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Helping women make peace with food and their body. I’ll teach you how to use intuitive eating, body neutrality and self-coaching with our weekly new episode.

Welcome to the Top-Rated Beyond the Food Podcast

Helping women make peace with food and their body. I’ll teach you how to use intuitive eating, body neutrality and self-coaching with our weekly new episode.

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Our Most Recent Episodes

285-Sexual Violence & Intuitive Eating with Sarah Berneche

285-Sexual Violence & Intuitive Eating with Sarah Berneche

Sexual Violence & Intuitive Eating

About 4 years ago, I came across an analysis of 57,000 women and found that those who had experienced physical or sexual abuse as children were twice as likely to behave compensatory behaviour with food. These women said that they felt more physically imposing when they were bigger. They felt their size helped ward off sexual advances from men.

That’s how food and trauma are often linked. It’s not only in the context of sexual violence but also in various forms of trauma where food is often used as safety, comfort, avoidance of pain, numbing of suffering, buffering, etc.

And then body-shaming gets layered in this already very difficult emotional situation. In fact, I believe and experience that fatphobia, from an external source or internalized, is trauma itself.

Sexual violence And Intuitive Eating

This is when many people will begin the cycle of binge-restrict. Overeating food in an attempt to create safety, then feeling the shame of fatphobia, then use food once again but this time in a restrictive way with the hope to shrink their body. If this is you, I feel you, sister, because I was there for 25 years.

Here’s where it gets interesting… we can actually find our way out of the trauma response cycle by using food. I know it may appear counterintuitive, but it works. The process of learning an intuitive eating framework helps women nurture safety with food and their body. It’s a beautiful healing process to be watched unfold.

In today’s new Going Beyond The Food Podcast, I have a powerful teaching conversation with Sarah Berneche, a trauma-informed nutritionist. She uses intuitive eating to help survivors of sexual violence stop diet-binge cycling and reclaim the joy of eating.

Sarah Berneche is a somatic-oriented, weight-inclusive Nutritionist®, a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and author of Enjoy It All: Improve Your Health and Happiness with Intuitive Eating. Fusing Intuitive Eating with evidence-based therapy models, she helps survivors of sexual violence stop diet-binge cycling and reclaim the joy of eating.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • The connection between sexual violence and disordered eating
  • Self-objectification and dieting
  • Food and body as symbolic communicators
  • How dieting reinforces rape culture
  • A trauma-informed approach to working with sexual trauma survivors

I believe that any woman should listen to this episode as it will help you help other women, if not today, in the future.

Knowledge is power sister.

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

Take the ACE Test

US Based Resources

CAN Based Resources

Tracy Brown

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Facebook  

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284-Diet Brain

284-Diet Brain

Diet Brain

What you’ll learn listening to this episode, Diet Brain: 

  • What is Diet Brain? 
  • The 4 mindf*cks of diet brain 
  • How to liberate yourself of diet brain

What is Diet Brain?

It’s a term that I created a few years back after my own 25 years career and having worked with hundreds of women that have a similar journey as me. We all try to solve our lack of confidence, perfectionist habits, people-pleasing behaviours, and all-or-nothing mindset with band-aids like weight loss.

Diet Brain is a term I coined to illustrate how diet culture has impacted women’s brains over time. It’s the most common adaptive mechanism present in women who have been dieting for a long time.

Diet Brain is a collection of a pattern of thinking that our human brain of women has created to survive diet culture, fatphobia and ultimately Patriarchy.

The 4 mindf*cks of Diet Brain

What I refer to as mindf*ck is actually scientifically known as thought errors in psychology. The error in thinking is the path in which our human brain adapts to diet culture. They are:

1. Perfectionism
2. All or nothing
3. People pleasing
4. Mental filtering or Body Blaming

Here’s the good news sister…. you weren’t born this way. You adopted these thinking patterns to survive. More on this later… stay tuned!

Why is mindset centric to our teaching at Undiet Your Life?

Simply because our brain is the commanding officer of our human experience. Our brain command all of our behaviours, patterns, actions, reactions, habits and emotion.

For example, our ability to feed ourselves is driven by our brain. Our brain decides our dislike of our self-reflection. Our self-confidence is 100% created by our brain.

This is why mindset matter so much. There’s a reason why dieting didn’t work…. and surprise, it has nothing to do with you.

The food restriction, the attempt to shrink our Body to feel better, the attempt to have more willpower, all of it was like putting a band-aid on an infected wound without treating it with disinfectant first.

