to let go of the internalized "Thin-Dream" in order to gain real freedom – What principles are the hardest for clients to tackle – How Intuitive Eating brings with it self-compassion and self-care – How she applies Intuitive Eating when it comes to eating disorders – Why so many athletes have eating disorders that go unnoticed – How she recognizes problematic behavior around food and exercise – How she helps patients and clients find a healthy relationship to exercise – Why a person's size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating "thin" to "healthy" – What kind of world she is dreaming of... ... And so much more! Check out Evelyn Tribole at: www.evelyntribole.com or www.intuitiveeating.com And here’s the link to the book "Intuitive Eating": https://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-Revolutionary-Program-Works/dp/0312321236 ********* 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/ Podcasting is expensive, more so than I thought. 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 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=stpr
Dec 9, 2016
Download Episode! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Aaron Flores from Calabasas, California. Aaron is a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES). aaron-flores As he describes on his website, he promotes a non-diet, weight neutral approach to changing behaviors that lead to improved health. He says "If you feel like you’ve tried every diet, your weight has yo-yo’ed for years and you are ready to stop fighting your body and learn to love food again, then I am the dietitian for you." I’ve had Aaron in my ears for a while now, because he is the man that hosts one of my favorite podcasts, namely Dietitians Unplugged, with the fabulous Glenys Oyston, whom I introduced you to in episode 12 of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast. So it is high time you meet the other half of that wonderful podcast. And you will! Listen to Aaron talk about: – How he came up with his Star Wars analogy for Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size versus diet-culture – How he experienced his body as a boy – How he and his family related to food – Why he’ll never forget his first trip to the dietitian with his mother – What the dietitian told him to do and why that set him up for the diet-binge-cycle – How he judged his body as an adolescent – How he ended up dieting for years and why he stopped – How diets fail all people, and why people still think "they failed" at the diet – What made him decide to become a registered dietitian – What he thought of Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size when we first heard it – Why he clung to the idea of weight-loss for as long as he did – How his transition into Intuitive Eating went for him – How he is working on accepting his own body – Why his transition into Intuitive Eating made him eventually leave his job and open his own practice – What he has learned from his whole transformation – What made see the logic behind a weight-neutral approach to health – Why learning about Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size is a lot like the movie "The Matrix" – How he handles his own judgmental side towards people, diets and bodies – Why he calls himself a feminist man and how he recognizes his privilege as a white male – How he wants to raise his boys – Why he is so grateful for his wife... ... And so much more! Check out Aaron’s work, as well as the link to his podcast with Glenys Oyston here: www.bvmrd.com ********* 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/ Podcasting is expensive, more so than I thought. 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 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=stpr
Dec 6, 2016
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Hey, sweet radicals, here we go again: Podcast!

