In this solo episode, we're digging into some of the problematic points raised by a recent article from Healthyish- a blog geared toward foodies and wellness seekers.
The article tries to address some of the problems with moralizing food, trying to make everything we eat "healthy," and how diet foods really just end up leaving us unsatisfied. But in my opinion, it really misses the bar and could do a whole lot better to revolutionize the wellness movement to make it more inclusive.
Jess Sprengle is a licensed professional counselor, an Eating Disorder Recovery specialist, an Intuitive Eating/HAES/body acceptance advocate, and an intersectional feminist. Today on the podcast, Jess is sharing her own story of Eating Disorder recovery, as well as some of her insights from her experience as a professional counselor working in the ED field.
We talk about some of the stages of the recovery process, how it's important to WAIT before attempting Intuitive Eating until you've gone through the re-feeding process, reconnecting to your body, the importance of doing trauma work, some of the toxic things we're seeing on Instagram in the ED recovery community (and what to avoid!) and so much more.
Jess is an absolute pleasure and I know you're going to love this episode, her work and her witty Insta posts as much as I do.
In another solo episode, Holly Lowery is diving deep into the spiral nature of the recovery process. She shares one of her recent, vulnerable dressing room moments, how to be OKAY with not being okay, how recovery requires an active choice every single day to detach from the thoughts, how to recognize the difference between the eating disorder voice and your own, and more.
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Barbara Erochina is an feelings coach for healers and leaders. She offers coaching insight, retreats and resources for smart, hardworking women who are ready to feel less anxious and insecure.
In this conversation, Barbara and I dig deep into sitting with and FEELING our feelings. We talk about her journey with spirituality and her experience as a queer woman in the evangelical community. We talked about being able to set boundaries with friends and family, especially when you're going through a hard time (like recovery, for example!). And we talked about reframing our emotions; shifting from 'positive' and 'negative' to 'easy' and 'hard' feelings. She also shared her experience with intuitive eating and her relationship with her body, and how this process is has a repetition of rejecting diet culture over and over again.
Barbara is full of wisdom, love, and insight and I can't wait to share this convo with you all!
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In this month's solo episode, we're talking about the most commonly googled phrase in the eating disorder field, 'Do I have an eating disorder?"
I wanted to make this episode because I know that when I was most struggling with my own eating disorder, I really didn't know how many of the things I was experiencing were actually symptoms of my disordered eating behaviors and thought patterns. My hope is that this episode opens the door for some of you listening to get curious about your own relationship with food, movement and your body so that you can start to get the support you need to heal and recover.
In the episode I outline some of the common behavioral symptoms as well as some physical symptoms. And I also share some resources for those who are listening and want to get the support.
Anthony Demario is a feeler, speaker, poet, radio dude and coffee lover on a mission to make a positive difference in peoples' lives through writing, personality and talks that are powerfully healing, energizing, and relatable. Anthony is also a proud advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is a light in the dark for those struggling with anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts.
In this episode Anthony and I talk through his history with depression and anxiety, how he keeps up his emotional 'fitness,' being a 'feeler,' or highly sensitive, and the power of feeling all those icky feelings.
And of course we talked about body image, the movement mindset, and emotional eating.
Amy Kuretsky is back for a third time but this time we're talking about her newest offering, breathwork. Amy recently went through David Elliott's healer training and is now offering guided breathwork in both 1-on-1 sessions as well as through her newest subscription service, Monthly Medicine.
Amy and I dig into what this style of breathwork looks like, where it comes from, and what this work can do to help us continue healing our bodies, our hearts and our spirits.
I'm particularly stoked about this work because I truly believe it is an invaluable tool for healing our relationships with food, our bodies, recovery from an eating disorder, healing feelings of unworthiness and body dissatisfaction and so much more.
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This week we're back with another solo episode where Holly is broadening the definition of recovery for those who are struggling not just with eating disorders but for those who struggle with body image, their relationship with food, dieting + more.
She's sharing the 9 things that were crucial in her own recovery in the hopes that you can use this information to continue your own healing journey.
