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The F*ck It Diet with Caroline Dooner
59 minutes | 11 days ago
Laziness Does Not Exist
Today I’m chatting with the author of the upcoming book Laziness Does Not Exist, Dr. Devon Price. Most of us think of ourselves as inherently lazy – but what if we are just tapped out? Burnt out? Overworked? Overwhelmed? And what if laziness is actually just… normal? Protective? Even… helpful? There is almost always a pretty legit reason we *feel lazy* whether it be mental health struggles, not having the support we need, or just… being burnt out. Did you know that the 40 hour work week is too long? And studies show that the max work time you can really “get” out of people is 3-4 hours a day??? YEA!!! Listen to this one. Find Devon on instagram Devon’s website Laziness Does Not Exist Sponsors! SIDE BY SIDE NUTRITION. Side By Side’s dietitians work to empower people to become their own nutrition experts. Their team of health at every size and weight inclusive nutrition therapists work virtually all over the United States – and locally in Colorado. They put out free weekly content on their YouTube channel, blog, and instagram to help inspire your journey to a trusting and self-compassionate relationship with food and your body. They work both individually with clients of all ages, genders, and diagnoses in addition to running groups -including a body image group and binge eating group. They offer one on one nutrition and body image therapy to those who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, they also take a variety of insurances including the large commercial insurance companies Cigna, Aetna, and United Healthcare. If you are ready work one-on-one, you can email email@example.com or call 708-717-7394. sidebysidenutrition.com Topaz Trauma Healing. Often, anxiety, depression, body disconnection, substance use, and negative self beliefs can actually be trauma responses, and a sign that there is trauma to process in your healing journey. If you are interested in exploring trauma work, Caroline Pegram is a SLC based licensed clinical social worker and somatic practitioner – for anyone new to the concept, somatic work is about accessing healing by feeling and getting back into the body, and is very effective for addressing trauma. Through her practice Topaz Trauma Healing, she offers online tele-mental health therapy and somatic work to folks across the country. Her approach is centered around embodied presence, empathy, connection, and deep listening. Her work is attachment-focused, which helps to reshape relationship patterns. She is also inspired by polyvagal theory, an approach to create a sense of safety using the nervous system. Caroline embraces a HAES framework, is motivated by restorative justice, and is allied with those who are LGBTQQIA identifying. She works with ages 13 and up, as well as families who are seeking a safe environment to take up space. If you are curious about integrating this kind of work into your healing journey, you can connect with Caroline through her instagram @topaz.healing or visit her website at www.topaztraumahealing.com
52 minutes | 25 days ago
The Definition of a Diet + Navigating Weight Stigma in ED Treatment
Today I’m chatting with @theshirarose, body positive fashion blogger and eating disorder therapist! I start off the episode breaking down the definition of a diet (since people like to fight me on semantics), I answer some questions from instagram, and then talk with Shira about her experience learning about HAES, and her experiences of weight stigma while trying to seek help for her eating disorder. TLDR: Eating disorders don’t all look the same! Judging by appearance is the worst way to diagnose and treat an eating disorder. Find Shira’s Fashion Blog Find Shira’s Therapy Practice Sponsors! IBS FREEDOM PODCAST Do you have IBS? Feel like you are cursed to stay on a diet for the rest of your life to mitigate symptoms? Dieting may relieve IBS symptoms temporarily, but it’s not getting to the root of the problem. On the IBS Freedom podcast, your hosts Amy and Nikki discuss root causes and natural remedies so that you can finally heal your IBS and eat normally again. Their expertise as a registered dietitian and a functional medicine doctor are sure to provide valuable insight no matter where you are in your IBS journey. Plus both Amy and Nikki healed their own IBS, so they speak from both personal and professional experience. The IBS Freedom Podcast is available on Youtube and podcasting platforms everywhere. THE MEND SESSIONS The Mend Sessions is a self-paced, 10-week course for the woman who’s ready to find food freedom, befriend her body and move on with her life. This course is brought to you by Certified Eating Psychology Coach and Body Image Mentor Lu Uhrich. The Mend Sessions serve as a powerful starting point OR a comprehensive refresher for those committed to anti-diet, weight-neutral living. It’s full of downloadable lessons, resources, and worksheets on the topics of intuitive eating, body image, joyful movement, self-compassion, intuition, self-talk, binge and emotional eating and more. Plus you’ll get access to expert interviews, optional community support and monthly Q+As with Lu. To learn more about the Mend Sessions and hear from past participants visit Lu’s website at luuhrich.com. And exclusively for YOU: Use code “ fuckit ” at checkout to get $30 off your Mend Sessions enrollment.
