The Light Show

Alex Light

Fancy seeing you here! Welcome to The Light Show with me, Alex Light.

This podcast will dive into topics that mean a lot to me - confidence, body image, beauty and self-acceptance.

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This special live podcast was recorded on Sunday, where I spoke to the gorgeous Karina Marriott and the wonderful Laura Adlington, at the Seven Dials Winter Festival!  Thanks to Seven Dials for sponsoring this episode. For more information on festive offerings in the area this Christmas, please visit sevendials.co.uk p.s. the audio quality for the Q&A isn’t the best but please stick with us as we answer some fantastic questions from the audience! You can follow Karina on Instagram @styleidealist and Laura @laura.adlington Body Happy Kids by Molly Forbes - https://www.bodyhappyorg.com/shop/body-happy-kids-book Food Isn’t Medicine by Dr Joshua Wolrich - https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/112/1120378/food-isn_t-medicine/9781785043451.html

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Nov 24

1 hr 3 min

He's back! By popular request, Dave returns to the pod and he's answering your questions - we talk about his opinion of body image pressures on women AND men, how to make sure you stay true to yourself while dating and the best ways to help a loved one through hardship. It gets deep, so strap in! The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant.

Oct 25

53 min 21 sec

Hello! In this episode, I talk to the legendary Laura Thomas PhD. If you’re on the journey to eliminate diet culture from your life, chances are, you would’ve come across Laura and her BRILLIANT book Just Eat It. We chat about intuitive eating and spend some time busting some common myths and misconceptions through the questions you guys sent in, thank you! We emphasise, as ever, the importance of self-compassion, and we hope it gives you permission to be gentle with yourself. You’ll find Laura on Instagram @laurathomasph and @bub.appetit You can buy her book Just Eat It here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Eat-intuitive-eating-together/dp/1509893911 She discusses emotional eating on this podcast episode: http://www.laurathomasphd.co.uk/podcast/ep87-summer-shorts-stop-emotional-eating-faqs-w-laura-thomas-phd/ More information on her practice can be found here: www.londoncentreforintuitiveeating.co.uk The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant

Oct 18

1 hr 7 min

Last time I spoke to Amy, I thought she had made peace with her body and with food. It turns out… that wasn’t the case! After we last spoke, and during the pandemic, Amy recognised that her relationship with food wasn’t quite as ‘normal’ as she wanted to believe. We discuss the nuances of eating disorder recovery and the complicated comfort that can come from having an eating disorder. Inevitably, this episode does contain discussions of eating disorders which may be triggering. Follow Amy on Instagram @heyamylouise The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant

Oct 11

41 min 32 sec

This episode is with one of my favourite Instagrammers, Kenzie Brenna! She talks about her role on social media as someone who shows an alternative to diet culture while never preaching that her view is the only way. We discuss the power of community, meditation and sensitivity. She explains how she’s learnt to pick her battles, and avoid in-fighting with those who ultimately want the same things as she does.    You can follow Kenzie on Instagram @kenziebrenna or listen to her podcast, Conversations With Kenzie, on all podcast platforms. The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant.

Oct 4

57 min 29 sec

This week, I chat to psychologist, writer and presenter Emma Kenny. You might recognise Emma from ITV’s This Morning as their resident psychologist. She has had her fair share of controversy in the media, but our focus for this episode was the power of mindfulness and how it can used as a tool for empowerment and happiness. Emma talks about how the capitalist, western system of living is failing individuals and ultimately leaving us unfulfilled. Emma is the founder of the new health and wellbeing social media app, Appy.  You can find out more about Emma through her website, ekenny.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @emmakennytv The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant

Sep 27

34 min 45 sec

Hi everyone! In this episode, I talk to the brilliant Bethany Francois. We discuss what it takes to be a dietitian who specialises in eating disorder recovery. Beth seizes the opportunity and the mic to debunk myths about food groups, metabolism and, of course, diets. We cover the importance of one’s relationship to food and how there is simply no such thing as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods. She emphasises that no-one is a lost cause when it comes to their relationship to food, and I hope this episode teaches you something that can positively impact yours!   You can follow Beth on Instagram @theeddietician The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant

Sep 20

40 min 11 sec

This week, I chat to TikTok superstar Alicia McCarvell! I was so excited to get her on the pod – she is bold and brave and not afraid to speak her mind. We discuss the role shame plays in society’s treatment of fat women, from the boring, boxy styles of clothes designed for them, to the way strangers make cruel assumptions and judgements about them. Alicia talks about finding compassion for those who make the assumptions as well as for those who are subject to them. She describes having made a pact with herself to NEVER miss out on things for fear of what others think. Life is for living, and Alicia is certainly living hers! You can find her on TikTok and Instagram @aliciamccarvell The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant

Sep 13

54 min 24 sec

This week, I chat to the wonderful Taylah Roberts. Taylah is a former model (now brilliant photographer, check out her work @naturetonurturephotography on Instagram) whose teenage years and early twenties were marred by the influence of the fashion industry. Taylah was encouraged to obsess over and control the size of her body, as if this were a necessary part of pursuing the career of her dreams. This unfortunately and somewhat inevitably led to Taylah developing an eating disorder. I was shocked to hear about the lengths her employers went to to keep her so small, not to mention all of the people backstage who enabled this abusive behaviour. Taylah is a ray of sunshine and I feel so honoured that she wanted to share her story on The Light Show. Heads up, this episode does contain discussions about eating disorders which may be triggering to some.  You can find Taylah on Instagram @taylahroberts1 The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant

Sep 6

55 min 21 sec

Dr Natasha Larmie is the people’s advocate! Natasha is a HAES (health at every size), weight-inclusive GP who uses her platform on social media to educate and inform about the rampant weight stigma within medicine. We talk about imposter syndrome, reclaiming the word ‘fat,’ mental health and your rights as a patient. Natasha provides us with some handy, practical tips on how to deal with weight stigma and HAES; links below. Follow Natasha @fatdoctoruk on Instagram, and her website is www.fatdoctor.co.uk HAES Health Sheets link: https://haeshealthsheets.com/ Natasha’s blog post on how to advocate for yourself as a patient: https://www.fatdoctor.co.uk/2021/03/29/weight-inclusive-medicine-for-all/ The Light Show is produced and edited by Daisy Grant

Aug 30

53 min 10 sec

Welcome back, everyone! I am incredibly excited to share the second series of The Light Show with you! I’ve got a brilliant line up of guests, and I know you’ll love listening to our conversations as much as I loved having them. Keep your eyes and ears peeled, because the first episode is coming VERY soon…

Aug 29

3 min 1 sec

This week, I’m joined by Shana Spence, a Registered Dietitian who is very much an anti-diet dietitian. We discuss diet culture - what it is, how it can show up in sneaky ways and what the world would look like without it - the Health At Every Size Movement and intuitive eating. It’s a really informative episode and I hope you enjoy! You can find Shana on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thenutritiontea/?hl=en

Nov 2020

47 min 33 sec

We've all heard about Adele's weight loss - it's hard to have missed it, let's be honest - and seen the thousands of before and after pics circulating, and it has been triggering for many. I chat to plus-size influencer Danielle Catton about why seeing this story makes her feel sad, how the glorification of her weight loss is damaging to the plus-size community and where we go from here. 

Oct 2020

40 min 47 sec

I'm back! And it's time to talk through my story with eating disorders - as best I can. So many of you want to know how I came to be where I am right now and do what I do, and this is it, in lots of detail. Hope you enjoy, and would love if you could subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss any episodes! Thank you! 

Oct 2020

17 min 11 sec

Did you know that it's estimated that around a quarter of all eating disorder sufferers are male? Don't worry - I didn't know either. The vast majority of the time, eating disorder sufferers are depicted as women in the media, leading men to feel shame around experiencing a 'female illness' - especially when we live in a society that encourages men to conceal weakness at all costs. Here to tackle that shame and talk about a man's experience in this world, I am joined by mental health advocate Connor Spratt, who shares his story.  Enjoy!

Aug 2020

49 min 23 sec

I'm joined today by Kasey Robinson, an Inclusion, Equity and Well-being Facilitator and Consultant. We tackle lots of topics around racism and anti-racism including the importance of acknowledging impact over intent, the difference between overt and covert racism, and the meaning of certain terms we're hearing a lot right now. Kasey's Instagram is: @inclusionequitywellbeing.  I hope you enjoy this episode! 

Jul 2020

1 hr 31 min

I'm super excited to have my friend Fleur Bell on this week's episode. Fleur is one of the original beauty bloggers and YouTubers and she has been sharing her online life for 11 years! We caught up to chat beauty products, along with the highs and lows of sharing online and our thoughts on cancel and call out culture. Enjoy! 