The mindset’s work is about getting to the root of what is causing all of the sufferings… our thought

The #1 goal of our human brain is to keep us alive

Our brain keeps us alive by interpreting our environment, assessing potential threats and send commands to the rest of your body. The way our brain sends commands is through our thoughts.

As we encounter events, our brain gives events interpretations based on past experiences, social constructs, learning, beliefs… via our thoughts. Our brain assesses our experiences as either safe or unsafe and creates a thought and consequently reactions to keep us safe or course correct if unsafe.

You see, humans do not do anything for no reason

Everything you do is done to keep you alive as long as possible. Binging, overeating, self-critical thinking, self-body hatred, disinterest in body movement… all of it are present in your life because your brain believes that these habits, actions will keep you safe.

For many of us, the big threat in diet culture is all the connected beliefs associated with it. Like thinner is better, fat is unhealthy, thin body is the gateway to happiness, some food is bad, fat people are lazy, fat people lack self-discipline…. I mean, I could go on and on for pages, but I’ll stop here.

Diet Culture itself is a system of oppression

Diet culture doesn’t mean being on a diet; it by far exceeds this. It’s an entire value system that worships thinness and equates to superiority, moral virtue and even today’s world “health.” It promotes weight loss as the tool to achieve this higher status and oppressed people who don’t match the standards.

So, of course, our brain believes that not being in a thin body is a threat to our survival and responds to it to keep us safe.

There’s also another system of oppression that contributes to women feeling unsafe in our society: Patriarchy.
Patriarchy, the social system in which men hold primary power. Patriarchy is consistently seeking control and power for the white cis-gendered men over another gender. Diet Culture is a sub-belief system originating from Patriarchy specially crafted to keep women obedient.

Socialization to diet culture

Women socialized to diet culture and patriarchal beliefs at a very young age. Our women’s brains are programmed to perform and keep us safe under these beliefs.

As a result, we chase the thin ideal unconsciously for most of our life. We become a perfectionist to achieve all the standards Patriarchy expects from us. The belief that you will be rejected from society because of your body’s size keeps you dieting and hating yourself.

Right now, most of your choices about health, food or your body are simply reactions formulated by your brain to keep you safe.

Another way to think of it is that most of our health, food, or body choices are fear-based choices.

The solution: Undieting Diet Brain

Earlier, I stated that we weren’t born this way… we weren’t born with a diet brain. Our brain simply adapted to our environment to survive.

This means that we can reverse our Diet Brain. We can unprogrammed our diet brain from the false beliefs of diet culture, fatphobia and Patriarchy.

Here’s the first step: making choices about our health, food and body from a place of love instead of fear. That’s one of the most simple and effective ways I have experienced with my clients to begin the journey of making more choices for ourselves from a place of love instead of fear.

That’s the starting point to Undiet Diet Brain.

That what we teach women to do, step by step in our Undiet Your Life Course. The ultimate goal of our coaching program is to Liberate ourselves from Diet Culture, Patriarchy and ultimately, our own self-critical thoughts.

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

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PRO Series: Non-Diet Practitioners Success Stories Vol. 2-S3 EP7

PRO Series: Non-Diet Practitioners Success Stories Vol. 2-S3 EP7


Non-Diet Practitioners Success Stories

Non-Diet Practitioners Success Stories Vol. 2

We have recorded a video for you.

We chatted about their personal and business wins over the last five months, the role of self-coaching in their business success, and how they coach their clients using self-coaching, etc.

Lisa shared how she went from charging $50/month from her client to $500 while Ardelle shared that she got her passion for her work back. Pavlina shared how she got over her anxiety, Jolyn shared how she managed a full-time mother role and now her role as CEO, and Sabrina shared how her marketing approach was completely overhauled.

Non-Diet Practitioners Success Stories Vol. 2

Here’s the deal.

We are dedicated to making choices from a place of love instead of fear.

Diet Culture is rooted in fear.

The Non-Diet Movement is rooted in love.

We choose to teach from love. We coach from a place of love.

We market our business from love. We empower.

What happens when you actively rewire your mind to see love instead of fear?

Possibilities. Growth. Success.

The Non-Diet Mentorship doesn’t magically create success for our students: they do. They make their success because they do the work with their mindset.

They have lived a diet culture. They have lived in fear.

Now they make the active choice to say: Hell no to fear.

