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Are you in an unhealthy relationship with food - caught in the cycle of binge eating, diet culture, and obsessive food thoughts? Molly Carmel, author and leading eating disorders and addictions therapist, is here to help. Each week, you’ll hear from folks who’ve overcome their struggles with food and weight. You’ll learn how to heal your relationship with food and ditch diets once and for all. Molly Carmel is fiercely devoted to your freedom so that you can show up for yourself and the life you deserve.

What You're Craving with Molly Carmel Operation Podcast

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 97 Ratings

Are you in an unhealthy relationship with food - caught in the cycle of binge eating, diet culture, and obsessive food thoughts? Molly Carmel, author and leading eating disorders and addictions therapist, is here to help. Each week, you’ll hear from folks who’ve overcome their struggles with food and weight. You’ll learn how to heal your relationship with food and ditch diets once and for all. Molly Carmel is fiercely devoted to your freedom so that you can show up for yourself and the life you deserve.

    The Key Elements Necessary for Healing Your Relationship with Food, From the OG of the Food Addiction Movement with Dr. Marty Lerner

    The Key Elements Necessary for Healing Your Relationship with Food, From the OG of the Food Addiction Movement with Dr. Marty Lerner

    Today’s episode calls for a pencil and notepad as Molly and Dr. Marty Lerner dig deep into the psychological relationship we have with food and how it affects us. Dr. Lerner, being a pioneer in the field of food addiction, starts off by talking about his foundations in research of eating disorders and food addiction and then his transition to the treatment of the individuals suffering from these diseases. 
    Molly and Dr. Lerner give us some key takeaways that Dr. Lerner has gleaned from his food addiction research. First, the two discuss a three-stage process of what tends to happen when individuals begin avoiding food triggers: at first, doing it to be “good,” then it simply becomes easier, finally it becomes more comfortable and a preference. This leads to the conversation of SMERF– an acronym that Dr. Lerner notes should not just be for those that suffer from food addiction, but for anyone in general that simply wants to live a better lifestyle. 
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    Episode Quotes
    “The whole gist of breaking up with sugar or finding what your biological triggers are and avoiding them is clearing the pathway so that you can start to make radical changes in your relationship with life.” –Dr. Marty Lerner “Recovery isn’t about feeling good all the time. It’s about doing good, not feeling good.” –Dr. Marty Lerner Key Highlights
    The importance of differentiating between eating disorders and food addiction; When we avoid our biological food triggers, it can lead to a lasting change that will become easier and a preference; Hard work is the only way any form of recovery can take root in our lives; As a society, we often overthink and underdo; Using SMERF to improve any lifestyle: Spirituality, Meditation, Exercise, Rest, and Food Plan; Your ego is not your amigo– when relapse or a slip happens, our ego or shame often get in the way and we are afraid to ask for help;


    About Marty Lerner, PhD
    Dr. Marty Lerner is the Executive Director of the Milestones in Recovery Eating Disorders Program located in Cooper City, FL. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Lerner is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist who has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs that include The NPR Report, 20/20, Discovery Health and ABC's Nightline, as well as having authored several articles related to eating disorders in professional publications, national magazines and newspapers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, Orlando and Hollywood Sun-Sentinels. 
    Connect with Marty Lerner, PhD
    His free eBook is available at: https://www.milestonesprogram.org/
    About Molly Carmel
    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
    Connect with Molly
    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:
    Instagram: @mollycarmel
    Facebook: Molly Carmel
    YouTube: Molly Carmel
    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course
    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Group Coaching: mollycarmel.com/coaching-with-molly
    Weekly IntenSati Spiritual Fitness Class: mollycarmel.com/intensati

    • 43 min
    The Bravest Thing We Can Say is “Help”

    The Bravest Thing We Can Say is “Help”

