Going Beyond the Food: Intuitive Eating, Body Neutrality, Diet Culture, Mindset and Anti-Diet Podcast

Stephanie Dodier CNP Clinical Nutritionist & Intuitive Eating Expert

Always dieting? You're not the problem - in fact you are the solution in the making. The real problem is everything that you’ve been told about food, weight, and you're worth as a woman. You didn't fail. Diets failed you... and it's time

to break free!

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Food Freedom these days is getting tossed around a lot...and unfortunately, most often it’s a clickbait term to diet culture. The truth is, Food Freedom is simply normal eating. It is our innate state of being as humans until the moment restriction comes in. These restrictions and rules are layered on in the Food Freedom Diet, all under the disguise of "Food Freedom". The Food Freedom Diet continues to center your body and food and fails to address the diet culture belief system that leads to fear of fatness. Until we dismantle these beliefs, we haven’t achieved true food freedom. What you will learn listening to this episode on food freedom: Food Freedom is the new clickbait of diet culture Definition of Food Freedom Diet culture red flags 5 questions to ask yourself before buying into a new plan Mentioned in the show: The Unretreat - Undiet 2022 with us! Podcast Roadmap Undiet Your Life School

Dec 2

25 min 36 sec

'Tis the season to smash down diet culture... and if we want that, we need to understand the roots of the holiday season so that we can smash down the roots of oppression. "Indulgence” is rooted in diet culture – it makes you feel bad for enjoying holiday foods and it sets you up for eating out of control. It is a stepping stone on the path to binging because this mentality towards food is tied up in your self-worth and body image. What you'll learn listening to this episode on 'tis the season (to smash down diet culture): The origin of the holiday season & how it became commercialized How holiday norms perpetuate patriarchal ideals Why holiday “indulgence” is harmful to your self-worth How to bring awareness to diet culture during the holidays Mentioned in the show: Undiet Your Life School Podcast Roadmap Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass Connect with our guest: Podcast - Unyime Instagram - Unyime Facebook - Unyime

Nov 25

39 min 32 sec

Do you often answer the question “How are you doing?” with “I’m just so busy....” The thoughts that want to validate the fact that you’re too busy, that there’s not enough time, are coming from the exact same place in your brain that criticizes your body, that criticize your food choices. That part of your brain is your fight or flight part of your brain – aka diet brain. That part of your brain is designed and fully committed to keeping you exactly where you are. I am committed to helping you get where you want to go. Tune in to Episode 301 of the podcast where I will teach you how time scarcity is linked to body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. It’s all bundled up together... What you’ll learn listening to this episode on the link between time, body, and food scarcity: The link between time scarcity, body dissatisfaction and disordered eating The little cousin to diet culture... hustle culture The sneaky ways hustle culture support diet culture How to shift out of time scarcity Mentioned in the show: Undiet 2022-Spend a year with me undieting your life and creating confidence, peace and liberation for yourself Podcast Roadmap 2 Days Virtual event

Nov 18

24 min 6 sec

We are celebrating the 300th episode of our podcast and entering our 6th year! Woot Woot! So, this is a special episode: Chapter 6 of She’s Beyond The Food: My personal story. For most of my life, I misunderstood acceptance. I have to admit today, I was wrong. I used to believe that acceptance meant being resigned and giving up. I was socialized to believe that self-acceptance meant being passive in the face of my life and somehow lazy. The pain and suffering that I attributed to my body not being the right size and my inability to control what I ate were in fact due to the resistance I had to accept my body. The truth is that accepting myself for who I am today in my now body in today’s world is audacious. Self-acceptance is counter-culture. It’s an act of bravery and it took courage. Today, I know I’m a complex human being, an imperfect human being capable of making mistakes as well as significant accomplishments. When we embrace the audacity of acceptance, we move from fixing to creating. We begin spending our resources creating the version of ourselves that will take us to the life we desire. What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  Reflection from journal entries dating to 2012 and 2014  Why understand systemic oppression was a turning point   The role of self-image with food and body image  My belief plan  Musing on why self-love is a political play for women  Mentioned in the show: Work With Me: Undiet Your Life Course Podcast Roadmap Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass

Nov 11

39 min 45 sec

Decolonizing diet culture and our approach to non-diet coaching is essential for the healing of all of our clients and it’s goes beyond simply white people’s food. Diet culture centers on the white narrative of what is “healthy”. Non-diet coaches need to know how to hold space for clients who have been taught that their food is “bad”, and play an active role in decolonizing diet culture in practice. What you'll learn listening to this episode:  How white culture sets the “standard” in diet culture  Why our language around culture & food matters  How to support clients whose culture is erased in diet culture  Tips for coaches to decolonize diet culture in practice  Links mentioned in the show: Non-Diet Professional Mentorship Program Free Professional Training & Resources Connect with our guests: Podcast - Unyime Instagram - Unyime Facebook - Unyime Instagram - Jin Website - Tara Instagram - Tara Facebook - Tara Website - Marissa Instagram - Marissa Facebook - Marissa

Nov 9

11 min 30 sec

Wishing Thinking is when you want something to be true even when it’s not true, like the fantasy of the thin ideal. Think of all the years we pursue dieting… The endless “on and off” diet cycle always landing right back in the same place. Wishful Thinking is the formation of beliefs based on what might be pleasing to imagine rather than on reality, evidence, FACTS. It’s is usually grown from fear. We don’t resort to Wishful Thinking because it works. We resort to Wishful Thinking because it allows us to avoid confronting our fear. Wishful Thinking is the trap that prevents you from seeing the reality that food restriction doesn’t work, and all bodies are good bodies. The solution is objective Thinking. What you'll learn listening to this episode: How Wishful Thinking presents itself in our lives  The companion to wishful Thinking; Magical Thinking  The illusion of diet culture  The power of objective Thinking Mentioned in the show: Podcast Roadmap Ask Stephanie Anything Live Webinar Registration  Undiet Your Life Course

Nov 4

22 min 39 sec

Bro marketing “works” because its tactics are rooted in scarcity, authority, and social proof which ultimately brings cash into our non-diet coaching businesses. Building ethical marketing into your non-diet business with the right messaging and strategy for your brand will set you up so that you can reach more people, build brand awareness, and get your dream clients interested in your offer. What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  > What bro marketing is and why ethical marketing is better > Manipulative bro marketing tactics to avoid > Why self-agency is key to the ethical buying process > How to identify your core message with the 3-word rebellion > The key difference between messaging vs marketing > Where to start with building an ethical marketing plan Links mentioned in the show: Non-Diet Professional Mentorship Program Free Professional Training & Resources

Nov 2

12 min 6 sec

Learning to have your own back is the process of developing an internal culture of unconditional self-compassion It is being your own best friend and treating yourself in a respectful and supportive way. Having your own back means that no matter what, you will fight for your own potential, not limitations as imposed by diet culture or patriarchy. Learning to have your own back is training your brain to make the choice to have your own back.  It’s about choosing to see the possibilities in your own damn self  It’s about choosing to believe in yourself  Understanding that failure is an opportunity to learn - failure capacity  What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  What it means to have your own back  Where did we learn NOT to have our own back What happens when you learn to have your own back  How to have your own back Mentioned in the show: Podcast Roadmap Ask Stephanie Anything Live Webinar Registration  Undiet Your Life Course