39 minutes | a month ago
You Can Trust Your Cravings (Listener Stories + Q&A)
Today I’m reading stories that were sent in by listeners, and answering some questions that were sent in! Just me and you babyyyyyyyy. Today’s Sponsors: Alissa Rumsey is a registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor who empowers women to eat and live unapologetically. Her weight-inclusive private practice specializes in intuitive eating, body image healing, and disordered eating recovery with virtual 1:1 coaching, group programs, and online courses. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Unapologetic Eating. You can check out all of her offerings at alissarumsey.com or access her free guide: 5 steps to Getting Started with Intuitive Eating at http://alissarumsey.com/getstarted Stefanie Michele – A certified health coach and Mother of 3, Stefanie healed from binge eating and orthorexia after years of struggling (thanks in part to TFID) and now helps other people through the process as her job. She also specializes in helping women heal from long standing body image issues. Follow @iamstefaniemichele and go to iamstefaniemichele.com/get-started to get her Free Guide: Unsubscribe from diet culture).
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Veganism During Recovery & Overeater’s Anonymous
Today I chat with Jenny Weinar, LCSW of @homebodytherapy about recovery and ethical veganism and Overeater’s Anonymous. We talk about how to figure out the motivation for your veganism (or any other “health practice” during recovery!!!!) We also talk why Overeater’s Anonymous isn’t recovery… and it’s really just another way to restrict. We also talk about a way to approach navigating friends and family who aren’t on board with your recovery process. It’s a good one! Find Jenny’s website here Instagram Quick Links: Jenny Weinar, LCSW – @homebodytherapy Lu Uhrich & The Mend Sessions – @luuhrich Elizabeth Armstrong, PCOS therapist – @pcostherapist Unmeasured Barre Classes – @movementunmeasured The Full Diet & Cult-Mentality video on my IGTV More info on this episode’s sponsors: LU UHRICH & THE MEND SESSIONS. Lu Uhrich (pronounced YER-ick) and her online course is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Body Image Mentor, and creator of The Mend Sessions. The Mend Sessions is a self-paced, 10-week course for the woman who’s ready to find food freedom, befriend her body and move on with her life. It serves as a powerful starting point OR a comprehensive refresher for those committed to anti-diet, weight-neutral living. The Mend Sessions is full of downloadable lessons, resources, and worksheets on the topics of intuitive eating, body image, joyful movement, self-compassion, intuition, self-talk, binge and emotional eating and more. Plus you’ll get access to expert interviews, optional community support and monthly Q+As with Lu. To learn more about the Mend Sessions and hear from past participants visit Lu’s website at luuhrich.com. Use code “ fuckit ” at checkout to get $30 off your Mend Sessions enrollment. ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG, PCOS THERAPIST. Elizabeth is a therapist and coach who specializes in supporting people with PCOS who want to move away from diet culture and make peace with their body. With 15 years of lived experience with PCOS, she understands how deeply PCOS affects not just your physical health but your mental health as well. Elizabeth offers 1 on 1 online therapy and coaching as well as small intimate support groups. You can find her over on instagram @pcostherapist or PCOStherapy.com UNMEASURED is a virtual monthly barre membership that trades the toxic diet culture BS for body celebration. For just $25 / month you get access to a virtual library of do-anywhere barre classes refreshed weekly, curated playlists, form + modification tutorials. UNMEASURED was created for you by barre instructor Simi Botic. Free from shame and judgment, you can honor your body and enjoy a fun, intuitive relationship with movement. you can go to unmeasured.simibotic.com
55 minutes | 2 months ago
How Much Food is Too Much Food?
