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Life. Unrestricted.

Aren’t you tired of hating your body, tired of counting calories, tired of making your scale decide whether you get to feel good today or (more likely) not? Aren’t you tired of feeling guilty for eating what you like, tired of exercising obsessively to get rid of that guilt? Tired of the negative self-talk-chatter in your head?Aren’t we all?So. Welcome home. Let’s start this journey toward body positivity, a better body image, acceptance of diversity and a more balanced approach to health; goodbye to body negativity, fat-phobia, disordered eating and a compulsive relationship to exercise. Confidence is an inside job and it’s high time we bust the myth that weight should dictate our worth. Let’s start this journey to loving our bodies from a Health At Every Size perspective and let’s nourish our body, mind and soul without going crazy.

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LU 005: Sarah Vance – When having the "goal body" means misery and obsession.

Download Episode! Lovely ones... Yay! Welcome to episode 5 of the "Life Unrestricted Podcast"... ... You are going to love what you hear. In this episode of the "Life Unrestricted Podcast", you are going to meet Sarah Vance from Cincinnati, a truly fabulous chick who knows exactly what it means when we let the mission to "get our goal body" take over our lives. Sarah experienced first hand how – back when "her body was a project" – life can feel increasingly horrible, and that the more obsessed we become with weight and appearance, the more our health is at the risk of declining. As a former bikini model and exercise addict who was severely obsessed with food, weight, fitness and her appearance, she knows the battle of so many people in today's society. She has managed to step out of restriction misery and has healed her compulsive relationship to exercise. It has become her mission to help others reclaim their freedom with their bodies and their relationship to food. She is a body image coach who specializes in banishing body hate and in getting a handle on emotional eating. This week, on the "Life Unrestricted Podcast", she shares with us: – How she slipped into the increasingly obsessive mindset where "good" was never "good enough" – How we often don't realize how sneakily a body- and weight-obsessed mentality can turn our life into a trap – Why she ignored her declining health (loss of period, injuries, hair falling out...) for so long – What the turning point for her was when she said "enough" – What the first crucial steps are when we want to heal our negative body image and self-loathing – How helpful it was to her to learn about the mechanisms of diet-culture and the way media portrays women – Why the majority of eating disorders aren't being detected and how our culture promotes disordered behavior as "healthy" – How body positivity helped her on her path towards body acceptance – What the most important steps are when we want to break free from obsessive behaviors – Why we need to detach "food" from "exercise" in our minds – How she got through the most difficult periods of recovery – Why she now celebrates every menstrual cycle she gets – How we can tackle the issue of "body image in the bedroom" – How she worked through her issues to now be able to enjoy a truly fulfilling sex life that was non-existent before – How she intends to help change the harmful existing paradigm that keeps so many people trapped in the idea that they have to "look good"... ... And so much more! Check out Sarah's awesome website and find out about her coaching business at: www.sarahvance.com Here's the link to the 2017 retreat in San Diego with Summer Innanen: www.reclaimretreat.com * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/ Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Please: Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refid=stpr

1hr 10mins

25 Jul 2016

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LU 052: Jennifer Rollin – Exercise bulimia, engrained habits, ED myths, and getting very personal.

Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, it’s not just vulnerability time, it’s not just real, raw badassery time, no, it’s also ... Well, it’s actually the most fun episode with the most unexpected circumstances I’ve ever had. Mix that with the incredible depth of the conversation, and you’ve got a pretty unique ride ahead of you. And the mission for this one is pretty simple: It is to say, hey, who ever you are out there, you are not alone, you are not crazy, you are not broken... Recovery is messy like that. Eating disorders really come in all shapes and sizes, and they take many forms for the sufferer too. So, lovely radicals, It is my extreme pleasure to bring you Jennifer Rollin, a professional psychotherapist in private practice in Rockville, Maryland. Jennifer is an eating disorder and body image specialist, and expert writer and speaker. She is passionate about helping people to find freedom from eating disorders and body-hatred. Jennifer has completed certificates in CBT-E for Eating Disorders (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is a member of The Junior Board of Directors for The National Eating Disorders Association, and her articles have reached thousands of people through print and online media including The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, FabUplus Magazine, Social Work Today Magazine... From out of her practice in Rockville, she offers eating disorder therapy and eating disorder recovery coaching to people worldwide. If you were wondering where the fun part of the situation comes in...... Well, listen for yourself! Jennifer talks about: – Why this very interview is proof that perfectionism is a hindrance to fully experiencing life – How she discovered Health at Every Size (HAES) and why she didn’t fully understand it at first – Why being weight-centric is an active hindrance to recovery from yoyo-dieting, disordered eating, eating disorders AND binge eating – Why she often gets frustrated when people completely misunderstand the message of HAES – When to invest in educating others about HAES and when to prioritize self-care and step back – Why it is so hard to recover into a world that actively promotes disordered eating and disordered exercise behaviors – How we can talk to ourselves when we’re struggling and there’s no one around who seems to understand – How weight-stigma in eating disorders treatment often hinders a full recovery for those who are in treatment, and prevents millions who suffer from actually GETTING treatment – What she would want the world to know about eating disorders and the myths surrounding them – Why the common depiction of eating disorders (anorexia, skeletally skinny, mostly white teenage girls) in the media actually represents the smallest percentage of how eating disorders manifest, and why this is detrimental for all of those who suffer and "don’t feel sick enough" – Why some of the sickest people are not officially diagnosable – What she means when she describes eating disorders as being "competitive and comparative diseases" – Her thoughts on exercise bulimia and why this – very common! – subtype of eating disorders is not being openly addressed more widely – What makes exercise bulimia so hard to overcome – How to reframe exercise behaviors in recovery from compulsive exercise, when the voice in our heads tells us that we "can’t rest" – How to decode those negative body thoughts and find what they really stand for – How to find out what our compulsive behaviors around exercise and food are really about – How to make behavioral changes and set small challenges that support recovery – Why discomfort is an inevitable result of going against our ED voice, and how to see that discomfort as a sign of success in recovery – How she would deal with a client who suffers from exercise bulimia – How she would address entrenched behaviors and habits/rituals that have been in place for years – Why it is so important (in any process of recovery) to find out what really brings us joy in life, and add those things into our lives that do NOT revolve around food or exercise – How we can start to decode and make sense of our are behaviors – How we can recognize moments of body neutrality and slowly create more of those – Why it’s important to ask ourselves "what would I like my life to look like in 5 years from now?" – How she addresses the fear of weight gain with her clients – How to find out what we really want when we say that we "just want to be thin" – How to give less of a damn about what other people think of our recovery, our looks, our eating, our weight or any other comments – How to see the gift in losing those people who only "loved" us for an artificial version of ourselves – Why this process of recovery is the doorway to finding those people who really love us for who we are – The advantage of getting into the mindset of "giving recovery a try", just as one would do with an experiment – Why we need to change behaviors first, in order for the thoughts to be able to adjust and change (or in other words, why there is no "thinking ourselves into recovery") – Why eliminating all restrictions is the crucial step in recovery from anorexia and bulimia – How, after eliminating all restrictions, the most important next step must be to eliminate all compensatory behaviors for eating – Why never to forget that eating disorders are sneaky, and so behaviors can sneak back in almost unnoticeably and suddenly we’re deep in unwanted behaviors again – Why having an accountability partner when reducing the amount and intensity of exercise can be the key to avoid denial... ... And so much more! Check out Jennifer’s website: www.jenniferrollin.com Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 42mins

19 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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LU 063: Chris Sandel – Effects of food restriction (and exercise) on your body and hormones.

Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Chris Sandel from outside of London, UK. Chris is a health and nutrition expert who runs his own company called "7 Health", and alongside that, his wonderful podcast "Real Health Radio". Chris works with clients all over the world through private consultations, and he also creates and runs online training programs. Chris’ approach to health and food is completely non-dogmatic, and he knows that there IS no solution that’s perfect for everybody, and that the more anxious and stressed out we are about food and weight, our health and our life will only suffer for it. Chris wants his clients to find their own personal best health, whatever that means for each individual, mentally, physically and emotionally. He also has a specific interest in improving client’s general relationships with food and body image issues. Listen to Chris talk about: – Why he considers himself lucky in terms of body image, and relaxedness around food – How he went from being a "fast food" youngster to a food-appreciating, health-conscious cook – Why it’s the people who are most "keen" to go on detoxes, cleanses and any types of restrictive eating are the very people that should avoid all that – Why he thinks that the majority of "diet-y" tipps out there are dangerous, and why we should NOT restrict our food – Why anyone with a "difficult" relationship to food should never do a cleanse or detox – Why we should broaden what foods we allow ourselves to eat, instead of narrowing the choices – Why he thinks weight-loss as a focus is not conducive to improve health – How he works with clients and what he focuses on – What kind of questions he asks of his clients to find out what the real issue is – What he would do with our imaginary client Susy who’s experiencing a loss of periods, bad sleep, digestive issues, who’s often restricting food and overexercising – Why sleep is a central piece when it comes to health – How eating and sleep are related – What frequent nightly peeing (and/or nightly sweating) points to – Why restricting is directly linked to the increase of stress hormones, and how they wreak havoc with our system – What HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea – when the menstrual cycle goes missing) translates to, in terms of why a body decides to shut down the reproductive system – How HA is impacting a person’s health in worse ways than one might suspect at first glance (bone loss, depression, anxiety, thin hair/nails, mood swings, irritability, low libido, lowered body temperature, sleep issues, etc.) – Why (even though many physicians might recommend it!) going on the birth control pill is NOT solving the problem of HA, but – in fact – will only mask the problem by producing a so-called "withdrawal bleed" – What the Minnesota (Semi-)Starvation Experiment tells us about our own experiences with restriction, the impact on our physical and mental health, and how it is all related to a lack of energy availability – How he helps his clients deal with weight gain when they start recovering from dieting/overexercising – What is usually hidden underneath the fear of gaining weight – Why, especially in the "health and wellness (and weight-loss) realm", we are prone to fall for the "survivorship bias" (meaning that just because something worked for someone, we automatically assume that the same advice must be true for us) – What we trip over with the "halo effect" – What the "negativity bias" does to our judgment – How recovering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea improves much more than a woman’s hormones – Why he brings the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study with all of his clients, and why taking this test can give a lot of insight as to why a person is struggling in life – What his latest project "Tummy" is about... ... And so much more! Here’s the link to Chris’s website: www.seven-health.com Here are some of Chris’ podcast episodes that you might find interesting! 1. The Minnesota Starvation Experiment: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/06/042-the-minnesota-starvation-experiment/ 2. The difference between eating disorders and disordered eating: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/08/054-eating-disorders-and-disordered-eating/ 3. Issues with a woman’s menstrual cycle: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/02/025-issues-with-your-menstrual-cycle/ 4. Chris’ overeating experiment: http://www.seven-health.com/2016/05/040-my-over-eating-experiment/ The book on HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea) that Chris and I highly recommend is called "No period, now what?" by Nicola Rinaldi: https://www.amazon.com/Period-Now-What-Regaining-Improving/dp/099723668X The podcasts Chris mentioned where cognitive biases are addressed (something we all fall prey to) are called: "You Are Not So Smart" and "Hidden Brain". There are also lots of great books on human misjudgment/cognitive bias/implicit bias out there, I highly recommend: – "Mistakes were made (but not by me)" by Elliot Aronson: https://www.amazon.com/Mistakes-Were-Made-But-Not/dp/1491514132 – "Thinking, fast and slow" by Daniel Kahnemann: https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555 – "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt: https://www.amazon.com/Righteous-Mind-Divided-Politics-Religion/dp/0307455777/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=71BTDKKRKBBCBRZTKZFK – "You Are Not So Smart" by David McRaney: https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Not-So-Smart/dp/1592407366/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=71BTDKKRKBBCBRZTKZFK Here are a few example of biases that mess up our decision making process: http://www.businessinsider.com/cognitive-biases-that-affect-decisions-2015-8 If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a "Patreon"! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refid * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 21mins

4 Oct 2017

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LU 070: Lu Uhrich – End the restrict/binge/overexercise-cycle & get your health and period back.

Hey, lovely radicals... podcast alert! In today’s episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you’ll hear my conversation with Lu Uhrich from Pennsylvania. Lu and I spoke a few months ago, and I'm happy to announce that she shares a great deal of knowledge with us here on the show. Lu is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Body Image Mentor and Life Coach who helps women worldwide to grow in self-awareness, find food freedom and practice body love. She also host the "Untamed" podcast, where she interviews women who are living beyond limits and who are helping others to do the same. Lu specializes in guiding her clients to overcome struggles with yo-yo dieting, food restriction, binge eating, loss of periods, shame, body hate and other unwanted symptoms, mindsets or behaviors. Through her one-on-one coaching program and online courses, she teaches participants to end the exhausting hustle for food and body perfection by finding out who they really are, what they truly want, and how to finally get it. Listen in as Lu talks about: – How her parents raised her in a very body positive and food positive (and therefore unusual) way – How well her body and food confidence protected her from falling for diet-messages and body negativity – Why the messages she got in church threw her for a loop with regards to her confidence about herself as a woman – What it was that made her slip into disordered ways with eating and exercise – What we get wrong when "the diet doesn’t work anymore", and why we end up digging an even deeper hole for ourselves – What made her lose her period – Why not having a period is so dangerous for a woman’s health – Why being on the pill only masks Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (HA) by producing a "withdrawal bleed" – Why we usually only seek help when the uncontrollable binges start (reactionary eating after restriction) – Some of the mental traps she set up for herself that made her think "she had to keep the body she worked so hard for" – Why we often fear weight-gain more when we’re at our sickest/thinnest – How diet-mentality can distort our inner compass and our true values – How she dealt with weight gain in recovery from hear disordered eating and lack of period – How she advises her clients who suffer from Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (HA) in terms of exercise and food – Why resting, eating plenty and finding joy in what we do are essential for recovery – Why she would never wear a Fitbit or count calories again – How to deal with the internalized "should"s – How we can apply curiosity and self-compassion when our bodies change shape/size – How to understand your binges and how to deal with them – What our culture’s obsession with "eating right" is often code for – What she means when she says "the only way out is through" – What food freedom looks like and why it is liberating on many different levels – Why weight-gain after menopause is the best life-protection for you... ... And so much more! For more information check out Lu’s website at: www.lueats.com Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref* Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 25mins

18 Jan 2018

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LU 060: Marya Hornbacher – Fighting the stigma of mental illness and eating disorders.

