Eat the Rules with Summer Innanen (Health)

I’m running solo giving you a bit of a personal update as to what’s been going on in my life over the past few months, including a diagnosis with Adenomyosis and the horrible anxiety I experienced as a result of my IUD.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/232
In this episode, I talk about:
- How I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis this year,
- The ways that I manage the pain,
- Why I got a IUD to help and the side effects I experienced,
- How I experienced horrible anxiety as a result of the IUD,
- What I’ve done to treat it and heal moving forward,
- What to expect from this podcast through the summertime,
Plus so much more!
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I’m running solo talking about how to navigate alcohol and intuitive eating. I talk about the two differences between alcohol and food when it comes to intuitive eating, how to assess what you want your relationship with alcohol to look like, and what to do if you feel guilty when you drink.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/231
In this episode, I talk about:
- A different way to think of what it means to have a drinking problem,

- That there is a high correlation between eating disorders and substance abuse,
- How alcohol is not the same as food,
- Questions to ask yourself to define your relationship with alcohol,
- How many of our internal compasses or value systems actually stem from diet culture,
- The different ways you can interpret feelings of guilt,
Plus so much more!
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I’m running solo ranting about the 5 reasons why eating in moderation is useless advice. I also explore what moderation means, how this phrase is actually just dieting disguised, and questions to ask yourself when you’re about to eat.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/230
In this episode, I talk about:
- How this is framed as not a diet, but is actually code for dieting,
- That moderation is up for interpretation, but usually lines up to rules and limitations,
- How fitness and health professionals use this language to avoid talking about dieting,
- That not honouring our needs ignores our satiety,
- How anti-fat bias and fatphobia mess up the way we think about food,
- How this advice often backfires,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 230_episode.mp3
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I’m joined by Marie-Pier Pitre-D’Iorio, RD, answering lots of your questions on how to find food freedom. You don’t want to miss this one as we talk about why giving yourself permission with food isn’t always enough, how to get past that place where you feel like you’re eating things that don’t make you feel good, how to overcome the diet mentality and scarcity mindset, the importance of satiety, and so much more.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/229
In this episode, we talk about:
- Why giving yourself permission to eat all the foods isn’t enough to have a good relationship with food,

- The difference between eating without restrictions and actual food freedom,
- The importance of curiosity over judgement,
- How to create body safeness with food,
- How body image and food freedom go hand in hand,
- Tips for checking-in on your hunger and satiety,
Plus so much more!
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I’m joined by Emma Wright talking about how to end the struggles and mealtime battles that happen with kids. She talks about how the pressure to have kids eat and look a certain way sets parents up for feelings of frustration at mealtimes and kids not knowing how to trust their bodies. She also explores how to teach kids body autonomy so they learn to eat intuitively and create an environment where eating feels easier.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/228
In this episode, we talk about:
- What changed Emma’s thinking in relation to food and diets, and how this shift opened up space in her mind for other things,
- How good intentions are no match for diet culture,
- The deep sense of failure that parents internalize and how it steals the joy from their family life,
- How this parental pressure leaves kids confused and mistrusting their own bodies and hunger cues,
- The importance of getting out of the way and allowing our children to make mistakes and figure things out on their own,
- How all of this applies to adults, as well as kids,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 228_episode.mp3
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We know diets don’t work, but what if you need to lose weight for health/mobility? What about conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea? Vinny Welsby and I talk about that today in our last Death to Diets episode and also share the two reasons why you may choose to go on a diet or intentionally lose weight.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/227
In this episode, we talk about:
- Some of the reasons people feel they need to lose weight,
- The importance of creating your own personal definition of health,
- That we don’t have as much control over our health as diet and wellness culture would like us to believe,
- How to look at health in terms of what you can add, instead of what you should take away,
- The huge problem in the medical industry that makes some people need to lose weight in order to receive care,
- The lies told to us about infertility, joint issues, diabetes, and many other medical concerns,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 227_episode.mp3
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The Biggest Loser, Friends, and Bridget Jones have a LOT to answer to when it comes to body image! In the fifth episode of Death to Diets, Vinny Welsby and I are talking about the tv shows and movies that did a number on our self-esteem. Have things gotten better recently or is it the same old BS, and were there ANY good shows from the ’00s that helped with body image?
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/226
In this episode, we talk about:
- How representations in pop culture fed into the belief that you have to be thin to be worthy,

- That these shows often included other problematic things, including transphobia and racism,
- How these shows fed into the idea that fat people need to be saved,
- The shows that have had a good impact on body image,
- That even on shows with better body diversity, they’re always still model-types,
- That the standards have continued to morph and now these shows and movies make things like lip fillers and Botox feel like the norm,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 226_episode.mp3
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We are exploring whether food is toxic and challenging the notion of food addiction in this rebroadcast of the Death To Diets mini-series. We also look at the new Jonathan Van Ness show called Getting Curious where they answered the question “Why Do I Love Snacks So Much?” Instead of a delightful foray into the wonderful world of snacks, this episode took a dark turn into debunked science from 1996, fatphobia, and food shaming. Fun! Vinny Welsby and I break down the BS around it and other “toxic” food myths.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/225
In this episode, we talk about:
- How food shaming and fatphobia is disguised as health in popular culture,

- That chemicals in food does not mean it’s toxic or bad for you,
- That sugar and food addiction doesn’t exist and how restriction makes people think they are addicted,
- That there are no morally superior foods, but our culture’s obsession with losing weight makes us think there are,
- How altering the BMI was used to support fatphobic statistics,
- That there’s still a lot of fear and misinformation around food and eating,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 225_episode.mp3
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I am back with Vinny with episode 3 of Death to Diets and we are talking about before and after pictures. We talk about what we think about weight loss before and after pictures and our own experiences with them. And what about “body positive” before and afters, showing people who used to be thin and in diet hell and now heavier but at peace, are they good, bad, or something else? Join us for another incredible episode of Death to Diets!
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/224
In this episode, we talk about:
- Our past experiences and perspectives on before and after pictures and how our thinking has evolved,

- That an “after” picture is just a moment in someone’s life,
- The shame that comes with not being able to maintain the image of an “after” picture,
- Our thoughts on reverse before and after pictures,
- That you can show yourself having joy in your body without posting a comparison picture,
- The ways in which straight-sized bodies are often centered in the conversation about body positivity,
Plus so much more!
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I am back with Vinny with episode 2 of Death to Diets and we are talking all about extreme diets. Vinny and I have picked our most "favourite" new diets on the market and we talk about why they are fucked up and won't work and are just ridiculous to the max. One diet even says you MUST read a non-fiction book every day, no other genre...say what?! Join us as we ridicule how anyone can pull something out of their ass and call it a diet.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/223
In this episode, we talk about:
- How many diets mimic eating disorders,

- That diabetes monitoring tools have been co-opted by diet culture, without evidence that it helps with weight loss,
- That there is not a single scientific study that proves dieting works,
- That the diet business doesn’t tackle the actual things that impact health,
- How diet companies manipulate their data to show success,
- Some of the ridiculous diets we’ve tried in the past,
Plus so much more!
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We’ve got something a little different for you this week…Death To Diets is a candid, honest chat led by professional body image coach Summer Innanen and world-leading expert on dismantling fatphobia and diet culture, Vinny Welsby. Together, they invite listeners to join them in conversation as they share their topical takes and empowering insights on body image. This week, they're sharing tips on setting boundaries and how to respond to diet talk during the holiday season.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/222
In this episode, we talk about:
- An overview of our stance on diets and fatphobia,
- That we sometimes have to let go of the idea that we can change people’s minds,
- The importance of having empathy for your past self and people still caught up in diet culture,
- Vinny’s formula for dealing with fatphobia,
- The Fierce Fatty JABB technique for setting boundaries,
- How boundaries can be a gift to the other person,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 222_episode.mp3
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I’m joined by Amapoundcake, and we are announcing our Body Image Coach Certification Program. We talk about what body image coaching is, how we help people and practitioners, the issues with the current state of coaching, and what the BICC program entails.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/221
In this episode, we talk about:
- Our vision for body image coaching,

- Who this certification program is for,
- That body image coaching is not therapy,
- That this is a cultural issue and it’s not the individual’s fault for having body image issues,
- Some of the topics covered in our program, including the history of Fatphobia, bias in coaching, and working with the client’s inner-critic,
- How self-care has been commodified and how to find what it really means for you,
Plus so much more!
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I’m joined by registered dieticians Glenys Oyston and Rebecca Scritchfield, talking all about diabetes and how to manage everything from pre-diabetes to diabetes from a health at every size perspective. We’re unpacking all the myths about diabetes, whether you need to be concerned if you are genetically predisposed, whether you need to cut carbs, and changes you can make to manage blood sugars without triggering the diet mentality.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/219
In this episode, we talk about:
- What inspired them to create the Self Care for Diabetes Program,

