How are women like us actually living up to the pressure to balance everything? To have it together physically, emotionally, and financially. The truth is, most of us don't. Perfection is a myth we all fail. While raising babies and growing seven figure businesses online, I spent years helping women look at these three areas in their life: being strong physically, emotionally, and financially. But how does someone learn to actually do that? This podcast is here to give you the answer. Join me as I pull back the curtain and talk about things that nobody usually talks about. Where I share my real, raw stories and give you tangible strategies on ways you can work through some of the same vulnerable issues we all face. My name is Natalie Hodson and welcome to the Pulling Back the Curtain Podcast.
It's Been a While! Tips for Feeling Overwhelmed...
It’s been a while.
I haven’t recorded a new podcast in forever!
So I wanted to hop back in and just fill you guys in on what I’ve been up to, why I took a break from the podcast, and what I have up my sleeve coming down the pipeline for you in the next few months :)
So part of the reason I took a break from the podcast is because I was feeling overwhelmed. I had a lot on my plate and some things had to get curbed for me to feel like I could get everything else done. But this podcast is something I truly love doing, and I’ve missed it.
So if you are in a phase right now where you’re kind of feeling overwhelmed (I mean...hello...2020 has been hard on nearly everyone!) Here’s what I would recommend.
Give yourself permission to say no to some things if you need to. It doesn’t mean you have to say no forever, but prioritize the things in your life or in your business that really are important and move those higher on the list.
So there’s a little sneak peek, and if there are any other stories, or topics, or lessons you want me to talk about let me know on social or email! I’m always up for getting ideas from you guys. In the meantime, I’m so happy you are here and am so excited to start sharing on this podcast again. I hope you guys will subscribe, and share this podcast on social media or with your friends. It means so much to me when you do, and if you tag me in your stories I will always re-share.
I appreciate you guys! See you next time!
Why Drew Manning Is Intentionally Gaining 60lbs in 4 months... and the Answer Might Surprise You
Have you heard of @fit2fat2fit? My friend Drew Manning intentionally GAINED 70lbs in 6 months (back in 2011) and then spent the next six months losing the weight.
And guess what? Nearly ten years later….he’s doing it AGAIN
But this time, with a totally different perspective and understanding. His new journey is called Fit2Fat2Forty (because he’s turning 40 in December) where he is currently spending 4 months gaining 60lbs and then he’ll spend the next 4 months getting back in shape. He’ll be sharing his workouts, meals, etc all online (all for free) so you can follow along too.
I brought Drew on my podcast today and asked him alllll the things! We go through things like:
The science behind what is happening/going to happen in his body, and also advice on what health markers we should ALL be getting tested on a regular basis.
The emotions he is experiencing (food cravings, brain fog, body image), what it’s like for his daughters (ages 9 & 11), and how his relationship with his girlfriend @juliefreedom is being impacted by this experiment.
We broke down what a typical day of meals looks like for him right now in the weight gain phase. One of the cool things we talked about is how he’s breaking down a lot of the popular fad diets as he does this...Vegan, Keto, Paleo & Vegetarian. He’s going to show how you can do all of those the right way OR the wrong way.
My favorite part, though, is where Drew explained his genuine intention and goal for doing this. He wants to bring empathy to the forefront of the fitness industry and show how having an empathy-first approach can have so much more of an impact than what you typically see in the fitness industry (get skinny, get a 6-pack, etc) and make everything all just about body image.
I really think you’re going to love this podcast with Drew (who is a long-time friend of mine). You’re seriously going to want to follow along on his new journey...I know I am excited to see how it goes!
Hit play to listen -- link in bio!
You can learn more about Drew at:
Fast to Heal - Achieving Nutritional Peace with Shana Hussin
“So many things in our food system actually are making us sicker. In my quest to heal my son’s ulcerative colitis, I learned that what actually was working with nutrition was in direct conflict with what I had been taught during my formal education and past 20 years experience as a Registered Dietician Nutritionist.”
That’s what @shana.hussin.rdn told me during our conversation about taking control of our weight, health, and illnesses. She explained how the majority of Americans believe that following standard nutrition will make you healthier (i.e. eat less, lower your fat intake, and move more) when in fact, it often can actually be the driver behind obesity and chronic illness.
It was so fascinating for me to hear Shana tell her story of how she had been in the medical nutrition therapy field for 20 years but then in 2016 her son was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and got severely sick. She found that through nutrition, you can work together with your body to not only lose weight, but reverse many symptoms of chronic illnesses (and the best part...her 14-year old son is thriving and healthy now)
Shana is a master at helping others take control of their weight and health, and now even helps other practitioners and nutritionists who want to understand the core reasons behind obesity and chronic illness.
3 moments you’ll want to listen for:
💫“The timing of your eating is just as important as what you eat”
💫“I don’t give people any kind of special foods, I don’t have them take special supplements, I don’t have them count anything. And they are having sustainable, long term amazing results.”
💫“In our school systems, young kids are being fed breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and often times sugary treats and drinks. What that means is that they are telling their bodies to store energy all day long. This can be one of the biggest drivers for children and weight gain.”
You can listen to this episode wherever you listen to podcasts -- Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and more!
You can learn more about Shana’s 28-Day Fast To Heal Challenge we talked about in the episode here! 👉🏻https://www.fasttoheal.info/
Registration Link to Shana’s challenge: https://www.subscribepage.com/f9h3j4
How to Never Diet Again and Love Your Body with Maria Simpson
“If I just lose ten lbs I will feel good about myself again…”
“When I’m thin I get so many compliments on my appearance…”
“If I don’t follow my plan perfectly and to a “t” then that means I’ve failed…”
“I can’t keep any sweets in my house or else I will gorge myself on them…”
Has anyone ever had those thoughts before?
I know I certainly have in the past 🙋🏼♀️ In fact, truthfully, it took me years to learn how to rewire my brain out of wanting to constantly diet.
But once I learned to change the way I looked at food….it was the most wonderful freeing feeling ever.
I’m so excited to share my newest podcast with you guys! I brought on Maria Simpson (@bodyloveboss) to talk about the amazing movement she is creating teaching others how to end the diet cycle, to love your body, and to never have to diet again.
In our podcast, we talk about:
-Her past experience of disordered eating and compulsive exercise
-How her body started shutting down from extreme dieting and overexercising
-How she struggled with thyroid issues, gaining weight, losing her hair...and how she overcame that
-Ways you can cultivate positive body image for your own children (Maria is a mom of 5!)
-The first step you can take as you learn to break out of the diet cycle.
“It came down to restriction. Your brain wants what it can’t have. That’s human nature. Knowing in my brain that I was going to restrict food again caused me to obsess about it and want it. It was a constant craving and obsession and having to fight against it. I decided “what if I never restrict again? What if I just take that off the table and my body can trust me that all food is available at all times. There’s not a scarcity.” It really changed the game. Knowing that if I wanted a cookie I could have it. Food lost it’s power once I decided to take restriction off the table.”
Maria has an incredible way of using empathy and compassion to share her own journey and help others as they are navigating through that as well. She has amazing programs where she helps teach other women how they can learn to love their bodies and never have to diet again. You can find more about Maria www.bodyloveboss.com!
How Investing Even Just an Extra $100/month Can Radically Change Your Future with Kiana Daniel Invest Diva
Have you ever thought about investing but weren’t really sure how to get started? If so, you will love our newest podcast episode. Kiana Daniel (@investdiva) shares her wisdom and guidance on this topic and how investing even just an extra $100 a month can radically change your future.
I loved having Kiana, and we really ‘pulled back the curtain’ to talk about a topic that often times can trigger a lot of shame or insecurity for people.
Kiana has the coolest story! She shares in this episode how she was living in Japan when she started to learn about investing (something she didn’t really grow up around), and how she grew up in a culture where women weren’t really taught to run businesses or manage money.
In our podcast we talk about things like:
-What is the first thing someone should know when it comes to investing?
-Should you use someone else to manage your money or should you be doing the investing yourself?
-How to talk to your spouse about finances in your marriage and if that is a touchy subject...ways you can work through that and get on the same page.
-Should you invest first or pay off debt first?
-How you can teach your kids important money principles at a young age (Kiana has the sweetest little baby girl!)
I love how Kiana’s superpowers are: helping people understand complicated financial concepts, empowering women to remain feminine in male-dominated industries, and helping people grow their wealth by investing (even if you don’t have a lot to invest - she started with just $500!).
I really, really think you guys are going to love this new podcast as much as I enjoyed recording it. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions! I’ll answer them in the comments!
Learn more about Kiana here 👉🏻https://bit.ly/InvestDiva
The Steps You Need to Follow to ACTUALLY Become Financially Free in Ten Years or Less with Brad Gibb
I brought on one of my friends, Brad Gibb, who has SUCH a cool program and process. Once, I was joking with them and asked, “Are you the anti-Dave-Ramsey”?
To understand why I asked him that, you can listen to today’s podcast. (:
He has a process that will make you Financially Free in ten years, or less! It’s REALLY really interesting. To hear about his perspectives, his philosophy, and his reasoning behind it is something I think you’re really going to love.
I absolutely adore Natalie
I’ve been truly inspired by Natalie for a number of years. She’s so real and super sweet. I could listen to her podcasts all day! Keep being amazing and inspiring Natalie!
Pulling Back the Curtin -How to cope with a family member
Thank you Natalie for your podcast and how to deal with a family member. Yes you are right we might not have the same situations but we all have some thing going on in my case it was a divorce and my girls are the ones that are being alienated from me and they are not talking to me. Your podcast made me cry, I wish I had a daughter like you who loved me so much and wants to see and love me. My only dream is to be in their life and for some reason they are not talking to me they must blame themselves for the divorce I don’t know it’s been a year we are all are therapy but still no progress. My situation is the of opposite yours. Thank you for sharing your story.
Awesome podcast, it really does feel like you’re hanging around with your friends drinking wine. But sometimes the audio is super loud or super low, and that’s a little frustrating, but the content of the podcast is absolutely great!