Today I chat with Casey Bonano, a dietitian specializing in eating disorders, about what to expect when you are in the early stages of re-feeding. For instance, what if someone eats a whole box of waffles?! Is that too much? We also focus on how to support a loved one who is healing their relationship with food, as well as how to talk to your loved ones if you are healing your relationship with food. * Instagram quick follows: Casey Bonano – @dallasnutritionalcounseling Side By Side Nutrition –@sidebysidenutrition Kirsten Ackerman – @theintuitive_rd Unmeasured – @movementunmeasured Simi Botic – @simibotic * Learn more about this episode’s sponsors: SIDE BY SIDE NUTRITION. Side By Side’s dietitians work to empower people to become their own nutrition experts. Their team of health at every size and weight inclusive nutrition therapists work virtually all over the United States – and locally in Colorado. They put out free weekly content on their YouTube channel, blog, and instagram to help inspire your journey to a trusting and self-compassionate relationship with food and your body. They work both individually with clients of all ages, genders, and diagnoses in addition to running groups -including a body image group and binge eating group. They offer one on one nutrition and body image therapy to those who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, they also take a variety of insurances including the large commercial insurance companies Cigna, Aetna, and United Healthcare. If you are ready work one-on-one, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-717-7394. sidebysidenutrition.com KIRTEN ACKERMAN, NON-DIET DIETITIAN. This episode is brought to you by Kirsten Ackerman, who was my guest on the April 12th episode where we talked about Weight Loss Surgery. Kirsten works virtually and can help guide you to restore trust in your body, attune to your own internal cues, and explore practices of body image healing. She is also the author of The Intuitive Eating Plan, host of the Intuitive Bites Podcast, follow her on instagram @theintuitive_rd. Or go to theintuitiverd.com/ UNMEASURED is a virtual monthly barre membership that trades the toxic diet culture BS for body celebration. For just $25 / month you get access to a virtual library of do-anywhere barre classes refreshed weekly, curated playlists, form + modification tutorials. UNMEASURED was created for you by barre instructor Simi Botic. Free from shame and judgment, you can honor your body and enjoy a fun, intuitive relationship with movement. you can go to unmeasured.simibotic.com
78 minutes | 3 months ago
Back when I was a raw vegan…
Today I’m talking to my college best friend, Melanie Morgan. I met her freshman year when I was a raw vegan, and she tells the story of when we first met (and she thought I was nuts). And apparently, six years later, I also forced her to become paleo with me. I totally forgot that. In this episode we chat about mental health, my diets before The F*ck It Diet, and lots of other absurd things. You can find Melanie on instagram here, and Melanie’s podcast with her husband and other friends at Have You Seen The Podcast! This episode’s anti-diet sponsors! (In the very least, I recommend you follow them on social media and get their free content!) Side By Side Nutrition Free Video Series: Weight Gain WTF The #1 Thing stopping people from successfully Intuitive Eating? Fear of Weight Gain. If that’s your fear around healing your relationship to food, you’re not alone! The Body Love Society is offering a free 5 day video series called Weight Gain WTF! It will provide mindset shifts and tools for you to see past your fear of weight gain, and move forward in your journey to food and body freedom. You can access the video series for free at bit.ly/weightgainwtf Linda Tucker Coaching Linda Tucker is proud to call herself an Anti-Diet Coach, supporting people as they re-learn how to enjoy food and trust their body again. She has a specific interest in the nuances of how to stay on the non-diet path while also trying to manage chronic health issues. Keeping her coaching accessible and affordable, she offers virtual sessions to people all around the world. Linda has hosted multiple book clubs, including The Fuck It Diet !!! – and she provides free consultations for anyone who may be curious, reach out and say hi at LindaTuckerCoaching.com ! Lauren Redwine of Wellness with Redwine Lauren is an anti-diet coach, and her mission is to challenge “wellness as usual” and give you some motherf*cking freedom. She received her health coaching certification back in 2013 