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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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296-Q&A: Can You Accept Your Body and Still Want to Change It?

296-Q&A: Can You Accept Your Body and Still Want to Change It?

Can You Accept Your Body and Still Want to Change It?

 

“Can I accept my body and still want to change it?”

That question is on the mind of many women as they begin their journey undieting their life. 

On today’s podcast, I will help find the answer to this question—the best answer for you, your body and your life.

My role as a coach is not to tell you what is right or wrong with you but to help you gain the confidence and autonomy to make a decision for yourself.

Can you accept your body and still want to change it? 

The answer can be yes or no… You’ll make this decision. 

I’ll coach on 3 questions to ask yourself in order to find your answer. It will take time and reflection, but you’ll find the answer the best suits you.

You have the power to make choices about your body. My advice is to make sure you like and respect the reasons why that fueled your choice. That the reason you decide to change your body or not serves YOU, not diet culture.

For that, the beliefs and thoughts that lead you to a choice should come from a place of love for yourself and your body instead of fear.

The key to happiness, confidence and a peaceful life is that first we are in a position to be autonomous and have agency over our own life.

In this episode #296 of the Going Beyond The Food Show, we will discuss:

  • How my relationship with my family has changed
  • What does body acceptance truly mean
  • Why is there not 1 answer for everyone to the questions
  • 3 questions to ask yourself to find the answer to the question to find the best answer for you

Mentioned in the show:

Podcast Roadmap

Undiet Your Life

Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass

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295-Undieting Your Life (not just your food)

295-Undieting Your Life (not just your food)

Undieting Your Life

Undieting your life – The Definition 

The question I was asked: “What does it mean to undiet your life?” 

I was stomped with this question because I thought our marketing message was clear but clearly, it wasn’t… so let me clarify what it means to undiet your life. 

Undieting your life doesn’t mean stopping dieting. Although stopping dieting is the first step. 

Undieting your life is about restoring your autonomy to feed yourself.

It is about claiming back your power over your own body.

Moreover, it is dismantling DC from your mind and choosing values and beliefs that will lead you to think thoughts that will actually create the life you want and that feel good and does good!

Why am I so passionate about Undieting our life?

Simply because I want women to have the upper hand on diet culture.  

I want all of us collectively to be able to detect conditioning from any oppressive system from a mile away and knows exactly on to remain in our power. 

It is my desire for us collectively to change the future for the next generation of women so that THEY don’t have to unlearn.  

I want us to model acceptance so that they learned from watching us being acceptant of who we are. 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • Why did I add “ not just your food” to the title 
  • What does it mean to undiet your life 
  • Where to start to undiet your life

Mentioned in the show:

Undiet Your Life

Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass

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294-Body Compliance

294-Body Compliance

Body Compliance

Thru their body women are asked to comply with society’s prescribed norms. Body compliance defines, controls and constrains women. 

As women, we learn to perform via our bodies. We demonstrated our ability to be self-disciplined, self-controlled and to comply with social norms via body constraint. 

As a result, we learn not to disturb and take space through our bodies. That it is its size or its sign of aging.

Body compliance and beyond 

At first, it’s compliance with our body, but it spreads quickly to many other aspects of our life: 

  • Need to perform at work 
  • People-pleasing our way through a relationship 
  • Being productive at all times… 

Compliance becomes a way of life for many women. 

We aim to comply not to stand out and feel the judgement of others. Compliance becomes a safety net that spreads through our life.  

What you’ll learn listening to this episode: 

  • The history of body compliance for women 
  • Link between compliance and safety 
  • The Intersection between grind culture and diet culture 
  • How to liberate ourselves from the desire to comply 

Mentioned in the show:

Undiet Your Life

Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass

Podcast Roadmap 

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293-Rebellious Eating

293-Rebellious Eating

Rebellious Eating

Rebellious Eating is when we use food and/or eating in order to resist authority. 

In fact, it’s an action to affirm one’s power of her food, body or existence. 

