This week Lauren and Jenna are discussing the privilege involved in the wellness industry and how closely intertwined dieting is with consumerism, spending money and how YOU can figure out if you're investing in your "wellness" in a way that is self honouring or just about marketing.

 

Be on the lookout for some exciting new things coming from The Body Love Society (think something you can hold in your hands!).

You can join the waitlist for The UnDiet Collective App here www.thebodylovesociety.com/undietwaitlist

September 7, 2021

Ep 174 - Emotional Eating

Lauren and Jenna have a conversation about emotional eating. Why we need to shift the wording of emotional eating to take the judgment out of it, how it actually is a part of Intuitive Eating, being okay with using food as a coping mechanism, and what else you can do that will serve you when dealing with challenging emotions. Diet culture has created emotional eating into something "bad" and "wrong." This episode talks about why it's not and how you can normalize it. 

The UnDiet Collective App will be opening to the waitlist in the next month - you can join the waitlist here - http://thebodylovesociety.com/undietwaitlist/

In this episode Lauren and Jenna discuss a community concern (a member of The UnDiet Collective).

This person was wondering what to do because the people around them were making comments that what they're doing (UnDieting and Intuitive Eating) must not be working because they gained weight.

How do you explain to people in diet culture what this work is about and that the weight is not the point?

Get more info about how to work with Lauren and Jenna here - www.thebodylovesociety.com/membership

 

Welcome to How To Love Your Body. On today's episode Lauren and Jenna discuss triggers. What they are, when to avoid them, when to embrace them, and how they can actually provide an insight to your healing in this process in becoming an UnDieter and creating a peaceful relationship with food and your body. 

You can join the waitlist to the APP The UnDiet Collective at http://thebodylovesociety.com/undietwaitlist/ 

In this episode Lauren and Jenna have a conversation about being in survival mode, self compassion, inevitable change, doing your best, and listening to your body internally.  This all relates to being an UnDieter, Intuitive Eating, and body image! Tune in! 

Hi I'm Jenna Free and this is Lauren McAulay, we are intuitive eating counsellors here to help you heal your relationship with food and your body.

Welcome to this week’s episode of How to Love Your Body.

Today we are talking about weight neutrality and body neutrality, what is it, when is it useful and how can you use it to start feeling better about your body?

The weight-neutral approach acknowledges that body weight is determined by a complex set of genetic, metabolic, physiological, cultural, social, and behavioral determinants, many of which individuals cannot change. Instead of focusing on a weight-oriented outcome, participants in weight-neutral programs are taught to take charge of the factors they can, such as thoughts and behaviors, which ultimately lead to improved well-being, regardless of weight.

 

Body neutrality is rooted in acknowledging what your body does, not how it appears. Your body allows you to exercise, travel the world and experience new cultures. Your body gives you the ability to hold hands or hug someone you love. Your body gets you from point A to point B. Body neutrality is about seeing your body as a vehicle that, when treated with care, can help you move about the world in a way that brings you joy. That’s it. No thinking about how you look, either good or bad.

Both weight neutrality and body neutrality can be so beneficial for all people, especially those struggling with body image issues.

 

Weight neutrality is a powerful way to approach healing your relationship with food and your body, it’s a way to take care of your body without it leading back down the diet culture rabbit hole.

 

With a weight neutral approach, since you aren’t seeing weight loss or weight gain as either good or bad you can then make choices that best serve your body PERIOD.

 

For instance, perhaps moving your body more regularly feels really good and that is something you are working on participating in more often (ideally in a way you enjoy and in a manner that is relaxed and flexible, not rigid and full of rules) - if you are coming from a weight neutral approach you can continue to prioritize movement without deeming it to be “working” or “not working” depending on if you’re losing or not losing weight. 

 

This outcome won’t matter - the movement itself is a win and this will lead you to being more consistent with it as well as it being sustainable long term.

 

When you are making choices regarding your health moving forward you can think “ok how would I come at this from a weight neutral approach”. This will lead you to becoming an intuitive eater and undieter much faster than if you get stuck focusing on weight.

Body neutrality is more about body image and the way you THINK about your body.

This is an amazing mindset to come at body image from particularly if you are not at all in the place where you feel you are happy about the way your body looks (that’s ok! Because the way you look is the least interesting thing about you).

When you are getting sucked into negative thoughts about the way your body looks, remind yourself to bring things back to neutral. The way you look isn’t either good or bad, it’s honestly somewhat irrelevant. Shift to thoughts of what your body can do, it’s function and purpose.

This will allow you to intertwine some gratitude and perspective when it comes to body image without forcing yourself to think something that you just cannot get behind (fake it til you make it doesn’t always work here).

As you continue on your journey to becoming an undieter remind yourself of these two mindset shifts:

When I’m making “health” choices are they weight neutral?

When I’m thinking about my body, is it body neutral?

Let us know if these shifts make a difference for you! You can DM us on instagram @thebodylovesociety! We always love to hear from you.

And if you liked today’s episode please share it with a friend, that makes a huge difference in getting this message out there!

See you next week!

Welcome to How to Love Your Body--  on todays episode we are talking about 5 quick but powerful facts on body image… 

Healing your relationship with food is of course an essential part to becoming an UnDieter...

So is working through body image.

Here are 5 facts about body image:

1. You don't have to love your body 100% of the time as an UnDieter - but you can absolutely respect it.

2. It's okay if you still care about what you look like (we're human in a society obsessed over looks!). That doesn't mean you can't improve your body image.

