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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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271-People-Pleasing 2.0

271-People-Pleasing 2.0


People-pleasing isn’t a character trait or, for that matter, a personality trait that we are born with.

In fact, people-pleasing is a belief, a set of thoughts that we as women are socialized to. More precisely, we aren’t socialized or educated to be people-pleasers… we are socialized to be “good girls”.

The Good Girl Syndrome is like a character we are asked to play as women and from a very young age. As people identifying as women, we are socialized to be polite, modest, quiet, not to argue, not to fight, play within the parameters, and most importantly, fit the norm…

Indeed, we are socialized to believe that we are responsible for other people’s perceptions of us. Other people’s perception of us is more valuable than our own opinion of ourselves.

 So effectively, we are taught to be people-pleasers.

But I’m not a people-pleaser… really?

If you are thinking right: well, this is not me, BUT you are struggling to accept your body. I’m afraid to tell you, my sister, it’s you.

Women’s relentless pursuit of the thin ideal and unwillingness to accept their bodies is grounded in our socialization to be good girls and meet others’ expectations.

This is why in great part, most people identified as men aren’t affected by body image. Moreover, they can’t even begin to comprehend why we care so much about what other people think of our bodies. That is to say, they aren’t socialized the same as we are as people identified as women.

It’s not built in their belief system as it is for us.

So, how does being a people-pleaser show up in other parts of your life? That’s what we will unpack in this podcast episode.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on people-pleasing:

  • How women are socialized to be people-pleasers
  • Understand the link between body dissatisfaction and people-pleasing
  • The big lie fueling the desire to please others
  • The 4 steps for women to free themselves from people-pleasing

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

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270-Tuning Out the Weight Loss Industry

270-Tuning Out the Weight Loss Industry

Tuning out the weight loss industry

Tuning out the weight loss industry

This podcast is going to be for every woman – every woman who has been targeted by dieting ads.

I have chosen this title for a reason: “Tuning out the weight loss industry” instead of “tuning out diet culture” for a reason: to reach more women.

When you are at the beginning of your journey shifting out of dieting, the word diet culture doesn’t mean a thing… actually, for many, it means being on a diet.

Diet culture is a new term that is not part of women’s vocabulary, and for a good reason. As women, when we learn about the word “diet culture”, it has a massive impact. In #5, I share the definition of diet culture for all the newbies.

Tuning out the dieting noise is a choice

This podcast intends to help all women make a choice. 

A choice in the face of all the marketing from the weight loss, fitness and wellness industry aimed at women and our bodies. 

To help women make an educated choice about their body, how they live their life, the way they eat, and the way they take care of their mind, body and soul. 

For women to free themselves from the thought “but I have to “and trade it for “I chose to”.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode tuning out the weight loss industry:

  • 10 thoughts to consider as women when considering dieting.
  • 10 tips for you to process the weight loss, fitness and wellness marketing 

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

The Good Girl Syndrome


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269-How to Move (or Exercise) More

269-How to Move (or Exercise) More

how to move more


“I want to move with joy.”

“I want to get out of the funk of no movement.”

“How do I motivate myself to move more without dreading it.”

“I know exercise is good for me… just can’t bring myself to do it.”

That you are at the beginning stage of challenging the concept of dieting or an advanced intuitive eater that now wants to work on reclaiming their relationship to exercise… Or that you have made peace with food already and now want to tackle your relationship to movement…

This podcast going to help you.

How to move more

I know for me I’ve known that I SHOULD exercise more often for decades. And my solution for years has been to sign up for a gym membership and to resort to using discipline, punishment and willpower to force me into the gym until, just like dieting, it didn’t work.

Diet culture has taught us to jump into action… without ever asking why and how we got there in the first place is the reason why we keep repeating the same patterns time after time.

The place to start is to find the reason(s) why we resist exercise…. That’s the starting point of reclaiming the joy of movement.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on how to move more:

  • Why we resist exercise
  • The power of changing vocabulary
  • The simple process to create more movement action in your life
  • My movement goals for 2021 and game plan

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

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268-My Goals for 2021

268-My Goals for 2021

My goals for 2021


My Goals for 2021

Over the last few episodes 

#264- Health goals versus Weight loss goals 

#266- Goal Setting 

#267- Willing to be Willing 

I have been teaching you some key concepts to integrate in your process of setting goals to ensure you set goals that are diet-culture-free. 

Today’s episode is going to be a wrap-up on the theme of setting goals. My intention for this episode is to illustrate how you can use these goal-setting concepts in real life. Plus the potential of result you can experience. To do this, I’m going to use my own life and my goal setting journey over the last 8 years. 

I’ve never done an episode like this one before where I share my own reflection on the year and my goals… it’s going to be one of those vulnerable episodes.

