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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!

109: I’ve lost my passion and purpose and food is all I have!

Being out of touch with or disconnected from your spirit can lead to spiritual depletion.  Spiritual depletion can exacerbate binge eating, food addiction and emotional eating.  Spiritual emptiness is a sick- ness that has signs and symptoms just like any physical illness. It’s important that you recognize the signs so you can address the causes of spiritual depletion with as much compassion and care as you would any other illness.   In this episode you will learn: What are the signs and symptoms of spiritual depletion? What causes spiritual depletion and how is it related to binge eating, food addiction and emotional eating? What can you do to re-nourish your spirit and cope better with challenging stresses?

108: Help! I’m Stressed to the Max and I can’t Stop Eating!

If you are struggle with food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating, stress can trigger emotions that you may have been regulating with food.  Managing stress without food requires that you learn a new set of skills to use when you’re feeling overwhelmed, worn out, or stressed to the max. Managing stress also requires learning to tap into your body’s wisdom to identify the early warning signs and symptoms of stress, a key first step toward handling stress differently. Stress management involves a moment-by-moment mindful awareness that you may not naturally possess but that you can learn.   In this podcast, you will learn: What the difference is between stress and burnout. Why loneliness can exacerbate stress and shorten your lifespan. Key steps you can take to build resilience to stress.

107: Betsy Thurston Interview

In this podcast, I will interview Betsy Thurston, a dietician who also specializes in the use of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy as a unique tool in treating her eating disorder clients.  The founder of IFS, Dr. Richard Schwartz describes IFS as “a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy.”  We will discuss how she has seen IFS work for her clients who struggle with eating disorders.   In this podcast you will learn: What is Internal Family Systems Therapy? How is IFS different from other therapies? How can IFS help patients heal from food and body image issues?

106: How to, for once and for all, make peace with your body

If you are dissatisfied with your body, you are not alone.  While having self-doubts is a normal part of being human, if your self-evaluation is primarily dependent on your superficial appearance, your size or shape, that can lead to shame, negative self-talk, suffering and the use of extreme and harmful behaviors to reach the ever-elusive thin ideal.  As well, it’s important to realize that trying to “hate yourself thin” can put stress on your body and increase belly fat and risk for diabetes and heart disease.    In this episode you will learn: What some women are willing to give up in exchange for a thin body. How to stop the transmission of body image issues from one generation to another. Why weight stigma may be the reason for health risks, not size!

105: How body movement can help heal binge eating and food addiction

Physical activity has been co-opted by the diet industry just as food has – in other words, only good to get you to lose weight.  No wonder thinking about body movement may send you into a fit of resistance or rebellion or make you feel guilty – feeling you’re not doing enough or not doing the right kind of activity that the experts say you should.  If you struggle with binge eating, food addiction or emotional eating, you may struggle in finding a way to move your body that doesn’t feel like something you have to do or something you feel bad about not doing.  In this podcast, you will learn: How to recognize if you’ve experienced exercise trauma. How to reclaim body movement as a form of self-expression. What the 3 most common reasons for not being physically active are and how to address them.

104: Skills you can use to stop binging and overeating NOW

The first goal of therapy if you have binge eating, compulsive overeating, food addiction or emotional eating should be interrupting any current unwanted behaviors, such as bingeing, overeating, obsessing about food or your body.  But these behaviors are so automatic and so linked to emotions that often are not acknowledged or even recognized, that it’s hard to stop or interrupt them.  There are skills that can help you if you want to move on and just don’t know how. In this podcast you will learn: Why practicing certain skills can help you end unwanted behaviors. Five skills you can put into practice immediately. How skills can help uncouple your emotions from your unwanted behaviors.

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