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The Embodied & Well Mom Show is about living well while mommin' it up through connection to self and talking about the realities of motherhood, food and body image. Join me, your host Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RD, CEDRD, as I talk with other moms about their transitions into and throughout motherhood, their experiences with food and their bodies and how we can keep ourselves and our families nurtured. Topics will include body image in motherhood, physical healing post-baby, managing stress in parenthood, having a healthy relationship with food, feeding your family with confidence, infant feeding, perinatal mood disorders, eating disorders, intuitive eating, pregnancy nutrition and body changes, postpartum wellness and so much more!

The Embodied & Well Mom Show: Motherhood, Wellness, Body Image and Intuitive Eating with Lindsay Stenovec Lindsay Stenovec

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

The Embodied & Well Mom Show is about living well while mommin' it up through connection to self and talking about the realities of motherhood, food and body image. Join me, your host Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RD, CEDRD, as I talk with other moms about their transitions into and throughout motherhood, their experiences with food and their bodies and how we can keep ourselves and our families nurtured. Topics will include body image in motherhood, physical healing post-baby, managing stress in parenthood, having a healthy relationship with food, feeding your family with confidence, infant feeding, perinatal mood disorders, eating disorders, intuitive eating, pregnancy nutrition and body changes, postpartum wellness and so much more!

    Raising Body Positive Children with Karen Diaz, RD

    Raising Body Positive Children with Karen Diaz, RD

    We all want our kiddos to feel comfortable in their bodies, but we can’t always protect them from the cultural messaging and outside voices implying that there is a right and wrong way to eat. And for those of us who struggle with eating and body image disorders ourselves, there is the added worry that we might pass these issues on to our children. So, what can we do to raise body positive children with the confidence and autonomy to practice intuitive eating?
     
    Karen Diaz is a registered dietitian certified in intuitive eating. She earned her BS in Dietetics from James Madison University in 2001 and completed her internship at the Cornell Campus of New York—Presbyterian Hospital in 2003. Karen spent several years working as a clinical dietician in the nutrition department at The Renfrew Center, one of the leading centers for eating disorder treatment on the East Coast, before creating The Free Life, a platform designed to support women in overcoming eating and body image disorders. She is also the author of Within: Making Peace with Food and Body Image to Create a Healthy Family and Home.
     
    On this episode of The Embodied & Well Mom Show, Karen joins us to discuss the challenges moms (and parents) face in judging ourselves when it comes to body image and food. She shares the two overarching themes from her book on confronting eating and body image disorders, building yourself up first—and then opening a dialogue with your children. Karen also describes the value in developing a Family Manifesto around food and learning to practice ‘appreciative looking.’ Listen in for Karen’s insight on talking to your kids about cultural messaging and learn her top strategies for raising body positive children!
     
    Key Takeaways
     
    What inspired Karen to specialize in eating disorders
    Addiction issues in family, friend with eating disorder 8 years in nutrition department at eating disorder clinic  
    How we judge ourselves around body image + food
    Rules make it hard to be active participant in relationship Remove mom-guilt that we caused child’s issues  
    The two overarching themes in Karen’s book Within
    Build self up so strong that diet culture crumbles at feet Open dialogue in home to address struggles  
    Karen’s Family Manifesto around food
    Set of beliefs, e.g.: food shouldn’t be reward Don’t judge other families for different values  
    The value in facilitating an open dialogue on body image
    Ask questions to let kids be heard Avoid bringing own worries into conversation  
    The concept of appreciative looking
    Look at photographs 3X, find something like Learn to see self in different way  
    Karen’s advice on shifting negative cultural messages
    YOU determine your environment Choose foods that taste good, feel good for you  
    How to educate your kids on cultural messaging
    Point out lack of size diversity Discuss shows with personality based on body size  
    Karen’s insight on talking to preteens about body image
    Proactive strategies (i.e.: write letters to parts of body) Don’t panic about phases, doctor’s comments  
    Connect with Karen
     
    The Free Life
    Karen on Facebook
    Karen on Twitter
    Karen on Pinterest
    Within: Making Peace with Food and Body Image to Create a Healthy Family and Home by Karen Diaz RD
     
    Connect with Lindsay
     
    Intuitive Eating Moms
    Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook
    Lindsay on Instagram
    Lindsay on Pinterest
    Lindsay on Twitter
    Lindsay on LinkedIn
     
    Resources
     
    Wendy Yalom Photography

    • 46 min
    How to Get Help For Binge Eating Disorder—with San Diego Therapist Dr. Marianne Miller

    How to Get Help For Binge Eating Disorder—with San Diego Therapist Dr. Marianne Miller

    Dr. Marianne Miller specializes in eating disorder treatment for adults and teens. Marianne has been a practicing therapist for more than 20 years, earning her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Abilene Christian University and her doctorate from Texas Tech. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, she is a member of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Marianne is committed to helping clients with all types of food and body anxiety through her private practice in San Diego.
     