This week, on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, it’s my pleasure to bring to you a fellow podcaster and size-acceptance fighter... It is the wonderful Christy Harrison from New York. christy-harrison Christy is an intuitive eating coach and anti-diet registered dietitian who helps people make peace with food. She offers online intuitive eating courses and individual nutrition therapy for people who want to heal their difficult relationship to food. Her work is based on Health At Every size and is coming from a body positive perspective, which is wonderful. Being a journalist as well, she has written for numerous magazines and websites, including Refinery29, Gourmet, The Food Network and others. She is also hosting a podcast that has had a great influence on me and my courage to recover from restriction, binging and overexercising. Christy and I chatted on a Sunday, evening for me, morning for her, so both of us in chill mode. Listen to Christy as she tells us: – How her relationship to food and body was when she grew up – What kind of experiences planted a seed in her mind that her body wasn’t good-looking enough – How her mother related to food, body and weight – Why her more serious eating difficulties didn’t start early in life, but only when she was in college – What experience it was that made her decide to change her body, go on diets and restrict her food – Why her mother didn’t recognize her eating behaviors and her struggle with bulimia – How she justified her behaviors around food and why it took her a long time to step out of denial – How not having the right therapist and physician negatively influenced her behavior – Why her codependency, of all things, turned out to be a saving grace in regards to taking the necessary steps toward recovery – How she subsequently healed her relationship to food and how self-compassion was critical – How early attachment issues often manifest in eating disorders and codependency – How therapy helped her heal her relationship to food, eating, and her sense of self-worth – How she helps her clients who want to give up lifelong dieting, disordered eating or eating disorders – How she helps people find to a weight-neutral approach to health – Why taking charge of our social media feed is so important and can be so healing – Why she thinks Health At Every Size (HAES) is the only way to truly heal our relationship with food and our weight – Why self-compassion and patience are pivotal in healing our body image and how we relate to food and weight... ... And so much more!   Check out Christy’s website: www.christyharrison.com Here’s the link to her podcast called "Food Psych": https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/food-psych-podcast-about-intuitive/id700512884?mt=2   ********* 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/   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 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=stpr
Nov 29, 2016
Download Episode! Lovely radical! Welcome to another beautiful ear-journey. In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Anita Johnston from Colorado/Hawaii. She is a clinical psychologist, certified eating disorder specialist and storyteller who has been working with women struggling with eating and weight for over 30 years. anita She is the Clinical Director of the ’Ai Pono Eating Disorder Programs in Honolulu and the recently opened ’Ai Pono Maui residential facility on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. She is Senior Advisor & Clinical Consultant to Focus Treatment Centers in Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knoxville, Tennessee as well as Consultant to EATFED in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of "Eating in the Light of the Moon", which has been published in six languages. As an international speaker, Dr. Anita Johnston talks about the effects of the preoccupation with dieting and weight that keep millions of women around the world obsessed and all too often unsuccessfully attempting to control their struggles. Her most recent project is an interactive online e-course and women’s support circle called the "Light of the Moon Café". Listen to Anita tell us: – Why she is still baffled that she herself didn’t develop an eating disorder when she was young – Why she thinks having a sensitive, intuitive nature is making women prone to having eating issues and a negative body image – How she became interested in women’s issues – How she became aware of the prevalent obsession with weight-loss, diet and body that women are caught up in – Why she is so passionate about her work treating eating disorders – Why she chose metaphors for her bestseller "Eating in the Light of the Moon" – What made her come up with the beautiful metaphors for her book – Why women’s eating issues have everything to do with patriarchy – How women can learn to appreciate and cherish their emotional intensity and intuitive skills – Why assertive communication is one of the most important skills to learn – How we can reframe what we have come to believe about women, bodies and food for decades – Why diet-culture hurts women’s souls so much, and how we can grow a certain amount of resiliency against it – Why having a supporting community of women is the antidote against the oppressive tendencies of diet-culture and patriarchy – How she deals with it when diet-culture (magazines, media, commercials) start affecting her inner contentment and how she re-appreciates her body – Why it is so important to learn to recognize and identify our internalized diet-mentality voice – How we can strengthen our inner voice of compassion to grow strong enough disobey the oppressive and punishing rules of the internalized diet-mentality and the external diet-culture messages –Why women’s bodies and women’s sexuality have continuously been objectified, judged and shamed – What the purpose of her online platform called "Light of the Moon Café" is and what it offers – Why her treatment center and programs on Hawaii are called ’Ai Pono... ... And so much more! If you are interested in Dr. Anita Johnston’s work, check out her website: http://www.dranitajohnston.com Also, check out the "Light of the Moon Café": http://www.lightofthemooncafe.com/ Here’s the link to the ’Ai Pono healing center (Hawaii): http://www.aipono.com/ ********* 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 Podcasting is expensive, more so than I thought. 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 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=stpr
Oct 31, 2016
Download Episode! Hi, sweet radicals! This week, the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast brings to you the wonderful Sonya Renee Taylor from California. Sonya Renee is the Founder and – as she calls it – Radical Executive Officer of "The Body Is Not An Apology", an international movement and organization committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. sonya-renee-taylor Sonya holds a BA in Sociology and a Masters degree in Organizational Management. Her work as an award-winning Performance Poet, Activist and transformational leader continues to have global reach. Sonya is a former National and International poetry slam champion, author, educator and activist who has mesmerized audiences across the world. Believing in the power of art as a vehicle for social change, Sonya has been widely recognized for her work as a change agent and has won heaps of awards and honors, and Bustle Magazine has named her one of the 12 "Women who paved the way for body positivity“. Sonya’s work has been seen and heard on practically EVERY news outlet in America. Sonya is a fierce advocate and activist for intersectional global justice. Listen in as Sonya Renee tells us: – What sort of messages she heard about women’s bodies when she grew up – What the most important messages are that made her believe in her abilities and power – How she experienced privilege and oppression – Why she believes body-shame and tendencies of self-hate are learned and can be unlearned – What body-empowerment entails and why it really is about all areas of social justice, be it ableism, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, weight-discrimination or any other form – Why weight-stigma is adding a toxic layer that affects those most that are already being discriminated against – How her great movement called "The Body Is Not An Apology" came about – Why she feels so grateful for all the contributors for showing her their perspective – Why "The Body Is Not An Apology" is for everybody – How her idea of self-love is different than the fuzzy ideas we often hear; why she calls it "radical self-love" – How her 30-day self-love challenge called RUHCUS helped her overcome her biggest shame – Why it is that some form of body shame is likely to seep back in and how we can deal with it to maintain body-peace – Why it is critical to learn about the mechanism of the diet- and beauty-industry to see just how much power we are giving away by buying into the lies we are being told every day – What would happen when women over night stopped believing those lies and stopped buying all those products – What radical self-love realistically looks like and why it has a massive impact on the world around us – Why we can never create a peaceful world unless we make peace within ourselves – What she does on those days that she finds it hard to love herself – Why it is important to see that we would only set ourselves up for failure if we want to do this journey towards body love perfectly – Why she encourages all of us to do "what WE want" and not "what we think others want us to do" – What she would change immediately were she to rule the world... ... And so much more! Check out Sonya Renee Taylor here: www.sonya-renee.com and her platform "The Body Is Not An Apology" here: www.thebodyisnotanapology.com   ********* Don't forget!********* Podcasting is expensive, more so than I thought. 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 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/ 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=stpr
Oct 24, 2016
Download Episode! Hello, dear body acceptance radicals! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Maria Paredes from Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist who describes herself as a five-star listener, heart healer, courage instiller, lover of ALL bodies, self-compassion coach, voice amplifier, companion to those in pain and a believer in hope. maria-paredes She holds a Bachelor degree in psychology, a Masters degree in school counseling, as well a a doctoral degree in counseling and counselor education. She helps people who are stuck in the diet-binge-cycle as well as those who want to feel more comfortable in their own skin, make peace with food and with their bodies. She offers individual and group counseling, clinical supervision, workshops, and talks at schools, workplaces and different communities. Listen to Maria tell us: – How she grew up without constant diet-talk, weight-obsessing or body-shaming – What made her get into her field of work – How she helps her clients with different therapy methods like Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT) – Why she doesn’t demonize any behaviors around food and how she finds out what the behavior represents – How she lets people re-relate to behaviors like binge-eating – Why she is against "forcing" people to let go of their coping mechanism and what she does instead – How she helps parents not to pass on the difficult relationship they have to food and body to their children – What she says about her "butt" when she looks in the mirror (hint: it’s gooooood!) – How we can utilized Social Media to our benefit when it comes to un-learn toxic ideas about weight, body, food and shape – Why she fully supports the Health At Every Size (HAES) principles and Intuitive Eating – How she introduces these concepts to her clients – How she helps overcome their internalized shame and fat-phobic beliefs – What helped her become aware of the weight- and fat-stigma in our world – How she helps her clients educate themselves about diet-culture and the capitalistic machinery behind it, and how this helps us stepping out of old beliefs – Why she thinks the path to real body and food liberation are MUCH harder to do than going along with the mainstream dogma and constant dieting – How she started to appreciate her own body – Why we will always be stuck in a weight-obsessed mentality (and spend precious amounts of energy and time trying to "fix" our bodies) unless we address internalized fat-phobia – Why it is so important to surround ourselves with people and images of people of all shapes and sizes to end our inner fat-phobic beliefs – What makes the HAES movement so incredibly beautiful, warm and welcoming... ... And so much more! If you are interested in working with Dr. Maria Paredes or finding out more about what she does, check out her website: http://www.threebirdscounseling.com Also, check out her Facebook site called "Body Politics with Dr. Paredes": https://m.facebook.com/BodyPoliticsWithDrParedes/?__mref=message_bubble   ********* 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 Podcasting is expensive, more so than I thought. 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 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=stpr http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join  
Oct 20, 2016
Download Episode! Hello there, lovely radicals... Time to unwind! Here's my first bonus episode of "Life. Unrestricted." for you: A guided meditation of 25 minutes. Take this time for yourself and allow yourself to find some peace in the midst of the craziness of daily life. Your body and mind will thank you for it. Enjoy this guided meditation to tame our monkey mind, and to drop into a state of awake presence and full awareness of THIS moment—all we ever have. If you experience your mind wandering off into thoughts and worries, expectations or judgments, just remember that this is normal and it happens to everybody. Just notice that "thinking" is happening, acknowledge the thoughts, and let them go. Over and over again. As if they were clouds passing by. Don't attach any meaning to them, don't hold on to them, just return to the present moment, and focus on the sensation of your breath as it enters your nose and fills your chest, your lungs and your belly. It's all about noticing and returning back to the present moment, without judging yourself. That is what mindfulness and meditation basically is. Now Let us slow down for 25 minutes, as we experience ... the NOW. The aliveness of your body, the state of non-doing... and the wonderfulness of just "being". This is my first guided meditation, so I hope I manage to bring some stillness into your life as we travel through the body together. More is to come; as soon as I can make the time, I will play with it and try different lengths and different styles. With love, M. ****** 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 Podcasting is expensive, more so than I thought. 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. Thank you so much! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted 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=stpr
Oct 17, 2016
Download Episode! Lovely having you here, my fellow traveller! It's Podcast time, which means: It's a great moment to just open our ears and listen to a wonderful woman who has so much to say about what "moderation" really means. In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." Podcast, I have the pleasure to talk to Zoe Nicholson from Melbourne, Australia. Zoe is an accredited practicing dietitian and the owner and director of the highly successful Melbourne based private practice called "figureate"- spelled out like figure and ate, as in "I ate cheesecake". zoenicholson Zoe conducts nutrition seminars and workshops for workplaces and corporations and she has, together with multi-award winning fitness professional Jodie Arnot, established the now well known "Moderation Movement" in Australia. Here's Zoe! She will tell us: – How she grew up without constant diet-talk, weight-obsessing or body-shaming – Why it is so important what kind of role-models we are for our children – When she found out that, basically, the rest of the world had gone slightly mad around so called health, weight and fitness – How most people ended up feeling so much shame and guilt around food and their own bodies – How the constant barrage of images of so-called "goal-bodies" and the millions of weight-loss messages we see every week has twisted our idea of health – How to be real: We are not MEANT to – nor can we be  successful at (without losing our minds!) – reaching an unattainable beauty ideal – How much precious time in a person’s life can literally be wasted on this toxic idea – What she means when she speaks of the "Non-Diet"-approach to nutrition and health – Why she still can’t believe that in todays day and age, we need to stand up for something that ought to be normal: a sustainable, balanced approach to health that doesn’t shrink our life – What "The Moderation Movement" is and what its goals are – What "moderation" means to her – How she helps people get comfortable with the idea of "moderation" – How we can manage our health without ever dieting or fixating on our weight, and why, ironically the sheer act of "not fixating on weight" might be the first step to real health – Why a person's size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating "thin" to "healthy"... ... And so much more! If you are interested in working with Zoe or finding out more about what she does, check out her website: www.figureate.com.au Check out "The Moderation Movement" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moderationmovement/?fref=ts ********* Don't forget!********* 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 Also,  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/ 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=stpr
Oct 11, 2016
LU 014: Tracy Brown – Stepping towards a joyful relationship with food and body size