Download Episode! Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I’m talking to Marya Hornbacher from Minneapolis, USA. Marya is known for many things. She is an assistant professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University, she is an award-winning journalist and – as most of you might know – she is also a bestselling author, most known for her memoir on anorexia called "Wasted" (which was published when she was 22 years old). Ten years after that, she published a memoir on Bipolar Disorder called "Madness", after which she came out with an acclaimed novel called "The Center of Winter", followed by two books about mental health, addiction, recovery and spirituality; one called "Sane", the other one "Waiting". Marya has a lot more in the works, but we’ll talk about that – among myriad of other things – in our beautiful conversation. You'll hear Marya talk about: – When and why she became self-conscious about her body as a child – How her parents related to weight – What she was hungry for as a child (apart from food) – Why we grow up with the idea that our various emotional hungers are unwelcome – Why people with a sensitive nature are often prone to eating issues – What her own journey of finding out about (and coming to terms with) her mental illness was like – How she fell into the trap of identifying herself by her problems, issues, and chaos – How she found out that recovery meant to go beyond that "black hole of trouble"-identity – How, for many people (not all!), an eating disorder represents a symptom of a larger issue, rather than the problem itself – Why misdiagnosis are so rampant when it comes to mental illness – How she started to re-establish trust in herself and advocate for herself when faced with medical professionals – Why educating ourselves is vital in the process of healing from our own personal issues – Why the right sort of medication can make all the difference – What the key pieces were for her to finally start her healing journey for good – Why recovery (from anything) is so hard at times, bringing forth what a person has been running from – Why the investment we put into healing is the best we will ever do for ourselves – How she understands her own past eating disorder in retrospect – Why she ended up becoming an alcoholic after her eating disorder was "under control" (aka: addiction transfer) – Why she doesn’t believe in the theory of certain people "just having an addictive personality" – Why what we’re all looking for is already inside us, and why our need to "feel in control" often leads us into the trap of "being controlled" (be that by food / rules / compulsions, or substances) – Why it is crucial for the healing process to develop our own opinion and to advocate for our own truth instead of just following random popular people’s advice – Why we all need to be careful with our social media consumption – Why self-acceptance really is the key to become comfortable with who we are – What she finds helpful on the path to finding out "who we really are", and what brings us the greatest joy in life – What she wants us to know about Bipolar Disorder (I and II) – How she deals with her illness and manages it these days – How we can accept and live with our own personal limitations without beating ourselves up over them – Why it is our personal responsibility to step out of the game our society seems to want us to play – How important it is to find our own tribe outside of the masses – Why the key to finding "our sort of people" is to step out of comparison-mode ourselves – Why making friends with solitude can be a key step on the healing journey – What "resilience" means to her – How not to fall for "Do THIS... and you’ll be happy!"-lies anymore... ... And so much more! Check out Marya and her books: www.maryahornbacher.com Lovelies, I need your support. If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a "Patreon", so that I can keep producing it for you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi* Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join

1hr 22mins

13 Sep 2017

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LU 057: Dr. Steven Prentice – Are you ready for "Healthnut Rehab"? Here’s how real health works.

Hey, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I talk to Dr. Steve Prentice from Columbus, Ohio. Steve, as a practicing chiropractor and health contrarian since 1996, has spent his career questioning the status quo and the accepted norms when it comes to health and wellbeing. His experience working with thousands of patients over the past 20 years led him to create what he termed quote "the stress-centered approach to health" and he now leads his patients through the process of restoring their health and quality of life while rejecting many of the restrictive and obsessive health recommendations that are promising quick results and lead so many people into feeling of increased trapped-ness and misery. His brand-new book called "Wrecked" has just come out, and rarely before has a small book made me sigh with relief like his. Steve will tell us: – When he started to feel self-conscious about his body – Why it was in his chiropractor education that he basically stopped trusting his own body and started dieting – What he thought when he started regaining the weight, and what that set off – How many disordered eaters make up sensitivities that they don’t really have and end up believing their own fear-narrative – Why, when we hold on to a certain food fear (carbs, fat, gluten...) in our minds, we start brainwashing ourselves into believing that any negative reactions are caused by that particular food and we go look for confirmation for this – Why eliminating foods from our diets (for no other reason than believing the latest diet fad) most often leads to more obsession, and subsequently, more eliminations, and more health problems – Why restricting, overexercising, obsessing, compulsive behaviors around food and movement and fear of food are actual stressors for the body and therefore, in themselves, harm our health – Why he recommends never to slap any labels on ourselves when it comes to eating and exercising – The social, mental and physical dangers of food tribes and their moral pressure and group identity – How diet culture, food tribes and eating/exercise rules make us forget that we really are free people with individual needs and bodies – How much pressure he built up around his own "quest for the better body" – How he found out the hard way that diets and restriction never work long term – How rules set us up for obsession, especially around food, weight and exercise – His guilt about having lectured people about weight-loss and dieting – What today’s culture of "Go! Go! Go!", social media, comparison, and unrealistic imagery does to people’s mental and physical health – Why people get sucked into being health-nuts and actually risking their health in the name of "hardcore health" – Why he recommends to just "take the pressure out" and stop believing that you need to be "fixed" – When he came to the realization that he, too, was barking up the wrong tree and something had to give – How we can all live the life that is being promised to us "once we’re thin/toned/better looking" RIGHT NOW, with the body that we have – Why some soul searching is necessary to find out about our true values in life – How his own diet-recovery looked like – Why letting go of rules will automatically lead to a decrease in food-obsession and compulsive thinking – Why, after diet-recovery, our bodies will find the weight they are happy and healthy at – Why living at war with your body is just no way to live, and not the way to happiness – How true self-acceptance is never related to size/shape/weight... ... And so much more! If you are interested in working with Steve, you can find him here: www.healthnutrehab.com Here’s the link to his book "Wrecked" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wrecked-Quest-Health-Weight-Failed-ebook/dp/B074K5BBLB/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1501955529&sr=8-6&keywords=steve+prentice Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 22mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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LU 067: Lindsay Meisel – When "healthy" becomes unhealthy... How a runner got her period back.

