The Body Image Series

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#193: Body Image Series: Dieting & Body Shame As Coping Mechanisms

In this episode I talk about:

  • The concept of “emotional dieting” and “emotional weight fixation,”
  • How emotional dieting distracts us from getting at the real issue and keeps us turning to diets for an answer,
  • That it’s normal for life to feel out of control sometimes and there’s not always a quick fix or way to control it,
  • That we’ve been conditioned to think that our bodies are a problem, so it’s no surprise when that becomes our way of thinking about ourselves or processing emotions,
  • Some common triggers for diet fixation,
  • The importance of identifying where your sense of fulfilment is not being met in life,
  • Why this makes accepting your body so hard,
  • How freeing it is to get comfortable experiencing the messiness of being a human being,
  • Why the pandemic has been so hard on people’s body image,
  • How to separate from these things in order to truly move forward,
  • That you should lead with curiosity and know that your body is not the problem,
  • Plus, so much more!

#191: Body Image Series: Weight Set Point Theory & Your Relationship To It

In this episode I talk about:

  • What the weight set point theory is,
  • How we don’t have as much control over our weight as we’ve been led to believe,
  • The factors that can influence our body size and how they’re mostly out of our control,
  • How dieting impacts our set point,
  • How a HAES approach can help you learn to trust your body,
  • Why the idea of a set point can trigger the diet mentality,
  • Why we need to disconnect with the idea of a goal weight,
  • What to focus on instead of getting to your set point,
  • That there is a grieving process involved in moving forward,
  • Why our happiness and acceptance can’t be conditional on achieving a certain body size,
  • Plus so much more!

#188: Body Image Series: When you “intellectually get it” but still feel bad in your body

In this episode I talk about:

  • How this feeling is incredibly common,
  • A useful analogy between becoming a parent and starting on the path to a positive body image,
  • TWO things we can do to feel better in our bodies and why one of them is WAY more powerful than the other,
  • Where “intellectually getting it” sits within the 4 stages of acceptance and how to bust past that barrier,
  • Why you have to be intentional about challenging your negative thoughts,
  • That it’s normal to still have bad body days,
  • ONE question to visit daily to propel you towards giving less F’s about your body,
  • Plus so much more!

#187: Body Image Series: Does Body Acceptance Mean You’ll Let Yourself Go?

In this episode I talk about:

  • Why we believe body acceptance feels like letting ourselves go,
  • That diet-culture wants you to believe you’re a failure and you’re giving up if you opt-out,
  • The difference between healthy and unhealthy self-care and why acceptance supports the former,
  • Examples of healthy self-care and how it comes from a place of compassion and kindness,
  • Examples of unhealthy self-care and how it comes from a place of inadequacy,
  • The three main fears to challenge and call-out in order to move to a place where acceptance feels doable,
  • How when we hinge our self-worth on the external, we’re never going to feel good enough,
  • Two game-changing reframes on acceptance to make it feel totally doable,
  • How acceptance is a life-long, daily practice,
  • Plus so much more!

#186: Body Image Series: How NOT to respond to negative thoughts about your body…

In this episode I talk about:

  • Potential sources of negative body thoughts and how they’re exacerbated during the pandemic,
  • The THREE things we’re typically told to do to change our thoughts and why you should avoid them,
  • A way to visualize how your brain evolves to think about self-doubt and self-compassion,
  • How our negative thoughts tend to stick more than the positive ones,
  • How our inner-critic is an innocent part of us that exists to protect us from threats,
  • The TWO things that need to happen in order for our thoughts to change,
  • The importance of working with your inner-critic,
  • The ONE question to ask yourself to start to work on changing your negative body thoughts, Plus, so much more!
  • Plus so much more!

#185: Body Image Series: What to do if you still want to lose weight (the answer might surprise you)

In this episode I talk about:

  • What it means if you still want to lose weight,
  • How body image is hard-coded in us from birth,
  • How this work is more than just embracing your “flaws,” it’s about cultivating a sense of worthiness outside of your appearance,
  • Three things that cause us to feel bad about our bodies and why rejecting these is so important,
  • The need to be critical of the cultural influences around us,
  • That the longer you stay in the diet cycle, the harder it is to accept your body,
  • The game-changing REFRAME that will help you get a lot closer to body neutrality (seriously, my clients love me for this),
  • The ONE thing you need to get clear on to help you feel better in your body,
  • That we have nothing to lose by being kinder to ourselves,
  • Plus so much more!

