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This show will explore the deeper meaning of our relationship with food. We dive into issues related to body image, restriction, bingeing, purging, compulsive exercise, and eating disorder related behaviors. We utilize ideas from psychoanalysis, the deep work therapy, to bring you answers about why you do the things you do and one step closer to a healthier relationship with food and yourself.
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“This intuitive eating thing is BS, I tried it and it didn’t work.” Sound familiar? Trust me, you’re not alone. Today we’re talking about another hot topic that’s been buzzing all over social media, popping up in emails and filling my DMs. \ That’s right, we’re talking about critical thinking in the realm of anti-diet messaging. Tweetable Quotes "I love the fact that intuitive eating and anti-diet messaging is out there and becoming a little bit more accepted." - Rachelle Heinemann "If you don't feel like you can trust yourself around food, then having pints of ice cream in your freezer will not feel safe." - Rachelle Heinemann "The most important thing [you can do] to develop structure is to eat consistently and eat enough." - Rachelle Heinemann "If you are not currently having breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and two to three snacks a day, throw the intuitive eating book in the back of your closet and don't take it out until you are doing that." - Rachelle Heinemann "Healing one's relationship with food will not heal all for every single person." - Rachelle Heinemann  Resources Grab my Journal Prompts Here! Grab the Replay of the Resistance in Treatment Webinar Now accepting new clients! Find out if we're a good fit!    LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Saying “no” sometimes means saying “yes”. Okay, don’t let me misguide you here. What I mean, is that sometimes when you say “no” in one area of your life, you’re often saying “yes” to another. When you say “no” to working overtime, you are saying “yes” to spending time with your family. When you say “no” to going out for drinks on a Friday evening, you might say “yes” to an early morning trip to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday.  In this episode, I’m joined by Eli Weinstein, and we're taking a slight detour from our usual deep dives into food relationships to talk about relationships in general. Because let’s face it, whether you’re the life of the party or the king of introversion, we all have to deal with people. Tweetable Quotes "When we don't have boundaries, someone else is controlling what comes in and comes out." - Eli Weinstein "You never have to explain why you have boundaries to people." - Eli Weinstein "For growth, we need boundaries with relaxation." - Eli Weinstein "Boundaries keep us safe. Boundaries keep us healthy. And we are in control of who we let in, what we let in, and how we let it in." - Eli Weinstein Resources Connect with Eli here!  Find him on social media: @eliweinstein_lcsw / @thedudetherapist Grab my Journal Prompts Here! Grab the Replay of the Resistance in Treatment Webinar Now accepting new clients! Find out if we're a good fit!    LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Remember the last time we dipped our toes into the hot world of Ozempic and other GLP meds? Yeah, we barely scratched the surface. The world is absolutely obsessed with GLP medications, and the more we know, the better we can make informed decisions—without all the drama, please. But honestly, conversations around Ozempic, Wegovy, and other GLP medications can get super heated with not nearly enough facts to back them up. In this episode, I’m chatting with Dr. Kim Dennis about the science and controversy of GLP medications. Kim Dennis, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, eating disorders specialist and board-certified in addiction medicine. She specializes in treating eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and complex co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Dr. Dennis also brings lived experience to her work as a physician with long-term recovery from ED, addiction, and developmental trauma.   Tweetable Quotes "They never think, well, maybe that treatment isn't tailored to me, or maybe that there's something wrong with that treatment when applied to me." - Dr. Kim Dennis\ "When we hit some slumps, whether it's with relationship food or otherwise, it's so much harder to get ourselves out and actually make progress." - Rachelle Heinemann "Even if I want to stop, I can't, I can press on the brakes, but they're not helping me at all because my brakes are faulty." - Dr. Kim Dennis "Bolstering the brakes can help people make decisions about what they want to eat, when they want to eat in ways that they feel like they actually have more autonomy over the car, right?" - Dr. Kim Dennis “Imagine being a patient that has that co-occurrence coming to your eating disorder team's office and being told one thing and going to your endocrine or your primary care office and being told a completely different message." - Dr. Kim Dennis "We inadvertently sort of reinforce that or insurance reinforces that by saying, for sure, we're denying your care because you're not making progress, or we're denying your care because you've made too much progress." - Dr. Kim Dennis   Resources Connect with Dr. Kim Dennis Here! Check out this recent blog from Dr. Kim Dennis Grab my Journal Prompts Here! Grab the Replay of the Resistance in Treatment Webinar Now accepting new clients! Find out if we're a good fit!      LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com  