Oct 28

24 min 52 sec

Thin privilege in coaching is a reality that will impact your client relationship and coaching efficiency.   Here's the thin privilege definition: being able to experience the world knowing you will always be accommodated for and considered “acceptable”, based on the (smaller) size of your body.  Thin privilege in health coaching – what it means for non-diet coaching businesses is that coaches in smaller bodies have to take responsibility for their thin privilege in practice.  What you'll learn listening to this episode on thin privilege in coaching: Thin privilege – definition & what it means in practice The power of language when discussing bodies Why feeling guilty about your thin privilege isn’t helping & what to do instead Your role as a non-diet coach when helping clients in larger bodies  Links mentioned in the show: Undiet Your Coaching Scholarship Non-Diet Professional Mentorship Program Free Professional Training & Resources Alissa Rumsey  Julie Duffy Dillon Connect with our guests: Website - Alissa Rumsey Instagram - Alissa Rumsey  Facebook Alissa Rumsey Website - Julie Duffy Dillon

Oct 26

11 min 39 sec

I want you to think of the process of undieting your brain of all the diet culture thoughts and beliefs, like Marie Kondioing your mind.  Undiet Your Life is the act of decluttering your mind from all the thoughts that are no longer serving you, that no longer spark joy, happiness, and ease for you.  You’ve picked thoughts all along your life, and up until now, you have kept them. Now, you have a mind filled with thoughts that create anxiety, perfectionism, black-and-white thinking, and fear.  Thoughts are like the clutter Marie Kondo is coaching people to purge… You can purge your old thoughts too.    WHAT YOU’LL LEARN LISTENING TO THIS EPISODE:  Why Marie Kondo is such a brilliant analogy for undieting your brain  Learning to respect your old thoughts  How to declutter your mind  Developing a critical lens for intentional thinking MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: PODCAST ROADMAP REBELLIOUS EATING SOLUTION MASTERCLASS UNDIET YOUR LIFE COURSE

Oct 21

22 min 15 sec

We are back with a Q&A-style podcast this week. I help you find your answer to the question: “Can I accept my body and still want to change it?” In this episode #296 of the Going Beyond The Food Show, we will discuss: How my relationship with my family has changed What does body acceptance truly mean Why is there not 1 answer for everyone to the questions 3 questions to ask yourself to find the answer to the question to find the best answer for you Mentioned in the show: Podcast Roadmap Undiet Your Life Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass

Oct 14

28 min 48 sec

Undieting your life doesn’t mean stopping dieting. Although stopping dieting is the first step.  I hosted a workshop yesterday The Rebellious Eating Solution and the Q&A part of the class was on fire! I received one question that stomped me and I decided to create a podcast episode about it. This is today’s episode! What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  Why did I add “ not just your food” to the title  What does it mean to undiet your life  Where to start to undiet your life Mentioned in the show: Undiet Your Life Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass

Oct 7

29 min 35 sec

Thru their body women are asked to comply with society's prescribed norms. Body compliance defines, controls, and constrains women.  As women, we learn to perform via our bodies. We demonstrated our ability to be self-disciplined, self-controlled, and to comply with social norms via body constraint.  As a result, we learn not to disturb and take space through our bodies. That it is its size or its sign of aging. Body compliance and beyond  At first, it's compliance with our body, but it spreads quickly to many other aspects of our life:  Need to perform at work  People-pleasing our way through a relationship  Being productive at all times...  Compliance becomes a way of life for many women.  We aim to comply not to stand out and feel the judgment of others. Compliance becomes a safety net that spreads through our life.   What you'll learn listening to this episode:  The history of body compliance for women  The link between compliance and safety  The Intersection between grind culture and diet culture  How to liberate ourselves from the desire to comply  Mentioned in the show: Undiet Your Life Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass Podcast Roadmap 

Sep 30

27 min 39 sec

Rebellious eating is when we use food and/or eating in order to resist authority. In fact, it's an action to affirm one's power of food, body, or existence. Rebellious eating is not about the food... it's about resisting authority over us. Rebellious eating is about fighting for our autonomy and agency. When we eat rebelliously, We're actually restoring our autonomy and protecting our boundaries. Rebellious eating allows us to reclaim our power. What you'll learn listening to this episode: What is rebellious eating How does it show up in different stages of undieting your life What are you rebelling against? The solution to rebellious eating is counterintuitive Mentioned in the show: Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass Podcast Roadmap  Undiet Your Life

Sep 23

33 min 18 sec

Most often, when women start their journey beyond dieting, it’s because they want to overcome compulsive eating behaviors like binging or what they self-describe as “overeating.”  They have learned that restriction is causing these compulsive eating behaviors, so they quit dieting... but is it the solution? Is it the only action that needs to be taken in order to end compulsion around food? That’s what we discussed on today’s podcast. If perhaps you are at this point where even though you have lifted the restriction and still struggling with "overeating," binging & diet culture this is a must-listen! What you’ll learn listening to this episode: The link between restriction and compulsive eating behavior What most people miss when it comes to compulsive eating behavior Why making peace with food is not the ultimate solution for binging, overeating or any compulsive behaviors. The belief that is fundamentally holding your back from eating “normally.” Mentioned in the show: Podcast Roadmap  Undiet Your Life

Sep 16

30 min 40 sec

Are you a very logical woman who perhaps uses her brain capacity to succeed at work yet struggles with her relationship to food & body? And just like me in secret, you wonder: Why is it that I can solve very complicated problems at work, yet something as simple as how I eat and feel about my body isn’t working for me? You’re not alone—the secret thought and the same one that many of us have or had. In this new segment of Her Story, you’ll meet Monserrat Lopez, a Physics Ph.D. and a sewing artist, mom of 2 and wife to an amazing man. In her journey to undiet her life, radical self-responsibility has created an unshakable sense of self-acceptance in her life. What you’ll learn listening to this episode on creating unshakable self-acceptance: Unlearning how to use her logical brain in order to create the life she wanted The learning from her relationship to social media and self-acceptance A life event that allowed her to expand self-acceptance beyond the food The relationship between self-responsibility and self-acceptance How her personal growth is impacting her children Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap  Undiet Your Life

Sep 9

43 min 25 sec

Are you successful in many aspects of your life, yet food and body remain a secret struggle? Kim Beckman is a high-performing, achieving professional who, after a 50-year journey with food and body restriction, has committed herself to the journey of unlearning diet culture. She joined Undiet Your Life a year ago, and in this interview, she will share with us what she has learned. She has a special message for all “type A” women! What you’ll learn listening to this episode on a high achieving & type-A woman unlearning diet culture: The 50 years journey searching for THE formula  How perfectionism and control was in every part of her life What triggered her to stop trying to fix her body How learning to befriend vulnerability was a game-changer for her The gift of unlearning diet culture beyond the food she has experience. The role of mentor she is now taking in her profession to help other women Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap  Undiet Your Life

Sep 2

44 min 43 sec

Kim was a listener of the podcast for more than 6 months, and then one day, she listened to me talking about taking action instead of just listening to the podcast. That's when she joined us. She'll share with you that when she joined Undiet Your Life, she thought, "Let me try this intuitive eating thing... it sounds a lot healthier than my last diet." That's almost a year ago. What you'll learn listening to this episode: Kim's journey making peace with food and her body The trigger that moved Kim into action How undieting her life shifted her relationship with her mother The correlation between her relationship to food and white supremacy Podcast Roadmap https://www.stephaniedodier.com/roadmap/  Undiet Your Life Program https://wwwstephaniedodiercom.ontraport.com/tl/387

Aug 26

41 min 26 sec

Diet culture beliefs do not support your amazingness, your goodness and your brilliance. Diet Culture has been manufactured in order to create self-doubt in women, feeling of victimhood, distrust of self and disempowerment. In order to believe in yourself and the possibilities that can be present for you in your life, you need to have beliefs that support this amazingness, goodness that is in you now. And these beliefs aren’t shared by Diet Culture. How do we get to believe in ourselves more than diet culture? That’s what we are going to explore in this episode of our podcast. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: The diet culture beliefs that stop you from believing in yourself The process of deepening your self-beliefs Believing it’s possible for you to change 10 non-diet culture beliefs that can transform your life Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap  Undiet Your Life