    On this episode of The Embodied & Well Mom Show, Marianne joins us to share the definition of binge eating disorder and discuss its prevalence in the US. She walks us through her approach to working with a client with binge eating disorder, describing several of the coping strategies she teaches to manage emotions and anxiety. Marianne also explains the spiritual aspect of her work with the clients as well as her support of clients in the LGBTQ+ community. Listen in for Marianne’s insight around the impact of weight discrimination and learn why she is an advocate for Health at Every Size!
     
    Key Takeaways
     
    The definition of binge eating disorder
    Eat excessive amount of food regularly Feel shame, regret + distress  
    The prevalence of binge eating disorder
    Became official diagnosis on DSM-5 in 2013 Impacts 6% of population (more men than women) Common in pregnancy, postpartum  
    Marianne’s approach to supporting someone with binge eating disorder
    Cognitive behavioral therapy Dialectical behavior therapy (emotion, anxiety management) Family of origin work Refer to dietician who specializes in eating disorders  
    The spiritual aspect of Marianne’s work with clients
    Tap into client’s faith, spiritual beliefs as resource Address harmful beliefs (i.e.: body = shameful)  
    Marianne’s approach to working with LGBTQ clients
    Validate experiences of discrimination Understand coming out journey, build chosen family  
    Why there’s a higher prevalence of eating disorders in the LGBTQ community
    Gender dysphoria in trans individuals (effort to change body) Stress from discrimination triggers eating disorder  
    Marianne’s insight on the impact of weight discrimination
    Some clients shamed by physician Work toward self-acceptance (Health at Every Size) Think critically about messages you receive  
    Connect with Marianne
     
    Marianne’s Website
    Marianne’s Blog
    Marianne on Facebook
    Marianne on Instagram
     
    Connect with Lindsay
     
    Intuitive Eating Moms
    Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook
    Lindsay on Instagram
    Lindsay on Pinterest
    Lindsay on Twitter
    Lindsay on LinkedIn
     
    Resources
     
    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
    Dr. Marsha Linehan
    Health at Every Size
    Linda Bacon
    Association for Size Diversity and Health
    Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
    Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor
    Center for Discovery

    • 42 min
    Responsive Feeding & "Picky eating" with Grace Wong, RD, MSC, CEDRD-S

    Responsive Feeding & "Picky eating" with Grace Wong, RD, MSC, CEDRD-S

    Parents receive conflicting messages about feeding. We’re told that getting the right nutrients is incredibly important to our child’s health and wellbeing. Then, we’re told that we should simply offer our kids food and let them decide whether and how much to eat. So, how do we follow both sets of advice? The fact is, nutrition is the result of a trusting feeding relationship, and if you can learn to appreciate your kiddo’s presentation and respond to their cues, you can achieve a stress-free mealtime.
     
    Grace Wong is a certified eating disorder registered dietitian with 15 years of clinical experience in mental health and pediatric nutrition. Grace works with a diverse presentation of feeding and eating disorders and supports children with co-existing conditions like ADHD, autism, sensory processing challenges, anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma. She is committed to helping clients uncover their family feeding history and establish a comfortable environment at mealtime. Grace’s practice is based in Calgary, and she does online coaching through her Facebook business page.
     
    Today, Grace joins us to explain how she supports parents whose kids have complex feeding presentations. She discusses the concept of food acceptance, sharing her aim to get children to a place where variety is not disruptive and her approach to establishing a peaceful mealtime. Listen in for Grace’s insight on the challenges of parenting neuro-diverse kiddos and learn how to appreciate your child’s feeding presentation and build a trusting feeding relationship!
     
