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Are you sick of dieting and want to learn to find food freedom? Do you dream about the day you can stop obsessing over food? Are you done playing the comparison game and wish you could just love your body already?

Well, you’re in the right place.

The SociEATy podcast is hosted by Registered Dietitian and food freedom expert, Colleen Christensen. Colleen ditched dieting for good and became an intuitive eater after years of being controlled by food rules and restrictions. Now, she is dedicated to teaching others the exact steps she took to find food freedom.

Each week, Colleen serves up raw, real and honest conversations about things like binge eating, restricting food, over-exercising, calorie counting, body image and more, so you can learn to eat the foods that you want, when you want, without guilt, stress or anxiety.

Get ready to think about food less and start living your life more. The SociEATy is the last health and wellness community you'll ever need!

To find out more visit www.thesocieatymembership.com

The SociEATy Podcas‪t‬ Colleen Christensen

    • Nutrition
    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

Are you sick of dieting and want to learn to find food freedom? Do you dream about the day you can stop obsessing over food? Are you done playing the comparison game and wish you could just love your body already?

Well, you’re in the right place.

The SociEATy podcast is hosted by Registered Dietitian and food freedom expert, Colleen Christensen. Colleen ditched dieting for good and became an intuitive eater after years of being controlled by food rules and restrictions. Now, she is dedicated to teaching others the exact steps she took to find food freedom.

Each week, Colleen serves up raw, real and honest conversations about things like binge eating, restricting food, over-exercising, calorie counting, body image and more, so you can learn to eat the foods that you want, when you want, without guilt, stress or anxiety.

Get ready to think about food less and start living your life more. The SociEATy is the last health and wellness community you'll ever need!

To find out more visit www.thesocieatymembership.com

    Intuitive Eating as a Plus Sized & Pregnant Woman [feat. Lisa Wagman]

    Intuitive Eating as a Plus Sized & Pregnant Woman [feat. Lisa Wagman]

    What is it like to eat intuitively when you're not only plus sized but also pregnant? Join me in this episode of The SociEATy Podcast as I interview food freedom guru and fellow member of The SociEATy Lisa Wagman as she discusses exactly that and more!
    As is nearly always the case, major changes in Lisa's life such as losing her father and experiencing her first major heartbreak led to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as comparisonitis and an obsession with food. Her weight fluctuated, and she became obsessed with losing weight which led to her realizing that she needed a change in her life, so she learned more about intuitive eating and discovered The SociEATy, finding food freedom so efficiently that, like I said, I think of her as the food freedom guru!
    As the food freedom guru, Lisa is here to not only share her story but to also offer you some advice if you find parallels between your story and her story. She reminds us, for example, that it's totally normal and totally okay if the thought of weight gain is terrifying to you at first. Remember that while this may be a rewarding journey to be on, it is not an easy one to be on, and instead of trying to shut that fear down, investigate it; find out why it's there and where it's stemming from. She also suggests, as she herself did, finding a doctor who won't hold your plus size body against you especially while you're pregnant.
    Lisa also answers some questions from listeners, such as whether or not it's possible to eat intuitively while still wanting to lose weight and, of course, how to eat intuitively while pregnant. Be sure to screenshot this episode and tag me, and please do reach out to me to share your stories, tips, and ideas!
     
    Time Stamps
    [1:35] – Colleen introduces this episode's guest, Lisa, and also introduces the topic of this episode – intuitive eating when you're plus sized and pregnant.
    [4:10] – Lisa shares her story about her history with food and how she turned toward intuitive eating and how her weight fluctuated because of changes in her life.
    [9:20] – Colleen enthuses over how relatable Lisa's story is, especially Lisa having used food as a coping mechanism to deal with change in her life.
    [12:35] – Lisa offers advice to people in the initial phase of intuitive eating, advising that it's okay if the thought of gaining weight is terrifying at first.
    [18:00] – We learn what the pressure to lose weight in a plus size body has been like for Lisa, explaining that it doesn't go away but that you build a suit of armor to protect yourself from it.
    [21:56] – Colleen advises that we diversify our social media feeds.
    [23:45] – Lisa asserts that it is not possible to eat intuitively while still wanting to lose weight but that there is nothing wrong with having health goals and strength goals without giving in to food rules.
    [30:04] – Lisa explains how to effectively eat intuitively while pregnant.
    [36:30] – Lisa discusses what her experience has been like with her doctor and how being pregnant has affected her body image.
    [43:29] – We learn that Lisa still fears the pressure of losing weight coming back postpartum but that she has ways of conquering that fear.
    [47:08] – Colleen and Lisa reiterate some of the biggest takeaways from this episode and stress the importance of reading material about intuitive eating.
     
