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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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In this episode, Sarah and Stef discuss the role of the inner critic, and how each host dealt with the evolution of the critic during recovery from binge eating. We'll cover: Sarah’s embarrassment of her self critic versus Stef’s comfort with her own Binges as a criticism of being “out of control” Identifying as a Critic or not Does your critic spe…
 
Back with another guest! In this episode, we talk to Becca Robinson, a BEAT advisor in recovery from bulimia, about her experience with breast implants and her decision to ultimately have them removed. “As long as your belly is never wider than your bust, you’re fine.” Puberty, developing breasts, and having “real woman” proportions Does cosmetic s…
 
What does humility have to do with binge eating recovery? In this episode, we discuss: Is it wrong to be self-focused? Stef’s “fall from grace” during college and how humility diminishes the ego The power of letting go of how things “should be” The relationship between our humility and our insecurities Leaning into our insecurities to see that they…
 
There is a relationship between fatigue, tiredness, and food. In this episode, we discuss: The evolution of Sarah & Stef’s fatigue over the years "Fatigue" versus "being tired" Sarah naps! Rest: Splitting attention versus single-focus restoration Connection and purpose to mitigate fatigue Routines, intentions, and structure as coping tools We are n…
 
Being out of touch with or disconnected from your spirit can lead to spiritual depletion. Spiritual depletion can exacerbate binge eating, food addiction and emotional eating. Spiritual emptiness is a sick- ness that has signs and symptoms just like any physical illness. It’s important that you recognize the signs so you can address the causes of s…
 
In this episode, Sarah and Stef pull out old journals to read excerpts from their deepest binge eating days. In this vulnerable episode, we share: Stef’s entries from college: feeling like the cycle never stop repeating, and themes of loneliness and disconnection Sarah’s “Fasting Journal” The difference between Sarah’s despair and Stef’s inner crit…
 
In this episode, Sarah and Stef review Caroline Dooner’s book: The F*ck It Diet. We’ll talk about: The book that changed Stef’s life The power of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment Caroline’s Five Tools The parts of the book most helpful to Stef versus Sarah Orthorexia and “in defense of sugar and carbs” Does food become a “non-issue” after we hea…
 
Improving body image is one of the most popular topics in this field. In this episode, we talk about our own stories of making more peace with our bodies and offer concrete tools we use with clients and ourselves. We discuss: Stef’s initial body image recovery journey in a group Sarah’s sense of “splitting” from her identity Stef’s story of being c…
 
If you are struggle with food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating, stress can trigger emotions that you may have been regulating with food. Managing stress without food requires that you learn a new set of skills to use when you’re feeling overwhelmed, worn out, or stressed to the max. Managing stress also requires learning to tap into your…
 
Our very first guest on the podcast! This week we’re talking to former dieter Katie Thistleton, host of Life Hacks on BBC radio. Katie has given up on dieting while in the public eye as a media presenter and is here to chat with us about her experience. We’ll discuss: Katie’s New Year’s Instagram post and how that prompted this episode The “Last Su…
 
Talking to loved ones about recovery from disordered eating (or the choice to give up dieting) is complicated. We created this episode to share with friends and family who want to support your journey but aren’t quite sure what to say. We’ll discuss: Sarah & Stef’s experience of talking to friends about binge eating When your disorder is not taken …
 
Deciding not to diet anymore can feel empowering…especially from the safety of social media communities or inside of a pandemic. But what happens when we go out into the world and get confronted with people who actively trying to lose weight and eat “healthy?” What comes up for us? In this episode, Sarah & Stef discuss: Dieting with others as a for…
 
In this podcast, I will interview Betsy Thurston, a dietician who also specializes in the use of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy as a unique tool in treating her eating disorder clients. The founder of IFS, Dr. Richard Schwartz describes IFS as “a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy.” We will discuss how she has s…
 
If you are dissatisfied with your body, you are not alone. While having self-doubts is a normal part of being human, if your self-evaluation is primarily dependent on your superficial appearance, your size or shape, that can lead to shame, negative self-talk, suffering and the use of extreme and harmful behaviors to reach the ever-elusive thin idea…
 
Greed is a word that comes up a lot around binge eating and overeating. What if you believe that your binges aren’t a disorder or a “problem,” but a manifestation of being greedy? In this episode, Sarah and Stef address questions like: Do we want too much food or do we simply want too much? Where does greed come from? Does greed have a reason, or a…
 
Physical activity has been co-opted by the diet industry just as food has – in other words, only good to get you to lose weight. No wonder thinking about body movement may send you into a fit of resistance or rebellion or make you feel guilty – feeling you’re not doing enough or not doing the right kind of activity that the experts say you should. …
 
Do you struggle to be more consistent in your life? Whether its with food, exercise, self-talk, or pretty much anything else in life, what is the story with consistency (or lack of it)? In this episode, Sarah & Stef talk about: What consistency looks like for Sarah & Stef Consistency depends on your context of the day How do you know when to push y…
 
In this episode, Sarah & Stef talk about the influential Geneen Roth, author of books like "Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating" and "Women, Food, and God." The hosts discuss how Geneen's work influenced their own recovery and ways in which they still agree and depart from her message. We are now on Patreon! Join the private FB group. Connect with…
 
The Intuitive Eating approach sometimes gets portrayed as a “junk food free for all.” So does eating nutritious food only happen in the context of a diet, or are there ways to incorporate nutrition intentionally without dieting? In this episode, we explore: What is your definition of “healthy eating”? The role of flexibility in a non-diet world Wha…
 
The first goal of therapy if you have binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction or emotional eating should be interrupting any current unwanted behaviors, such as bingeing, overeating, obsessing about food or your body. But these behaviors are so automatic and so linked to emotions that often are not acknowledged or even recognized, that …
 
Have you ever heard people talk about their experiences of eating in secret? How does secret eating make us feel? In this episode, Sarah and Stef talk about: Shame as it relates to secret eating Binge eating with roommates Eating privately as a way to focus on pleasure and “me time” Feeling more “in control” when eating in front of others The conne…
 
Food guilt is a popular theme in the disordered eating community. How often has food guilt been linked to your own behaviors of binge eating and/or restricting? In this episode, we look at: Guilt induced by food excess How understanding the primal brain’s role in binge eating can help reduce guilt Is “permission to eat” alone enough to reduce guilt…
 
If you have binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating, you may know that diet culture has rebranded itself as “healthy” vs. the prior focus on the thin ideal, losing weight or getting skinny. There has also been a trend by social media influencers to market detox products to make money, but in doing so, they may be contributing to the develo…
 
Does intuitive eating and not dieting anymore sound good – but you’re afraid that the alternative is to “let yourself go?” In this episode, we discuss: What does it actually mean to “let yourself go”? Love from others vs approval from others Creating your own template for existing in a larger body in this culture Admiration VERSUS connection & love…
 
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.…
 
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