In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you’ll hear my conversation with Lindsay Meisel from San Francisco. I’ve known Lindsay from the Facebook groups we're both in that are specifically for women who are dealing with Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (or – in layman's terms – women who are missing their periods). Lindsay is one of the strong voices in those groups, and I always wanted to talk to her, since she has recovered from "HA", as we call Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (to not have it be such a mouthful), and she is clearly very knowledgeable about this. Lindsay works as the head of content for Ava, a women's health technology company that makes a sensor bracelet that monitors the menstrual cycle. She was a long distance runner for over a decade, but gave it up to get her period back. You'll hear Lindsay talk about: – What set off her disordered eating and exercise behaviors – Why the lure of "reaching energy deficit" can be so addictive and dangerous – How she was only able to break that compulsion by actively changing her behaviors towards "reaching energy surplus" – Why she is angry at people in the medical field who give women terrible advice when it comes to issues like missing periods – Why her own doctor encouraged her to dismiss her HA, which kept her in her disorder for a number of years to come – How the stages of her disordered eating/exercise morphed over the years – What her breaking point was – How she started to wake up to the fact that she wasn’t healthy – Why, when she decided to start recovering, she unknowingly went about it in the completely wrong way – Why it was only when she read Nicola Rinaldi’s book "No Period. Now What?" that she finally got an idea of what real recovery looks like and what she had to do to "go all in" – How long it took her to break free (and feel free) from her exercise addiction – Why we often compensate not "formally exercising" by compulsively ramping up low-level movement – How she reframed her thought-patterns and taught herself to think about her recovery as her goal and mission to get healthy – How she started filling up her time and using her energy for different things than exercising – Why recovery without the mental work doesn’t work, and why a person with HA is never at "a healthy point“ with exercise and eating – Why for women with HA (coming from a history of overexercising, undernourishing) it takes a phase of letting the pendulum swing in the other direction (full rest and complete replenishment of the body’s depleted energy stores) – Why it’s important to stay "all in" for 4-6 months more after getting the menstrual cycle running again – How there really is no "cheating" in HA recovery since the "feel good hormones" of exercising are exactly what cause the hypothalamus to stay shut down – Why it’s completely normal to experience exhaustion and pretty extreme hunger in recovery – Why it is important to work on body image while recovering – How HA is impacting a person’s health in worse ways than one might suspect at first glance (bone loss, depression, anxiety, thin hair/nails, mood swings, irritability, low libido, lowered body temperature, sleep issues, etc.) – Why (even though many physicians might recommend it!) going on the birth control pill is NOT solving the problem of HA, but, in fact, only masking the problem by producing a so-called "withdrawal bleed" – Why she says that life "after recovery" is a million times better than before... ... And so much more! Check out Lindsay’s blog at: https://differentkindofhuman.blogspot.com/ Here’s the link to the company Lindsay works at, the company that produces a bracelet that tracks a woman’s cycle: www.avawomen.com The book on HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea) that Lindsay and I highly recommend is called "No Period, Now What?" by Nicola Rinaldi: https://www.amazon.com/Period-Now-What-Regaining-Improving/dp/099723668X If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a "Patreon"! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 9mins

25 Nov 2017

Rank #7

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LU 068: Jonah Soolman – Weight stigma, chronic dieting & overexercise have adverse health effects.

Hey lovely radicals, podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life Unrestricted." podcast, I am happy to bring you my conversation with Jonah Soolman from Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jonah is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. He and his wife Joanne co-own "Soolman Nutrition and Wellness LLC", a private practice where they offer individualized nutrition counseling using a non-diet approach. His writing has appeared in BuzzFeed, Boston Baseball magazine, and other local and international publications. Jonah talks about: – What messages about bodies and weight he picked up from society when he grew up – What makes dieting and restricting so insidious – Why people often only realize much later (if ever!) that dieting/restricting/overexercising was what set in motion a vicious cycle for them – Why going back and retracing our diet-stories can really be enlightening as to what caused the downward spiral/yoyo-dieting, or even the development of an eating disorder – Why a story of "I am a sugar/bread/food addict" will only reinforce itself if the person decides to cut out certain foods or food groups, and how to break that story – What the problem is with weight-loss studies – The different ways fat-phobia manifests (out in the world and in our own minds) – Why never to underestimate the power of the mind when it comes to making ourselves believe certain things about food – Why he thinks it’s unethical to put people on diets and promise them weight-loss, even though that would make his business "better bucks" – What he observes in gyms he frequents, and his thoughts on today’s "gym-culture" and exercise bulimia – How he got stuck in years of exercise and an exercise addiction – What needs to change in the way personal trainers, nutritionists and dietitians are schooled – Why eating disorders need the diverse representation that they deserve, and not just the stereotypical depiction – How he and his wife work with clients – How hard it is for males to seek help, because eating issues are still considered "a female issue" – Why he strongly believes that there needs to be a therapist on board when he is helping clients with eating disorders – An example of a client story that is hope-inspiring – Why we all must absolutely follow him on social media... ... And so much more! Check out Jonah and his work: www.soolmannutrition.com Please consider supporting the podcast with by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref* Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 17mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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LU 058: Me, solo – "You don’t have to be thin to be underweight": Anorexia at higher weights.

Lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I am talking about a topic that sadly doesn't get addressed nearly enough: The importance of recognizing anorexia in people in bigger bodies. In our thin-obsessed culture, eating disorders go undetected at alarming rates. With the stereotypical depiction of an emaciated teen (white, female, cis-gendered) being at the forefront of people's minds when it comes to eating disorders, the majority of sufferers either don't "feel sick enough" to seek treatment, or their symptoms get dismissed if they don't present said emaciated weight-status. This has horrendous ramifications. The majority of eating disorders happen OUTSIDE of this severely underweight range. We need to start asking patients about symptoms, not weights. How about: – Is your hair thinning out? – Are you still getting your period? (Meaning a natural period, not a withdrawal bleed from the birth control pill!) – Do you have trouble sleeping? – Tell me about your mood. Is it stable? Are you irritable? Depressed? – Do you feel anxious a lot? – How are you relating to food, your body, your weight, and exercising? We need to start talking about anorexia in people with higher weights. Doctors need to start asking better questions. Love, always. Meret. "You don't have to be thin to be underweight". (Tabitha Farrar, host of "The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast" - I highly recommend you listen to her episode with Dr. Rachel Mullner.) And here's the link to the article I read in this episode: https://www.verywell.com/anorexia-nervosa-in-individuals-of-higher-weights-1138302 Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987& ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

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30 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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LU 062: Dr. Michelle Lelwica – The origins of "The Religion of Thinness and Physical Improvement".

