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Kara Loewentheil, who I’m calling my podcast guest M.V.P. of 2017 (and that’s saying A LOT, because we have had many amazing guests!) is back for her second episode! If you haven’t already listened to her first episode, “Unf*ck Your Diet Brain,” hop back and do that before moving on!

Kara Loewentheil

In this conversation, Kara and I dive into the food noise surrounding the winter holidays. It’s almost expected that we’re all going to overindulge, gain weight, and then go on a diet once the clock strikes midnight on January 1st. It’s a societally-induced cycle of binge / restrict. It can be very toxic, and a total mindf*ck for those of us that are trying to reprogram our diet brains and achieve a more balanced relationship with food.

There’s many reasons that we feel the way that we do this time of year. But Kara gives us some great, practical ways that we can combat the diet culture conditioning and have a more freely-chosen out look on our bodies, our weight, and our health going into 2018. This is a must-listen for anyone who’s starting to formulate resolutions for the New Year!

Key takeaways:

  • The societal expectation that we’re all going to binge / restrict around the holidays

  • Why this can be such a triggering time of year for those of us trying to unf*ck our diet brains

  • How we can separate ourselves from the social conditioning that creates all the food noise around the holidays

  • Why you don’t have to earn, or deserve, pleasure

  • Why the patriarchy wants you to obsess about your body

  • Why women’s pleasure has always been something we moralize and try to restrict

  • Why you should maintain a healthy level of skepticism when people attempt to link your weight and your food choices to your health

  • Health is not a moral issue

  • The importance of having frank conversations about how big a role your weight actually plays in determining your health with your healthcare provider

  • How to overcome the diet culture conditioning that makes you feel obligated to lose weight every year

  • Why you should just eat the cupcake already!

Mentioned in this episode:

The Health at Every Size movement

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole

Kara’s Unfuck Your Brain program

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