From body image pressures to social media likes, sometimes it can feel like the world is full of noise — and we lose our own voice in the process. Welcome to Talking Out Loud, a podcast designed to help you feel a little bit more like you. Every episode features uplifting advice, expert insight, and powerful real life stories from women around the world. I’m your host Danae Mercer, a health journalist and eating disorder survivor. Finding our own voice is hard. But that’s exactly why we’ve got to start talking out loud.
Navigating miscarriage - What a pre- and postpartum specialist wishes she had known
Claire Falconer, a pre- and post-natal specialist, spent five years preparing her body for baby.
So when two miscarriages happened in a row, she was left reeling. Her body, she felt at the time, had betrayed her. And she didn't know what to do next.
So she contacted professionals. What she learned stunned her.
Today Claire comes on our show to talk about loss, heartache, and eventually finding her way to her healthy baby boy. Here Claire shares everything she wishes she would have known -- and offers helpful advice for anyone navigating similar struggles.
For more information on Claire, including access to her preconception, pregnancy and postpartum programs, visit instagram.com/coachedbyclaire
Body comments, online trolls, plus sized modeling and more with Denise Mercedes
How do you handle someone commenting on your body? What if that person is a stranger on the internet? What if it's your mom? And what is the plus-sized modeling industry really like?
Today's guest talks us through it all.
Meet Denise Mercedes, the amazing model and influencer with over 1.4m followers on Instagram, and 3.5m on TikTok. Denise is the creator of the viral #stylenotsize hashtag.
Denise opens up about self love, body image, and what advice she thinks you should know.
For more about Denise, please check out instagram.com/denisemmercedes.
PS - Guys I'm so sorry about my wonky mic. It worked fine in the test, and it was fine when I lived in another country, but today it decided to make me sound like Minnie Mouse. Please be kind and I'll get it fixed asap.
Cancer, body image, and wearing that swimsuit
One in every two of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lives. Today Dr. Philippa Kaye, GP and author, comes on the show to talk about cancer and body image.
When Dr. Philippa was 39, she was told she had bowel cancer. It changed everything.
“I spent my whole life firmly believing that knowledge is power. And then suddenly here I was, and the knowledge wasn’t helping me," she explains. "Doctors are always trained on what’s next. We’re trained to weigh up risks and benefits in our head — and they weren’t always in my favor.”
Now Dr Philippa, author of Doctors Get Cancer Too, is focused on helping others navigate their own journey.
On the show today, we discuss:
How long term illness impacts body image What she wished well-meaning friends would have known The tools she used to navigate her cancer journey How she approached scarsWhy she's still wearing that two pieceFor more information on Dr. Philippa, please visit drphilippakaye.com or find her on Instagram at instagram.com/drphilippakaye
Fluff-free self love secrets
Hollywood exec turned author Tara Schuster hit rock bottom, drunk dialed her therapist, and realized she had to change things in a big way.
That same day, she started what would become a 600-page document on self love.
Today Tara joins us to chat about her new self-healing book, Buy Yourself the F*king Lilies: and Other Rituals to Fix Your Life from Someone Who Has Been There.
In this candid conversation, Tara talks about:
What happens when we tear ourselves apart all the time Practical steps we can take to feel better about ourselves Why traditional 'success' doesn't make us automatically happyHow to handle body image struggles The power of reparenting Why we need to romance ourselves. For more information on Tara, visit:
The book is available anywhere books are sold
Comparison, internet trolls, relationships and more with Jessica Ollie
Jessica Ollie shares her yoga and fitness journey with over 850k people daily, and today she comes on the show to talk all things self love.
Jess opens up about:
relationships (and why she doesn't share them on Instagram anymore)how she's learned to stop comparing her journey to othersfinding her own voice even when other people disagreetrusting herselfbody image pressures in the yoga space feeling confident in her skinand so much more.
To find out more about Jess, visit:
Breakups, divorces, and how Covid's impacting relationships
Clinical psychologist Dr. Saliha Afridi comes back on our show to talk relationships, Covid, and all the things women need to know. Dr. Afridi is founder of Lighthouse Arabia and an expert in body image.
- What to do when your partner tears down your body
- How men struggle with body image
- What happens when we internalize body shaming messages
- Creating maps instead of boundaries
- How the relationship with yourself impacts everything in your life
- The power of movement
- And more.
To find out more about Dr. Saliha Afridi, visit:
Danae is so relatable and real. I love that she has a wide variety of guests on - including experts. I’ve found so much value in this podcast and have started thinking differently about my body and my self-presentation online.
Danae, host of the Talking Out Loud with Danae podcast, highlights all aspects of growth, wellness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens! Definitely recommend!
Amazing Podcast to lift up your mood!
I discovered Danae on Instagram a little while back and found her posts were reminding me to love my body and that struggling with body image and real life problems is not only normal, but there are ways to get through them. She is such a positive force and her influence is contagious and welcoming. When I started listening to her podcast, it turned my dark days into brighter ones. Especially on the days I didn’t feel so good about myself. Thank you Danae! You have no idea how much I appreciate the free advice and beautiful honesty ❤️