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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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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
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