Aug 19

23 min 33 sec

Today, we are sharing stories and unpacking one of the most common beliefs women share: the belief that we are not good enough. And very often, controlling our bodies and beauty are the tools offered to us in order to access our self-worth and confidence, always selling us with the promise that we will feel good enough when we get to the “right body” size and beauty. Although I consider myself a confident woman today, it hasn’t always been this way. Diet culture conditioning and the pursuit of the thin ideal kept me from accessing what was a fact: my innate worth. I was chasing externally what was already present internally. Our guest expert today Vanessa Preston will help navigate our way back to confidence and feeling good enough. Vanessa will help us navigate the path back to feeling good enough. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: The power in naming the feeling of not good enough The intersection between diet culture and women feeling not good enough Being curious is the first step in tuning the voice of not good enough How to use compassion to feel good enough Mentioned on the show: The Roadmap to Not Good Enough Voices Undiet Your Life Podcast Roadmap  Connect with our guest Website Instagram Facebook

Aug 12

42 min 18 sec

Today, we are sharing stories and unpacking one of the most common beliefs women share: the belief that we are not good enough. And very often, controlling our bodies and beauty are the tools offered to us in order to access our self-worth and confidence, always selling us with the promise that we will feel good enough when we get to the “right body” size and beauty. Although I consider myself a confident woman today, it hasn’t always been this way. Diet culture conditioning and the pursuit of the thin ideal kept me from accessing what was a fact: my innate worth. I was chasing externally what was already present internally. Our guest expert today Vanessa Preston will help navigate our way back to confidence and feeling good enough. Vanessa will help us navigate the path back to feeling good enough. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: The power in naming the feeling of not good enough The intersection between diet culture and women feeling not good enough Being curious is the first step in tuning the voice of not good enough How to use compassion to feel good enough Mentioned on the show: The Roadmap to Not Good Enough Voices Undiet Your Life Podcast Roadmap  Connect with our guest Website Instagram Facebook   RWbYSFeq7ROk8lzSj43H

Aug 12

42 min 18 sec

After every single diet failure over the span of a 25-year dieting career, these thoughts were on running on a loop in my mind "What's wrong me with?" "Why is it that it works for ALL these women but not for me."  "If only I had more discipline and willpower, I couldn't have kept the weight off." What if I told you that nothing had gone wrong?  That diet failure was the actual expected outcome of ANY diet.  Diet Failed You. You didn't fail at dieting.  What you'll learn listening to this episode: The Biggest Loser 8-year review The conclusion of a meta-analysis of long term diet study The belief system that leads us to self-blame  How to liberate yourself from diet culture Mentioned on the show: Undiet Your Life Podcast Roadmap  Article reviewing all studies stated on the podcast

Aug 5

22 min 8 sec

About 4 years ago, I came across an analysis of 57,000 women and found that those who had experienced physical or sexual abuse as children were twice as likely to behave compensatory behaviour with food. These women said that they felt more physically imposing when they were bigger. They felt their size helped ward off sexual advances from men. That's how food and trauma are often linked. It's not only in the context of sexual violence but also in various forms of trauma where food is often used as safety, comfort, avoidance of pain, numbing of suffering, buffering, etc. And then body-shaming gets layered in this already very difficult emotional situation. In fact, I believe and experience that fatphobia, from an external source or internalized, is trauma itself. Sexual violence And Intuitive Eating This is when many people will begin the cycle of binge-restrict. Overeating food in an attempt to create safety, then feeling the shame of fatphobia, then use food once again but this time in a restrictive way with the hope to shrink their body. If this is you, I feel you, sister, because I was there for 25 years. Here's where it gets interesting… we can actually find our way out of the trauma response cycle by using food. I know it may appear counterintuitive, but it works. The process of learning an intuitive eating framework helps women nurture safety with food and their body. It's a beautiful healing process to be watched unfold. In today's new Going Beyond The Food Podcast, I have a powerful teaching conversation with Sarah Berneche, a trauma-informed nutritionist. She uses intuitive eating to help survivors of sexual violence stop diet-binge cycling and reclaim the joy of eating. Sarah Berneche is a somatic-oriented, weight-inclusive Nutritionist®, a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and author of Enjoy It All: Improve Your Health and Happiness with Intuitive Eating. Fusing Intuitive Eating with evidence-based therapy models, she helps survivors of sexual violence stop diet-binge cycling and reclaim the joy of eating. What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  The connection between sexual violence and disordered eating Self-objectification and dieting Food and body as symbolic communicators How dieting reinforces rape culture A trauma-informed approach to working with sexual trauma survivors I believe that any woman should listen to this episode as it will help you help other women, if not today, in the future. Knowledge is power sister. Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap  Undiet Your Life Take the ACE Test US Based Resources CAN Based Resources Tracy Brown Connect with our guest:  Website  Instagram Facebook  

Jun 17

1 hr 2 min

What you’ll learn listening to this episode, Diet Brain:  What is Diet Brain?  The 4 mindf*cks of diet brain  How to liberate yourself of diet brain What is Diet Brain? It's a term that I created a few years back after my own 25 years career and having worked with hundreds of women that have a similar journey as me. We all try to solve our lack of confidence, perfectionist habits, people-pleasing behaviours, and all-or-nothing mindset with band-aids like weight loss. Diet Brain is a term I coined to illustrate how diet culture has impacted women's brains over time. It's the most common adaptive mechanism present in women who have been dieting for a long time. Diet Brain is a collection of a pattern of thinking that our human brain of women has created to survive diet culture, fatphobia and ultimately Patriarchy. The 4 mindf*cks of Diet Brain What I refer to as mindf*ck is actually scientifically known as thought errors in psychology. The error in thinking is the path in which our human brain adapts to diet culture. They are: 1. Perfectionism 2. All or nothing 3. People pleasing 4. Mental filtering or Body Blaming Here's the good news sister…. you weren't born this way. You adopted these thinking patterns to survive. More on this later… stay tuned! Why is mindset centric to our teaching at Undiet Your Life? Simply because our brain is the commanding officer of our human experience. Our brain command all of our behaviours, patterns, actions, reactions, habits and emotion. For example, our ability to feed ourselves is driven by our brain. Our brain decides our dislike of our self-reflection. Our self-confidence is 100% created by our brain. This is why mindset matter so much. There's a reason why dieting didn't work…. and surprise, it has nothing to do with you. The food restriction, the attempt to shrink our Body to feel better, the attempt to have more willpower, all of it was like putting a band-aid on an infected wound without treating it with disinfectant first. The mindset's work is about getting to the root of what is causing all of the sufferings… our thought The #1 goal of our human brain is to keep us alive Our brain keeps us alive by interpreting our environment, assessing potential threats and send commands to the rest of your body. The way our brain sends commands is through our thoughts. As we encounter events, our brain gives events interpretations based on past experiences, social constructs, learning, beliefs… via our thoughts. Our brain assesses our experiences as either safe or unsafe and creates a thought and consequently reactions to keep us safe or course correct if unsafe. You see, humans do not do anything for no reason Everything you do is done to keep you alive as long as possible. Binging, overeating, self-critical thinking, self-body hatred, disinterest in body movement… all of it are present in your life because your brain believes that these habits, actions will keep you safe. For many of us, the big threat in diet culture is all the connected beliefs associated with it. Like thinner is better, fat is unhealthy, thin body is the gateway to happiness, some food is bad, fat people are lazy, fat people lack self-discipline…. I mean, I could go on and on for pages, but I'll stop here. Diet Culture itself is a system of oppression Diet culture doesn't mean being on a diet; it by far exceeds this. It's an entire value system that worships thinness and equates to superiority, moral virtue and even today's world "health." It promotes weight loss as the tool to achieve this higher status and oppressed people who don't match the standards. So, of course, our brain believes that not being in a thin body is a threat to our survival and responds to it to keep us safe. There's also another system of oppression that contributes to women feeling unsafe in our society: Patriarchy. Patriarchy, the social system in which men hold primary power. Patriarchy is consistently seeking control and power for the white cis-gendered men over another gender. Diet Culture is a sub-belief system originating from Patriarchy specially crafted to keep women obedient. Socialization to diet culture Women socialized to diet culture and patriarchal beliefs at a very young age. Our women's brains are programmed to perform and keep us safe under these beliefs. As a result, we chase the thin ideal unconsciously for most of our life. We become a perfectionist to achieve all the standards Patriarchy expects from us. The belief that you will be rejected from society because of your body's size keeps you dieting and hating yourself. Right now, most of your choices about health,

