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34 minutes | May 26, 2021
Are you struggling with anxiety about re-entering society? Zipped into your bubble and don’t know how to take a step outside? You are not alone. While some folks feel overjoyed throwing their masks off, many of us have mixed feelings. Listen in for tips, strategies and validation on the process of re-entering the new post-lockdown world. Remind yourself what going on here Don’t forget what you’ve just been through. Setting expectations based on how you should be returning and feeling is a set-up for disappointment. Set realistic goals Haven’t been to the grocery store in 15 months? Maybe your first outside venture isn’t Target on a Saturday. Start small, go slow. Set realistic expectations If you don’t already know the correct definition of ambivalence, now’s the time to look it up. Expect complicated feelings to show up. Pay attention to what helps (and what doesn’t) For many months our phones felt like our lifelines. Be thoughtful about the media you’re consuming and whether it is helping you. The could be an especially helpful listen. Speaking of body image… So many of us are struggling with our pandemic body image. Eating disorders have worsened, body image is more challenging than ever. We’ve been closed in our homes with little to focus on than the things we can’t control — especially homeschooling our kids. You survived. Your body kept you alive during all this. Be kind, be gentle. The post Re-entry Anxiety appeared first on .
6 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Meditation: Body Acceptance
Try this meditation to cultivate further skills in your journey toward body acceptance. The post Meditation: Body Acceptance appeared first on .
5 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Meditation: 5 Minute breathing
Pressed for time? Try this 5 minute breathing meditation. For these short minutes, we will focus on letting go of what we do not need, in addition to taking in something we do. Looking for more self-care? Click here to purchase Self-Care for New Moms: Thriving in Your Postpartum Year The post Meditation: 5 Minute breathing appeared first on .
62 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Nicole Cruz on Eating, Feeding and Recovery in a Pandemic
Nicole Cruz, RD Nicole Cruz, RD chats about eating and feeding in the midst of a pandemic. We catch up on what this past year has been for her both as mom and dietitian. Struggling with feeling cued to eat constantly now that you’re working from home? You’re not alone. Feeling like your coping mechanisms have been stripped away? We can relate. Tune in to hear us chat about the challenges so many of us face as moms. Ways we’re struggling with eating behaviors alongside our kids Difficulty with feeding dynamics with kiddos Juggling eating disorder recovery while parenting Stuff that sticks around even after we’ve committed to intuitive eating Quotable Mom-ents “It’s so hard because it’s shameful for so many people, and at the same time, it’s so normal…” “To anyone who is struggling with that — you are not alone. It is so normal.” “When we can approach these things with curiosity and kindness, we get so much more information.” Resources Nicole Cruz’s websiteFind Nicole Cruz on InstagramJoin Nicole’s Facebook GroupCan’t afford enough food for your family? Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or WIC program.Find a food pantry in your area.Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding & EatingRaising Resilient Children book by Robert Brooks and Sam GoldsteinFind help or support group if you’re struggling with an eating disorderEating disorder support in MassachusettsFind an Intuitive Eating trained providerFind a health at every size informed provider Pre-order a signed copy of Self-Care for New Moms: Thriving in Your Postpartum Year Or get it sent directly to you from amazon, or Barnes & Nobles The post Nicole Cruz on Eating, Feeding and Recovery in a Pandemic appeared first on .
10 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
What’s New for Season 2
What’s coming up for season 2 of the Momma Bites podcast? Corinne shares about her hiatus among the pandemic and family loss. Preparing for the release of Self-Care for Your Postpartum Year and releasing new content has me all a-buzz! Look forward to episodes on… feeding and eating in a pandemic child feeding when you’re struggling with eating disorder recovery parenting while grieving how to telehealth plus, meditations on body image, sleep, and self-compassion. Listen on Apple Podcasts The post What’s New for Season 2 appeared first on .
25 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
What are your exercise struggles? Keeping a routine? Getting started? Feeling like you’re not in good enough shape to get moving? These struggles might not just be yours. In fact, lots of people have these challenges. Tune into this episode for some helpful grounding ideas and ways to deal with the difficulty of getting moving. Tips to remember The first few minutes/first mile often sucks. Most of us think it is just us that experience this. Nope. Even many experienced exercisers will agree that the warm-up can be the biggest challenge. We might suck at a new form of movement. Most athletes are on the hunt for modes of muscle confusion. They search for ways to spark their beginner’s mind. This is the time to be kind to ourselves. Most of us have a time of day. I had no idea about this, but the vast majority of humans have a preferred time of day for exercise. Getting my husband into a morning workout is nearly impossible. Putting me through afternoon exercise results in misery. Switch those and you have much happier people. There is no perfect form or level of exertion that entirely silences negative body thoughts. This cannot be our only motives for movement. If we’re using exercise as the ‘calories out’ part of the equation, it will never be enough. These equations are ludicrous, inaccurate and damaging. The number of calories burned will never be sufficient to keep us engaged. Conversely, every little bit of movement matters. Vacuuming, dish washing, rock in a chair. Every moment presents us with an opportunity to be present in our bodies and possibly move them. If we’ve dieted for a long time, it might not be entirely possibly to divorce exercise from diet culture — but it’s worth a try. Finding joyful movement is an essential element of recovering our relationship with our bodies. The hardest workout is in your head. Contending with the negative voices and excuses is far more difficult than any climb, weight or pose. Helpful Links Momma Strong Momma Bites! Episode with Courtney Wyckoff Mind Body Barre Momma Bites! Episode with Angela Hawthorne Momma Bites! Episode with Anna Guest-Jelley The post Exercise Struggles appeared first on .