from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and her Masters in Psychology in 2019. She follows an Intuitive Eating, anti-diet approach with her clients. When Lauren was going through her health certification she tried diets, cleanses, and “healthy lifestyle” eating in order to live like she thought a health coach should. After each attempt to follow a plan she would inevitably find herself in a violent binging phase only to start a new diet plan all over again on Monday. Lauren felt extremely alone because NO ONE was talking about this, especially in the health & wellness world. But she has since found freedom — and can help you get there too. In Lauren’s 1:1 coaching program, she helps health-conscious entrepreneurs: lose the obsession with food & gain freedom, stop the diet-binge cycle, learn how to connect to & trust their bodies again, and separate their self-worth from their appearance. If you are interested in learning more about Lauren’s work, you can find her on Instagram @wellnesswithredwine or sign up for her newsletter at laurenredwine.com
74 minutes | 3 months ago
Pandemic Boundaries with Edie Stark
It’s time for a pandemic pep talk! Let’s talk about procrastination, the pressure we put on ourselves, and work-from-home boundaries with Licensed Therapist Edie Stark! We also chat about how to manage triggering diet culture ads on tv. This was recording back in April, and I meant to release it in early June, but our world had a more pressing convo about privilege and racism that pushed this to the back burner. However! The things we chat about are still relevant and can be applied to what we are going through as this pandemic drags on, and we have to keep adjusting to new ways of working, living, and socializing. Follow Edie Stark on Instagram! *** This episode’s sponsors! (All are awesome anti-diet support and resources!) CAITLIN OLSEN, HAES-informed licensed therapist & boundaries coach Healthy boundaries are vital to healing your relationship with weight and food – especially when we’re all surrounded by friends, families, coworkers, magazines, and an internet, all firmly entrenched in diet culture. Caitlin Olsen is a HAES-informed licensed therapist as well as a boundaries coach. Caitlin offers one-on-one and small group coaching to help you learn how to supplement your body and food freedom with clear, stable boundaries. Find and follow her work on Instagram at @therapywithcaitlin and check out her Boundaries for Beginners course! UNMEASURED virtual barre classes by Simi Botic UNMEASURED is a virtual monthly barre membership that trades the toxic diet culture BS for body celebration. For just $25 / month, get 24/7 access to a virtual library of do-anywhere barre classes refreshed weekly, curated playlists, form + modification tutorials, live classes, and more. UNMEASURED was created for you by barre instructor, certified intuitive eating counselor, and anti-diet health coach Simi Botic. Free from shame and judgment, you can honor your body and enjoy a fun, intuitive relationship with movement. FREE VIRTUAL CONNECTION with @dietitiananna on Instagram! Anna Sweeney, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, invites you you to join the virtual connection community. Every Monday, she donates an hour of her time to talk to you on Instagram live @dietitananna! Bring a meal or snack, and questions, and talk eating disorder recovery, body image healing, and all things anti-diet. Even more special? More virtual connection happens on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Christyna Anderson, Haley Goodrich, and Bri Campos. All of these conversations are free of charge and happen on Instagram live! *** If you’d like to share a TFID success story that you think will be helpful to podcast listeners, send them to email@example.com If you’d like to learn about advertising on The F*ck It Diet podcast, check out the details here!
59 minutes | 4 months ago
Who Are You Calling Fat?!?!
Welcome to a podcast hosted by my dog, Molly, as she tells you about all the scary things outside the window. When Molly finally lets me talk, I share my chat with Victoria Welsby, author and creator of Fierce Fatty, TEDx speaker, podcaster, and…. y’know, fierce fatty! She and I chat about her journey from insecure and homeless at 17, to the confident coach she is today. We also chat about her experience on the BBC reality show “Who Are You Calling Fat?” and talk about reality tv behind the scenes stuff. Filled with crispy nuggets of wisdom. Plus get my 3 minute hot take on Jillian Michaels’ “hot take” on intuitive eating! Find Victoria: Fierce Fatty on Instagram Victoria’s Site!