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Jun 10

27 min 28 sec

One of the most profound questions I get on consultation is this one:  How do I know if I’m ready to help clients in a Non-Diet Approach?  First off, You’ll never feel totally ready. Waiting for this moment where you will feel ready to go out into the world and launch your program, I’m sorry to say, but you’ll likely wait forever. Why is it that we never really feel ready?  One answer: The Human Brain.   This question is one of the main reasons why I created a mentorship program and NOT a certification. I wanted to help health professionals feel ready and actually help people.  I wanted to help practitioners get their human brains on board with their amazing talents and potential so they could create an amazing business that will serve hundreds and thousands of people!  What you’ll learn listening to this episode, Are You Ready to Help Clients in a Non-Diet Approach?: How to determine if you are ready to help people in a non-diet approach  Why getting another certification is not the solution to feeling ready  8 tips to get your human brain on board to feel ready  Mentioned on the show: Non- Diet Mentorship Program Details Get Started Forms PRO Series – Free Training & resources Season 1 First, do no harm The Business of Intuitive Eating Diet Brain Non-Diet Marketing Strategies Addressing the Root Cause The Link Between Feminism and Non-Diet Approach The Transition to a Non-Diet Practice The Non-Diet Business Model Season 2 The Anatomy of the Non-Diet Approach What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Anti-Diet Business Journey 3 Steps to Being a Confident Non-Diet Coach Success Stories of Non-Diet Practitioners How to Get Started in Your Non-Diet Practice Body Image Healing for Health Professionals Business Mindset the Non-Diet Way Q&A – Ask Me Anything… Really anything!

May 25

30 min 23 sec

I recorded this on Sunday, May 16th, 2021. Enrollment to the waitlist for the next cohort of the Non-Diet Mentorship Program is officially closed. I'm so excited because we have folks joining us from all professional background: Nutritionist Health Coach Social Worker  Psychologist Registered Nurse  Fitness Professional  The Non-Diet Approach is for All Health Profession   The Non-Diet Approach is for all health professions for one simple reason: Diet Culture is present everywhere and in everyone. We as humans socialize in diet culture with our personal life while we practice health professions entrenched in diet culture. In some way, we are twice as much impacted by diet culture as our clients and patients. We got it as individuals and then went to school to learn a profession based on diet culture thriving.  What you'll learn listening to this episode:  Health professionals are indoctrinated in diet culture twice as much as a regular individual What is weight stigma? How weight stigma shows up in all health profession  What does the non-diet approach look like in various health profession Therapist, social worker, nursing, medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, yoga teacher, personal training, nutritionist, dietician, health coach, etc. Mentioned on the show: Non- Diet Mentorship Program Details Get Started Forms Social Determinant of Health  PRO Series – Free Training & resources   Season 1 First, do no harm The Business of Intuitive Eating Diet Brain Non-Diet Marketing Strategies Addressing the Root Cause The Link Between Feminism and Non-Diet Approach The Transition to a Non-Diet Practice The Non-Diet Business Model Season 2 The Anatomy of the Non-Diet Approach What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Anti-Diet Business Journey 3 Steps to Being a Confident Non-Diet Coach Success Stories of Non-Diet Practitioners How to Get Started in Your Non-Diet Practice Body Image Healing for Health Professionals Business Mindset the Non-Diet Way Q&A – Ask Me Anything… Really anything!

May 18

40 min 56 sec

When is it time to go full-time in your non-diet practice? This could mean starting a new business. Or This could mean transitioning your practice to a non-diet approach. This question is a frequent one and a good one. On the podcast today, I discuss this question with my guest Kelsey Murphy.  Kelsey Murphy is a Business & Life Coach working with Fortune 500 companies like Facebook & Twitter and industry thought leaders like Marie Forleo and her B-Schoolers. As a primer to this discussion, I share my journey going full-time in 2 businesses over the last ten years. What you’ll learn listening to this episode, Is it time to go full time in non-diet practice:  My journey going full-time in my business How to know it’s time to go full time for you  Should you start your own biz or work for someone else instead  You are one decision away from a completely different life The grind… The hustle… What does it mean?  Connect with our Guest:  Website  Whiskey & Work Podcast (iTunes)   Facebook   Instagram   Mentioned on the show: Register Webinar May 20th - THE 7 STEPS BLUEPRINT TO BUILD A PROFITABLE NON-DIET BUSINESS & ATTRACT CLIENT READY TO DO THE WORK  Mentorship Program   PRO Get Started Guide PRO Series – Free Training & resources Season 1 First, do no harm The Business of Intuitive Eating Diet Brain Non-Diet Marketing Strategies Addressing the Root Cause The Link Between Feminism and Non-Diet Approach The Transition to a Non-Diet Practice The Non-Diet Business Model Season 2 The Anatomy of the Non-Diet Approach What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Anti-Diet Business Journey 3 Steps to Being a Confident Non-Diet Coach Success Stories of Non-Diet Practitioners How to Get Started in Your Non-Diet Practice Body Image Healing for Health Professionals Business Mindset the Non-Diet Way Q&A – Ask Me Anything… Really anything!  

May 11

47 min 26 sec

Today we will answer two major questions I get when I teach health professionals about the non-diet approach.  Usually, these questions come right on the tail end of the first time being introduced to the Non-Diet Approach.  What are those questions that almost all health professionals have at their first encounter with the non-Diet approach?  But, what about health?  And   What about nutrition?  These two questions reveal how entrenched diet and wellness culture along with weight stigma in our education as a health professional. It is very important to note that we, as health professionals, were blind to this. We were taught to teach our patient and client how to co-opt diet culture and fatphobia. We have been trained and learned to believe that health can only result from dieting, thinness and restriction.  So when faced with an approach to health that doesn’t promote diet culture, dieting, weight loss or food restriction, we assume it's not “healthy”…  Non-Diet Approach to Health and Nutrition In today’s episode, we will be helping you navigate these two questions when encountering the non-diet approach for the first time.  But what about health?  But what about nutrition?  What you’ll learn listening to this episode of Non-Diet Approach to Health and Nutrition: How to define health within a non-diet approach  The danger of viewing health as personal responsibility  Healthism  The social determinants of health  How to view nutrition within a non-diet approach   Gentle Nutrition Mentioned in the show: Webinar - How to teach nutrition without co-opting Diet Culture  Non-Diet Mentorship Program  Details  Free Intake Forms Social Determinant of Health PRO Series – Free Training & resources   Season 1 First, do no harm The Business of Intuitive Eating Diet Brain Non-Diet Marketing Strategies Addressing the Root Cause The Link Between Feminism and Non-Diet Approach The Transition to a Non-Diet Practice The Non-Diet Business Model Season 2 The Anatomy of the Non-Diet Approach What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Anti-Diet Business Journey 3 Steps to Being a Confident Non-Diet Coach Success Stories of Non-Diet Practitioners How to Get Started in Your Non-Diet Practice Body Image Healing for Health Professionals Business Mindset the Non-Diet Way Q&A – Ask Me Anything… Really anything!

