EDulting: Houston Special

This month Tara and I had the opportunity to chat with Kylie Mitchell of www.immaEATthat.com. As total fan girls of her blog, we were super excited. Kylie has been blogging her experience navigating postpartum body changes, which resonates quite a bit for me right now. You guys. My twins just turned one. ONE! Truly the longest/shortest time. I digress...

I happened to be in Houston to present a seminar on eating disorders and postpartum mood disorders at the Postpartum Support International Conference. It seemed a great chance to connect and to pull from both our collective current/previous experiences with walking out recovery in the postpartum period. We are so grateful that Kylie was available and willing to jump into this kind of conversation with us. 

Think this won't be relevant for you? There is something here for everyone! Our conversation also wanders to how to pick advocacy battles and ways to check yourself when using gentle nutrition in recovery, which are relevant for anyone in recovery.

We hope you enjoy. 

 

Prefer to watch? You can also catch it on YouTube.

EDulting: Beach Body Bullshit

It's that time of year. It seems you can't shake a sarong without hearing some diet culture BS around getting "bikini ready," and the fad diets are in full force. The unfortunately reality, is that often it's really "relapse season" for many who struggle with eating disorders/disordered eating.

The transition from Spring to Summer brings expectations of more revealing clothing, outdoor activities, and changes from more structure (school, work, kids), to less structure. All of these, on top of the extra media focus on diets and bodies, can be extra stress and triggers for those working on recovery from an eating disorder (heck, for all of us).

This month we tackle these triggers, the frustration with how the fitness/wellness industry is often the diet industry in disguise, and what to say to the haters. 

EDulting is hard, but we can do hard things. 

If watching helps you listen, here is a link to the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/QG20tfRAMMY

EDulting: Embodied Recovery

Tara and I were so pumped to have Tracy Brown, RD as a guest this month on our podcast! Tracy is a somatic nutrition and body image coach and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in helping people come home to their bodies and heal their relationship with food and weight. In this episode we discuss the process of becoming connected with your body during recovery as both a source of important information, of joy, and as a way to live out body acceptance.

Like many practitioners who value embodiment, I believe the self is inseparable from the body, that the body isn't just "a vehicle for transporting the soul," so it's refreshing to connect with someone so like-minded.

(By the way, I hate that phrase. It's often invoked when trying to convey the importance of taking care of one's body, like you would a car. The problem I have with that is continuing to view my body as an object, something to be tinkered with, maintained, and repaired without regard to the essential interconnectedness and interdependency of mind, body, and spirit. Last I checked, your mind and spirit were not dependent on your car to stay alive and learn about the world and yourself.) 

 

Tracy also has some great resources and tools if you want to learn more: 

Body Bashing Decoder: https://tracybrownrd.lpages.co/opt-in/

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What the Hunger?

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So many of us have no idea what hunger *really* feels like. Above are some distinctions between physical and emotional hunger. This is very useful if you tend toward eating when struggling with a tough emotion. However, I think there is a third kind of hunger we don't give much lip service to. This is a type of hunger that occurs when you have been restricting. 

"Wait!," you say, "My problem is binge eating! I don't restrict!" Not so fast. Do you swear off sweets (or chips) the day after a binge? Do you resolve to "eat right" and thus hardly eat at all? Are you eating fewer than 2000-2500 calories per day on a "good day?" Then you are restricting. In fact, this restriction (no matter how severe or mild) is what creates this third type of hunger.

I call it "Survivor Hunger." This is the hunger that flips on when you are around food or start eating after several hours (or days or weeks) of restricting. The tricky thing is, it ALSO can feel urgent and overwhelming and can leave you feeling guilty or out of control (even though it is your body kicking into survivor mode. "There's food! We're allowed to eat?! Eat it ALLLLLL, it may never come again!!")

The unfortunate reality is that many restrictive eaters and binge eaters alike will misinterpret this as "emotional hunger," ignore or otherwise distract themselves from it, shame themselves for it, and continue to deepen disordered eating. 

The answer? Before you check for physical vs. emotional hunger, ask yourself if you're eating enough and eating regularly throughout the day. If not, fix that first. You won't be able to listen and follow your hunger cues any other way. 

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