Welcome to Diet Starts Tomorrow, a podcast hosted by Betches co-founders Aleen Dreksler and Sami Sage, featuring all things wellness, weight loss, mental health and fitness from the no-bullsh*t perspective of real women who understand the struggle. In a world where “wellness” looks perfect on Instagram but feels anything but in real life, this podcast explores the psychological and emotional side of wellbeing as a whole. Listen as they take you on a wellness journey where they discuss their own experiences with weight loss, which fitness routines are actually attainable for the working Betch, staying healthy while still having fun, and how to handle weekend socializing when your friends are forcing you to binge drink and throw caution to the wind.
The One Where Aleen Is Pregnant!
Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about pregnancy, conception, miscarriage, and other sensitive material.
Aleen shares the long-awaited news that she’s pregnant and ready to tell us all about it. They start with details about how far along she is, how she was able to keep it a secret, and what morning sickness is really like (not fun, if you’re wondering). They discuss the process of going off birth control and trying to conceive, with some useful tips for what to do when you’re trying. They also talk about tackling body image issues in a time when you're experiencing monumental changes. This includes a conversation about the complicated challenge of maintaining good mental health and taking care of your body while also growing a person inside of you. Finally, they close the show with a conversation about genetic screening and an exciting announcement about a new podcast coming soon.
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How To Get Off The Diet Roller Coaster (For Good)
Sami and Aleen start this Dear DST episode with a listener Non Scale Win about throwing away old clothes that were holding her back (and buying more comfortable options in their place). They talk about embarking on a cross-country drive, getting a treadmill for the home, and enjoying a pint of ice cream without checking the label. They also dive deeper into the challenge of taking a picture of yourself without judging your own body. The Dear DST email is all about trying to get off the roller coaster of fluctuating diets and start down the path of intuitive eating. They give tips for where to begin (there’s a book for that) and weigh in on whether to stick with your trainer or go another route entirely.
Why Do Parents Think It’s Okay To Comment On Your Weight? Ft. Jared Freid
Sami and Aleen are joined once again by DST favorite Jared Freid to talk about his new comedy special and trying to maintain a positive body image while living with your parents. They start with a reflection on the Valentine’s Day holiday (including how to post about it on IG) and why we end up comparing our problems to everyone else’s. They talk about the challenge of living with your parents when you’re trying to lose weight (or not lose weight) as Jared tells a story about going to the beach and getting questioned about his number on the scale. Why do parents think it’s okay to comment on our bodies, and how do you set them straight about the way it makes you feel? They talk about the difference between what men fear versus what women fear when it comes to comments about our bodies. Finally, they close the show with a sneak peek at Jared’s stand up special and a conversation about dealing with hecklers.
Should I Call Out Others For Their Triggering Diet Comments?
This week’s Dear DST episode starts with a great listener NSW about not treating Super Bowl food like a last meal and just letting yourself enjoy the snacks. Sami and Aleen share some Non Scale Wins of their own, including one about buying (and savoring) some donuts. Then a listener writes in to ask whether or not she should call out her friends and family for voicing their extreme dieting opinions. Is it fair to point out other peoples’ triggering comments or should you just focus on your own recovery? They explain why we can’t silence every troubling diet comment (even if we’d like to).
How To Stop Body Shaming Yourself Ft. Katie Sturino
Aleen and Sami are joined once again by Katie Sturino, influencer and author of the new book Body Talk. They react to last week’s lackluster Super Bowl halftime show (why can’t a woman get away with just standing around like that?) which leads to a conversation about the way people talk about celebs like Adele and Rebel Wilson losing weight. They talk about Blake Lively publicly praising Katie for calling out fashion brands for not being size inclusive enough. She explains why brands actually won’t make a bigger size (it’s not because it would be too expensive) and how “the only way in is thin” mentality still pervades the fashion industry. They discuss the representation of thinness on TV (we’re looking at you Emily In Paris) and how women are stuck in a constant cycle of devoting brain space to losing weight. Then they dive into Katie’s new book, including what it says about how to stop judging yourself for your own body and the way your clothing fits. Is it time to stop calling clothes “flattering” on your body? Finally, they finish things out with a conversation about how your taste in clothes is often dictated by outside forces, not what actually inspires you.
How Do I Reconcile Intuitive Eating With My Wedding Diet?
Sami and Aleen start the show with a listener Non Scale Win about not finishing the burrito and forgetting it was even in the fridge (can you imagine!). Plus, they share a win about buying the cereal you’re craving, and another about posing in front of the mirror in a way that makes you feel empowered. If we avoid the mirror, are we just avoiding the body acceptance piece of recovery? Then they read a listener-submitted Dear DST all about gaining weight after she bought her wedding dress and whether or not she should start dieting or just buy a new dress altogether. Are intuitive eating and losing weight for the wedding even compatible? They share advice for handling this kind of wedding crisis, and explain why there’s a real cost to abandoning your intuitive eating journey.
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Love the topics!
I love the topics that are covered, it’s light & fun but yet informative. The only negative of the show is the amount of talking over each other (cough cough Aleen), whether it be talking over each other or guests and just a lot of side stories/jokes that can start to get slightly irritating when you are trying to hear the guests’ answers.
Inspiring and real!
They say everything you’re thinking...with inspiration, humor, and positive optimism!
Amazing women supporting amazing women supporting themselves. It’s inspiring, encouraging, and hilarious. These women have done it again 💗💗💗