In this episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you’re going to hear Tracy Brown from Naples, Florida. She is a nutrition therapist, registered licensed dietitian and somatic attuned eating coach who has offered counseling in private practice since 2006. She specializes in treatment of eating disorders and eating problems for both adults and children and she also routinely teaches intuitive eating workshops and disordered eating related talks in the North Central Florida area, including Santa Fe College and Flager College, St. Augustine, Florida. Today, and only on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, she’s will tell us all of this:
– How being highly sensitive as a kid led her to numb her feelings with an obsession to be the perfect kid
– How her obsession quickly turned into meal-skipping, dieting, and taking advice from fitness-magazines at face value
– Why it took years of purging, binging, restricting and suffering before she realized that happiness wasn’t to be found by chasing after the skinny ideal
– When it was that she decided to learn to accept her body and look into attuned (intuitive) eating
– What it took for her to heal her relationship to food, body and exercise
– Why therapy and body image work helped her not to worry about food and her body anymore
– How she provides practical guidance and interventions for people suffering from eating disorders, food fears and underlying emotions
– How society has a false image of how eating disorders look like and how the reality of eating disorders look like
– How we can learn to eat based on permission
– Why, when she works nutritionally with her clients, she only does so to make sure that they eat enough and have all they need
– Why the concept of "good" and "bad" foods is obsolete to maintain a body’s natural weight
– Why she believes that dieting, binging, purging and all eating disorders are symbolic communicators delivering a message from our soul
– What she does when she does "symbolic decoding"
– Why, when we are tempted to say "I feel fat", it never – ever – is about the size of our body, and what we can ask ourselves instead
– What her three most favorite words are
– Why she thinks that everyone who is willing to heal the relationship to their body/food and weight is a badass...

... And so much more!

Check out Tracy Brown’s website and find out about her coaching business at: www.tracybrownrd.com

 

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Oct 3, 2016
Download Episode! In this episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Chris Cole from Boulder, Colorado. Chris is a life coach and works with clients in recovery from any number of addictions, mood or behavioral issues. He has been through quite a journey himself. In fact, it was such a rollercoaster ride that he wrote a book about it: It's called "The Body Of Chris – a Memoir of Obsession, Addiction and Madness". chriscole Chris is a highly compassionate, positive force that helps people find their truth and their unique healing by offering an experienced perspective, a radical wellness orientation and an encouraging relationship that is crucial to sustainable growth. Listen in and hear Chris’ amazing story: – What factors contributed to him feeling ashamed of his body in childhood – Why early restriction only exacerbated his difficult relationship to food – How being bullied and fat-shamed as a boy made him obsessed with losing weight – How he learned to binge eat and the real danger of the concept of "cheat meals" – How a personal trainer introduced him to diet-pills – Why he didn’t realize the harm of them and quickly got hooked – Why these "speedy" diet-pills turned out to be a gateway drug for him – How his obsession with becoming thinner escalated into a whole range of problems – When and how it became obvious for him and those around him that he was really sick – What kind of harmful behaviors and habits contributed to his manic episode in college – How manic episodes of psychosis typically present themselves and what it felt like for him – How his deep body shame manifested in this peak moment of crisis – Why his book is called "The Body of Chris" – Why he is very passionate when talking about "The tragedy of the BMI" – How he now sees that his alcohol/drug addictions are connected to his history of body shame and disordered eating as well as to his bipolar disorder – Why he felt he had to numb out his sensitive nature – What made him have liposuction at 17 and why that didn’t help him feel better about himself – Why his body shame was the last and biggest hurdle on his road to full recovery – Why he thinks recovery from any sort of destructive behavior is only the first step to dealing with the deeper problem that we tried to numb out from – How vulnerability with his then-future-wife helped him take the necessary steps – Why intuitive eating was so hard for him to learn – How he deals with the messages that our weight-obsessed culture, TV and movies throw at us – How meditation taught him to deal with his thoughts – Why his current profile picture on Facebook represents what recovery looks like to him – What having a body means to him these days and how he appreciates it, flaws and all... ... And so much more! Check out Chris Cole and his coaching over at: www.colecoaching.com Here’s the link to Chris’ wonderful book "The Body Of Chris": https://www.amazon.com/Body-Chris-Obsession-Addiction-Madness/dp/1941758142/   ********* 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/ 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 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=stpr
Sep 27, 2016
Download Episode! Hello, lovely radicals! Time for another podcast ride; hold on tight! In this episode of the "Life Unrestricted" podcast, we are getting to know Glenys Oyston. Glenys is a Registered Dietitian who does NOT believe in dieting; she has seen behind the diet-culture BS and has become a Health At Every Size dietitian. Like many of her fellow RD’s that follow the Health At Every Size (HAES, for short) principles, she knows that it’s much more helpful to improve our relationship to our bodies and food than focusing on weight-loss. She has been a diet-victim for decades, just like many of us, and she has experienced just how much attention and congratulations we get when weight is lost. Therefore she knows exactly why so many people dread to gain weight. But instead of keeping on living in the pre-hell of either lusting after food or restricting it, she got taught a better way. She got educated about HAES, Health At Every Size, and as she says, it has transformed her life and the way she thinks about weight, diet and body image. glenysoyston Needless to say, she never dieted again and she is doing fabulous. She has helped countless humans ditch diet-mentality and find true self-acceptance and a healthy body image. She also writes the amazing blog called "Dare To Not Diet" and she is a fellow podcast lady. Together with Aaron Flores, she hosts the highly recommendable podcast "Dietitians Unplugged". Glenys tells us how she came to be a Health At Every Size (HAES) dietitian, and how the process of stepping out of the dogmatic diet-culture chains has helped her—finally, in her forties—to develop a relaxed and uncomplicated, peaceful relationship with food and her body. She shares her story with us and you’ll hear: – Why she never learned to eat balanced meals as a kid – How her mother’s diet-mentality kept her from eating with her daughter – How she ended up comforting herself with cookies and cake – Why she ended up repeating what her mother did: go on strict, restrictive diets – How dieting kept her mental and physical bandwidth trapped and made her obsess about food – How an incredibly lucky coincidence saved her from another 20+ years of yoyo-dieting – How studying the Health At Every Size (HAES) principles helped her free herself from eternal dieting – How she gave up on the "thin person-game" and learned to accept her body in its natural, happy shape – Why she thinks it’s no coincidence that diet-culture started skyrocketing after women got the right to – What is lost on the world when the majority of the female population is dieting/focusing so much energy on weight-loss – How diets are just as addictive as any other coping mechanism – Why it’s never really about the weight or our body, even when we think it is – What we have to work on before we can successfully ditch diets and embody ourselves – How she and her HAES-colleagues help their clients to un-diet and re-allow their previously restricted foods into their diet – Why the whole process of un-dieting requires a lot of trust, courage and strength – What her deepest wish is – What she would like to be remembered for... ...And so much more! Check out her awesome blog at: www.daretonotdiet.wordpress.com Glenys on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/public/Glenys-Oyston https://www.facebook.com/DareToNotDiet ********* 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/ 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 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=stpr
Sep 24, 2016
LU 002: Nicole Spencer – A brave journey from addictions and disorders back to life with yoga.Download Episode! Lovelies and loveliettes, Welcome to episode TWO of the Life. Unrestricted. Podcast!