Here's a glimpse at what we're talking about:
Find out how to work with holly 1-on-1 here
Take her Food Freedom e-course here
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Casey Rose Frank is a proud book-nerd, freelance writer, cat mom, board member for Ophelia's Place, Circles of Change warrior and all around sweetheart of a human being. I met Casey in my time at Cafe at 407 and was instantly drawn to her warm & bubbly persona as well as her ability to live and work as a freelancer and kick ass at it.
I wanted to have Casey on because I know how much writing has changed my own life, my connection to self & spirit, as well as the huge role it played in my body acceptance journey, and wanted to hear her own story.
In this episode Casey and I talk about her life-long connection to all things bookish, writing, self expression and mental health, Intuitive Eating & how both chosen and non-chosen dietary restrictions can play a part IF you're not still caught up in diet culture.
Haley Quinn is finally (wooh!) back for another segment of Relevant & Resonant, which is a once monthly segment where my media guru, Haley, and I have tangential chats about what is going on in the world, in the media and in our culture and how those events & situations relate to our health, body image, and healing.
In this installment, Haley and I dive into coping with all the "new year, new you" messages (especially for those of us who are really trying to heal), the very refreshing energy of this new year (for more on this year's energy go back and listen to episode 32!) and some of the powerful stuff going on in the media, and in the world for women (Hello, Me Too, Times Up and Oprah!!).
Jill Catherine is a speaker, dancer, author and movement warrior. In this down to earth conversation, Jill and I talk about movement as a path to freedom. Jill shares how expression has played a huge role in her recovery, as well as her journey to finding herself.
We talk about shifting from the 'exercise' mindset to the movement mindset; movement should feel good, body and soul.
In the final podcast of 2017, we dig into why your new years resolutions don't work, how shifting towards setting value and spirit-aligned intentions does, and how intuition and intention go hand in hand to keep your self care game strong.
New years holds a lot of power for us to create change with. And holds even more power as it is the year of the high priestess- a year for using our intuitions, honoring intentions, and surrendering to the ease, slow and flow instead of stacking to-do's and shoulds on our already full plates. This episode will help you reframe your mindset around the new year and motivate you to get dreamy & intentional for what you want in 2018.
In this week's minisode, Cary & Kyle of New Minimalism are back sharing their tips & experiences with maintaining minimalism through gift-oriented holidays, like christmas. They share some of their traditions instead of gift giving, how to respectfully advocate for your values, and how to shift from gift-centered celebration to more connection & reflection with family and friends.
Want more from Cary & Kyle? Their new book is available for pre-order today, and would also make a great gift for those in your life who are interested in sustainable living, interior design & self-reflection driven change.
Why can't learning Intuitive Eating and being body positive be as easy as redoing your house? Your hair? Your website?
It might not be as easy, but it can be almost as tangible. In this episode I'm breaking down the similarities between redesigning your spaces and redesigning your relationship with food, and giving you a worksheet to help make this process more tangible.
Holly walks the listeners through her five non-negotiables for food freedom in this week's episode. In order to feel free from food anxiety, body dissatisfaction & disordered eating, to make space for intuitive eating & body positivity you've gotta
1. grant permission
2. get consciously curious
3. seek pleasure
4. take back your power
5. approach nutrition from a gentle, flexible & intuitive place
Holly's new e-course, the Food Freedom Formula
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Founders Cary and Kyle of New Minimalism are on the podcast this week sharing their talents for decluttering, re-inventing spaces and helping clients minimize distractions to emphasize the most important parts of their lives.This episode shines a light on how you can start slowing down right where you're at in your own home. We also dive into the psychological effects of minimalism and how those effects overlap with the psychological effects of stepping out of the diet mentality.
I love the intuitive & curious approach Cary and Kyle both bring to this conversation, and hope this opens up space for you to start decluttering your own spaces so that you can focus on doing the things you care about & continue navigating what health & wellness mean for YOU.
NewMinimalism.com (Cary & Kyle's site) make sure to get on their newsletter to get updates when the book is available!
Connect with this week's warrior, Dana Suchow at DoTheHotpants.com
Intuitive eating sounds great, right? But to actually make the leap and fully abandon dieting, well that's the hard part. But in this week's episode Holly explains the exact practice that sparked her to once and for all make peace with her body and let go of the food obsession.
