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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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Jan 25, 2017
Download Episode! Lovely radicals! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Thom Rutledge from Nashville. Thom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychotherapist, author and speaker, who has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship; as a clinician and as a client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 30 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion. He’s the author of several books like "Embracing Fear", "Earning Your Own Respect" and "The Greater Possibilities“, and he has co-written "Life Without ED" (ED meaning Eating Disorder) with Jenni Schaefer. Thom’s trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads than run through his unique brand of psychology. Thom will tell us: – How contributing to a bestseller about eating disorders led to him specializing in eating disorder treatment – How he as a recovering alcoholic (who’s been sober for 30 years) can relate to people with eating disorders and disordered eating – Where he sees the familiarity between eating disorders and alcoholism – Why eating disorders are often more difficult to recover from than alcohol addiction – Why he asks his clients about their relationship to fear – Why there often are existential fears underneath eating issues – What his intra-personal therapy model consists of – Why trust is such a crucial part of eating disorder therapy – How we can separate our fear voice (inner Gremlin/inner bully) from our healthy voice (recovery voice) – Why it is normal to often have different feelings or even opinions about things in life – How clever our inner Gremlins are and how they trick us – How this inner Gremlin actually manages to scare us into paralysis – Why the inner Gremlin is a synonym for catastrophic thinking – Why we should never expect to be able to fully rid ourselves of those inner bullies – Why we can only learn to deal with them when we first start to listen to what it actually says – Why it helps to ask ourselves how much of what this inner Gremlin predicts has ever really happened – What we are really afraid of when we say "we are afraid of weight-gain" – How he specifically works with my example – Why rejecting and disobeying the inner Gremlin is the way to recovery – Why in healing from bad body image and disordered eating it often gets worse before it gets better – Why, when we have believed our inner Gremlin for decades, it often feels like shedding our old identity when we are on the way to becoming our true selves – Why the inner Gremlin doesn’t get to use the "I" pronoun – How to strengthen our inner, true recovery voice – How we can become the real decision-makers in our own life – How community and support play a pivotal role for our mental health – Why he thinks the universe purposely designed us to be "forgetting machines"... ... And so much more! Check out the Thom’s website to find out about his work and his books: http://www.thomrutledge.com/ Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted 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/        
Jan 18, 2017
Download Episode! Lovely radicals... it's podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Melissa Toler, from Maryland, close to Washington DC. She is a certified health and wellness coach, speaker and writer, with a background as a pharmacist who offers a non-diet, weight-neutral health approach, and her goal is to help women connect the dots between our culture’s ridiculous beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. She helps women unlearn the toxic messages and behaviors from lifelong dieting so they can learn a new set of skills and live a life free from obsession and self-loathing. Having a 25-year history with dieting herself, she knows personally what it means to be stuck in the diet-binge-cycle. She came to sanity a few years ago, and she says it was one of the best decisions she has ever made. I believe her. Melissa also teaches workshops and courses to help people on the path to improving their body image. We will all get some of here awesomeness in this episode! Listen to Melissa talk about: – Where she got the message that her body was "not good enough" – What the moment was where she internalized the belief that she needed to change her body – Why she got stuck in this well-known hell of weight-suppression, dieting and overexercising for so long – What it was that made her wake up and learn to listen to her own body again – What helped her to question her own thinking and see behind the mechanism of diet-culture and how much money is being made by making women feel "less than" – Why it literally pays off to be hypercritical of media’s, TV’s and magazines’ messages – Why by buying beauty/women’s magazines and diet books/products, we vote "yes" to our oppression with our own money – Why we all need other people to help wake us up to what we have gotten so used to that we never stop to question it – Why it is always a good idea to be suspicious of the words "body positive" or "empowered woman", especially as it is being viciously co-opted by diet-culture these days – What TRUE empowerment means – What proved to be most helpful on her way out of constant dieting – How she helps women re-connect to their true selves – How we can learn and implement the skill of self-compassion even when it sounds weird at first – How we can start questioning our thoughts with curiosity instead of judgment – How to decode what’s behind it when the "urge" to go on a diet comes up – How we can stop the diet-thoughts from influencing our decisions – How she helps her clients see where they have been mislead into "false" thinking about themselves being "not good enough", and who profits off of that – How much precious time in a person’s life can literally be wasted by getting stuck in diet-land, being preoccupied by weight-loss, body-negativity and obsession – Why a person's size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating "thin" to "healthy" – Why it is important to understand the sinister mechanism of diet-culture and how this can help us stepping out of old beliefs – Why stepping out of diet culture is a truly radical move... ... And so much more! Check out Melissa’s work: www.melissatoler.com Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted 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/  
Jan 11, 2017