61 minutes | 4 months ago
Let’s Talk About Bingeing
Is bingeing the same thing as Binge Eating Disorder? (No, not exactly.) Does Binge Eating Disorder require restriction to treat? (NO.) Is bingeing a response to physical and/or mental restriction? (YES.) Can trauma/emotions/anxiety cause Binge Eating Disorder without the presence of restriction?? (Yes! However it is extremely rare in our culture for restriction/guilt to not ALSO enter the picture after the fact, and therein lies the importance of addressing restriction, even if and when it isn’t the cause.) The line between disordered eating (bingeing) and Binge Eating Disorder is blurred, just like it is for all disordered eating/eating disorders. People binge in response to restriction, and they binge in response to trauma, anxiety, or difficult emotions. The important thing to remember though, is even if restriction isn’t the main cause of your bingeing, it is probably a big piece of it, just because of the culture we live in. Addressing restriction is extremely important, along with any other emotional/trauma-based treatment. Anyone with an active eating disorder should be getting treatment, and The F*ck It Diet is just a supplement. (Note: This particle post is associated with an episode that I recorded on August 1st, 2020, responding to a disgruntled instagram follower who was angry that I was “ignoring binge eating disorder” in my instagram posts, and saying that I imply that all binge eating disorder is a response to restriction. To get the full drama, (anonymous) angry comments and DMs, the accusations of being unethical and predatory, and my full response, listen to the episode above. For the purposes of this post, I am going to distill it down to discussing the nuance of bingeing vs. BED.) The first and most important thing I want people to know about bingeing, is that when it is in response to calorie restriction, it is the body’s attempt to protect you against past and future famine. In a very basic sense: it is protective. And if you’ve tried to diet a lot, whether you were “successful” or not it is also going to be a response to diet thoughts. That’s an example of what people mean when they say: “mental” restriction. Restriction doesn’t have to be literal and physical (ie, less calories), it can just be mental guilt, rules, or diet ideation. A LOT of our collective bingeing is because of our collective dieting, and out collective diet culture. The question then becomes, is that all? Do we binge for other reasons? To make sure I’ve covered my bases, I consulted Casey Bonano, CEDRD-S to weigh in on bingeing vs Binge Eating Disorder (BED). She is a Dietitian specializing in Eating Disorders, an anti-diet approach, HAES, & Intuitive Eating. You can follow her on instagram here, and find her Food Freedom Guide here. Here is Casey’s breakdown of the difference between bingeing and Binge Eating Disorder: “Bingeing is usually based on restriction, and with incorporating all foods, some self reflection, and general coping skills it can be resolved. BED is more complex and will take a deeper dive into the psychological or emotional components, usually requiring mental health professions such as a therapist and a dietitian, but restriction (whether physical or mental) is often a component of BED as well and must first be addressed or ruled out before the emotional work can be done.” There are people who believe that avoiding binge trigger foods is the way to treat Binge Eating Disorder, along with addressing the emotional/mental components of BED. I do not consider this a full recovery, as it uses restriction as a treatment. This is treating one eating disorder with another eating disorder. This will tend to backfire longer term, or just be manifested as restrictive disordered eating. When people claim that avoiding binge foods is how they “recovered” – I would never tell them that their lived experience isn’t valid, people should do what they feel is working for them, but I would also never recommend that method, or consider that true recovery. For instance, if someone is in horrible pain from their bingeing, and can’t access or figure out how to remove restriction without living in constant pain from their bingeing during the process, trying to apply restriction and avoiding “binge foods” might feel like the only way to live without constant pain. That is a way of trying to mitigate the symptom. I understand and empathize with being in this position, but I still wouldn’t call it eating disorder recovery. And I would give a fair warning that it may eventually backfire and your body may override your attempts at willpower anyway and lead to more bingeing. My strong opinion is this: ED treatment that doesn’t address fat-phobia or restriction, (yes, even BED), is unethical. Here is another tricky part, all of the diagnostic markers of Binge Eating Disorder, are also things that people who binge just in response to restriction or diet culture experience. My own personal binge eating included alllll of the markers of Binge Eating Disorder, but the root cause was restriction. DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR BED (from nationaleatingdisorders.org ) Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following: Eating, in a discrete period of time, an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances. A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating). The binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following: Eating much more rapidly than normal. Eating until feeling uncomfortably full. Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry. Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating. Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward. Marked distress regarding binge eating is present. The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for 3 months. The binge eating is not associated with the recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors (e.g., purging) as in bulimia nervosa and does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. WARNING SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF BINGE EATING DISORDER Emotional and behavioral Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time or lots of empty wrappers and containers indicating consumption of large amounts of food. Appears uncomfortable eating around others Any new practice with food or fad diets, including cutting out entire food groups (no sugar, no carbs, no dairy, vegetarianism/veganism) Fear of eating in public or with others Steals or hoards food in strange places Creates lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge sessions Withdraws from usual friends and activities Frequently diets Shows extreme concern with body weight and shape Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance Has secret recurring episodes of binge eating (eating in a discrete period of time an amount of food that is much larger than most individuals would eat under similar circumstances); feels lack of control over ability to stop eating Disruption in normal eating behaviors, including eating throughout the day with no planned mealtimes; skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals; engaging in sporadic fasting or repetitive dieting Developing food rituals (e.g., eating only a particular food or food group [e.g., condiments], excessive chewing, and not allowing foods to touch). Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity of food being eaten Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after overeating Fluctuations in weight Feelings of low self-esteem (End of the excerpt from nationaleatingdisorders.org) All of those markers of BED above, were things I experienced as a chronic dieter/binger. People with binge eating OR binge eating disorder need therapy to address emotional components, but also need to eliminate restriction of all kinds, both physical and mental restriction (mental restriction includes guilt or stress over food, as well as food rules and all manifestations of diet culture). EVEN IF restriction is not the root cause or start of someone’s bingeing or BED, (for instance, when it is trauma or anxiety that spurred bingeing as a coping mechanism) restriction still usually becomes a piece of the bigger puzzle that will make healing difficult, and must be addressed. Pathologizing food, weight, or eating is never the answer if what you’re looking for is full recovery. The answer is removing all restriction, and addressing emotion/psychological components. You can’t treat bingeing or binge eating with restriction. Casey Bonano also shared: “In all my years of working in this profession I have NEVER worked with someone who didn’t restrict in some capacity (physical or mental) that then lead to their bingeing. I’ve had people swear up and down they don’t restrict and I’ve also been able to find some kind of restriction. This is likely the lack of awareness around what restriction is and how our culture promotes a lot of restrictive behaviors, and then passes them off as normal. People can address the restriction and still end up bingeing for emotional purposes. Often I let people know that there are biological and psychological reasons we binge. We first address the biology (ie. don’t restrict, eat all foods, unconditional permission to eat) so that then we can address/pinpoint the emotional. Often resolving your restriction will decrease your bingeing. Of course bingeing/emotional eating is a coping skill but you can’t really address that until you eliminate the restriction. For example if you binge because you have trauma, perhaps “eating all th
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Racism, Trauma & Eating Disorders with Alishia McCullough
Today I am sharing my conversation with Alishia McCullough, one of the creators of the #AmplifyMelanatedVoices Challenge. Alishia is a trauma-informed eating disorder therapist and writer, who advocates for fat liberation and racial healing. Our conversation is about the intersection between racism, trauma, and eating disorders. Find Alishia on instagram: @blackandembodied Find Alishia’s Holistic Black Healing Collective Here Find Alishia’s 7 Circles of Whiteness Article and Class The books Alishia mentions: The Body Keeps the Score Medical Apartheid Alishia’s Amazon Book Wish List (great resource!)
56 minutes | 5 months ago
I’m too overheated to make a good podcast episode
Welcome to this non-episode episode where I talk about how I am doing not-that-great during month 4 of this quarantine, how me and my soul are boiling alive, and share some inspiring listener stories with you. If you want to send in your own stories for the podcast, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Let’s Talk About Privilege
A few weeks ago, I posted on instagram about diet culture being a manifestation of white supremacy, and, only after did I realize that it was like throwing some people into the pool before they learned how to swim, especially because I casually mentioned white privilege, in passing, and many people responded saying they were white but did NOT have privilege. And I realized: ah, I did not, take Maria Von Trapp’s advice to start from the very beginning, the very good place to start. So I want to give my overview on privilege and intersectionality: what it is, how to look at it, and how privileges can overlap and intersect. So first: WHAT IS INTERSECTIONALITY: Intersectionality is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social identities can combine to create unique modes of discrimination. Intersectionality identifies injustices that are felt by people due to a combination of factors. (Thank you Wikipedia) Some different factors and identities that can overlap: body size race sexual orientation gender: male vs woman gender expression cis vs trans or nonbinary class or financial situation you’re born into, or make it into and even beauty, or fitting into eurocentric beauty standards, (that is a facet of white supremacy, which we will talk about more later FAT PHOBIA AND THIN PRIVILEGE We are