It is often called overeating, binging, compulsive eating, nighttime eating or even out-of-control eating.

This behavior is not about the food… it’s about resisting authority over us.

When we eat out of control, we eat away from the control of something or someone else.

Rebellious Eating

This behavior is about fighting for our autonomy and agency. Moreover, when we eat rebelliously, we’re actually restoring our autonomy and protecting our boundaries. 

As humans, we’re designed to be autonomous individuals who determine for ourselves when we’re hungry, what we want to eat, and when we’ve had enough. In fact, a part of us will fight for that autonomy until we stop imposing ourselves restrictions.

When you eat rebelliously, you’re actually restoring your autonomy and protecting your boundaries. That is to say, you’re reclaiming your power over food restriction, and ultimately, diet culture. 

This is a good thing! It is a healing process. We were never meant to eat according to someone else’s rules.

It allows us to restore our autonomy from food restriction, diets, eating plans, “ways of eating,”… etc. 

Certainly, this behavior allows us to reclaim our power.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • What is rebellious eating
  • How does it show up in different stages of undieting your life
  • What are you rebelling against?
  • The solution to rebellious eating is counterintuitive

Mentioned in the show:

Rebellious Eating Solution Masterclass

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

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292-Overeating, Binging & Diet Culture

292-Overeating, Binging & Diet Culture

Overeating, Binging and Diet Culture

Overeating, Binging & Diet Culture

Most often, when women start their journey beyond dieting, it’s because they want to overcome compulsive eating behaviors like binging or what they self-describe as “overeating.” 

They have learned that restriction is causing these compulsive eating behaviors, so they quit dieting… but is it the solution? Is it the only action that needs to be taken in order to end compulsion around food?

That’s what we discussed on today’s podcast. If perhaps you are at this point where even though you have lifted the restriction and still struggling with “overeating,” binging & diet culture this is a must-listen!

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • The link between restriction and compulsive eating behavior
  • What most people miss when it comes to compulsive eating behavior
  • Why making peace with food is not the ultimate solution for binging, overeating or any compulsive behaviors.
  • The belief that is fundamentally holding your back from eating “normally.”

Mentioned in the show:

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

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291-Her Story: Creating Unshakable Self-Acceptance with Monserratt

291-Her Story: Creating Unshakable Self-Acceptance with Monserratt

reating Unshakable Self-Acceptance

Creating unshakable self-acceptance

Are you a very logical woman who perhaps uses her brain capacity to succeed at work yet struggles with her relationship to food & body?

And just like me in secret, you wonder: Why is it that I can solve very complicated problems at work, yet something as simple as how I eat and feel about my body isn’t working for me?

You’re not alone—the secret thought and the same one that many of us have or had.

In this new segment of Her Story, you’ll meet Monserrat Lopez, a Physics Ph.D. and a sewing artist, mom of 2 and wife to an amazing man. In her journey to undiet her life, radical self-responsibility has created an unshakable sense of self-acceptance in her life.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on creating unshakable self-acceptance:

  • Unlearning how to use her logical brain in order to create the life she wanted
  • The learning from her relationship to social media and self-acceptance
  • A life event that allowed her to expand self-acceptance beyond the food
  • The relationship between self-responsibility and self-acceptance
  • How her personal growth is impacting her children

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

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290-Her Story: High Achieving & Type A Woman Unlearning Diet Culture with Kim

290-Her Story: High Achieving & Type A Woman Unlearning Diet Culture with Kim

High Achieving & Type A woman unlearning diet culture

High Achieving & Type A Woman Unlearning Diet Culture

Are you successful in many aspects of your life yet food and body remain a secret struggle? 

Perhaps to the world, you seem to “have it all together,” but in your mind, it’s completely different.

That was me before coming to the world of intuitive eating. That was also the space where Kim Beckman was before she joined us inside Undiet Your Life.