    Key Takeaways
     
    How Grace supports parents whose kids eat differently
    Don’t treat child as ‘problem’ Learn story, family feeding history Identify cause of current challenges Move child closer to natural trajectory  
    The tenets of division of responsibility in feeding
    Parents responsible for when, what and where Children responsible for whether, how much  
    The concept of responsive eating
    Relationship rather than set of rules Read child’s cues, respond appropriately  
    Grace’s insight on the idea of food acceptance
    Limited diet grows with experience Get to a place where variety not disruptive  
    The conflicting message parents receive re: feeding
    Nutrition important, necessary for wellbeing Offer children food and let them decide  
    How Grace works to establish a peaceful mealtime
    Collect story and identify stressors Give child autonomy to choose or remove Address concerns (e.g.: anxiety, appetite) Make meals safe + comfortable  
    The challenges of parenting neuro-diverse children
    Shaming or judgment from friends, family Kids employ masking to appear normal Increases anxiety, creates more aversion  
    Grace’s advice on appreciating your child’s presentation
    Develop trusting feeding relationship Outcome = nutrition, peace with food  
    Connect with Grace
     
    Grace on Facebook
     
    Connect with Lindsay
     
    Intuitive Eating Moms
    Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook
    Lindsay on Instagram
    Lindsay on Pinterest
    Lindsay on Twitter
    Lindsay on LinkedIn
     
    Resources
     
    Ellen Satter’s Division of Responsibility
    Dr. Katja Rowell

    • 54 min
    My Kid Has a Food Allergy and I Need Support with Diana Rice

    My Kid Has a Food Allergy and I Need Support with Diana Rice

    If you have a child with a newly diagnosed food allergy, you are likely consumed with learning as much as you can to keep your kiddo safe and healthy. This may also mean that you are neglecting your own self-care in order to take on the extra responsibility of eliminating allergens from your home and meeting with daycare providers and school administrators to develop a plan for your child. What can you do to take care of yourself during this challenging time?
     
    Diana Rice, RD, is a nationally recognized nutrition professional and family health expert. She is passionate about communicating effective and evidence-based strategies that incorporate good nutrition into the challenges of modern-day life. Prior to launching her consultancy, Diana served as the Associate Director of Nutrition Communications at The Monday Campaigns, where she spearheaded the Kids Cook Monday initiative. Now she focuses on perinatal, infant and child nutrition, and food allergies, working directly with families to implement practical strategies for improved health. Diana is also a frequent contributor to national media publications, including Parents, The Huffington Post, and Everyday Health, among many others.
     
    Today, Diana joins us to describe how a child’s food allergy diagnosis impacts the entire family. She shares the professional advice around introducing allergens early and often, explaining the ‘mom guilt’ she felt for not doing everything she could to reduce her own child’s risk. Diana also walks us through the steps she took to manage her daughter’s allergy to peanuts and tree nuts and offers advice for parents on reaching out for the support you need. Listen in for Diana’s insight into why food allergies are so much more complex than simply eliminating a particular food from your diet—and learn how to advocate for your child AND take care of yourself as an allergy mom!
     
    Key Takeaways
     
    Diana’s transition to motherhood
    Smooth process with first daughter (support network) Relocated when second daughter just 3 weeks old Started to slack on self-care, developed anxiety  
    Diana’s second daughter’s health issues
    Introduced potential allergens ‘early and often’ Diagnosis of allergy to peanuts and tree nuts  
    How Diana responded to her daughter’s food allergies
    Eliminate foods manufactured on shared lines Meetings with daycare providers, school Research around brands with dedicated facilities  
    The professional advice around introducing allergens
    Prompted by study of Israeli kids in UK and Israel Introduce potential allergens early to reduce risk  
    Diana’s mom guilt around her daughter’s allergies
    Couldn’t say ‘did everything I could’ Tell self that your best is enough  
    The responsibility of managing a child’s food allergies
    Challenge usually falls to mom Focus on child’s needs AND own self-care  
    Diana’s insight on navigating your child’s food allergies
    Recognize that diagnosis affects whole family Get support you need (e.g.: therapist, dietician)  
    Diana’s advice for parents of children with allergies
    Identify anxiety triggers (i.e.: grocery shopping) Connect with other allergy parents Set aside time to dig through info Talk through concerns with partner  
    How parents of kids without allergies can provide support
    Understand risks of cross-contamination Respect school policies re: outside food Cultivate empathy for families with food allergies Don’t give child food without parent permission Celebrate with non-food alternatives (e.g.: stickers)  
    Diana’s top tip for food allergy moms
    There’s no shame in being ‘that mom’ You deserve to advocate for family’s health   
    Connect with Diana
     
    Diana’s Website
    Diana on Instagram
    Diana on Twitter
    Diana on Pinterest
    Diana on Facebook
     
    Connect with Lindsay
     
    Intuitive Eating Moms
    Nutrition Instincts - San Diego Nutrition Therapy
    Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook
    Li

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dr. Linda Shanti's interview for her It's Not About the Baby Weight Summit!