Lovely radicals... it's podcast time! In this week’s episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, it’s my great pleasure to talk to Dr. Michelle Lelwica from Minnesota. Michelle is a professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she teaches courses on the intersection of religion, gender, culture, and the body. She did all of her graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Masters of Theological Studies in Christianity and Culture (1989) and a Doctorate of Theology in Religion Gender and Culture (1996). She is the author of "Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement" (2017), "The Religion of Thinness: Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers behind Women’s Obsession with Food and Weight" (2009), and "Starving for Salvation: The Spiritual Dimensions of Eating Problems among American Girls and Women" (1999). She has also written different scholarly articles and popular blogs addressing women’s conflicted relationships to their bodies. In our conversation, Michelle talks about: – How early she started to feel self-conscious about her body – How she spiraled down into an eating disorder, while nobody knew or saw how sick she was – How getting taught how to think critically, as well as learning about the history of how women are being kept small by narrow beauty standards helped her to recover – How religious narratives influence our culture’s obsession with "physical improvement" – Where some of the roots of our hope for "salvation" and "finding happiness" in thinness can be found in Christianity – How women’s desires, appetites and bodies are contextualized in religious narratives – How the story of Eve and the apple influenced the way women and their bodies are treated and perceived to this day, and how similar some of today’s diet-culture messages are framed – Questions to ask ourselves when it comes to our belief that we have to "be pretty" or "be skinny" or "look good": For whom? Why? Says who? – Why our use of language matters, especially around bodies, food, exercise and weight ("good", "bad", "sinful", "guilty", "get rid of", "burn", "eradicate", "purge", "repent", etc.) – How foundational myths bleed into modern day diet-culture – How dieting, diet-talking and wanting to belong to certain food/eating/fitness tribes (Paleo, Vegan, Crossfit, Keto...), gives many people a false sense of community where all they hear is the respective gospel – How women get distracted from giving their unique gifts and presence to the world by the pursuit of "a better body" – How our culture’s pursuit of "physical improvement" serves the interest of transnational capitalism – Why never to underestimate the effect of the intense amount of harmful imagery and messages our brains have to take in on a daily basis – How the BMI (which was never intended to be an indicator for health to begin with!) was manipulated and how this influenced how we view bodies and weight – Why the lowering of the BMI had everything to do with profit and how the financial ties to this decision lead to the weight-loss industry – How corporations deliberately send us contradictory messages – How getting angry about having been duped can awaken your internal drive for change – How Jean Kilbourne’s "Killing Us Softly"-series about the objectifying, narrowly defined, digitally enhanced depiction of women’s bodies in advertising shook her awake – How the "cruisade for thinness" and the "obesity epidemic" started around the same time and what that should tell us about the harmful long-term effects of dieting – Why "slowing down" can be the greatest blessing – How to start appreciating non-conformity – How she challenges her students to ask themselves what their true personal values are... ... And so much more! Michelle doesn’t have her own website (yet), but you can find the articles Michelle wrote by googling her name "Michelle Lelwica". Here are a few examples from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-religion-thinness Here’s the link to her latest book called "Shameful Bodies"...: https://www.amazon.com/Shameful-Bodies-Religion-Physical-Improvement/dp/1472594940 And here’s the link to her books "Religion of Thinness" and "Starving For Salvation": https://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Mary-Lelwica/e/B001KD3N1O And here’s the link to the book she mentioned, "The Good Body" written by Eve Enzler: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/good-body-eve-ensler/1100627130 Also, here’s the link to "Descarte’s Error" by Anthony Damasio: https://www.amazon.com/Descartes-Error-Emotion-Reason-Human/dp/014303622X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501341198&sr=1-1&keywords=descarte%27s+error Jean Kilbourne addresses body image and women’s depiction in advertising in her award-winning "Killing Us Softly"-series as well as in all of her work, find out more here: http://www.jeankilbourne.com/ Hey, radicals, I need your help to keep up producing the podcast. Please consider supporting it with a monthly pledge on Patreon! Thank you very much. Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi   ********* Don't forget!********* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 21mins

27 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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LU 008: Vania Phitidis – Feeling peaceful around food and your body (+ some instant therapy)

Download Episode! My friend, how nice to see you are tuning back in! In this episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Vania Phitidis from Sussex, Great Britain. Vania is an Intuitive Eating Counsellor, an MB-EAT teacher, MB-EAT being the acronym for Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) as well as a Self Esteem Mentor. She has a master in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Art history from VITS. In order to resolve her own body image issues and eating disorders she found that she had to let go of 5 things. 1 – unrealistic expectations of herself, 2 dieting, 3 restricting particular foods, 4 trying to get and stay skinny and 5 attempting to be perfect. Sounds easy, but was a lifelong process that she will tell us about. What she is focused on nowadays is being her most powerful self and helping others to enhance the quality of their own life and make better use of it than eternally dieting. For me, it’s vulnerability time today... In this episode, Vania Phitidis doesn’t just show us how we can let go of our food and weight fears and approach health from a sane and loving perspective. But she uses me as an example... and questions my inner gremlin voice. Find out how that turns out! So, listen in and hear Vania tell us her story: – How early it got into her head that women should „lose weight“ – How quick children are to copy what they see their mothers do – What made her develop bulimia and how bad that got for her – Why giving up bulimia didn’t change anything on a mental level – Why she subsequently got stuck in dieting and being constantly worried about her weight – Why it is that diets (or "lifestyle changes" where weight-loss is the goal!) DO NOT work – Why we often do the worst thing for our body when we train too often and too hard. – What it takes to overcome the eternally distracting quest for thinness – How she overcame her internalized fear of weight gain – How we can choose what we expose ourselves to – How she learned that everyone, including herself, is inherently worthy – Why women who stay obsessed by weight-loss and dieting are severely limiting their potential – How she learned to calm her mind and catch the thoughts that kept her stuck – How we can learn to question our beliefs and our thinking – Why it is important to question what we believe is „true“, simply because we "always believed it" – Why mindfulness is key on the path to self-acceptance and body-acceptance – How mindfulness can help us become aware of our feelings and our spontaneous reactions – Why she doesn’t advise anyone to shout back at the inner critic, and what to do instead – Why she believes that Intuitive Eating is the only way to leave the days of "feeling crazy around food" behind – Why the switch from dieting to Intuitive Eating takes a leap of faith and can be very challenging – Why real progress in the direction of healing is not possible unless we work on our body image and our deep-rooted fat-phobia – How she deals with people who engage in diet-talk, body-shaming and eternal weight-loss-talk bonding. – What her mission in life is... ...And so much more! Check out Vania Phitidis and her coaching over at: www.peacefuleating.co.uk Also find her group on Facebook "It’s not about the weight" The book that opened her eyes on the oppressive nature of diet-culture: Naomi Wolf: "The Beauty Myth" * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/ Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Please: Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refid=stpr

1hr 7mins

15 Aug 2016

Rank #11

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LU 069: Me, solo – How to never fall for diet-y "New Year's Resolutions“ again and become more YOU.

Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals! Podcast ahead. Today on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, your ears are in for a re-treat. Because it's THAT time of year again. Christmas and New Year's are at the door and with them a lot of tension. And a lot of misguided "resolutions". So I think we're all in need of some reminders as to why we DON'T have to listen to all the diet-y New Year's Resolutions and false promises. Some soul-saving words to stay true to our own body's needs and to keep trusting it. So in todays' episode I want to remind us of that by replaying something I said a while ago. See, all around us, people are in a buying frenzy, we are all being bombarded by "special offers" and "limited editions" and "gift ideas". And I can't help thinking of this excellent quote (credited to 15 different people, so I wonder if I should make it mine...?—Just kidding!) that says: "We are persuaded to buy things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people we don't care about." And as if THAT wasn't enough to give me a million ideas for this podcast, we are ALSO being bombarded by the same old, sucked dry, tried-and-failed weight-loss New Year's resolutions. I can't even with this nonsense anymore! It makes me want to poke my eyeballs with a pencil and make monkey noises. This has got to change. So I'm going to talk about it. This episode is packed full of what I know about present-day marketing and how this ties into our world's collective, terrible state of body image. In my opinion, this knowledge is crucial to become more critical as a consumer and better equipped to see behind façades. This episode also contains a truckload of NEW "New Year's Resolutions" to keep you strong on this path towards liberating your wonderful self, and not to fall for the tired old bunch of weight-lossy ones. And lastly, this episode is full of love. Full of gratitude for you showing up, full of respect for your continuous growth, full of awe for our collective support, our community, our sister- and brotherhood, for lack of a less wooo-wooo word. All of what I say today, is based on my interest to see us blossom. One promise: After listening to this, you will be perfectly equipped to step into the New Year with an awake mind, a well-oiled internal bullshit-detector, and a protective shield against the onslaught of body negative messages around you. One warning: Listening to this may cause you to question some beliefs you might have subconsciously been holding on to, and that might feel uncomfortable. One secret: That's a sign of growth! Growth happens out of your comfort zone. Thank you a million times for being on this journey with me.... You are incredible people, radicals. I love you. Happy holidays, merry everything! <3, Meret. "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."—Anaïs Nin. Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

41mins

23 Dec 2017

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LU 007: Kathleen A. Bishop – There's a life beyond internalized fat-phobia.

