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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 30, 2017

Lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I am talking about a topic that sadly doesn't get addressed nearly enough: The importance of recognizing anorexia in people in bigger bodies. In our thin-obsessed culture, eating disorders go undetected at alarming rates. With the stereotypical depiction of an emaciated teen (white, female, cis-gendered) being at the forefront of people's minds when it comes to eating disorders, the majority of sufferers either don't "feel sick enough" to seek treatment, or their symptoms get dismissed if they don't present said emaciated weight-status. This has horrendous ramifications. The majority of eating disorders happen OUTSIDE of this severely underweight range. We need to start asking patients about symptoms, not weights. How about: – Is your hair thinning out? – Are you still getting your period? (Meaning a natural period, not a withdrawal bleed from the birth control pill!) – Do you have trouble sleeping? – Tell me about your mood. Is it stable? Are you irritable? Depressed? – Do you feel anxious a lot? – How are you relating to food, your body, your weight, and exercising? We need to start talking about anorexia in people with higher weights. Doctors need to start asking better questions. Love, always. Meret. "You don't have to be thin to be underweight". (Tabitha Farrar, host of "The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast" - I highly recommend you listen to her episode with Dr. Rachel Mullner.) And here's the link to the article I read in this episode: https://www.verywell.com/anorexia-nervosa-in-individuals-of-higher-weights-1138302 Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, 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& ********* 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/

Aug 23, 2017

Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Dr. Steve Prentice from Columbus, Ohio. Steve, as a practicing chiropractor and health contrarian since 1996, has spent his career questioning the status quo and the accepted norms when it comes to health and wellbeing. His experience working with thousands of patients over the past 20 years led him to create what he termed quote "the stress-centered approach to health" and he now leads his patients through the process of restoring their health and quality of life while rejecting many of the restrictive and obsessive health recommendations that are promising quick results and lead so many people into feeling of increased trapped-ness and misery. His brand-new book called "Wrecked" has just come out, and rarely before has a small book made me sigh with relief like his. Steve will tell us: – When he started to feel self-conscious about his body – Why it was in his chiropractor education that he basically stopped trusting his own body and started dieting – What he thought when he started regaining the weight, and what that set off – How many disordered eaters make up sensitivities that they don’t really have and end up believing their own fear-narrative – Why, when we hold on to a certain food fear (carbs, fat, gluten...) in our minds, we start brainwashing ourselves into believing that any negative reactions are caused by that particular food and we go look for confirmation for this – Why eliminating foods from our diets (for no other reason than believing the latest diet fad) most often leads to more obsession, and subsequently, more eliminations, and more health problems – Why restricting, overexercising, obsessing, compulsive behaviors around food and movement and fear of food are actual stressors for the body and therefore, in themselves, harm our health – Why he recommends never to slap any labels on ourselves when it comes to eating and exercising – The social, mental and physical dangers of food tribes and their moral pressure and group identity – How diet culture, food tribes and eating/exercise rules make us forget that we really are free people with individual needs and bodies – How much pressure he built up around his own "quest for the better body" – How he found out the hard way that diets and restriction never work long term – How rules set us up for obsession, especially around food, weight and exercise – His guilt about having lectured people about weight-loss and dieting – What today’s culture of "Go! Go! Go!", social media, comparison, and unrealistic imagery does to people’s mental and physical health – Why people get sucked into being health-nuts and actually risking their health in the name of "hardcore health" – Why he recommends to just "take the pressure out" and stop believing that you need to be "fixed" – When he came to the realization that he, too, was barking up the wrong tree and something had to give – How we can all live the life that is being promised to us "once we’re thin/toned/better looking" RIGHT NOW, with the body that we have – Why some soul searching is necessary to find out about our true values in life – How his own diet-recovery looked like – Why letting go of rules will automatically lead to a decrease in food-obsession and compulsive thinking – Why, after diet-recovery, our bodies will find the weight they are happy and healthy at – Why living at war with your body is just no way to live, and not the way to happiness – How true self-acceptance is never related to size/shape/weight... ... And so much more! If you are interested in working with Steve, you can find him here: www.healthnutrehab.com Here’s the link to his book "Wrecked" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wrecked-Quest-Health-Weight-Failed-ebook/dp/B074K5BBLB/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501955529&sr=8-6&keywords=steve+prentice Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, 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&refi ********* 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/