In this episode of the Life Unrestricted Podcast, I am talking to Nicole Spencer, a 49 year old life coach and Yoga Recovery teacher from Zurich, Switzerland. She shares with us her incredible journey from growing up as an anxious kid who developed OCD, later an eating disorder, exercise addiction, and, finally, severe alcoholism from which it took her a long time to fully recover. She reveals what really helped her on this often difficult healing process and how she maintains healthy boundaries and true stability. Initially a successful banker, she has now found her true passion in helping other people on their way to recovery from addictions and disorders, and to find their inner peace, more grounding as well as access to their true inner compass. She shares her best advice on: – How, unless we treat the root cause of them, it's highly likely that stopping an addiction will only cause another to appear and hurt us – How we can cultivate more self-compassion – How to de-stress in today's constant sensory overload – How to ground ourselves when things aren't going as planned – How to calm our monkey mind – What it means to truly take care of ourselves... ... And so much more!

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Find Nicole and her boyfriend Michel are the creators of Yogaherz (Switzerland); you can find everything on: www.yogaherz.ch/about-us-en.htmlNicole teaches great Yoga classes at Sanapurna in Zurich (Switzerland), all the infos are on: www.sanapurna.ch ********* 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/ 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 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=stpr
Sep 24, 2016
LU 003: Nicola Rinaldi – No period. Now what? Health issues from overexercise and too little food.Download Episode! Friends! Welcome to the third episode of the Life. Unrestricted. Podcast! In this episode, I talk to Nicola Rinaldi from Boston (USA) about her journey from losing her period – due to too much exercise and not enough food – to recovery, and in her case a beautiful family with three boys. The talks about how her love of exercise became unhealthy and how things really turned nasty when she also started dieting in order to lose "those ten pounds". She came to regret that: She stopped menstruating and subsequently almost slipped into a full blown eating disorder. Fortunately, she was able to allow herself to get better: Her dreams of having a family of her own meant that she had to take care of herself. She exercised less, ate more and finally got her period back and started a family. She is passionate about helping women to see why their cycle is so important for their mood, their sleep, their bones and their overall health whether or not they want children of their own. She helped hundreds of women recover their periods and has only recently published her book "No period. Now What?", a comprehensive guide to recovery for women who have lost their period. Nicola shares her insights on: – What "Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea" (HA) is, what causes it and what the ramifications of it are – How, when she lost her period more than 10 years ago, she had to do her own research to find out what was really happening – How the Minnesota Starvation Experiment Study helped her regain her senses and start to recover – How women are often misinformed when it comes to weight and pregnancy – How it happens that we often think that we are doing the "healthy thing" when, in reality, we are damaging our health – What "healthy exercise" is – How we are often totally misguided when it comes to exercise and food – How to recover a healthy menstrual cycle and keep up a non-diet lifestyle after birth – How we can change our mindset from "fear of weight gain" to "becoming healthy and happy" again – How we can snap out of our negative self-talk – How we can start to change the conversation about the current, unnatural beauty ideal that we see – How partners and husbands are often suffering when their girlfriends or wives get stuck in such a state of weight-obsession and exercise compulsion – How they react to a woman regaining her full health and radiance, and how much they appreciate their natural bodies and relaxedness – How she raises her three boys to become non-judgmental towards size and shape... ... And so much more!

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Check out Nicola Rinaldi and her new book "No period. Now what?" over at: www.noperiodnowwhat.com Or you can also visit her old blog right here: www.noperiodbaby.com

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Sep 16, 2016
Download Episode! Hey, lovely radicals... Ear-treat ahead! In this episode of the "Life Unrestricted" podcast, Virgie Tovar and I chat about how she became the unapologetic badass she is today. As you might guess, she wasn’t always as confident as she is nowadays, and she had to learn a lot about life, herself, sexuality, feminism and diet-culture to finally be able to liberate herself from the oppressive, fat-phobic cultural paradigm that keeps women desperately trying to fit in, often in the form of dieting and obsessing over their weight. virgie She experienced first hand, what it means to be fat-shamed, stigmatized and devalued and she is now fiercely on a mission to educate people about the ugly truths behind the merciless profit-seeking mechanisms of the diet-industry, media-literacy, the effects of weight-stigma on mental and physical health and the ways of changing the current narrative. Virgie shares her story with us and you’ll hear: – How early it got into her head that women should "lose weight" – What measures she was willing to take in order to change her body – How fat-phobia and weight-stigma can cause women to engage in risky sexual behavior – How fat-stigma intersects with other cultural injustices like racism, homophobia, sexism, classism or ableism – How she ended up with an extraordinary lifestyle and sexual adventures when she was only a teenager – What it was that made her feel desired and more comfortable in her body – How feminism helped her to reclaim her own power – What the exact moment was that she finally broke up with diet-culture for good – Why feminism is seen as something "OH, NO, THANKS!" for many people, especially women – What her journey towards self-acceptance looked (and looks) like – What causes her to experience bad body days – Why fat-phobia causes ongoing trauma for people – How bigger-bodied people can protect themselves and take care of their own mental health first – How we can help changing the current diet-culture-poisoned paradigm one woman at a time – How we can engage in political activism so that it can be a form of self-care – What her nationwide lectures are all about, and what her main messages are – What her online course "Babecamp" offers to women who are ready to ditch their diet-culture-brainwashed mentality – What her deepest wish is – What she would like to be remembered for... ...And so much more! Check out her website with all of her work (including her latest book project and details about "Babecamp") at: www.virgietovar.com and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/virgietovar Here’s the link to her groundbreaking anthology "Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion": http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Heavy-Fierce-Girls-Fashion/dp/1580054382 ********* 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: www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/ 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 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=stpr
Aug 31, 2016
Download Episode! In this episode of the "Life Unrestricted" podcast, you are going to meet one of my favorite ladies in the world of body positivity and body image: It's Summer Innanen from Vancouver, whose podcast has literally changed my life. Summer In my opinion, every woman can use a good dose of Summer in her life! She works as a Body Image Coach who has her own past with diets, restriction, body insecurity and exercise addiction, and she now helps women to stop living behind the number on their scales, to ditch the diet demons for good and to develop real inner confidence. Today, and only on the "Life Unrestricted" podcast, she's letting us know some things about herself that she hasn't shared anywhere else before. So listen in and learn: – How being  body-shamed, bullied and being surrounded by diet-talk and an ever-dieting mother contributed to her slipping into a very obsessive mindset – What she was trying to achieve by "becoming thinner" and why so many of us fall into this trap – Why she never realized she had a problem until very late in the "game" – What terrible advice she was given by various doctors before she found someone who was educated enough to know about the harmful effects of overexercising and restriction on the female body – How she stopped lying to herself – How she managed to break her exercise addiction and gave her body time to heal – How long it took her to get the "thin-obsession" out of her head – Why discovering Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES) played such an important role in her recovery – What she learned about the underlying issues that keep women in the diet- and weight-obsession trap – Why anger and resentment are blocks to becoming an authentically kind and compassionate person – What women are REALLY trying to fix when they are trying to fix their bodies – What body positivity means to her – Why body image is much more than how we think about our thighs and stomachs – How learning about the mechanisms of diet-culture and the huge fitness- and weight-loss-industries can help us snap awake – Why developing an inner rebel helps on our journey towards accepting our bodies – How to find a tribe of likeminded rebels is key to the healing process – How she works with her clients and how she challenges them to step out of their comfort zones – Where she expects the most resistance in her coaching work – Why emotional eating is part of the process when healing body image, diet-obsession and exercise addiction – How having a healthy body image doesn't mean it's all sunshine and rainbows – Where her inner Gremlin shows up for her these days – Why she would never go back to that small life she previously had as a career dieter – How all of us can discover that freedom and solid self-worth beyond the scales and our jeans size... ... And so much more! Check out Summer's website and find out about her coaching business at: www.summerinnanen.com www.rockyourbodynow.com Details for the 2017 retreat are here: www.reclaimretreat.com ********* 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/ 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 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=stpr
Aug 21, 2016
Download Episode! In this episode of the "Life Unrestricted" podcast, I get to talk to Dr. Linda Bacon from Berkeley, California, USA. It’s a lucky day for all of us, because we get to listen to her highly insightful knowledge and opinion about our relationship to food, bodies and health. 7-BaconLinda Dr. Linda Bacon is a health professor and researcher on the inside track of weight-regulation science, she holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology and exercise metabolism with a specialty in nutrition. She has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health and is well-published in top scientific journals, and has written two books, first, her highly acclaimed bestseller "Health At Every Size – The Surprising Truth About Your Weight" and recently "Body Respect – What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out Or Just Fail To Understand About Weight". She is currently a health professor at City College of San Francisco and an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California Davis. She is sharing her story with us and will tell us: – Why she invested decades diving into science – How it is possible, that the clear understanding about health (and how little weight really plays into it) has for decades been kept from the public – Why the truth about diets not working and weight not being an important determinator of health is being held back – Who is really behind the decision to make "obesity" classify as a disease – Why there is such tremendous resistance to the idea of size-acceptance – Who and what is behind the "obesity"-crisis, fat-fear and weight-stigma – Why our capitalist society needs us to believe there is something "wrong" with us – Why putting the sole focus on weight-loss will not improve health markers, and what does – Why so many women and men aren’t even recognizing the damaging effects of the myths they believe in – Why diet and exercise are only small contributors to a person’s actual health – How social status, agency, genes, mental and psychological stress and unfair treatment are so much more important in determining someone’s health – How, during her Phd, she was confronted with the fact that the actual (!) truth wasn’t appreciated by decision-makers – Why so many doctors are innocently prescribing weight-loss despite the fact that this most often doesn’t address the issue at hand – What the pillars of Health At Every Size (HAES) really are and what the most common myths about it are – Why Health At Every Size (HAES) is for people of all sizes, and why it gets so much push-back – Why we need a lot of critical thinking to see behind the lies that keep so many people trapped, unhealthy, and frustrated – Why weight- and fat-discrimination are highly detrimental to a person’s health and will never lead to long-lasting, healthy weight-management – Why it is wise to look at so-called "scientific proof" with a critical eye – Why people who accept and appreciate their bodies will take better care of it – Why much of the problems we blame on fat have, in fact, nothing to do with fat – Why both thin people as well as people in larger bodies risk medical misdiagnosis due to the BMI index – Why she is optimistic that the medical profession will, ever so slowly, change their views – What her mission in life is... ... And so much more! Check out Dr. Linda Bacon, her work around Health At Every Size (HAES) and her coaching over at: www.lindabacon.org All the relevant infos and the Health At Every Size (HAES) community are here: www.haescommunity.com www.healthateverysizeblog.org www.sizediversityandhealth.org Here’s the links to her books: – "Health At Every Size – The Surprising Truth About Your Weight" https://www.amazon.com/Health-At-Every-Size-Surprising/dp/1935618253 – "Body Respect – What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out Or Just Fail To Understand About Weight" https://www.amazon.com/Body-Respect-Conventional-Health-Understand/dp/1940363195/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471714036&sr=1-1&keywords=body+respect+linda+bacon   ********* 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/ 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 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=stpr
Aug 15, 2016
Download Episode! My friend, how nice to see you are tuning back in! In this episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Vania Phitidis from Sussex, Great Britain. Vania is an Intuitive Eating Counsellor, an MB-EAT teacher, MB-EAT being the acronym for Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) as well as a Self Esteem Mentor. She has a master in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Art history from VITS. vania-phitidis In order to resolve her own body image issues and eating disorders she found that she had to let go of 5 things. 1 – unrealistic expectations of herself, 2 dieting, 3 restricting particular foods, 4 trying to get and stay skinny and 5 attempting to be perfect. Sounds easy, but was a lifelong process that she will tell us about. What she is focused on nowadays is being her most powerful self and helping others to enhance the quality of their own life and make better use of it than eternally dieting. For me, it’s vulnerability time today... In this episode, Vania Phitidis doesn’t just show us how we can let go of our food and weight fears and approach health from a sane and loving perspective. But she uses me as an example... and questions my inner gremlin voice. Find out how that turns out! So, listen in and hear Vania tell us her story: – How early it got into her head that women should „lose weight“ – How quick children are to copy what they see their mothers do – What made her develop bulimia and how bad that got for her – Why giving up bulimia didn’t change anything on a mental level – Why she subsequently got stuck in dieting and being constantly worried about her weight – Why it is that diets (or "lifestyle changes" where weight-loss is the goal!) DO NOT work – Why we often do the worst thing for our body when we train too often and too hard. – What it takes to overcome the eternally distracting quest for thinness – How she overcame her internalized fear of weight gain – How we can choose what we expose ourselves to – How she learned that everyone, including herself, is inherently worthy – Why women who stay obsessed by weight-loss and dieting are severely limiting their potential – How she learned to calm her mind and catch the thoughts that kept her stuck – How we can learn to question our beliefs and our thinking – Why it is important to question what we believe is „true“, simply because we "always believed it" – Why mindfulness is key on the path to self-acceptance and body-acceptance – How mindfulness can help us become aware of our feelings and our spontaneous reactions – Why she doesn’t advise anyone to shout back at the inner critic, and what to do instead – Why she believes that Intuitive Eating is the only way to leave the days of "feeling crazy around food" behind – Why the switch from dieting to Intuitive Eating takes a leap of faith and can be very challenging – Why real progress in the direction of healing is not possible unless we work on our body image and our deep-rooted fat-phobia – How she deals with people who engage in diet-talk, body-shaming and eternal weight-loss-talk bonding. – What her mission in life is... ...And so much more! Check out Vania Phitidis and her coaching over at: www.peacefuleating.co.uk Also find her group on Facebook "It’s not about the weight" The book that opened her eyes on the oppressive nature of diet-culture: Naomi Wolf: "The Beauty Myth" ********* 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/ 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 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=stpr
Aug 8, 2016
Download Episode! My friend, lovely seeing you here again! In today's episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, I talk to Kathleen A. Bishop from San José, California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Relapse Prevention Specialist. In private practice, she specializes in Eating and Substance Use Disorders and she works at a non-profit providing Intensive Outpatient Treatment to clients with Substance Use Disorder and cooccurring mental health conditions like anxiety, depression or Eating Disorders. Kathleen, who is also a body positive size diversity activist who promotes Health At Every Size (HAES) principles to end stigma and mistreatment that is associated with weight, has overcome her own body image obsessions and she shares her great insights with us! kathleen In this episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, she talks about ... all of it. You'll even hear about the craziest diet you have ever heard. Wait for it. Horse urine is involved.... But more importantly, you'll learn: – How she finally found freedom from yoyo-dieting, body insecurity and disordered eating – Why a person's size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating "thin" to "healthy" – How she started to appreciate her own body – Why we will always be stuck in a weight-obsessed mentality (and spend precious amounts of energy and time trying to "fix" our bodies) unless we address internalized fat-phobia – Why it is so important to surround ourselves with people and images of people of all shapes and sizes to end our inner fat-phobic beliefs – How we can learn to trust ourselves and our bodies again – How to heal negative body image, let go of disordered eating, overcome food fears and end weight-obsession - Why it is important to see the toxic mechanisms behind diet-culture and the diet industry and how this can help us stepping out of old beliefs – How harmful weight-stigma really is and that it is a lose-lose situation for everybody – How thin people can use the word "fat" appropriately when talking about bigger bodied humans... ... And so much more! Check out Kathleen's body positive page on Facebook, where she promotes self-acceptance through Intuitive Eating and with the Health At Every Size principles. The page is called "Body Peace & Liberation". If you are interested in her work or working with her, you'll find all the infos here: www.bodypeaceliberation.com ********* 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/ 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 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=stpr
Jul 30, 2016
LU 006: Kaila Prins – How to stand up against society's restrictive standards and live life fully.

