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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
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