    Dr. Linda Shanti's interview for her It's Not About the Baby Weight Summit!

     
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    IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BABY WEIGHT - RECOVERY MAMA SUMMIT
    During pregnancy and postpartum, your relationship with food changes and your body transforms. This shift is challenging for nearly all new moms, but if you have a history of anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder, that adds another layer of complexity to an already difficult process. So, what kind of support do you need if you are in recovery as you transition into motherhood?
     
    Dr. Linda Shanti is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. She specializes in recovery from eating disorders, body image challenges, anxiety, postpartum depression, and new mom support. Linda is also a well-known speaker and author of the book The Recovery Mama Guide to Your Eating Disorder Recovery in Pregnancy and Postpartum. With 20 years of experience in the realm of compulsive eating, emotional eating, binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia, she is committed to helping women leverage expressive arts, mindfulness, and compassionate mirroring to support recovery in pregnancy and postpartum.
     
    On this episode of The Embodied & Well Mom Show, Linda joins us to explain the proactive approach she took to get support during her own pregnancy, discussing the way her anxiety presented as irritability, anger and hypervigilance. She shares her experience with both food and body image during pregnancy and postpartum and describes how she supports women in decoding the myths around ‘getting your body back.’ Listen in to understand Linda’s approach to working with new moms in recovery—and learn to quiet your overdeveloped self-critic in favor of self-compassion!
     
    Key Takeaways
     
    Linda’s proactive approach to getting support during her own pregnancy
    Brought up history of anxiety, eating disorder at first appointment Surprised by irritable depression, rage and hypervigilance  
    The challenge of supporting a partner with irritable depression
    Looks like pushing away, want to be alone  
    Linda’s experience with food during pregnancy and postpartum
    Disconcerting ravenous hunger Nausea in first trimester (calmed by eating)  
    Linda’s experience with body image during pregnancy
    Drastic hormonal shifts led to BIG feelings Fun to have baby bump in middle of process Very rough at end, ‘carting around boulder’  
    How Linda supports clients around postpartum body image
    Work through grief process Decode myths re: diet culture, getting body back  
    How Linda works with moms in recovery from eating disorders
    Reframe independence as interdependence Address overdeveloped self-critic Reassess schedule, lower the bar on expectations  
    Linda’s advice for overachieving first-time moms
    You will come back, have time to self again  
    Connect with Linda
     
    Linda’s Website
    Recovery Mama on Instagram
    Recovery Mam on Facebook
     
    Connect with Lindsay
     
    Intuitive Eating Moms
    Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook
    Lindsay on Instagram
    Lindsay on Pinterest
    Lindsay on Twitter
    Lindsay on LinkedIn
     
    Resources
     
    The Recovery Mama Guide to Your Eating Disorder Recovery in Pregnancy and Postpartum by Linda Shanti McCabe
     

    • 30 min
    How to Be a Good Enough Mother with Corinne Crossley, LMHC and Jessica Foley, LMHC, LPCC

    How to Be a Good Enough Mother with Corinne Crossley, LMHC and Jessica Foley, LMHC, LPCC

    We all want to be good moms, so we set the bar high. In fact, our expectations are SO elevated that we end up neglecting ourselves in order to put the baby first. But what if the moments we think of as mom fails are actually beneficial to our kiddos? What if ‘good enough mothering’ is a good thing for our families? What if—sometimes—it’s okay just to show up?
    Today, Jessica Foley and Corinne Crossley join us to explain how they came to work with moms and share the common struggles among their client base. They discuss how guilt and perfectionism lead moms to neglect themselves—especially when it comes to eating. Jessica introduces the concept of ‘good enough mothering’ and Corinne offers insight around giving yourself permission to do less. Listen in for advice on reassessing your basic needs and learn how failing in manageable ways can actually benefit your kids!
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    Show Notes
    Intuitive Eating Moms Club

    • 44 min

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