3. It's okay to start with neutrality. A powerful exercise when starting to work on body image is not putting pressure on yourself to shift every negative body image thought to a positive thought. We are not about toxic positivity. What you can do is start to shift judgmental thoughts to neutral thoughts.

​Ex. "I don't like the way my arms look in this shirt" to "I have arms."

4. Our bodies go through phases and circumstances of life. It's normal that bodies change over time. Accepting the ebb and flow will bring peace.

5. It takes repetition and shifting beliefs to start thinking differently about our bodies. It's acknowledging and becoming aware of anti fat bias and working through that.

If you want to work on body image and be more at home in your body; check out our UnDiet For Life Membership.

Not only do we give you a step-by-step course in how to work through body image. We also have Live Q&A's, Guest Expert Workshops, access to posting your questions in the community on the daily, and more...to support you in improving your body image (and anything else during your process in becoming an UnDieter)!

ALSO … 

The support from this group of women and experts is invaluable.​

We have found the the most essential part to becoming an UnDieter is having a community to do it along side with you. People that understand what you are going through because they are going through it themselves.

When you can share anything and it's immediately understood. No need to explain yourself. This community gets it!

Humans love connection and they also love connecting to people with like-minded/ similar interests and beliefs (especially when it comes to ditching diet culture!!).

You don't have to feel alone for one more second as you continue on your path in becoming an UnDieter. Join the community and get instant access to amazing women you can build lifelong friendships with!

Doors close TOMORROW, July 28th!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Community!

See you next week!

Stopped dieting and it's just feeling blah?

Here is the best way to get over that just "not dieting" feeling and actually become an UnDieter and Intuitive Eater for life!

Get more info at www.thebodylovesociety.com/membership

This week's podcast episode on How to Love Your Body is a little different. When we were getting ready to record a different podcast episode for the previous week we started talking about a topic that we felt needed to be recorded on the cuff and turned into a podcast episode.

In this episode we share about how we, as Intuitive Eating Counselors, can have times when we care about how we look. We go into more detail in the episode and talk about specific examples.

The reason we wanted to bring this up is because we live in a world/ society that is built off of diet culture and beauty standards so of course you may have feelings of wanting to look a certain way. You aren't wrong for that. The thing to consider is how far are you willing to go to fit into societal standards?

If it's making you obsessed and miserable to obtain these standards, is it really worth it? At what cost?

We also get into the topic of wellness without the obsession.

Tune in to listen to the full discussion!

PS. If you have't yet signed up our free you still have time before it's too late. ALSO, we are excited to announce that our Membership will be reopening on July 19th!! Until then, watch the . :) 

Share this free course with your friends and social media followings so we can get this message (and the support) to as many people as possible.

See you next week! 

In Today’s episode we want to address UnDieting for life and what it can look like for you. The reason we want to talk about this is because UnDieting is not just another diet.

It’s something that can actually be sustainable for life. This is why this way of living is most realistic (and freeing) - there’s an ebb and flow, a balance - once you really find your groove with UnDieting it just becomes your way of life, it becomes second nature.

It’s not something you are following, it doesn’t have a set of rules. It’s just you and your body trusting, listening, and being. 

 

Before we dive in - this episode is brought to your by our free UnDiet For Life Kickstart Course that you can sign up for at www.thebodylovesociety.com/undietforlife

10 signs you’re going to be an undieter for life:

  • You live your life free and at peace with food and your body - meaning no rules shoulds, cants or have tos with food. You don’t think about it a lot, you just live!
  • Instead of focusing on weight; the focus is on how your body FEELS.

  • How you’re living is sustainable because there are no rules or restrictions. You don’t fear falling off the wagon or failing, it’s just natural.

  • Shame, guilt, failure, and judgment DO NOT exist for you around health, food or our body (yes the thoughts may pop up now and then but you’re able to be critical of these thoughts).

  • You no longer subscribe to diet culture (you don’t spend money on weight loss products etc nor do you spend time planning, thinking or researching how to lose weight/ diet etc). You have a completely different belief system and mindset around food and your body.

  • You tune in and listen to your own body signals. Not comparing your hunger levels and food choices to others.

  • You respect your body even if there are thoughts of wishing you could change your body. It's also having the awareness of internalized anti-fat bias.

  • You enjoy food without it taking over your life. You have a clear mind to think about other things that matter too.

 

  • You ride the ebb and flow of life & know you can UnDiet at all phases, under any circumstances. You don’t freak out if things change.

 

  • You have support. Undoing the damage dieting did to your thinking and relationship with food and your body is really tough to do alone, especially when everyone around you is in diet culture.

 

Remember to sign up for our free UnDiet For Life Kickstart Course at www.thebodylovesociety.com/undietforlife.

This course has 4 lessons that will be sent to you along with a workbook to follow along. It will cover how to trust your body with food choices, how to shift your focus from weight to how your body feels, how to incorporate wellness into your life without the focus on weight, and what your next steps are in order to truly make this UnDieting something that can be sustained for life.

We are here to reduce the overwhelm for you and give you a step by step roadmap to help you get there.. So if there’s only one thing for you to do right now -- it’s signing up for the free course and going from there. www.thebodylovesociety.com/undietforlife 

Share this free course with your friends and social media followings so we can get this message (and the support) to as many people as possible. 

See you next week! 

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