Aug 16, 2017

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Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Dr. Michelle May from Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Michelle May is a former physician, mindful eating speaker, and recovered yo-yo dieter who founded the "Am I Hungry?"-company that offers mindful eating programs and training. "Am I Hungry?" empowers people to end chronic dieting and to get back a fulfilling life without deprivation and guilt. She is also the award-winning author of the book "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" and, based on the success people had with her first book, Dr. Michelle May wrote and published three more books: "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Diabetes", "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating" and "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Bariatric Surgery". Her books, programs and retreats are all designed to help people increase self-awareness of beliefs, habits, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, to finally understand why diets do not work, to discover simple yet powerful methods for knowing when, what, and how much to eat without restriction. Since finding her passion in helping people get out of their dieting traps, Michelle has retired from her medical practice to focus fully on sharing the mindful eating method. Along the way she has been featured on countless media outlets and publications, her personal success story is featured in "Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul", and it could well be that Michelle’s unique yet common sense approach will change the way we think about eating. Today, Michelle talks about: – How she felt in her body as a child – Why she though she "needed to go on a diet" when she was only 11 years old – How easy it is to market anything "weight-loss-y" to people, and what specific product her mother bought to "suppress her hunger" – How much we tend to keep believing the "weight-loss guaranteed"-products/programs because their advertisements is so convincingly designed, and at what cost that comes – What lies she bought into as she was looking for "the best diet" – How, as a physician, she sees behind the mechanisms of specific diets that falsely promise results – What "ketosis" really means for the body (!), and we should never override our body’s signals of distress – How many women get sidetracked by diets, and how much energy gets wasted in "trying to figure it out" – How different the world could look if women invested their energy into living fully, instead of perpetually chasing the "once I’m thin"-illusion – How women perpetuate the cultural oppression by comparing/diet-talking/body-shaming behavior – How she describes the "eat, repent, repeat"-cycle – Why never to fall for the "sugar/carbs are the devil" narrative – How to disprove the "you are addicted to food" narrative by digging one layer deeper – How to use the "Mindful Eating Cycle" and its brilliant questions to decipher your food behaviors – How dieting, food-obsessing, and a hyper-focus on weight messes with our natural "Mindful Eating Cycle" – How dieting/restriction is just as much a coping mechanism as eating is – Why stopping dieting/overexercising/restricting/overeating is harder than jumping on the next diet bandwagon – Why no company will ever sell you the message that "you can trust yourself" – Why empowering yourself works better than following rules in every case – How to stop proving your diet-beliefs right and start seeing how it was all set up to fail you – How, at first, the pendulum might swing widely, and how not to give up and keep trusting the process when that happens – How mental restriction has the same ramifications as physical restriction and how to combat restrictive thoughts – How to find out what unmet needs we might have that we are restricting/overexercising/overeating over – How not to demonize emotional eating and fall into the trap of turning Mindful Eating into another diet – What she learned in all those years of teaching her programs (and why „weight-management“ is not in her vocabulary anymore) – What she thinks about the way bariatric surgery is being marketed – What the misconceptions about the efficacy of bariatric surgery are – How to be there for someone when the "honeymoon phase" of the initial weight-loss after bariatric surgery passes... ... And so much more! Check out Michelle’s website: www.amihungry.com Here’s the link to Michelle’s books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michelle+may If you are interested in going to an Am I Hungry retreat, there is one coming up this fall. The "Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Emotional Eating and Binge Eating Retreat" will be from Thursday, Sept. 14 – Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, near Chicago, Illinois. Here are the details: https://amihungry.com/mindful-eating-for-binge-eating-retreat/ And: This conversation will be continued! Michelle and I have already set a date for a follow-up conversation in which we will address the specific cases she encounters where people tell her "Well, this is all great, BUT I can’t do this, because...", and how she counters that and helps those people, too. We will be diving into the topics of diabetes, weight-loss surgery, athletics and how "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" works for all of them individually. 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 If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, 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&refi ********* 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/ 