30 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Boundaries in the era of COVID-19
Photo by Getulio Moraes courtesy of UpsplashShould I send my kids back to school? Are we going out to eat this week? Are we still seeing my parents now that the kids are in school? What boundaries to set and where to set them is one of the few constants of our ‘new normal.’ The result is a hum of stress and anxiety as we slog through the decisions each day. We need self-care to continue sailing through these uncharted waters. It’s high school all over again… Many of us forgot what it is like to manage boundaries while constantly navigating others’ boundaries. You know who is doing this all the time? High schoolers. Middle schoolers. This situation is a good reminder of how challenging this can be, even for grown adults. We’re left asking ourselves, ‘where do I stand? what are my values? who do my decision affect?’ Set boundaries for today, not forever. To say the COVID-19 world is ever-changing is a vast understatement. Being in the mindset that we have to draw lines in the sand adds more stress to the already-stressful experience of setting limits. Set boundaries for today. Allow yourself to be flexible as needed. We are poor predictors of how things will actually feel. This one of my favorite things that my supervisor says. If there’s anyone who knows this, it’s therapists. Our clients tell us how they will feel when they reach a certain goal or ideal. We nod when they come in shocked that if they arrive at that experience, it simply feels different. We assume that it will feel wonderful to be out and about after so many months of sequestering. Then when we go out, we are surprised to realize we have a new-found sense of anxiety at the unfamiliar experience of going out after months in isolation. Expect your boundary-setting to be an evolving process. You have no idea how you will feel on a given day in a particular situation. Comparisons are normal How much is your neighbor keeping distance? Your best girlfriend insists her kids wear masks outside — should you? Your parents won’t use the bathroom in your house, but your in-laws watch the kids every Thursday. Everyone’s boundaries are different and comparisons are normal. Notice your comparing mind and decide whether those thoughts are helpful. Be curious about their effect. Everyone else is doing it FOMO sucks. It just does. No matter how far we grow up, this does not really change. We all still feel like all our friends are at the other lunch table and it feels bad. Social media makes this so much worse. Allow yourself whatever feelings you’re having — be it grief, loss, anger, sadness, the list goes on. Name the feelings or the situation. This is the secret of therapy — often when we let the feelings out, things begin to feel a little better. The post Boundaries in the era of COVID-19 appeared first on .
62 minutes | May 1, 2020
Body Image Healing with Marci Evans, RD
In a diet-obsessed, thin-idealizing world, how do we heal our body image? As an eating disorder therapist, I get this question nearly every day in session. Cue Marci Evans, registered dietitian and body image healer. What is a body image healer? Listen in as Marci explains. She shares her perspective how body image fluctuates. Her perspective on body image as a relationship we have rather than an internal process to be controlled is a whole twist on our self-perception. Quotable Mom-ents “Working with a lot of people on healing body image, feeling positively toward one’s body often feels so far out of reach, it can feel really discouraging. I remember having a conversation with a client who said to me ‘when I hear body positivity, I shut down and I think to myself, if you think I can feel positively toward my body, then you really don’t understand my experience.’” “Each of us has a body story or a body narrative informed by our own life experiences, different identities, family dynamics, and the larger culture. That all creates our own unique body image story we hold inside of ourselves. That story is how we experience our body image.” “It’s not about always feeling positively about their body. This is about renegotiating the relationship so it feels less fraught, consuming.” “Hopefully there are days where we feel more positive about our body image. There are days where we will feel neutral, and there will be days where we feel really negatively about our bodies. But how do we cultivate a relationship where we move through those moments with less pain and more self-compassion?” “Body image becomes this handy container to hold all those deeper complicated feelings we tuck away inside of ourselves…That can take on a life of its own. It can be a conduit to work out those more complicated experiences. This is how feeling out-of-control can lead us to try to manage by trying to control our bodies.” Helpful Links Marci’s website Find Marci on Facebook Follow Marci on Twitter Marci’s Instagram Like this episode? Check out these episodes: Body Image & Yoga with Anna Guest-Jelley Body Image & Media Eating Disorder Recovery & Motherhood The post Body Image Healing with Marci Evans, RD appeared first on .