Kim Beckman is a high-performing, achieving professional who, after a 50 years journey with food and body restriction, has committed herself to the journey of unlearning diet culture. She joined Undiet Your Life a year ago, and in this interview, she will share with us what she has learned. She has a special message for all “type A” women!

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on high achieving & type A woman unlearning diet culture:

  • The 50 years journey searching for THE formula 
  • How perfectionism and control was in every part of her life
  • What triggered her to stop trying to fix her body
  • How learning to befriend vulnerability was a game-changer for her
  • The gift of unlearning diet culture beyond the food she has experience.
  • The role of mentor she is now taking in her profession to help other women

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

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289-Her Story: Being at Peace with Food Was Not About the Food with Kim

289-Her Story: Being at Peace with Food Was Not About the Food with Kim

Being at peace with food was not about the food

Her Story: Being at Peace with Food Was Not About the Food with Kim

Kim was a listener of the podcast for more than 6 months, and then one day, she listened to me talking about taking action instead of just listening to the podcast.

That’s when she joined us inside Undiet Your Life Course. 

She’ll share with you that when she joined Undiet Your Life, she thought, “Let me try this intuitive eating way of eating… it sounds a lot healthier than my last diet.” 

That’s almost a year ago.

What she quickly realized is the goal she had, the reality she desired wasn’t going to unfold by focusing on the food and her weight… but was going to be about deepening the relationship she had with herself.

This is another installment of Her Story where we hear a “real woman” share her journey with our listeners in Undiet Her Life. 

Today’s is Kim’s story! 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • Kim’s journey making peace with food and her body
  • The trigger that moved Kim into action
  • How undieting her life shifted her relationship with her mother
  • The correlation between her relationship to food and white supremacy

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

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288-Believing in Yourself More Than Diet Culture

288-Believing in Yourself More Than Diet Culture

Believing in Yourself

Do you believe in diet culture more than you believe in yourself?

For example, do you believe that your own level of self-confidence is an outcome of the size of your body? Or your beauty? Or the amount of wrinkles you own? 

Or maybe you appreciate that for others, it’s possible to be confident at any size, and you admire the women who do but that for you it’s impossible. 

Do you believe that for you, it’s impossible to have a peaceful relationship with sugar? Do you secretly believe that something is wrong with your body and that sugar has this unbreakable grip on you that makes it impossible to control?

Do you believe that your habits around exercise and movement are the outcome of your own lack of self-discipline? That if you weren’t so lazy, you’d go for a walk more often?

And I’ll extend this to circumstances outside of food and body… because diet culture beliefs affect your life beyond food.

Maybe you believe that your career is stalled because of your inability to be perfect enough or produce enough work to meet your boss’s standards?

Perhaps you stop yourself from applying for your dream job because your know you are not qualified enough? That other people have so much more to offer than you.

These are all diet culture beliefs.

Believing in yourself more than diet culture

Diet culture beliefs do not support your amazingness, your goodness, and your brilliance.

Diet Culture beliefs have been manufactured in order to create self-doubt in women, feeling of victimhood, distrust with self and disempowerment.

In order to believe in yourself and the possibilities that can be present for you in your life, you need to have beliefs that support this amazingness, goodness that is in you now. That’s what we are going to explore in this episode of our podcast.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • The diet culture beliefs that stop you from believing in yourself
  • The process of deepening your self-beliefs
  • Believing it’s possible for you to change
  • 10 non-diet culture beliefs that can transform your life

Mentioned on the show:

Podcast Roadmap 

Undiet Your Life

 

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287-The Not Good Enough Voices with Vanessa Preston

287-The Not Good Enough Voices with Vanessa Preston

Not Good Enough Voices

Although I consider myself a confident woman today, it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, at 46 years old, I can honestly say that I spent most of my life feeling not good enough.

Diet culture conditioning and the pursuit of the thin ideal kept me from accessing what was a fact: my innate worth. I was chasing externally what was already present internally. 

The Not Good Enough Voices 

I was confusing my thoughts with the truth. The not-good-enough voices were just that voices. Thoughts that were playing on repeat in my mind that with time became a belief. The belief that I wasn’t good enough.