Aug 9, 2017

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Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I'm telling you about the shame we feel to be stuck in patterns of disordered eating, disordered exercise and our fears to break out of those patterns. It's not a coincidence that I should be talking about this in this week's episode; it's the humbling experience of the persistence of my own struggles and my own seeming inability to change certain behaviors for good. It's the painful realization that, for most of us – certainly for me – recovery isn't something "we just waltz through", even if we have all the expert's advice in our heads. Also, I'm in the mood for a little metaphor, inspired by my internal challenge. A little story about: – How we get tempted by the diet-siren's call – How our disordered eating thoughts convince us that recovery is too hard – How we get sucked into diet-cultures images, messages and false promises – How we often lose faith in ourselves and our strength – How we doubt ever finding that long-lost trust in our body's wisdom again – How we forget that we are FREE to leave the miserable island of diets, disordered eating, overexercising and eating disorders, the island that was once sold to us as the "happy, skinny, self-confidence island", the place we believed we would find what we were yearning for – Why we often forget how much we really do sacrifice when we're stuck on this island that only causes us misery, despair and obsession, just to keep suppressing our body's natural weight – How we forget that our bodies are our friends, not projects to be fixed – Why we end up putting up with increasingly unacceptable conditions and more and more rules – How we're influenced by the people surrounding us who have bought into the same set of body-lies and – Why we often don't leave, or why we return to this miserable place. Love, always. M. Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, 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&refi ********* 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/

Aug 2, 2017
Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Amy Pence-Brown from Boise, Idaho. Amy describes herself as a fat feminist mother who believes in opening her mouth and her heart. From both of these places she tells stories – as a writer on her blog and other local & national publications, as a historian giving tours for Preservation Idaho, and as a visual artist creating subversive stitchings and performance pieces. She has a Master in Art & Architectural History, she has worked at many museums and has juried and curated numerous exhibitions. You might know Amy from her radical stand for self-love at the Capital City Public Market on August 29, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, or from her TED talk. Amy's message of self-love and the value of all bodies, no matter their size, went viral and has been written about by countless media outlets. You’ll hear Amy talk about: – How she remembers feeling about her body as a kid – How her chubbiness was perceived at different stages of childhood – Why she considers herself lucky in terms of how her parents related to food and bodies – Where the bullying about her body came from – What her parent’s ideas were about "beauty" and "being a woman" – What she describes as her "first defiant feminist act" – Why she got pulled in the direction of feminism – How her experience with boys and their reaction to her body influenced her view of herself – Why books and education were (and still are) key to her body positive attitude – How early she started drawing attention to the public body image crisis – When she first experienced online trolling and what that did to her – Why she created the "Boise Rad Fat Collective" – Why feminism and a positive attitude about bodies must go together – Why feminism is not a concept "against men", but including men – Why we all get hurt when we get put in societally predefined boxes of what "masculinity" and "femininity" are supposed to look like – Why women are often other women’s harshest critics, and thereby reinforcing the very limitations that they would like to free themselves from – How her famous "stand for self-love" came about and subsequently went viral – What she experienced in those 50 minutes of standing half-naked and blindfolded in the middle of a public square in Boise, Idaho – How men engaged with her during her stand – Why she wore a blindfold – How the media shapes our culture’s assumptions about bodies and how different it would be if there were adequate representation of those people who are happy with their bigger bodies (instead of the usual, dehumanizing depiction) – Why it is crucial to feel secure and confident enough in your own body positivity to do such a thing – How, after her video went viral, lots of women started speaking up – How each one of us can find ways to send a powerful message to the world – Why stepping out of our comfort zone is leading us to live fuller lives – What she does in her "Radcamps"... ... And so much more! Check out Amy’s website: www.amypencebrown.com Here’s one of the video’s of Amy’s famous "Stand for Self-Love": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n50KVLgwlY&index=4&list=PLXsBK-DbXmku30EaoWD4AZxBdbAo2mt3a Here’s the link to Amy’s TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnTLFlQ419s Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, 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&refi ********* 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/
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