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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May 31, 2017
Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast ahead! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I am talking to Carolyn Costin from Malibu, California. Carolyn is a world-renowned clinician, author and speaker acclaimed for her expertise, passion and accomplishments in the field of eating disorders. She is a certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After having recovered from anorexia in her early 20s, Carolyn became a psychotherapist, and it was her successful treatment of those with eating disorders that led her to bring her philosophy to the public through her speaking and her books. In 1996, Carolyn created "Monte Nido", the first licensed, residential eating disorder treatment facility in a home setting that has since spurred into 14 facilities nationwide offering a continuum of care. Carolyn’s career is dedicated to lecturing, training, teaching and supervising clinicians, dietitians and physicians. Having left "Monde Nido" last year, she remains active in the eating disorder field and she is involved in several professional organizations including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as a board trustee and the Academy of Eating Disorders as a fellow. Her advocacy work continues in many arenas including organizations such as Project Heal, Eating Disorder Hope and the Eating Disorder Coalition. At the start of this year, 2017, Carolyn has opened "The Carolyn Costin Institute", which offers Eating Disorder Coach Training, a mentor program, continuing education for clinicians as well as other specialized training. Carolyn talks about: – How long the carefree, joyful feeling of "being in a body" as a child lasted for her – How our habits of comparison and our ideas of "status" are detrimental to body image – What the "Fiji-study" is all about, and what TV/advertisement can do to women – What body-bullying does to kids – What triggered her eating disorder – Why she doesn’t support the idea that eating issues are "a genetic thing" – How people with anxiety can calm their anxious thoughts – Why it is so important to become aware of the fact that we are NOT our thoughts, but we can observe them, and let them pass without grabbing on to their message – Why spiritual bypassing is not solving anything, yet so many people try to do just that; avoid difficult emotions by trying to meditate them away instead of facing them in a calm state – What there is still to be fixed in our cultural way of relating to weight and bodies – Why eating disorder treatments that still have a weight-centric approach often backfire and make a full, lasting recovery impossible – Why it is so important for all of us to just detach from the number on the scale – Why it is critically important that everyone working with people with disordered eating resolve their own body- and weight issues first – How she trains therapists and coaches to become good eating disorder therapists – What it actually is that makes a good eating disorder therapist/coach/mentor/dietitian – How she defines „recovery“ – Why people with undiagnosed eating issues can often be the ones that are the sickest – The danger of today’s obsession with "clean" eating, detoxes, the idea of having to earn or burn food, and all the food advice out there – Why she thinks people still go on diets even if it is a well-established facts that diets don’t work – The horrible consequences of fat-shaming people – How the weight-loss industry (together with the advertisement "geniuses") manage to suck so many people in, again and again – The risk factors of developing an eating disorder – Why eating disorders still often don’t get addressed at schools, even though the numbers are rampant – Why she made it her mission to train recovered people to become eating disorder coaches – Why a feeling of secure attachment is critical to overcome any issues we might have developed to protect ourselves or to cope with difficult feelings... ... And so much more! If you are interested in Carolyn Costin’s work, check out her website: Here’s the link to Carolyn’s books: Podcasting is expensive. So if you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a "Patreon"! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thanks! Like the podcast? Great! Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): or on Stitcher (Android): ********* 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:
May 24, 2017
Hey there, lovely radicals: Podcast ahead! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Elena Rossini from Como, Italy and Paris, France. Elena is a filmmaker, photographer, social entrepreneur and public speaker. Her latest film is called "The Illusionists", a feature-length documentary about the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world. Filming locations included the United States, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Lebanon, India and Japan. The film has been featured in countless news outlets, and I hope it will be talked about for a long time. Elena has been taking "The Illusionists" on tour, showing it at the biggest companies in Silicon Valley (Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter...) and at dozens of renowned universities in the United States and Europe. Apart from being a filmmaker, Elena is also the founder and editor-in-chief of "No Country for Young Women", a website whose aim is to provide positive role models for young girls. The site features over 100 interviews of women representing five continents, seven decades, and over two dozen professions – from NASA engineers, illustrators, architects, to filmmakers and entrepreneurs. In 2014 Rossini co-founded "Gender Gap Grader", a platform empowering companies and organizations with innovative tools to measure the gender gap. Today, you’ll hear Elena talk about: – Why she thinks that right now is the best time to be an activist – Why she is concerned about kids and body image in the age of social media and ruthless advertising – Why she lived in so many places and what country she feels most rooted in – What upsets her most about how women are being portrayed and presented in the media and in advertisement – Why we often buy into (and literally buy) the message of products we don’t really need – How much time we end up wasting just "to look in order" – What we really put on our bodies and skins every day – that basically only hurts us – just to look and smell like we think we should – What she found young girls to be most affected by in terms of their body image – The danger behind online-personalities that present their disordered behavior in a way that makes people who watch their workout-/diet-/make-up videos think that they have to achieve the same look – What sparked the idea in her to make a movie about how we are, as women, being presented with illusions, and how we then start to perform an illusion to the outside world – What she found out about the growing epidemic of body dissatisfaction in women and men – Why it took her eight years to complete "The Illusionists" – How she gets treated as a relatively young, female filmmaker – How she responded to the people who wanted to make her believe that she wasn’t "able enough" to make this movie herself – Why she selected the countries that she did – What shocking discoveries she made – Why she strongly believes in activism and how she saw that it really DOES change things – What kind of reaction she got from advertising companies when she screened the film – Why the current way eating disorders are represented in documentaries can contribute to the continuation of the problem, and why it keeps many women/men from actually seeking help – What she intents to do in the future to help women change those self-defeating behaviors – What her project "The Realists" will be about – Why we should spend more time OFFline than online... ... And so much more! Check out Elena’s work: The books she mentioned in our conversation: „Fat is a Feminist Issue“ by Susie Orbach, you can find it here: Here are books about the dangerous power of advertising, by Jean Kilbourne, Mary Pipher, and others: „Amusing ourselves to death“ by Neil Postman, you can find it here: Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation on "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: Like the podcast? Great! Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): or on Stitcher (Android): ********* 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:  
May 17, 2017
Download Episode! This week on the the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, we all have a chance to meet Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld from Coral Gables, Florida. Stacey is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image concerns. She also works with substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, infertility, and relationship difficulties. A certified group psychotherapist and certified eating disorder specialist, Dr. Rosenfeld has worked at various treatment centers and universities and now directs the "Gatewell Therapy Center" in Miami, Florida. Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld is the author of "Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Challenging Our Nation’s Fixation with Food and Weight", based on her award-winning blog of the same name. She is committing to helping people develop healthier relationships with food and their bodies. She is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association, the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Academy for Eating Disorders, she lectures around the country, and she has appeared on numerous media outlets, including the Today Show and ABC News. In this talk, Stacey shares with us: – When her first judgment about her body entered her mind – What she found out in all of her years of clinical work with regards to women and eating issues – What the terrible consequences can be of the myopic depiction of eating disorders in the media – Why people so often deny having a troublesome relationship to food, weight and exercise – What she has to say to those people who are "waiting" for the symptoms to go away as they age – What defines disordered eating, eating disorders and a compulsive relationship to exercise – The different ways in which she sees the display of disordered eating – How she uses motivational interviewing with her patients – Why it is that eating issues often go unaddressed in therapy, and the cost of that – What it is that connects eating issues with alcohol and/or substance misuse – What is wrong with the increasingly thoughtless prescription of (speed-like) drug for ADHD – Why bodies break down when they are pushed to the limit, be it with exercise/drugs/etc. – What a person with an addiction is trying to get away from – How everything can be used to self-medicate, but sadly, some of those behaviors even get applause (work/exercise/perfectionism/restriction), no matter how hellish the person might feel inside – Why we don’t really want to be accepted for a facade-like life, but our real selves, warts and all – What happens when women start asking themselves what they could be doing with all the mental and physical energy wasted on "managing their appearance" (diets/exercise/surgeries, etc.) – What she means when she says "women are zoomed in way too much" – Why the concept of exercise and the concept of food should be divorced to avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms and obsessive behaviors – Why the fitness classes she teaches are different than the usual ones – How we can let go of exercising compulsively and reframe "success" – How to become a more critical consumer of media instead of getting sucked in by its toxic messages about bodies – Why language (towards ourselves and other people) is so important – Which of her findings should really shake us all awake to how much this general "fear of fat" is holding us back – How to recognize if a professional who specializes in eating disorders still has their own issues and biases... ... And so much more! Check out Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld’s website: Here’s the link to her book "Does Every Woman Have An Eating Disorder?": Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: Like the podcast? Great! Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): or on Stitcher (Android): ********* 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:
May 10, 2017
Download Episode! Lovely radicals, let me make your ears happy: Podcast ahead! In today's episode of the "Life Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Josée Sovinsky from Toronto, Canada. Josée is a Registered Dietitian with French Canadian roots, who, after facing and dealing with her own struggles with disordered eating during her degree, developed a passion to help those affected by eating disorders and mental illness. She now specializes in eating disorders, intuitive eating, community nutrition and seniors' health. She holds an Honors Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and she has educated herself on topics such as body-acceptance, Health at Every Size and feminism, all topics that guide her work as a non-diet, weight-inclusive, body positive and dietitian whose dreams are similar to mine: We both want to see a world free from mental health stigma, body shaming, dieting and disordered eating, where people of all sizes deserve nourishment, wellbeing and happiness. You’ll hear Josée talk about: – How she felt in her body as a little girl – Why she didn’t develop bad body image until later in life – How lucky she was to have her parents be her biggest cheerleaders – Why she felt different than other kids when she was a teenager – How studying nutrition can easily trigger disordered eating for people who feel insecure – Why she became convinced that changing her body was the way to acceptance and happiness – How exercise turned into a problem for her – Why it is so dangerous to marry the concepts of weight and exercise – Why nothing she did ever felt "good enough" – Why, for a very long time, she didn’t actually realize how disordered she had become with eating and exercise – How she never told anyone that she was struggling, so no one was suspicious – Why it is especially dangerous for nutrition students to have their struggles go undetected for way too long – What her deepest fears were when she considered opening up about her struggles – What her own denial looked like – What it was that made her realize that what she went through was a serious thing – Where she first came across body positivity and the non-diet-approach – What’s wrong with official guidelines regarding diabetes and weight – Why she thinks no one who adopted the Health at Every Size (HAES) model ever turned back – Why it is so important to recognize that neither fame, money, looks or any other source of potential outside approval will ever be enough to fill a void that exists in our soul (no matter what advertisement, movies or media might make us believe!) – Why it is so easy to fall into the trap of comparing our insides to other people’s "performance of happy" – What the steps to true healing can look like (and what the key ingredients are) – Why she decided to truly take a break from exercise, and why this could be key for all of us who struggle with divorcing the concepts of weight and exercise – Why accepting size-diversity is the key to healing our relationship to food and weight – How she introduces the concept of Health At Every Size to women who haven’t heard of it before – Why facing our fears is key (even if remaining in a disordered place might feel "easier") – How to become aware of the different ways our inner Gremlin pushes us into behaviors that don’t serve us and our recovery – Why opening up about our struggles contributes to healing on a much larger scale... ... And so much more! Check out Josée and her work here: Like the podcast? Great! Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): or on Stitcher (Android): Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation on "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: ********* 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:
May 3, 2017
Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals: Podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Zoe McNulty from London, UK. Zoe had always dreamed of being a backing dancer on Top Of The Pops, but due to her being larger than a dancer "SHOULD" be, she avoided the commercial dance scene and the negative body image that she would – as she says – undoubtedly have developed. However, with the pressures of a thin-obsessed society, she still struggled with her body through much of her adult life, until she realized how much time she had wasted worrying about what others might think of her. These days, Zoe refers to herself as a champion of curves, and is honored to be an official Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, just like myself. Zoe works as a Top Dance Fitness Presenter, Group Exercise Teacher and Body Positivity Activist and calls herself "Headmistress of School of Strut". She specializes in helping women feel good about their figures, regardless of shape or size, through fund and feisty dance concepts. Today, you’ll hear Zoe talk about: – How she grew up to feel self-conscious about her body and her weight – What kind of body image role-model her mother was – How her dream of becoming a dancer got destroyed by arbitrary beauty-ideals – Why it is crucial to recognize that many women actually get the most "compliments" when they are actually sick, compulsive and highly disordered eaters – How she experienced her own changes in body size – What is wrong with the gym-culture and the fitness-ideas of today – How the current "go hard or go home"-paradigm is harmful for girls and women – How women and girls are led to disconnect from their own sensuality and femininity – Why those super-toned body ideals mean "becoming sick" for most women and girls – How health has absolutely nothing to do with those ideals – At what point she hit rock bottom and decided "no more of this dieting crap" – Why it is so important to realize that – no matter what size or shape we are – we will never be for everybody – When she realized that it was not her size or weight that made her attractive – What helped her in growing her internal confidence about who she was, including her size – What the idea is behind "Strutology" and "School of Strut" – Why "strutting" is more about a state of mind than anything else – How we can become self-confident and feel sexy without contributing to the objectification of women – What kind of feedback she gets from women who have been to her classes – What she means when she says "harness the power of the wobble" – What her advice is for ALL women... ... And so much more! Check out Zoe’s work here: You can watch her "Raunch" video here: Like the podcast? Great! Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): or on Stitcher (Android): 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: ********* 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: