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Tired of fighting body image the world's way? Ready for real talk about overcoming your body image and comparison issues without the pressure to "love" your body? Then 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 Christian 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 https://www.comparedtowho.me.

Compared to Who? for Christian Women Heather Creekmore

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 128 Ratings

Tired of fighting body image the world's way? Ready for real talk about overcoming your body image and comparison issues without the pressure to "love" your body? Then 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 Christian 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 https://www.comparedtowho.me.

    Do I Need More Self-Control to Stop Eating? Feat. Amy Carlson, RD

    Do I Need More Self-Control to Stop Eating? Feat. Amy Carlson, RD

    Do we need more self-control to stop eating? That's what many of us have believed. In this part two of a conversation between Heather Creekmore and Amy Carlson, RD -- we break down the spiritual fallacies surrounding applying self-control to wanting to be a "better dieter." Amy and Heather talk about the heart problems surrounding our desire to control our bodies through restricting food and what's really under the surface when we talk about needing more "self-control" to not eat foods we deem may make us gain weight.
    Here are some other topics we hit in today's episode: Do I Need More Self Control to Stop Eating: What is the real appetite that requires self-control? Is it our desire for food or is it our desire to satisfy our own desires--what I "want" for my body? Why self control to stop eating is a dangerous and distorted version of the Bible's self control How we reinforce the messages of diet culture in the church when we equate purity, holiness, and sanctification to being able to say no to dessert. We talk about how rattling it is for women who have been immersed in diet culture to recognize the truth of scripture from the lies of the dieting world. We discuss how we subtly fall into the trap of desiring self-worship when we want to change our body size through food restriction. If self-control isn't what we need to have better "control" of our eating (or to stop eating)-then what can we do? What should we be praying for instead? How we can change the conversation around food and body image issues by pushing back on some of these beliefs that have been taught even in the church and asking ourselves if the intent of scripture has been twisted to teach the gospel of diet culture instead of the true gospel--the good news! Connect with Amy Carlson and check out her Peace With Food app here: https://www.hellopeacewithfood.com
    Are you on the Compared to Who? email friends list yet? If not, take the 5 Day Body Image Email Challenge here: 5-Day Email Challenge or here: https://comparedtowho.me/5-day-email-challenge/
    Leave a review for this show or support it here: https://www.comparedtowho.me/podcast

     

    • 38 min
    Is Self Control Really the Solution to Our Food Issues?

    Is Self Control Really the Solution to Our Food Issues?

    It's a popular message in Christian circles when the topic of food arises--we need more self control. The message is subtle but clear. If you had more self control, food issues would disappear. If you had more self control (which is a fruit of the spirit) then you would always choose Jesus over brownies. If you have more self control, you'd never have an issue with your weight. We've made the biblical concept of self control all about sticking to our diet. But, is that what self control is really about, according to scripture?
    Today, my guest is Amy Carlson, RD. She's worked with women with disordered eating and eating disorders for more than two decades. She loves Jesus and loves helping women break free from the bondage of food restriction cycles so they can make peace with food. She and her colleagues created the Peace With Food App, a helpful app that encourages you to be present and helps you transition to intuitive eating.
    Here are places we go today as we tackle this big topic: Is Self Control Really the Solution to Our Food Issues? What does it really mean to deny the flesh? Why have we made self control about denying ourselves of food and what is really behind that? Does Jesus really have clear opinions on what we eat? How the church has co-opted the messages of diet culture surrounding good foods, bad foods, and sanctification that comes from eating what's most "acceptable" in our diet culture. Why self control is more about looking like Jesus than looking like a model. Why food restriction isn't holiness or sanctification (and how food really doesn't have anything to do with these biblical concepts.) How we conflate the concept of gluttony when we talk about having "control" around food. How biblical self-discipline is about controlling lusts of the flesh, not about avoiding nourishment of our bodies. How truly changing our desires and becoming more like Christ has more to do with how we love and treat others than it does about what we eat. And so much more! Share this episode with a friend and leave a review if it's touched you! Not sure how to leave a review? Learn more here: https://www.comparedtowho.me/podcast
    Ready to start reading the Burden of Better? Find out more or start reading the first two chapters free here: https://comparedtowho.me/burden-of-better-book-for-christian-women-on-comparison