Are you ready to meet the first drag queen who is actually trapped in a woman’s body? In today's episode of the Life Unrestricted Podcast, I am chatting with Kaila Prins, the woman with the most awesome drag make up I've ever seen. She is a body positive burlesque and pole dancer and by that she is a performing woman... performing "woman"! Kaila is also a body positive wellness and recovery coach, feminist writer and speaker and a fellow podcastine... She talks about her 13-year battle with eating disorders, calorie counting, yo-yo dieting and compulsive exercise and has the most amazing guests. Kaila is one of the precious few voices who bring the taboo topics of eating disorders, exercise addiction, and body image obsession into the open and is an inspiration for thousands – myself included. This show will leave you feeling ready to change the world, one step towards self-acceptance at a time. You will hear us talk about:

– How "healthy" and "skinny" have nothing to do with each other
– How we are potentially harming ourselves by doing what society calls "healthy"
– How most eating disorders go undiagnosed in a culture that promotes harmful behaviors
– How to tell if you are exercise dependent and how to break free of exercise addiction
– How too much exercise can be severely damaging to our bodies, our fertility and our emotional health
– How our obsession to be skinny can keep us trapped in recovered-enough and how this can hold us trapped and certainly keeps us from enjoying life as fully as we could – How we can actually LET ourselves enjoy life, step out of our obsession to control our bodies and the need to be thinner
– How to get over our internalized fat-phobia and diet-culture mindset
– Why burlesque dancing is a great way to help you reconnect to and feel good in your body as it is returning to its happy weight
– How discovery is an important to leave the disordered mindset behind and step into your real self
– How discovering who you really are is worth so much more than living your life trying to match an unrealistic, distorted ideal
– How important it is to see behind media's messages, to understand the psychology of marketing, to educate ourselves how we are being marketed to and why advertisement is intended to make us feel "less than" and "not good enough", so that we, as customers, keep coming back
– How we can change the conversation, one brave woman at a time...

... And so much more!