Jul 2020

1 hr 5 min

I take a deep dive into all things eating disorders with this week's guest Melainie Rogers, who is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and expert in this field. We discuss what they are, the different types and the diagnosis criteria for each, along with advice on what to do if you think you might be suffering from one.   

Jul 2020

42 min 14 sec

Trigger warning: eating disorders. Please skip this episode if you need to.  Answering lots more of your questions today! We talk make-up products, intuitive eating and how to deal with weight gain...   

Jul 2020

27 min 40 sec

I answer lots of your questions - about Dave, make-up, weighing myself, body image and many more. Enjoy! 

Jun 2020

32 min 6 sec

Model and influencer Jess Megan joins me on this week's episode to discuss body image, body confidence, dealing with online trolls and tackling 'taboo' subjects. Enjoy! 

Jun 2020

47 min 21 sec

In this week's episode, I dive into all things skincare with consultant dermatologist Anjali Mahto. Anjali answers all your skincare questions and we cover topics including acne, rosacea, face mapping and skincare ingredients.  Enjoy!

Jun 2020

1 hr 6 min

Bella Ramsey is an actress, best known for her role as Lyanna in cult tv show Game of Thrones. But alongside her successful acting career, Bella, who is 16 years old, has suffered with an eating disorder, which she revealed during this week, mental health awareness week, two years ago. When I heard about Bella's story, and read how well she articulated her struggle to her many fans and followers, I knew I had to have her on the podcast. We discussed her battle with anorexia, how the TV and film industry played into it, and how she managed to overcome such a difficult and serious mental illness.  Bella has a lot of insight into her eating disorder and she made a brilliant guest - i think most of us can take something away from this interview. 

May 2020

43 min 5 sec

What is intuitive eating? Should we be practising it and why? Will it cause weight loss or weight gain? I run through all of this and more in today's episode with Intuitive Eating Counsellor Lauren Cadillac. It's super informative, and a great one to listen to if you want to learn more about the topic.  Lauren's blog posts: http://www.laurencadillac.com/cadillackitchenblog/what-to-expect-when-you-start-intuitive-eating http://www.laurencadillac.com/cadillackitchenblog/can-i-lose-weight-doing-intuitive-eating

May 2020

45 min 41 sec

What should our skincare regimes look like? How do we get rid of acne scars? How do we take care of hormonal acne? Consultant Dermatologist joins me to answer all of your skincare questions in today's interview! 

May 2020

1 hr 6 min

Today's guest is Amy, AKA @skinnyjeansbakedbeans on Instagram, who has quite the story when it comes to her relationship with food... She talks us through how binge eating became a problem, how she managed to get herself out of it, weight stigma she faced when she was in a bigger body and how her subsequent weight loss was received. 

May 2020

48 min 53 sec

In today's episode, I chat to presenter, DJ, empowerment coach and my friend Ashley James - we discuss body dysmorphia, what it's like to manage your body image when you're in the public eye and how your relationship status should never impact your self-esteem or self-worth. Enjoy! 

May 2020

37 min 49 sec

I discuss all things eating disorders, body confidence and  stretchmarks with influencer Danae Mercer in this week's episode. Enjoy! 

May 2020

35 min 42 sec

Dr Frankie Jackson-Spence tells us what it's like to work on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic, why we still need to check up on our general health and how we can calm any anxieties we might have around Covid-19. Enjoy! 

Apr 2020

34 min 15 sec

What is binge eating? Why does it become a coping mechanism? How can we break the cycle? I discuss all of this and so much more with today's wonderful guest, Sarah Dosanjh, aka The Binge Eating Therapist. It's a super informative and helpful interview for any who might be struggling. Enjoy.  Link to Sarah's book, I Can't Stop Eating: https://rstyle.me/+SYiUmSc9b7mX13DVQGVJFQ

Apr 2020

50 min 22 sec

Welcome to my first mid-week show! Today, I chat to TV personality Vogue Williams about body confidence, accepting your changing body during pregnancy, detox drinks and tummy teas and negative comments. Enjoy! 

Apr 2020

26 min 39 sec

Is being thin and having the 'dream body' the key to happiness? I know you know my answer to this is 'no' but I often get asked: 'Why not?' So I discuss this in depth with the wonderful Alice Liveing, also touching on how we can take an intuitive approach to exercise and why we shouldn't be beating ourselves up for not doing any fitness right now.  I loved this interview, and hope you do too - enjoy.

Apr 2020

46 min 5 sec

YouTube star Anna Saccone Joly opens up about her 15-year battle with an eating disorder in this candid chat. We discuss how her bulimia began, what happened when she became pregnant and how she eventually managed to overcome it.  Enjoy! 

Apr 2020

51 min 5 sec

Is the BMI scale rubbish? Should doctors comment on our weight? This week's chat is all about weight stigma, nutritional misinformation and the Body Mass Index with Dr Joshua Wolrich. Enjoy! 

Apr 2020

1 hr 10 min

This was a wonderful interview for many reasons: if you're a bride-to-be who is anxious about wedding dress shopping, Kate shares her expert tips; we talk about Kate's own personal history with weight and food and the painful experiences that have shaped who she is today; we get to hear about Kate dressing Rihanna (!) and we talk about the fashion industry and its treatment of size. Enjoy! 

Mar 2020

54 min 56 sec

To distract you from the current situation, I asked Dave your questions... How old is Dave?! What's Dave's surname and will I take it? And how are we coping being stuck in the flat together?  Enjoy!

Mar 2020

53 min 43 sec

In this week's episode, I chat to consultant dietician Sophie Medlin about food, healing our relationships with food and diet culture. Sophie is an expert in this field and she gives out lots of valuable advice and information.  Enjoy! 

Feb 2020

1 hr 5 min

This week, I'm joined by Steph Yeboah, commonly known on the cyber web as Nerd About Town. Steph is a plus-size content creator who educates us all about the true origins of body positivity, why she is a fat advocate and how it felt to be in a larger body growing up. Enjoy!

Feb 2020

57 min 23 sec

My wonderful friend and fellow podcaster Emma Guns joins me for this week's episode, where we have an open discussion around body image, the body positivity movement and self-acceptance. It's a very honest, no-holds-barred conversation that I think many people will be able to relate to. Enjoy!  Emma has an amazing lifestyle podcast - check it out here. 

Jan 2020

1 hr 6 min

Fashion blogger and Instagram star Lorna Luxe joins me in this week's episode, where she opens up about her battle with an eating disorder - how she tackled it, how her husband Mr Luxe helped her, what she does to manage the bad days and where she's at right now. She's a star - enjoy!

Jan 2020

46 min 17 sec

In this week's episode, we dive into the murky waters of recovery with Eating Disorder Specialist Laura Phelan, who is full of words of wisdom and tips to help you through this tough time. We talk lapses and relapses and why you shouldn't miss your eating disorder. Enjoy!

Jan 2020

56 min 7 sec

I'm joined by Instagram star and celebrity spray tanner Jules Von Hep for the latest episode! Jules is a shining ray of light in the body confidence space and he speaks serious words of wisdom - you'll get tips on how to pick yourself up when you're not feeling great, how to change your mindset towards your body and learn to be kinder to yourself. Enjoy! 

Jan 2020

41 min 18 sec

I was suffering with an eating disorder when Dave and I first met. But I was too scared to tell him. So in this episode, I chat to him about eating disorders and, more specifically, living with a partner who has one. He offers some advice on how best to navigate the murky waters of eating disorders for both parties and how to first broach the subject... I cry about five times for some inexplicable reason - enjoy!!! 

Dec 2019

1 hr 6 min

My first ever guest is Instagram superstar Iskra Lawrence, who has made it her mission to change the fashion industry for the better and promote body confidence for women and men the world over.  She is an absolute ray of light and we discussed everything from body shaming to self-love to her pregnancy!  Enjoy!

Dec 2019

42 min 45 sec

**Trigger warning - if you are triggered by eating disorder stories, please do not tune in** So - this one is all about me! Hear my story and I how I got to where I am now... And prepare for me to be brutally open and honest on this time. It's quite intense!

Dec 2019

12 min 57 sec

Fancy seeing you here! Welcome to The Light Show with me, Alex Light. This podcast will dive into topics that mean a lot to me - confidence, body image, beauty and self-acceptance. Ready to start loving the skin you're in? You're in the 'Light' place! (Did you get that? Did you love it? I did. Very proud)

Dec 2019

2 min 58 sec