Download Episode! Lovely radicals, how wonderful to have you back! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Harriet Brown from Syracuse, New York. She is an award-winning author, a poet, magazine editor and professor at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and she writes, researches and teaches about eating disorders and body image. harriet She has written for the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today and many others. Her experience with having a daughter who suffered from anorexia inspired her to begin working as an advocate for better eating-disorders treatment. She is the author of several books, two of which I’d like to mention: The first is called "Brave Girl Eating" in which she writes about how they, as a family, fought against her daughter Kitty’s anorexia. And second, of course, the groundbreaking book called "The Body of Truth – How Science, History, and Culture Drive our Obsession with Weight and What We Can Do about it". The two of us forgot that this was a recorded conversation pretty quickly and I bet you can hear the passion in both our voices in this one. Listen in as Harriet tells us: – Why she felt unattractive and "too big" as a child already – What it was the set the stage for her quest for thinness – What it was that made her say "enough" and "I can’t do this anymore" – What happened in her first therapy session – Why she went back and worked with her therapist for 10 years after that, in spite of her initial resistance – What made see the logic behind a weight-neutral approach to health – Why she decided to write books on the subject of a weight-obsessed diet-world – What made her question some interpretations of studies – How she found out how hurtful our society’s fear of fat really is – How she found out how exaggerated the connection between weight and health really is – Why it can be very helpful to feel healthy anger when we find out how we have been deceived – Why it is that people are so resistant to this, and why they seem to want to stay stuck in their dieting efforts – Why those evasive three percent of people for whom dieting "supposedly works" are those who are sacrificing everything just to keep that weight off, and why even those people come to sanity (and their natural weight) eventually – How weight-suppression keeps us from living our lives fully and freely – How her daughter Kelly’s anorexia opened her eyes to the brutal truths of a diet-fixated culture – What her findings revealed about the tragedy of the BMI, the danger of weight-bias in the medical field, the effects of weight-stigma and the reason why everyone seems to have terrible body image these days – 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 to heal negative body image, let go of disordered eating, overcome food fears and end weight-obsession – Why it can be very exhausting and overwhelming to swim upstream in a diet- and thinness obsessed culture – How her life and her relationships and her marriage improved ever since she stopped dieting – What she teaches her students in her body image and weight-stigma lectures – What she wants every woman in the world to know... ... And so much more! Check out Harriet’s website and her books: www.harrietbrown.com
Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted 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/
Jan 2, 2017
Download Episode! Happy happy 2017, dear radicals!! Let's DO January differently, shall we? Let's come up with better ideas than those presented in the tired old weight-loss-resolutions. Let's step into a kinder way of relating to ourselves! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you are going to hear another great woman who is changing the game and inspiring the world with her wonderful work on body kindness and Health at Every Size (HAES). It is Rebecca Scritchfield from Washington DC. Rebecca is an expert on the connection between health and happiness and believes the foundation for a long, happy life lies in enjoyable habits. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a well-being coach as well as a health and fitness specialist, Rebecca helps people create a better life with workable, interesting self-care goals through her weight-neutral "Body Kindness" practice. Rebecca is the founder of Capitol Nutrition Group, co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence, and her very first book has just come out, it’s called "Body Kindness", and I am honored to be holding an advance copy of it in my hands... it is a wonderful, colorful and powerful read; highly recommendable. Rebecca has also been a spokesperson and consultant to some big food brand, and through over 100 media outlets, she has reached millions of people. And today, it will be you she reaches, dear listener. Listen to Rebecca as she tells us: – What her happy childhood memories of "being in a body" look like – What kind of comments and role-modeling made her become self-conscious about her body – How her mother related to food, body and weight – How her good intentions to take care of her body got twisted as her body image got worse – What it was that pushed her over the edge and into some of her darkest times – How her bad body image manifested in her ways of eating and exercising – Why no one recognized her struggle with her body, food and weight – How many women live in pretend-mode and hide their pain behind a mask of "I’m totally fine!" – How we can overcome shame and start sharing what we are struggling with – How we can make the best of our worst experiences – How raising our voice against discrimination and injustice makes all the difference – How it takes all of us to take down diet-culture – Why our internal diet-mentality is so persistent – Why everyone is entitled to their own pace when it comes to healing our false beliefs – What the most important sentence is that you can tell yourself when things get rough and diet-thoughts are taking over our mental space – How not to fall from one coping-mechanism into the next – What she means by "body kindness" – What the PACT-strategy is and how we can apply it – Why we need to learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings instead of believing our Gremlin-voice – Why being learning to be kind to yourself and your body (any sort of personal growth)) is likely to fire up your inner Gremlin and why that’s normal and even to be expected – How not to get triggered by every diet-culture message you come across – How her book "Body Kindness" came to be, and who she was really writing it for – What she wants us to remember at this delicate time when so many people "go on diets"... ... And so much more! Check out Rebecca’s website and have a look at her brand-new book: www.bodykindnessbook.com   Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted

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