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 >>>
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.
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.
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 >>>
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 >>>
Crystal Karges is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified lactation consultant who specializes in maternal and child health, family wellness, intuitive eating, and eating and feeding disorders. In this episode Crystal and I talk about the aspects of pregnancy and postpartum that really don’t get enough airtime in our culture. Like how weight is just one of many - MANY - factors that contribute to your ability to conceive, have a healthy pregnancy, or have a healthy baby. Listen to the full episode >>>