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On the Listen to Your Body Podcast, we explore the intersection of body, mind, and soul health and help you reclaim your abilities to eat and move more intuitively, listen to your body, and trust yourself more deeply. Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and strength coach Steph Gaudreau hosts this mix of expert guest interviews and solo chats that will help you deepen your trust with food, movement, and your body. You’ll hear about Intuitive Eating, nutritional therapy, and how they can overlap to move you toward authentic health; developing a more intuitive body movement practice; mindset and mental health; building body acceptance, body neutrality, and positive body image; working with emotions and emotional health; and how to support spiritual well-being.
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Do you remember when I used to be ‘Stupid Easy Paleo’? A lot of you are curious as to why I am no longer paleo and the complete rebranding I did in 2018. So, I decided to share my real, truthful, nitty-gritty story with you all for this week's episode. Key Takeaways If You Are Starting To See The Cracks In Your Own Relationship With Food and Diets You Should: Be honest with yourself about your disordered eating habits and how diet culture perpetuates them Be gentle with yourself when unlearning what you have been taught by diet culture and discovering what foods you actually enjoy Get rid of the all or nothing mentality when it comes to food and stop restricting yourself How I Got Here In 2018 I had a realization. I realized that I had been carrying my disordered eating and relationship with my body through the various stages of my life, masking it with different diets and exercise regimes.  When I first heard about paleo in 2010, my most significant thought was ‘will this help me get smaller?’. While I did learn some good things from paleo, over time, the rules, restrictions, and arguments I had with people about whether or not something ‘is’ or ‘isn't paleo was making me exhausted. That’s when I realized something had to change. Restriction Isn’t Helping Anybody The more I learned about the origins of diet culture and the harm that comes from approaching ‘taking care of our health’ in a way that is restrictive and an all-or-nothing mentality, I knew I had to burn what I thought I knew down to the ground.  When you are able to take the guilt and shame out of your relationship with food and stop thinking about food 24/7, you can come back to yourself. You are always and have always been worthy no matter your body size or appearance, and my mission is to help you get back to being the intuitive eater that you were born as. Do you see yourself reflected in my story? How is your story different than mine? Share your thoughts with me in the comments on the episode page.   In This Episode Why I do what I do and care about the work that I am doing (12:29) Acknowledging the positive things I learned from paleo (19:10) How to stop letting your relationship with food keep you scared and complacent (28:40) The signs that made me realize that paleo was not for me and something had to change (32:02) Why I decided to rebrand myself and my company and embrace another way (35:55)   Quotes “We always have a choice. We are faced with new information all day, every day, and we get to decide how and if we want to incorporate that information into our new viewpoint of the world and our perspective.” (3:32) “I feel like I wasn't living my life because I was so invested in dieting, and shrinking myself, and making myself smaller.” (12:41) “This is when I started to become aware of the fact that my thinking around food was occupying a lot of my time. Prior to that, it was just something that happened, I didn't have that outside looking in awareness of ‘this is kind of fucked up’.” (23:53) “I started to learn about bigger issues, things like diet culture. And then it all started to make sense.” (33:38) “I think that is my biggest point to you today, is learning to find the wiggle room, removing the guilt and the shame, recognizing that some of these smaller dietary choices are not going to cause you some kind of crazy significant harm.” (44:42)   Featured on the Show Join the Tune In Membership Here Instead of Weight Loss, Focus on This Blog Post Mindful Eating Tool Emotional Eating Workshop 1-1 Intuitive Eating Coaching Jamie Scott P3 Athletica Website Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 321: Is Body Positivity for You?
I want you to think back to 2011. What were you doing a decade ago? I was unhappy with different aspects of my life, feeling restless, and starting to think I should do something else. It took me two years, but in 2013 I changed my career and haven't looked back since. If you have an inkling that something isn't quite right in your life but are getting stuck on the road to making that change, this is the episode for you. Key Takeaways If You Want To Get Out Of the Information Overload Stage You Should: Do your research but know when you have done enough  Be honest with yourself about where you are at in the stages of change Meet yourself with grace and compassion Challenge yourself to take action Finding Your Intuitive Eating Sweet Spot When making a change in your life, big or small, there is a tendency to get caught up in the learning phase. Often we don't want to jump into something until we feel 100% ready, but the truth is that if you wait to feel completely ready, you will be waiting forever.  Diet culture tells us to outsource our health decisions which creates a ‘one size fits all’ approach to our bodies. This is simply not the case, and intuitive eating encourages you to find the sweet spot between those external values and your own body's attunement. While information can help you prepare for this next phase of your life, it is important to remember that you need to find the middle ground between preparing and actually taking action. The 6 Stages of Change Consuming information makes us feel like we are doing something when it is really aiding us in procrastinating on making the change we are contemplating. There are six stages of change, and it is important to be honest with yourself about what stage you are at and remember that after every speed bump comes a new cycle.  Doing your research is great. But when you are able to take the information you have gathered and challenge yourself to take action, that is where the real magic happens. Intuitive eating is a combination of active learning and experiential learning, and it's up to you to get out there and do the thing. What stage of change do you feel that you are at with your relationship with food? Let me know in the comments on the episode page.   In This Episode How to move from gathering information to practicing and taking action (5:40) Discover the sweet spot of authentic health and how to achieve it (10:30) The stages of change and how to gain insight on where you are in your journey and what next steps you should take (14:00) What to do if you are ready to take action but are getting stuck in the preparation phase (21:55) Why you shouldn’t wait until you are 100% ready to start your intuitive eating journey (30:12)   Quotes “There are so many places that you can get stuck, and one of them is information overload.” (2:02) “How can we find that middle ground? How can we find the overlap? That is really why putting intuitive eating principles into practice is so important, because it helps to combat only loading yourself with information.” (13:22) “Where are you at with your own relationship with food and coming to a kinder place that isn’t so ‘all or nothing’? I want you to think about that.” (21:48) “At the end of the day, you can read the book, you can read the workbook, you can listen to all of the podcasts, you can read all the anti-diet books, you can do all of that. And some things may change...but intuitive eating by its very nature is an active experiential process.” (24:42) “Give yourself grace, it is a process. If you feel like you are going to wait until you are 100% ready, you are going to be waiting forever.” (30:28)   Featured on the Show Join the Tune In Membership Here Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 304: What is Gentle Nutrition? (Intuitive Eating Principle 10) LTYB 257: Taking A Good Look At Your Relationship With Food with Rachel Dash-Dougherty LTYB 242: Limiting Beliefs with Allegra Stein