55 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Yoga & Body Image: Curvy Yoga and Anna Guest-Jelley
Is yoga the answer to healing body image? Anna Guest-Jelley, creator and teacher of Curvy Yoga shares her journey from biofeedback for migraines to a life-long yoga practice. She dispels the myth that body acceptance is a finish line rather than a daily practice, (much like her yoga practice). For an extra treat, Anna talks about how yoga informed her process around fertility challenges, pregnancy, giving birth, and breastfeeding. Quotable Mom-ents “I tallied up I had been on sixty-five different diets. When I saw that number, it was a stark moment I don’t think I’ll ever forget where I realized if sixty-five diets had not ‘worked’ the answer probably did not lie the sixty-sixth. I needed a whole different approach to my body.” “Because of all these different diets, I had no connection to my body. I had outsourced everything about hunger.” “…for years yoga teachers said ‘notice what is happening in your back or your breath or your big toe’ or whatever and I thought ‘that’s hilarious, they only talk in metaphors.’ Then one day I realized they weren’t talking in metaphor and people felt this the whole time. It took me that long to realize it.” “The more I felt in my body, the more I developed a relationship and conversation that contributed to how I felt about my body. They fed each other back and forth — it was not like one lead to the other.” “It’s still a process. It is not like I just snapped my fingers, accepted my body and then the end.” “My body had not been the problem in yoga, they just had not learned how to teach bodies like mine.” “I think most yoga teachers are well-intentioned and mean it when they say our classes are for everyone. But having that intention in your heart is not the same or enough as having the skills to back that up.” “For me as a yoga teacher, as long as people are safe, I don’t care what their yoga pose looks like. I don’t want to look out and see everyone looking the same because that doesn’t make sense, every body is different.” Helpful Links Explore Curvy Yoga Follow Anna on Instagram Follow Anna on Twitter Follow Anna on Facebook If you liked this interview, listen to these Momma Bites! episodes: More to Love Yoga with Rachel Estapa Mother of Momma Strong: Courtney Wyckoff Fitness is a Feeling with Angela Hawthorne The post Yoga & Body Image: Curvy Yoga and Anna Guest-Jelley appeared first on .
33 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Feeding & Eating in Quarantine
“But I’m hunnnnnngry!” is the familiar whine from the counters in our quarantined household. Child feeding and eating dynamics are challenging enough without the experience of lock down upon us. How do we feed our… The post Feeding & Eating in Quarantine appeared first on .
41 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Media & Body Image
We are all consuming more media than ever — does it ever make you wonder how if affects your body image? You might have some awareness of how seeing perfectly curated mom-Instagram accounts leaves you… The post Media & Body Image appeared first on .
59 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
For lots of folks, acupuncture remains mysterious. For others, it is a vital element of their self-care. How is acupuncture especially helpful for postpartum moms? Fellow psychotherapist and mom, Megan Mountcastle joins me to interview… The post Postpartum Acupuncture appeared first on .
60 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
Massage as Self-Care
Could anyone else use a massage about now? Many of us relegate massage and massage therapy to the realm of luxury, but we overlook how these treatments can be healing in so many ways. Especially… The post Massage as Self-Care appeared first on .
31 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Mental Health Self-Care in Scary Times
From corona virus to mass shootings, the ancient Chinese curse holds especially true these days, ‘may you live in interesting times.’ We moms feel it. We are often responsible for holding together the calm of… The post Mental Health Self-Care in Scary Times appeared first on .
54 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Night Nurses Explained: Emily Silver & Boston NAPS
Did you know that there are night nurses that will come to your house to help take care of your baby? I didn’t. Not until my kids were past the age where someone could come… The post Night Nurses Explained: Emily Silver & Boston NAPS appeared first on .
47 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Fitness is a Feeling: Talking Exercise with Angela Hawthorne
Last summer, Angela Hawthorne was pregnant with her second baby. So. Very. Pregnant. In our interview, we spoke about exercise, movement and motherhood. It was a conversation close to her heart at a time when… The post Fitness is a Feeling: Talking Exercise with Angela Hawthorne appeared first on .
41 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Chiropractic for Moms (Postpartum & Beyond)
Ever wondered about chiropractic or working with a chiropractor but never been able to make the leap? Are you dealing with chronic pain, maybe even an injury hanging on long after giving birth? Do you… The post Chiropractic for Moms (Postpartum & Beyond) appeared first on .
56 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
“Parenting is triggering as f*&%” Talking with Divya Kumar about Postpartum Mood Disorders, Race, Trauma & More
Did you know that women of color are far more likely to deal with a postpartum mood disorder, and yet far less likely to be screened for it? Divya Kumar, LCSW, psychotherapist, former postpartum doula… The post “Parenting is triggering as f*&%” Talking with Divya Kumar about Postpartum Mood Disorders, Race, Trauma & More appeared first on .
54 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
Postpartum Mood Disorders with Jessica Foley, LMHC
Is it the baby blues or am I dealing with a postpartum mood disorder? How many times have you googled this in the middle of the night when you’re feeling overwhelmed with lack of sleep… The post Postpartum Mood Disorders with Jessica Foley, LMHC appeared first on .
56 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
IBS & Self-care for Moms
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a struggle for anyone, but when you’re a mom, it can make life feel downright miserable. Can I leave the house today? What did I eat that resulted in a… The post IBS & Self-care for Moms appeared first on .
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