Ready to come on this journey with me?

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on my goals for 2021:

  • The reflective process for 2020
  • The 6 questions to use to reflect on 2020
  • My 4 lessons learned in 2020
  • The goals I have for 2021

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

Reflection questions to review your year 2020:

  • What forced change have I come to appreciate?
  • Which new habit have I adopted?
  • Which actions have I performed to maintain my physical and mental health?
  • Did I manage to impose some boundaries in my life?
  • What did I discover about myself?
  • What am I proud of?

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267-Willing To Be Willing

267-Willing To Be Willing


willing to be willing

You willing to be willing?


“Nothing is easy for the unwilling.” 

When we set a goal or desire to change an aspect of our life or self, we often get “stuck” into inaction. 

The fear of taking action in the unknown and the paralysis into stagnation is normal. It’s present for most of us women. This fear is a normal reaction from our brain to command us into staying put instead of moving ourselves into the unknown. 

It’s our brain’s duty to prevent us from taking action. 

To create any new result in your life: becoming an intuitive eater, accepting our body, career advancement,… ANY CHANGE. 

Being willing to be willing 

You have to be willing to do two things: 

  1. Feel your emotions
  2. Change your perspective on failure 

And if you are unwilling to face your fears and emotions, then forward progress on improving your quality of life will not be easy. 

You have to be willing to tell your brain: Hey brain, I get it, it’s your job to keep me safe and avoid the unknown & anxiety of newness, but moving forward, I’m willing to feel these emotions because I really want what’s on the other side. The new result. 

That’s what we call managing your brain. First module inside Conquer and Thrive. 

As women, we are socialized to be good girls. To be perfect. To obey the rules and perform them perfectly. That’s why we unconsciously chase the thin ideal. We’ve been told over and over by our mom, that is the gold standards body type as women. So as good girls we chase that perfection… relentlessly even if it makes us feel terrible. 

To motivate this relentless chase of perfection, women are socialized to see failure as the most terrible thing that can happen to us. Any failure in our relentless pursuit of perfection means that we aren’t worthy and that we have failed dieting. 

Questions to ask ourselves to become willing

I’ll be leaving you with these thoughts to reflect on:  

Are you willing to redefine failure? 

Are you willing to see the fear-based thoughts your brain will offer you when thinking about the new goal and be the observer of these thoughts? 

How about being willing to see it’s not your thoughts but the socialization thoughts from patriarchy and diet culture? 

Are you willing to feel the fear that your brain will present to you and still take action towards your goal? 

Are you willing to take a chance on yourself? 

How about being willing to bet on yourself that you too can achieve THIS new goal? 

Are you willing to be willing to have the intention to be willing to be willing? 

Are you willing to be willing to bet on yourself? 

If you are, we here for you, sister… come and join us inside Conquer and Thrive and we will support you in your journey of being willing. 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • Why the perfect next step from podcast 266 – Goal Setting 
  • You are not your body or your brain…  
  • The two elements needed to create new result in your life 
  • Why women have a faulty concept of failure 
  • How we can start to be willing to be willing 

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive


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266-Goal Setting

266-Goal Setting


Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Smart Goals are to goal setting what dieting is to Diet Culture.

For years, I set goals the diet Culture way… you know, the SMART GOALS. Every year the pattern repeated itself. Give up by the 5th week.

Just like diet culture, SMART goals are anchored on external results, accomplishment of actions, grounded into avoidance of failure and perfectionism. It’s archaic, sexist and builds on elitist principles.

Just like dieting doesn’t work, SMART goals do not work because it disregards how humans function. It requires constant willpower, which we know to be a limited resource, so when willpower runs out, action-driven goal setting techniques stop working.

In today’s episode, we are going to discover the right way of setting goals for women: the diet-culture-free way to set goals.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • Why SMART goals don’t work
  • How I created my life against all odds 
  • My business success in 2020 in the middle of a pandemic
  • What is the diet-culture-free goal-setting process

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

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265-Mom’s Guilt with Unyime Oguta

265-Mom’s Guilt with Unyime Oguta

Mom's Guilt


Mom’s Guilt

“It feels terrible as a mom to put yourself first… it’s easy to say self-care when you don’t have kids”.

This is such a sensitive topic for moms… Me, the single woman with no kids telling them to take time for themselves.

I have avoided doing a topic on this subject because let’s face it, it’s true: I don’t get it. That’s until today…

I have a guest expert who can speak about this from a lived experience. She’s a mom of 3 kids under 12, with a professional career and now starting a business.

Unyime gets it.

