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.
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:
Better sex and boosting body image in the bedroom
Dr. Alexandra Solomon is one of the most trusted voices in the world of relationships, and today she comes on our show to chat to us about all things sex.
Professor and author of Taking Sexy Back, Dr. Solomon chats through tuning into your own sex drive, body image in the bedroom, and if porn is a problem.
How to tune in to your own sex drive How to talk to your partner about sexKeeping the flame alive during CovidHow to take your sexy 'back'My partner is into more edgy things. How do I navigate that? What about porn? How do I find my voice in the bedroom?What is an orgasm gap? I worry about my body. Does my partner notice in the bedroom? Simple steps to take your sexy back
For more information on Dr. Alexandra Solomon, visit:
Taking on TikTok - The ED survivor fighting back
TikTok has a new body-focused trend and every week, and influencer Clara Guillem is pushing back.
CW - Eating disorders, laxative abuse
With nearly 700k followers on TikTok, the eating disorder survivor talks to teens about body image -- and just why we don't need to hop on the latest trend. When Clara was a teen, the toxic world of Tumblr content fueled her eating disorder. Now she wants to stop history from happening again.
In this heartfelt conversation, Clara chats about TikTok, heavy DMs, laxative abuse, and finding her own voice. She also shares her new program of dating herself, and just why everyone needs to try it.
For more info on Clara, visit:
TikTok - ClaraAndHerself
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 ❤️