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Eat the Rules is dedicated to empowering you to break free of societal standards, body shame and live life beyond the scale. Summer interviews the leading experts in body image, the anti-diet movement, self-help and intersectional feminism, covering a range of topics that include: body positivity, size acceptance, fat positivity, self-worth, self-esteem, intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery, health at every size and positive psychology. Summer also gives practical advice and shares personal experiences to help you accept your body and break free of diet culture. Summer Innanen is a professionally trained coach specializing in body image, self-worth and confidence and is the best-selling author of Body Image Remix.

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Eat the Rules is dedicated to empowering you to break free of societal standards, body shame and live life beyond the scale. Summer interviews the leading experts in body image, the anti-diet movement, self-help and intersectional feminism, covering a range of topics that include: body positivity, size acceptance, fat positivity, self-worth, self-esteem, intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery, health at every size and positive psychology. Summer also gives practical advice and shares personal experiences to help you accept your body and break free of diet culture. Summer Innanen is a professionally trained coach specializing in body image, self-worth and confidence and is the best-selling author of Body Image Remix.

    #228: Ending Mealtime Battles with Kids with Emma Wright

    #228: Ending Mealtime Battles with Kids with Emma Wright

    I’m joined by Emma Wright talking about how to end the struggles and mealtime battles that happen with kids. She talks about how the pressure to have kids eat and look a certain way sets parents up for feelings of frustration at mealtimes and kids not knowing how to trust their bodies. She also explores how to teach kids body autonomy so they learn to eat intuitively and create an environment where eating feels easier.
    Show notes: summerinnanen.com/228
    In this episode, we talk about:
    - What changed Emma’s thinking in relation to food and diets, and how this shift opened up space in her mind for other things,
    - How good intentions are no match for diet culture,
    - The deep sense of failure that parents internalize and how it steals the joy from their family life,
    - How this parental pressure leaves kids confused and mistrusting their own bodies and hunger cues,
    - The importance of getting out of the way and allowing our children to make mistakes and figure things out on their own,
    - How all of this applies to adults, as well as kids,
    Plus so much more!
    Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/228

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    #227: Death to Diets - What if you NEED to diet for health/mobility?

    #227: Death to Diets - What if you NEED to diet for health/mobility?

    We know diets don’t work, but what if you need to lose weight for health/mobility? What about conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea? Vinny Welsby and I talk about that today in our last Death to Diets episode and also share the two reasons why you may choose to go on a diet or intentionally lose weight.
    Show notes: summerinnanen.com/227
    In this episode, we talk about:
    - Some of the reasons people feel they need to lose weight,
    - The importance of creating your own personal definition of health,
    - That we don’t have as much control over our health as diet and wellness culture would like us to believe,
    - How to look at health in terms of what you can add, instead of what you should take away,
    - The huge problem in the medical industry that makes some people need to lose weight in order to receive care,
    - The lies told to us about infertility, joint issues, diabetes, and many other medical concerns,
    Plus so much more!
    Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/227

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    #218: What the Research Says About Weight Loss with Alexis Conason

    #218: What the Research Says About Weight Loss with Alexis Conason

    I’m interviewing Alexis Conason, clinical psychologist, eating disorder specialist, and author of The Diet-Free Revolution, unpacking everything that the research says about weight loss. Is it possible to lose weight in the long-term? What do you need to do to achieve that? Plus, how learning to eat more mindfully (in a non-diet way) can help you to become a more intuitive eater.
    Show notes: summerinnanen.com/218
    In this episode, we talk about:
    - That long term weight loss and maintenance is extremely rare, and the industry knows it, - How researchers have used examples of people with eating disorders as lessons for weight loss,
    - That in the rare instances when people sustain weight loss long term, it’s often not in a healthy way,
    - A study on contestants from The Biggest Loser, and why we never see a follow-up episode of this show,
    - That health is not determined by weight and that most of what impacts health is out of our control,
    - How mindfulness can shift the way we see ourselves and how we interact with the world,
    Plus so much more!
    Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/218

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    #201: Body Image, Race & Gender - with Savala Nolan

    #201: Body Image, Race & Gender - with Savala Nolan

    I’m interviewing Savala Nolan, author of Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body. We’re talking about Savala’s story of growing up Black, Mexican, and white, and thin and fat, how she navigated these intersections, and always feeling like she was “in-between.” We also talk about how our culture glorifies violence against women, how she’s trying to teach her daughter about race and gender, and what it was like to discover her lineage and ties to chattel slavery.
    Show notes: summerinnanen.com/201
    In this episode, we chat about:
    - What inspired Savala to write her book: Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body,
    - How dieting can be passed down through generations,
    - How letting go of fitting in to one of the categories that our culture has built can allow you to come home to yourself,
    - Her experience learning about her family history and the challenging feelings that came out of it,
    - That when you have a body that is fundamentally marginalized by your community, whatever privilege you can eke out is not as strong as it would be for someone who is not in a marginalized body,
    - How Savala is teaching her daughter about her identity and her body,
    Plus so much more!
    Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/201

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    #189: Recovering from an Eating Disorder in a Fat Body - with Nic McDermid

    #189: Recovering from an Eating Disorder in a Fat Body - with Nic McDermid

    I’m interviewing Nic McDermid, fat activist and intersectional feminist, about how fatphobia is rampant in the eating disorder recovery world and the harm that this does, what they can do better, the importance of reclaiming the word fat, and how to navigate acceptance and recovery with chronic pain.
    Show notes: summerinnanen.com/189
    In this episode, we chat about:
    - Nic’s experience recovering from an eating disorder and seeking treatment in a fat body,
    - Ways that microaggressions and fatphobia show up in the eating disorder landscape,
    - That reclaiming the word fat is a continuous process and how curating her social media feeds helped,
    - How making people uncomfortable can be a positive thing and why Nic does that with her online presence,
    - How fatphobia in medicine impacts people with chronic illness and pain,
    - That you are the expert in your own body,
    Plus so much more!
    Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/189

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    #180: Body Image Series: Where Our Body Image Comes From

    #180: Body Image Series: Where Our Body Image Comes From

    This is another episode in the body image series and I’m unpacking where our body image comes from and how to unpack your own body image origins.
    Show notes: summerinnanen.com/180
    In this episode, we chat about:
    - How systems of oppression impact body image and how we’re treated in our society,
    - The importance of knowing that your self-worth isn’t dictated by your appearance or how other people feel about you,
    - How our culture has taught us that only certain bodies are worthy,
    - Beauty as social currency,
    - How the desire to fit beauty standards is hardcoded in our DNA,
    - How external systems of oppression create internalized oppressions,
    - Questions you can use to examine your past and be curious about where your body image came from,
    Plus, so much more!
    Get the shownotes:  summerinnanen.com/180

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Customer Reviews

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103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Savanna Schiavo ,

Just excellent.

Brilliant, incredibly helpful, encouraging podcast. I get SO much out of each episode. Thank you for doing this important work!

Ytfytjfytjf ,

Mandatory

If you’re like me and you’ve been trying to heal from a lifetime of disordered eating, you must listen to this podcast. Recovery is hard enough when we hear endless conflicting messages from health care professionals. But even when we resolve to stop restriction, there is a long road to heal our from diet related trauma. Summer is helping me learn to truly accept my body and to stop all the unhealthy ways I’ve tried to do this in the past. It’s deep, difficult re-programming work. But she seems to really get it. Especially I love that she’s addressing the added body image difficulties we are facing during the pandemic. Thanks Summer!

luxybeg ,

So inspiring, real and relatable!

Thank you for all of your advice, knowledge and observations about diet culture and our constant struggle as women to feel we are enough. I especially liked your latest episodes around body love, shame and weight loss. You speak with a vulnerability that connects with me and I’m sure all of your listeners. Thank you, can’t wait to hear more ....

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