Unyime Oguta is our guest today. She’s a Non-Diet Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a student of mine. She’s just about to graduate from our Non-Diet Mentorship program.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on mom’s guilt:

  • Why balance is B.S…
  • The disease of “Shoulding yourself”
  • The toxicity of “getting your body back”…
  • How to no longer feel guilty around taking care of yourself
  • The way to feed my family healthy while trusting my children’s choices
  • How to do self-care as a mom

Mentioned on the show:

Free Guide from Unyime

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

Connect with our guest:

Website and Free Guide



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PRO SERIES: Non-diet Q&A S2 EP8

PRO SERIES: Non-diet Q&A S2 EP8

Non-diet Q&A

Non-Diet Q&A

This is going to be a fun episode…

I’m answering 25 questions our listeners have submitted. Short to the point answer on all subjects related to the non-diet approach…  

You’ll get an answer for each of these 25 non-diet approach & business questions.   

  1. You keep referring to PROs... I’m a health coach so I’m not a professional right? 
  2. How do I make money as a non-diet coach? How do I  create a stable income so I have no doubt in my income? 
  3. I can’t launch my BIZ until I’m perfect in my IE and BI? 
  4. How to convince my clients this is the right approach? 
  5. How do I reassure my clients that it’s ok not to diet? 
  6. How do I figure out my ideal client and how do I speak to them? 
  7. Simple marketing process, please… 
  8. How to answer body image questions? 
  9. Because of COVID, people aren’t willing to buy anything, should I wait to launch my BIZ? 
  10. Scope of practice? 
  11. I’ve never been on a diet but I eat whole food and organic food. Or I make healthy choices normally? Can I teach intuitive eating? 
  12. How do I find a scientific way to promote IE? 
  13. How do I incorporate nutrition science in IE? 
  14. Outline a 1-1 session with a client? 
  15. How do you present a problem to a client without being insensitive? 
  16. I’m afraid they are going to think I think it’s all in their head? 
  17. How much free stuff do I need to give? 
  18. How do I use my communication to get more clients? 
  19. Quality versus quantity marketing? 
  20. How do I get myself out there? 
  21. How do I get my clients to see value in me as a coach? 
  22. Covid is making things challenging? Nothing I can do… 
  23. I have a tendency to make things complicated… how do I resist it? 
  24. I’m on social media and nothing is happening… Why? 
  25. If a client doesn’t reach her goals, what does it mean about me as a coach?  

Ready? Let’s do this Non-Diet Q&A!

Mentioned in the show:

PRO Mentorship Program

Free Intake Forms

PRO Series – Free Training & Resources

PRO Podcast Series – Full Listing



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264-Health Goal versus Weight Loss Goal

264-Health Goal versus Weight Loss Goal


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Health Goal versus Weight Loss Goal

The end of a year in our current culture serves as a point of reflection: what went well, what didn’t go so well, for me what I’ve learned….what we accomplished and then we also use this time to set ourselves goals, objective, intention for the new year. This process of reflection and intention setting is a very powerful process for us and should be done.

Dec 1 is typically the date when the real hardcore holiday marketing frenzy takes over mass media, and right now, we’re about to be hit by New year’s resolutions, new year’s diets… lose the COVID 19… 

Our bodies and our health will not be spared in the process.

We will be hard press to set weight loss goals, just like every year. Some messages will be direct: weight loss directly while others will be about our health with an undertone of “ If you focus on your health, you will lose the unhealthy weight”…

I call this the politically correct way to focus on weight loss.

Maybe it’s the narrative in your own mind… you don’t need marketing to get yourself to think about setting “body” goals for 2021.

This podcast intends to explore both sides of the coin to make an educated decision for yourself.

Although published in December, this podcast is relevant all year. Now, because a great proportion of us use the new year period to reflect on the past and future, I thought this might help many of you think thru your “body” goals for 2021.

Let’s do this!

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on health goal versus weight loss goal:

  • How to define health sustainably
  • Why we desire to lose weight
  • What it means to chase health 

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

Feminism & Diet Culture Article

Health Beyond Dieting Article


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PRO Series: Non-Diet Business Mindset S2 EP7

PRO Series: Non-Diet Business Mindset S2 EP7


Business Mindset

Non-Diet Business Mindset

The Non-Diet Business Mindset discourse is vastly different from the traditional business mindset discourse you might have heard.


Simply because the same system of oppression that is in place to keep women stuck in diet culture is present in the business world.

One of our guest expert teachers, Dr. Michelle Mazur is Ph.D. in sales psychology as an expert coined the term “Bro Marketing” to describe this phenomenon.

This episode gets very heated… there are 3 solid rants that may trigger you. I want you to remember that triggers are only a sign for us to look deeper and see where we can upgrade and grow.

Ready? Let’s do this!