Ah, summer—the time of year when the sun is blazing, the BBQs are sizzling, and the body image issues are... lurking. If the thought of putting on your swimsuit and being invited to a pool party sends shivers down your spine, you're not alone.    There’s an often misunderstood world of intuitive eating. Sure, it’s all about “all foods fit” and “no food rules,” but let’s get real—sometimes you need a bit of structure, especially when that party-size bag of chips starts whispering your name.  Tweetable Quotes   "We do need some rules and one of those rules is the party bag or the serving plate is not your plate." - Rachelle Heinemann   "If you go and get a scoop or two of ice cream when you're out with your friends as your afternoon snack, that's a great way to teach yourself I can have the two scoops of ice cream and then move on and I'm okay." - Rachelle Heinemann   "First of all, still put on the bathing suit." - Rachelle Heinemann   "Fill your plate and eat it.” - Rachelle Heinemann   Resources Grab my Journal Prompts Here! Grab the Replay of the Resistance in Treatment Webinar Now accepting new clients! Find out if we're a good fit!    LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com  
You know, parents have an intuition for a reason. If you ever feel like your child is getting worse or not receiving the right treatment, trust your gut and seek alternatives. Many listeners have requested episodes focused on parents and families dealing with eating disorders. We usually address the issues from the perspective of those struggling or the clinicians working with them. But families need support too, right? In our field, we often talk about "lived experience" versus "expert by experience." These are people who have directly dealt with eating disorders, either personally or within their families. Their insights are invaluable, yet they are often underrepresented in the conversation. Tweetable Quotes "If you feel like your kid is getting sicker, if you feel in your gut that your kid is getting bad treatment and they're only getting worse, find an alternative." - Rachelle Heinemann "Parents have to be empowered. And the best way to do that is through education. And we believe that nobody should go through this journey by themselves." - Judy Krasna "The idea isn't control. The idea is restoring someone to health. The idea is making sure that somebody recovers." - Judy Krasna "If their kid's getting resentful, they're doing the right thing, they're doing a good job." - Judy Krasna "There's no recovery without weight restoration. It just can't happen." - Judy Krasna  Resources Judy can be reached at judy@feast-ed.org. Grab my Journal Prompts here! Provide Audio Feedback Here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com  
Are you team strict diet or team intuitive eating? Or maybe, the team thing is kind of ridiculous. When it comes to nutrition, it often feels like we're stuck between two opposing camps: those who are all about strict diets and scientific nutrition, and those who advocate for intuitive eating. It’s like there’s an invisible line, and folks tend to stick to their side, often mocking the other without really engaging in meaningful dialogue. But reality isn’t that black and white. It’s not just about choosing between nutrition science and having a peaceful relationship with food. So a bit about Claire. Claire Chewnig is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who's not on board with restrictive diets. She’s the owner and founder of Yours Chewly Nutrition, a virtual private practice where she helps individuals heal from chronic dieting and disordered eating so that they can discover more peace, satisfaction, and trust in their relationships with food + body. Claire is also the RD Advisor for Health-Ade Kombucha where she educates both employees and consumers on all things gut health from an evidence-based, non-diet lens. When she’s not on the clock, you can find her either taking a walk on the beach near her house or glued to her Kindle reading a fiction novel.  Tweetable Quotes "A lot of times when we talk about either nutrition science or intuitive eating or relationship with food, it seems to be boiled down into two camps." - Rachelle Heinemann "There's the nutrition science world and, you know, the science world. And then there's like this [concept of] intuitive eating, woo woo, spiritual, whatever you want to call it, like free for all going on on the other side. They're two separate worlds. " - Rachelle Heinemann “The most basic thing that we have to make sure we're doing is eating enough and eating regularly throughout the day. Because if we're not doing that, then focusing on any like specific nutritional concept isn't really going to matter because our body's energy needs have to be met.” - Claire Chewning “The bottom line is, if you're not getting enough food or your food with your relationship with food is chaotic like this restrict binge situation going on, like we haven't even gone the first step. And so going to step 10 is just kind of out of order and doesn't work.” - Rachelle Heinemann "It is about so much more than the specific food choices that you're making." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Connect with Claire on Instagram - @clairechewning Connect with Claire on TikTok - @clairechewning For additional information about how to work with Claire 1:1, join her monthly membership program, or enroll in one of her self-paced online courses, please visit www.clairechewning.com.  Grab my Journal Prompts here! Provide Audio Feedback Here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com  