May 4

36 min 33 sec

How to attract clients that are ready to do the work?    Right now, clients coming to me want to lose weight?   What should I do?  These are the questions that the newest episode of the Beyond The Food Pro series podcast will be answering. Inside of our Non-Diet Mentorship program, we spend two months crafting our marketing strategy, implement a non-diet marketing funnel and practicing. Although it would be impossible for me to share all that we do, I’ve extracted what I think will help you attract clients ready to stop chasing weight loss.  The Non-Diet Marketing Framework In today’s episode, I’ll share five takeaways from our non-diet Mentorship program marketing modules that you can implement in your business now to build an effective non-diet marketing framework for your coaching practice.  What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  Why you have to fall in love with marketing  Why you need a marketing strategy first before going on social media  The secret behind consistency and trust in marketing  What problem are you solving for your client  Educating and nurturing is the key to conversion  Mentioned in the show: Register for Information Session  Non-Diet Mentorship Program  Details   Free Intake forms   PRO Series – Free Training & resources Season 1 First, do no harm The Business of Intuitive Eating Diet Brain Non-Diet Marketing Strategies Addressing the Root Cause The Link Between Feminism and Non-Diet Approach The Transition to a Non-Diet Practice The Non-Diet Business Model Season 2 The Anatomy of the Non-Diet Approach What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Anti-Diet Business Journey 3 Steps to Being a Confident Non-Diet Coach Success Stories of Non-Diet Practitioners How to Get Started in Your Non-Diet Practice Body Image Healing for Health Professionals Business Mindset the Non-Diet Way Q&A – Ask Me Anything… Really anything!

Apr 27

27 min 5 sec

Welcome back to Season 3 of The Beyond The Food Pro series We polled our community earlier this year and asked you which question you would love to have discussed on the Pro Series podcast. This is how we created our line-up for Season 3. We answer the following question:  How do you run a non-diet coaching session? (Episode 1) How do I attract the client that is ready to stop dieting? (Episode 2)  But what about Health? But what about Nutrition? (Episode 3) When is it time to go full-time in your practice? (Episode 4) What does the non-diet approach look like in other professions than nutritionist or health coach? (Episode 5) When am I ready to coach others in the non-diet approach? (Episode 6) In this episode, I’m going to walk you through the Blueprint of a Non-diet coaching session.   What you’ll learn listening to this episode, Blueprint of a non-diet coaching session: The 9 elements of a non-diet approach session  How these 9 elements apply to any health profession  Why I find this question interesting  Why is it essential to be coached to coach others effectively?  Mentioned in the show: Register for Information Session  Non-Diet Mentorship Program  Details   Free Intake forms   PRO Series – Free Training & resources: Season 1 First, do no harm The Business of Intuitive Eating Diet Brain Non-Diet Marketing Strategies Addressing the Root Cause The Transition to a Non-Diet Practice The Link Between Feminism and Non-Diet Approach The Non-Diet Business Model Season 2 The Anatomy of the Non-Diet Approach What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Anti-Diet Business Journey 3 Steps to Being a Confident Non-Diet Coach Success Stories of Non-Diet Practitioners How to Get Started in Your Non-Diet Practice Body Image Healing for Health Professionals Business Mindset the Non-Diet Way Q&A – Ask Me Anything… Really anything!  

Apr 20

28 min 6 sec

Digestive health... or as wellness culture calls it gut health is a hot topic these days.  According to wellness culture, many diseases could be prevented and treated with a gut health protocol. In short: restrictive dieting in the name of health with a side of supplements and detox sprinkle with infra-red sauna.  Gut health is a major concern for many people wanting to leave the world of diet culture. One question I get a lot is :   but what about my food sensitivities and intuitive eating?   Or another version:   How can I maintain a health-reason food restriction and eat intuitively?  Is there a non-diet approach to digestive health? Short answer: YES. There’s is a non-diet approach to gut health and our guest  Beth Rosen will deep dive with us on a science-based approach to digestive health, IBS, and other digestive disorder.  Beth Rosen is a non-diet Registered Dietitian. She specializes in helping clients find relief from digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Gastroparesis, Colitis, and GERD. She also teaches on the intersection of GI disorder and disordered eating.   What you’ll learn listening to this episode of the non-diet approach to digestive health:  What is gut health? Is that really a thing?  The link between IBS and disordered eating    Food sensitivities, food intolerance, and food allergies  And yes we talked about gluten... Restrictive diets the solution to a healthy digestive system  Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive Connect with our guest: Website  Instagram   Facebook  

Apr 15

56 min 53 sec

Is there a Non-diet Approach to PCOS?   In case you do not know PCOS is the medical abbreviation for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which affects roughly 10% of women of childbearing age in America. That’s 5 million women.  The top 2 treatment recommendations for PCOS are a very low carbohydrate diet with the hope to lower insulin levels and weight loss. Makes me think of diet culture... The Non-Diet Way to PCOS To answer the starting question: YES,  there’s a way to address PCOS without co-opting diet culture.  NO, you do not have to go on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life to lower insulin or have to lose weight... YES, you can manage your PCOS status using intuitive eating.  That’s what our guest, Julie Duffy Dillon, will help us understand. Julie is a non-diet registered dietician, eating disorder specialist, and food behavior expert partnering with people on PCOS on their food peace journey. She hosts the podcast Love Food.   What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  What is PCOS and how does it intersect with diet culture  Low carb diets and PCOS: The truth.  Is weight loss the cure for PCOS?  The role of inflammation in PCOS  The non-diet approach to PCOS  Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive Julie’s PCOS Roadmap PCOS & Food Peace Course Connect with our guest: Website Instagram  

Apr 8

53 min 49 sec

This is part 2 and the final episode in this 2-part series on thought work. If you haven’t listened to Part 1, and especially if you are new to thought work, I’d suggest you go and listen to Part 1 first. In part one, I told you if you are at war with yourself, knowing you can’t go back on a diet but refuse to accept your body... stuck in the duality. Ready to untangle this duality? Thought work to undiet your life  Let me introduce you to Diet Brain. Diet Brain is a coaching concept I created after years of helping women quit dieting, intuitive eating and body image. In fact, I kept seeing the same errors in thinking present in all of my clients. Diet brain is the way in which our brains adapt to diet culture, the deprivation of dieting, self-loathing and self-critical thoughts You see, the human brain is a magnificent organ… highly adaptative. Moreover, neuroplasticity allows our brain to adapt to our environment in order to survive. There are 4 most common errors in thinking that make up my concept of DB, they are: Perfectionism All or Nothing People pleasing Mental Filtering aka it's my body faults / It's my diet fault Diet Brain is what drives the duality of knowing diets don't work, yet you not being able to stop dieting. That is to say these 4 errors in thinking are what create this duality in you knowing you can't go back on a diet but refuse to accept your body... stuck in the duality That's what thought work does. It gives you the step-by-step process to change these errors in thinking so you can end the duality and undiet your life. What you'll learn listening to this episode: What is Diet Brain? How the Good Girl Syndrome plays into Diet Brain The reason why thought work creates that space for unlearning diet culture How I create 106% business growth in pandemic Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive      