What I didn’t know was that beliefs aren’t truth. Beliefs are simply long-held thoughts that feel factual.

Although I spent decades believing that feeling good enough was something to be earned, it’s only when I allowed myself to challenge this belief that I began feeling better about myself.

When I became curious about where the not-good-enough voices came from, when I began asking myself where I learned that I wasn’t good enough, that’s when the breakthrough happened.

When I authorized myself to believe that it was possible for me to be worthy as I was in my now body, without eating perfectly or meeting the thin ideal, I began feeling confident.

Curiosity & compassion were the tools that reconnected me to my innate worth and tuned out the not good enough voices.

On today’s podcast

Our guest Vanessa Preston is a Mental Health Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Nutritionist in Australia. She has provided assessments and therapy services for 14 years and specializes in treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma. 

She’s also is the creator of the Body and Food Freedom Project and the host of the Body and Food Freedom Podcast where she supports women to make peace with food and their bodies. Currently, Vanessa is in full-time private practice at Green Life Psychology and Counselling.

Vanessa will help us navigate the path back to feeling good enough.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • The power in naming the feeling of not good enough
  • The intersection between diet culture and women feeling not good enough
  • Being curious is the first step in tuning the voice of not good enough
  • How to use compassion to feel good enough

Mentioned on the show:

The Roadmap to Not Good Enough Voices

Undiet Your Life

Podcast Roadmap 

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286-You didn’t fail. Diets failed you.

286-You didn’t fail. Diets failed you.

 

Dieting Failure

After every single diet failure over the span of a 25-year dieting career, these thoughts were on running on a loop in my mind

“What’s wrong me with?”

“Why is it that it works for ALL these women but not for me.” 

“If only I had more discipline and willpower, I couldn’t have kept the weight off.”

It’s estimated that by the time most women hit their 45th birthday, statistically speaking, we’ve tried 61 diets, plans, programs, detoxes, cleanses, meal plans, regimes, and eating system.  

All of it in an unending battle to shrink our body and, hopefully, change our life. 

We resort to dieting not because we want to but because we have been socialized to believe that a thinner body is the gateway to happiness.

So we hustle our way to our happiness with dieting. 

Dieting Failure 

And it works… until it doesn’t. We access a short relief from our unhappiness, feel confident only to find ourselves back to ground zero. 

We seek the next solution only to be told that it’s our fault it didn’t work in the first place… so as the Good Girl we have been taught to be, we go back to dieting.  

And for some of us, we repeat this cycle for decades. 

What if I told you that nothing had gone wrong?  That diet failure was the actual expected outcome of ANY diets

Diet Failed You. You didn’t fail at dieting. 

I know for me, when I am finally able to accept this FACT, this is when I open myself to discover what would really work for me in my chase for happiness.

And I would invite you to ask yourself the same question I had to ask myself: 

Why is it that in all other areas of my life, I was able to question the process used in order to achieve a goal and not myself?

What was different about weight loss? 

Why did I place the fault on me instead of looking rationally at the effectiveness of the dieting process?

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • The Biggest Loser 8-year review
  • The conclusion of a meta-analysis of long term diet study
  • The belief system that lead us to self-blame 
  • How to liberate yourself from diet culture

Undiet Your Life 

If you want to unlearn diet culture and relearn how to believe in yourself, engage with your body with neutrality and finally relearn to eat normally, then join us inside of Undiet Your Life.

Our proprietary methodology Going Beyond The Food does just that… go beyond the food, lol!

Because food and your body are not the problem… Diet culture is the problem.

Undiet Your Life is the first program of its kind with the unique combination of mindset and life coaching with along with intuitive eating and body neutrality that help you unpack these social constructs in your own life and carefully select new beliefs that will serve you and create confidence, peace and happiness.

If this calls your name… you want to do your work with us – join us 

Mentioned on the show:

Undiet Your Life

Podcast Roadmap 

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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

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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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