    Links and Resources
    Colleen Christensen Nutrition – Website
    The SociEATy – Website
    Colleen's Instagram Page
    The SociEATy's Instagram Page
    Renee Engeln – Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women
    Caroline Dooner - The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy

    • 53 min
    What It's REALLY Like to Do a Bikini Competition [feat. Deanna Wolf]

    What It's REALLY Like to Do a Bikini Competition [feat. Deanna Wolf]

    Bodybuilding and bikini competitions are completely alien to me, so having someone on the podcast who does have experience with them was probably just as enlightening to me as it will be for you! Join me as I interview Deanna Wolfe – a speaker, a writer, an entrepreneur, a body confidence activist, a food freedom coach, etc.! (She has quite the resume!)
    Deanna shares with us her story of how she used to be very involved in bodybuilding and bikini competitions which also caused a cycle of food obsession and counting macros. She was obsessed with thinness and counting calories but eventually realized that her obsession with body image and what she was and wasn't eating was unhealthy, and that realization led to her changing how she viewed her body and how she ate.
    Because of all of the good that her journey has resulted in, Deanna tells us, she doesn't regret her previous lifestyle. She now has a healthier relationship with body image and with food and learned how to market and start her own coaching business. She doesn't shy from the past either, as she hopes that her past will inspire people and show them that change is possible.
    We also get some advice and some actionable tips from her, as she stresses that bodybuilding and bikini competitions are not as glamorous as they might seem. People who actively participate in diet culture are often reduced to that one singular persona which can be very limiting, so she encourages us to think of the bigger picture if we are going to exercise – do it to feel good rather than just striving to look good. It is also important, she reminds us, to take rest days.
    Be sure to check out Deanna's social media pages at dietitiandeanna, and please do reach out to either one of us (or both of us!) to share your stories, tips, and ideas!
     
    Time Stamps
    [1:22] – Colleen introduces this episode's guest, Deanna Wolfe, giving us some of her background information. She also introduces the topic of this episode – bodybuilding and bikini competitions.
    [4:12] – We learn how Deanna first got involved in bodybuilding and bikini competitions.
    [8:28] – Deanna blames some of her past obsession with food and body image on social media platforms like Instagram.
    [10:53] – Colleen applauds Deanna for leaving old posts online up from before her transformation, since it demonstrates change.
    [13:35] – We learn what made Deanna realize that something in her life needed to change.
    [17:48] – Deanna describes how bodybuilding and participating in bikini competitions felt at the time that she did them, describing it as a mind game.
    [22:18] – Deanna offers advice to listeners who might be considering bodybuilding and/or bikini competitions.
    [25:12] – Colleen and Deanna discuss old photos of ourselves being triggering and how we tend to romanticize the past.
    [30:14] – Colleen and Deanna list some of the health benefits of properly nourishing yourself, such as the appearance of your nails, the appearance of your skin, and getting your period back.
    [33:00] – Deanna offers actionable tips on what to do if we want to be involved in fitness but not let it be an obsession.

    Links and Resources
    Colleen Christensen Nutrition – Website
    The SociEATy – Website
    Colleen's Instagram Page
    The SociEATy's Instagram Page
    Deanna’s Instagram Page
    Deanna’s Twitter Page
    Intuitive Eating