Apr 1

27 min 30 sec

This is going to be a 2-part podcast… Why 2 parts? Well, this is such an important topic, and I want to be sure I can unpack it well for you. I want to give you time to reflect in between. Most importantly, I want to teach you the basics of TW, and so I can teach you how specifically it applies to women and diet culture. I believe that thought work is the most important skill a woman can learn. In fact, it is not taught in any schooling system… for a reason. Get into this in Part 2. When a woman learns thought work, it is the best investment she can make towards because it solves every problem a woman can have. Only when you learn to manage your mind can you truly be free, happy and fulfilled. So let’s start with Part 1... What is thought work? You go to the gym to train your muscle to be stronger. In the same manner, you go run to train your cardiorespiratory capacity to have more endurance. You go to yoga to train your tendon and ligament to be mobile and flexible. We train nearly every part of our body… but one. We are taught to train all aspects of our body but the most important part of our body. The most important… the one part of our body that actually controls all the others. The supreme commanding officer of your body… Your brain. Why do I say your brain is the commanding officer? Well, it controls everything that happens in our body and our life. Everything that happens in our body has its origin in our brain: from our heart beating to the movement in our legs to walk, to our food taste, to the size of our body. Our body interprets our environment via our brain, and our brain produces thoughts in order to give a command to the rest of our body in order to survive and thrive in this environment. How does thought work actually work? In a very simplistic explanation, our brain is made up of millions of neuropathways. Think of it as a wire that touches each other in our brain, and when your brain wants to pass on a command to the rest of your body, neuropathways connect, wire touches each other and a signal of energy pass and command is sent to the body via the CNS, spine and nerves. Most of this happens without you being aware. Imagine being aware of every command heartbeats… you’d go nuts. It said that a human has 60K thoughts a day… most of which you are unaware of. But some of these connections you are aware… conscious. These are your conscious thoughts. So the wire cross in our brains, a thought is created and the energy travels via the spine and nerves to the rest of our body. These are felt in our bodies as sensations. Think here gut feelings, the tension in our shoulder, cold in our chest, butterflies… these are all sensations in our body that first were ignited by our brain and thoughts. These sensations are what we name as emotions. Emotions are the interpretation of these sensations. Our emotions are what ignites our actions. Think “gut reaction” … We take actions in life-based on how we feel... when we feel confident, we take bold actions, we ask the person we are attracted to out, we buy the things we’ve always been wanting…. We feel anxious… so, we mumble distorted words in the face of the person we like, we retract, we numb, we Netflix…. we eat. The choices are our reactions to our emotions is our actions. Moreover, the sum of our actions creates the reality we experience. That’s thought work. What you’ll learn listening to this episode on thought work to undiet your life: What is thought work How does thought work show up in our life The basics tenets of thought work Why thought work is essential to women Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive  

Mar 25

27 min 47 sec

In my opinion, being pregnant, giving birth, and raising a child is the most magical power of women. In fact, our bodies as women are capable of creating life. That is to say, we have the power to bring another human to life. Can we let that sink in for a minute? We create life. Our bodies have the capacity to expand in such a way that we can create and develop another human life. Yet as soon as women are done giving birth to this new human, patriarchy and diet culture expect women to shrink back their body and leave absolutely no trace of this magical act. Diet culture has perfected a narrative that leaves women to feel shame for their postpartum bodies instead of being grateful for the goddess they are. Edna's story... it's difficult. Non-Diet Postpartum The non-diet approach to postpartum is the space were women's bodies are celebrated for the magic they created without patriarchy and diet culture oppressing message. Our guest today is a non-diet postpartum expert. She's a dietician who herself gave birth. She decided to dedicate her career to helping other women approach their postpartum in a non-diet way. Jaren Soloff is a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who combines her expertise as a skilled nutrition therapist and lactation consultant to support mothers in nourishing themselves and their babies with confidence.  FULL CRCL provides nutrition counseling and lactation consultations to help both mom and baby thrive in motherhood to support them in navigating pregnancy, birth, and postpartum from a simple and intuitive framework. What you'll learn listening to this episode on non-diet postpartum: How diet culture infiltrated postpartum  The non-diet approach to postpartum nutrition  Body image challenge post-birth The weight-inclusive approach to lactation How to find virtual coaching for the non-diet approach to post-birth Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive Connect with our guest: Non-Diet Post-Natal Book Website Instagram  

Mar 18

38 min 48 sec

Co-opting intuitive eating is frustrating, problematic and dangerous, but it’s not a surprise. Intuitive eating is growing in popularity and growing fast. Take a look at the google trend search over the last 5 years. It’s clear: people are starting to be done with dieting. That is to say, people want out from diet culture and are looking for options. Certainly, the weight loss & wellness industry are paying attention. For instance, just think of Weight Watcher rebrand in 2019 to WW-Wellness that Works. Yet another sign of the growth in popularity of Intuitive Eating is when “popular” diet gurus are bluntly co-opting intuitive eating in their weight loss books without even an ounce of shame. In fact, I see the same growth in my professional training program. The waitlist is consistently 150% to program capacity for the last 12 months and no sign of stopping either. Spotting Fake Intuitive Eating I’m honored to welcome Evelyn Tribole to our podcast Going Beyond The Food Show to answer this question: How can we spot when diet culture is co-opting intuitive eating? Evelyn Tribole is a registered dietitian and the co-creator of Intuitive Eating. Moreover, she has written Intuitive Eating (co-author with Evelyn Resh). Her upcoming book, Intuitive Eating for Every Day: 365 Daily Practices & Inspirations to Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating will be available on March 16th, 2021. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: Evelyn’s take on co-opting of Intuitive eating by diet culture  Why intuitive eating is not a trademark Your best defense against fake intuitive eating Why embodiment is essential to becoming an intuitive eater The reason why the act of dieting is a trauma Why Evelyn wrote her new book Intuitive Eating For Everyday Mentioned on the show: Evelyn’s new book- Intuitive eating For Everyday   Evelyn’s first presence: Episode 186- What is Intuitive Eating? Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive Non- Diet Mentorship Program for Health Professionals Connect with our guest: Website Instagram  

Mar 11

49 min 4 sec

Let’s look at a few questions: Do you think that the ultimate goal of making peace with your body is to love your body?  I mean, being able to look at your body in the mirror and love every part of it?  Perhaps you think that you should be able to put on a bikini and be able to show off your body to everyone looking with pride?  Perhaps you think that when you finally “heal your body image,” it will mean that you’ll never have a negative thought about your body, and instead, you’ll have adoration thought for each part of your body.  Is that you?  Is this your current belief system when it comes to your body, body image, and body weight?    It sure was me….  You don’t have to love your body.  In today’s episode, we are going to share with you the reasons for this bold statement.  NO, you don’t have to love your body to normalize weight gain or to adopt a non-diet lifestyle. In fact, you don’t have to love your body to become an intuitive eater or to make peace with your body. NO, you don’t have to love your body to heal your body image. What you need is Body Respect.  What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  Why I fail attempting to love my body  How diet brain plays into our body’s perspective  How to trade body love for body respect  The path towards body respect Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Mar 4

26 min 19 sec

Weight gain is a very sensitive, vulnerable and emotional topic for most women. The ability and willingness to openly talk about weight gain is different for each one of us. It’s estimated that by the time most women hit their 45th birthday, statistically speaking, we’ve tried 61 diets, plans, programs, detoxes, cleanses, meal plans, regime, an eating system. In an unending battle to shrink our body and, hopefully, change our life. I want to recognize that simply tuning in to listen to this episode for someone is a huge step… if this is you, I see you and welcome you. For others who have taken the journey beyond the food and unlearn diet culture, this is a much easier and light topic… I see you too, my sister, and cheer you on. Coping with weight gain Weight gain is a difficult topic, a complicated topic and a very nuanced topic. By no means this one episode is a complete resource for the normalization of weight in women. This episode is meant only to be an introduction to the topic of coping with weight gain. I’ll be speaking about one aspect that I think, as women, we must first understand and integrate in order to release the fear of weight gain. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: Why you are not alone: recent statistics review How patriarchy position weight gain to keep women feeling insecure Why diet culture is so powerful, particularly for women How to release the fear of weight gain and claim back your power Mentioned in the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Feb 25

