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Life After Diets

Sarah Dosanjh / Stefanie Michele

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Many people are waking up to the fact that diets don't work, but if we're not dieting, now what? How are we supposed to find balance around food and figure out how to eat? Join Sarah and Stef, a psychotherapist and a health coach, as they talk about all things related to disordered eating, bad body image and creating a life that's free from food and body obsession. The hosts draw on their own eating struggles and openly share the highs and lows of pursuing food freedom over weight loss.
 
You can put an end to food obsessions, body dissatisfaction and cravings. You can make peace with food and your body and have the energy and vitality you want! And you can be healthy without dieting. I'm Carolyn Coker Ross, MD and I'm a specialist in treating binge eating, food addiction and emotional eating and I'd love to teach you how to regain your self-confidence, end your struggle with food and weight and be free to live your life again.
 
ED Matters: The Gurze/Salucore podcast airing once a week where we interview the top experts in the field of eating disorders, sharing information for individuals recovering from eating disorders, their loved ones, clinicians in the field, and other individuals, professional or otherwise seeking to learn about eating disorders. Healthy conversations about eating disorders.
 
Whether you are just starting out in the field of eating disorders or a seasoned, wise clinician, everyone needs support, guidance and advice once in awhile. Welcome to dietitian seasonings and therapist reasonings, hosted by therapist Meredith Riddick and dietitian Jill Sechi, eating disorders specialists supervisors with A Collaborative Approach. This podcast is intended to support, educate, and validate clinicians in the eating disorders field; emphasizing the team approach as best practi ...
 
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Have you ever felt like you don’t want to start eating because it actually makes it harder to stop? Why do you think that is? In this episode, we discuss: The desire to put off eating to reduce “out of control” eating The psychology of the ego in diet mentality, and how that sets up expectations and perfectionism with food The “Eat When You’re Hung…
 
Have you ever thought: “I’ve gained weight and now I don’t want anyone to see me?” In this episode, Sarah & Stef talk about: Stef & Sarah’s family reactions to weight changes How it feels to see ex-partners The opinion of the collective versus the personal How our brains recalibrate weight changes Do you like someone less when their weight changes?…
 
If you’re struggling with food addiction, binge eating or emotional eating, at some point you may have come to realize that there’s something deeper to your food and body image issues. If you ask yourself what the cause is of most of your suffering about your food obsessions and body hatred, you may realize that it is because of these problems you …
 
All the self-help input in the world feels like it makes sense until the moment a binge urge presents itself – and then what? In this episode, we discuss: Announcement: More live Zoom Community events! Is the point of recovery to get rid of binge urges or to manage them? Permission to binge as a binge management tool Are there different kinds of bi…
 
Have you ever looked at a photograph of yourself and moved into a bad body image spiral? What is it about photos that feels so triggering? In this episode, we discuss: Why Sarah changed the topic of this episode at the last minute The difference between intellectual body image and emotional body image How a photo feels in the moment vs how it feels…
 
Unconscious core beliefs can stand between you and your goal to put an end to your food, body image, and weight issues. When first formed, usually when you were younger and during times of transition, trauma, or emotional upheaval, core beliefs are solutions to problems you couldn’t solve—perhaps because you didn’t have the resources at the time. R…
 
GUIDED MEDITATION TO RESET AFTER OVEREATING, BINGE EATING AND/OR EMOTIONAL EATING – Sarah shares her guided meditation to help you find balance after an episode of out-of-control eating. Compulsive eating is a cycle and sometimes the place to break in the cycle is how we treat ourselves AFTER we have binged by shifting our emotional state and setti…
 
Have you ever felt like you might be truly addicted to food? Have you been told that food is addictive and you have to avoid certain foods in order to have control over your eating? In this episode, we discuss: Is food addiction about the food or the behavior? The role of the addiction model in OA The withdrawal effect of a post-binge day Do “hyper…
 
This week, Sarah & Stef answer a listener question: is there hope for healing even after having an eating disorder for decades? We discuss: The role of social media in recovery Is recovery a real thing, anyway? The emerging role of somatic experiencing The difference between younger clients and older clients in therapy and coaching Readiness that c…
 
If you’ve been struggling with binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction for most of your life, you may view your body as an adversary. When you experience negative feelings about your body, it may be the result of past hurtful experiences from childhood, which can lead to a disconnection between you and your body. This can lead to your sel…
 
