If you're tired of cliches and ready to get real about overcoming your body image and comparison issues, Compared to Who? is the show for you. Get practical, grace-filled, gospel-centered truth presented in a laugh out loud funny and relatable way. Author, speaker, and body image coach Heather Creekmore will encourage and motivate you with ways to live a life free of comparison, body image issues, and insecurity. Stop comparing and start living.
Find out more about Heather Creekmore and the ministry of Compared to Who? at www.comparedtowho.me.
4 Startling Thoughts About Body Image Idolatry
When I recognized that my body image had become my idol--it changed my life. This recognition was really the first step in my journey to freedom. All the dieting, all the over-exercising, all the striving --it all connected to this idol in ways I couldn't see or understand. Of course, once I recognized my body image idol I started to see how there were other idols in my life as well. The good news is--once we see the idols we have a chance at being free from them. Until then, we can wavering between the culture's "I am enough" mantra and our own frustration with not looking how we want to look.
Because idols aren't a hot topic everywhere - I thought I'd take a few minutes and look at idolatry in depth. We'll cover what idols are and what the aren't, how the Bible talks about idols, how idols can "run" in families, and what the solution is for an idolatry issue!
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Body Image, Trauma, & Healing ED: Featuring Dietician Tracy Brown
If you're like me, you may know so much about diets, calories, macros and food that the thought of talking to a dietician seems a little unnecessary. What more could you possibly learn about food and how to eat? But, today I start a month long series talking to a specific group of Christian dietitians who are "non-diet" dietitians. These women are trained and licensed dietitians who have committed their work to helping women break free from issues with food and eating disorders. Today, my guest is Tracy Brown. Her work specializes in helping women who have trauma (known or unknown) and helping them break free from the way it keeps them stuck in eating disorder behaviors.
Highlights from today's show include:
Tracy talks about how we need to be professors of our own experience with food. Tracy shares how overtime there is a food binge or "grabbiness" there's usually a food deficit somewhere earlier in the day. She talks about how trauma can come from a family's inability to know what to do with emotion--not all traumas are big traumas. Yet, they can still cause us pain. The connection between HSP (highly sensitive people) and eating disorders, body image, and perfectionistic tendencies. Why there's often a set back after six weeks of progress on journeys to food and body image freedom. How promoting self-love is deeply connected to New Age philosophies and teachings that Christians should avoid. Learn more about Tracy:
Tracy Brown,RD,LD/N is a trauma informed nutrition therapist/eating disorder dietitian, stress recovery coach and nutrition counseling skills teacher. She walks besides people wanting to heal their relationship with food and weight as well as feel safer and less stressed in their bodies. Her testimony of recovery from eating disorders, trauma and the new age is meant to bring glory to God's mercy and grace. Since 2006, she has guided people one on one and in groups in healing from disordered eating and chronic dieting, many of which also have other stress-related conditions at www.tracybrownrd.com/get-started and https://www.tracybrownrd.com/free-gifts (to stop bashing your body)
She provides trauma informed and body image training and supervision to health professionals as well at www.embodieddietitian.com
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Did you listen to the 30 Days to Pray for your Body Image Series? Start listening today here: https://comparedtowho.me/category/30-days-to-pray-for-body-image/
When You Wish Your 'Fearfully & Wonderfully Made' Body Was Better
Do you have Psalm 139:14 memorized yet STILL struggle with your body image? This famous psalm says we are, "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made." But. if you're like me, there are many days when I still don't feel like my body is good enough. Why doesn't the truth that I'm "fearfully and wonderfully made" take away the pain and frustration of wanting to be a different size or have a different shape or look?
What do you do when you wish your fearfully and wonderfully body was better? That's what we talk about in today's show.
Check out this post on Compared to Who? from several years ago if you want to read more:
Fearfully and Wonderfully Discontent? When You Wish God Had Made Your Body a Little More Awesome-- https://comparedtowho.me/fearfully-and-wonderfully-discontent-when-you-wish-god-had-made-your-body-a-little-more-awesome/
Have you read the Burden of Better yet? If not, this is a great season to read it--before holiday busyness and food stress! Learn more or start reading here: Burden of Better Book for Christian Women on Comparison -- https://comparedtowho.me/burden-of-better-book-for-christian-women-on-comparison
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What 1500 Calories a Day Does to Your Body and Brain
My friend, Integrative Nutrition Coach, Erin Kerry and I have a candid conversation about what 1500 calories a day really does to your brain and body. Did you know that 1500 calories a day can put your brain and your body into survival mode? The concept of the 1500 (or 1200) calorie a diet has been a popular dieting method for decades--but more and more nutritionists, dietitians, and others are exposing the truth that most of us need more than that for healthy brain function.
Not getting enough calories each day can affect your energy levels, your brain function, and other systems of your body (even your reproductive system!). Listen to today's conversation and learn the truth about 1500 calories a day.
Connect with Erin Kerry: https://www.sparkingwholeness.com or listen to her podcast: Sparking Wholeness
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Need a little extra support? Can't give up dieting or afraid to let go of food rules that rule you? Consider coaching: https://www.comparedtowho.me/coaching
30 Days to Pray for Body Image: Day 30 - Body Image
Today we wrap up this month long series with a quick prayer over our whole body image. What has God been showing you? Are there areas of your body image or aspects to your body image issues that you hadn't considered? If this series has been a help to you at all -- I'd love to hear about it! Drop me a note at: heather (at) compared to who (dot) me and tell me what God's doing to set you free from body image bondage!
Have you read The Burden of Better yet? It may just be the next right step in your journey to freedom from comparison and body image issues.
Considering coaching? Learn more at https://www.comparedtowho.me/coaching or schedule a free 10 minute consultation.
ReFOCUS 21 is a 3 week course to help you break free from body image bondage and food issues -- learn more here.: https://www.comparedtowho.me/refocus-christian-body-image-course-online
30 Days to Pray for Body Image: Day 29 - Favor
Today we pray for favor -- a concept that is different than seeking the approval of others. Favor is something that God tells us and shows us through scripture that he gives to his people. Favor doesn't come from us projecting a certain image or trying to make other people us. Instead, favor is a supernatural kinship with someone (maybe even someone who normally wouldn't like us!) that is orchestrated by God.
Our verse of the day is Psalm 5:12, "Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." This is a great one to memorize!
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Miracles through Google
I googled body idolatry after promptings from the holy spirit and found Heather. My miracle started as I reviewed the prayers and received healing from body image idolatry. I love the practicality and loving tone that Heather provides in every podcast
Rely on truth in comparison
my heart SO needed to find Heather’s show. As a gal who struggles with body image and especially comparison, I’m so thankful for her calling to encourage and inspire us with truth from God’s Word. ~ Kim Stewart @kimstewinspired
Heather, I am not sure how I stumbled across you, but I am super grateful I have! I have been “binge” listening to your podcast ever since. Finding freedom from body image idolatry has been wonderful. I resonate with so many things you discuss. Thank you and keep going with this ministry no matter what!