There is a big difference between feeling positive about your body and the body positivity movement, but it can be a very nuanced topic to understand. While diet culture is part of a more extensive set of oppressive systems to people with marginalized identities, the body positivity movement has moved so far away from how it started. Social justice and body positivity are heavily intersected, and it takes some time to unpack just how deeply that runs in our society. Key Takeaways If You Want To Understand The Difference Between Body Positivity and the Body Positivity Movement, You Should: Educate yourself about the history of the body positivity movement Understand the systemic ways that people in marginalized bodies are oppressed  Unfollow anyone who is co-opting the body positivity movement with disproportionate motivations The Difference Between Body Positivity and Systemic Oppression The body positivity movement has started to center around people who don’t represent the individuals that this movement was really created by and for. Although originally created for people in marginalized bodies, we have seen a change in the ‘face’ of body positivity shifting away from marginalized bodies and towards others that are co-opting the movement.  While it is still totally possible and common for people in straighter size bodies to dislike their bodies and relationships with food, it is not the same as experiencing the kind of systemic discrimination and oppression that people in larger bodies experience every single day. What You Can Do To Stop the Co-Opting There is still judgment for people in larger bodies who embrace the body positivity movement in the same way that people in non-marginalized bodies do. By being clearer and discerning with the terms that we use on social media and in real life, we can stop the systematic oppression found in the body positivity movement and start including the people who might not look like you.  With some learning, some listening, and some questioning, you can start to peel back the layers of the body positivity onion and understand the time and place of these hard things. How are you going to dig deeper into the differences between body positivity, fatphobia, and the systemic oppression of marginalized bodies? Share your thoughts with me in the comments on the episode page.   In This Episode A brief history of the body positivity movement and why you shouldn’t co-opt it if you are in a straight size body (5:54) How social media has impacted the body positivity movement and plays into oppressive narratives (14:35) The difference between systemic oppression and discrimination because of the body that you are in (17:58) How movements aimed at people with marginalized bodies are being subsumed by people who they were not designed for (20:20) Suggestions to help you be more clear and discerning around your understanding of body positivity (24:27)   Quotes “It is kind of important to bring up this idea of co-opting, and how it removes the emphasis away from the people or the concepts that it was really designed to support.” (7:52) “You start to see that predominantly thin, white, young, cisgender people who are being featured as the ‘faces’ of body positivity. And that is so different from the origins of the fat acceptance movement.” (15:46) “What I am trying to say in this episode is that yes, you may have negative feelings about your body. Even if your body is very thin, you may still have body dysmorphia, you could still have an eating disorder, you could still have disordered eating, you could still not like your body. But it’s still not the same as experiencing the kind of systemic discrimination and oppression that people in larger bodies experience every single day.” (19:10) “There is a difference between feeling bad about your body and experiencing systemic discrimination.” (22:23) “I don’t want you to just listen to me; I want you to really go seek out and follow and listen to people who are in larger bodies as a start.” (27:44)   Featured on the Show Join the Tune In Membership Here Fearing The Black Body by Sabrina Strings Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 313: How To Stop a Bad Body Image Day in Its Tracks with Brianna Campos LTYB 320: Why You Can’t Shame Yourself Into Changing Your Body LTYB 302: Finding Joy & Acceptance in Fitness for Every Body with Kanoa Greene
Are you feeling shameful around your body and trying to use that shame as a motivator to make changes? I have some bad news for you; it is not going to work. Shame not only has a profoundly negative impact on our mental health, but it is also harmful to how we see ourselves as people and our ability to make long-lasting change. Key Takeaways If You Want To Stop Shaming Yourself Or Letting Others Shame You, You Should: Block and delete any negative talk or energy out of your life Get curious about where your shame and where your self-judgment is coming from Start to notice what is truly coming from inside of you  Get clear on your personal values and your 'here and now' motivators Why Shame Doesn’t Work Shame comes from a very internalized place of believing that you are inherently flawed. Shame is different from guilt, which is a contextualized feeling about something you did rather than who you are.  Shame is scientifically proven to be a debilitating emotion that can come from external and internal narratives that are systematically pushed upon us. Shame, especially when it comes from the outside, negatively impacts how we see ourselves as people, and makes us hide, get smaller, and remove ourselves. How To Create Sustainable Change Shaming yourself or hating yourself into change simply does not work and can greatly impact how you see yourself and others. Social media and the patriarchy are only exacerbating this issue, which is why it is essential to treat yourself with kindness and approach change in a way that feels good to you. Instead of operating from a place of shame, challenge yourself to create change in a way that feels sustainable and good. Block that body-shaming Instagram account, stop engaging with ‘concern trollers’, and get curious about where your thoughts are coming from. When you have patience with yourself and stop linking your self-worth to your body size or shape, real change can happen. Are you ready to stop using shame as a motivator, only to end up feeling worse about yourself? Share how you are going to tweak your mindset away from shame with me in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode How guilt and shame play out in how you feel about yourself and changing your body (9:03) Scientific examples of how shame and guilt can impact your physical and mental health (13:15) The difference between guilt and shame and why shame is harmful to who we are as people (16:50) Why concern trolling is a serious problem for those in marginalized bodies on social media (23:20) Simple tips if you are falling into patterns of shame for yourself and negative self-talk (30:55)   Quotes “Shame is a normal human experience, but this chronically feeling shameful can be really harmful for our health, especially the mental health aspect of our overall health.” (14:30) “That was so powerful, and really put it into perspective of why shaming people for their bodies does damage, and why shame for ourselves is really something to investigate and heal if it is persistent.” (16:47) “Guilt may be more powerful in terms of helping us make change, and maybe less harmful to us if we are really able to make things right. But shame, especially when it comes from other people, is so damaging to us, and it can be really harmful to our health, really harmful to our mental state, and really harmful to how we see ourselves as people.” (20:59) “Thoughts affect feelings and feelings drive our actions. So if you feel guilty, or shameful or shitty, generally speaking, how do you act or react? It is typically not going to be a change you feel really great about.” (30:24) “Getting clear about a motivator in your life that is coming from a place of expansiveness, possibility, curiosity, growth, and transformation is far more powerful than hating yourself into change.” (34:59)   Featured on the Show Join the Tune In Membership Here Mindful Eating Tool The Scientific Underpinnings and Impacts of Shame Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 318: How Diet Culture Fails Us LTYB 313: How To Stop a Bad Body Image Day in Its Tracks with Brianna Campos
Why Fitspo Needs To Die

