#042: Intuitive Eating is No Longer Intuitive

Spring is here, which means the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and… the talk about getting your body “ready for summer” is about to begin. But your body does not need changing - and you don’t need to do ANYTHING to prepare to wear summer clothing and show up at the beach. This week, we give you a refreshing dose of sanity to help you bite back against the “beach body” BS and head into to the summer season with a smile instead of a diet. We talk through different things to look out for so you can call out diet culture for what it is; then, we guide you through some actionable steps for staving off the harmful effects of these messages during this difficult time.

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#041: The Only Prep For Summer You'll Ever Need

Spring is here, which means the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and… the talk about getting your body “ready for summer” is about to begin. But your body does not need changing - and you don’t need to do ANYTHING to prepare to wear summer clothing and show up at the beach. This week, we give you a refreshing dose of sanity to help you bite back against the “beach body” BS and head into to the summer season with a smile instead of a diet. We talk through different things to look out for so you can call out diet culture for what it is; then, we guide you through some actionable steps for staving off the harmful effects of these messages during this difficult time.

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#040: How To Stop Hating Your Body

It’s easy to say “just learn to accept your body!” but it’s SO hard to actually do it. This week, we talk you through 10 real things you can do to get closer to body acceptance. These tips are real, they’re honest, and they’ve helped both of us. Quitting dieting and finding freedom with food is impossible when you’re hung up on hating your body. But you don’t need to change your body to start feeling okay with it. Body acceptance is possible at ANY size!

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#039: How To Separate Exercise from Body Size

Even if you’re feeling a-okay with your body before you get to the gym, it can be tough to navigate the appearance-focused marketing and posters once you get there. You were just trying to get some movement in - you didn’t want to see that poster about fat-burning and post-workout snacks! Gym culture thrives off of making people feel insecure about their bodies. Gyms believe that in order to get people to spend money on fitness, they have to promise body change. But research tells us that this body change isn’t possible! Luckily, there are other reasons that people exercise than just body change. And in fact, these gyms can make money in the industry without ever promising these things at all.

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#038: Myths about Eating Disorders

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness week and National Nutrition Month, we wanted to talk about some of the most common myths and misconceptions related to eating disorders and eating disorder treatment. In this episode, we talk about how weight bias prevents treatment from being as effective as it could be, the many shapes and sizes of eating disorders, and ED recovery.

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#035: Kids Don’t Need to Watch Their Weight

Weight Watchers recently revealed their marketing plan to offer their program free for teens this summer. This got us thinking about how much of OUR relationships with food were affected by exposure to diet culture at a young age. Anti-obesity campaigns, lack of body representation at school, being weighed at school, learning restrictive nutrition… It’s no wonder we strayed from intuitive eating! Did you know that 81 percent of ten year olds are afraid of being fat? That’s WILD! Weight Watchers - or any form of dieting - doesn’t belong on a child’s agenda, ever. There is another way to talk to kids about food and weight. In this episode, we talk about the risks of these programs for kids, our own experiences as children, more productive ways to talk about health with children, and so much more.

 

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#034: The Politics of Body Positivity

Body positive discussions, in some spaces, are only halfway there. Like, sure, we can accept our belly rolls and sometimes we can eat a donut. But what happens if your body has more than just belly rolls? What if you ate the donut in the afternoon and still want ice cream after dinner? Is body positivity still for you? It should be.

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#033: Airplane Food, TSA, and “Healthy” Travel Hacks

Filling a carry-on with chia pudding and collagen may SEEM glamorous, but we promise you-- it’s not. No matter how effortless it may look on Instagram, packing individual smoothie baggies or servings of trail mix is nothing short of exhausting and stressful. “Healthy” travel hacks from wellness gurus are nothing to envy and certainly nothing you need to try for the sake of your health. We used to BE those health gurus. We used to pack the snacks and worry about the processed foods on the plane. And honestly, nothing about the experience ever felt fulfilling or well. Instead, they took away the healthiest, happiest, most fulfilling aspects of travel - the scenes, the smells, the experiences, the FOOD. Listen in to find out all about how we approach travel now that we’re intuitively eating and how different our travel experiences have been since we made the switch.

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#029: Diets don't work. Here's why.

Thinking about “cleaning up” your diet this year? Considering a cleanse to “get you back on track”? We beg of you: ditch that idea ASAP. Diets just don’t work for anyone or anything. There are some very real reasons that diets fail - and not one of them is the fault of the dieter. If you don’t stick to your diet resolution, if you ditch the cleanse halfway, or if you don’t change your body at all this year, it’s not your fault. In fact, not accomplishing those things is actually better for you in the long run.

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#027: Dear Weight Watchers, CAN U NOT

Last week, Weight Watchers released a new program called “Freestyle.” It claims to provide a flexible approach to dieting and promote weight loss in a healthy way. We just want to chime in and say that “flexible dieting” and “healthy weight loss” are basically oxymorons. Just because WW says it’s body positive doesn’t mean it is! If I call a tree an airplane, does that mean it can fly? Nope it does not. If you want to know what on Earth we’re talking about, listen in!

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#026: Happy Holidays! Who’s Ready For the Parties?​​​​​​​

Ah, the holiday season… Filled with family, fun, festivities, and… sugar detoxes? Clean eating? Repenting for last night’s fried-appetizer-filled sins? If you get anxious about food during these next couple of weeks, you’re not alone. We used to be right there with you-- creeping on Instagram influencer’s workouts, baking those “healthier” holiday cookies and cakes (we’re looking at you, gluten-free cookie skillet), and just overall stressing about how this season was disrupting our routines. This season, though, we feel far from that. We’re more relaxed and have been genuinely celebrating the holidays with the people we love. In this episode, we share the mindset shift that got us here and why we’re skipping the pre-holidays detox or cleanse (and what we’re choosing to do instead). This year, we’re having our truly healthiest holiday season.

 

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