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Well and Weird

A podcast about creating healthier relationships with food, health, beauty & your body. My guests and I talk about healing these parts of ourselves through eating disorder recovery, Intuitive Eating, body acceptance, spirituality and weird self care practices. Holly Lowery is an Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, Anti-Diet Advocate and Self-Care Enthusiast.

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47. Coping with anxiety, nurturing relationships, perfectionism + body acceptance with the ladies of Wine & Shine

Nina Boyce and Liz Garster of the Wine & Shine podcast are this week's guests (yaaaas for group chats!) and we're talking about coping with anxiety -and some of what has worked for us in the name of prevention. We talk about recovering from disordered eating and perfectionistic tendencies. We talk about burnout and adrenal fatigue 101. We talk about asking for help and granting ourselves space to be with our hard-to-feel feelings. This conversation rocked and I am so excited for you to listen. You can connect further with myself, Nina and Liz in the following ways:  Find more details on the Well + Weird Clubhouse & get on the early-bird list Register for the '5 secrets for self care that sticks' webinar Sign up for Holly's Newsletter for bi-weekly recovery coaching Follow Holly on instagram for a behind the scenes look & healing and recovery Head over to the Wine + Shine podcast Connect with Liz + Nina on Instagram Pledge to be a warrior for Circles of Change and use the code: WELLANDWEIRD for 10% off at checkout!

1hr 14mins

6 Jun 2018

Rank #1

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20. Intuitive Eating 101

In this episode we dive into what Intuitive Eating is, the steps of this process and the stages you can expect to go through when you start practicing making intuitive food choices. If you've heard of Intuitive Eating but aren't really sure what it is, this introductory episode is a great place to start.  In the episode we go over: What Intuitive Eating is The steps and stages Granting permission to all foods Respecting your body Working towards body neutrality versus body positivity  Anti-Dieting DIY coaching with your hostess, Holly Lowery Resources Mentioned: Circles of Change (our lovely new sponsor) DIY Coaching details Get anti-diet cheat sheets from the vault Katie Dalebout's podcast, Let It Out Intuitive Eating & Health at Every Size books Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast!

58mins

25 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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36. Body Dissatisfaction, Yo-Yo Dieting & Eating Disorder Recovery

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: Sustainable self care A solid team of support Boundaries & saying no Routine/ systems Creative outlet Spiritual practice Resiliency & a willingness to learn Exploring values, worthiness & body acceptance Having a sense of purpose; a larger calling; something that lights you up Resources mentioned: Find out how to work with holly 1-on-1 here Take her Food Freedom e-course here Sign up for the newsletter to get coaching emails delivered straight to your inbox Hang with Holly on Instagram where she's sharing behind the scenes moments every day of the healing, recovery, intuitive eating and anti-diet process Pledge as a warrior for Circles of Change (don't forget to listen in for the discount code!) Listen to the episode on creating a spiritual/ awareness practice

55mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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02. Body Acceptance + Empowerment with Dana Suchow

DANA SUCHOW, A NY BASED FASHIONISTA TURNED FEMINIST RUNS A BLOG CALLED 'DO THE HOTPANTS'. DANA IS A WRITER, BLOGGER, STYLIST AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST.  SINCE OVERCOMING AN EATING DISORDER AND COMPULSIVE EXERCISING, DANA HAS BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS, BODY POSITIVITY AND EATING DISORDER AWARENESS.  HOLLY AND DANA CHAT: THE FASHION INDUSTRY + BODY IMAGE FOOD SHAMING + POLICING  BODY SHAMING IN THE MEDIA ORTHOREXIA AND DISORDERED EATING/ EXERCISING SELF CARE + CURATING YOUR SOCIAL CIRCLES RESOURCES: DANA'S SITE HER PHOTO-SHOP BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS THE RIPPLE  WELL + WEIRD .COM HOLLY'S SITE

1hr 10mins

20 Jan 2017

Rank #4

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50. Binge eating, food comparison, + carb fear (Q+A episode)

This week we're doing a long awaited Q+A episode! We're digging deep into binge eating, and how permission can (and should) play a part in decreasing binge episodes. We're talking about how to get out of the self comparison with food and what other people are eating, my tips for going shopping for new clothes without freaking out, and how to get over the fear of eating carbohydrates. This episode is jam packed with little nuggets of eating disorder recovery TRUTH. Hope you love it! Resources mentioned: Books:  the body is not an apology, Not that kind of girl, Yes means yes, Shrill, WITCH: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. Jill's episode on movement Spiritual/ mindfulness practice episode Curious about working with me? Learn more about 1-on-1 coaching here Sign up for my NEW donation based group coaching calls Follow me on Instagram for more anti-dieting, intuitive eating behind-the-scenes Sign up for the July 9th webinar where I'll be sharing my 5 secrets for self care that sticks Pledge to be a warrior with Circles of Change

1hr 16mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #5

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39. "Do I have an eating disorder?" An exploration of disordered eating signs, symptoms and support (solo episode)