Why Fitspo Needs To Die

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When you think about diet culture, do you think about how it has affected your relationship with fitness? Often times we focus on how diet culture impacts our relationship with food, but it also has a profound effect on our connection to exercise and fitness.  The fitspo mentality promotes a narrow ideal that is widely unachievable, keeps us stuck in the patriarchal system of having to prove our worth, and harms us by taking us further away from listening to our bodies. Key Takeaways If You Are Ready To See Fitspo Die You Should: Get curious about how diet culture shows up in your life in a non-judgemental way Redefine what fitness means to you and how you can enjoy it without trying to change your body Reject the ‘no days off’ mentality and start listening to the signals from your body telling you what it needs The Real Meaning of Fitness Dan John defines fitness as your ability to do a task. That’s it. Nothing about the way you look, the amount of muscle you have, or your ability to look like the ‘fit’ people you see on Instagram.  Society has adopted coded language around fitness that seeks to limit and control a woman’s ability to show up in a certain way when it comes to fitness. In reality, you can include movement in your life in a way that is healthy for you right now and has no connection to the way you look. Your relationship with exercise should bring you satisfaction and make you feel good in your here and now body without the pressure of intentional weight-loss or body changes. How Fitspo Harms Us Fitspo harms us in more ways than one. Firstly, it promotes a narrow and privileged version of a certain ‘look’. It also promotes a ‘no days off’ mentality, that scares us into believing that if we rest, we are not worthy, are not strong, or are going to lose our gains. This is simply not true and keeps us stuck in the mentality of proving our worth and exercising solely to change the way our bodies look. One of the biggest ways fitspo harms us is by preventing us from listening to our bodies. Your body will tell you if it needs rest and if it is enjoying the type of movement you are engaging with. While getting to know your body in the physical exercise capacity is very personal and takes time, listening to your body’s signals is the only way that you are going to get over the fitspo mentality. Are you ready to embrace a version of fitness that is accessible, inclusive, and doesn’t focus on changing your body? Share how you are embracing movement for the sake of movement and rejecting the fitspo life in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode Defining what fitness really is and why we need to broaden our understanding of it (3:55) Why the words used around fitness and fitspo promote a narrow ideal look (9:36) How the ‘no days off’ mentality continues to keep us stuck in proving our worth and value based on our fitness (13:40) The role of social media when promoting fitness as a weight-loss tool (18:56) How fitspo is harming us by preventing us from listening to our bodies feedback (22:44)   Quotes “Diet culture doesn’t just impact your relationship with food, it also has a prevalent impact on how we see fitness talked about, displayed, and some of the mentalities that are related to fitness.” (3:01) “Dan John says fitness is your ability to do a task, so right there, your ability to do a task, your ability to complete a specific physical task typically is what fitness really is. And yet we as a society constantly reduce fitness to a look.” (7:49) “If you are pursuing a specific type of fitness because there is a promise of a specific aesthetic look, is that actually 1) realistic for your body type? And 2) is it actually really bringing you a sense of fulfillment?” (12:45) “It’s worth thinking about how pushing through and saying ‘I can’t take any days off, I am not allowed a rest day if I take a rest day I’m lazy, I’m a loser, I’m a slacker, I’m going to lose all of my progress’, how does that mentality keep us from really tuning in and listening to our bodies?” (24:00) “The other way that fitspo harms us is it takes the emphasis off all of the other reasons why exercise can be fun and beneficial that have really nothing to do with weight loss or body size control.” (28:55)   Featured on the Show Join the Tune In Membership Here Chrissy King Article Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 318: How Diet Culture Fails Us LTYB 302: Finding Joy & Acceptance in Fitness for Every Body with Kanoa Greene LTYB 295: Changing The Way You View Fitness with Simone Tchouke LTYB 162: Toning
Diet culture is a symptom of an oppressive system that underpins so many of the ways we show up in the world. It prevents us from being present, enjoying the people we love and the things we enjoy, and stops us from caring for ourselves. Although we do not consent to diet culture, we have to deal with the fallout of generations of both men and women playing into the ‘rewards’ of diet culture, while ignoring all of the risks. Key Takeaways If You Are Ready To Reclaim What Diet Culture Has Stolen From You, You Should: Filter your feed and the messages you receive to stop perpetuating the cycle of diet culture Stop living your life based on what you think is okay or not okay with your body Acknowledge the ways diet culture has stolen your life experiences and step away from that oppressive system Find a support system that will encourage you to reclaim what diet culture has taken from you What Diet Culture Steals From Us Diet culture keeps us small in every sense of the word. It keeps us striving for an unattainable and constantly changing body ideal, it keeps us distracted and dulled from using our power, and it keeps us from enjoying life experiences and the people we love.  We were not put on this Earth to achieve a perfect body and then die. Often we don’t even realize what diet culture is stealing from us because we are so immersed in it. I guarantee that when you look back at your life, the people you love will not remember if you have cellulite, they will remember how you made them feel and the memories that you were able to enjoy together. The Real Risks of Diet Culture Diet culture doesn’t just make us play small or hold back on our dreams and chase impossible body ideals; it can actually take our lives from us in every sense of the world. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness out there, but the corporations and companies that fed us this swill only focus on diet culture benefits, not the downsides. Unpacking and unlearning diet culture takes time and requires self-compassion and connection. While it is not going to happen overnight, just understanding the risks that are very real if we continue to let diet culture perpetuate our lives is a great first step. Are you ready to stop letting diet culture steal your zest for life? Share which of my suggestions you are going to implement to step away from diet culture and reclaim the things that diet culture has stolen from you in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode Breaking down what diet culture is and what it has taken from us (5:40) A shortlist of the ways that diet culture has stolen from us as a collective whole (14:00) Understanding why diet culture promotes an ideal that is not attainable for many of us instead of health-promoting behaviors (23:40) Why you shouldn’t mistake body bashing for bonding (30:45) Statistics explaining the toll diet culture is taking on us around disordered eating and eating disorders (33:10)   Quotes “I think we need to name how we are harmed by diet culture in these ways, how diet culture has failed us.” (13:59) “Diet culture makes us play small and it makes us hold back on our dreams.” (17:39) “Diet culture steals our life from us, it makes us pull back from having the experiences and participating in all of the things that we love, the people we want to be with. And those are really the experiences that stick and that matter.” (21:34) “When you decide to start unpacking diet culture and start moving away from these practices in your own life, you need support. Do not do this on your own because you will quickly become overwhelmed and subsumed by this larger dominant system.” (32:17) “The toll that diet culture is taking on us is heavy, and the corporations and companies and diet industry, they are not forthcoming about the risks, they are not forthcoming about the downsides.” (34:06)   Featured on the Show Join the Tune In Membership Here Mindful Eating Tool National Eating Disorders Association Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 317: Diet Culture and the Patriarchy  LTYB 316: What Food Freedom Is (And Isn’t) LTYB 298: How to Show Up More Authentically with Grace Edison
Have you ever stopped to consider that dieting and the diet industry work to keep us busy and distracted as a result of the patriarchy? The constant pursuit of body perfection tries to keep us spinning on a hamster wheel so that we do not have the time or energy for anything else, and that needs to stop now. Key Takeaways If You Want To Start Uncovering How Dieting and the Patriarchy You Can: Stop equating healthiness to weight Accept that you have a skewed perception of your body Challenge yourself to think about how you perpetuate diet culture in the patriarchy Take steps to actively put your time and energy into something different than body perfection The System Was Built To Make Us Fail When we are preoccupied with the scale and food restrictions, we shrink ourselves literally and metaphorically. The ideal body comes from decades of the patriarchy that is reinforced by everything around you. The system is designed to oppress women-identifying folks, while the ideal body keeps changing. The time, resources, and attention that pursuit of body perfection takes is just simply not worth it. It is about damn time that we get off this hamster wheel and focus on something other than our bodies. Reinvesting Your Energy How often do you compliment someone on their looks as the first thing you say about them? Can you imagine how much time and energy you could get back if you started questioning the influence of the patriarchy on our endless pursuit for body perfection?  Instead of focusing on what could go wrong or what you could miss out on if you start feeding into this internalized intersection of diet and the patriarchy, think about all the things you could gain if you stopped focusing on controlling the way you look.  I truly believe that we were not put on this planet to work ourselves to achieve the perfect body. Your energy, your spirit, and your magic could all be being wasted on the patriarchal view of body perfection, and you are worth so much more than that. How are you working to stop internalizing and perpetuating the intersection of diet culture and the patriarchy? Let me know how your challenge went this week in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode Examples of ways that diet culture keeps us distracted from the world around us (6:10) The role of the patriarchy and how it is woven into oppressive systems (11:50) Why we need to tease apart health and weight and accept body diversity (17:42) The problem with BMI and how it plays into body dysmorphia (20:00) A special challenge for you to take away from this episode (23:23)   Quotes “Dieting for the sake of body perfection keeps us distracted from everything else going on in the world because it is all-consuming.” (6:15) “We have this constantly being reinforced to us from a very young age that if we look the part if we look a certain way like these body ideals and beauty ideals, that we will be more worthy, that we will be better people. And it is absolutely a tool of the patriarchy.” (11:58) “Because of body diversity, some people in larger bodies are in great health, just like some people in smaller bodies are in terrible health.” (19:06) “We live in a patriarchal society, we live in a fatphobic society, we live in a white supremacist society, where all of these things are consistently reinforced. So it is not our fault.” (22:42) “How can you take your idea of worth, your own worth or what you appreciate about someone else, and expand that? What energy would that buy you back?” (27:14)   Featured on the Show If you're ready to get free with food and fitness, check out the Tune In Membership Mindful Eating Tool More Than A Body by Lindsay Kite & Lexi Kite Body Image With Bri Instagram Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 316: What Food Freedom Is (And Isn’t) LTYB 214: 6 Reasons BMI is Bullshit LTYB 313: How To Stop A Bady Body Image Day In Its Tracks with Brianna Campos