26 min 57 sec

I have been wanting to talk about gentle nutrition for years but couldn’t or rather choose not to until now. I hold a great level of responsibility for the topic I chose to discuss on this podcast. Moreover, what could happen after the episode is over. In the case of intuitive eating & nutrition, I couldn’t send you to any entry-level resources beyond my own programs. Up to now, the only nutrition books & cookbooks available on the market were filled with diet culture, weight stigma, and non-science-based facts about nutrition. This is now past... the resource I have been awaiting is now here! Gentle Nutrition: A Non-Diet Approach to Healthy Eating Book Yes, a book that combines intuitive eating & nutrition is now available. Gentle Nutrition: A Non-Diet Approach to Healthy Eating Cookbook is on the market since February 23rd, 2021. Today on the podcast, I review the book and interview the author, my new friend, and colleague, Rachel Hartley. Rachael is a registered dietician, science-based nutrition therapist, and certified intuitive eating counsellor. Some of you may know her from her blog: The Joy of Eating, where she shares practical intuitive eating advice and non-diet recipes. What you’ll learn listening to this episode on gentle nutrition: What is gentle nutrition and what it’s not The difference between gentle nutrition and wellness diet Top 3 pieces of advice to begin your gentle nutrition journey Meal planning and intuitive eating Food intolerances When it’s time for medical nutrition therapy Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive Rachel Hartley's Book - USA Rachel Hartley's Book - International Connect with our guest Website Instagram  Facebook 

Feb 18

43 min 16 sec

A few years back, I was browsing Instagram, and I noticed a hashtag trending #womeneatingfood. I scrolled through and what I saw was magical: thousands of women eating food absolutely without giving an ounce of worry. Women eating unapologetically. That’s how I discovered Alissa Rumsey. And since then, Alissa has been on the podcast twice and been teaching inside my Non-Diet Mentorship Program. Unapologetic Eating: The Book Today, Alissa is launching a book: Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace With Food and Transform Your Life. In her words, it is about getting back to your roots and who you were before society told you who you should be. In today’s episode, I interview Alissa Rumsey. Alissa is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and the author of Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace With Food and Transform Your Life. Alissa is passionate about advocating for women to reclaim the space to eat and live unapologetically. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: Discover the oppressive nature of dieting How & why eating is a political move Food can be an entry point to explore and transform Moving from Unapologetic Eating to Unapologetic Living Mentioned in the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive Get the book - Unapologetic Eating Connect with our guest: Website Instagram  Facebook 

Feb 11

45 min 19 sec

Dieting backlash is the counter-reaction to food restriction, aka dieting. Things like "food cravings," urges to eat the restricted foods, nighttime eating, "overeating," binging, weight regain, depression, anxiety… that's all dieting backlash, also known as rebound eating. Here's where it gets interesting... women who deliberately restrict their food intake when under a diet are more likely to overeat, especially in response to an emotional state. What we think as emotional eating may actually be diet backlash or rebound eating. In a subconscious way, we give ourselves license to eat foods that are normally forbidden, and we use emotion as a way to give ourselves permission in the hope to lower the guilt of "not following the diet," we lay the blame on emotional eating. It's the self-fulfilling prophecy of dieting. Nothing has gone wrong. Nothing is wrong with you… it's biology. Here's what I propose... To reflect on these 4 questions: How much of what we self-describe as a "problematic relationship to food" is, in fact, due to our own self-imposed diet or food restriction How much of the food behaviors we hope to fix with our newest "food lifestyle" are made worse by the actual "food lifestyle"? What if there was nothing wrong with our food behaviors, that our body was reacting exactly how it was created to react in the face of food restriction… then what? What if the problem wasn't us, the dieter but the diet… then what? I'm proposing these questions to you because I'm not here to tell you what you should do… but instead to give you a choice. What you’ll learn listening to this episode on dieting backlash: What is dieting backlash How dieting backlash presents itself in women’s life Why rebound eating is normal How we create the situation to produce emotional eating Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Feb 4

24 min 46 sec

Let's unpack comfort eating or eating for comfort. Comfort is defined as a state of ease and freedom from pain or constraint. When we eat for comfort, we feel uncomfortable; we don't want to feel discomfort, so we look for a solution to not feel comfortable and that solution is food. So we comfort eat. Sounds like a pretty legitimate action… it is a coping tool. It's a variation of the larger family of emotional eating- whereby you eat in response to an emotion. Most often, uncomfortable emotions like stress. Stress eating, comfort eating, emotional eating - all the same thing - using food to cope with physical or emotional discomfort. Why is it a problem to solve? Is comfort eating a problem? Let's imagine that same person feels the same level of discomfort, but instead of opening the fridge or the cupboard and reaching for food, that same person would say go for a run. Would it be a problem to solve? …. Interesting question, right?… but necessary. Especially as women, we must challenge all the beliefs we have learned about food, body and health. Remember that diet culture was created by Patriarchy in order to keep women obedient and insecure. Why is it that comfort eating is a problem to solve for women? What diet culture is telling us is that it will lead you to eat too much, eat the "bad food," and gain weight. Diet gurus will tell you that if you could only control your emotional eating, then their diet would work… and you'd be thin! Familiar… But here's my question to you: Would you even desire to eat to comfort yourself if we weren't relentlessly chasing the thin ideal??? Think about that for a minute?... How much of our discomfort physically and emotionally that we appease with food is caused by the relentless pursuit of the thin ideal, therefore diet culture A shit load of it... lol. Since this is a feminist podcast that promotes women empowerment with food and their body… I'm not going to teach to shame you for comfort eating or tell you that it is to be avoided. No… that's diet culture way.   In this podcast episode, we will unpack this subject in a non-diet way... by asking WHY. What you'll learn listening to this episode: The reason why diet culture of comfort eating is so toxic The non-Diet approach to comfort eating The two questions to ask yourself when feeling the urge to eat emotionally Comfort food versus Comfort eating Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Jan 28

23 min 50 sec

People-pleasing isn't a character trait or, for that matter, a personality trait that we are born with. In fact, people-pleasing is a belief, a set of thoughts that we as women are socialized to. More precisely, we aren't socialized or educated to be people-pleasers… we are socialized to be "good girls". The Good Girl Syndrome is like a character we are asked to play as women and from a very young age. As people identifying as women, we are socialized to be polite, modest, quiet, not to argue, not to fight, play within the parameters, and most importantly, fit the norm… Indeed, we are socialized to believe that we are responsible for other people's perceptions of us. Other people's perception of us is more valuable than our own opinion of ourselves.  So effectively, we are taught to be people-pleasers. But I'm not a people-pleaser... really? If you are thinking right: well, this is not me, BUT you are struggling to accept your body. I'm afraid to tell you, my sister, it's you. Women's relentless pursuit of the thin ideal and unwillingness to accept their bodies is grounded in our socialization to be good girls and meet others' expectations. This is why in great part, most people identified as men aren't affected by body image. Moreover, they can't even begin to comprehend why we care so much about what other people think of our bodies. That is to say, they aren't socialized the same as we are as people identified as women. It's not built in their belief system as it is for us. So, how does being a people-pleaser show up in other parts of your life? That's what we will unpack in this podcast episode. What you'll learn listening to this episode on people-pleasing: How women are socialized to be people-pleasers Understand the link between body dissatisfaction and people-pleasing The big lie fueling the desire to please others The 4 steps for women to free themselves from people-pleasing Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Jan 21