#180 – Body Image Series: Where Our Body Image Comes From

In this episode I talk about:

  • How systems of oppression impact body image and how we’re treated in our society,
  • What body image is and symptoms of poor body image,
  • The importance of knowing that your self-worth isn’t dictated by your appearance or how other people feel about you,
  • How our culture has taught us that only certain bodies are worthy,
    Beauty as social currency,
  • How feelings of inadequacy don’t disappear if you change your body to be more in line with beauty standards,
  • How the desire to fit beauty standards is hardcoded in our DNA,
  • How external systems of oppression create internalized oppressions,
  • That this is a systemic and cultural issue and it is not your fault,
  • How we internalize experiences that make us feel like we’re not good enough and allow them to shape how we feel about our bodies,
  • Questions you can use to examine your past and be curious about where your body image came from,
  • The importance of tending to your past wounds in order to heal,
  • Plus so much more!

#175: Body Image Series: 4 Misconceptions About Body Acceptance

In this episode I talk about:

  • How body acceptance doesn’t mean loving every part of your body,
  • That body acceptance doesn’t follow the magical thinking of diet culture,
  • Learning to be more compassionate with yourself,
  • Facing and rejecting the fears that keep us from acceptance,
  • Welcoming bad days along with the good ones,
  • How when we are owning who we are it is often uncomfortable, but also the most gratifying,
  • The importance of choosing yourself and making space for all the different parts of yourself,
  • That taking care of yourself looks different to everyone and can change day to day,
  • How body acceptance is intertwined with self-care,
  • That this is a process and the work is continuous,
  • The importance of speaking more compassionately to yourself,
  • Why this work is not about eliminating self-doubt completely,
  • The resilience that comes out of doing this work,
  • Plus so much more!

#163 – Body Image Series: How to Stop Caring About What Other People Think (Overcoming Fear of Judgment)

In this episode I talk about:

  • Why we fear judgment and how this is ingrained in us,
  • What these fears can teach us about ourselves,
  • Why understanding the source of our fear of what others are thinking is integral to healing self-worth,
  • 7 ways to overcome fear of judgment,
  • Your free worksheet – 5 Ways to Navigate Social Situations When Feeling Self-Conscious,
  • Plus so much more!

#162 – Body Image Series: Overcoming Comparisons

In this episode I talk about:

  • Why we compare and why it’s not our fault,
  • The main belief that drives us to compare,
  • Why comparisons are one of the hardest things to overcome,
  • 8 actions to take to stop comparisons,
  • Your free worksheet – 6 Ways We’ve Been Conditioned to Compare,
  • Plus so much more!

#161 – Body Image Series: Detaching From The Thin Ideal

In this episode I talk about:

  • Why it’s so hard to break the attachment to the thin ideal,
  • Why no one should feel ashamed for wanting to lose weight,
  • Why breaking the attachment to the thin ideal is a crucial part of body acceptance work,
  • How to identify and work through the fears that keep us hooked on the thin ideal,
  • The 5 main fears that keep us hooked on the thin ideal and diet mentality,
  • Your free worksheet – Goodbye Diet Culture – 5 prompts to help you break up with diet culture for good,
  • Plus so much more!

#160 – Body Image Series: Believing You Are Good Enough (Self-Worth)

In this episode I talk about:

  • What gets in the way of feeling good enough,
  • How our “shoulds” feed the belief that we’re not good enough,
  • What is self-worth and why it’s so damn important for you to feel good enough,
  • The difference between confidence and self-worth,
  • How perfectionism influences our self-worth,
  • 8 components to build self-worth,
  • Your free worksheet – 10 Powerful Ways To Reinforce That You’re Good Enough,
  • Plus so much more!

#159 – Body Image Series: Intuitive Eating & Body Image

In this episode I talk about:

  • Why body dissatisfaction drives the diet mentality,
  • Why accepting our bodies doesn’t mean giving up,
  • 5 ways that body image work will facilitate healing your relationship with food,
  • What it means to “trust yourself” around food and how to overcome that hurdle if you feel like you just can’t,
  • Your free worksheet – Eat Like A Grown-Ass Adult – 4 prompts to inspire you to live your life without diets,
  • Plus so much more!

#158 – Body Image Series: How To Feel Better In Your Body

In this episode I talk about:

  • The body image series of podcast episodes I’m going to be doing,
  • Why I intertwine the words self-worth and body image,
  • The biggest mistake we make when trying to feel better in our body,
  • The one question to ask yourself when working on feeling better in your body,
  • 7 ways to feel better in your body mentally,
  • How to feel better in your body physically,
  • Your free worksheet with 5 actions to immediately feel better in your body,
  • Plus so much more!

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