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • 9 Business Mindset Tips the non-diet way
  • Why mindset is the most important aspect of our business as non-diet practitioners
  • What does it mean to put our feminist hat on in our business
  • The #1 enemy of your business growth is not what you think

Mentioned in the show

Conquer & Thrive Professional Limited Edition

Free Intake Forms

PRO Series – Free Training & Resources

PRO Mentorship Program

PRO Podcast Series – Full Listing

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263-Healing Our Relationship to Exercise with Kim Hagle

263-Healing Our Relationship to Exercise with Kim Hagle

Healing our Relationship to Exercise

My journey with exercise has been chaotic for most of my life.

From childhood “mandatory” sports to not being picked for team sports in junior high school because I was “too big”.

And as an adult, being shamed into overdoing exercise by the diet gurus as the way to “burn fat” quick and maintain weight loss.

With every wave of dieting came the sentence of “no pain no gain” excessive exercise patterns to the point of injury.

In fact, dieting really screwed up my relationship to exercise as much as it f*cked up my relationship to food.

Healing our Relationship to Exercise

I couldn’t understand how people could enjoy, let alone love exercising.

From the age of 12, my relationship to exercise has been about managing my body.

Exercise is something I had to do along with food restriction because my body was bad.

Exercise was punishment.

So how can you enjoy something that is designed to hurt you and make you pay for you being “bad” for not having the body you should have?

When I first entered the world of Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating, the concept of Joyful Movement sent me straight into cognitive dissonance.

And then I quickly realized that as much work I needed to do to change how I perceived food and my food habits, I needed to do the same work with exercise.

Being intentional about healing my relationship to exercise

I had to make a conscious decision to heal my relationship to exercise.

I stopped waiting for prince charming to come and fix it all. If I were going to ever find joy in moving my body, I had to be intentional.

Diet culture might have f*cked how I see exercise but it was up to me to unf*ck it.

My first step was swapping the word Exercise with Movement. Seems too simple, but for me that was a game-changer. The word exercise was recalling very traumatic memories for me. The word movement was neutral.

With neutrality, I was able to accept possibilities. Possibilities that movement could be one that is joyful. That I could see me moving my body because I wanted to not because I had to.

Wanting to move my body versus I have to exercise. That was a thought I practiced for months. With time, it worked. I started to desire to go for a walk for just pure pleasure and how it made me feel.

I practice minimum baseline and then use movement as a way to build a relationship of trust and respect with myself.

Moreover, I use self-coaching to change my thoughts and beliefs about moving my body.

Today, I only move my body if it makes feels good and makes me feel happy. I walk. I practice yoga.

In this episode of the podcast, Kim Hagle, a mom of four and non-diet fitness expert, is going to help us heal our relationship to exercise.

Kim hosts The Joyful Movement Show podcast and through her signature program Right Body for Me, she helps women discover joyful movement and motivation that lasts so they can heal their relationship to exercise and feel confident in their own skin.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • How Kim went from being picked on by other kids to being a fitness professional
  • The difference between movement and exercise
  • Is the gym police a problem for you?
  • The 10 principles of Joyful Movement
  • How to find motivation without punishment or “no pain no gain”…

Mentioned on the show:

The Motivation Secret

Podcast Roadmap

Conquer & Thrive

Connect with our guest:

The Joyful Movement Podcast




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PRO SERIES: Body Image Health Coaching for Women S2 EP6

PRO SERIES: Body Image Health Coaching for Women S2 EP6

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Body Image Health Coaching for Women

78% of professionals have said they are struggling with their own body image. 

8% of you have said you were at peace with your body.

That’s the result of our yearly survey within our professional community.

That’s how this new podcast episode was born.

From a need for our community to do their personal work with body image because the only way you can effectively coach other women into healing their body image is for you to heal your own first.

Just like we see on our client population struggling with poor body image has a wide range of effects in all aspects of our life including our business:

  • Lack of confidence to show up to market your business
  • Questioning yourself all the time
  • Think something is wrong and or your business
  • No big ambitious plan for your business
  • Playing small
  • Perfectionism trying to make for your own perceived flaws
  • Fixated on the appearance of your business instead of bodywork
  • Difficult time doing hard things
  • ….

Ready to learn what you need to do to heal your body image as a health professional so that you can lead thousands of women?

PS: I think this one of my best podcasts! 😀

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on body image health coaching for women:

  • Why we struggle with body image
  • The impact of not being liberated from body image to you personally and on your business
  • Why helping and coaching women through body image healing isn’t about the how…
  • The stages of healing body image

Mentioned in the show:

Conquer & Thrive Professional Limited Edition

PRO Mentorship Program

Free Intake Forms

PRO Series – Free Training & Resources

PRO Podcast Series – Full Listing

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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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