What is really considered an “expert” opinion? When we talk about topics like weight loss or body positivity from an emotional angle, it's easy to paint the other side as the villain. It's tempting to accuse those advocating for weight loss of spreading misinformation or manipulating the truth. It’s tempting to speak with cynicism and sarcasm and scoff at the other side.  This mindset can lead us to dismiss their views, believing that only our perspective holds the real answers. Tweetable Quotes "Most people who are providing information about anything weight loss and obesity-related don't really think about eating disorders and disordered eating the way that somebody who is part of this world thinks about it." - Rachelle Heinemann "I think we have to be open to other people's opinions; when we open our mouth, we have to be the ones to invite the curiosity, to invite the compassion, and to ditch the rigidity in terms of how people are supposed to think." - Rachelle Heinemann "Ultimately, we have to think about the delivery of our message and how the person is receiving it." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Save Your Spot for my Upcoming Webinar Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here! Provide Audio Feedback Here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Communication shapes our world. The words we use don't just reflect our thoughts; they shape our experiences, both internally and in our relationships with others. We often ask: What's the deeper meaning behind someone's struggle with food? What could be going on beneath the surface? While these questions are important, we should also be thinking of how we can apply this understanding to create positive change. In this episode, I am joined by Karen Koenig. Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., is a psychotherapist and international, award-winning 8-book author. Her books and blogs for chronic dieters and emotional, binge, and over-eaters are full of humor and practical wisdom and have been called “therapy on the page.” With 35 years of experience in the field of eating psychology, she teaches people how to eat “normally” and create a joyous, healthy, meaningful life for themselves. Her media experience includes scores of TV, radio, print, and podcast interviews. She lives and practices in Sarasota, Florida and her website is http://www.karenrkoenig.com. Tweetable Quotes "There is often a connection to anxiety and depression, and we talk about them differently, but they're kind of the same neurotransmitters." - Karen Koenig "I think stable sense of self and regulated emotional reactions are the places that I often go right to." - Karen Koenig "Emotions are, to me, the richest experience that we'll have." - Rachelle Heinemann "It's okay to just feel that, just name it and be with it." - Karen Koenig "There's a great deal of pain in life, and sometimes the only pain we can avoid is the pain of trying to avoid pain." - Karen Koenig Resources Connect with Karen Koenig Here! Save Your Spot for my Upcoming Webinar Join Our Body Image Group Here! Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here! Provide Audio Feedback Here!     LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Food, desire, intuition, and… sex. We often get stuck in the food and body image loop when discussing eating disorders. But let's be real, it's so much more than that! Our relationship with food and our bodies spills over into every aspect of our lives, especially anything that connects with our desires, including our sexual desires and intimacy. This week, I am welcoming back Dr. Judith Brisman. She joined me back in episode 73 for a discussion on food and desire. Now she’s back to talk about how eating disorders have an impact on our sexual desires. Dr. Judith Brisman was the Founding Director of the Eating Disorder Resource Center for over 35 years. She is co-author of  Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends  (Now in its fourth edition and available at Harper Collins or on Amazon!). She is an associate editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is on the editorial board of the journal Eating Disorders. She is a member of the teaching faculty at the William Alanson White Institute and she maintains a private practice in New York City. Dr. Brisman is known internationally as among the first in her field to develop a treatment program for bulimic patients. She has published and lectured extensively regarding the interpersonal treatment of eating disorders. Tweetable Quotes "It's like what's driving the eating disorder and what stops someone from getting better?" - Rachelle Heinemann "I hear this all the time. It's either the fear of wanting too much, but when someone starts to get into recovery, the discussion becomes what else they're wanting.” - Dr. Judith Brisman "I think wanting and desire is a huge issue." - Dr. Judith Brisman "How is it that we got to this point? That people are so either disconnected from what they want or so afraid of what they want." - Rachelle Heinemann "One of the most important things that you can do for yourself and for the people around you is to begin to tolerate really uncomfortable emotions internally so that you can take a second and think about what does this other person need?” - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Connect with Dr. Judith Brisman Here! Save Your Spot for my Upcoming Webinar Join Our Body Image Group Here! Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here! Provide Audio Feedback Here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com  
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Check out all of the things we have going on this month! Body Image. WTF Even Is it? - Body Image group hosted by myself and Sydney Green. Book your intro call with Sydney to sign up today!  Resistance in Treatment - Eating Disorder Edition Webinar - happening on May 31st at 11am EST! Grab your spot now! 
