This week I welcomed Valentina Olivadese, a truly holistic nutritionist onto the podcast. Valentina shares how her trauma history lead her to find solace in her eating disorder. After working towards recovery for years with professional help, she now shares her wisdom through her practice as a holistic nutritionist. While we spend most of our conversation digging into Valentina’s personal story, we have some really powerful takeaways from this brave, vulnerable, and heartfelt conversation.
As a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer working with clients/patients with eating disorders, I’m extremely passionate about providing personal trainers with the tools they need to to screen clients for potential eating disorders, disordered eating behaviors, and exercise addiction, and also giving them the confidence to refer to complementary professionals like dietitians and therapists when needed. Today, I’m excited to share a conversation between Matt Stranberg, a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning coach and myself about how to screen for an eating disorder and what to do if you suspect your client is struggling. Matt is the nutritionist and exercise science advisor for the GOALS program and Walden Behavioral Care, an eating disorder center here Massachusetts.
Today’s premium episode I’m clearing up the confusion about a post I wrote a few months ago titled: Why Women Gain Belly Fat After Menopause, and why It’s OK. I got a lot of questions after that post, and in this week's premium episode, I'm digging into those questions.
In this episode, Stacey reflects on the struggle between eating disorders and substance use disorders. She talks about the importance of addressing both disorders simultaneously since their relationship is so prominent in today’s society. Alcohol and drug use can cause eating disorder symptoms, or sometimes eating disorders lead an individual to drugs or alcohol to “quiet” the ED or any body image distress. She mentions that only getting one disorder treated allows the other disorder to run rampant, and discusses a few ways to avoid these behaviors from taking over your life. Listen to the full episode >>>
Marci is a Food and Body Imager Healer™. She has dedicated her career to counseling, supervising, and teaching in the field of eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified ACSM personal trainer. In addition to her group private practice and three adjunct teaching positions, Marci launched an online eating disorders training for dietitians in 2015 and co-directs a specialized eating disorder internship at Simmons College. She volunteers for a number of national eating disorder organizations including the iaedp certification committee and is serving as an eating disorder resource professional for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
This 20-minute Body Scan Meditation is designed to help you connect to your body, from the outer most physical layer, to the inner most emotional layer. Throughout this meditation you will simply notice the physical and emotional sensations you are experiencing, without judgement, while always returning to the soothing rhythm of the breath.
Isabel Foxen Duke was featured on ep. 30 of the BodyLove Project podcast and this week she is BACK with a totally new, interesting, and important conversation. This episode will kick off the first of a three part series about the intersection of eating disorders and substance use disorders and in this episode, Isabel is sharing her personal experience with a co-occurring diagnosis. Listen to the full episode >>>
As an Intuitive Eating counselor, I get this question a lot: “Will Intuitive Eating help me lose weight?” Eesh. What a loaded question. But my answer is simple: I don’t know. Nobody knows. And it’s OK that nobody knows because Intuitive Eating is not about weight loss. Intuitive Eating is being able to tap into your body’s internal wisdom, and trust it to do it’s job. Some people lose weight. Some people gain weight. Some people remain the same weight. There is no one “perfect” weight and having a narrow view of your “ideal” weight only sets you up for body dissatisfaction, disappointment, and diminished self-worth. Weight fluctuates with life stage and transitions and that is NORMAL and OK.
This episode definitely gave me all the feels. Maria was so generous sharing her personal story experiencing two miscarriages, and how that experience influenced her relationship to her body both during and after her pregnancy. We talk a lot about how miscarriage and pregnancy and postpartum can be beyond physically traumatic, but also emotionally and mentally traumatic. Listen to the full episode >>>