Has dieting been center-stage for so long that you don’t know who you would be without it? In this conversation, we discuss: Dieting, body image, and the pursuit of recovery as an identity The Diet Personality vs the Restricting Personality How our identities can feel black and white in a dieting mentality Why is dieting “bad” if it helps us create…
 
So many people are on board with the idea of not dieting anymore, but does that mean giving up on weight loss entirely? In this episode, we dive into: Can you diet and heal from dieting at the same time? Can you heal your relationship with food and return to the pursuit of weight loss? Does “taking better care of yourself” mean you’ll lose weight? …
 
But How Do I Handle My Relatives? As we head into the holiday season, discussions about family dynamics and boundary setting with loved ones is a relevant conversation post-dieting. Do you find it difficult to stay grounded in the presence of family members? Is it harder to stay in a protected headspace? Join the conversation where we talk about: T…
 
Did you know that there is a hidden force that drives your behaviors associated with food addiction, emotional eating and binge eating? This hidden force is your emotions and when you struggle to regulate your emotions, it can have a big impact on your binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction behaviors. If you have food and body image issu…
 
All or Nothing (otherwise known as black and white) thinking is one of the most common thought patterns of disordered eaters. Do you ever feel like you’ve eaten one “bad” food and you “might as well keep going?” Or feel rigid thinking that turns into an all-out binge? In this episode, we talk about: What is black and white thinking? How black & whi…
 
If you’ve tried different diets to help with food obsessions, binge eating or emotional eating, you may have concluded that your food and weight issues are not about food. These issues are about how you use food to deal with your emotions, experiences from your past, and beliefs that have resulted from past hurts or traumas. By working on your food…
 
Are you still influenced by the diet culture messages you received in childhood? Does your family conditioning still impact your beliefs and behaviors about food and eating? In this episode, Sarah and Stef take a look at: Jane Fonda, Nair commercials, and Disney princesses Beliefs about the “ideal feminine” and gender hierarchies, especially in pre…
 
Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening illness that is challenging to treat and can be overwhelming for families seeking help. The Minnesota starvation study dating to the 1950’s showed without any doubt that starvation causes psychological as well as physical symptoms – symptoms that mirror symptoms of individuals with anorexia. The current state …
 
Do you feel obsessed with thoughts of food? In this episode, Stef & Sarah talk about the reasons this may be happening for you -- none of which include being selfish, addicted, or gluttonous! We cover: The role of restriction in food obsession (including the role of ghrelin, the hunger hormone) Food obsession driven by feelings of food guilt, inclu…
 
It can be confusing to determine whether you have binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating. While criteria for binge eating disorder have been established for some time, research is beginning to show some of the ways in which binge eating and food addiction are similar and different. All of these disorders can affect men as well as women an…
 
In this episode, Sarah and Stef discuss the role of rules, comfort, joy, creativity, and boundaries in relation to food-as-reward. We’ll take a look at: Food as a pressure-release system at the end of a long day How diet culture has manipulated happy, comfort foods as something we have to earn Sarah & Stef’s memories of food as rewards or treats St…
 
In this episode, Sarah and Stef make sense of the impulse to eat when your rational brain doesn’t want to be eating. Do you ever feel conflicted about eating? Do you feel like you self-sabotage? We’ll take a look at: Why the conscious brain and the subconscious mind have different agendas Eating just to “get it over with” Eating from rebellion or t…
 
But I Can’t Cope With My Emotions In this episode, Sarah and Stef talk about the role of emotions in binge eating versus emotional eating recovery. Do you feel like you’ve tried “sitting with” your feelings but it doesn’t make a difference? Or that you don’t know what to do with your emotions at all? We’ll take a look at: Why addressing emotions do…
 
But I Can’t Cope with My Weight Gain In this episode, Sarah and Stef talk about how difficult it is to deal with weight gain that we experience from binge eating or overeating, as well as the weight we may gain after giving up diets.. Do you feel like you want to give up diets but feel torn about the possibility of gaining weight? Or do you feel di…
 
If you've struggled with binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating for some time, you may find that the stresses and isolation of the quarantine have worsened your symptoms. Or you may have had other life challenges that have caused stress and overwhelm in your life. All of this can lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness or despair.…
 
In this episode, Sarah and Stef talk about exercise, movement and impact on weight, hunger and mental health. Do you struggle to approach exercise in a non-diet way? If you’re not losing weight do you find it difficult to motivate yourself to get moving? We take a look at: Our relationship to exercise Having a routine vs flexibility When to move an…
 