That’s why they are successful. 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • Personal and business wins over the last five months
  • The role of self-coaching in their business success
  • How they coach their clients using self-coaching
  • Lisa shared how she went from charging $50 / month to her client to $500
  • Ardelle shared that she got her passion for her work back
  • Pavlina shared how she got over her anxiety
  • Jolyn shared how she managed a full-time mother role and now her role as CEO
  • Sabrina shared how her marketing approach was completely overhauled

Mentioned on the show:

Listen to Volume 1 Non-Diet Mentorship Success Stories  

Non- Diet Mentorship Program Details

Get Started Forms

PRO Series – Free Training & resources


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Season 2

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PRO Series: Are You Ready to Help Clients in a Non-Diet Approach?-S3 EP6

PRO Series: Are You Ready to Help Clients in a Non-Diet Approach?-S3 EP6

Are you ready to help clients in a non-diet approach?

One of the most profound questions I get on consultation is this one: 

How do I know if I’m ready to help clients in a Non-Diet Approach? 

First off, You’ll never feel totally ready. Waiting for this moment where you will feel ready to go out into the world and launch your program, I’m sorry to say, but you’ll likely wait forever.

Why is it that we never really feel ready? 

One answer: The Human Brain.  

This question is one of the main reasons why I created a mentorship program and NOT a certification. I wanted to help health professionals feel ready and actually help people. 

I wanted to help practitioners get their human brains on board with their amazing talents and potential so they could create an amazing business that will serve hundreds and thousands of people! 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode, Are you ready to help clients in a Non-Diet Approach?:

  • How to determine if you are ready to help people in a non-diet approach 
  • Why getting another certification is not the solution to feeling ready 
  • 8 tips to get your human brain on board to feel ready 

Mentioned on the show:

Non- Diet Mentorship Program Details

Get Started Forms

PRO Series – Free Training & resources

Season 1

Season 2

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PRO Series: The Non-Diet Approach is for All Health Professions-S3 EP5

PRO Series: The Non-Diet Approach is for All Health Professions-S3 EP5

The Non-Diet Approach is for All Health Profession

I recorded this on Sunday, May 16th, 2021. Enrollment to the waitlist for the next cohort of the Non-Diet Mentorship Program is officially closed. I’m so excited because we have folks joining us from all professional background:

Nutritionist

Health Coach

Social Worker 

Psychologist

Registered Nurse 

Fitness Professional 

The Non-Diet Approach is for All Health Professions  

The Non-Diet Approach is for all health professions for one simple reason: Diet Culture is present everywhere and in everyone.

We as humans socialize in diet culture with our personal life while we practice health professions entrenched in diet culture.

In some way, we are twice as much impacted by diet culture as our clients and patients. We got it as individuals and then went to school to learn a profession based on diet culture thriving. 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • Health professionals are indoctrinated in diet culture twice as much as a regular individual
  • What is weight stigma
  • How weight stigma shows up in all health profession 
  • What does the non-diet approach look like in various health profession
  • Therapist, social worker, nursing, medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, yoga teacher, personal training, nutritionist, dietician, health coach, etc.

Mentioned on the show:

Non- Diet Mentorship Program Details

Get Started Forms

Social Determinant of Health 

PRO Series – Free Training & resources

Season 1

Season 2

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PRO Series: Is It Time to Go Full Time with Kelsey Murphy-S3 EP4

PRO Series: Is It Time to Go Full Time with Kelsey Murphy-S3 EP4

Is it Time to go Full Tme

When is it time to go full-time in your non-diet practice?

This could mean starting a new business.

Or

This could mean transitioning your practice to a non-diet approach.

This question is a frequent one and a good one. On the podcast today, I discuss this question with my guest Kelsey Murphy. 

Kelsey Murphy is a Business & Life Coach working with Fortune 500 companies like Facebook & Twitter and industry thought leaders like Marie Forleo and her B-Schoolers.

As a primer to this discussion, I share my journey going full-time in 2 businesses over the last ten years.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode, Is it time to go full time in non-diet practice: 

  • My journey going full-time in my business
  • How to know it’s time to go full time for you 
  • Should you start your own biz or work for someone else instead 
  • You are one decision away from a completely different life
  • The grind… The hustle… What does it mean? 

Connect with our Guest: 

Website 

Whiskey & Work Podcast (iTunes)  

Facebook  

Instagram  

Mentioned on the show:

Register Webinar May 20th – THE 7 STEPS BLUEPRINT TO BUILD A PROFITABLE NON-DIET BUSINESS & ATTRACT CLIENT READY TO DO THE WORK 

Mentorship Program  

PRO Get Started Guide

PRO Series – Free Training & resources

Season 1

Season 2

 

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PRO Series: Non-Diet Approach to Health and Nutrition-S3 EP3

PRO Series: Non-Diet Approach to Health and Nutrition-S3 EP3

Non- Diet Approach to Health and Nutrition

Today we will answer two major questions I get when I teach health professionals about the non-diet approach. 