     

    • 35 min
    Leah and Other Misunderstood Women of Bible Feat: Mary DeMuth

    Leah and Other Misunderstood Women of Bible Feat: Mary DeMuth

    Today Heather welcomes author and podcaster, Mary DeMuth on the show to talk about Leah and other women from the Bible whose stories we may not have learned accurately in Sunday School! Her brand new book, "The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible" dives deep into stories of women such as Naomi, Rahab, Phoebe, Leah, and even the famously perfect Proverbs 31 "woman." Mary and Heather talk about some of these women, their stories, and what to do if you feel misunderstood.
    Here are a few key points from Leah and Other Misunderstood Women of the Bible: What does it mean to be misunderstood? How Leah's story shows us what's most important about What does it mean to have a beautiful soul? The huge shift in thinking about whose beauty we are looking for. How relying on our body for validation may connect to being misunderstood. Proverbs 31-- It's not really for women! What? The story of Phoebe and her connection to Romans that you've probably never heard! What do you do when you feel misunderstood? How we attempt to self-correct so we won't be misunderstood. How we misunderstand our worth and identity in Christ. How sometimes the Holy Spirit does direct us to defend ourselves, and sometimes he directs us to be quiet. Visit https://www.MaryDeMuth.com/misunderstood for the freebie: 64 Truths and Proclamations for When You're Misunderstood or connect with Mary DeMuth here: https://www.marydemuth.com or on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/marydemuth/ or listen to the Pray Everyday Podcast.
    Buy Mary's latest book, "The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible" here (Amazon affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3FmytCi
    Listen to other episodes about Rachel and Leah here. Listen to Heather's other interview with Mary DeMuth here.
    Connect with Compared to Who? and take the FREE 5-Day Email Challenge: https://comparedtowho.me/5-day-email-challenge/
    Leave a question for Heather to tackle on the air: https://www.comparedtowho.me/podcast
    Learn more about Compared to Who? the book or learn more about The Burden of Better book.
    Get on the waiting list for Fall coaching: Email Heather at Heather @ Compared to Who. Me

    • 29 min
    Confession: I'm a Body Change Addict

    Confession: I'm a Body Change Addict

    Today Heather digs into the concept of addiction--but not in a way you might expect. Heather isn't talking about drugs or alcohol or other things that you expect people to be addicted to. Instead, she talks about being addicted to body change--of chasing idols of body image and beauty through controlling and manipulating her body size and shape. Heather breaks down some amazing teaching from Dr. Tim Keller on the topic of addictions and idolatry and she applies this teaching to our issues with food and body. The sermon she refers to throughout today's episode is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcuE9ewrwVw
    Here are some other topics talked about in today's episode, I'm a Body Change Addict: How the prophet Jeremiah shows us Israel's idolatry problem and how this applies to us today! The deep spiritual desire we have to find affirmation. What addiction really is and how it's a spiritual problem. The addiction cycle and what Jeremiah 2:27 teaches us about it. How we can see what our addictions are as we compare what bothers us versus what bothers are friends. How addictions can't be solved just through changing our bodies. The Biggest Loser definition of salvation. How scolding and shaming never helps us change anything. What does work to break us out of addiction and sin. How our priorities reveal our treasures and our idols. Tim Keller's solution of thinking about these issues as issues between our bridegroom (Jesus) and his bride (us) and how this changes things. Why we all want to look flawless. Take the 5 Day Email Challenge from Compared to Who? and join the friends list at www.Comparedtowho.me
    Learn more about The Burden of Better and start reading the first two chapters for free here.
    Connect with Heather or drop her a message at Heather@ compared to who.me. 

    • 41 min
    What to Do When You're Uncomfortable In Your Body

    What to Do When You're Uncomfortable In Your Body

    Today's Intuitive Eating Coaching Call is filled with so many good nuggets of truth, you're going to want to listen to it twice. If intuitive eating doesn't feel very intuitive to you, take a listen to this. Heather talks about how she's feeling "safer" in her body and healthier in many ways but struggling to feel comfortable at a new size. Erin Todd and Char-Lee Cassel of the Intuitive Eating for Christian Women Podcast talk with Heather about so many great truths about giving up diet culture, food rules, and unhealthy mental strongholds around dieting, food, and weight loss. If you're uncomfortable in your body and feel uncertain about your size, food, weight, or anything in that genre--you're going to get a lot out of this episode.
    Here Are Some Topics We Cover in What to Do When You're Uncomfortable in Your Body: PMS changes, hormones, and body image Messages from celebrities that have stuck with Heather for decades Is it physical discomfort with size or is it mental discomfort around not wearing a size we desire? We argue over whether or not "physical discomfort" is always cured by weight loss. How do we take weight loss off the table? What is the cost of weight loss--long term and short term? Is the short-term success of dieting worth it? Heather confesses to being sucked back into exercise addiction. How we feel a moral obligation to lose weight if it will solve our health issues. We question the cultural truth that we each have complete control over our own weight. How addictive behavior tricks us when we are coming out of eating disorders or exercise addiction. Exercise or joyful movement in the scope of Intuitive Eating How Heather feels free to not think of food as much. The mental health aspect of our food struggles and how we "trick" ourselves into our addictive behaviors. How so much of this struggle comes down to heart issues and our desire for rules and law. What happens when others don't get the journey you're on--and when it feels lonely. Don't go back to Egypt (listen to the episode on that topic here!) Connect with Erin Todd and Char-Lee Cassel on Instagram or on their website or listen to the Intuitive Eating for Christian Women Podcast on Apple.
    Take the 5 Day Email Challenge from Compared to Who? and join the friends list at www.Comparedtowho.me
    Learn more about The Burden of Better and start reading the first two chapters for free here.
    Connect with Heather or drop her a message at Heather@ compared to who.me. 

    • 36 min
    Forgiving Mom (Or Others) for Their Roles in Body Image Issues

    Forgiving Mom (Or Others) for Their Roles in Body Image Issues

    One of the trickiest parts of healing our body image issues is recognizing the impact that parents and others may have had in the way they developed while, at the same time, not blaming them! Seeing the hurt and brokenness of our moms or our dads in this arena, and then forgiving them for the pain that they (most often) unintentionally passed on to us is a tricky thing. If you're ready to understand a moms role in body image issues and to forgive mom (or someone else) for their roles in your body image issues, then this episode is for you! We'll do a practical, step-by-step exercise in how to forgive family members or others for the things that they have said or done that have kept us in body image bondage.
    Here's what we talk about in today's show about your mom's role in body image issues: How do we not blame our moms, dads, and other relatives who have "contributed" to our body image issues? Thinking about how those things that have been said over you may still be connected to lies you regularly hear. How most parents are well-meaning in wanting their child to succeed in an "economy" where beauty wins. Why writing down the lies is important to the forgiveness protocol. How forgiving others sets not just them free, but also sets us free. (Or course, this is through Christ--the only one who truly sets us free!) Do you need to tell your mom (or others) that you've forgiven them? Do you need a conversation? Heather breaks down the truth. Moms play a role in body image issues, but you can restore your relationship with your mom, even if she was a contributor to your struggles with body or few.  
    Get the 5 Day Body Image Email Challenge Here: https://www.comparedtowho.me/5
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    • 28 min

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The best podcast ever!

Heather nails it, and digs deep into the spiritual answers.

Kathy Rupff ,

Wow!

Very thankful to have found this podcast. I’m 57 and have struggled with body/food issues since childhood. It feels wonderful to have a taste of freedom. This podcast and others have been instrumental in this Thank you!!!🙏💗

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So grateful for this podcast!!

Heather’s book, Compared to Who?, was so instrumental in helping me heal from poor body image and I’m so, so grateful for all the time and effort and energy she pours into this podcast so we can all come and be blessed by every episode!! Be encouraged by Heather as she has truly walked the walk and loves the Lord!!

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