In this episode Liz hits the nail on the head, naming a place where I hung out for a long time: Conditional Body Acceptance (see also: healthism). This idea that you can accept your body at any size, if and only if you are meeting orthorexic ideals. If this resonates for you, you might also know that these ideals differ from person to person, and my (past) ideals not only kept me deeply dissatisfied with my body, they also wreaked havoc on my health and kept me in a disconnected and disordered relationship with food, movement, and my body. Liz also sheds light on how Conditional Body Acceptance also plays a role in the yoga community, and how she is working to spread the Health at Every Size and Unconditional Body Acceptance movement as a newly registered yoga teacher.
Caroline Dooner is a former food & dieting addict turned writer and storyteller. She is also the founder of the only diet I will ever recommend: The Fuck It Diet. This diet (although literally not a diet at all) was created after Caroline decided to get off the diet-binge rollercoaster and stop measuring her self worth by the number on the scale. In this episode Caroline shares her personal story with dieting and disordered eating, talks about the difference between a good teacher and a cult leader, and shares some information about her upcoming course: How to Be Your Own Damn Guru. She is hilarious and insightful and I can’t wait for you to give this episode a listen!
Haley Goodrich is a registered dietitian fiercely passionate passionate about helping others create flexible, joyful eating habits and cultivate a peaceful relationship with their body. Haley is the founder of her Pittsburgh-based private practice, INSPIRD Nutrition. She specializes in intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery and digestive health from a Health At Every Size perspective. She is currently pursuing her Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) Certification. In addition to her full-time private practice she is also the co-founder of INSPIRD to SEEK, a community- based learning experience designed to mentor and guide nutrition entrepreneurs to build amazing businesses.
When you hear the term 'Body Acceptance', what is your initial reaction? For many of my clients, this idea scares the sh*t out of them. And you know what? I'm never surprised. We've been raised in a culture that values thinness and that measures our worth on how willing we are to fit conventional standards of beauty. As in, it's ok if you don't have the "perfect" body... as long as you're trying to.
In this episode, Dr. Douglass talks about learning through our bodies, how we use verbal narratives to describe how we're feeling in our bodies, and how we shift from hyper- and hypo-aroused states through physical activity in order to feel safe. She talks about the importance of slowing down to listen to our bodies in their present moment and to break down the communication between the body and the narrative to create a new, more intuitive narrative.
Robyn Nohling is a registered dietitian and nurse practitioner in New York City, specializing in eating disorders, metabolism and hormonal health. Her first job as a RD was alongside a primary care physician and endocrinologist where she was able to practice as part of a team, focusing on holistic and alternative nutrition. This job led her to pursue her NP as she desired to provide more comprehensive care to her patients. Listen to the full episode >>>
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 >>>