- That diabetes has an unknown etiology,
- Advice for someone whose doctor has recommended weight loss because of a diabetes diagnosis,
- How dieting doesn’t make diabetes go away,
- How they encourage self-discovery and experimentation, instead of the typical limitations or restrictions,
- The importance of decreasing the shame of diagnosis,
Plus so much more!
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I’m interviewing Alexis Conason, clinical psychologist, eating disorder specialist, and author of The Diet-Free Revolution, unpacking everything that the research says about weight loss. Is it possible to lose weight in the long-term? What do you need to do to achieve that? Plus, how learning to eat more mindfully (in a non-diet way) can help you to become a more intuitive eater.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/218
In this episode, we talk about:
- That long term weight loss and maintenance is extremely rare, and the industry knows it,
- How researchers have used examples of people with eating disorders as lessons for weight loss,
- That in the rare instances when people sustain weight loss long term, it’s often not in a healthy way,
- A study on contestants from The Biggest Loser, and why we never see a follow-up episode of this show,
- That health is not determined by weight and that most of what impacts health is out of our control,
- How mindfulness can shift the way we see ourselves and how we interact with the world,
Plus so much more!
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I’m revisiting a classic episode which is an epic guide to how diets work and fail us, what dieting does to our body, how to recognize the diet mentality and heal from it, and so much more.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/217
In this episode, we talk about:
- What the diet cycle looks like and why it leads to binging, emotional eating, and "cheating,"
- How it contributes to worsening self-worth and body image,
- The side effects and negative ramifications of dieting,
- Myths about health and weight,
- How to end the restrict-binge cycle,
- The most important pieces of the puzzle that need to be addressed when learning to eat normally,
Plus so much more!
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Body Image Series: I’m responding to the question “Will accepting my body make me unhealthy?” I also explore how our culture has made us believe that being thinner is the only way to be healthy, and why health is multi-faceted.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/216
In this episode, I talk about:
- How we’ve lost touch of what is good for us in the pursuit of weight loss by blending weight and health together,
- How the anti-diet message often gets interpreted as being anti-health, when it’s about finding what’s best for your body and doing things from a place of self-care,
- Why this message actually makes us more stressed and results in a poorer body image,
- What the research says about body image and health,
- How health is improved by behaviours, not outcomes,
- How having a positive body image leads to a higher likelihood of engaging in health promoting behaviours,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 216_episode.mp3
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Body Image Series: I’m talking all about confidence - what it is, how to get it and 5 tips to help you gain more confidence.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/215
In this episode, we talk about:
- What it does and doesn’t mean to be confident,

- The relationship between body image, confidence, and compassion,
- That compassion is the engine that fuels our confidence,
- What it takes to gain more confidence,
- 5 things that get in the way of us being confident and what to do differently,
- How experiencing failure and rejection builds confidence,
Plus so much more!
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Body Image Series: I’m talking all about body neutrality - what it is and isn’t, what it looks like in real life, the stages people go through to get there, and the key elements to getting body neutral.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/214
In this episode, we talk about:
- How I like to reframe body neutrality as a way to get more joy out of life,

- How it allows you to make decisions based on what’s best for you, instead of the best way to lose weight,
- That everyone’s journey is different and that we have to meet ourselves where we’re at,
- That the core of this work is knowing who you are and your value outside of how you look,
- The importance of challenging the beliefs you have and developing beliefs that support unconditional support and love for yourself,
- How embodiment and body neutrality go together,
Plus so much more!
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Body Image Series: I’m going on a bit of a rant about the mainstream messages about “love your body” and “body positivity,” and then I take a deep dive into what we might really want and mean when we talk about loving our body.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/213
In this episode, we talk about:
- How my clients often react negatively to this language and why the pressure for body positivity can result in doubling down on shame,

- What I found when looking up these phrases' hashtags, how they’ve been co-opted, and some of the better hashtags to follow that haven’t been co-opted in the same way,
- Why we need more representation without explanation or justification,
- How body neutrality takes the focus away from the need to feel a certain way about your body,
- That we often imagine looking at ourselves and judging ourselves through the male-gaze and society’s beauty standards,
- The freedom of not caring how you look and the impact it can have on your life,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 213_episode.mp3
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In this special 2-part episode I’m speaking to 4 incredible untamed women who will set you on fire…
These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look.
You, On Fire is the online group coaching program that gives you a step-by-step way of building up self-worth beyond your jean size with personalized coaching from me and lifetime access to the program—so you can break out of the diet culture cage, get free from body shame and live your fiery, free, untamed life.
Go here to get all the details and get on the waitlist for the upcoming cycle: summerinnanen.com/youonfirewaitlist
Shownotes: summerinnanen.com/212

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In this special 2-part episode I’m speaking to 4 incredible untamed women who will set you on fire…
These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look.
You, On Fire is the online group coaching program that gives you a step-by-step way of building up self-worth beyond your jean size with personalized coaching from me and lifetime access to the program—so you can break out of the diet culture cage, get free from body shame and live your fiery, free, untamed life.
Go here to get all the details and get on the waitlist for the upcoming cycle: summerinnanen.com/youonfirewaitlist
Shownotes: summerinnanen.com/212

Direct download: 212_part1_episode.mp3
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Movement Series: This is another instalment of the movement series where I’m with Jenna Jozefowski, certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor, as well as yoga teacher, dance teacher, and semi-retired professional dancer. We talk about how to approach body positive strength training, why not all movement needs to be joyful, how to know what fitness advice is meant for you, and other red flags to look for when seeking out fitness support.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/211
In this episode, we talk about:
- How Jenna helps people strength train without a side of diet-culture,

- How fitness and movement should enhance your life, not take it over,
- Why many people feel like they’re doing joyful movement wrong and how it can be a hard standard to live up to,
- Advice for finding the right movement for your body,
- Some of the red flags to watch out for when choosing a trainer,
- Advice for someone looking to get into strength training,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 211_episode.mp3
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Movement Series: This is another instalment of the movement series where I’m joined by Alicia Ferguson and Paris Alexandra of BK Yoga Club, the first Black women owned body positive yoga studio in the US. We’re talking about how yoga helped them cultivate a better relationship with their bodies, how it can be used to practice compassion and acceptance, why they saw a need for a body positive yoga studio, and how they are doing things differently.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/210
In this episode, we talk about:
- Their relationships to their bodies growing up and how it led to the work they do now,

- Their work towards creating inclusivity in the wellness industry and centering Black and brown women,
- How they remove the influence of diet culture from their studio,
- The importance of meeting people where they’re at, instead of making decision for them,
- How the philosophies of yoga can help facilitate a better relationship with the body,
- Advice for someone looking to start a yoga practice,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 210_episode.mp3
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Movement Series: This is another instalment of the movement series where I’m joined by Michelle Vina-Baltsas, professionally trained coach and certified intuitive eating counselor. We’re talking about intuitive movement – what it is, how to overcome exercise resistance, the importance of movement as we age, and how to get started with intuitive movement in mid-life.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/209
In this episode, we talk about:
- The evolution of Michelle’s relationship with movement,

- Exercise resistance – what it is and how it manifests,
- How to work through the grief of your body changing as you age,
- How everything we do is some type of movement and it all makes a difference,
- The magical question to ask yourself so you know that your movement is intuitively based, and not driven by diet culture,
- The myth of 10,000 steps a day,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 209_episode.mp3
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Movement Series: This is another instalment of the movement series where I’m joined by Jenna Doak, co-owner and head trainer at Body Positive Fitness. We’re talking about why she started Body Positive Fitness, her journey away from toxic fitness culture, and how to get over all or nothing thinking to help you have a better relationship to movement.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/208
In this episode, we talk about:
-  The challenge of getting out of the normalized toxic behaviours while still working in the fitness industry,

- The joy of training and moving without an end goal of losing a certain amount of weight,
- How she removes shame from her practice,
- That there are so many ways to move your body, it doesn’t need to be something you hate or dread, it should be something that’s fun for you,
- How she handles goal-setting with her clients,
- Advice for someone who wants to go to a trainer, but is nervous about gyms and being entrenched in diet culture,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 208_episode.mp3
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Movement Series: This is another instalment of the movement series where I’m joined by Steph Dykstra ­– creative director and martial arts coach at Iron Lion Training. She is talking about her relationship with her body through various sports, including boxing and powerlifting, how movement can be an outlet for emotions, and how her facility leads with inclusivity.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/207
In this episode, I talk about:
- How Steph’s journey helped her see what sort of space she ultimately wanted to create,

- The continued pressure she felt to be smaller in the fitness world and the consistent work involved to have a healthy mindset when competing,
- Advice for people who are working to change their relationship to movement,
- Tips for overcoming the all or nothing mentality,
- How to move away from esthetic based goals and how to use the five whys,\
- What an inclusive space actually looks like,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 207_episode.mp3
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Movement Series: This is another segment in the movement series, a series of episodes to help you change your relationship to movement. In this episode I’m giving you 8 steps to take to heal your relationship with movement.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/206
In this episode, I talk about:
- How movement is not an obligation and there’s no morality associated with it,

- A question to ask yourself to stop letting your weight dictate your movement choices,
- The importance of listening to what your body needs and not the “shoulds,”
- How to define what you really want out of movement,
- How acceptance is not about letting yourself go or giving up,
- The impact of your environment on healing your relationship with movement,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 206_episode.mp3
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Movement Series: I’m kicking off the movement series, talking about my history with exercise, when you might need to take time off, why we need to move away from black and white thinking, and how I navigate my relationship with movement now.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/205
In this episode, I talk about:
- Why I distinguish between exercise and movement,

- How you can end up taking any kind of movement too far,
- That not all bodies are predisposed to look a certain way and no amount of exercise can change that,
- How it’s totally normal to want to lose weight in our society, what we don’t want is for that desire to be dictating our decisions and actions,
- Some warning signs for when you might need to take some time off,
- How there are so many other forms of movement that aren’t intense, and we need to stop thinking that only certain types of movement count,
Plus so much more!
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Direct download: 205_episode.mp3
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This is the season 7 premiere of the podcast. I’m giving you a personal update on these past couple months off, what to expect from this season, some highlights from past seasons to check out if you’re newer to this show, and talking about how MLM’s are like diet culture.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/203
In this episode, I talk about:
-   How incredible it felt to take a social media break and how it helped my creativity,
-   How we don’t talk enough about the challenges of being a person living with a uterus,
-   The parallels between MLM’s and diet culture, including the false sense of feminism and belonging, and the small numbers of success,
-   What Noom is, and how it’s just a diet and sets people up to fail in the same way as other diet programs,
-   The results from my Instagram survey and how they will help shape this season,
-   My most popular episodes that you can check-out if you’re newer to this podcast,
Plus so much more!
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I’m interviewing Dr. Megan Stubbs, EdD, a sexologist, relationships expert, body image specialist, and author of Playing Without a Partner. We’re talking about why you are powerful on your own, how to enjoy being single, how we learned about relationships and sexuality wrongly through our culture, why virginity is a social construct, how to connect with your body’s needs and desires, and why vulva diversity is real.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/202
In this episode, we chat about:
- How body image plays a huge role in how you live your day to day life,
- How media makes us feel like we’re not complete without a partner,
- Some of the things Megan loves about being single,
- Why virginity is a social construct and how it’s not the same for men and women,
- The mixed messaging on female sexuality,
- Recommendations for someone who feels disconnected from sexual pleasure in their body,
Plus so much more!
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I’m interviewing Savala Nolan, author of Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body. We’re talking about Savala’s story of growing up Black, Mexican, and white, and thin and fat, how she navigated these intersections, and always feeling like she was “in-between.” We also talk about how our culture glorifies violence against women, how she’s trying to teach her daughter about race and gender, and what it was like to discover her lineage and ties to chattel slavery.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/201
In this episode, we chat about:
- What inspired Savala to write her book: Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body,

- How dieting can be passed down through generations,
- How letting go of fitting in to one of the categories that our culture has built can allow you to come home to yourself,
- Her experience learning about her family history and the challenging feelings that came out of it,
- That when you have a body that is fundamentally marginalized by your community, whatever privilege you can eke out is not as strong as it would be for someone who is not in a marginalized body,
- How Savala is teaching her daughter about her identity and her body,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/201
Direct download: 201_episode.mp3
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This is episode 200 and I’m sharing 10 lessons I’ve learned over the past 7 years of being a podcaster and coach. I talk about how I’m really sensitive, what I truly value, how motherhood has opened me up, and stories from the podcast.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/200
In this episode, I talk about:
- Where the idea for Eat the Rules came from and how it started,
- How I learned to tend to the part of me that feels the need to be liked and validated,
- The importance of unhooking from praise and criticism,
- How my values give me a roadmap on how I want to live my life,
- The importance of learning to feel things deeply,
- How much my community (including you!) means to me,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/200

Direct download: 200_episode.mp3
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In this special 2-part episode I’m speaking to 4 incredible untamed women who will set you on fire…
These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look.
You, On Fire is the online group coaching program that gives you a step-by-step way of building up self-worth beyond your jean size with personalized coaching from me and lifetime access to the program—so you can break out of the diet culture cage, get free from body shame and live your fiery, free, untamed life.
Go here to get all the details and get on the waitlist for the upcoming cycle: summerinnanen.com/youonfirewaitlist
 
Direct download: 199_p2_episode.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this special 2-part episode I’m speaking to 4 incredible untamed women who will set you on fire…

These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look.

You, On Fire is the online group coaching program that gives you a step-by-step way of building up self-worth beyond your jean size with personalized coaching from me and lifetime access to the program—so you can break out of the diet culture cage, get free from body shame and live your fiery, free, untamed life.
Go here to get all the details and get on the waitlist for the upcoming cycle: summerinnanen.com/youonfirewaitlist
Direct download: 199_p1_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Alissa Rumsey, registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and the author of Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace with Food and Transform Your Life. We’re talking about the importance of raising awareness around the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that are behind how we interact with food, why that’s different from mindful eating, and what to do if you overthink food choices.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/198
In this episode, we chat about:
- How Alissa got into this work and how she transitioned from a weight loss focused practice to a weight neutral one,

- Why mindfulness is not the same as mindful eating,
- What Alissa means by the “grey area” when it comes to food and eating, and how there’s no right and wrong in intuitive eating,
- Why eliminating the restrictions on food, including the mental restrictions, is so important,
- How the concept of scarcity plays into our eating behaviors and relationship with food,
- Tips for transitioning from doubting and questioning your hunger, decisions, and experiences, to learning to trust your intuition,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/198
Direct download: 198_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Rachel Molenda, Intuitive Eating & Body Image Coach and Host of the Fill Your Cup Podcast. We’re talking about the influence of healthism on our relationship with food, how to tell if your health choices are disordered, and when is it the right time to focus on health.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/197
In this episode, we chat about:
- How we’ve made health part of our status and identity, which encourages people to keep turning to diet culture,

- Tips for trying to undo beliefs inherited from diet culture,
- Why health shouldn’t be a hobby,
- What a healthy relationship with food looks like,
- Rachel’s advice to someone having trouble getting past the diet culture way of looking at food,
- That our needs change every day, and you need to check-in with yourself each day,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/197
Direct download: 197_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Sarah Salmon, TEDx speaker and Coach, who specializes in helping overwhelmed introverts get their energy back. We’re talking about what it REALLY means to be an introvert, why the world was built for extroverts, how to know if you’re burned out, and how to set boundaries so you can recharge and focus on doing what you want.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/196
In this episode, we chat about:
- How Sarah got into this work and how she helps people,

- Some of the myths around being an introvert,
- How the world is built in preference for extroverts, which makes introverts feel like there’s something wrong with them,
- How freeing it can be to settle into who you really are and not who you’re expected to be,
- Tips for setting healthy boundaries,
- How to manage the guilt of feeling like you’re letting people down,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/196
Direct download: 196_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Danni Adams, body image coach, activist, and writer, about how fatphobia impacts Black communities, the adultification of Black girls, and medical fatphobia and its impact on our well-being.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/195
In this episode, we chat about:
- How Dani got into fat activism and body image coaching,
- The perception of fat Black women and how that stigma influences how they are treated,
- How medical fatphobia is especially violent to Black people,
- How this pandemic has exposed weight discrimination,
- How fatphobia stems from racism and is directly linked to anti-Blackness,
- Advice if you or your child are experiencing medical fatphobia,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/195
Direct download: 195_episode.mp3
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Body Image Series: I’m talking about why it’s so hard to stop dieting, the addictive nature of diets, why this makes it so hard to break free, and what life is like without it.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/194
In this episode, I chat about:
- How dieting is like a drug in our culture,

- That there’s an anticipation of this perfect life and perfect body on the radar that keeps us hooked to dieting with a false sense of fulfilment,
- That the fear of the unknown is at the root of why it’s so hard to let go of dieting,
- How this is an opportunity to find new coping mechanisms that will actually help you process your feelings and feel better about yourself, regardless of your size,
- What life is like without dieting,
- How fulfilment is different from happiness,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/194
Direct download: 194_episode.mp3
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Body Image Series: I’m talking about why dieting and body shame are often coping mechanisms, why that can make accepting your body so hard, and how they distract us from getting at the real issue and keep us turning to diets for an answer.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/193
In this episode, I chat about:
- The concept of “emotional dieting” and “emotional weight fixation,”

- How emotional dieting distracts us from getting at the real issue and keeps us turning to diets for an answer,
- That we’ve been conditioned to think that our bodies are a problem, so it’s no surprise when that becomes our way of thinking about ourselves or processing emotions,
- Why this makes accepting your body so hard,
- Why the pandemic has been so hard on people’s body image,
- How to separate from these things in order to truly move forward,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/193
Direct download: 193_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Olivia Scobie, social worker and author of Impossible Parenting, about the culture of impossible parenting, its impact on our mental health, and how we need a shift from self-care to self-parenting.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/192
In this episode, we chat about:
- How Olivia’s own experiences led her to work in perinatal mental health,