28 min 51 sec

This podcast is going to be for every woman - every woman who has been targeted by dieting ads. I have chosen this title for a reason: "Tuning out the weight loss industry" instead of "tuning out diet culture" for a reason: to reach more women. When you are at the beginning of your journey shifting out of dieting, the word diet culture doesn't mean a thing… actually, for many, it means being on a diet. Diet culture is a new term that is not part of women's vocabulary, and for a good reason. As women, when we learn about the word "diet culture", it has a massive impact. In #5, I share the definition of diet culture for all the newbies. Tuning out the dieting noise is a choice This podcast intends to help all women make a choice.  A choice in the face of all the marketing from the weight loss, fitness, and wellness industry aimed at women and our bodies.  To help women make an educated choice about their body, how they live their life, the way they eat, and the way they take care of their mind, body, and soul.  For women to free themselves from the thought "but I have to "and trade it for "I chose to". What you'll learn listening to this episode tuning out the weight loss industry: 10 thoughts to consider as women when considering dieting. 10 tips for you to process the weight loss, fitness, and wellness marketing  Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive The Good Girl Syndrome

Jan 14

28 min 6 sec

“I want to move with joy” “I want to get out of the funk of not movement” “I know exercise is good for me… just can’t bring myself to do it” “How do I motivate myself to move more without dreading it.” That you are at the beginning stage of challenging the concept of dieting or an advanced intuitive eater that now wants to work on reclaiming their relationship to exercise. Or that you have made peace with food already and now want to tackle your relationship to movement. This podcast going to help you. How to move more I know for me I’ve known that I SHOULD exercise more often for decades… and my solution for years has been to sign up for a gym membership and resorting to using discipline, punishment, and willpower to force me into the gym until, just like dieting it didn’t work. Diet culture has taught us to jump into action… without ever asking why and how we got there in the first place is the reason why we keep repeating the same patterns time after time. Find the place to start is to find the reason(s) why we resist exercise…. That’s the starting point of reclaiming the joy of movement. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: Why we resist exercise The power of changing vocabulary The simple process to create more movement action in your life My movement goals for 2021 and game plan MENTIONED ON THE SHOW: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Jan 7

28 min 58 sec

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on my goals for 2021: The reflective process for 2020 The 6 questions to use to reflect on 2020 My 4 lessons learned in 2020 The goals I have for 2021 Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Dec 2020

29 min 28 sec

"Nothing is easy for the unwilling."  When we set a goal or desire to change an aspect of our life or self, we often get “stuck” into inaction.  The fear of taking action in the unknown and the paralysis into stagnation is normal. It’s present for most of us women. This fear is a normal reaction from our brain to command us into staying put instead of moving ourselves into the unknown.  It’s our brain’s duty to prevent us from taking action.  To create any new result in your life: becoming an intuitive eater, accepting our body, career advancement,... ANY CHANGE.  Being willing to be willing  You have to be willing to do two things:  Feel your emotions Change your perspective on failure  And if you are unwilling to face your fears and emotions, then forward progress on improving your quality of life will not be easy.  You have to be willing to tell your brain: Hey brain, I get it, it’s your job to keep me safe and avoid the unknown & anxiety of newness, but moving forward, I’m willing to feel these emotions because I really want what’s on the other side. The new result.  That’s what we call managing your brain. First module inside Conquer and Thrive.  As women, we are socialized to be good girls. To be perfect. To obey the rules and perform them perfectly. That’s why we unconsciously chase the thin ideal. We’ve been told over and over by our mom, that is the gold standards body type as women. So as good girls we chase that perfection… relentlessly even if it makes us feel terrible.  To motivate this relentless chase of perfection, women are socialized to see failure as the most terrible thing that can happen to us. Any failure in our relentless pursuit of perfection means that we aren’t worthy and that we have failed dieting.  Questions to ask ourselves to become willing I’ll be leaving you with these thoughts to reflect on:   Are you willing to redefine failure?  Are you willing to see the fear-based thoughts your brain will offer you when thinking about the new goal and be the observer of these thoughts?  How about being willing to see it’s not your thoughts but the socialization thoughts from patriarchy and diet culture?  Are you willing to feel the fear that your brain will present to you and still take action towards your goal?  Are you willing to take a chance on yourself?  How about being willing to bet on yourself that you too can achieve THIS new goal?  Are you willing to be willing to have the intention to be willing to be willing?  Are you willing to be willing to bet on yourself?  If you are, we here for you, sister… come and join us inside Conquer and Thrive and we will support you in your journey of being willing.  What you’ll learn listening to this episode:  Why the perfect next step from podcast 266 – Goal Setting  You are not your body or your brain...   The two elements needed to create new result in your life  Why women have a faulty concept of failure  How we can start to be willing to be willing  Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Dec 2020

29 min 28 sec

Smart Goals are to goal setting what dieting is to Diet Culture. For years, I set goals the diet Culture way… you know, the SMART GOALS. Every year the pattern repeated itself. Give up by the 5th week. Just like diet culture, SMART goals are anchored on external results, accomplishment of actions, grounded into avoidance of failure and perfectionism. It’s archaic, sexist and builds on elitist principles. Just like dieting doesn’t work, SMART goals do not work because it disregards how humans function. It requires constant willpower, which we know to be a limited resource, so when willpower runs out, action-driven goal setting techniques stop working. In today’s episode, we are going to discover the right way of setting goals for women: the diet-culture-free way to set goals. What you’ll learn listening to this episode: Why SMART goals don’t work How I created my life against all odds  My business success in 2020 in the middle of a pandemic What is the diet-culture-free goal-setting process Mentioned on the show: Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive

Dec 2020

24 min 52 sec

“It feels terrible as a mom to put yourself first... it’s easy to say self-care when you don’t have kids”. This is such a sensitive topic for moms... Me, the single woman with no kids telling them to take time for themselves. I have avoided doing a topic on this subject because let’s face it, it’s true: I don’t get it. That’s until today... I have a guest expert who can speak about this from a lived experience. She’s a mom of 3 kids under 12, with a professional career and now starting a business. Unyime gets it. Unyime Oguta is our guest today. She’s a Non-Diet Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a student of mine. She’s just about to graduate from our Non-Diet Mentorship program. What you’ll learn listening to this episode on mom's guilt: Why balance is B.S... The disease of “Shoulding yourself” The toxicity of “getting your body back”... How to no longer feel guilty around taking care of yourself The way to feed my family healthy while trusting my children’s choices How to do self-care as a mom Mentioned on the show: Free Guide from Unyime Podcast Roadmap Conquer & Thrive Connect with our guest: Website and Free Guide Instagram Facebook

Dec 2020

41 min 54 sec

This is going to be a fun episode... I’m answering 25 questions our listeners have submitted. Short to the point answer on all subjects related to the non-diet approach...   You’ll get an answer for each of these 25 non-diet approach & business questions.    You keep referring to PROs... I’m a health coach so I’m not a professional right?  How do I make money as a non-diet coach? How do I  create a stable income so I have no doubt in my income?  I can’t launch my BIZ until I’m perfect in my IE and BI?  How to convince my clients this is the right approach?  How do I reassure my clients that it’s ok not to diet?  How do I figure out my ideal client and how do I speak to them?  Simple marketing process, please...  How to answer body image questions?  Because of COVID, people aren’t willing to buy anything, should I wait to launch my BIZ?  Scope of practice?  I’ve never been on a diet but I eat whole food and organic food. Or I make healthy choices normally? Can I teach intuitive eating?  How do I find a scientific way to promote IE?  How do I incorporate nutrition science in IE?  Outline a 1-1 session with a client?  How do you present a problem to a client without being insensitive?  I’m afraid they are going to think I think it’s all in their head?  How much free stuff do I need to give?  How do I use my communication to get more clients?  Quality versus quantity marketing?  How do I get myself out there?  How do I get my clients to see value in me as a coach?  Covid is making things challenging? Nothing I can do…  I have a tendency to make things complicated… how do I resist it?  I’m on social media and nothing is happening... Why?  If a client doesn’t reach her goals, what does it mean about me as a coach?   Ready? Let’s do this Non-Diet Q&A! Mentioned in the show: PRO Mentorship Program Free Intake Forms PRO Series - Free Training & Resources PRO Podcast Series - Full Listing

Dec 2020

26 min 23 sec