Finding true food freedom is a nuanced discussion that has roots in many important conversations. The patriarchy, race, gender, body autonomy, and diet culture are just a few of the systems involved in bringing awareness to the food you are eating and how you are treating your body. Key Takeaways If You Want To Find Food Freedom You Should: Lean into your bodies wisdom and give yourself permission to shake off diet and exercise extremes Relearn how to connect with yourself and what you enjoy through mindful eating Question the voices of the food police and start embracing nutrition from a non-diet perspective Focus on health-promoting behaviors instead of intentional weight loss Listening To Your Body’s Signals I want you to feel the freedom to question what we have been taught about the ‘right way to eat’. Mindful eating is a great place to start, and it can help you relearn how to connect with yourself and what you enjoy. Nutrition from a non-diet perspective may seem like a strange concept, but it is only by raising your awareness and opening the door that you can stop pursuing perfection and start listening to your body’s signals. What Is Food Freedom? Food freedom does not mean restricting yourself, going back to eating ‘regularly’, and then if you begin to feel yourself ‘falling off the wagon’ or ‘losing control’, that the solution is to go back to the restriction.  Food freedom is embracing the freedom to eat foods that make you feel good, that are enjoyable and satisfying, and are without unnecessary restriction. Food freedom means eating in a way that enhances your life, and that is helpful to your mind, and body, and emotions, and spirit, and culture. Health Over Perfection Young girls should not be growing up in a diet culture, fatphobic world. You are inherently worthy and valuable no matter what, and we deserve better than a lifetime of hating our bodies and thinking we are worthless because we don’t fit the mold.  Instead of focusing on intentional weight loss, I challenge you to focus on embracing health-promoting behaviors. The pursuit of perfection isn’t getting you anywhere, and it is time to stop denying our own magic just because we don’t fit the mold diet culture has laid out for us. What conversations are you excited to have in 2021? Share your thoughts with me in the comments on the episode page.   In This Episode Defining what I mean by ‘food freedom’ and the importance of nuance when discussing it (6:31) The role of intuitive eating and mindful eating when incorporating food freedom (10:37) Why food freedom is not an individualist pursuit and instead is about the larger community (14:50) Breaking down the reason why I do this work and why I feel it is so important (19:25) The problem with intentional weight loss and the complex world of body autonomy (27:15)   Quotes “The freedom to eat foods that make you feel good, foods that are enjoyable and satisfying, the freedom to eat without extremes, the freedom to eat without unnecessary restriction, the freedom to eat in a way that is enhancing to your life and not detracting from your life, the freedom to eat in a way that is helpful to your mind and your body and your emotions and your spirit and your culture, the freedom to eat foods that are important from your culture… that’s what I mean by food freedom.” (9:31) “No matter what body you are in, no matter your health status, no matter your size, no matter your ability or disability, you f*cking deserve respect, and you need to give other people respect in return.” (12:25) “Can we individually think about our food behaviors and practices and what we eat, while also holding that there is also a larger context? That is going to be really important going forward.” (15:18) “We only get one shot at this life, as we are right now, and to live with such dissatisfaction of our own magic, and our own gifts and talents and worthiness because we don’t have perfect bodies, crushed me. And at that moment I said, ‘you know what, this has to change’.” (25:52) “If I am critical on this podcast of diet culture and the influence of the patriarchy on how we live our lives, especially as women, it is not a criticism of you as an individual.” (29:53)   Featured on the Show If you're ready to get free with food and fitness, check out the Tune In Membership Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
With the new year here and 2020 in the past, I'm looking both back and ahead. In this solo episode, join me as I share three lessons I learned during the challenges brought by 2020, the top five episodes of last year, and a sneak peak of what's to come in a new season of the podcast starting next week. Key Takeaways 2020 brought demands to shift and pivot; to embrace the both/and; and to ask a lot of questions and get curious The top five episodes of last year centered around non-diet intuitive eating and body image A new season of the podcast starts next week with a bit of a shift...stay tuned Top 3 Lessons from 2020 There's so much to be said about 2020. A year of so much unexpected change, upheaval, loss, and sadness. I learned a lot about having to be flexible, the challenge of holding competing emotions simultaneously, and the importance of creating meaning based more on what comes from inside when I ask questions. It was not easy. By no means did I shine at these lessons like a star pupil. Quite the contrary. It's all messy.  My hope is that these lessons will resonate for you or at the very least, help you see things from a different perspective. Dismantling Diet Culture The top five podcasts of last year definitely had a theme: diet culture...specifically looking at diet culture from many angles and seeing the need to move toward a kinder, more compassionate, and more inclusive version of nutrition and fitness. Between guests and solo episodes, we shared many aspects of moving away from dietary and exercise extremes and toward an approach where we listen more to our bodies and let our inner wisdom lead.  The top five episodes were: 268 - 5 Ways to Build Body Respect 275 - The Anti-Diet Approach to Eating with Evelyn Tribole 287 - Top 5 Things to Know Before You Start Intuitive Eating 289 - How to Ditch Dieting (Intuitive Eating Principle 1) 313 - How to Stop a Bad Body Image Day with Bri Campos A Look Ahead to the Podcast in 2021 I'm excited to share that a new season of the podcast is kicking off next week with episode 316. There will be a refreshed content focus, new guests, and maybe even a new look.  Stay tuned for the unveiling! Share your key takeaways from this episode with me in the comments section of the episode page. In This Episode Celebrating a major milestone  3 lessons I learned in 2020  The top 5 podcast episodes of 2020  What's coming in the new season of the podcast  Featured on the Show If you're ready to get free with food and fitness, check out the Tune In Membership Follow me on Instagram and join the conversation about food, fitness, and letting your body lead. Angie Jordan - podcast strategist Subscribe on iTunes Related Episodes 267 - My 2020 Theme + Meditation
With the new year rapidly approaching, you might be thinking about your goals for 2021. What if those goals had nothing to do with your pant size? I challenge you to reframe how you are working on your health without directly connecting them to your body size. Key Takeaways If You Want To Set Health Goals That Don’t Include Weight Loss, You Should: Reframe your mindset by unraveling diet culture and embracing what feels true to you Approach your mental, emotional, and spiritual health in the same regard as your physical health Work toward a mindset of self-care on all levels and focus on total body health rather than weight loss Creating Goals That Aren't Based On Your Size A fellow Steph is here to help me unpack what it means to set health goals that have nothing to do with weight loss. Steph Dodier is an intuitive eating coach who went from being culturally embedded in diet culture to radically reframing what it means to work on your health without it being connected to your body size. Steph is passionate about helping women live healthy without being on a diet and sharing her techniques for living a healthy lifestyle separate from society's desire to fit into a smaller body. Unraveling Diet Culture Change is only possible when it happens at the core of who you are. Unraveling diet culture can genuinely shake the foundation of who you are or what you thought you believed in. While this can seem daunting, it is important to see this new mindset as an opportunity to analyze where your previous thoughts have come from and whether they truly align with what you want. Viewing your mindset as an opportunity to break away from the definition of health that diet culture has co-opted and instead embrace your own definition of health is the first step to understanding what true health really is. Food Freedom in 2021 How do you define health? While advertisements tell us that your health is solely physical, it is truly a combination of the four bodies, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. By redistributing your energy to all four components of your overall health, you can work towards health in every aspect of the term. 2021 is the year that you can work towards freedom and focus on being healthier rather than just smaller. Steph’s voice is the voice you need to ring in the new year and can help you reject diet culture, set goals that don't include weight loss and help you feel better outside of your physical body. Are you ready to enter into the new year focusing on what makes your body feel good? Share your key takeaways from this episode and this year with me in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode How to liberate yourself from diet culture through feminism (7:46) Dismantling the possibility of rejecting diet culture while still desiring to be in a smaller body (13:21) How to set goals for your health in a new and different way (17:40) Discover how your mental health, emotions, and spirituality play into your physical health (23:55) The difference between moderation versus abstaining when it comes to your food choices (26:19)   Quotes “I teach it from that place of feminism, and that place of empowerment. And that connects with a certain group of women that are willing or at that place in their life where they are seeking power and seeking power for their own life.” (10:13) “Remember, it is a thought, it is not a fact. And I think that is where the power lies, is recognizing that your desire to lose weight is just a thought, and you don’t have to believe in it, grab it and entertain it. It does not have power over you.” (15:10) “The World Health Organization defines health as both mental, emotional, social, and yes, physical. Yet we are trained through tv advertising, marketing, even through my own medical training, to see health as just physical.” (19:48) “There is physical restriction and there is psychological restriction, and moderation to me is a psychological restriction. It may have to be where you live at until you are willing to trust yourself more until you do the work to trust yourself more, and then gradually moderation will go away.” (27:52) “I can help you be healthy. Here are all the things that you can do to be healthy, and none of it is going to give you a smaller body, but you are going to be healthier. You are going to move your body easier, you are going to have less inflammation, you are going to have all the things! Do you still want to lose weight?” (33:55) “What if, in 2021, we focus on everything else but the size of your pants. What would happen? That’s my challenge to people.” (36:40)   Links Join the Tune In Membership Here  Going Beyond The Food Podcast Stephanie Dodier Website Conquer and Thrive Community Program Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 294: How To Unf*ck Your Brain with Kara Loewentheil
In these challenging times, body image struggles can get amplified fast. But, if you are prepared with practical ways to get through and understand a bad body image day, you can stop those gremlin thoughts in their tracks and reclaim the power you give your body. Key Takeaways If You Want To Stop A Bad Body Image Day In Its Tracks, You Should: Acknowledge your gremlin dialogue and question why you are allowing yourself to believe the stories diet culture has told you View body positivity as a social justice issue and embrace body positivity for all bodies Allow space for the grieving of what society celebrates and venture into the tidal wave of your emotions Give yourself permission to listen to your body and do what feels right for your body in the here and now Body Image With Bri Campos Brianna Campos, or Body Image with Bri, as she is known on Instagram, is a mental health counselor, therapist, and body image coach. Bri is passionate about helping others maneuver through their body image journey and heal the relationship that her clients have with their bodies. Getting Over Your Gremlin Thoughts Bri views the nasty thoughts or critical self-talk we engage with as your ‘gremlin voice’. These thoughts can often be messy and uncomfortable, which is why we cover them up with the stories we have been told by diet culture.  If you want to push through these gremlin voices, you need to acknowledge your inner dialogue, allow space for grief, and give yourself permission to be where you are right now, regardless of where everybody else is. By auditing your thoughts and focusing on the ones that align with your core values, you can choose to love yourself in a way that feels right for you. Healing Your Body Image Relationship Body image is not just about how you look. Body image encompasses everything from body positivity to privilege and your relationship with diet culture. The work begins when you start to question the stories that you tell yourself and take the leap into the tidal wave of grief and acceptance.  While it is not always easy, dismantling how we treat ourselves and our bodies is essential in healing your relationship with your body and getting over your bad body image days with grace. How are you giving yourself permission to be where you are now during this holiday season? Share which of Bri’s tips and techniques you are going to implement with me in the comments on the episode page.   In This Episode How to stop having a bad body image day by acknowledging your ‘gremlin’ thoughts (9:56) Why you should view body positivity as a social justice movement (11:46) Acknowledging the downsides of diet culture and weight cycling (24:12) The importance of allowing yourself to leave space and truly feel grief (28:54) Tips for navigating the holiday season and the pandemic when having bad body image days (34:40)   Quotes “People look to me not because I am perfect, but because I am vulnerable and I am honest.” (9:51) “Body image is not just how you look. Body image is also how you believe others view you, how those belief systems have you show up in the world. And there is a piece of body positivity in society of how accessible life is for you in your body.” (12:31) “I never believed that I could love my body until it looked the way I wanted it to. And it’s five years later, and I love my body. I don’t always love the way it looks or the way it moves, but I love my body, I love the vessel that it is and how it brings me closer to the values of connection and relationship and bringing good to the world.” (26:13) “Grief is sort of like a tidal wave. If you resist it, it persists. It pulls you deeper and deeper. As opposed to if you just ride out with it, eventually, it puts you back onshore. Because that is what emotions do, we don’t stay in one place forever.” (31:50) “I am going to honor my body, and this is how I am going to choose to love myself this holiday season.” (37:05)   Links Join the Tune In Membership Here  Body Grievers Group Coaching  Body Image Supervision Cohort Follow Body Image With Bri on Instagram Unpacking the Knapsack of Privilege Article Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 302: Finding Joy & Acceptance in Fitness for Every Body with Kanoa Greene LTYB 183: Dealing with Negative Body Image with Beauty Redefined
Have you ever considered that your unique human design could help you listen to your body better? While there are tons of personality tests out there, the human design focuses less on a type and more on what you need to know about yourself to function optimally. Key Takeaways If You Want to Understand Yourself Better Through Human Design You Should: Look up your human design and understand what type you relate to the strongest Connect to your own unique way of making decisions Give yourself permission to be yourself and accept that everyone else is wonderfully different Take small steps to trust in the process and what lessons you are here to learn Understanding Human Design With Erin Claire Jones Erin Claire Jones uses Human Design to help thousands of individuals and companies step into their work and their lives as their most authentic selves and to their highest potential. Erin works as a guide, coach, and speaker, providing practical tools, digestible tips, and deeper self-knowledge so that you can gain access to living with greater ease and authenticity every single day. We Are All Meant To Do Things Differently Understanding your human design essentially means understanding how each of us is meant to make decisions. Harnessing the innate knowing that is within you can help you govern every decision and connect you to your unique decision-making process. By understanding your specific strategy and authority, you can create space in your life for pieces of alignment to fall into place and give yourself permission to be yourself. Finding Beauty in the 5 Human Design Types While human design works on a case by case basis, there are five main types that each holds unique hallmarks. Whether you are a manifesting generator, generator, projector, reflector, or manifestor, each one of us brings a different perspective and a different value to the table. When we are able to appreciate those differences, we will be brought closer together in our relationships and as a whole society. Are you ready to better understand your human design and use it as a tool to explore yourself and be open to new possibilities? Share what aspect of human design intrigues you the most with me in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode How human design can act as a window to understanding more about ourselves and our bodies (6:50) The role of human design when honoring your inner authority and outer authorities (10:06) Tips for understanding your unique human design and the five main types (17:48) What to do if you don’t feel aligned with your human design type (30:30) Understanding your profile and how you are meant to uniquely manifest your purpose (37:21)   Quotes “If there is anything that human design has taught me, it’s that we are all meant to do things differently.” (10:14) “I’m not trying to convince you of anything. Take what resonates and leave the rest. This is a tool that is meant to be a tool that empowers you but does not limit you.” (17:10) “Once we often dive more deeply into it, once we really explore it, it often makes so much more sense.” (30:32) “I think that often my experience makes people feel so in love with themselves, and so empowered to do things in a way that uniquely works for them.” (31:37) “I always say that we come into this life without an operating manual, and human design just gives us the manual.” (39:40)   Links Join the Tune In Membership Here  Angie M Jordan Podcast Mentor Get 10% Off Your Personalized Blueprint with the code STEPH Look Up Your Human Design Here Book an Individual Session with Erin Here Erin Claire Jones Website Follow Erin on Instagram Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 311: Reclaiming Your Spark By Honoring Your Swagger w/ Anniedi Essien LTYB 299: Tuning Into Your Inner Luminary w/ Leslie Tagorda
Do you have big ambitions? What about dreaming of changing the world? The reality is you can accomplish everything you want when you can overcome burnout and find your groove. Using your mind, body, and swagger, you can reclaim your spark, achieve your goals, and take care of yourself in the process. Key Takeaways If You Want To Get Your Spark Back While Avoiding Burnout You Should: Stop letting your superwoman syndrome get in the way and start letting go of control and surrendering to the process Honor the relationship you have with yourself and build new relationships to help you going forward Intentionally make your wellness a top priority  Develop a wellness plan that is in line with your authentic self Work to develop your mind, body, and swagger so that you can have it all Reclaiming Your Spark with Anniedi Essien Anniedi Essien also had dreams of changing the world but looked up one day, realizing she had lost her unique spark. This is why Anniedi founded Idem Spark, where she helps women of every shape, shade, and size level up their mindset, embody their goals and embrace their own unique swagger. Honoring Your Relationship With Yourself and Others Many of us are led to believe that our worth comes from how we serve others. This can make putting your self-care as a priority as counterintuitive to what we have been taught. This is all wrong and can cause serious burnout. Instead of relying on yourself to be fiercely independent, there is strength in recognizing that you can't do it all alone. By working internally to repair your relationship with yourself, you can build new relationships that will support you going forward and help you become the woman you know you can be. Mind, Body, and Swagger The SPARK method works on your mind, body, and swagger to develop a wellness plan that is in line with your authentic self. We all have different goals and dreams, and it is only by owning your unique identity that you can create a plan that is aligned with you.  There is no reward without risk, and it takes letting go of control and intentionally making your wellness a priority to see real change. Your body will let you know what it needs if you just start moving it, listening to it, and giving yourself the grace you need to move forward in these uncertain times. Are you ready to define what success looks like on your terms, honor your mind, body, and swagger, and get your spark back? Share which of Anniedi’s methods you are going to implement into your self-care routine with me in the comments on the episode page.   In This Episode The role of culture, the superwoman complex, and race when making yourself a priority (11:20) How to let go of control and find and accept help from people who support you (15:34) The best ways to holistically take care of yourself and build your own mind-body swagger (19:42) How to get clued into your own unique desires and preferences if you have never given yourself the space to discover them (25:20) Ways that you can use the SPARK philosophy to focus on your big vision while avoiding burnout (31:10)   Quotes “This is all about how to go from being burnt out to being fired up. And for me that meant overhauling my wellness and really turning everything upside down.” (8:23) “This superwoman syndrome that is like, ‘I am going to put my cape on and go out and save the world’, but we don't realize that we also have to save ourselves.” (13:32) “Relying on a dream team actually first required me to build a relationship with myself and listen to my body, honor is cues that I had ignored for so many years, and know when to raise my hand and wave the white flag of surrender and say ‘I need help’.” (17:57) “That swagger piece is really about owning your unique identity and really creating a plan that is aligned to you.” (24:20) “You don't have to have it all together in the middle of a pandemic. What you want to be doing is giving yourself grace, and you want to be figuring out what you want to prioritize and tackle first.” (35:28)   Links Join the Tune In Membership Here  Use the Special Code LTYB20 For The Career Swagger Program Idem Spark Website Follow Idem Spark on Instagram | Facebook Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!   Related Episodes LTYB 307: Learning To Date With More Confidence with Lily Womble LTYB 285: How To Stop Outsourcing Your Enoughness with Bonnie Gillespie
Are you suffering from a food lifestyle hangover? Counting calories and quantifying every little thing that you eat could actually be keeping you from listening to your body. Intuitive Eating is all about a more pleasurable and enjoyable way to eat that will help you start feeling better and enjoy food again. Key Takeaways If You Want To Stop Counting Calories And Start Enjoying Food You Should: Trust the process of Intuitive Eating and find a system to support you Focus less on the calories of foods and more on how certain foods make you feel  Be patient with the process and allow yourself grace when navigating which foods are right for you Lead by example to create a future legacy that is not focused on restrictions and rules The Power of Intuitive Eating Caitlin Ball is a health coach who specializes in Intuitive Eating. After moving to Switzerland, Caitlin saw the astronomical difference between how food is approached in Europe compared to the United States. Once she experienced a transformative glimpse of Intuitive Eating, she knew she couldn't go back and had to share this information with the world. Rejecting Diet Culture Once and for All When working to gain more body awareness, trusting the process and finding a support system is key. As women, we have been told for so long that our worth is based on our appearance, and restricting ourselves and placing rules around food is the only way to achieve the goals society has set for us. Instead of giving into these restrictions, Intuitive Eating supports you so that you can feel great in your body, which is really all that is important. Stop Restricting Yourself and Start Feeling Caitlin realized that rather than counting calories, truly acknowledging how you feel after eating a certain food is a much better indicator of what your body needs. If you allow yourself to listen to your body, you will start making decisions based on what you feel you need next, not focusing on the ‘should’ or ‘should not's' of certain foods. By jumping into the mode of curiosity and observation regarding how food makes you feel, you can start to figure out what is right for your body, right here and right now. Are you ready to leave the calories counting behind and walk away from the strictness and mental time it takes to quantify your food? Share which of Caitlin’s Intuitive Eating tips you are going to implement into your routine in the comments section on the episode page.   In This Episode How a rejection of diet culture has resulted in a totally different relationship to food in parts of Europe (8:08) Tips for breaking away from the need for control as an avid calorie counter (17:45) Why relating how you feel towards what you are eating is a much better indicator than calorie counting (19:39) How to make peace with food if you are worried about what is going to happen when you allow yourself certain foods (22:42) The role of legacy in the work that you do through children and other young souls (34:01)   Quotes “Once I tried out [intuitive eating], and I changed my personal relationship with food and realized I could travel and eat these foods and not eat too much and feel disgusting, and I could enjoy my life and start liking how my body looks without having to cognizantly want to change it, once I realize how much better life was with Intuitive Eating I had to share it!” (16:20) “I knew in my heart that it wasn't working, I knew that there must be another way because I got a glimpse of it from the people around me.” (18:19) “I realized that the calorie-counting wasn't actually doing anything for me, and the much better indicator was eating something, seeing how it made me feel, and then going from there and seeing what food I needed next after that.” (21:30) “You do have to test your patience a little bit, but you will start to notice how these foods make you feel, and you will be able to start listening to your body a lot better and then be able to make changes from there.” (26:53) “There are so many factors to how you feel because of this pandemic and everything that is going on in the world right now that do not have to do with food, so a juice cleanse is not going to solve all of your problems.” (33:08)   Links Join the Tune In Membership Here Caitlin Ball Website Quit Dieting For Good Podcast Follow Caitlin on Instagram Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
Learning how to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is critical for understanding the political, pathological, and personal ways in which black women and women of color experience their relationship to food. The truth is, food affects people differently, especially when it comes to their racial identity, and it is only by shedding the societal ‘should’s’ and outdated believes that we can soar higher. Key Takeaways If You Want To Better Understand Why Food Is Political, Pathological, and Personal You Should: Hold space for the anger of black women and women of color  Stand with black women and women of color in solidarity  Do not shrink into shame but instead shine in power Ask how best you can support black women and women of color Become committed to the sisterhood and stop living from a scarcity mindset Understand the lasting effects of food insecurity and racism Create space for people to work through their pain without trying to rescue them Embrace the incredible journey of discovering your own soul Let go of the beliefs that undermine your gifts and strengths Putting Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes with SharRon Jamison SharRon Jamison is a teacher, leader, minister, author, entrepreneur, and life strategist who is passionate about helping others be who they were born to be instead of settling for what society has told them to be. Through her own experience with racial injustice, eating disorders, and the patriarchy, SharRon breaks down boundaries and exposes inequalities so that women can come together and heal as a community. Down With the Patriarchy The patriarchy that we have been socialized into thrives by pitting women against each other and forcing a scarcity mindset. We are told not to trust other women and to compete with them as if there is only room for one of us at the top. While there is evidence of a light being turned on in America, we are still at the beginning stages of this illumination. SharRon sees the first step to dismantling the patriarchy as white women coming together and standing with black women and women of color. Next, we need to embrace our ability to not shrink in shame but rather to shine in our power. Thirdly, white cis-gendered people need to be vocal about asking marginalized communities how they can provide support. Finally, by being committed to the sisterhood, we can spread the education necessary to stop wounding people of color. Racism, Food, and the Diet Industry Food is political, can be pathological, and is very personal. Many things may impact your ability to be healthy that are not directly in your control. This plays into the patriarchal system by keeping those oppressed and giving them very little opportunity to rise up from that oppression.  The BUGS (beliefs that undermine your strengths and gifts) that society has told you to believe are true are keeping people suffering. SharRon wants you to remember who you were before society told you that you were not enough, and work to help others without the same privileges to stop being ignored by this broken system. Equip yourself with the tools, remember who you are, and advocate for other people so that we can step into the illumination that so many desperately need to see. Have you ever connected the dots between systematic oppression, patriarchy, diet culture, and racism? Share how you are working to heal the ‘sister wound’ through sisterhood in the comments on the episode page.   In This Episode The four steps that you can take to come together with other women and heal the collective wounds of the patriarchy (9:03) Personal ways that being a black woman has altered SharRon’s relationship with food (15:29) Why food carries different political, pathological, and personal weight for women of color (18:32) How your racial background and socioeconomic status can impact your health and wellbeing (24:01) The importance of decolonizing your thinking and connecting your history to your density (28:15)   Quotes “We are being used as puppets to wound each other. And when we are aware of what is happening, we will stop wounding each other and start winning with each other and change the entire status quo.” (8:05) “Just like a fish does not know they are swimming in water, sometimes we do not know that we are swimming in this toxic pool called white supremacy.” (11:32) “I think that it is really, really important that people see how racism touches every aspect of their lives. So now, a lot of black women are not getting help, and anytime you don’t get help, you don’t get hope.” (18:10) “People are hurting, and it is overlooked because when you are a person of color, you don’t have visibility. Or you are deemed as less valuable. So I feel pain, but I also feel pride. I feel pride because, despite limited resources, people find a way.” (24:42) “Who were you before society told you who you were? You were amazing before you were socialized to be second class, before racism, before sexism, before ableism. You came to the world amazing, greatness is in your DNA!” (28:47)   Links Join the Tune In Membership Here SharRon Jamison Website What Not To Say To Women Of Color by SharRon Jamison Dare To Be Me Program Deciding To Soar 2: Unwrapping Your Purpose by SharRon Jamison Follow SharRon on Facebook | Instagram Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