- What the culture of impossible parenting is and that it’s very outwardly oriented,
- How diet culture has permeated into the culture of impossible parenting,
- That it’s normal to have contradictory feelings, because it’s not possible to fully escape impossible parenting or diet culture, so you need to be gentle with yourself,
- How parenting involves a lot of guilt, and a question to ask yourself to help you through it,
- What self-parenting is and how to navigate it,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/192
Direct download: 192_episode.mp3
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I’m continuing the body image series, talking about the weight set point theory - what it is, how dieting impacts it, and why using it as a goal weight can be problematic to healing your relationship to food and your body.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/191
In this episode, we chat about:
- What the weight set point theory is,

- How we don’t have as much control over our weight as we’ve been led to believe,
- How dieting impacts our set point,
- Why the idea of a set point can trigger the diet mentality,
- What to focus on instead of getting to your set point,
- Why our happiness and acceptance can’t be conditional on achieving a certain body size,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/191
Direct download: 191_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Louise Adams, clinical psychologist and founder of UNTRAPPED, about the hazardous influence of body image ideals in society and on social media. We also talk about the dangerous agenda behind the Obesity Collective, its worldwide reach, and what we can do to fight this agenda.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/190
In this episode, we chat about:
- Louise’s history with dieting and what brought her to this work,

- Her reaction to fitness influencers on Instagram and the dangers of thin people co-opting body positivity,
- The expense associated with trying to attain the “ideal body,”
- What the Obesity Collective is and the dangerous agenda behind it,
- Why the shift from the “war on obesity” conversation to “combat weight stigma” isn’t necessarily the good thing it appears to be,
- Why you need to really examine who is behind the media you are consuming,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/190
Direct download: 190_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Nic McDermid, fat activist and intersectional feminist, about how fatphobia is rampant in the eating disorder recovery world and the harm that this does, what they can do better, the importance of reclaiming the word fat, and how to navigate acceptance and recovery with chronic pain.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/189
In this episode, we chat about:
- Nic’s experience recovering from an eating disorder and seeking treatment in a fat body,

- Ways that microaggressions and fatphobia show up in the eating disorder landscape,
- That reclaiming the word fat is a continuous process and how curating her social media feeds helped,
- How making people uncomfortable can be a positive thing and why Nic does that with her online presence,
- How fatphobia in medicine impacts people with chronic illness and pain,
- That you are the expert in your own body,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/189
Direct download: 189_episode.mp3
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I’m continuing the body image series, talking about when you “intellectually get it” but still feel bad in your body, what this process can look like, and what you can do to move forward and feel better in your body.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/188
In this episode, I chat about:
- A useful analogy between becoming a parent and starting on the path to a positive body image,
- TWO things we can do to feel better in our bodies and why one of them is WAY more powerful than the other, 
- Where “intellectually getting it” sits within the 4 stages of acceptance and how to bust past that barrier,
- Why you have to be intentional about challenging your negative thoughts,
- That it’s normal to still have bad body days,
- ONE question to visit daily to propel you towards giving less F’s about your body.
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/188
Direct download: 188_episode.mp3
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I’m continuing the body image series, talking about what body acceptance really means, why it can feel counterintuitive to the way we’ve been conditioned to think, and game-changing reframes to help make it feel more intuitive.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/187
In this episode, I chat about:
- Why we believe body acceptance feels like letting ourselves go,
- That diet-culture wants you to believe you’re a failure and you’re giving up if you opt-out,
- The difference between healthy and unhealthy self-care and why acceptance supports the former,
- The three main fears to challenge and call-out in order to move to a place where acceptance feels doable,
- How when we hinge our self-worth on the external, we’re never going to feel good enough,
- Two game-changing reframes on acceptance to make it feel totally doable.
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/187
Direct download: 187_episode.mp3
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I’m continuing the body image series, talking all about negative body thoughts, exploring how NOT to respond to them and how to begin the work of changing them.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/186
In this episode, I chat about:
- Potential sources of negative body thoughts and how they’re exacerbated during the pandemic,
- The THREE things we’re typically told to do to change our thoughts and why you should avoid them,
- A way to visualize how your brain evolves to think about self-doubt and self-compassion,
- How our negative thoughts tend to stick more than the positive ones,
- The TWO things that need to happen in order for our thoughts to change,
- The ONE question to ask yourself to start to work on changing your negative body thoughts,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/186
Direct download: 186_episode.mp3
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I’m continuing the body image series, talking all about what to do if you still want to lose weight, and how the answer might surprise you. I also explore the things that cause us to feel bad about our bodies and how to reject them, and the game-changing REFRAME that will help you get a lot closer to body neutrality.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/185
In this episode, I chat about:
- What it means if you still want to lose weight,
- How this work is more than just embracing your “flaws,” it’s about cultivating a sense of worthiness outside of your appearance,
- Three things that cause us to feel bad about our bodies and why rejecting these is so important,
- The game-changing REFRAME that will help you get a lot closer to body neutrality (seriously, my clients love me for this),
- The freedom of taking the judgement, criticism, and forced positivity out of the way you talk about your body,
- The ONE thing you need to get clear on to help you feel better in your body,
Plus so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/185
Direct download: 185_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Joy Cox, PhD, researcher and author of Fat Girls in Black Bodies, about her path to body liberation and how she practices acceptance, how diet culture showed up in her community, church, and in the Black community at large, and how to deal with a lack of support from your family/community.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/184
In this episode, we chat about:
- The importance of writing her book about a topic that is often left out of the fat acceptance conversation,

- The impacts of Adultification on Black children,
- The idealistic standards of women’s bodies in diet culture and how it’s different in the Black community, but just as unrealistic,
- The intersection of religion and fatphobia, and how hearing scriptures about gluttony creates confusion and frustration,
- Joy’s experience standing up to the doctor about weight loss at a young age,
- The importance of asking yourself “whose voice matters?” and listening to yourself instead of the negativity around you,
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/184
Direct download: 184_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Caitlin Ball, Health & Lifestyle Coach, about misconceptions around eating what you want, how to trust yourself around food, letting go of guilt, and how to survive the messy middle part of learning to be an intuitive eater.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/183
In this episode, we chat about:
- How moving abroad shifted Caitlin’s relationship with diet culture,
- How intuitive eating was a life-changing discovery for her,
- That once previously restricted foods are allowed all the time, you begin to crave more variety in what you eat,
- The benefit of trying to learn from the times you don’t feel good after eating, instead of feeling guilty about it,
- That there is so much more to health than just your physical health, and stress is a big factor,
- That calorie counts have nothing to do with how a food will make you feel,
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/183
Direct download: 183_episode_new.mp3
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I’m interviewing Victoria Albina, Certified Life Coach and Breathwork Meditation Guide, about tuning into your inner child to heal, how to overcome people pleasing, tending to the stress response cycle to release feelings, and more.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/182
In this episode, we chat about:
- What the stress response cycle is and tips on how to complete it,

- Why it’s important to take a look at our unintentional thinking,
- What happens when the body holds onto tensions that are not completed,
- Tips for re-parenting your inner child,
- How your inner child is working to keep you safe and that needs to be celebrated,
- How to interrupt the guilt cycle.
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/182
Direct download: 182_episode_n.mp3
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I’m interviewing Shana Spence, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, about how to navigate diet culture over the holidays, including what to do about food guilt, urges to diet, and dealing with diet talk from family/friends.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/181
In this episode, we chat about:

- Shana’s work as an “Eat Anything Dietician” and what that means,
- How fear about indulging too much stems from restriction,
- The importance of giving yourself permission to eat the fun foods,
- How the trauma of this year has been hard on our bodies and dieting only increases that,
- What we can learn from celebrity interviews on how to deal with diet-talk,
- Why comfort food and emotional eating should be normalized,
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/181
Direct download: 181_episode_n.mp3
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This is another episode in the body image series and I’m unpacking where our body image comes from and how to unpack your own body image origins.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/180
In this episode, we chat about:
- How systems of oppression impact body image and how we’re treated in our society,

- The importance of knowing that your self-worth isn’t dictated by your appearance or how other people feel about you,
- How our culture has taught us that only certain bodies are worthy,
- Beauty as social currency,
- How the desire to fit beauty standards is hardcoded in our DNA,
- How external systems of oppression create internalized oppressions,
- Questions you can use to examine your past and be curious about where your body image came from,
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/180
Direct download: 180_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Natasha Ngindi - non-diet nutritionist, body image activist, Zumba instructor, and entrepreneur - about the BMI and diet-culture’s roots in anti-Blackness, and how to show compassion to yourself when it comes to food.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/179
In this episode, we chat about:
- How Natasha’s body image shifted after moving to Canada from South Africa,

- How she discovered Intuitive Eating and found freedom with food and her body,
- The creation of the BMI and why it is a racially biased metric,
- The history of body image and its roots in anti-Blackness,
- Her work as a non-diet nutritionist and what that means,
- Detaching the desire for weight loss from joyful movement,
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/179
Direct download: 179_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Victoria Welsby – author, speaker, and body confidence expert - about reclaiming the word Fat, and how being your authentic self and doing what brings you joy can have a bigger purpose.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/178
In this episode, we chat about:
- Victoria’s lightbulb moment of realizing it’s okay to be fat and how that influenced her path as a coach and activist,

- Reclaiming the word Fat and owning it with confidence,
- How much your environment can influence your beliefs,
- The importance of having other fat positive people in your life, including your social media feed,
- Embracing the idea of being authentically you, even if it offends people,
- How Victoria manages criticism and online trolls,
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/178
Direct download: 178_episode.mp3
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This is the season premiere of season 6 of the podcast. I’m talking about why I changed the name, what you can expect from this season of the show, where to start if you’re new around here and what to do if you stare at yourself all day on video calls.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/177

In this episode, I'm talking about: 

- Why this work needs to be political,
- Why I changed the name,
- What to expect from this season,
- Where to start if you’re new around here,
- What to do if you spend a lot of time on video calls,

Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/177

 

Direct download: 177_episode_new.mp3
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It's a special episode because in this 2 part episode I’m speaking to 4 incredible women, whom I’m willing to bet will have pieces of their story resonate with you. These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look. These women go on to be role models to their kids, they have more time so they volunteer or become advocates for social justice, they ask for a raise and a promotion at work, they speak up to their medical professional about HAES or they pursue a new calling. And in all of these little ways, they start to leave a different kind of mark on this world and change the culture. To enroll in You, On Fire go to summerinnanen.com/youonfire
Direct download: 176_p2_episode.mp3
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It's a special episode because in this 2 part episode I’m speaking to 4 incredible women, whom I’m willing to bet will have pieces of their story resonate with you. These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look. These women go on to be role models to their kids, they have more time so they volunteer or become advocates for social justice, they ask for a raise and a promotion at work, they speak up to their medical professional about HAES or they pursue a new calling. And in all of these little ways, they start to leave a different kind of mark on this world and change the culture. To enroll in You, On Fire go to summerinnanen.com/youonfire
Direct download: 176_p1_episode.mp3
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This is another episode in the body image series and i’m unpacking 4 misconceptions about body acceptance that will help you shift your perspective and make accepting your body easier.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/175
We discuss:

- 4 things I wish I'd known about accepting your body

- Why it's not about "liking the way you look,"

- What it really means and feels like to accept your body,

- Why believing we need to be positive all the time is toxic to our well-being,

- How I teach acceptance and help people cultivate a sense of worth beyond their appearance,

- Why accepting your body doesn't mean "giving up" or not "taking care of yourself"

- What it means to take care of yourself,

- Why body acceptance is not a one-and-done job,

Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/175
Direct download: 175_episode.mp3
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In Part 2 of this episode, for the first time I'm sharing my story about my history with dieting and body hate and the lessons I learned along the way.
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/174
I talk about:
- What drove me to study nutrition and what I learned through that experience,
- The breaking point when I realized I had a problem and that it wasn't going to be resolved by the food on my plate,
- Why we have to stop participating in diet culture in order to heal,
- My "anti-diet" awakening and why this process took a long time,
- The biggest things that helped me heal and the mistakes I made along the way,
- The specific steps I give to everyone who is new to this space and quitting dieting,
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes: summerinnanen.com/174
Direct download: 174_p2_episode.mp3
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In Part 1 of this episode, for the first time I'm sharing my story about my history with dieting and body hate and the lessons I learned along the way.
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/174
I talk about:
- How I developed the restrict-binge-cycle from the messages I was learning at home,
- When and why I began thinking my body was a problem,
- How parents can do better to ensure their kids don't developed disordered behaviours with food,
- The assignment at school that was the catalyst to starting diets,
- How my dieting progressed into disordered eating and exercise addiction,
- The lessons I learned about the lies diet and wellness culture sells us,
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes: summerinnanen.com/174
Direct download: 174_p1_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Shirin Eskandani - life coach, public speaker and writer – about how to find your purpose beyond dieting and appearance and how to overcome the fears that get in the way of pursuing more purpose and joy in your life.
Show notes: summerinnanen.com/173
We discuss:

- Shirin’s relationship with her body growing up and how she was able to accept her body through weight gain and reframe it as something positive,

- The impact of being a first generation immigrant and how that shaped Shirin’s body image and self-acceptance,

- How to find your purpose and that it’s not something that comes from outside of ourselves, 

- The difference between a life that looks fulfilling and one that feels fulfilling,

- Ways you can connect with your intuitive voice and practice self-trust,

- Creating goals based on feelings and doing feeling-checks as you progress,

- Practical ways we can find more fulfillment and purpose in our lives, 

- How to overcome fear and self-doubt when making changes to live more purposeful lives,

- How to stop perfectionism and the need to over-achieve from getting in the way of having more joy and fulfillment in your life,

- Embracing the idea of doing B+ work,

Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes: summerinnanen.com/173
Direct download: 173_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Michelle Vina-Baltsas about agism, how to manage body changes as you age, the increased expectations put on women as they age and how to handle the struggles that pop up around mid-life.
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/172
We discuss:
- Michelle’s history with dieting, how she left diet culture and how that inspired her to help other mid-life women to do the same,
- Michelle’s mixed-race identity and how that influenced the way she felt about herself growing up and how she’s owning it today, 
- The influence of aging/agism, 
- The unique struggles that pop up around body image during mid-life,
- How the idea that we’re no longer visible comes into play as we age and how to work through those feelings, 
- Navigating feelings of mortality and uncertainty as you age,
- How to practice self-compassion, including 3 steps to aid in compassionate self-talk,
- How to use gratitude to appreciate who you are and body changes, 
- Ways to change your relationship to aging, 
- How to navigate the information about perimenopause and menopause without being influenced by diet culture,
- How to focus on health without having it tied to weight,
Plus, so much more!
Get the shownotes: summerinnanen.com/172
Direct download: 172_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Michelle Auerbach - Author of Resilience: The Life-Changing Skill of Story - we talk about how you can use stories to heal trauma, help others, become more resilient and change our culture. 
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/171
We discuss:
- What inspired Michelle to write Resilience: The Life-Changing Skill of Story,
- What a story is and why it doesn’t need to be profound to heal or make an impact,
- The 3 ingredients of a story that we can use to heal and help connect with others,
- How stories can be used to heal trauma and how they have a physiological impact on our body,
- How both listening to stories and telling our story are powerful ways to heal trauma,
- Practical ways we can use storytelling to help us in moments of emotional distress,
- How we can use stories to be better allies to marginalized individuals,

- Why stories can be a powerful way to reject diet culture and help with body acceptance,
- Why journalling can be an incredible tool for sharing our stories and healing,
- How we can use stories to bridge the divide and help others to see different perspectives,
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes: summerinnanen.com/171
Direct download: 171_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Christy Harrison - anti-diet registered dietitian and author of Anti-Diet - about the history of diet culture and beauty standards, the truth about long-term weight loss, how to get started with Intuitive Eating and more.
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/170
We discuss:
- The history of diet culture and how fat phobia preceded the health arguments that fuel diet culture today,
- The evolution of beauty standards and how they were correlated to political shifts happening in women’s liberation,
- Why conversations on diet culture must be political and why divorcing diet culture is a political act,
- Why Christy refers to diet culture as The Life Thief,
- The “Obesity” epidemic - how to came into existence, whether there is truth to it and the real impact on the health system,
- What the research really says about long-term weight loss,
- How to define health,

- The impact of weight stigma on health,
- The impact of weight cycling on health,
- The first steps you need to take to become a more intuitive eater,
- Why self-trust and focusing on enoughness must come before evaluating fullness,
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes at summerinnanen.com/170
Direct download: 170_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Chrissy King - writer, speaker, strength coach - about the intersection of racism and fitness culture, the importance of anti-racism work, how to heal your relationship with your fitness and more.
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/169
We discuss:
- How Chrissy got into powerlifting and the impact this had on her relationship with her body,
- How Chrissy took dieting and fitness to the extreme and later recovered to come to a place of acceptance and peace with her body,
- The influence of racism on body image,
- The intersection of fitness culture and racism and how so much of fitness culture is still so white-washed,
- How white coaches, trainers and everyday people can do better to dismantle white supremacy and invest in anti-racism work,
- Chrissy’s #thebodyliberation project and why she believes liberation is the ultimate destination beyond self-acceptance,
- Specific practices to take to cultivate self-acceptance,