Usually, these questions come right on the tail end of the first time being introduced to the Non-Diet Approach. 

What are those questions that almost all health professionals have at their first encounter with the non-Diet approach? 

But, what about health? 

And  

What about nutrition? 

These two questions reveal how entrenched diet and wellness culture along with weight stigma in our education as a health professional.

It is very important to note that we, as health professionals, were blind to this. We were taught to teach our patient and client how to co-opt diet culture and fatphobia.

We have been trained and learned to believe that health can only result from dieting, thinness and restriction. 

So when faced with an approach to health that doesn’t promote diet culture, dieting, weight loss or food restriction, we assume it’s not “healthy”… 

Non-Diet Approach to Health and Nutrition

In today’s episode, we will be helping you navigate these two questions when encountering the non-diet approach for the first time. 

But what about health? 

But what about nutrition? 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode of Non-Diet Approach to Health and Nutrition:

  • How to define health within a non-diet approach 
  • The danger of viewing health as personal responsibility 
  • Healthism 
  • The social determinants of health 
  • How to view nutrition within a non-diet approach  
  • Gentle Nutrition

Mentioned in the show:

Webinar – How to teach nutrition without co-opting Diet Culture 

Non-Diet Mentorship Program  Details 

Free Intake Forms

Social Determinant of Health

PRO Series – Free Training & resources

Season 1

Season 2

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PRO Series: Non-Diet Marketing Framework-S3 EP2

PRO Series: Non-Diet Marketing Framework-S3 EP2

Non-Diet Marketing Framework
How to attract clients that are ready to do the work?   

Right now, clients coming to me want to lose weight?  

What should I do? 

These are the questions that the newest episode of the Beyond The Food Pro series podcast will be answering.

Inside of our Non-Diet Mentorship program, we spend two months crafting our marketing strategy, implementing a non-diet marketing funnel and practicing. Although it would be impossible for me to share all that we do, I’ve extracted what I think will help you attract clients ready to stop chasing weight loss. 

The Non-Diet Marketing Framework

In today’s episode, I’ll share five takeaways from our non-diet Mentorship program marketing modules that you can implement in your business now to build an effective non-diet marketing framework for your coaching practice. 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • Why you have to fall in love with marketing 
  • Why you need a marketing strategy first before going on social media 
  • The secret behind consistency and trust in marketing 
  • What problem are you solving for your client 
  • Educating and nurturing is the key to conversion 

Mentioned in the show:

Register for Information Session 

Non-Diet Mentorship Program  Details  

Free Intake forms 

PRO Series – Free Training & resources

Season 1

Season 2

 

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PRO Series: Blueprint of a Non-diet Coaching Session-S3 EP1

PRO Series: Blueprint of a Non-diet Coaching Session-S3 EP1

Blueprint of a Non-diet Coaching Session

Welcome back to Season 3 of The Beyond The Food Pro series

We polled our community earlier this year and asked you which question you would love to have discussed on the Pro Series podcast. This is how we created our line-up for Season 3.

We answer the following question: 

  1. How do you run a non-diet coaching session? (Episode 1)
  2. How do I attract the client that is ready to stop dieting? (Episode 2) 
  3. But what about Health? But what about Nutrition? (Episode 3)
  4. When is it time to go full-time in your practice? (Episode 4)
  5. What does the non-diet approach look like in other professions than nutritionist or health coach? (Episode 5)
  6. When am I ready to coach others in the non-diet approach? (Episode 6)

In this episode, I’m going to walk you through the Blueprint of a Non-diet coaching session.  

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on Blueprint of a non-diet coaching session:

  • The 9 elements of a non-diet approach session 
  • How these 9 elements apply to any health profession 
  • Why I find this question interesting 
  • Why is it essential to be coached to coach others effectively? 

Mentioned in the show:

Register for Information Session 

Non-Diet Mentorship Program  Details  

PRO Series – Free Training & resources


Season 1


Season 2

 

 

 

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283-Digestive Health the Non-Diet Approach with Beth Rosen

283-Digestive Health the Non-Diet Approach with Beth Rosen

Digestive Health the Non-Diet Approach with Beth Rosen


Digestive health… or as wellness culture calls it gut health is a hot topic these days. 