    Today’s episode is a heart to heart as Molly and Debbie dive into their discussion of the innate human need for connection and how it can be blocked by the armor we encase ourselves in. The healing, open discussion that Debbie presents to us challenges our need to feel that we are in control over our decisions. 
    There are times where we all so desperately need help, but what happens when we are afraid that the help we might receive isn’t what we actually need or want? For many, like Debbie, this may bring on feelings of rage and shame– feelings, like Molly suggests, that may just be secondary emotions shielding us from rejection, loss of control, grief or sadness.
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    Episode Quotes
    “People are just doing their best all the time … They’re not doing this to me– they’re just doing this.” –Molly Carmel “When we can be forgiving of others, we can be forgiving of ourselves.” –Molly Carmel Key Highlights
    Our connection with food can keep us from living the life we were intended to live; When we armor ourselves, it can keep others from hearing us when we ask for help; We may desperately want help, but don’t want to ask for it because we think others will help in a way we don’t want them to; When we loosen our expectations of others, it can make forgiving others easier; Shame is a function of protection; Openness, the ability to be open and vulnerable with others, can be healing







    About Molly Carmel
    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
    Connect with Molly
    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:
    Instagram: @mollycarmel
    Facebook: Molly Carmel
    YouTube: Molly Carmel
    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course
    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Group Coaching: mollycarmel.com/coaching-with-molly
    Weekly IntenSati Spiritual Fitness Class: mollycarmel.com/intensati

    • 43 min
    Showing Up Authentically, Codependency Wounds, and Gaslighting Behaviors with Dr. Brad Reedy

    Showing Up Authentically, Codependency Wounds, and Gaslighting Behaviors with Dr. Brad Reedy

    Today’s episode is all about understanding how the deepest experiences we had in our childhoods can manifest in our adult lives. Molly welcomes Dr. Brad Reedy and he explains that the “attachment wounds” that we have today really are the result of some traumas we may have had in the past when we were forming our identity and having first connections. These wounds may have been developed due to some kind of abandonment and/or negligence. 
     
    Dr. Brad also discusses the importance of expressing ourselves, showing up as who we are in all situations, and respecting our time to heal old traumas. You will also learn the concepts of gaslighting (a psychological term to refer to subtle manipulation) and narcissism (a characteristic of someone who has a wound of not being seen or recognized). Tune in!
     
    Episode Quotes
     
    “Once you’re allowed to be who you are, you have access to all the energy, all the magic, all the love.” – Dr. Brad Reedy “If your children need you to be perfect, they’re doomed. That’s a fact. They just need you to be human and being human means making mistakes, apologizing, and working on it again.” – Dr. Brad Reedy  
     
    Key Highlights
    Dr. Brad talks about the importance of showing up authentically in life, expressing ourselves and knowing that people around will be ok with it; What’s an attachment wound, how it affects us as adults, and how we can start to heal it in order to be better people; Often times when we were kids (and sometimes as adults) we were thought to sacrifice our inner peace to be accepted by parents/others; Dr. Brad explains how therapists, mentors, and coaches need to be a good fit because they’re also humans and sometimes also need to work on themselves; The concept of gaslighting and how people can subtlety manipulate us into doubting ourselves; How to honor and respect our own time to properly heal the wounds from our traumas.  
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    About Dr. Brad Reedy
    Dr. Brad Reedy is a co-owner and Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs, an experientially-based therapy program for adolescents, young-adults and families. He is also the Founder of Enlightening Relationships and provides parent coaching, couples therapy, and individual therapy. He has served on the Board of the Utah Department of Child and Family Services, the Board of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and the En Garde Arts Board, a New York based Theatre Company. Dr. Brad is a prolific public speaker and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses at conferences, private events, nationally syndicated radio shows, and universities on experiential therapy, mental health issues treatment, childhood issues, and parenting. After years as a parent educator, having broadcast over 1,400 webinars on parent and family issues, he authored The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle and the Road Home and The Audacity to be You: Learning to Love Your Horrible, Rotten Self. He also hosts the podcast, Finding You: An Evoke Therapy Podcast. You can follow his Instagram account @drbradreedy - it's amazing.
     