    • 35 min
    My Food Freedom Story

    My Food Freedom Story

    Intro
    You know, something occurred to me recently – I have never really gone into much detail on this podcast about my own past struggles and journey toward food freedom and intuitive eating, and with my dog Theo, I am finally here to do that!
    I share my earliest memory of an interaction that I had with diet culture and how it affected me, what I was like in high school (such as how I was well known for eating a lot but was also very physically active), and how being in college was when I began to restrict food and eventually start binge eating.
    As I share with you in this episode, restricting food and losing weight in college was a coping mechanism for me because college was stressful and competitive. This was something that I could control and feel successful at. I may have been in college to become a registered dietician, but remember - dieticians are humans too and can just as easily fall prey to the beast that is diet culture as anyone else can. Not only that, but we can find ourselves just as isolated as anyone else, and that is exactly why I eventually started The SociEATy. If I can help it, I don't want anyone else to have to struggle alone like I initially did!
    I also review with you the five stages that I teach in The SociEATy – (1) ditching diet culture, (2) making peace with food, (3) learning to accept your body, (4) adding gentle nutrition to what you eat, and (5) finding food freedom for life (that last one being a constant process that doesn't come with a bumper sticker). I suggest listing your food rules in order of easiest to break to hardest to break because that will help you reach your goal one step at a time, making it a more digestible (see what I did there?) process.
    I finally offer you what I always make a habit of asking my guests to offer – three actionable tips that you can start to put into effect today: (1) do a social media detox, (2) find people who will support you, and (3) start rewiring your brain by using mantras and affirmations. As always, please be sure to subscribe to The SociEATy Podcast so that you never miss an episode, and leave me a review. I would also love to hear from you; screenshot the episode, and share it in your stories!
    (As I make you aware of at the very beginning of the episode, I will be discussing things in detail like the large quantities of food that I was regularly eating, and I totally understand that that kind of info can be triggering for some of you, especially if you haven't yet found food freedom, so please feel free to take a break and wait for the next episode if you're worried that this will be triggering for you.)
     
    Time Stamps
    [0:00] – Colleen opens with a trigger warning, warning us that she will be talking about quantities of food that she has eaten which she doesn't want upsetting any listeners.
    [2:05] – Colleen shares her earliest memory of diet culture.
    [3:42] – We learn about what Colleen was like and what her relationship with food was like when she was in high school and how that transitioned into her college years.
    [4:35] – Colleen explains when she started to restrict food and track calories and how that spiraled out of control.
    [9:00] – We discover how Colleen's binge eating habit started her junior year of college.
    [12:04] – Colleen pinpoints the time of her life when she realized that something had to change and how she went through a trial and error process looking for a solution.
    [14:33] – Colleen begins to go through the five steps of making peace with food and enjoying it, beginning with ditching diet culture.
    [17:43] – Colleen moves into the second step - breaking food rules and neutralizing all food.
    [20:52] – Colleen describes the third stage of the process – learning how to respect and appreciate your body for what it is.
    [22:21] – Colleen identifies the fourth step as one of her favorite

    • 31 min
    Seriously, Stop Comparing Yourself! [feat. Megan Olson]

    Seriously, Stop Comparing Yourself! [feat. Megan Olson]

    Intro
    We frequently compare ourselves to others, don't we? We compare how we look to how other people look. We compare our body types to other people's body types. We compare how much we eat to how much other people eat. Even I do it. We all do. Well, fellow member of The SociEATy Megan Olson and I are here to share one helpful tip with you – stop doing it!
    Because of how viral and pervasive that diet culture is, this is not an easy habit to break, but we can make efforts to break it! Megan (who has been a huge asset to The SociEATy) grew up eating intuitively but eventually became so obsessed with nutrition and food rules that they controlled her thoughts and affected her body, her mood, and her relationships. She frequently found herself comparing how she ate to how others ate and comparing her body to others' bodies, and it was an obsession that spiraled out of control until she eventually found intuitive eating and joined The SociEATy.
    Megan has now been eating intuitively and enjoying food freedom for three and a half years, so remember, this does not happen overnight! It takes time. As Megan explains, she had to come to terms with the fact that she had a problem and then seek out help and advice from others, including someone outside of the situation who could provide objective wisdom, and it took her some time to get to where she is today. She is here not only to tell her story but also to provide insight about what to do if you find yourself comparing yourself either to others or to past versions of yourself from years ago, such as avoiding social media tools like Facebook Memories and Timehop, making use of affirmations, and journaling.
    Please be sure to join us in the SociEATy Facebook group where you will be very likely to run into Megan as she is a very active member, and please do run some thoughts or ideas by me or simply share what you're doing as you're listening to the podcast! I love hearing from you!
     