Diet culture sucks. The stories that we have been conditioned to believe about our worth, the patriarchy, white supremacy, and so much more all play into how we feel about movement, exercise, and our bodies. Instead of viewing your exercise routine as a way to manipulate your body, I challenge you to embrace the limitless other benefits of movement.  Key Takeaways If You Want To Embrace The Infinite Benefits of Movement and Exercise You Should: Work to unlearn what you have been taught to be true and stop focusing on body manipulation Embrace the positive aspects of movement and exercise that do not have to deal with weight loss Acknowledge the false ways that you have been defining your worthiness and work to shift your mindset towards something more positive Lean into the things you don’t know and unpack the beliefs you have for yourself Removing Diet Culture From Movement with Christina Montalvo Christina Montalvo is a great friend, coach, gym owner, and someone who has personally been fucked over by diet culture. She created a unique women’s only strength and conditioning gym that does not encourage fat or weight loss. Christina is here to challenge you to unlearn what you have taught to believe is true and start thinking more critically about the ways you move your body and the reasons behind it. Embracing the Infinite Benefits of Movement If you start out having expectations of fat and weight loss when going into a movement routine or working with a trainer, the chances of you feeling disappointed and getting stuck in a cycle of giving up are much higher. Instead of putting pressure around how and why you are moving your body, lean into all of the other benefits of movement and exercise that have nothing to do with weight loss. This can lead to a higher retention rate as a provider and a greater sense of accomplishment as a client.  Unlearning What You Have Been Taught To Believe Is True There is a good chance that if you choose to engage in movement solely to manipulate your body, there is a much deeper reason guiding your decision-making. By acknowledging the false ways that you have been defining worthiness, checking your privilege, and making yourself your first priority, you can frame your purpose in a nourishing way instead of ripping yourself down.  While it may be hard to unlearn how society has told you to engage with movement, it is only by leaning into the things you don’t know and unpacking the beliefs that you hold within yourself that you can truly start to embrace holistic movement and reject diet culture.  Have you ever experienced an inclusive space where the infinite benefits of exercise and movement are prioritized over weight loss and body manipulation? Share how you work to create that space for yourself and reject diet culture in the comments section of the episode page.    In This Episode The importance of separating movement for health and wellness sake from movement for body manipulation sake (8:12) Why associating movement and weight control or body manipulation is a problem (11:10) The role of social justice when dismantling patriarchal standards and diet culture (18:24) How to navigate the space between body autonomy and potentially harmful diet practices (23:38) Common themes that are signs of searching for something deeper than a surface physical transformation (27:02)   Quotes “I think what’s harder than learning anything new is unlearning everything that we have always thought to be true.” (10:14) “The benefits of exercise and intentional movement are absolutely infinite, and it’s so crazy because I think that the benefits can be and are different for everyone.” (13:33) “In any case where you are solely operating or participating in something from a place of fear or shame, that is not healthy, that is inherently unhealthy, and that is such a detriment to the wellbeing of anyone.” (18:19) “Obviously a human can autonomously choose fat loss or weight loss, but there is a much deeper reason why they are choosing it.” (26:01) “Whenever we are engaging in intentional weight loss, everything else in our life becomes much more grayscale. We turn down the intensity and the importance of everything else in our life, and the most important and prevalent thing becomes our bodies, our food choices, our calorie burn, what we look like, what we weigh. And so in some ways, it is a really socially acceptable way to just ignore and pacify ourselves to all these deeper, much more real, much more powerful, much more impactful problems or areas of focus in our lives.” (28:46)   Links Join the Tune In Membership Group Here What Is Intuitive Eating Free Training Series Follow Christina on Instagram Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
Whether you are in a relationship or not, dating requires a large amount of confidence and the belief in extraordinary love within yourself. Dating more confidently and brazenly is all about listening to your body and trusting in the relationship you have with yourself.  With a little work, support, and reframing, it is possible to view dating as an act of self-care and a space to feel whole within yourself.  Key Takeaways If You Want To Approach Your Relationships Brazenly, You Should: Reject narratives that tell you you are not enough, too much, or anything that is not in line with your truth Accept that you are the answer to your dating life and what is meant for you will not pass you by Stop letting the patriarchy influence the thoughts you have about yourself and where you ‘should be’ in life Normalize celebrating when you are thriving in any aspect of your life, not just dating The Connection Between Listening To Your Body and Relationships After working in various fields, Lily Womble quickly rose to become one of the top matchmakers at her firm. This was until she realized that the dating industry is very similar to the diet industry and works to feed on their client's insecurities. So, Lily broke up with the matchmaking game and started Date Brazen to help badass women find extraordinary love within themselves. Swap Your Checklist for an Essence Based List Lily believes that dating apps are like McDonald's. Your mind is programmed to want that sugar fix, and the way we have been conditioned encourages us to think that playing the numbers game will bring you more satisfaction. In reality, this false sense of accomplishment can cause more frustration.  The important thing to remember is that you are the answer to your dating life, not an app, and what is meant for you will not pass you by, regardless if you choose to use an app or not. Instead of basing your checklist off of qualities, you think you want to dig deeper into what that particular hairstyle or height actually means about the core values you are searching for. Extraordinary Is Possible As women, we have been conditioned to believe a legacy of narratives that tell us that we are not enough, too much, or incorrect the way we are. It takes incremental work to gain a sense of wholeness again and reject the patriarchy that influences the thoughts we have about ourselves. By getting to the essence of who you are and being more whole with yourself, you can use that jumping-off point to have fulfilling relationships that are on your terms and will make you feel like the amazing bright star that you are. What is your brag? We want to know! Tag us on Instagram or share your brag in the comments on the episode page. In This Episode Why your checklist of what you think you want in a life partner may not actually be serving you (10:10) Tips for navigating online dating when you don’t feel super confident or are afraid of judgment (15:48) How to resolve not feeling like you are enough in order to achieve your relationship goals (22:16) Dismantling the relationship between the patriarchy and how a woman values her worth and views herself (31:08) The difference between celebrating your wins and bragging about yourself all the time (33:05)   Quotes “That is how I came to break up with matchmaking and start Date Brazen to help badass women really find extraordinary love within themselves and in their dating lives with reflective work meets tactical action.” (9:58) “The world is out of our control, there is very little that is in our control. And I think that without guidance, most people who are dating will look for those checklist things like the height, the weight, the college degree; they will look for those things because they think that is all they can control. When, in fact, it is really possible to measure how you feel in someone’s presence.” (14:14) “What I believe is what is meant for you will not pass you by. So whether or not you choose to date on an app, you will find what is meant for you.” (20:14) “This is legacy breaking work, and it takes a lot of time, and it takes me a lot of support to get to the place where I can believe I am worthy of extraordinary love and extraordinary relationships and extraordinary money and extraordinary connection.” (26:52) “I think it is a really beautiful marriage between working on your dating mindset and your dating action plan while also continuing to celebrate who amazing and whole and successful and incredible you are.” (37:21)   Links Date Brazen Website The Brazen Breakthrough Waitlist Date Brazen Podcast Follow Lily on Instagram Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year. With the pandemic and the uncertainty of the US election, it is more important than ever to take care of your emotional and mental health. This episode serves as your gentle reminder to take a moment to build up your emotional, mental, and physical resilience by being kind to yourself and others. Key Takeaways If You Want To Take Care Of Your Mental And Emotional Health You Should: Listen to what your body is asking for, meet yourself with kindness, and build up your resilience Calm your nervous system by reaching out to your support system, giving yourself a break, and surround yourself in comfort Get out and VOTE How To Take Care of You All of the unknowns in the world right not can cause anxiety and overwhelm. Don’t keep these feelings to yourself. Instead, find ways that you can calm your nervous system, reach out to your support systems, surround yourself in comfort, give your eyes a break, and talk kindly to yourself. Your Vote Matters Simply existing in America in 2020 is political. Health is political. It is easy to think that your vote doesn't matter. But in reality, we need everyone to get out and vote to hold up our democratic process. I recommend that you vote for candidates and laws that work for and protect the most marginalized and at-risk folks in our country because when we vote to support policies that help people rise up, we all rise up together. Your vote matters, and we need your voice now more than ever. How are you taking care of your mental and emotional health right now? Share your favorite routines, self-care rituals, and anything else you are doing to feel more at ease with me in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode How to focus on your resilience and give your body what it is asking for (4:50) Why you need to calm your nervous system and kick in your parasympathetic nervous system (5:20) The importance of talking kindly to yourself and meeting yourself with compassion (8:15) Why you need to get out and vote today to hold up the democratic process (9:40)   Quotes “If you are feeling like this is all super much, you are not alone, at all. And I think it is important to normalize that these feelings are normal and it is okay to have challenging feelings, all emotions are valid.” (3:02) “I am here to encourage you to check in with yourself and take care of yourself.” (4:26) “Talk kindly to yourself, it is so so important. Negative mind talk and shaming is never motivating.” (8:27) “Please vote today if you can. I know not everybody can vote, but if you are able to, please vote. Please get down to the polling station, drop off your mail-in ballot, make sure it is postmarked. I know it can feel like your vote doesn't count, or you are just one voice, but we really need your vote.” (9:51) “Health is political. Existing in this country is political, and it touches everything.” (10:19)   Links Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
Did you know there are over 5000 body language moves, all of which tell a story about the person expressing the movement and the person interpreting it? By understanding how to read and use body language effectively, you can understand yourself better, build your confidence, and decode others' body language. Key Takeaways If You Want To Use Body Language To Show Up More Confidently, You Should: Take the time to set yourself up ‘inside the frame’ and enter any room with your head held high Always keep your hands visible and look out for signs of ‘tells’ from other peoples hands Stay away from a dark color palette and instead wear colors from the sunset such as light blue Believe in your confidence to send out subconscious confidence signals to you and those around you Connecting To Your Body Through Body Language Tiff Lee is dedicated to helping women be seen and heard in all areas of life with the life-changing information that is body language decoding. Once you hear what Tiff has to say about body language cues, how to use body language to improve your relationships or seek out when someone is lying, and ways that you can use body language to improve your confidence, you are never going to forget it. What Can Body Language Do for You? How you present yourself through your physical body language can drastically change how you show up in the world. Body language can help you step into your confidence (even if you aren’t actually feeling that cool) and provide a way for you to connect back into your body and what you are doing. Instead of being quiet and passive, proper body language and expression can help you command the attention you deserve with ease. Decoding Others Through Body Language Understanding body language can not only give you the awareness to appear more confident; it can also help you pick up on other people's cues. While most people think about body language decoding as something out of a CSI episode, it is really just a simple tactic to help you sense when something might not be quite right.  Small movements such as a shoulder shrug, hiding your hands, or an anxious ‘pacifier’ are all signs that you should tune into what someone else's body is trying to tell you. Body language's power lies in your ability to be aware of the body cues that make a person look anxious so that you can stop yourself from involuntarily showing up that way too. Have you ever considered that your subconscious body language is hindering or helping your ability to show up as your true authentic self? How do you relate to body language and body connectivity? Share which piece of Tiff’s advice you are going to implement into your daily routine with me in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode Simple, proactive ways to change the way you are seen and heard in all areas of life (12:46) The most common giveaways to look out for to determine someone’s truthfulness or lack of truthfulness (17:13) How to use your body language to increase your own confidence and decrease your self-doubt (22:16) Specific hand gestures that make you look less confident and how to avoid making them (27:20) Tips to show up at your next Zoom meeting in a more confident and secured way (29:39)   Quotes “We miss out on these things because we are so busy listening that we don’t see what is going on physically.” (8:50) “These movements should be congruent with what you are saying verbally. So anytime the verbal doesn’t match the nonverbal, that is kind of your cue that something else may be going on.” (18:40) “It is really hard to try to verbally tell the truth and then have your body language match that. Because our brains don’t like to do both, they can only do one or the other.” (19:45) “When you are not feeling that confident, try to do those things. Because those small movements will register on a subconscious level to other people, and then, believe it or not, it’ll register for you too!” (26:10) “When people think of body language, the first thing they tend to think about is the lies, and the negativity, and the criminal shows, and all of that. And while it is extremely valid in those areas, it's also so important in our everyday lives.” (35:56)   Links Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter Steph Gaudreau Website TruthTeller Online Website Follow Tiff on Instagram Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
We have made it to the final principle in our Intuitive Eating series, and it is by far the most misunderstood of them all. Principle 10 is all about gentle nutrition and embracing food as something that is there to nurture you, not punish you. Key Takeaways If You Want to Embrace Gentle Nutrition You Should: Stop pitting your inner wisdom and inner body trust against the external world and social pressures found in diet culture Let go of your perfectionism and restrictions and start integrating your body wisdom and logic when it comes to food Change your mindset by embracing moderation and learn to trust your bodies ability to self-regulate Lets Set the Record Straight About Gentle Nutrition There are many misunderstandings around Principle 10, which is why it is the last principle for good reason. All of the principles have a firm basis in nutrition, but exploring gentle nutrition is something that must be done after you have already embraced the Intuitive Eating framework. Your Body Is Your Home Many of us have been raised to distrust our bodies and live in fear of our own being. This is simply ludicrous, and we have diet culture to thank for pitting ourselves against our own inner wisdom and body trust in favor of how we look externally. You should not be fearful or anxious about your body, but instead, embrace your physical vessel and how it works to serve you in the world at any size or shape. Your Search for Perfection Is Not Healthy If what you are eating or your constant search for perfection is causing you stress or anxiety, it is not healthy. How we think about food directly affects our actions towards it, and it is only by changing our mentality to an additive mindset rather than a restrictive one that we can start to embrace our worthiness. When it comes to making intuitive eating a part of your life, it involves practice and support. Changing your mindset may take some time, but it is crucial to your ability to stop looking for perfection on your plate and start embracing how your body can serve you right here and now. What was your favorite principle shared in the Intuitive Eating series? Share your ‘a-ha’ moment or a recent win with me in the comments section of the episode page.   In This Episode Debunking the most common misunderstandings surrounding the final principle of Intuitive Eating (5:50) Why gentle nutrition needs to be the last principle you embrace on your Intuitive Eating journey (14:24) Where diet culture comes from and why it is systemically built into our fatphobic society (19:19) Why mindset is a key part of the Intuitive Eating framework and your relationship to food (21:22) How to embrace the principle of moderation and trust your bodies ability to self-regulate (23:17)   Quotes “We are in our bodies. It is the vessel, the vehicle, by which we get around. It houses our intellect, our emotional being, our energetic being, it is how we interact with people and have a human experience.” (8:56) “It is very, very common for people to want to go right to gentle nutrition first, it's familiar, but here is the reason why gentle nutrition is the last principle in the book. A lot of people think, ‘oh it would be more credible if it was in the beginning’. But there is a reason for that.” (14:34) “We need to understand that what we choose to eat has to also work for us as mental, emotional beings, and all of the other aspects of our wellbeing. It can't just be the physical.” (15:51) “Mindset is a key part of the framework that I teach because how we think about food directly affects our actions.” (21:28) “Our bodies are innately wise, and we meddle in that because we have been taught to distrust.” (23:18)   Links Join the Listen To Your Body Newsletter LTYB 288: How To Ditch Dieting (Intuitive Eating Principle 1) LTYB 289: Honoring Your Hunger (Intuitive Eating Principle 2) LTYB 292: Make Peace With Food (Intuitive Eating Principle #3) LTYB 293: Challenging The Food Police (Intuitive Eating Principle 4) LTYB 296: 3 Ways to Make Eating More Satisfying (Intuitive Eating Principle 5) LTYB 297: 3 Ways to Honor Your Body’s Fullness (Intuitive Eating Principle 6) LYTB 300: 4 Questions to Ask About Emotional Eating (Intuitive Eating Principle 7) LYTB 301: How To Practice Body Respect (Intuitive Eating Principle 8) LTYB 303: Stop Earning and Burning Your Food Through Movement (Intuitive Eating Principle 9) Check out the full show notes here! Follow Steph on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest I'd really love it if you would take 1 min and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!
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Helen Ross

This made me laugh and this made me cry. I had a little 'ha' moment around the food topic. Maida was honest and so raw.

May 1st
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Heather Gibson-Broyles

love the food and workout conversations...meditations you lost me with all the "identity" and "shame" crap.

Sep 17th
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Alison Anderson

Another absolutely amazing episode!

Mar 10th
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Rachel Kline

I love this so much! I'm a trainer and constantly talking to clients about healthy eating including allowing themselves to enjoy the foods they love in moderation. You are spot on with the chips at Mexican food places! I love Mexican food! Thank you for sharing!

Feb 4th
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Diandra C

love her! great stuff!

Jan 11th
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Elizabeth Shannon

loved this episode!

Jan 7th
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Lisa Littell

YES! comparison is the thief of joy.

Jun 30th
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Kat Reuter

great episode!!

May 18th
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