Download Episode! My friend, lovely seeing you here again! In today's episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, I talk to Kathleen A. Bishop from San José, California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Relapse Prevention Specialist. In private practice, she specializes in Eating and Substance Use Disorders and she works at a non-profit providing Intensive Outpatient Treatment to clients with Substance Use Disorder and cooccurring mental health conditions like anxiety, depression or Eating Disorders. Kathleen, who is also a body positive size diversity activist who promotes Health At Every Size (HAES) principles to end stigma and mistreatment that is associated with weight, has overcome her own body image obsessions and she shares her great insights with us! In this episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, she talks about ... all of it. You'll even hear about the craziest diet you have ever heard. Wait for it. Horse urine is involved.... But more importantly, you'll learn: – How she finally found freedom from yoyo-dieting, body insecurity and disordered eating – Why a person's size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating "thin" to "healthy" – How she started to appreciate her own body – Why we will always be stuck in a weight-obsessed mentality (and spend precious amounts of energy and time trying to "fix" our bodies) unless we address internalized fat-phobia – Why it is so important to surround ourselves with people and images of people of all shapes and sizes to end our inner fat-phobic beliefs – How we can learn to trust ourselves and our bodies again – How to heal negative body image, let go of disordered eating, overcome food fears and end weight-obsession - Why it is important to see the toxic mechanisms behind diet-culture and the diet industry and how this can help us stepping out of old beliefs – How harmful weight-stigma really is and that it is a lose-lose situation for everybody – How thin people can use the word "fat" appropriately when talking about bigger bodied humans... ... And so much more! Check out Kathleen's body positive page on Facebook, where she promotes self-acceptance through Intuitive Eating and with the Health At Every Size principles. The page is called "Body Peace & Liberation". If you are interested in her work or working with her, you'll find all the infos here: www.bodypeaceliberation.com * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/ Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Please: Do subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refid=stpr

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8 Aug 2016

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LU 059: Dana Sturtevant – How being truly nourished helps your body to trust you (and vice versa!)

Download Episode! Lovely radicals, it's podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Dana Sturtevant from Portland, Oregon. Dana is a trainer, mentor, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and Registered Dietitian specializing in Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating. She is the co-founder of "Be Nourished", a revolutionary business helping people heal body dissatisfaction and reclaim body trust. In her work, Dana loves to incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion practices, and she is specialized in Motivational Interviewing techniques. She has facilitated more than 300 workshops throughout the United States for health care providers looking to enhance their skills in behavior-change counseling, and her work has been published in various media outlets. You'll hear Dana talk about: – How lucky she was to be able to grow up in a household where there were no diets, body shaming or any sort of hyper-focus on "healthy eating" – When and why she became self-conscious about her shape and size – Why she went into the field of nutrition – What she found out about her younger self from reading her own letters to her late grandmother – What she experienced in her previous work as a "weight management" dietitian – Why that work started to feel deeply unethical for her – Why living a free, flexible life and weight-suppression don’t go together – How our inner "trance of unworthiness" drives us to keep abandoning ourselves – Why no amount of weight-loss will improve how you feel about yourself, and why feeling worthy and confident really is an inside job unrelated to weight – The importance of recognizing the difference between "fitting in" and feeling a sense of "belonging" – How her and Hilary’s clients often react when they first hear their message – Why it is so hard to claim something (that we KNOW is true) for ourselves – Why this current "health-ism" (hyper-focus on "having to be healthy, or else it’s our own fault") is really about money – Why so many people, including health-care providers, are in denial about "prescribing diets" – Why we are often tricked into believing "well, this is not a diet, this is only a lifestyle change" – What happens when one coping mechanisms is being forcefully removed without working on the underlying issue – Why compulsive exercise always points to a complicated relationship with food/weight – Why it’s totally ok that not all people are athletes – Why today’s "gym-culture" is ruining a healthy relationship to movement for most people – Why nobody can tell you what your body needs, and why there IS no black or white strategy that works – Why it is always wise to be suspicious of people who claim to "have found the true way to health/fitness/weight-loss", especially when they are trying to sell said truth – Why it takes some time (and effort) to heal the "dieting mind" – Why the healing process really only works when we put concerns about weight on the back burner – Why most people have to hit "diet bottom" to kick-start the healing process – What needs to be grieved when we find the courage to step into our fears and work towards freedom – Why diet-talk is basically nothing else but women keeping up their own oppression – Why the fear of a particular food is worse for your body than the actual food – Why the moralization of food is particularly dangerous for people – Why "going Paleo" and "going gluten-free" (except for the 1% of the population who actually has celiac disease) and "going vegan" are fads, too – How absurd the whole "nutritionism" in the world looks when we zoom out for a minute to really look at all the contradicting advice out there – What real success looks like for clients of "Be Nourished" – Why rules are the problem, and not – as we might think – the solution – How "full permission to eat" looks like and why it is the solution to stop the diet-binge-cycle – Why it is important to process and release the anger that we have directed inwards for so long – Why it is important to realize that it is not your fault that you have a complicated relationship to food (Dana’s dog agrees strongly here) – How "Be Nourished" helps private clients as well as health care providers get rid of weight-bias... ... And so much more! Check out Hilary Kinavey's and Dana Sturtevant’s work with "Be Nourished" here: www.benourished.org Here's the link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/benourishedpdx/?fref=ts Please consider supporting the podcast with by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 22mins

6 Sep 2017

Rank #14

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LU 055: Me, solo – Stuck on the island of disordered eating? Miserable, yet afraid of leaving it?

Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I'm telling you about the shame we feel to be stuck in patterns of disordered eating, disordered exercise and our fears to break out of those patterns. It's not a coincidence that I should be talking about this in this week's episode; it's the humbling experience of the persistence of my own struggles and my own seeming inability to change certain behaviors for good. It's the painful realization that, for most of us – certainly for me – recovery isn't something "we just waltz through", even if we have all the expert's advice in our heads. Also, I'm in the mood for a little metaphor, inspired by my internal challenge. A little story about: – How we get tempted by the diet-siren's call – How our disordered eating thoughts convince us that recovery is too hard – How we get sucked into diet-cultures images, messages and false promises – How we often lose faith in ourselves and our strength – How we doubt ever finding that long-lost trust in our body's wisdom again – How we forget that we are FREE to leave the miserable island of diets, disordered eating, overexercising and eating disorders, the island that was once sold to us as the "happy, skinny, self-confidence island", the place we believed we would find what we were yearning for – Why we often forget how much we really do sacrifice when we're stuck on this island that only causes us misery, despair and obsession, just to keep suppressing our body's natural weight – How we forget that our bodies are our friends, not projects to be fixed – Why we end up putting up with increasingly unacceptable conditions and more and more rules – How we're influenced by the people surrounding us who have bought into the same set of body-lies and – Why we often don't leave, or why we return to this miserable place. Love, always. M. Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

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9 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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LU 006: Kaila Prins – How to stand up against society's restrictive standards and live life fully.