- Why self-love is not all rainbows and the important steps needed to cultivate self-acceptance,
- How to change your relationship with fitness if you’ve had a disordered or damaged relationship with it,
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes at summerinnanen.com/169
Direct download: 169_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Lindley Ashline, Photographer and creator of Body Liberation Stock and the Body Love Box about how images and photos can be a powerful tool for healing body image. We also discuss thin privilege and more.
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/168
We discuss:
- How Lindley got into photography and came up with the ideal to create Body Liberation Stock,
- Why there is a need for fat photographers and people who understand how to work with fat bodies,
- Why growing up without television and pop culture made it easier for Lindley to accept her body,
- How fatphobia is the background noise in our culture,
- How photos can be a helpful tool in the healing process,
- How to use photos to heal body image,
- Why the media controls and influences the power dynamics as it relates to fat bodies,
- What you can do if you are afraid of being visible in photos,
- Lindley’s series on thin privilege - why she started it and the impact it’s had,
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes at summerinnanen.com/168
Direct download: 168_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Jennifer Hollinshead, Registered Clinical Counsellor and Founder of Peak Resilience. We talk about how to navigate feelings of uncertainty, how you can learn to surrender control and how to take care of your mental health via self-care, especially during these unprecedented times.
 Show notes: summerinnanen.com/167
We discuss:
 - What inspired Jennifer to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor and open Peak Resilience,

- Why it is imperative to take a social-justice informed stance in counselling/therapy,
- The challenges she faced starting her own business and the adversity she overcame as a female entrepreneur,

- How our patriarchal, capitalist and colonialist society influences mental health,

- How our current times of COVID-19 are influencing people's feelings of anxiety or depression,

- Ways to take care of your mental health when consuming negative news,
- What to do if you really struggle with uncertainty and letting go of control and how to learn to surrender,
- How to navigate and take care of your mental health via self-care while in quarantine,
- The best ways to manage the increased expectations that we're putting on ourselves right now (i.e. homeschool, take up a new hobby, etc),
- How to find time for self-care when your responsibilities have increased considerably,
- Ways to overcome guilt over making time for yourself and specifically “mom guilt,”
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes at summerinnanen.com/167
Direct download: 167_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Elizabeth Hall, Certified Life Coach and Intuitive Eating Counsellor about what it means to have a spiritual practice (even if you don’t identify as spiritual) and how we can use spirituality to heal our relationship with food and our bodies. Show notes: summerinnanen.com/166
We discuss:
- How she discovered Intuitive Eating after 30 years as a chronic dieter and the fears that held her back from truly embracing it,
- What she wishes she had known and worked on while she was healing her relationship with food,
- Why in hindsight she was doing Intuitive Eating wrong,
- What it means to be spiritual and why it’s not about being religious,
- How spirituality can help you heal your relationship with food and your body,
- How it can help you to tune into your intuitive, change negative thoughts and learn to trust your body,
- The components of a spiritual practice, specifically for people who haven’t ventured into this space,
- Daily spiritual practices that can help you feel more grounded and content,
Plus, so much more! 
Get the shownotes at summerinnanen.com/166
Direct download: 166_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct about how food should be safe and comforting first and foremost, plus we chat about how to feed kids intuitively. We chat about:
- How Virginia’s first daughter suffered from a heart defect, which resulted in her not being able to eat “normally” for the first two years of her life,
- What this taught Virginia about eating and our relationships with food,
- What inspired her to write The Eating Instinct and what she learned from it,
- How so many of us don’t feel safe or trust ourselves around food or get pleasure from it,
- How feeding kids has become so complicated and how diet culture influences the way we feed our kids,
- The Division of Responsibility approach from Ellen Sattyr for teaching kids to be intuitive eaters and separating diet culture from nutrition,
- How the pressure on moms intersects with diet culture,
- What to do if you’re confused on how to feed your child,
- What to do if you’ve been influenced by dieting and are unsure of how to introduce more “forbidden” foods to your kids,
Plus, so much more!
Find the shownotes at: summerinnanen.com/165
Direct download: 165_episode.mp3
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It's a special episode because I’m speaking to 4 incredible women, whom I’m willing to bet will have pieces of their story resonate with you. These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look. These women go on to be role models to their kids, they have more time so they volunteer or become advocates for social justice, they ask for a raise and a promotion at work, they speak up to their medical professional about HAES or they pursue a new calling. And in all of these little ways, they start to leave a different kind of mark on this world and change the culture. To enroll in You, On Fire go to summerinnanen.com/youonfire
Direct download: 164_part2_episode.mp3
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It's a special episode because I’m speaking to 4 incredible women, whom I’m willing to bet will have pieces of their story resonate with you. These are 4 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look. These women go on to be role models to their kids, they have more time so they volunteer or become advocates for social justice, they ask for a raise and a promotion at work, they speak up to their medical professional about HAES or they pursue a new calling. And in all of these little ways, they start to leave a different kind of mark on this world and change the culture. To enroll in You, On Fire go to summerinnanen.com/youonfire
Direct download: 164_part1_episode.mp3
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It’s the sixth episode in the body image series and I’m talking about how to stop caring so much about what others think, what we can learn from fear of judgment and 7 ways to overcome it. Grab your free bonus worksheet - "5 Ways to Navigate Social Situations When Feeling Self-Conscious" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/163
Specifically, we cover:

- Why we fear judgment and how this is ingrained in us,
- What these fears can teach us about ourselves,
- Why understanding the source of our fear of what others are thinking is integral to healing self-worth,
- 7 ways to overcome fear of judgment,
Plus, so much more! 
Get your free worksheet - "5 Ways to Navigate Social Situations When Feeling Self-Conscious" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/163

Direct download: 163_episode.mp3
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It’s the fifth episode in the body image series and I’m talking about why we compare, why comparisons are one of the hardest things to overcome and 8 actions to take to help you stop comparing. Grab your free worksheet - "6 Ways We’ve Been Conditioned to Compare" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/162
Specifically, we cover:

- Why we compare and why it’s not our fault,
- The main belief that drives us to compare,
- Why comparisons are one of the hardest things to overcome,
- 8 actions to take to stop comparisons,
Plus, so much more! 
Get your free worksheet - "6 Ways We’ve Been Conditioned to Compare" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/162

Direct download: 162_episode.mp3
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It’s the it’s the fourth episode in the body image series and I’m talking about breaking the attachment to the thin ideal. Specifically, why it’s so hard to break the attachment to the thin ideal and how to identify and work through the fears that keep us hooked on the pursuit of thinness. Grab your free worksheet - "Goodbye Diet Culture - 5 prompts to help you break up with diet culture for good" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/161
Specifically, we cover:

- Why it’s so hard to break the attachment to the thin ideal,

- Why no one should feel ashamed for wanting to lose weight,

- Why breaking the attachment to the thin ideal is a crucial part of body acceptance work,

- How to identify and work through the fears that keep us hooked on the thin ideal,

- The 5 main fears that keep us hooked on the thin ideal and diet mentality,
Get your free worksheet - "Goodbye Diet Culture - 5 prompts to help you break up with diet culture for good" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/161

Direct download: 161_episode.mp3
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It’s the third episode in the body image series and I’m talking about what gets in the way of believing that we’re good enough, how to build self-worth and why it’s so damn important towards knowing you’re good enough as you are. Grab your free worksheet - "10 Powerful Ways To Reinforce That You’re Good Enough" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/160
Specifically, we cover:

- What gets in the way of feeling good enough,

- How our “shoulds” feed the belief that we’re not good enough,

- What is self-worth and why it’s so damn important for you to feel good enough,

- The difference between confidence and self-worth,

- How perfectionism influences our self-worth,

- 8 components to build self-worth,
Get your free worksheet - "10 Powerful Ways To Reinforce That You’re Good Enough" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/160

Direct download: 160_episode.mp3
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It’s the second episode in the body image series and I’m talking about the relationship between body image and intuitive eating. Grab your free worksheet - "Eat Like A Grown-Ass Adult - 4 prompts to inspire you to live your life without diets" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/159
Specifically, we cover:

- Why body dissatisfaction drives the diet mentality,

- Why accepting our bodies doesn’t mean giving up,

 - 5 ways that body image work will facilitate healing your relationship with food,

- What it means to “trust yourself” around food and how to overcome that hurdle if you feel like you just can’t

Get your free worksheet - "Eat Like A Grown-Ass Adult - 4 prompts to inspire you to live your life without diets" in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/159

Direct download: 159_episode.mp3
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It’s the first episode in the body image series and I’m talking about how to feel better in your body. Grab your free worksheet with 5 actions to immediately feel better in your body in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/158
Specifically, we cover:

- The body image series of podcast episodes I’m going to be doing,
- Why I intertwine the words self-worth and body image,
- The biggest mistake we make when trying to feel better in our body,
- The one question to ask yourself when working on feeling better in your body,
- 7 ways to feel better in your body mentally,
- How to feel better in your body physically,
Get your free worksheet with 5 actions to immediately feel better in your body in the show notes at summerinnanen.com/158

Direct download: 158_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Holly Whitaker author of Quit Like A Woman and founder and CEO of sobriety school Tempest, about how alcohol culture strips us of our power, the patriarchal nature of AA and her approach to becoming a non-drinker geared towards women and other marginalized groups. We chat about:

-Holly’s personal story of her battle with alcohol and how that inspired her to write the book Quit Like A Woman and start the sobriety school Tempest,
- How alcohol culture is embedded into female culture and the various ways this shows up in our everyday life,
- Why alcohol is the new tobacco and the stats around how it is harming individuals and specifically women at an increasing rate,
- How alcohol brands have co-opted feminist ideals to increase profits,
- How to know if you need help with drinking,
- The question we need to ask instead of “am I an alcoholic,”
- Why Holly feels we need to stop using the words alcoholism and alcoholic and how these words can be stigmatizing,
- The patriarchal nature of Alcoholics Anonymous and how it works against feminist ideals and can further hurt marginalized groups,
- How Holly’s approach to healing involves empowerment and a more “feminine” centric approach to recovery,
Plus, so much more!