“The food industry pays ‘influencer’ dietitians to shape your eating habits”. Yep, you read that right. Recently, the Washington Post put out an article, and it's stirring the pot on a topic close to my heart: the Anti-Diet movement. So let’s stir the pot on this article. Basically, the gist of the article is that big food companies, like General Mills, are teaming up with anti-diet dieticians to promote what they call "junk food" while discouraging weight loss efforts. Sounds sketchy, right? But here's the thing: this article is missing some crucial nuance. Also as a little note - we have a new fun way for you to interact with the podcast! You now have the option to send us audio recordings! Just scroll down in the show notes to find the link. Tell us what you love, and what you hate, or just introduce yourself. Your voice goes straight to me, and hey, if you're up for it, we might even share it with the world. Tweetable Quotes "Weight is a really important metric for us to evaluate someone's health, but it is not the only metric." - Rachelle Heinemann "We have to break the cycle of shame attached to food and to weight and eating and that is a bad thing." - Rachelle Heinemann "I think if you're ever going to point fingers at where the issues are in the food industry... we have to look at how much money they're spending on lobbyists." - Rachelle Heinemann "We also have to be extremely mindful that there are people that are really being hurt by hearing only a very small percentage of the information that they need to hear." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Save your spot for my upcoming webinar: https://rachelleheinemann.systeme.io/resistanceintreatment  Link to provide audio feedback: https://www.speakpipe.com/UnderstandingDisorderedEating  Link to Washington Post Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2024/04/03/diet-culture-nutrition-influencers-general-mills-processed-food/ Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Last Episode in April! See you in May!   From an early age, we’re taught that lying is bad. But, is it? What drives someone to lie? Is all lying inherently bad? How does lying intersect with our internal struggles and vulnerabilities? These are just a few questions I had before my conversation with Tom. There are a lot of reasons as to why someone may lie. But here's the thing - lying isn't a black-and-white issue, especially when it comes to individuals grappling with eating disorders. There's a profound connection between lying, shame, and vulnerability in this context. Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, ABPP, CEDS-S is Chair in the Department of Psychology at Golden Gate University as well as a psychoanalyst and board-certified, licensed psychologist. He has published journal articles and book chapters on topics such as eating disorders, masculinity, technology, and psychoanalytic treatment. He has written 3 books including, Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males (2016), Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak (2018), and Eating Disorders (New Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis) (2022). Tweetable Quotes “How do we understand someone's relationship with the truth in a much more complex way as opposed to just saying ‘Well that's just someone's eating disorder.’” - Rachelle Heinemann "Often people have a kind of outward presentation of indifference or commitment to whatever behavior they're engaged in. But maybe, just maybe there's ambivalence in there." - Tom Wooldridge "You could say, well, there is a 0.5% chance that you'll die of the coronavirus. Well, that's just gonna make a kid anxious. What they need to hear is, no honey, it's gonna be okay." - Tom Wooldridge "I don't rule out that [confrontation] could never be productive. But for most patients, most of the time, they're lying for reasons." - Tom Wooldridge "Most of the time I would hope to get to a place where we could speak about the deception, but usually only after quite a bit of groundwork has been laid." - Tom Wooldridge Resources Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here! Connect with Tom here - www.tomwooldridge.com   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com   ***We're taking a short 2 week break! See you in May!***
Pregnancy is beautiful (for some). Postpartum is raw. There is so much more to a person’s fertility journey than just pregnancy. But there seems to be a universal narrative surrounding pregnancy - the glow, the anticipation, the miracle of life. But what about what comes next? As a mother myself, I've experienced firsthand the pressures of bounce-back culture. It's everywhere - from social media ads to casual conversations. The expectation to quickly return to your pre-pregnancy body after carrying a human for 40 weeks and giving birth is, quite frankly, absurd. In this episode, I am joined by Pam Skop. She is a licensed mental health counselor, certified eating disorder specialist, registered yoga teacher, and postpartum doula. Pam owns EveryBody Psychotherapy NYC, a psychotherapy private practice in New York City focusing on working with those with eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, trauma, and the perinatal period from a holistic, individualized, and embodied approach. Tweetable Quotes "There's obviously so much to any person's fertility journey, whether it starts from way, way, way before anybody gets pregnant." - Rachelle Heinemann “There's so much more that's going on with a woman's body postpartum, whether it's physically, hormonally, emotionally, I mean, you name it, there is a ton." - Rachelle Heinemann "Your body might not ever go back and I think is so, so difficult." - Rachelle Heinemann "I love that we're talking about this idea of expectation because I think so much of where this can be challenging for people and where sort of like emotional struggles come in is when the expectation and the reality do not match up to each other." - Pam Skop "It takes a village, that's sort of what everybody knows. And so it is important to reach out for more support." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here!  Connect with Pam here: https://everybodypsychotherapynyc.com/ https://helloalma.com/providers/pamela-skop/   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode. Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Has the eating disorder community pushed the envelope a little too far? It's a nuanced conversation, one that doesn't lend itself to easy answers. As we endorse concepts like health at every size, intuitive eating, and body love, are we inadvertently alienating those who need our message the most? At the core of it all lies a fundamental question: How did we get here, and what can we do to prevent further suffering?   Tweetable Quotes "All foods are morally equal, which means that you're not a good person for eating salad and you're not a bad person for having chocolate." - Rachelle Heinemann "Intuitive eating is not going to help you if you suffer from a binge eating disorder." - Rachelle Heinemann "Some people love the idea of being able to eventually love their body and really appreciate their body." - Rachelle Heinemann   Resources Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar  Grab my Journal Prompts here! LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.= Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here! You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
When we talk about eating disorders, the conversation often revolves around body image – from the harmful effects of body shaming to the empowering message of body positivity. But there's another aspect of this conversation that often goes overlooked: beauty ideals. There are so many tough questions to answer: Is there such a thing as a "perfect" beauty standard? How does makeup fit into the narrative of body positivity? Can beauty ideals coexist with self-love? And most importantly, how can we redefine beauty on our own terms? In this episode, I’m joined by my dear friend, Nechami Tennenbaum. Nechami isn't a typical guest on the show – she's not a clinician or a therapist, but her journey is just as fascinating. She is the founder and CEO of Defiance Beauty, a high-performance, natural cosmetics brand that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in the beauty industry. Tweetable Quotes "If you're able to look in the mirror and point out things that you're appreciative of, then you're already ahead of the game." - Rachelle Heinemann "I want every woman to feel seen and feel visible... when you see yourself, you don't have to start changing your body or changing your face to look like someone else." - Nechami Tennenbaum "There's something so powerful about feeling like we belong that allows us to be individuals." - Rachelle Heinemann "Unfollow if someone's making you feel lost." - Nechami Tennenbaum Resources Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here! Connect with Nechami on her website: https://www.nechami.com/  Connect with Nechami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nechamit/  https://www.instagram.com/defiancebeautybn/    LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Everyone knows Ozempic. Everyone wants Ozempic.   There’s a sea of misinformation out there because medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro have become so popular. But the real question is why? These aren’t necessarily brand-new medications but lately, we’ve seen them “prescribed” right and left and it leaves us wondering if it’s something we should consider.  What are these medications for? Who should use them? Who shouldn’t use them? What are the side effects? Are we using them correctly? Is there a better way to navigate these medications? What’s the impact on other aspects of people’s lives? What are the consequences in the larger society? In this episode, I’m joined by Laura Cipullo, a seasoned registered dietitian, diabetes care and education specialist, and all-around wellness guru (the real wellness, like overall wellness not just weight = wellness thing.). Together, we're unpacking the science behind GLP-1s, demystifying their role in regulating blood sugar, promoting weight loss, and even delaying stomach emptying. Tweetable Quotes "Everyone's body is so different. Everyone's metabolism is different. Everyone's microbiome is different." - Laura Cipullo "I shouldn't judge you, shouldn't judge the eating disorder community, shouldn't be judging the people that are in whatever body right? We need to talk to them and see what is it that you're experiencing." - Laura Cipullo "I don't think we have enough science for us to even really know like half of what's going on inside somebody." - Laura Cipullo "We live in a world, especially within the eating disorder treatment community, that if you say the word obesity, you are already deemed as something bad, which is kind of a little silly because if there's a word out there, we can't ban it." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Connect with Laura on her website - https://lauracipullo.com/  Connect with Laura on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/LauraCipullo/  Grab the replay of my Basics of Assessment and Early Treatment of Eating Disorder Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
