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Listen as Vanessa Preston, Psychotherapist and Mental Health Social Worker, teaches you how to make peace with your body and food! Vanessa keeps it real and talks all things intuitive eating, body image, body neutrality, therapy and mental health!

The Body and Food Freedom Podcast Vanessa

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Listen as Vanessa Preston, Psychotherapist and Mental Health Social Worker, teaches you how to make peace with your body and food! Vanessa keeps it real and talks all things intuitive eating, body image, body neutrality, therapy and mental health!

    Episode 59: Kristi's Intuitive Eating Story

    Episode 59: Kristi's Intuitive Eating Story

    In today's episode, I interview Kristy about her experience in the BFF community and learning intuitive eating! This is a must listen:)
    Link for the BFF: Intuitive Eating Course: https://www.vanessa-preston.com/bff-intuitive-eating
    Feel free to email me directly to vanessa@greenlifepsychology.com
    Subscribe to my email list here and get your freebie here: Opt-in
    If you’ve ever said:
    -I’m tired of counting calories and macros
    -I’m sick of thinking about food and my body all the time
    -I feel out of control with food
    -I eat when I’m not hungry or to manage my emotions
    -I sometimes isolate myself due to stress about food and what I look like
    -I’m tired of feeling like I’m constantly fighting my body
    -I’m sick of yoyo dieting and losing/regaining weight
    -I just want to be healthy
    -I’m a perfectionist and/or people pleaser
    -I’m too hard on myself
    -I’m confused by what I’m supposed to be eating
    -I want to feel freer and less stress about food
    If this sounds like you and you’re sick of spending so much time and energy worrying about food, your body and exercise, I want to help you find a different way!
    The last thing most women need is another diet or a new set of rules. I want to teach you (along with experts in the non-diet space) to:
    -learn to trust yourself again
    -get more in touch with your own inner wisdom
    -learn what suits your body best
    -be kinder to your body and yourself
    -find a way of eating that works for you
    Here are the program details for the BFF: Intuitive Eating Edition:
    10 modules delivered by experts in the non-diet space breaking down each principle of the intuitive eating framework, including videos, workbooks and tools to help you make peace with food
    1 bonus module about self-compassion
    2 bonus modules- one teaching a self-coaching model that can be used to manage your thought patterns and one teaching you how to raise intuitive eaters (for those caring for children in their lives)
    3 monthly 90-minute intensive sessions (1:1) with me (with option to purchase more if desired), this will allow us to customise intuitive eating for you, integrate what you’re learning in each module and understand what deeper issues might rest beneath your food struggles

    • 47 min
    Episode 58: BFF: Intuitive Eating Edition YOU'RE INVITED!

    Episode 58: BFF: Intuitive Eating Edition YOU'RE INVITED!

    In today's bonus episode, I invite you to the BFF: Intuitive Eating Edition Course!!!
    Link for the BFF: Intuitive Eating Course: 
    https://www.vanessa-preston.com/bff-intuitive-eating
    Feel free to email me directly to vanessa@greenlifepsychology.com
    Subscribe to my email list here and get your freebie here: Opt-in
    If you’ve ever said:
    -I’m tired of counting calories and macros
    -I’m sick of thinking about food and my body all the time
    -I feel out of control with food
    -I eat when I’m not hungry or to manage my emotions
    -I sometimes isolate myself due to stress about food and what I look like
    -I’m tired of feeling like I’m constantly fighting my body
    -I’m sick of yoyo dieting and losing/regaining weight
    -I just want to be healthy
    -I’m a perfectionist and/or people pleaser
    -I’m too hard on myself
    -I’m confused by what I’m supposed to be eating
    -I want to feel freer and less stress about food
    If this sounds like you and you’re sick of spending so much time and energy worrying about food, your body and exercise, I want to help you find a different way!
    The last thing most women need is another diet or a new set of rules. I want to teach you (along with experts in the non-diet space) to:
    -learn to trust yourself again
    -get more in touch with your own inner wisdom
    -learn what suits your body best
    -be kinder to your body and yourself
    -find a way of eating that works for you
    Here are the program details:
    10 modules delivered by experts in the non-diet space breaking down each principle of the intuitive eating framework, including videos, workbooks and tools to help you make peace with food
    1 bonus module about self-compassion
    2 bonus modules- one teaching a self-coaching model that can be used to manage your thought patterns and one teaching you how to raise intuitive eaters (for those caring for children in their lives)
    3 monthly 90-minute intensive sessions (1:1) with me (with option to purchase more if desired), this will allow us to customise intuitive eating for you, integrate what you’re learning in each module and understand what deeper issues might rest beneath your food struggles

    • 13 min
    Episode 57: Is Restriction Sabotaging Your Relationship with Food?

    Episode 57: Is Restriction Sabotaging Your Relationship with Food?

    In today's episode, we explore types of restriction and how this may be sabotaging your relationship with food!
    Feel free to email me directly to vanessa@greenlifepsychology.com
    Subscribe to my email list here and get your freebie here: Opt-in
    Link for the BFF: Intuitive Eating Course: https://www.vanessa-preston.com/bff-intuitive-eating

    • 33 min
    Episode 56: Do You Have These Two Eating Habits?

    Episode 56: Do You Have These Two Eating Habits?