Are you ready to meet the first drag queen who is actually trapped in a woman’s body? In today's episode of the Life Unrestricted Podcast, I am chatting with Kaila Prins, the woman with the most awesome drag make up I've ever seen. She is a body positive burlesque and pole dancer and by that she is a performing woman... performing "woman"! Kaila is also a body positive wellness and recovery coach, feminist writer and speaker and a fellow podcastine... She talks about her 13-year battle with eating disorders, calorie counting, yo-yo dieting and compulsive exercise and has the most amazing guests. Kaila is one of the precious few voices who bring the taboo topics of eating disorders, exercise addiction, and body image obsession into the open and is an inspiration for thousands – myself included. This show will leave you feeling ready to change the world, one step towards self-acceptance at a time. You will hear us talk about: – How "healthy" and "skinny" have nothing to do with each other – How we are potentially harming ourselves by doing what society calls "healthy" – How most eating disorders go undiagnosed in a culture that promotes harmful behaviors – How to tell if you are exercise dependent and how to break free of exercise addiction – How too much exercise can be severely damaging to our bodies, our fertility and our emotional health – How our obsession to be skinny can keep us trapped in recovered-enough and how this can hold us trapped and certainly keeps us from enjoying life as fully as we could – How we can actually LET ourselves enjoy life, step out of our obsession to control our bodies and the need to be thinner – How to get over our internalized fat-phobia and diet-culture mindset – Why burlesque dancing is a great way to help you reconnect to and feel good in your body as it is returning to its happy weight – How discovery is an important to leave the disordered mindset behind and step into your real self – How discovering who you really are is worth so much more than living your life trying to match an unrealistic, distorted ideal – How important it is to see behind media's messages, to understand the psychology of marketing, to educate ourselves how we are being marketed to and why advertisement is intended to make us feel "less than" and "not good enough", so that we, as customers, keep coming back – How we can change the conversation, one brave woman at a time... ... And so much more! Kaila is currently working on a program to work with clients who want to leave their exercise addiction and disordered eating behaviors behind and start living a fulfilling, satisfying life according to their own rules. You'll find out more about her, her blog, her dancing gigs and (soon) her program on her website: www.performingwoman.com You can follow her on all the different social media platforms (@performingwoman) and her awesome podcast is here: www.findingourhunger.com * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 15mins

30 Jul 2016

Rank #16

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LU 065: Me, solo – Giving up control, going to residential treatment & my plan for this podcast.

Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! Today, on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, you'll hear the episode that was the toughest—by far—to record for me. And therefore the toughest for me to release. Yet, maybe it's also the most important one. When I say: I’m flying blind from this point on, I mean it quite literally. Find out my plans for the next months, as well as what’s happening with the podcast. One thing's for sure: You'll be hearing from me. As always, with love. <3, Meret. www.lifeunrestricted.org/lu065 Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

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16 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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LU 066: Dr. Deb Burgard – The obsession with thinness is keeping us trapped in a senseless loop.

Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! In today's episode of the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I bring to you the absolutely amazing Dr. Deb Burgard, a FAED (Fellow for the Academy of Eating Disorders) from the San Francisco Bay Area. I had the great pleasure to talk to her a few months ago. Deb is a psychologist and activist specializing in concerns about body image, eating, weight stigma, and relationships. She is also one of the founders of the "Health at Every Size" model, as well as the very original Body Positive website "bodypositive.com", and the "Show Me the Data" listserv, building communities where people can find each other and the resources to resist weight stigma, especially in medical and psychological treatment. Her activism includes working with healthcare providers to integrate an understanding of the social determinants of health and creating interventions that address structural oppression and support stigma resistance. Deb has a PhD in psychology, and has been licensed psychologist ever since 1993. In the early nineties, she was the director of Clinical Services as Woodside Women’s Hospital, and after the mid-nineties, after having started working in private practice, she was also the supervising psychologist at the Santa Clara University Counseling Center. Since 1997, she has been working exclusively in private practice where she helps clients with eating disorders, weight and body preoccupation, sexuality, depression and relationship concerns. I’m very happy to say that, in the time since we spoke, Deb has been rewarded with the "Frances. J. Bonner" award for her outstanding work in the field. Today, Deb talks about: – Why she never lost touch to that part of her that felt joyful and carefree about her body – What she remembers about her mother’s relationship to food and diets – Why she started questioning our culture’s "assignment to become thin" fairly early on – Why most people almost automatically take on the "body project" and assume it’s their "duty" to invest all they can into it – What made her realize that she didn’t have to do this anymore – Why most therapists never address the body and food issues of a client – What the "cult of thinness" promises and never delivers – Why we tend to blame bad things that happen to us on our looks/bodies/weight – What the medical model fails to acknowledge when it comes to health – What constitutes the most important factor in a person’s health – Why stigma and oppression are detrimental to a person’s health – Why she believes this continuous assignment "to be thinner" amounts to a misspent, lost life – What made her observe that "we prescribe to fat people what we recognize as disordered eating in thin people" – What working with eating disorders has taught her in relation to how this society’s views on weight/weight-loss might be, indeed, backwards – How she approached data and studies related to weight-science – Why she calls dieting "weight-cycling" – Why she calls eating disorders "disorders of the pursuit of weight-loss" – Why eating disorders often get mis-classified, or missed altogether, when weight is used as the main criteria for the diagnosis – How people who are eating highly restrictively (and suffering severely), are almost always either complimented for their "efforts", or their malnourishment is missed, because people tend to not believe them when they say how little they actually eat – What the Minnesota Semi-Starvation experiment proved about the effects of caloric deficit (through dieting, restricting or overexercising) on people’s physical AND mental health – How she explains the logic of size diversity – Why people recover from disordered eating and eating disorders much faster and much more completely with a weight-neutral approach – Why communities where people can support each other in resisting this culture’s fixation on weight together is so important in recovery – How we can work on our resiliency to stay strong in a world that promotes disordered eating – The cost of conformity versus the opportunity to live your truth – Some of the history of the weight-loss industry and why/how it has come back with a vengeance after having being exposed as a failing concept in the nineties – Why most weight-loss studies only hold up because they only track people’s weight-loss for less than 2-5 years, so "it looks like they have been successful" – Why she is optimistic that this weight-inclusive paradigm will eventually persist over the old weight-normative approach – Why the faster people stop cooperating with and participating in our society’s imperative on "weight-loss at all costs", the faster the paradigm will change – Why it takes each and every one of us speaking up about our experience with weight-suppression to make a harmful system change – Why recovery is an "authenticity task", leaving behind the "conformity task"... ... And so much more! Find out more about Deb (including her email address) here: https://sizediversityandhealth.org/haes-expert.asp?id=56 Here’s the link to the "Health at Every Size Blog" of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH): https://healthateverysizeblog.org/ Here’s the link to the original, award-winning body image website "Body Positive": www.bodypositive.com Here’s the link to "Adios Barbie": http://www.adiosbarbie.com/#results Here’s the link to "The Body Is Not An Apology": https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/ Here’s the link to "Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders": http://www.transfolxfightingeds.org/ Here’s the link to the (fantastic!) "Poodle Science" video of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH): https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=poodle+science&spfreload=1 Here’s an interesting article about the "Minnesota Starvation Experiment": http://www.refinery29.com/minnesota-starvation-experiment Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted Aaand if you want this sort of badassery come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&ref* Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 33mins

1 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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LU 054: Amy Pence Brown – Taking a badass stand for radical self-acceptance & body image healing.

Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Amy Pence-Brown from Boise, Idaho. Amy describes herself as a fat feminist mother who believes in opening her mouth and her heart. From both of these places she tells stories – as a writer on her blog and other local & national publications, as a historian giving tours for Preservation Idaho, and as a visual artist creating subversive stitchings and performance pieces. She has a Master in Art & Architectural History, she has worked at many museums and has juried and curated numerous exhibitions. You might know Amy from her radical stand for self-love at the Capital City Public Market on August 29, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, or from her TED talk. Amy's message of self-love and the value of all bodies, no matter their size, went viral and has been written about by countless media outlets. You’ll hear Amy talk about: – How she remembers feeling about her body as a kid – How her chubbiness was perceived at different stages of childhood – Why she considers herself lucky in terms of how her parents related to food and bodies – Where the bullying about her body came from – What her parent’s ideas were about "beauty" and "being a woman" – What she describes as her "first defiant feminist act" – Why she got pulled in the direction of feminism – How her experience with boys and their reaction to her body influenced her view of herself – Why books and education were (and still are) key to her body positive attitude – How early she started drawing attention to the public body image crisis – When she first experienced online trolling and what that did to her – Why she created the "Boise Rad Fat Collective" – Why feminism and a positive attitude about bodies must go together – Why feminism is not a concept "against men", but including men – Why we all get hurt when we get put in societally predefined boxes of what "masculinity" and "femininity" are supposed to look like – Why women are often other women’s harshest critics, and thereby reinforcing the very limitations that they would like to free themselves from – How her famous "stand for self-love" came about and subsequently went viral – What she experienced in those 50 minutes of standing half-naked and blindfolded in the middle of a public square in Boise, Idaho – How men engaged with her during her stand – Why she wore a blindfold – How the media shapes our culture’s assumptions about bodies and how different it would be if there were adequate representation of those people who are happy with their bigger bodies (instead of the usual, dehumanizing depiction) – Why it is crucial to feel secure and confident enough in your own body positivity to do such a thing – How, after her video went viral, lots of women started speaking up – How each one of us can find ways to send a powerful message to the world – Why stepping out of our comfort zone is leading us to live fuller lives – What she does in her "Radcamps"... ... And so much more! Check out Amy’s website: www.amypencebrown.com Here’s one of the video’s of Amy’s famous "Stand for Self-Love": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n50KVLgwlY&index=4&list=PLXsBK-DbXmku30EaoWD4AZxBdbAo2mt3a Here’s the link to Amy’s TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnTLFlQ419s Please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/

1hr 17mins

2 Aug 2017

Rank #19

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LU 056: Michelle May – "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" as the way to heal eating issues.

Download Episode! Hey there, lovely radicals... podcast time! This week on the "Life. Unrestricted." podcast, I get to talk to Dr. Michelle May from Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Michelle May is a former physician, mindful eating speaker, and recovered yo-yo dieter who founded the "Am I Hungry?"-company that offers mindful eating programs and training. "Am I Hungry?" empowers people to end chronic dieting and to get back a fulfilling life without deprivation and guilt. She is also the award-winning author of the book "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" and, based on the success people had with her first book, Dr. Michelle May wrote and published three more books: "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Diabetes", "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating" and "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Bariatric Surgery". Her books, programs and retreats are all designed to help people increase self-awareness of beliefs, habits, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, to finally understand why diets do not work, to discover simple yet powerful methods for knowing when, what, and how much to eat without restriction. Since finding her passion in helping people get out of their dieting traps, Michelle has retired from her medical practice to focus fully on sharing the mindful eating method. Along the way she has been featured on countless media outlets and publications, her personal success story is featured in "Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul", and it could well be that Michelle’s unique yet common sense approach will change the way we think about eating. Today, Michelle talks about: – How she felt in her body as a child – Why she though she "needed to go on a diet" when she was only 11 years old – How easy it is to market anything "weight-loss-y" to people, and what specific product her mother bought to "suppress her hunger" – How much we tend to keep believing the "weight-loss guaranteed"-products/programs because their advertisements is so convincingly designed, and at what cost that comes – What lies she bought into as she was looking for "the best diet" – How, as a physician, she sees behind the mechanisms of specific diets that falsely promise results – What "ketosis" really means for the body (!), and we should never override our body’s signals of distress – How many women get sidetracked by diets, and how much energy gets wasted in "trying to figure it out" – How different the world could look if women invested their energy into living fully, instead of perpetually chasing the "once I’m thin"-illusion – How women perpetuate the cultural oppression by comparing/diet-talking/body-shaming behavior – How she describes the "eat, repent, repeat"-cycle – Why never to fall for the "sugar/carbs are the devil" narrative – How to disprove the "you are addicted to food" narrative by digging one layer deeper – How to use the "Mindful Eating Cycle" and its brilliant questions to decipher your food behaviors – How dieting, food-obsessing, and a hyper-focus on weight messes with our natural "Mindful Eating Cycle" – How dieting/restriction is just as much a coping mechanism as eating is – Why stopping dieting/overexercising/restricting/overeating is harder than jumping on the next diet bandwagon – Why no company will ever sell you the message that "you can trust yourself" – Why empowering yourself works better than following rules in every case – How to stop proving your diet-beliefs right and start seeing how it was all set up to fail you – How, at first, the pendulum might swing widely, and how not to give up and keep trusting the process when that happens – How mental restriction has the same ramifications as physical restriction and how to combat restrictive thoughts – How to find out what unmet needs we might have that we are restricting/overexercising/overeating over – How not to demonize emotional eating and fall into the trap of turning Mindful Eating into another diet – What she learned in all those years of teaching her programs (and why „weight-management“ is not in her vocabulary anymore) – What she thinks about the way bariatric surgery is being marketed – What the misconceptions about the efficacy of bariatric surgery are – How to be there for someone when the "honeymoon phase" of the initial weight-loss after bariatric surgery passes... ... And so much more! Check out Michelle’s website: www.amihungry.com Here’s the link to Michelle’s books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michelle+may If you are interested in going to an Am I Hungry retreat, there is one coming up this fall. The "Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Emotional Eating and Binge Eating Retreat" will be from Thursday, Sept. 14 – Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, near Chicago, Illinois. Here are the details: https://amihungry.com/mindful-eating-for-binge-eating-retreat/ And: This conversation will be continued! Michelle and I have already set a date for a follow-up conversation in which we will address the specific cases she encounters where people tell her "Well, this is all great, BUT I can’t do this, because...", and how she counters that and helps those people, too. We will be diving into the topics of diabetes, weight-loss surgery, athletics and how "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat" works for all of them individually. Please consider supporting the podcast with a donation by becoming a "Patreon"; so that I can keep producing it. Thank you! Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted If you want this sort of badassery to come to your phone automatically, please DO subscribe on iTunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/ch/podcast/life.-unrestricted.-podcast/id1130713233?mt=2 or on Stitcher (Android): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=93987&refi * Don't forget!* Make sure to join my tribe and meet some of the most supportive, loving and kind people of all shapes and sizes, including great coaches and leaders! We’re right over here at: http://www.lifeunrestricted.org/join/ 

1hr 39mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #20