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081 ⎮ Grace, Christianity, and the Bible on Food and Body Image Issues

Jun 12, 2019

What does God actually think of food and body image obsessions? How can we apply GRACE to food and our bodies?

Diet culture has hijacked Christian culture and many church communities. This is no surprise. However, maybe we've gotten it wrong. Let's investigate how to apply grace to food and body image issues.

In today's episode, I talk with dietitian, author, wife, mother, and eating disorders professional, Aubrey Golbek.

We discuss:

  • Her own history with disordered eating and issues with her body
  • How being an athletic child helped her body image
  • How her pregnancy and postpartum experience launched her healing
  • What God think about what we eat
  • What the Bible actually says about food and our bodies
  • What "the desires of the flesh" actually means
  • The difference between living "fear conscious" and "grace conscious"
  • How the secular "attacking" culture of anti-diet social media affects Christian
  • and so much more!


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080 ⎮Ditching the Scale, Overcoming Body Dysmorphia, and Learning to Trust Yourself Around Food with Sophie Bertrand

Jun 05, 2019

Can you develop an eating disorder and body dysmorphia even when you're in an already "thin ideal" body? YES! 

No matter your body size or shape, we are all vulnerable to the impact of culture on how we view ourselves. Eating disorders are mental illnesses, and we cannot determine someone's emotional suffering based on what someone looks like. 

In today's episode, I talk with dietitian, food blogger, and eating disorders professional, Sophie Bertrand.

We discuss:

  • Why Sophie became an eating disorders dietitian
  • How Sophie's relationship with food progressed through her career training
  • How her definition of health now includes chocolate and cake
  • Effect of perfectionism on development of ED's
  • How body obsessions can drive food obsessions
  • How body size does not determine mental suffering
  • How Sophie stopped weighing herself
  • How healing her own body image helped her have more compassion for others
  • and so much more!

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079 ⎮Weight Loss Television, Infertility, and Effect of Doctors with Jacqui McCoy

May 22, 2019


How does someone get on a weight loss television show? What's it really like behind the scenes? How do doctors and the medical community affect our relationship with food and body? 

As anyone who has ever struggled with food and eating issues can attest, our issues usually begin young and begin with unique motivations, usually involving some form of acceptance or health.

In today's episode, I talk with former weight loss television show contestant and infertility warrior, Jacqui McCoy. 

We discuss:

  • How Jacqui first began her obsession with food and body (Spoiler alert: It has to do with her doctor!)
  • Why we think that we need to lose weight to be happy
  • Effect of dieting on relationships
  • How she got onto a weight loss television show and her experience on the show and with media
  • How PCOS and infertility affected her relationship with food and her body
  • What Jacqui and Dr. Reinold think of having women in larger bodies on television shows
  • and so much more!


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078 ⎮ Trauma, Sexuality and Love with Lindsay Gibson

May 15, 2019

>>DISCLAIMER: My guest, Lindsay Gibson, shares her violent sexual assault story on the podcast today. If you do NOT want to hear her story or it will be triggering to you, please fast forward first 15 minutes.<<

 For many of us who struggle with food and our bodies, trauma- whether big or small- is likely a part of our story. Even if you think that your childhood wasn't "that bad" or nothing "really traumatic" happened to you, you may be surprised to know how much we internalize from traumatic moments. In fact, trauma is not defined by the severity of the event, but by the severity of the impact on the individual.

In today's episode, I talk with my dear friend, Lindsay Gibson- author, speaker, trauma and maternal mental health advocate, and devoted mother. 

We discuss:

  • Lindsay's violent sexual assault at 16 years old and her journey through PTSD and recovery
  • What we need to know about trauma and PTSD
  • How MOST of us likely have experienced some form of trauma
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077 ⎮Eating Disorders

Feb 27, 2019

What qualifies as a true "eating disorder" and what is just "disordered eating?" I'll answer this most commonly asked question and so much more on today's episode.

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, this week's episode is specifically on eating disorders.