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. Resources mentioned: NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association)- learn more, take their free screening & get connected to support Ophelia's Place- for those of you in the CNY area who want to get connected to resources Get on Holly's Newsletter & into the Vault for some free intuitive eating, anti-diet & recovery resources Learn more about working with Holly through your own recovery Pledge as a warrior with Circles of Change Follow Holly on Instagram for more behind the scenes moments through healing & recovery

1hr 24mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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29. Decluttering our head & spaces with Cary & Kyle of New Minimalism

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. Resources mentioned: NewMinimalism.com (Cary & Kyle's site) make sure to get on their newsletter to get updates when the book is available! Follow Cary & Kyle on Instagram Get Holly's worksheets & journaling prompts from the vault Follow Holly on Instagram Pledge to be a warrior with Circles of Change Connect with this week's warrior, Dana Suchow at DoTheHotpants.com

1hr 4mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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30. Freedom from food anxiety? Totally possible with these 5 non-negotiables

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 Resources: Holly's new e-course, the Food Freedom Formula Get on the newsletter for updates about future courses, new cheat sheet downloads & access to the vault Pledge to be a warrior with Holly @ Circles of Change Hang with Holly on Instagram @hollylowerycny

35mins

8 Nov 2017

Rank #8

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38. Overcoming depression, rituals & emotional fitness with Anthony Demario

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. Resources mentioned: Learn more about working with Holly Sign up for weekly recovery coaching notes & get access to Holly's resource library (aka, the vault) Explore more of Anthony's work Follow Anthony on Insta Follow Holly on Insta Pledge as a warrior with Circles of Change Find resources if you're struggling with depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts

1hr 6mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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53. On being 'Not Plant Based' with Laura Dennison and Eve Simmons

 This week we are BACK with full episodes, in season 4 of the podcast. I am so excited to kick off this season with a kickass interview with the incredible women behind the blog ‘Not Plant Based’. Not Plant Based was founded by Laura Dennison and is co-authored by Eve Simmons, both of whom have suffered with eating disorders. They are telling our stories to help others who have also suffered, or are continuing to, with troubled eating. They’re re-discovering happiness and contentment through exercise and by eating the food that they love (namely pasta, meat, potatoes, melted cheese and Kit Kats) in hope that you will too. Resources mentioned: Curious about working with me? Learn more about 1-on-1, group coaching and my e-course here Sign up for my monthly donation based group coaching calls Follow me on Instagram for more anti-dieting, intuitive eating behind-the-scenes Hang with Not Plant Based on Instagram Check out the Not Plant Based blog

1hr 16mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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31. How to REDESIGN your relationship with food

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.  Key principles: Keep it simple & use the tools/ skills you already have at your disposal Small baby steps add up faster than you think Pick a few key areas of focus and create intentional actions for making these a reality. Resources: Get on the newsletter & into the vault to get the episode cheat sheet Pledge to be a warrior & buy some swag from Circles of Change Follow me on Insta

33mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #11

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Minisode: The real reason you're not happy with your body?

While I take a brief break from full length interviews to gear up for season two of Well + Weird, I hope you'll enjoy these quick prompts for finding more mental-emotional-spiritual-physical flow. Resources mentioned: Get access to the values cheat sheets & all the cheat sheets in the Vault This post on the blog My website Instagram The newsletter

13mins

5 May 2017

Rank #12

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22. Making Space for Self Love (even when it feels hard) with Marian Mellen

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.  Resources mentioned: Marian's website- make sure to go subscribe if you want that Heart & Soul Workbook! Marian's Instagram The Zen Bird Headbands to remind us of mindfulness Become a warrior with me for Circles of Change Connect with Me on Instagram Visit HollyLowery.com Get the deets for my DIY coaching offering

1hr 25mins

19 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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07. My messy body history: solo episode

You guys already know what I'm about, but I wanted to share a story that I haven't really shared outside of my close personal circle. In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 and their theme, Let's talk about it, I felt it was time to share MY body story; my struggles with food + body image. Something I care so deeply about is helping other women who struggle with feeling happy in their bodies + feeling like the boss around food. And while my advice + encouragement have the potential to help struggling women, I'm hoping that my own journey through all this messy stuff will take that advice + encouragement one step further; I'm hoping that my story will provide motivation + TRUST as you work through all of your own messy food + body stuff. In this episode I walk you through: My relationship with food + my body as a child and into my teenage years The types of pressure I felt, as many other young women do to be perfect and look perfect How the diet culture crept into my own mind and paved the way for my disordered eating habits My journey through vegetarianism and veganism How dieting and being "healthy becomes a part of our identity + source of bonding When trying to be "healthy" turns into an obsession My rock bottom My 4 truths; the things that keep me from returning to the dieting + disordered eating My upcoming course Body Truce; another tool to help you work through your own body history Resources: Holly's website NEDA's website NEDA's eating disorder anonymous screening Body Truce: a 4 month course on body acceptance + feeling fearless around food Access to The Vault + newsletter Holly's Instagram Holly's Facebook Well + Weird Facebook group

1hr 28mins

27 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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41. How to be OK with your messy recovery process: on the non-linear, messy, ups and downs of eating disorder recovery