    Time Stamps
    [1:54] – Colleen enthusiastically welcomes SociEATy member Megan Olson to the podcast, and Megan tells us about herself such as her history with eating and food rules.
    [4:31] – Colleen muses on how food rules and obsession with food often starts innocently and then spirals out of control because they're coping mechanisms.
    [7:19] – Megan chronicles the last three and a half years of her life, during which time she has been eating intuitively.
    [10:35] – Colleen stresses how normal that it is to compare your body size to others, even if you're eating intuitively, because of how influential and pervasive that diet culture is.
    [12:48] – Megan explains how, during her own journey, she was easily prone to comparing her body to others.
    [17:40] – Megan expounds on how she deals with the tendency to compare what she is eating to what others are eating.
    [20:37] – Colleen reads aloud an online post of Megan's that talks about comparing herself to a photo of herself from ten years ago, and Megan gives us advice about what to do if we find ourselves doing something like that.
    [25:35] – Colleen reflects on how women's bodies are constantly changing throughout their entire lives.
    [27:08] – Megan advises us on what to do if we are still feeling guilty after we eat, and Colleen enthuses over how important that it is to reflect on what you eat in order for intuitive eating to be successful.
    [31:26] – Megan lists a couple of actionable tips on how to avoid comparing ourselves to others.
     
    Links and Resources
    Colleen Christensen Nutrition – Website
    The SociEATy – Website
    Colleen's Instagram Page
    The SociEATy's Instagram Page
    The No Food Rules SociEATy – Facebook Group
    James Clear – Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
    Diet Starts Tomorrow Podcast

    • 34 min
    Debunking Anti-Diet Misconceptions [feat. Shana Spence, @thenutritiontea]

    Debunking Anti-Diet Misconceptions [feat. Shana Spence, @thenutritiontea]

    Intro
    If you eat intuitively, then you have probably heard others ask you questions such as these: How do you get the nutrition that you need if you're eating intuitively? Won't your brain get hooked on food freedom which will lead to binge eating? Isn't intuitive eating just for lazy people who don't have the willpower to diet? You have maybe also heard others comment that it's not healthy to eat whatever you want and whenever you want because we need to eat food in moderation.
    Maybe if you aren't an intuitive eater but are looking to get started on that journey, then these are questions that you have asked or comments that you have made yourself, and that's okay! We all always have room to learn, but either way, fellow anti-diet dietician Shana Spence and I are here to put these common misconceptions to rest! Shana is known on her social media platforms for telling it like it is and doing so with humor, and that's exactly what she does in this episode as she addresses misconceptions like the ones mentioned above as well as whether or not you can eat intuitively while being a vegetarian or a vegan, whether or not you can eat intuitively and be interested in fitness and exercise at the same time, and whether or not eating intuitively is about throwing nutrition out the window entirely.
    Shana and I also discuss fatphobia and diet culture in general and how it's an industry out to make money. I have said before that food used to control my life. I was obsessed with it for years, and that's because diet culture is so pervasive that it's difficult to avoid. That's exactly why Shana and I both identify as anti-diet dieticians. We want you to embrace the fact that we are all human and that our bodies and our desires change day to day in ways that diet culture doesn't acknowledge and doesn't even understand.
    Be sure to follow Shana on social media (she is @thenutritiontea pretty much everywhere!), and reach out to us to share your thoughts and ideas! Are there any misconceptions, for example, that we missed that you would like to address? Share away!
     
    Time Stamps
    [1:36] – Colleen introduces Shana Spence to the podcast and briefly explains what her credentials are as a registered dietician.
    [2:59] – Shana gives us more insight regarding her background and how and why she became a dietician.
    [5:07] – We learn from Colleen that the topic of this episode is what some of the misconceptions are about intuitive eating.
    [6:31] – Shana provides a further explanation of what about nutrition she was interested in and wanted to study.
    [8:41] – Colleen and Shana start to review a list of common misconceptions about intuitive eating such as how you will binge eat and gain weight if you give yourself the freedom to eat what you want.
    [14:50] – Shana comments on the misconception that intuitive eating is a path for people who don't have the willpower to diet, a misconception that she calls an oxymoron, blaming diet culture.
    [18:08] – Shana denies the claim that you can't get proper nutrition while eating intuitively, stating that people need to trust their bodies.
    [24:52] – Shana discusses how to eat intuitively as a vegetarian or vegan.
    [27:48] – We learn from Shana how movement is one of the principles of eating intuitively, meaning that you can eat intuitively if you are interested in fitness and exercise.
    [30:31] – Colleen expresses her reasons for exercising and emphasizes the importance of acknowledging our own reasons.
    [32:48] – Shana explains why she calls herself an eat anything dietician.
    [37:26] – Shana addresses the misconception that intuitive eating doesn't work because we have to be mindful of what we eat and eat in moderation.
     
