For years, Rachel Estapa felt that, in order to get people to like her, she needed to change her body. Comments like, "you have a big belly," or "you're not graceful" defined who she was in the world. In college, she successfully pursued a weight loss journey that she thought would open up more opportunities that were previously off limits due to her size. When this didn't happen, Rachel felt angry and betrayed by both herself and society. In a moment of grief, Rachel cried to her husband, "there has to be more to love about me than this!" Thus was born, More to Love Yoga. Listen to the full episode >>>
Seeing client after client struggling to reach their ‘weight loss goals’ can be a frustrating feat for many personal trainers. So much so that it’s forced me to question the very foundation of the weight loss and fitness industry all together. While it might be tempting to hand over a quick fix to your training clients who really want to “see” results, I think it’s important to really look past the smoke-and-mirrors and see beyond the extreme claims that so many diet and lifestyle fads recommend. The one that seems to be on everyone’s minds lately? Intermittent Fasting (IF).
Michelle Vina-Baltsas spent decades struggling with her relationship to food and body. Feeling like an outsider in her community and experiencing trauma at an early age drove Michelle to turn to food as her companion, her friend, her comfort when times were tough. In college, Michelle knew her eating patterns weren't "normal," and looking back, she believes she had Binge Eating Disorder. At that time, that wasn't a term people were using. Listen to the full episode >>>
Dr Stephanie Waitt specializes in treating eating disorders at her practice, Texoma Specialty
Counseling. In her work with people she aims to help men and women find balance, peace,
confidence, and happiness with their bodies, relationships, and life. She emphasizes the
importance of self-care and encourages people that being a little selfish is a really good thing.
Stephanie is also an online recovery coach. In her recovery coaching Stephanie helps people
learn to find peace with their bodies and ditch dieting. She helps people find confidence and the
power to live the life they want right now! You can learn more about her practice and online
recovery coaching at www.texomaspecialtycounseling.com. She offers you a free 7-Day
Confidence Building Challenge at www.notafailure.com. Listen to the full conversation >>>
Today I’m speaking with Melissa Carmona, a HAES therapist in North Carolina. Melissa talks about her experience growing up in Columbia, South America and what messages she received about body image from a Latino Country and what it was like making the transition to live in the US. We dig into how mental health stigma runs deep in South America, and how there are so few resources for women especially, to receive help. Listen to the full conversation >>>
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.
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.