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121: What is Childhood Trauma and is it the Cause of my Food Addiction?

What is trauma? Well, in the past, most people would say, “Trauma is severe abuse or neglect.” But our more modern definition of trauma is that trauma is anything that causes you to lose an essential part of yourself – a sense of security or safety, peace or love.  Over 2/3 of children under age 16 reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16.  What is important to understand is that trauma is common in individuals with substance use disorders and eating disorders.  In fact, a history of trauma can increase your risk for attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety as well as many medical issues including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.  Recognizing that you or a family member has experienced childhood trauma can help you understand why you’ve had trouble dealing with food and body image issues such as food addiction, binge eating and emotional eating.   In this episode, you will learn: What are examples of childhood trauma? How does childhood trauma lead to binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating? What can family members do to help heal childhood trauma?

120: Interview with Julie Duffy Dillon

In the podcast, I interview friend and colleague, Julie Duffy Dillon who is a specialist in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  We discuss the importance of addressing TRUE determinants of health – what makes us healthy and how weight loss does not have to be part of that equation.  We also discuss treatment of PCOS including use of supplements and talk about weight stigma. In this podcast, you will learn: What is PCOS? How does having binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating affect PCOS? What is weight inclusive medical care and how can I get it?

119: Eating Disorders in the Workplace

We spend about a third of our adult lives in the workplace.  Work can improve mental health for some individuals – providing them with a sense of meaning and purpose and offering valuable social connections.  However, for individuals with binge eating disorder, food addiction or emotional eating, work can also be a source of stress and stigma that can make their eating disorder worse or can lead to relapse. In this podcast, you will learn: How the workplace can be a trigger for people with eating disorders. How having an eating disorder can make workplace stress worse. What are 3 actions you can take so reduce relapse or triggers in the workplace.

118: Interview with Ali Shapiro

My guest on the podcast today is Ali Shapiro – the creator of Truce with Food® and the Truce Coaching Framework Certification, host of the top-ranked podcast Insatiable, a holistic nutritionist, integrated health coach and rebel with a serious cause.  My interview with Ali covers a wide range of topics including how the body positivity movement has been co-opted, how her struggle with childhood cancer helped her explore her relationship with her body and more!   In this podcast you will learn: What it means to have a truce with your body. What is self-trust and how does it help heal from eating disorders like food addiction, binge eating and emotional eating? What role does experimentation play in healing your food and body image issues?

116: Body Issues in Men

Aaron Flores is a dietician and health at every size, body trust and intuitive eating advocate who works with individuals with eating disorders, including males.  While eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder often are seen as affecting mainly women and girls, studies show that men and boys are also impacted.  Binge Eating Disorder, in particular affects males almost as much as it affects females.    In this podcast, you will learn: How are men with eating disorders different than women with eating disorders? What is the impact of weight stigma on individuals with eating disorders? Why is it so difficult for men with eating disorders to seek treatment?

115: Leveraging Your Brain Power to Overcome RDS

This is the third and final part of our series on RDS.  In Episode #112 and #114, I discussed what RDS is and how it could impact your eating behaviors as well as what caused RDS and how sugar addiction that you’ve read about is related to RDS.  In this episode I will be discussing what steps you can take to heal your brain from RDS and that will positively affect your recovery from food addiction, binge eating and emotional eating.   In this episode, you will learn:   What is the difference between emotional mind and rational mind and how can you use this information to manage cravings. What are positive natural reinforcers that you can use to increase dopamine in the brain? What are 3 specific things you can do to heal your brain from RDS, food addiction, binge eating and emotional eating?

114: Food and Mood and RDS

In episode #112 I talked to you about Reward Deficiency Syndrome – what is and how it may contribute to food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating.  In this episode, I will discuss the causes of dopamine depletion or reward deficiency syndrome.  I will also talk about how having RDS can affect your preferences for certain foods, cause cravings and lead to unwanted eating behaviors.    In this episode, you will learn: What causes reward deficiency syndrome? How are our eating behaviors used to manage our mood? What are the three stages of eating? How internal opiates impact our eating behaviors? What’s the truth about sugar addiction?

113: Developmental Trauma – Interview with Dr. Joanne and Dr. Lynne on

Trauma has been show to increase the risk for eating disorders and addictions.  There has been much research showing that early childhood trauma can really change a person’s life trajectory – causing problems with learning, attention, memory and the ability to regulate emotions.  Despite these traumatic experiences, individuals with trauma are able to live healthy, successful and fulfilling lives.  Healing the trauma is key to healing addictions, eating disorders and other mental health issues.   In this podcast you’ll learn: What is developmental trauma? How does developmental trauma show up in our lives? What are signs that you may be suffering from developmental trauma?

112: What is Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) and how can it help me heal my Food Addiction

You may never have heard about RDS but it may be critical to understanding why your food and body image issues are so difficult to heal from.  If you have binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating, you may have a genetic risk for RDS or early childhood trauma may have increased your risk for RDS.    In this podcast, you will learn: What is reward deficiency syndrome? How can I tell if I have RDS? How does RDS cause food cravings, food obsessions and unwanted binging behaviors?

111: How to Free Yourself from the Tyranny of the Scale

In this episode, I will share with you some of my personal struggles with the tyranny of the scale.  I will also talk about body shaming and weight stigma especially when it comes from physicians and will give you my responses to and anger about the medical profession which continues to make everything about size.  If you’re struggling with binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction, you may also be experiencing internalized weight stigma.  This can make it more difficult for you to care for your body in a healthy way.    In this episode you will learn: 5 Questions you can ask yourself to find out if you’re a victim of scale tyranny. Four solutions for dealing with doctors around the issue of food and body image issues. Why I say that body image is not about your body!

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