“Here’s what I eat in a day as an *insert social media influencer title here*” If you’re active on social media, chances are you have scrolled through posts like these. Whether they are “what I eat in a day” or “what I earn in a month” or whatever it may be, they are so common but to be honest, a little toxic.  Tweetable Quotes "For the most part, every single person that I talk to when they get off social media, they feel worse about themselves, mostly because of this comparison trap." - Rachelle Heinemann "There's so much that goes into every decision to put something in your mouth, to not eat something, to work out, to not work out. How do you do it? Why do you do it?"- Rachelle Heinemann "Even if we understand something logically, it doesn't necessarily mean that we can actually implement something different to make us feel better." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Grab my Journal Prompts here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com  
There’s a fine line between disordered eating and an eating disorder. These are terms we’ve all heard, but have you ever stopped to consider the difference between these labels?  Better yet, does it truly matter what the difference is? Tweetable Quotes “I think that when we narrow ourselves into boxes and say, this needs to be labeled as disordered eating or an eating disorder, we pigeonhole ourselves, we pigeonhole our clients and their recovery or self-growth healing journey.” - Rachelle Heinemann   "The way that I like to see a relationship with food is on a continuum." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Grab my Journal Prompts here!   LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
“You don’t look like you would have an eating disorder.” Crazier things have never been said. Here’s the thing, eating disorders don’t have a look. It’s a myth that eating disorders are typically portrayed by a “skinny” individual. But the reality is far from that stereotype. Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of their outward appearance. They don't discriminate based on size, shape, or weight. Tweetable Quotes "When eating disorders were portrayed in the media, they said ‘If you don't look like this, you don't have an eating disorder’ and what's really ridiculous about that is that the majority of people who struggle with eating disorders actually don't look like that." - Rachelle Heinemann "If we think about what an eating disorder looks like, there is no such thing." - Rachelle Heinemann "The ultimate goal is for us to create some sort of harmony that if this is what you present on the outside, at the very least, you feel somewhat similar internally." - Rachelle Heinemann "What is so incredible about the recovery journey is that it doesn't have to be the biggest disconnect between your insides and your outsides." - Rachelle Heinemann Resources Grab my Journal Prompts here! LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com
Parenthood can be both beautiful and stressful. Firstly, it’s okay to admit that. There are no sick days, there is no PTO, you work 24/7 shifts and you get paid nothing. It’s sometimes a thankless job, and you’ll never get a break. But, it’s the toughest job you will ever love.  If we really dive into the rut of parenting, it can feel incredibly overwhelming, and sometimes it’s enough to send someone into a downward spiral. However, it’s hard to prepare for something like this. Until you actually become a parent, you can’t really explain to someone what it’s like to be one. In this epsiode, I'm sitting down with Dina Cohen, and discussing all things parenthood and eating disorders. Dina Cohen, MS, RDN, CEDS-C is a nutrition therapist who specializes in pediatric nutrition and the treatment of eating disorders. She is the founder of EatWellSoon, a nutrition counseling practice in Lakewood, NJ dedicated to helping individuals and families develop lifelong healthy habits and a positive relationship with food. Dina's favorite thing to do is help prevent eating disorders before they ever happen, and she speaks in schools, pediatrician's offices, and mental health clinics about eating disorder prevention and awareness. Dina lives with her husband, four daughters, and lots of talking in Toms River, NJ, where she learns new things about food every day.  Tweetable Quotes "It's definitely true that kids are on a different timeline starting from when they're newborn." - Dina Cohen "Recovery from an eating disorder is so, so hard, but you're really getting your bang for your buck because it's going to make other things in your life easier and better." - Dina Cohen "I've found it pretty helpful is that beforehand, before the crisis happens, think about how you can be flexible in upcoming situations." - Rachelle Heinemann "Sometimes we have these hangups of, I want my kids to be nourished well, I want them to have foods with lots of nutrients, a whole balanced meal, and sometimes, maybe, all the time, when you have lots of kids running around, it's really hard to do that." - Rachelle Heinemann "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy, and you have to make the time for yourself because otherwise it's not just you who's going to suffer, everybody's going to suffer." - Dina Cohen Resources Basics of Assessing & Treating Eating Disorders Webinar Grab my Journal Prompts here!  You can find Dina at https://www.eatwellsoonrd.com/. LEAVE A REVIEW + help someone who may need this podcast by sharing this episode.   Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter here!   You can connect with me on Instagram @rachelleheinemann, through my website www.rachelleheinemann.com, or email me directly at rachelle@rachelleheinemann.com  
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