    Links and Resources
    Colleen Christensen Nutrition – Website
    The SociEATy – Website
    Colleen's Instagram Page
    The SociEATy's Instagram Page
    Intuitive Ea

    • 44 min
    Intuitive Eating During Pregnancy [feat. Bennie Davis]

    Intuitive Eating During Pregnancy [feat. Bennie Davis]

    Intro
    Something that doesn't seem to be talked about nearly enough is what to eat while you're pregnant, especially if you're on a food freedom and intuitive eating journey. Well, if that is a question that you have been finding yourself asking, then SociEATy member Bernadette “Bennie” Davis is here to provide some insight! Bennie is on her own food freedom journey, but she's also pregnant, so she shares with us what it has been like to eat intuitively while having to worry about not just herself but also another little human that is growing inside of her!
    Like many SociEATy members, Bennie didn't always have the healthiest relationship with food. As she shares with us, there was a time when she found it hard to enjoy food like she wished that she could, causing her to feel jealousy toward other people who did seem to be enjoying it. Tired, unhappy, and emotionally tortured by the impulse to exercise, she began her intuitive journey with The SociEATy because she was looking for a positive change, and she has definitely found it!
    Bennie and I chat about exercise and how an impulse to exercise is often about a need to compete with ourselves and to constantly outdo ourselves, how it is important to properly fuel your body while pregnant and to monitor your stress levels and your mental health, pregnancy cravings, and – perhaps most importantly – how to find the delicate balance between properly nourishing the baby growing inside of you while also avoiding food rules and diet culture. Bennie offers us actionable tips on how to improve our relationships with food, body image, and exercise, regardless of whether or not you're pregnant, and also offers advice to pregnant women who are trying to eat intuitively while pregnant.
    Be sure to follow Bennie on Instagram, and also be sure to reach out to us if you have your own thoughts and/or stories to share!
     
    Time Stamps
    [1:18] – Colleen introduces SociEATy member Bernadette “Bennie” Davis to the show and also introduces this episode's topic – eating intuitively while pregnant. Bennie gives us some background information about herself and how she came to join The SociEATy.
    [4:56] – We discover how Bennie realized that something in her life needed to change.
    [7:02] – Colleen relates to Bennie and narrates some of her own story about her past relationship with food.
    [8:48] – Bennie tells us about how emotionally and practically difficult that it was to reach out for help.
    [12:51] – Bennie elaborates on how she used to view exercise and how she views it now that she has been on a food freedom journey.
    [16:46] – Bennie explains that finding a balance between exercising for fun and exercising for good health required experimentation.
    [17:58] – Colleen touches upon how an unhealthy relationship with exercise is often about competing with yourself.
    [20:57] – Bennie provides us with advice on how to prepare for an expected child when eating intuitively, such as being sure that you're properly fueling yourself with food.
    [26:05] – Bennie shares her story of strange food cravings during pregnancy and provides us with advice on how to handle pregnancy cravings.
    [29:04] – We learn how Bennie finds the balance between fueling her body for her child but also not abiding by food rules, describing it as a delicate balance.
    [34:44] – Bennie details what it has been like to watch her body physically change while pregnant.
    [38:19] – We receive some actionable tips from Bennie about what we can do to improve our relationships with food, body image, and/or exercise.
     
    Links and Resources
    Colleen Christensen Nutrition – Website
    The SociEATy – Website
    Colleen's Instagram Page
    The SociEATy's Instagram Page
    No Period. Now What?: A Guide to Regaining Your Cycles and Improving Your Fertility
    Bennie's Instagram Page

    • 42 min

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Hi!!!

Just found you on Instagram yesterday and binged all of your videos and you were talking about all the things I’ve been trying to find and struggling to form my own words for - and then you have them to me!
I think I am at that place you were at years ago when you started to find food freedom, thank you for being here as inspiration and a resource.

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Food Freedom!!

Colleen and her guests are a breath of fresh air amid constant diet culture talk in our world. She is relatable and offers concrete tips to help you find food freedom. Her program has changed my life!

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