Do you find yourself eating when you’re bored? In this episode, Sarah & Stef interrogate the feeling of boredom and how it relates to eating urges. We cover things like: What is boredom, really? Why Sarah dislikes terms like "tolerate" and "sit with" when it comes to emotions. What do you DO to cope with an emotion like boredom? Boredom, eating, an…
 
But What If I Need to Diet For My Health? In this episode, Sarah and Stef discuss the idea of dieting for health reasons. Do you believe weight loss will improve your health? Are there foods you need to avoid and feel guilty for still having them? We take a look at: How linked are weight loss and health? Food intolerances and bingeing Dealing with …
 
In this episode, Sarah and Stef talk about the difference between food rules and food boundaries. Have you ever felt like you don’t want food rules, but you feel lost without some kind of structure? We talk about: The definition of rules vs the definitions of boundaries Why rules feel good at first Stages of setting boundaries When are you ready to…
 
Tattoos have become more acceptable over the years but are often only seen as having decorative value. My guest #DonnaTorrisi has written a book about the connection between tattoos and trauma. While a tattoo sits only on the skin, the meaning of tattoos may be much deeper for some individuals, telling a story of a difficult time in their lives, a …
 
In this episode Sarah and Stef talk about bad body image days. Do you look in the mirror and hate what you see? It’s a big subject, so this week we are focusing on What it’s like to have poor body image Creating a more neutral response to body dissatisfaction Cognitive dissonance Body acceptance How we handle a bad body image day Connect with the s…
 
In this episode, Sarah & Stef discuss the different ways hunger can show up and different ways of responding to it. Does it matter if hunger is physical, mental, hormonal, or emotional? How should we handle each kind of hunger? We discuss things like: Should we listen to hunger signals when we're not physically hungry? Why Sarah gets triggered to e…
 
If you struggle with binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction, you may also have body image issues. Your body image issues may keep you from doing what you want to do in life and keep you from being the best you can do. Think of your body identity as a role or archetype you have chosen to play in your life for the time being until you are …
 
In this episode Sarah and Stef delve into the idea of self-compassion. Can self-compassion be a tool for changing your behaviour, or is it a way to let yourself off the hook? Tune in to hear us talk about Common misunderstandings about self-compassion Why it’s easier to have compassion for others Shame around binge eating and our bodies Improving n…
 
Many people who struggle with food addiction, binge eating, or emotional eating also have money problems – overspending, impulse buying or you may have had a bad divorce that left you with financial problems. My special guest, Tasha Chen is with me on this podcast to discuss why money can be a problem for so many people and how you can attract more…
 
Have you ever tried Intuitive Eating (IE) and thought: this doesn't work for me? Sarah & Stef discuss some of the reasons why this might be happening, including: Is IE the gold standard? Turning IE into another set of rules Allowing foods versus permission to binge Approaching IE as another way to lose weight Permission to take what you need and le…
 
In this episode we look at that all-important question many of us have asked ourselves – why can’t I stop eating? In an attempt to answer this question Sarah and Stef discuss the following: Compulsive and trance-like eating The role of biology and the nervous system in our eating behaviours Physical restriction vs mental restriction Brain hunger vs…
 
Welcome to the second episode of the Life After Diets podcast. This week Sarah and Stef talk about the desire to lose weight, even after giving up dieting. We deep dive into topics like: Is weight loss incompatible with giving up diets? The reasons why we decided to stop pursuing weight loss Weight set point theory How we deal with friends talking …
 
Welcome to the pilot episode of the Life After Diets podcast. This week Sarah and Stef share their own stories of eating disorder recovery and body image healing. Tune in to hear them talk about the lows and highs of their journeys, including When they realised their disordered eating was a problem The swing between dieting and binge eating Binge e…
 
Self-sabotage is common and happens to people from all walks of life. Many people with food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating self-sabotage with food as a way to numb unpleasant emotions or cope with stressful situations. This can lead to feelings of failure and can worsen the behaviors or body dissatisfaction. Then you can get stuck in t…
 
Traumatic life experiences, including childhood trauma and the relationships you have with your caregivers growing up, directly affect the nervous system – often throwing it out of balance. An out-of-balance nervous system can make it difficult for you to tolerate your emotions. This then leads to using food (and other substances and behaviors) to …
 
“Health and weight are not synonymous.” Behaviors such as binge eating, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, and food obsessions are part of systems of power that rank human bodies by size and race and create an illusion that health and virtue are obtained by being thin. Being controlled by size and food is still an accepted way of controlling …
 
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