Welcome to the Conditioned Food Sensitivity Podcast. My name is Wendy Busse, I am a Registered Dietitian and director of the FAST Freedom Program. FAST stands for the Food Avoidance & Sensitivity Trap. We help people rebuild their body and food trust, so they can soften their conditioned food sensitivities and expand their diet. In each podcast episode, we will focus on a different strategy from our program. My guests will talk about the practical application of these strategies so you can use them to end your restricted diet struggles and get back to a good quality of life.
Wendy is a registered dietitian from Alberta, Canada. She has worked in food sensitivity for over 25-years. Initially, her interest was the science of food allergy. But as she started working with clients, she was drawn to the mind-body connection and helping grey-zone clients (i.e., individuals with unexplained sensitivities that often fall through the cracks of our medical system). This led her on a journey to develop the Food Avoidance & Sensitivity Trap (FAST) model and the theory of conditioned food sensitivity. Currently, she is the director of the FAST Freedom Program. Wendy and her team help food sensitive people rebuild body and food trust. She also facilitates a continuing education course for health professionals – Helping Food Sensitive Clients Through the Grey- Zone. Learn more at FASTFreedomprogram.com or follow Wendy on Instagram (wendy.fastfreedomprogram.com).
Regret and Shame with Potentially Unnecessary Restrictions
Reintroducing dairy brought new freedom to Judy's life, but her inner dialogue questioned if the fifteen-year restriction was necessary or if she had unwittingly complicated her life. Judy describes how self-compassion helped her overcome this shame and regret. Judy April is an RD with Northern Health (BC, Canada) and FAST Freedom Coach. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (2020) from St. Francis Xavier University for documenting how people with food sensitivity learn to thrive.
When Does Focusing on Gut Health Become Unhealthy?
Brooke describes how wellness culture can lead us down a path that makes the symptoms we are trying to "fix" worse. With so many conflicting messages about what the "right diet" actually is, we are left confused and frustrated.
Brooke Bulloch is a media spokesperson and Food to Fit Nutrition CEO. As a working mom, Brooke values simplicity in nutrition planning with a curious, non-diet approach to food and eating. Contact Brooke at www.foodtofit.ca.
Foster a Joyful Relationship with Food, Despite Severe Food Allergies
Kristina and her mom, Pat, reminisce about Kristina's challenges growing up with multiple, severe anaphylactic food allergies. Despite these restrictions, the family continued their foodie ways, and Kristina grew up with a positive relationship with food. They share the family rituals and traditions that made this possible.
Kristina has navigated anaphylactic food allergies her whole life. She is a dedicated traveller and despite her allergies, a huge foodie. Reach Kristina – IG @kristina.flows.
Intentional Versus Impulsive Food Reintroduction
Madeline started her diet expansion journey with impulsive reintroductions. These unsuccessful attempts reinforced her fear and food restrictions. When she learned to step back and make intentional changes, she found success and ended her restricted diet struggles.
Madeline is an RD and PhD student. Her celiac diagnosis in 2015 led her into the Food Avoidance and Sensitivity Trap. Having found freedom from the trap, she helps her clients do the same.
Connecting with Ourselves When the Present Moment is Challenging
After recording our initial self-compassion podcast, I realized that my inner dialogue was not as kind as I thought, and I asked Kristy for a follow-up episode. She shares her wisdom about softening resistance and connecting compassionately with ourselves when the present moment is challenging.
Kristy Arbon, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and qualified Social Worker, supports people to develop self-compassion, mindfulness, embodiment, shame resilience and intuition. kristyarbon.com.
Self-Compassion When You Are Facing the Uncertainty of Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Kristy talks about the importance of self-compassion when struggling with medically unexplained symptoms – especially frustration and uncertainty. We often look outside ourselves for nurturing in times of distress, but our inner champion is our greatest source of comfort.
Kristy Arbon, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and qualified Social Worker, supports people to develop self-compassion, mindfulness, embodiment, shame resilience and intuition. Learn more - kristyarbon.com.
helped me a lot
definitely listen to this podcast if any topics she mentions are on your mind!