In this ep, you'll hear:

  • What the difference is between an eating disorder and disordered eating
  • Diagnostic criteria for 4 of the major eating disorders
  • How to know whether you DO have an eating disorder
  • What to do if you indeed have an ED
  • How to get help (and what kind of help to get)
  • Levels of treatment for eating disorders
  • My professional opinion regarding medications for eating disorders
  • and so much more!

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076 ⎮Culture

Feb 20, 2019

Diet culture is prevalent in the United States. No shocker there! But here's the thing: diet culture is ubiquitous worldwide. My guest today, though she grew up in culture very different from United States culture, still developed a severe eating disorder. 

In today's episode, I talk with the amazing Steph Ng who's recently taken over the anti-diet space to share an interesting Chinese cultural stance and how different (and similar) our struggles are.

We discuss:

  • How Steph developed an eating disorder growing up in China
  • How culture affects how women view food and bodies
  • Why women diet in China (and it's not necessarily to be thinner)
  • How to create your own treatment plan when quality eating disorder treatment isn't available to you
  • and so much more!


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075 ⎮Contentment

Feb 13, 2019

Aside from actually being “thin”, that feeling we are all craving is contentment. We want to get to a point where we just FEEL good about our bodies. We are told that the feeling will come once we lose the weight, but more and more women are coming forward and telling us that this isn’t exactly the case. There are so many other things that we can invest in that will bring a sense of pride and there are so many more aspects of ourselves that will give us a full and meaningful life beyond what number pops up on a scale.

In this ep, you'll also hear:

  • My interview with podcast host, Nickie Snyder and how she has found contentment for her body
  • Nickie’s journey with Weight Watchers
  • Size, what it means to Nickie and how people “in the middle” handle life in the world of extreme’s
  • What she wasn’t willing to sacrifice for the sake of “thin”
  • How to find contentment in your own life with three actionable tips
  • and more!



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074 ⎮ Men

Jan 30, 2019

It's About Men...

Scott Ste. Marie of Depression to Expression joins Stefani for Part 2 of an honest dialogue about how men view women.

Men have SO much power over how we women view food and our bodies. It's often a very powerful factor in our relationship with food and our bodies, both positively and negatively.

In a special Q&A episode, Scott answers questions that women are always asking me:

  1. What do guys want women to know regarding food and their bodies?
  2. How can a woman help a guy feel more confident in his body?
  3. Do guys think about women’s bodies more than their own bodies?
  4. What is the pressure like for guys around food and their bodies?
  5. What do guys think of women who go on diets?
  6. What’s the most annoying thing about women? / what do you wish women did differently around men?
  7. Can a woman’s appearance really please a man by itself?
  8. How important really is appearance to guys?
  9. What is the most attractive quality-physical or...
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073 ⎮ Mental Health

Jan 23, 2019

 Scott St. Marie of Depression to Expression joins Stefani for an honest dialogue on mental health in this episode of It's Not About the Food.

Scott opens up about his own journey into and out of depression, his childhood, and what he does currently to improve his mental health.

Scott and Stefani discuss diets for mental health and other taboo topics. 

Stefani also answers questions:

  1. Do psychiatric medications cause weight gain?
  2. Can depression and anxiety worsen emotional eating or cause dysregulated eating?
  3. What do you think of functional medicine? (like Kelly Brogan MD and Sara Gottfried MD's approaches)
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072 ⎮ Own It, Babe

Jan 16, 2019

What're your deepest, darkest concerns about making peace with food and your body? What is really holding you back from giving up dieting for good? Why is it SO hard to love your body!

Well, in this episode, I GO DEEP with my friend, Rini Frey, of Own It Babe. Rini is an online educator, influencer and body image coach who helps empower women to live their lives free from food and body image woes. 

We discuss:

  • What made Rini finally get the help she needed
  • What Rini (and Stefani) think that men think of women who gain weight and our experiences with our husbands
  • Why women truly are still dieting
  • How to finally give up counting macros
  • and so much more!


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