 

Kaila is currently working on a program to work with clients who want to leave their exercise addiction and disordered eating behaviors behind and start living a fulfilling, satisfying life according to their own rules. You'll find out more about her, her blog, her dancing gigs and (soon) her program on her website: www.performingwoman.com
You can follow her on all the different social media platforms (@performingwoman) and her awesome podcast is here:
www.findingourhunger.com

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Jul 25, 2016
Download Episode! Lovely ones... Yay! Welcome to episode 5 of the "Life Unrestricted Podcast"... ... You are going to love what you hear. In this episode of the "Life Unrestricted Podcast", you are going to meet Sarah Vance from Cincinnati, a truly fabulous chick who knows exactly what it means when we let the mission to "get our goal body" take over our lives. Sarah experienced first hand how – back when "her body was a project" – life can feel increasingly horrible, and that the more obsessed we become with weight and appearance, the more our health is at the risk of declining. As a former bikini model and exercise addict who was severely obsessed with food, weight, fitness and her appearance, she knows the battle of so many people in today's society. She has managed to step out of restriction misery and has healed her compulsive relationship to exercise. It has become her mission to help others reclaim their freedom with their bodies and their relationship to food. She is a body image coach who specializes in banishing body hate and in getting a handle on emotional eating. sarahvance This week, on the "Life Unrestricted Podcast", she shares with us: – How she slipped into the increasingly obsessive mindset where "good" was never "good enough" – How we often don't realize how sneakily a body- and weight-obsessed mentality can turn our life into a trap – Why she ignored her declining health (loss of period, injuries, hair falling out...) for so long – What the turning point for her was when she said "enough" – What the first crucial steps are when we want to heal our negative body image and self-loathing – How helpful it was to her to learn about the mechanisms of diet-culture and the way media portrays women – Why the majority of eating disorders aren't being detected and how our culture promotes disordered behavior as "healthy" – How body positivity helped her on her path towards body acceptance – What the most important steps are when we want to break free from obsessive behaviors – Why we need to detach "food" from "exercise" in our minds – How she got through the most difficult periods of recovery – Why she now celebrates every menstrual cycle she gets – How we can tackle the issue of "body image in the bedroom" – How she worked through her issues to now be able to enjoy a truly fulfilling sex life that was non-existent before – How she intends to help change the harmful existing paradigm that keeps so many people trapped in the idea that they have to "look good"... ... And so much more! Check out Sarah's awesome website and find out about her coaching business at: www.sarahvance.com Here's the link to the 2017 retreat in San Diego with Summer Innanen: www.reclaimretreat.com ********* 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: www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/ 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 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=stpr
Jul 2, 2016
LU 004: Keri-Anne Livingstone – Daring to suck can make all the difference in life...Download Episode! Boom! Welcome to episode number 4 of the Life. Unrestricted. Podcast! In this episode, Keri-Anne Livingstone and I are getting real about... getting real. As a Certified Empowerment Coach, impassioned speaker and "Edu-Tainer", Keri-Anne helps others towards radical self-acceptance, overcoming fear and how to be the truest version of themselves. She shares with us how, up until just a few years ago, she was an overwhelmed mother and disconnected woman living an unfulfilled corporate lifestyle, and only after many unexpected challenges in her life, she transformed her mindset by exploring the one concept that she is now teaching us... "Daring To Suck". Listen in and learn: – What she means when she says "dare to suck" – What the most important steps are in this process – How you can learn to tune in and get courageous enough to speak up – How we can implement her concept "Daring To Suck" into our lives – How a simple mindset-shift can propel us out of victim-mentality – Why it's not helping to make life all about "just be positive" – How we can learn to recognize the great gifts in our most difficult struggles – How we can make our own hot mess someone else’s miracle – How three simple words can set you on the right track to more self-confidence – What it takes to overcome self-doubt and to step into a feeling of self-worth – Why there’s no need to be afraid of fear when we know what it wants to tell us... ... And so much more! keri-anne-livingstone Find out more about Keri-Anne and her Daring To Suck program here: www.keriannelivingstone.com and: www.daringtosuck.ca You can follow her on all the different social media platforms, and you are invited to join her Facebook group called „Empathetic Badasses unite“! ********* 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/ Lotsa love, Meret 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 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=stpr
Jul 1, 2016
Download Episode! That’s it! Here it is: The Life. Unrestricted. Podcast! The show that might just make you feel better about yourself, your body and your worth beyond your jeans size. So before you start the next diet to „finally lose that weight“, stop right there and listen in. Let me ask you: When is enough enough? 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? Aren't yo tired of the negative self-talk-chatter in your head? Aren’t we all? So. Welcome home. Welcome to the Life. Unrestricted. Podcast. Let me take you on a different journey. Meret Boxler Life Unrestriced iTUnes   As I recover from excess dieting, disordered eating, from exercise addiction, and – generally – an awful body image, I want to share what I learn, share my struggles and, most of all, I want to bring you the very best experts and the most inspiring guests who share their insights on Health At Every Size (HAES), read: How to approach real health and get to that place where we can live a life free of food fears, body shame and obsessive dieting. We will learn how to break that vicious diet-binge cycle, how to make piece with our body and how to stop diet-mentality rule us. In this very first episode, I will share with you: – Why I am so passionate to educate people about the harm the diet-industry does to us – How, for all my life, I was believing in very harmful messages of a weight-obsessed world – Why I let my life become smaller than a prison cell – Why podcasts basically saved my life – Why I am crazy enough to create a podcast in a language that is not my own – How studying with Brené Brown made me believe in myself enough to DO THIS – Why I believe we can combat our shame if we share our stories – What I think it is that we need to get rid of if we want to succeed in living truly healthy and at peace with our body, no matter what its current size is – Why I am a big proponent about Health At Every Size (HAES) – Why Health At Every Size (HAES) is about anything BUT „promoting obesity“ – What I believe it takes to truly appreciate and celebrate the body-diversity out there – Why I believe we all need some loving support on this difficult journey toward a life that is not ruled by dieting, food fears and exercise compulsions – Why and when I find myself still falling back into my own diet-mentality-possessed brain and how I need just as much support as anyone... ... And so much more! Let’s start this journey toward body positivity, 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. (And if you like the show, please make sure you subscribe to it on iTunes, as soon as it's up! Thank you so much!) ********* 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 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 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=stpr
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