Direct download: 157_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Steph Gaudreau, NTP, and author of The Core 4 about how diet culture impacts wellness, why Steph shifted her message to Intuitive Eating and how she experienced burnout as an entrepreneur. We chat about:

- Steph’s story with how she got into health and fitness and how that evolved and adapted when she discovered Intuitive Eating,
- How Steph treated paleo like a diet when she first adopted that way of eating,
- How diet culture touches the wellness world and how “it became increasingly obvious that people were more confused about food than ever,”
- How she started to learn more about social justice, health at every size and eating disorder recovery and how this influenced her decision to become a Certified Eating Disorder Counsellor,
- Why we’re socialized to think that weight is our problem and how so many people don’t know how to think beyond that,
- The impact on her audience when she moved away from “Stupid Easy Paleo,”
- How Steph experienced burnout as an entrepreneur and the impact this had on her business and life,
- Why there is a facade that entrepreneurs put up that we “have it all together” and how this is a harmful illusion,
- How she is coming through the burnout and how this is changing where she focuses her energy,
Plus, so much more!

Direct download: 156_episode.mp3
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I’m running solo giving you everything you need on how to handle holiday “overeating” and weight gain. We also talk about how to overcome guilt around eating and how to deal with general holiday stress. In this episode, we chat about:

- The diet cycle and how mental and physical restriction lead to our concerns about “overeating,”
- Why I hate the term “overeating” because it’s the language of diet culture,
- How to enjoy eating without the guilt and specific things you can do to help you eat more normally,
- What to do if you feel you eat without “savouring,”
- How to work through stress about holiday weight gain,
- How to handle feelings of holiday stress and feeling overwhelmed with social events, 

- What to do if you’re worried about photos,
Plus so much more!

Direct download: 155_episode.mp3
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I’m running solo giving you everything you need on how to handle holiday diet or body talk. We also talk about how to make boundary setting easier and how to be more resilient to diet culture. In this episode, we chat about:

- Why boundaries are necessary towards supporting your mental health and self-worth,
- 3 ways to deal with unsolicited comments about your food and or body or kid’s food and body,
- A script you can use to request that people don’t comment on your food or your body in advance,
- 5 ways to deal with food and body talk from friends/family,
- Simple replies that you can use if someone makes a comment about their latest diet,
- 4 ways to make boundary setting easier, 

- How to create an emotional support kit to make you more resilient to diet culture,
Plus so much more!

Direct download: 154_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Nicola Salmon, fat-positive and feminist fertility coach and author of Fat Positive Fertility. We talk about how to accept your body, improve your health and fertility without focusing on size and advocating for yourself with health professionals. We chat about:

- Nicole’s story with fertility and how she learned to accept her body,
- Advice on how to cultivate body acceptance,
- How to change your beliefs about what it means to be fat,
- What the evidence says about weight and fertility,
- What to do if you’ve been told you must lose weight to get pregnant or resolve a health condition,
- The fat positive framework Nicola recommends using to focus on fertility and health without it being about weight,
- How to deal with unwanted advice and comments about your body/health
- How to advocate for yourself at the doctor
Plus, so much more! 

Direct download: 153_episode.mp3
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It's a special episode because I’m speaking to 5 incredible women, whom I’m willing to bet will have pieces of their story resonate with you. These are 5 of my clients who worked with me during the You, On Fire program over the past 2-3 years and they are here to show you that it is possible to go from obsessing over food and hating your body, to no longer fretting about your reflection and having so much more confidence in who you are outside of how you look. These women go on to be role models to their kids, they have more time so they volunteer or become advocates for social justice, they ask for a raise and a promotion at work, they speak up to their medical professional about HAES or they pursue a new calling. And in all of these little ways, they start to leave a different kind of mark on this world and change the culture. To enroll in You, On Fire go to summerinnanen.com/youonfire

Direct download: 152_episode.mp3
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I’m with Graeme Seabrook, certified life coach and founder of The Mom Center talking about how capitalism and the patriarchy shape the way we view motherhood, how this impacts our self-worth and how to start advocating for your wants. We discuss:
- The personal story that inspired Graeme to become a coach for moms,

- How capitalism and patriarchy is in EVERYTHING and particularly how it shapes motherhood,
- How we are gendering our kids from birth and the implications this has on how we show up as parents,
- What “the motherload” is and the burden it puts in our well-being,
- How to identify the mental, emotional, physical and financial labor you put into your partnership and how to start to shift it,
- The importance of making your “motherload” visible in order to shift the balance,
- How “the motherload” impacts our sense of self-worth,
- Why it’s so hard to identify and advocate for our wants and how to start doing that,
Plus, so much more!

Direct download: 151_episode.mp3
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I’m interviewing Nina Purewal, co-author of the bestselling book Let That Shhhh Go. We talk about how to work through negative thoughts, cultivating forgiveness in the worst of situations and how to find more peace and happiness in the present moment. We discuss:

- How some of the tragic events in Nina’s life inspired her to study mindfulness and write the book Let That Shhhh Go,
- Some of the best ways to manage negative thoughts,
- Why negative thoughts are addictive and so hard to break,
- A helpful analogy to understand why it can take so long to change negative thoughts,
- How to stop worrying about the future and fixating on the past in order to stay more present,
- How to get away from thinking that happiness only exists in the future,
- The importance of forgiveness and how Nina was able to forgive people in her life involved in tragedy,
- Why you need to let that shhhh out before you can let that shhh go,
Plus, so much more! 

Direct download: 150_episode.mp3
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Kaila Tova, creator of the Your Body, Your Brand podcast is on the show talking about why so many women are dropping out of the workforce to become coaches, how our current workforce takes away agency and why feminism is broken. We discuss:

- Why Kaila decided to create the Your Body, Your Brand podcast and the questions she was hoping to answer,
- How marketing is manipulative,
- What Kaila’s experience was like in the health coaching world,
- Why so many women are dropping out of the workforce to become coaches,
- Why Kaila states that “women’s bodies are their brands,” 

- What happens when women try to monetize their bodies,
- MLMs and why women feel the need to go into this kind of business,
- The biggest problem with corporate working environments and why they strip us of our agency,
- Why feminism is broken and whether or not there are any solutions for true empowerment,

Plus, so much more! 
Direct download: 149_episode.mp3
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It’s the Season 5 Premier of Fearless Rebelle Radio! I’m answering your questions about motherhood and talking about what I’m looking forward to about returning. Specifically:
- My experience with motherhood thus far,
- Mourning the parts of my pre-parent life,
- The way having a baby changes your marriage and identity,
- Maintaining body trust while having breastfeeding issues,
- Letting go of the need to be “the perfect mom”, 

- Real talk on pelvic floor health (a.k.a how is my vag?),
- How to prepare for postpartum body changes and/or body image issues, 

