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043 ⎮ How I Recovered from an Eating Disorder and Ditched Dieting for Good

Jan 08, 2020

You may not have ever heard my personal story. If you've listened to my podcast for any length of time, you may have picked up bits and pieces, but here's the full scoop. Listen to hear my story from adolescent eating disorder to chronic dieter to fully recovered. 

A few highlights from this episode include:

  • I share my personal story surrounding dieting and body image.
  • How our current diet culture is affecting many of us today.
  • How I used food as a coping mechanism.
  • When I went on my first official diet at just the age of 13.
  • How the cycle of binge eating and purging started to ruin my life.
  • How I was able to get through my eating disorder.
  • Things I’ve done differently through pregnancy.
  • How I was able to reconnect with my body!

Powerful Quotes

  • “I've always had a pretty broad and diverse interest in food.” - Stefani Reinold, MD, MPH
  • “So, unbeknownst to me and unconsciously, I associated the belief that my self-worth depended on my appearance.”...
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042 ⎮ Anti-Diet, Pro-Wellness Resolutions and Goal Setting

Jan 01, 2020

Do you wonder how to make goals that are NOT focused on weight loss?

Are you wanting to improve your health this year, but don't want to make another weight loss or body size goal?

I hear ya... annnnddd it's totally possible. 

In this week's podcast episode, I'm going to teach you how to make anti-diet, pro-wellness new year's resolutions or goals. 

But first, let me ask you: why should we set goals in the first place?

Well, goal setting is associated with:
  • Improved focus
  • Increased concentration
  • Increased excitement
  • Less depression and anxiety
  • Better ability to set boundaries

And just FYI, burn out is:

  • More common in women than men
  • More common in mothers than childfree women
  • More common in health care and service providers
  • Very common in mental health practitioners (20-40%)*
  • Leads to LOWER empathy*

More importantly, when we're burned out:

  • We don’t do as good of a job.
  • We’re not pleasant to family members and loved ones.
  • ...
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041 ⎮ My #1 Top Tip to Help You Escape Diet Mentality Fast

Dec 04, 2019

I have a short and sweet message for you on the podcast this week.

That is... my #1 top tip to help you escape diet mentality FAST.

This is superrrr SIMPLE, so simple that you won't believe me. 

BUT... it's not easy. 

Tune in to this episode to hear the tip: 


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040 ⎮ Why We Diet and Want to Control Our Bodies with Kristen Cillo

Nov 27, 2019


Kristen is a wife, mom of three, and a home organization specialist.



  • When Kristen first found out about her blood disorder, it made her anxiety go way up and lead her start to obsess over clean eating and over exercising just so she can have some control in her life.
    • “When things are out of control in my life, I tend to turn to food and my body to gain some sort of sense of control.” - Kristen Cillo
  • We talk about the difference between self-care and self- control! Kristen talks about the praise she was getting about her postpartum body and felt that she had to keep up with those comments! I also mention how the way we look on the outside does not define us!
    • “If their soul is ugly, they will not age well!” - Dr. Stefani Reinold
  • After working out and obsessed with her image for two years, she was triggered by a friend...
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039 ⎮ Anti-Diet, OCD, and Body Positive Fitness with Emily Decker

Nov 20, 2019

Do you have a disordered relationship with exercise?

Is it difficult to enjoy moving your body without constantly thinking about how your body's aesthetics may change?

Is it hard for you to separate nutrition and food from moving your body and fitness?

Do you wonder if you'll EVER enjoy fitness again?


Well, this week, I talk with personal trainer and anti-diet-culture CrossFit coach, Emily Decker. Emily is also a mental health advocate working to increase the body-friendliness of the fitness industry. She is creator of her 6-week private training program called BFF (Body-Friendly Fitness) that empowers people who have struggled with “yo-yo exercising” to find enjoyable and sustainable workout habits by working WITH their bodies, not FOR different ones.

In this interview, we discuss:

  • How her mental health journey has influenced her journey with food and fitness
  • How to separate restrictive mindset around food and exercise
  • Diet mentality thoughts...
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038 ⎮ Motherhood and Raising Children in Diet Culture with Crystal Karges

Nov 13, 2019

Are you worried about "screwing up your kids?"

Do you have concerns with raising intuitive eaters?