starting here, because this is the piece I usually talk about as it relates DIRECTLY to dieting and weight loss. We live in a fat phobic world, a world that idolizes, fetishizes, and prioritizes thinner, leaner bodies, which means people who are naturally in thinner bodies have luck - privilege, to naturally exist in the thinner body, and fit in with ease, whereas people in bigger bodies are marginalized and stigmatized. The trickier thing about fatphobia and thin privilege, is because we can diet and exercises and change our bodies (to a certain extent), lots of people think that body size is NOT privilege, we think it’s actually a good measurer of character and responsibility and hard work. But that is ignoring our body’s overall ability to fight back, though, because it fights back over a longer period of time, it isn’t as immediately obvious to us. When it fights back, we assume that’s just us losing our willpower. Naturally thinner people who spend a lot of time working out or thinking about that they eat, think that their body is ALL because of “dedication” and “hard work,” which ignores the fact that at least a big chunk of it, is the fact that their body is meant to be thinner and they don’t happen to be fighting against the body size they are meant to be. They have thin privilege, but chalk it all up to their “no excuses” lifestyle. It’s also ignoring the fact that a lot of people who do successfully keep their weight low, or even lower than their body wants, may have an eating disorder or disordered eating, that happens to be socially acceptable, praised, and admired. (eek!) And it’s ignoring the fact that some people truly are meant to be in bigger bodies, genetically or otherwise, and forcing themselves to be smaller in order to fit in and experience some thin privilege, can be really bad for them mentally and physically. We live in a world where thinness is seen as superior, even morally superior to fatness. And like most privileges, there’s a spectrum, so even someone who doesn’t think of themselves as thin, may have some thin privilege. Even "small fat" people have thin privilege compared to people in super-fat or infinifat bodies. Understanding the Fat Spectrum And, the way OVERLAPPING privileges work, is that even someone who doesn’t have any other privileges of money or race/whiteness or heterosexuality, who is naturally thin, HAS THIN PRIVILEGE, even if they don’t have other privileges, and even if their life has been very very difficult. It means that even throughout all of their struggles, they have no had to deal with the struggles and the ...
61 minutes | 6 months ago
Chrissy King on Shrinking vs. Strength
This episode starts with 30 minutes of anti-racism resources, and then a 30 minute chat with Chrissy King back in March 2020. Chrissy is a writer, speaker, and fitness coach, and is currently enrolling Anti-Racism Crash Courses for Fitness and Wellness Professionals on July 15th, 16th, and 17th (all separate events!). We don't address racism in our conversation, the conversation was back in March, and focused on how she healed her relationship with fitness and food, but please join me in supporting her current anti-racist educational content. Find Chrissy's Anti-Racism Crash Course Visit Chrissy's Website Follow Chrissy's Instagram Some Anti-Racist Thoughts and Resources During the first 30 minutes of this episode, the long "intro" before my conversation with Chrissy, I share some very introductory content on Anti-Racism, and share resources, accounts, and books to buy and read. All of the content I talk about is linked below in the show notes, and more (I added some more resources to the links below that I didn't know to mention when I recorded the episode!) Show Notes: 2:06 Find Chrissy's Anti-Racist Crash Course 5:25 My twitter thread on “I’m Not Racist!” vs. Anti-Racism “You never arrive at allyship, you must continue to practice allyship” -@itsjacksonbbz 9:15 Trauma Racism is a re-occurring trauma. Trauma requires safety to heal from. Books on Trauma: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies The Body Keeps the Score Waking the Tiger 11:52 My break from social media: Why I took it and what it was like. 20:20 Resources: Sabrina Strings Book: Fearing the Black Body, to learn how diet culture and white supremacy are very connected and always have been. Sabrina Strings on Christy Harrison’s podcast Food Psych The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor The Nap Ministry instagram talks about rest as a form of resistance, specifically geared towards black people and centuries of chronic exhaustion #AmplifyMelanatedVoices was started by: Alishia McCullough Jessica Wilson, MS. RD. I am also learning from Rachel Cargle through her Patreon: The Great Unlearn Here is an article compiling Anti-Racist research Other Books About Race and Racism: So You Want to Talk About Race White Fragility Me and White Supremacy 23:59: A thread that explains #abolishthepolice and what it actually means 32:11 Chrissy King conversation on how she shifted from shrinking to strengthening. Remember to follow along with Chrissy's work! Find Chrissy's Anti-Racism Crash Course Chrissy's Website Chrissy's Instagram This episode is brought to you by: The F*ck It Diet Book, The F*ck It Diet Archive on Patreon, my social media hiatus, and my second book that is still figuring out what it is and what it wants to be.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Diet Culture Demonizes Cultural Foods
Diet culture demonizes cultural foods. Today I'm sharing my chat with Dalina Soto, MA, RD, LDN, on instagram @Your.Latina.Nutritionist who chats with me about her journey to intuitive eating and why nobody needs to avoid simple carb cultural foods: white rice, potatoes, pasta, etc. #WELOVEWHITERICE Show Notes 00: Hellooooooooo 3:38: My conversation with Dalina! Find Dalina's website here Find her on instagram @Your.Latina.Nutritionist 25:25: My oily hair saga 41:30: My Marvel movie watching overview
43 minutes | 7 months ago
What About Alcohol?