- What I’m looking forward to this year and what you can expect from this season.
Plus, so much more! 
Direct download: 148_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with Tara Mohr – author of Playing Big and expert on women’s leadership and well-being. We chat about how to be more loyal to your dreams than your fears, managing self-doubt and how to unhook from praise and criticism. Plus, I answer a listener question on how to respond to diet talk. 
In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question on how to respond to diet talk,
- How Tara’s work influenced my life and how I work with clients,
- What it means to “play big” and the different ways that we play small and don’t even realize it,
- The relationship between self-doubt and playing big and why we cannot eliminate self-doubt,
- Why women are socialized to be people pleasers and how that influences the way we show up in this world,
- Why body perfectionism is a common form of self-doubt and why it’s not really about your body,
- The limitations of being hooked on praise and criticism,
- How you can start to be less concerned with what other people think,
Plus so much more!
Direct download: 147_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with with Ivy Felicia – Certified Holistic Wellness Coach and Body Image Expert. W
e chat about how to feel more comfortable in a bigger body and navigating “body love” through chronic illness and weight change. Plus, I’m answering a listener question on how to balance eating for athletic performance with body acceptance. 
In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question on how to balance eating for athletic performance with body acceptance,
- Ivy’s story of growing up in a larger body and suffering from PCOS,
- What is PCOS and how it impacted Ivy’s relationship with her body,
- Why she looks at “body love” as a relationship, like a marriage,
- How to choose peace with your body, even when there is frustration and resentment,
- How to navigate weight gain and be more comfortable in a bigger body,
- What Ivy suggests for women who have gained weight and are feeling physically and emotionally uncomfortable in their larger body,
- How to appreciate and accept your body if you are suffering from a chronic illness,
- How to make nutritional changes to support a health condition without triggering the diet mentality,
Plus so much more!
Direct download: 146_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview 
with the creators of Fattitude - Lyndsey Averill and Viri Lieberman. We chat about fat acceptance, thin privilege and body positivity and why they created Fattitude to change our culture to eradicate size prejudice.  And I’ll be answering a listener question on what to do if your partner is still subscribing to conventional standards of beauty. 
In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question on what to do if your partner is still subscribing to conventional standards of beauty,
- The inspiration behind the movie Fattitude and why Lyndsey and Viri created it,
- Lyndsey and Viri’s personal experiences that led them to want to create this film,
- How diet culture and the beauty industry has co-opted “body positivity” for their capital gains,
- Whether weight loss and fat acceptance can go hand-in-hand,
- How the media’s representation of fat bodies perpetuates size discrimination,
- Why “health” is becoming the new guise for diet culture,
- The insidious ways fatphobia exists in our culture and why changing our language and words can contribute to it,
- What it means to have thin privilege and why it’s important to acknowledge that it exists,
- How you can support the film to bring it into film festivals and create cultural change,
Plus so much more!
Direct download: 145_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with 
Caroline Dooner – Creator of The F-It Diet. We chat about Caroline’s approach to making eating easy and more. And I’ll be answering a listener question on whether mindful eating is important in healing your relationship with food. 
In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question on whether mindful eating is important in healing your relationship with food,
- Why nourishment is the foundation of The F-It Diet,
- How your fear of weight gain can get in the way of truly trusting yourself around food,
- The tools that Caroline used to help her overcome her body image issues,
- How the media influences our body image and how certain actresses are going against the norm to promote body acceptance,
- What to do if you live in a toxic environment where appearance is valued above all else,
- The most important question to ask yourself when you are feeling judged,
Plus so much more!
Direct download: 144_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with Chrystal Bougon – Owner & Resident Curvy Girl at Curvy Girl Inc and activist. We chat about feeling sexy at every size, reclaiming the word fat and the importance of sexual pleasure as self-care, plus I answer a listener question on fat oppression and eating disorder recovery. In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question fat oppression and eating disorder recovery,
- What loving your body means to Chrystal, 
- The spark that fired her up to start Curvy Girl Lingerie,
- Why she identifies as a fat woman and the importance of reclaiming that word,
- The importance of asking for what you want in the bedroom and how this empowered Chrystal to be kinder and truer to herself,
- The power of asking for what you want in the bedroom and life,
- Your life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now – don’t put it on hold,
- Why it’s a discipline to work on your inner confidence and compassion,
- Why both Chrystal and I still have bad body days and how we deal with those,
- Her motto “Sexy is for every body!” and how you can embody sexiness,
- How she responds to people who say she is “glorifying obesity,”
- The way fat people are portrayed in the media and how this perpetuates size stigma,
Plus so much more!
Direct download: 143_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with my friend and colleague, Vivienne McMaster - creator of Be Your Own Beloved. We chat about how you can heal negative body image through selfies and choose compassion over critique in photos and I’ll be answering a listener question on body acceptance and aging. In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question navigating body acceptance and aging,
- How Vivienne used photography to heal her body image and change her negative stories,
- How long it took Vivienne to start to see her body in a loving way through photography,
- What it really feels like to “love your body” and why there isn’t a “self-love” party at the end of it,
- Selfies are so much more than arm’s length photos,
- How to start seeing your photos through a loving and compassionate lens,
- What to do if you typically avoid photos or find them triggering,
- How to begin to love pieces of you where you normally direct hate,
- Are we really so much more than a body?
- Simple ways for you to start embracing what you see in the photo and use selfies as a tool of healing on your body image journey,
- How to overcome fear around taking selfies and why they are not narcissistic,
Plus so much more!
Direct download: 142_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with Kelsey Miller, author of Big Girl. We chat about her journey out of disordered eating, what she learned about herself from giving up dieting and how she moved from the role of sidekick to leading lady in her life and I’ll be answering a listener question on what to do if you’re afraid of people judging your weight gain. In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question what to do if you’re afraid of people judging your weight gain,
- How Kelsey’s first extreme diet at the age of 11 planted the seed and kept her hooked on “the manic power of skinny” for years,
- How the pattern of being in the “zone” of a new diet followed by periods of crushing shame kept her trapped in the dieting cycle for years,
- The influence of Kelsey’s mom on her relationship with food and her body,
- The point when Kelsey realized she was done with dieting and self-loathing and ready to choose living,
- What it was like to become an intuitive eater,
- The real issue that was at the heart of Kelsey’s disordered relationship with food and how this impacted the rest of her life,
- How she stopped playing the sidekick and took the leading lady role in her life,
- What Kelsey’s imperfect relationship with her body is like now,
Plus so much more!
Direct download: 141_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with Nutritionist Chris Sandel. 
We chat about on the physiology of the restrict-binge cycle, the fallacy of weight control and dieting, how to learn to trust your body again and I’ll be answering a listener question on how to find balance between eating what you want and health. 
In this episode, we chat about:
I answer a listener question how to find balance between eating what you want and health,
- How Chris realized that his weight was not in his control and how that shaped his approach with working with clients,
- The physiology of the restrict-binge cycle and why we really can’t control our food,
- The fallacy around the amount of control we have over our weight,
- Why recovery from disordered eating and chronic dieting involves more than simply “eating normally,”
- Mental versus physical deprivation – knowing the difference and how to heal both
- How to trust your body and what this process actually looks like,
- The importance of doing the inner work to heal your relationship with food,
- What is moderation and is it possible?
- Are there some people who need to abstain from certain foods?
Plus, so much more! 
Direct download: 140_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with fat activist Ragen Chastain. We chat about size stigma, HAES, why every body deserves respect, her experiences training for an Ironman and I’ll be answering a listener question on what to do if you feel like you cannot trust your body. In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question about what to do if you feel like you can’t trust your body,
- How Ragen went from having an eating disorder to becoming a fat activist,
- The research on dieting and weight loss and why health habits are the best way to get a healthy body,
- The experience that made her to realize the oppression against fat people and how this was the catalyst for her activism,
- The role of fat stigma on body image,
- If you have issues with your body, it can be you and your body against that problem—not you against your body,
- Why your life wouldn’t be better if you were thinner—your life would be better if you lived in a world that didn’t stigmatize fat and why changing the world is the solution,
- Is it really possible to be happy, sexy and successful at any size?
- The good fatty/bad fatty dichotomy – what is is and how she navigates it being a athlete and activist,
- How she handles the trolls and stays determined against the negativity,
- All about her experience with her Ironman training,
Plus, so much more! 
Direct download: 139_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with awesome anti-diet Dietician Glenys Oyston. She blows up the BS on health and weight and talks about how you can focus on health without being restrictive, plus answer a listener question on whether there is a “there” as an intuitive eater. In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question about whether there is a set of “criteria” to being an intuitive eater,
- How Glenys overcame her battle with restrictive eating and discovered Health At Every Size,
- Why dieting is so seductive and hard to let go of,
- How to overcome the ramifications of dieting – a.k.a. “Diet PTSD,”
- Why looking at health through the lens of weight is B.S.,
- How to focus on health without being restrictive,
- Her experience working as a “fat dietician” who practices HAES,
Plus, so much more! 
Direct download: 138_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with one of my fav coaches Keri-Anne Livingstone on radical acceptance and how to become the truest version of yourself and I’ll be answering a listener question on how to feel feelings. In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question about how to feel “negative” feelings,
- How Keri-Anne went through big life challenges to find joy,
- Why surrendering to our struggles can help us find gifts,
- What it means to Dare To Suck and how this intention can help you unlock your greatest potential,
- How to implement ‘Daring To Suck’ in your life to be fearless,
- How a simple mindset shift of ‘detaching yourself from the outcome’ can help you overcome self-doubt,
- Why paying attention to what lights you up is the first step towards finding the fulfillment you crave,
- How acknowledging and allowing all of the different parts of yourself to ‘admit their crap’ is integral to creating the emotional release needed to move forward,
- How to feel worthy to make the changes you want to have in your life,
Plus, so much more! 
Direct download: 137_episode.mp3
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I’m revisiting my interview with Isabel Foxen Duke from 2014 all about how to stop fighting food. This was truly revolutionary then! Plus, I’ll be answering a listener question on overcoming fear of weight gain. In this episode, we chat about:
- I answer a listener question about what to do if you’ve accepted where your body is at, but you are scared of gaining weight,
- Isabel tells her story of being a chronic dieter and finally realizing she had to let go of all judgments to heal her relationship with food,
- Why judgment about a right or wrong way to eat leaves you doomed for failure,
- Why when our motivation is driven by our desire to lose weight, things gets very complicated,
- Thin privilege: what is it and how it holds up the body acceptance movement,
- Challenging fatphobic beliefs and letting go of that need to be thinner,
- Overcoming the belief that you need to be thinner to have a good relationship,
- Challenging the belief that if we lose weight we can control the entire universe,
- The social politics of weight discrimination,
- Everything you need to know about Isabel’s free training series Stop Fighting Food 
Plus, so much more! 
Direct download: 136_episode.mp3
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