This practice helped Holly let go of counting calories, carbs, macros and allowed her to eat what felt and sounded good moment to moment. It helped her stop binge eating, and enabled her to step out of the diet cycle for good.
If you're stuck in the diet cycle this ep. could change the game.
Need help creating your own spiritual practice? There's a cheat sheet for that in the vault
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Megan Dowd is a virtual pilates coach for the woman who is ready to take care of business. I love Megan's approach because she doesn't waste time focussing on getting the "perfect" body, or weight loss for the sake of thinness. She places a huge emphasis on body awareness, movement that feels amazing, body acceptance (no matter what body you're in!) and breathing as a way to open up space in your body & brain.
Megan is a total movement warrior and she's changing the traditional pilates model, so if you're down with her work you can get more of her in a few ways:
Megan's fitsNOPE article
Relevant & Resonant is a new, once monthly segment for the podcast where media guru, Haley Quinn and I have chats about what is going on in the world, in the media and in our culture and how those events & situations relate to our health, body image, and healing.
This week we are talking about how dealing with natural disasters (like hurricanes!) may effect our own healing process. We talk about being in a state of crisis, and the cycle of growth.
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Maddy Moon is an author, motivational speaker, life coach retreat leader, and she's also a fellow podcast host on her show Mind Body Musings. She teaches women how to heal their minds, hearts, and spirits by stepping into their femininity and stepping out of their perfectionist tendencies.
After having struggled with disordered eating during her time spent body building, Maddy decided it was time to close that chapter and write a new one. She's helped so many women to do the same, and is sharing some of her wisdom with us today while we talk through subjects like perfectionism, our different energies, recovering from eating disorders, accepting her body, tools for healing, letting go of the need to control food, and sooo much more.
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In this month's solo episode, Holly is talking about how healthism is yet another way our culture has found to 'other,' oppress and stigmatize fatness. We talk about why health isn't something you morally need to work towards, and how this pursuit is harming more people than it is doing good.
At the end of the day I want you to start questioning your own reasons for pursuing health and wellness, and ask yourself whether or not it's something you really want to spend your time and energy on. And if it IS, get clear about why. I also want you to start to be way more conscious about the "health" and weight messages you're putting out into the universe, so that we can stop this perpetuation of unrealistic beauty, health and body standards.
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Stasia Savasuk is a style coach, who uses the concept of congruency (aka aligning with your values!) with her clients to help them match their outsides to their insides and help them find their voice.
Stasia truly advocates for both body acceptance & empowerment through all of her work with clients, and teaches them how to tap into their personal values in order to figure out what style elements are going to make them feel seen in the bodies they are in NOW, not the bodies they think they should have.
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Marian Mellen is a coach and workshop host who guides women into radical self love, transformational discovery of personal fulfillment and authentic, soulful living. Marian is sharing exactly how we can start to prioritize ourselves and truly believe in our worthiness in the face of fear and self doubt.
We got to chat about self love, being present, creating rituals, breaking habits, body image, disordered eating, coping mechanisms, tapping into intuition and soooo much more self-growth stuff.
Marian's website- make sure to go subscribe if you want that Heart & Soul Workbook!
The Zen Bird Headbands to remind us of mindfulness
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In this week on the podcast I'm talking with Chelsea Coreen about her newest project, Mercury Mermaid, which is an online platform for people to tap into both their creativity as well as their spirituality in order to improve mental health.
Chelsea is an educator, a poet, a researcher, a tarot reader a feminist and so much more. We dive into how Mercury Mermaid came to fruition, how it has helped her heal from sexual trauma, body image issues, and anxiety. Mercury Mermaid is also launching a new podcast called Ask a Mermaid, launching this coming September!
This quick solo style mini episode is a bridge between interviews. Just checking in to share a personal story and how it transcends back into the work I'm constantly talking about when it comes to Intuitive Eating, body positivity, anti-dieting, and recovering from disordered eating.
Later this week on the podcast we have another kick-butt interview with a close friend of mine. Hint: It's gonna get a little woo-woo!
Kelsey Miller and her work with Refinery29