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.  Resources mentioned in the episode: Learn more about working with Holly Sign up for weekly recovery coaching notes & get access to Holly's resource library (aka, the vault) Follow Holly on Insta Pledge as a warrior with Circles of Change Help me decide how to incorporate breathwork into my coaching Follow Holly's partner & music composer Listen to Holly's Episode with Mara Glatzel Listen to the episode on values

53mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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16. Fats, Carbs, Proteins & Intuition

this week on the podcast it's just you and me, and we're getting real about Gentle Nutrition: what it is, how you can implement it, and how you can use this basic nutrition knowledge in combination with your intuition to find your own version of health.  I’m here to tell you that A. you need all three macros to fully live in health, and B. while yes protein is important, that doesn’t mean it’s any more important than the other two. And C. All of this nutrition info is important, but it has GOT to be paired with your own intuition in order to really honor your health. Some highlights from the episode: Basic lowdown on the macronutrients Why fat isn't going to make you fat Why you NEED carbs How to stop destroying your metabolism Why high protein diets aren't going to work in the long term How you can increase your satiety levels How you can pair nutrition info with intuitive cues for your best health My formula for becoming an intuitive eater Resources mentioned: Holly's newsletter Hang with me on Instagram Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resche  The vault with all the permission + curiosity worksheets Want updates when new episodes are released? Subscribe here.

42mins

20 Jun 2017

Rank #16

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52. What really happens to your body on the Keto Diet

This week we have another installment of my solo series where we hash through a recent article on 'health', wellness, dieting, and food, and discuss the actual facts behind the bold claims being made in these spaces. And you guessed it, this week we're talking about the Keto Diet, how it impacts our body, what ACTUALLY happens in our bodies when we restrict our carbohydrate intake, and how we are impacted physically and psychologically in the short and long term. Resources mentioned: Curious about working with me? Learn more about 1-on-1, group coaching and my e-course here Sign up for my NEW donation based group coaching calls Follow me on Instagram for more anti-dieting, intuitive eating behind-the-scenes Pledge to be a warrior with Circles of Change Health at Every Size, by Linda Bacon Measuring Health from the Inside, by Carolyn Hodges Chaffee

50mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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58. On Why You Should Not be Trying to Resist Your Carb Cravings

We’re back for another media literacy episode, where we dive deep into a recent piece of media as it related to body acceptance, eating disorder recovery, and health (from a HAES perspective. This week we are digging into an article entitled “10 Simple Ways To Stop Craving Carbs All The Time,” sources from Mind Body Green. If you’ve been a long-time listener, you can already guess how many problems I have with an article like this, just based on the title alone. But if you’re not sure why the idea of trying to resist or ignore our carb cravings (or our cravings in general) is problematic then you’ll definitely want to make sure to tune in! I know I talk a lot about carbs and why they’re so gosh darn important, so this may not be totally new info if you’ve been listening for a while. But it may serve as a much needed refresher, given that we’re headed into the holidays (traditionally a very body-politically-charged time of year) AND with all of the low-carb rhetoric floating around the internet these days. I hope you enjoy! Resources mentioned: Curious about working with me? Learn more about 1-on-1 coaching here Submit a question for my monthly Q+A video Follow me on Instagram for more anti-dieting, intuitive eating behind-the-scenes Make sure to get on that newsletter for access to the vault!

52mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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46. On the links between perfectionism, dieting, ED recovery & how to embrace the IMperfection

In this solo segment, Holly is addressing some of the links between perfectionistic tendencies & eating disorder recovery. She digs deep into why it's so important to embrace the IMperfection and messiness of our lives and recovery processes, because in that imperfect space is where we grow, learn, expand and heal.  Tune in for holly's advice on how to step away from our perfectionistic tendencies so that we can create more space for joy, pleasure, love, connection and personal growth. Resources mentioned: Sign up for Holly's Newsletter for bi-weekly recovery coaching Follow Holly on instagram for a behind the scenes look & healing and recovery Find more details on the Well + Weird Clubhouse & get on the early-bird list Register for the '5 secrets for self care that sticks' webinar Pledge to be a warrior for Circles of Change and use the code: WELLANDWEIRD for 10% off at checkout!

50mins

21 May 2018

Rank #19

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51. Intuitive Cooking, Recovery, & watching out for 'shouldy' wellness with chef, yoga teacher and recovery advocate Rochelle Bilow

This week we're talking with Rochelle Bilow, who I have the extraordinary pleasure of working with at Ophelia's Place headquarters.  Rochelle is a chef, yoga teacher, fellow recovery advocate, farmer, author (and seriously, so much more) and I can't wait for you to sink your teeth into this episode.  We talk about her very non-linear process of recovery, what perpetuated her body dissatisfaction in her younger years, letting go of exercise that doesn't serve us anymore, dropping into cooking with an intuitive lens, watching out for the 'shouldy' wellness circles on the internet, and more.  Resources mentioned: Curious about working with me? Learn more about 1-on-1, group coaching and my e-course here Sign up for my NEW donation based group coaching calls Follow me on Instagram for more anti-dieting, intuitive eating behind-the-scenes Pledge to be a warrior with Circles of Change Hang with Rochelle on Instagram Check out Rochelle's site

1hr 16mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #20