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Eat the Rules with Summer Innanen

Eat the Rules is dedicated to empowering you to break free of societal standards, body shame and live life beyond the scale. Summer interviews the leading experts in body image, the anti-diet movement, self-help and intersectional feminism, covering a range of topics that include: body positivity, size acceptance, fat positivity, self-worth, self-esteem, intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery, health at every size and positive psychology. Summer also gives practical advice and shares personal experiences to help you accept your body and break free of diet culture. Summer Innanen is a professionally trained coach specializing in body image, self-worth and confidence and is the best-selling author of Body Image Remix.

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#160: Body Image Series: Believing You Are Good Enough (Self-Worth)

It’s the third episode in the body image series and I’m talking about what gets in the way of believing that we’re good enough, how to build self-worth and why it’s so damn important towards knowing you’re good enough as you are. Grab your free worksheet - "10 Powerful Ways To Reinforce That You’re Good Enough" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/160 Specifically, we cover: - What gets in the way of feeling good enough,
 - How our “shoulds” feed the belief that we’re not good enough,
 - What is self-worth and why it’s so damn important for you to feel good enough,
 - The difference between confidence and self-worth,
 - How perfectionism influences our self-worth,
 - 8 components to build self-worth, Get your free worksheet - "10 Powerful Ways To Reinforce That You’re Good Enough" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/160

33mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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#132: Diet Culture’s Impact on Women - interview with Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar, author of You Have The Right To Remain Fat is on the show talking about why diet culture is so toxic to our self-worth, the influence of sexism on our desire to diet and so much more. In this episode, we chat about: - Virgie’s new book, You Have The Right To Remain Fat – why she wrote it and what’s she’s hoping people get out of it, - How Virgie felt the magic of her body as a child before she was introduced to fatphobia and how that magic feels today,  - The importance of understanding what internalized inferiority is, how this is upheld by diet culture and how you can unpack that for yourself, - Why “dieting is a survival technique” and obligation in our culture,  - The role of sexism in diet culture and why it’s a means of controlling women’s lives,  - Why intimate relationships might take longer to cultivate once you’ve opted out of diet culture, but will ultimately be more meaningful and fulfilling, - The difference between liberation and acceptance and why we need to be aiming for liberation versus settling for acceptance,  - Why you deserve more than a $7 bottle of Shiraz and need to upgrade to the Dom Perignon and other amazing metaphors to help you feel worthy of all your desires, Plus, so much more!

49mins

7 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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#123: Wellness & Fitness Culture - interview with Dr. Colleen Reichmann

I’m interviewing Dr. Colleen Reichmann, about the problems with wellness and fitness culture, how they hurt our mental health and how to heal an obsessive relationship with these things. We chat about: - How Colleen healed her eating disorder and went on to become a clinical psychologist who specializes in this field, - How she found health at every size and fat acceptance and incorporates this into her practice,  - The problems with wellness culture and why it is diet culture in disguise,  - Why we are so obsessed with wellness as a culture,  - Why our body and willpower is not the problem when it comes to having “control with food,”  - Why we both think the keto diet is the worst, - How to heal your obsessive relationship with wellness and fitness, - Why “strong is the new skinny” is so problematic and why extremes in fitness are not often acknowledged as disordered,  Plus, so much more!

49mins

16 May 2018

Rank #3

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#144: The F-It Diet Revisited – Interview With Caroline Dooner

I’m revisiting my interview with  Caroline Dooner – Creator of The F-It Diet. We chat about Caroline’s approach to making eating easy and more. And I’ll be answering a listener question on whether mindful eating is important in healing your relationship with food.  In this episode, we chat about: - I answer a listener question on whether mindful eating is important in healing your relationship with food, - Why nourishment is the foundation of The F-It Diet, - How your fear of weight gain can get in the way of truly trusting yourself around food, - The tools that Caroline used to help her overcome her body image issues, - How the media influences our body image and how certain actresses are going against the norm to promote body acceptance, - What to do if you live in a toxic environment where appearance is valued above all else, - The most important question to ask yourself when you are feeling judged, Plus so much more!

1hr 6mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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#133: Body Liberation – interview with Jes Baker

Jes Baker, author of Landwhale and Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is on the show talking about the difference between body love and body liberation, doing things she never thought she could, the struggle with finding a good relationship with food and more. In this episode, we chat about: - Jes tells her story of how she found fat acceptance and how this changed her life, - What she wants people to get out of Landwhale and why it was such a hard book to write,  - Why “bopo light” is necessary and a needed stepping stone, - The struggle she had in healing her relationship with food and what is working for her right now, - Why understanding things logically is different than implementing it into your life, - The difference between body love and body liberation and how liberation is needed to really heal, - What helped her to do the myriad of things she never thought she could do and her advice for others,  - Why this idea of being bulletproof to criticism and trolling doesn’t exist and why this idea is harmful,  - Why we need more vulnerability,  Plus, so much more!

48mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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#141: Giving Up Dieting Revisited – Interview With Kelsey Miller

I’m revisiting my interview with Kelsey Miller, author of Big Girl. We chat about her journey out of disordered eating, what she learned about herself from giving up dieting and how she moved from the role of sidekick to leading lady in her life and I’ll be answering a listener question on what to do if you’re afraid of people judging your weight gain. In this episode, we chat about: - I answer a listener question what to do if you’re afraid of people judging your weight gain, - How Kelsey’s first extreme diet at the age of 11 planted the seed and kept her hooked on “the manic power of skinny” for years, - How the pattern of being in the “zone” of a new diet followed by periods of crushing shame kept her trapped in the dieting cycle for years, - The influence of Kelsey’s mom on her relationship with food and her body, - The point when Kelsey realized she was done with dieting and self-loathing and ready to choose living, - What it was like to become an intuitive eater, - The real issue that was at the heart of Kelsey’s disordered relationship with food and how this impacted the rest of her life, - How she stopped playing the sidekick and took the leading lady role in her life, - What Kelsey’s imperfect relationship with her body is like now, Plus so much more!

59mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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#131: Moving Past “The Rebellious Streak” - interview with Carmen Cool

Carmen Cool, Psychotherapist is on the show talking about how to move past the “rebellious streak” that happens when we stop dieting, how to care for ourselves during political turmoil and more. In this episode, we chat about: - How Carmen overcame an eating disorder and found health at every size and fat acceptance, - The importance of weaving fat politics into her work with clients,  - The practices that Carmen uses to help others unpack internalized fatphobia and weight stigma, - How to manage/process feelings that come up with recent political events,  - The importance of self-care and how to manage that when you feel guilty for taking a pause from everything happening in the world,  - How tapping into our “rebellious side” during healing can lead to freedom, but also keep us stuck, - What to do if you feel you are bouncing between compliance and rebellion (all or nothing anti-diet thinking),  - Why attunement goes far beyond our food needs, Plus, so much more!

44mins

31 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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#140: The Fallacies Of Weight Control Revisited – Interview With Chris Sandel

I’m revisiting my interview with Nutritionist Chris Sandel.  We chat about on the physiology of the restrict-binge cycle, the fallacy of weight control and dieting, how to learn to trust your body again and I’ll be answering a listener question on how to find balance between eating what you want and health.  In this episode, we chat about: -  I answer a listener question how to find balance between eating what you want and health, - How Chris realized that his weight was not in his control and how that shaped his approach with working with clients, - The physiology of the restrict-binge cycle and why we really can’t control our food, - The fallacy around the amount of control we have over our weight, - Why recovery from disordered eating and chronic dieting involves more than simply “eating normally,” - Mental versus physical deprivation – knowing the difference and how to heal both - How to trust your body and what this process actually looks like, - The importance of doing the inner work to heal your relationship with food, - What is moderation and is it possible? - Are there some people who need to abstain from certain foods? Plus, so much more!

1hr

27 Nov 2018

Rank #8

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#147: Playing Big Revisited – Interview With Tara Mohr

I’m revisiting my interview with Tara Mohr – author of Playing Big and expert on women’s leadership and well-being. We chat about how to be more loyal to your dreams than your fears, managing self-doubt and how to unhook from praise and criticism. Plus, I answer a listener question on how to respond to diet talk.  In this episode, we chat about: - I answer a listener question on how to respond to diet talk, - How Tara’s work influenced my life and how I work with clients, - What it means to “play big” and the different ways that we play small and don’t even realize it, - The relationship between self-doubt and playing big and why we cannot eliminate self-doubt, - Why women are socialized to be people pleasers and how that influences the way we show up in this world, - Why body perfectionism is a common form of self-doubt and why it’s not really about your body, - The limitations of being hooked on praise and criticism, - How you can start to be less concerned with what other people think, Plus so much more!

57mins

26 Mar 2019

Rank #9