According to wellness culture, many diseases could be prevented and treated with a gut health protocol. In short: restrictive dieting in the name of health with a side of supplements and detox sprinkle with infra-red sauna. 

Gut health is a major concern for many people wanting to leave the world of diet culture. One question I get a lot is :  

but what about my food sensitivities and intuitive eating?  

Or another version:  

How can I maintain a health-reason food restriction and eat intuitively? 

Is there a non-diet approach to digestive health?

Short answer: YES.

There’s is a non-diet approach to gut health and our guest  Beth Rosen will deep dive with us on a science-based approach to digestive health, IBS, and other digestive disorder. 

Beth Rosen is a non-diet Registered Dietitian. She specializes in helping clients find relief from digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Gastroparesis, Colitis, and GERD. She also teaches on the intersection of GI disorder and disordered eating.  

What you’ll learn listening to this episode of the non-diet approach to digestive health: 

  • What is gut health? Is that really a thing? 
  • The link between IBS and disordered eating  
  •  Food sensitivities, food intolerance, and food allergies 
  • And yes we talked about gluten…
  • Restrictive diets the solution to a healthy digestive system 

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

Connect with our guest:

Website 

Instagram  

Facebook

 

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282-PCOS the Non-Diet Way with Julie Duffy Dillon

282-PCOS the Non-Diet Way with Julie Duffy Dillon

282-PCOS the Non-Diet Way with Julie Duffy Dillon

Is there a Non-diet Approach to PCOS?  

In case you do not know PCOS is the medical abbreviation for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which affects roughly 10% of women of childbearing age in America. That’s 5 million women. 

The top 2 treatment recommendations for PCOS are a very low carbohydrate diet with the hope to lower insulin levels and weight loss. Makes me think of diet culture…

The Non-Diet Way to PCOS

To answer the starting question:

YES,  there’s a way to address PCOS without co-opting diet culture. 

NO, you do not have to go on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life to lower insulin or have to lose weight…

YES, you can manage your PCOS status using intuitive eating. 

That’s what our guest, Julie Duffy Dillon, will help us understand. Julie is a non-diet registered dietician, eating disorder specialist, and food behavior expert partnering with people on PCOS on their food peace journey. She hosts the podcast Love Food. 

 What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • What is PCOS and how does it intersect with diet culture 
  • Low carb diets and PCOS: The truth. 
  • Is weight loss the cure for PCOS? 
  • The role of inflammation in PCOS 
  • The non-diet approach to PCOS 

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

Julie’s PCOS Roadmap

PCOS & Food Peace Course

Connect with our guest:

Website

Instagram

 

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281-Thought Work to Undiet Your Life – Part 2

281-Thought Work to Undiet Your Life – Part 2

Thought Work to Undiet Your Life


This is part 2 and the final episode in this 2-part series on thought work.

If you haven’t listened to Part 1, and especially if you are new to thought work, I’d suggest you go and listen to Part 1 first.

In part one, I told you if you are at war with yourself, knowing you can’t go back on a diet but refuse to accept your body… stuck in the duality.

Ready to untangle this duality?

Thought work to undiet your life 

Let me introduce you to Diet Brain.

Diet Brain is a coaching concept I created after years of helping women quit dieting, intuitive eating and body image. In fact, I kept seeing the same errors in thinking present in all of my clients.

Diet brain is the way in which our brains adapt to diet culture, the deprivation of dieting, self-loathing and self-critical thoughts

You see, the human brain is a magnificent organ… highly adaptative. Moreover, neuroplasticity allows our brain to adapt to our environment in order to survive.

There are 4 most common errors in thinking that make up my concept of DB, they are:

  • Perfectionism
  • All or Nothing
  • People pleasing
  • Mental Filtering aka it’s my body faults / It’s my diet fault

Diet Brain is what drives the duality of knowing diets don’t work, yet you not being able to stop dieting. That is to say these 4 errors in thinking are what create this duality in you knowing you can’t go back on a diet but refuse to accept your body… stuck in the duality

That’s what thought work does. It gives you the step-by-step process to change these errors in thinking so you can end the duality and undiet your life.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • What is Diet Brain?
  • How the Good Girl Syndrome plays into Diet Brain
  • The reason why thought work creates that space for unlearning diet culture
  • How I create 106% business growth in pandemic

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

 

 

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Welcome!

 

I’m Stephanie Dodier – Clinical Nutritionist, Intuitive Eating expert, Podcast host, and Creator of the Going Beyond The Food Method™️, which was born from my own journey with chronic dieting & body image and has since grown into a global movement.

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