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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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071 ⎮The Journey

Jan 09, 2019


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Are you wondering what Intuitive Eating looks like? Have you given up diets this year, but you still don't quite "get" what a "non-diet lifestyle" looks like?

Do you live life in a larger body and think weight loss is the only answer? Do you have a hard time taking yourself seriously?

Well, this week, Brianna Campos (AKA BodyImageWithBri) shares her powerful story.

This week I'm joined by one of my favorite virtual mental health colleagues! I'm talking to Brianna Campos, mental health counselor and body image coach.

In this ep, you'll also hear:

  • What it was like growing up in a larger body
  • How doctors affected her overall health
  • How her mom treated her and her brother differently (and what that had to do with food choices)
  • Why she stopped dieting
  • How she learned about HAES and Intuitive Eating
  • What her biggest struggle is currently (and it's NOT food)
  • and more!


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070 ⎮ Clothes

Dec 05, 2018

Clothes are a big, BIG trigger for women! Have you ever put on clothes, looked at yourself in the mirror, and then felt horrible and turned into a puddle of tears? And then you turn back to dieting and extreme exercise to try to solve the problem. Well, my friend, my guest this week has you covered!

Rachael Somplasky is a wife, mother, and founder of STYLED by Rachael Somplasky. She believes that fashion is fleeting but style is timeless. 

In this ep, we discuss:

  • How + Why Rachael switched story from sweat pants and messy buns to stilettos and en vogue fashion
  • How Rachael gets ready in the morning, even when she doesn’t leave the house— and WHY she does that
  • What the struggles of balancing fashion forward with comfortable wear are
  • How to dress for mom life
  • What Rachael thinks of "dressing for your body type"
  • and so much more!

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069 ⎮ Doctors

Nov 30, 2018

Doctors likely affect what you think and feel about health. Without realizing it, we give doctors a lot of power over us. And while doctors ARE very educated (and mostly, well-intentioned) professionals, they aren't always right. And they can cause harm in some of the most unassuming ways! ... and this is coming from a doctor, I'll add!

I'm sharing 4 Tips to Help You Survive Your Next Doctor's Appointment and so much more!

In this ep, you'll also hear:

  • What doctors do NOT know about health
  • How weight is linked to health complications (and it's NOT what you think!)
  • What doctors have gotten wrong in the past about health (and how this affects you!)
  • How to feel confident the next time you go to the doctor
  • and more!


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