    Today we are talking about two popular food rules that many of us struggled with or currently are struggling with. And with it being a popular time of year to set New Year’s resolutions, I thought this topic would support you in setting goals focused on health-promoting behaviours instead of focusing on the scale.
    I want to invite you to set your goals from a place of love. This could look like improving sleep hygiene, reducing stress, and incorporating more play. What if you replaced shrinking your body with something like that and just see what happens…
    So what are food rules?
    I describe food rules as self-imposed guidelines related to eating certain foods or to eating in general. Usually, these guidelines are related to the timing, frequency, amount, setting, or some other condition in which one does or doesn't allow themselves to eat.
    Oftentimes, women operate from these food rules subconsciously but unfortunately, these rules are the reason you may be struggling with the all-or-nothing approach or the binge-restrict cycle.
    Identifying what rules you hold onto is an empowering step in healing your relationship with food and becoming an intuitive eater.
    My wish for you is that this year brings you joy, peace and happiness without any more fad diets with false promises!
    What you will learn by listening to this episode:
    1. A different approach to setting your health goals for 2023
    2. What food rules are and why they are keeping you stuck in the restrict-binge cycle
    3. The two most common food rules I see among my clients
    4. An invitation to begin your food healing journey
    LINKS:
    Masterclass
    Subscribe to email list and get the free guide: Top 5 Reasons Your Diet Keeps Failing
    The Last Supper Syndrome

    • 27 min
    Episode 55: Creativity and Healing with Reva Segnitz

    Episode 55: Creativity and Healing with Reva Segnitz

    PURCHASE MY NEWEST MASTERCLASS BELOW!
    https://www.vanessa-preston.com/offers/nkgUFA8K
    Email me with any questions:
    vanessa@greenlifepsychology.com
    In today’s episode, my sometimes cohost, Reva and I dive into why creativity is such a valuable aspect of our adult life. Any life you’re creating is creativity.
    Creative outlets can come in so many forms such as cooking, writing, social media, decorating, painting, poetry, and even business. It’s less about doing and more about being in the creative mode.
    The research is clear, getting into creative outlets can reduce stress, lead to feeling more productive, connects us with nonverbal parts of us, increases happiness and introduces more ways to have fun.
    As beneficial as creativity is, there are a few things that can get in the way of us trying to get creative again. Hustle culture and capitalism often steals our creativity capacity. Our inner critic can also interfere with it. It pops up when we are doing something brave or when we are about to do something vulnerable. Our inner child who fears doing something wrong or not being perfect can also make getting creative feel Intimidating. As adults we tend to fear being a beginner again.
    Getting creative requires a level of bravery.
    A common misconception is that creativity cannot be cultivated, and that instead some lucky people have an innate sense of creativity. But this assumption is wrong. According to classical psychology research, there are three main types of creativity: exploratory, transformational, and combinational creativity.
    To cultivate creativity we invite you to begin by recognising where you’re already creative to challenge any narrative that “I’m not a creative person.” Reflect on what might be enjoyable- painting, writing, dancing, cooking? And lastly give yourself-permission to be imperfect. Be brave enough to suck at something. Remember to focus on the process of expression instead of the outcome.
    So what brave hobbies are you going to incorporate?
    What you’ll learn in this episode:
    What creativity is and can be
    Benefits of being creative
    Common barriers that prevent us from being creative
    How to get creative again
    Source discussed: "The Art of Body Acceptance" by Ashley Bennett

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 54: Trauma, Emotions and Food Behaviours

    Episode 54: Trauma, Emotions and Food Behaviours

    The reason I’m talking about trauma today is because it can be a huge part of our relationship with food and our body image.
    Trauma is not necessarily the event that happens. It’s how it gets stored physically, and psychologically.
    Trauma impacts the capacity to make sense of the past, inward sensations (body sensations), environmental (outside sensations), and the stories you tell yourself (what meaning you create).
    How it gets stored in our nervous systems can lead to consequences such as fatigue, dissociation from the body, depression, anxiety etc.
    Trauma can leave us repeating loops to reinforce the view of self and the world. If you learned you’re not good enough, you’re not safe, you’re a failure, you’ll subconciously repeat situations to reinforce that. This is where I see the connection between trauma and dieting.
    When we choose to deprive and restrict ourselves from food, and as research supports, we’ll inevitably emotionally eat, binge eat and “fall off the plan” which reinforces the belief, “I’m a failure” and “I can’t trust myself.”
    I think food obsession (dieting) is an attempt to feel in control in some way when there’s something you’re experiencing that feels out of control such as bad marriage or terrible boss at work. Dieting, or food and exercise obsession can provide an element of control.
    Dieting might be a way of calming your nervous system and food might be the only source of pleasure for you that feels safe or accessible.
    What to Do Instead:
    The first step is to get honest about your relationship with food. Do you fall into the on/off wagon pattern, or perfectionism around food, or feeling out of control? What need is this meeting? What thoughts are you reinforcing about yourself? Is your current relationship with food actually serving your emotional and mental health?
    If you need more support in your relationship with food and learning to trust yourself, I have a new offer coming early 2023 which will include an option for 1:1 coaching sessions with me.
    Make sure you stay in the know by joining my email list and you’ll get the freebie, Top 5 Reasons Your Diet Keeps Failing.
    What you’ll learn in this episode:
    Understand what trauma is
    Examples of complex trauma and why you’re stuck in the fight or freeze state
    The connection between trauma and dieting
    What you can do to begin healing your food and body trauma
    Top 5 Reasons Your Diet Keeps Failing

    • 42 min

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Dmarie3194 ,

Excellent Podcast!!

So grateful my friend told me about this podcast. I have been struggling with dieting and trying to lose weight to no avail. I knew it would be hard in my 40’s but didn’t think it would be this hard. Thanks to Vanessa though, I’m done with the word “diet” and calorie counting. Her words made me realize how much our society expects us to live in this diet culture and how unhealthy it is. I’m no longer going to restrict myself, but take my time with it and get healthy the right way. I believe once I take the pressure off myself, I will see the changes and maybe I’ll be able to finally accept myself. Thank you Vanessa for your words and your wisdom! We need more of this!!

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