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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.
 
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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?…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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