Are you afraid that you'll project your own body image insecurities onto your kids?

Or do you have discomfort with feeding your kids?

When it comes to motherhood, there are countless ways that we can feel guilt, shame, and discomfort... and food and body image issues can be big, BIG stressors for parents. 

Well, this week, I talked with child feeding specialist, Crystal Karges. Crystal is a Maternal Health Specialist, Child Feeding Expert, and Food & Body Image Coach for Mothers. 

She is passionate about helping mamas build a peaceful relationship with food & their bodies so they can confidently nourish themselves & their kids and bring joy back to eating. Crystal is committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and evidenced-based nutrition care to mothers and families worldwide through her online blog and virtual nutrition coaching practice.

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037 ⎮ How Diet Culture Can Kill You and Prioritizing Health Over Weight Loss

Oct 30, 2019

 Is the pursuit of the thin ideal killing you? 

Are you afraid to see the doctor because you believe your body isn't acceptable by mainstream medical standards?

Do you struggle with how to improve your health WITHOUT wanting to change your weight?

Well, you're not alone!

In this week's two-part episode with my friend, Tamsen Horton, we discuss her near-death experience that led to a diagnosis of late-onset Type 1 Diabetes in her 40s and how this one experience has transformed how she looks at health, weight loss, and child feeding. 

In this interview, we discuss:

  • How competitive figure skating affected Tamsen's relationship with food and her body
  • How she did NOT develop an eating disorder
  • How much money she wasted on products to change food and body
  • How diet culture almost killed her... literally.
  • How a near death experience changed her vision of health forever
  • How she's adjusted to a new diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes
  • How she feeds herself and her two...
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036 ⎮ Childhood, Eating Disorders, and Dysfunctional Families with Elizabeth Oates

Oct 23, 2019

How our childhood affects our relationship with food and our bodies is an important discussion. It's no secret that for many of us, childhood is where we first heard words that our bodies weren't good enough or that we couldn't trust ourselves around food. 

And it can be more paramount in families with other "dysfunctional" elements and brokenness.

This week I'm talking with my friend, Elizabeth Oates. Elizabeth is an author, speaker, and mother of 5 who is passionate about helping women ditch the guilt and embrace freedom. After growing up in a broken family herself, she found real freedom beyond her childhood pains and wants to now spread that same truth to others. She wrote the book, Mending Broken Branches: When God Reclaims Your Dysfunctional Family Tree, and she is also podcast host of the show, Asking for a Friend

In this interview, we discuss:

  • What Elizabeth's definition of "dysfunction" is
  • How Elizabeth's dysfunctional childhood affected her relationship...
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035 ⎮ How to Make Change and Achieve Full Recovery

Oct 16, 2019

Do you ever wonder if all the struggle is really "worth it?" 

So many clients and patients I work with will inevitably reach a point where they feel completely stuck. They feel confused and hopeless and maybe even worthless. Realistically, they may feel even WORSE than they did when they were actively engaging in their eating disorder. 

And so, they wonder: what am I doing? Is this worth it? Is freedom possible? Is full recovery actually possible?

Well, I'd like to encourage you, as I do my individual patients and clients, that yes yes YES! Full recovery is possible. True freedom from food and body obsessions is possible! And you are so SO close!


It does take change.

Uncomfortable, REAL, soul-gripping, spirit-inspiring change. 

Not the "ra ra" kind of change that most self-help books and self-development gurus talk about... but the real, deep kind of change that results in a transformation from the inside out.

This may be a slow burn kind of change. 

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034 ⎮Overcoming an Eating Disorder with IBS and Anxiety with Emily Murray

Oct 02, 2019

Do you have anxiety or IBS AND an eating disorder? Have you fallen prey to the allure of curing your mental health or physical health struggles with food? You're not alone!

This week I'm talking with my friend, Emily Murray- registered dietitian nutritionist, eating disorders specialist, health at every size and intuitive eating clinician, all about this. 

In this interview, we discuss:

  • How IBS led her into diet culture
  • How she tried to find the perfect diet to control her anxiety
  • How her eating disorder affected her relationship with God
  • The harms of external validation for food restriction
  • How to reframe conversations away from weight loss and appearance
  • How her experience impacted her career
  • What healthy habits she incorporates into her own life today
  • and so much more!

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