Common question: "So you say that restricting food causes food fixation, what about alcohol? Should I stop restricting it?" The answer isn't straight forward, but the short answer is: food and alcohol are different beasts. So, today I'm sharing my conversation with Amanda White, LPC. This one is about alcohol culture, disordered drinking, and the overlap it can have with diet culture and our relationship with food. This episode, and my perspective, is not anti-alcohol. I am hoping we can all have curiosity around our relationship with alcohol (and everything, really!) And this conversation may be helpful to reflect on your own relationship with alcohol, and our culture's relationship with alcohol too! Follow Amanda White on Instagram! Therapy For Women Website
56 minutes | 7 months ago
ANOTHER Bonus Q&A Episode
Hello! Here is an erratic and haphazard Q&A! Just what you've always wished for! The Fuck It Diet book club is only enrolling for a few more days, check out the details here! And this is the link I promised during the Q&A
73 minutes | 7 months ago
Identity & Body Autonomy with Sonalee Rashatwar (AKA The Fat Sex Therapist)
Today I'm bringing you a long and wonderful conversation with Sonalee Rashatwar, aka The Fat Sex Therapist on instagram. She talks about the experiences that led her to do the work she does, and have the perspective she has around body autonomy and gender identity. We talk about PCOS, being put on diets when we were young, and way more! Show Notes: 0:00 Hello AGAIN for god's sake 2:29: My convo with Sonalee (find her on instagram here!) 58:22 Let's talk about my oily hair! Also, The Fuck It Diet Book Club, my group coaching program, is enrolling now through May 6th, 2020! Watch my Free Workshop on The 5 Tools for people who've read the book!
57 minutes | 7 months ago
Bonus! Quarantine Q&A
Listen this Q&A! That's all I have to say
73 minutes | 8 months ago
Let’s Talk About Weight Loss Surgery
Let's talk about bariatric surgery/weight loss surgery! Today I am chatting with registered dietitian Kirsten Ackerman, who specializes in intuitive eating and health at every size, who also used to work with patients who had a bariatric surgery. We talk about lots of risks and common experiences that people who have undergone bariatric surgery experience. We also talk about how now, during this pandemic, is a really hard time for people to begin healing their relationship with food, and why! I also talk about my new quarantine activity: watching all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and watching every Sebastian Stan interview. A Sebastian Stan Stan, if you will. Show Notes: 00: HELLO YOU COOL CATS AND KITTENS 2:40 My chat with Kirsten Ackerman on intuitive eating weight loss surgery. Follow Kirsten on instagram! Kirsten's website and podcast! 28:45 Reading two listener emails! 37:57 EFT Tapping / Energy Work 43:19 Rambling about tiny head concert series, marvel, and how I'm reverting to old coping mechanisms of living in a fantasy life during quarantine.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Bonus Minisode: Let Yourself off the Hook
This is a bonus episode! Today is a shorter little minisode where I talk about letting go of the unnecessary shoulds during this weird time (like: I gave myself permission NOT to do this bonus episode... but...), plus I read some listener emails and answer two questions. I'll be back next week with a full episode! Sign up for free book bonuses and ::5 Tools Workshop:: on April 17th!
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