    Connect with Dr. Brad Reedy
    Instagram: @drbradreedy
     
    About Molly Carmel
    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
     
    Connect with Molly
    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:
    Instagram: @mollycarmel
    Facebook: Molly Carmel
    YouTube: Molly Carmel
    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course
    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Gr

    • 53 min
    Self-Love is a Series of Small Victories

    Self-Love is a Series of Small Victories

    Taking a leap of faith and deciding to make a change, are not easy things to accomplish. For those of us who really struggled with chronic diets, eating disorders, and body image issues, it’s like we’re stuck in a vicious cycle that prevents us from doing things differently. That’s why it’s so important to know that self-love journeys are not linear, and failing is just part of the process.
    In this episode of What You’re Craving Podcast, Molly welcomes Brenna. Brenna shares her most vulnerable times when she thought that her own vicious cycle could just not end and that was when she suffered the most. Brenna highlights the importance of being kind to ourselves during hard moments, feeling ok with starting over as many times as needed, and trusting our potential to really break up with who we no longer want to be. Tune in!
    Episode Quote
    “I think that you have to release yourself from that physiologically addiction. And for those of us who are in that process, that binging… suspend the belief, take the leap, and I promise you: in 6 months you’ll be looking in the mirror, doing some kind of self-care being like ‘I love you’.” – Brenna Key Highlights
    Brenna explains that having body image issues can really shape who we are for life, ironically as we try to become someone else; Brenna shares the moments when she no longer wanted to struggle and decided to change for good; It’s important to recognize the moments when we are using food to ensure we can control situations & feel safe; Childhood repeated patterns and traumas can manifest during adulthood; Brenna highlights that you can start over as many times as you want because there are no rules, but remember to be kind with yourself during the whole process; Brenna shares her strategy to maintain a healthy relationship with food on a weekly basis; Brenna shares her final advice on accepting you want to change and really taking the leap to a brighter future. About Molly Carmel
    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
    Connect with Molly
    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:
    Instagram: @mollycarmel
    Facebook: Molly Carmel
    YouTube: Molly Carmel
    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course
    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Group Coaching: mollycarmel.com/coaching-with-molly
    Weekly IntenSati Spiritual Fitness Class: mollycarmel.com/intensati

    • 47 min
    Talking Therapy, Experiencing Therapy, and Healing Self-Hate with Adrienne Glasser

    Talking Therapy, Experiencing Therapy, and Healing Self-Hate with Adrienne Glasser

    The way we talk to ourselves and the relationship we have with our thoughts are an important part of healing trauma, stopping self-hating, and accepting our image. Sometimes, the thought patterns and the unregulated self-talk are so deep rooted in our minds that we don’t even realize when they appear and, therefore, we cannot stop them from reoccurring. Can you recognize the moments when you punish yourself?
    In this episode of What You’re Craving, Molly welcomes Adrienne Glasser to discuss addiction, trauma, and the importance of therapy experiences – and not only therapy talks. Adrienne talks about compassionate self-talk, being aware of the sensations in our body when we feel self-hate, and how to begin to treat addictions and self-image issues with just awareness. Tune in to listen to the whole episode.
    Episode Quote
    “Everything that’s happening is either a form of protection or is coming from wounding. It’s not anything that anyone is doing on purpose and it’s just a reflection of where you’ve been and not who you are.” – Adrienne Glasser Key Highlights
    Adrienne explains how she began working as a therapist and how in her childhood she herself dealt with a lot of addiction and trauma but was also surrounded by a lot of therapy talk; It’s important to know that protective systems (how we keep wanting to be safe and protected no matter what) truly have their foundation in traumas; Adrienne explains that the well-known moments of self-hate and self-doubt need to be noted to be stopped. It’s also helpful to notice what physical sensations they cause in the body; Adrienne and Molly briefly discuss the diet culture and how it is the source of many rejection patterns we keep reproducing; How to find your authentic Self and reconnect with it in order to live a better and more peaceful life. About Adrienne Glasser
    Adrienne Glasser is a meditation spiritual teacher, psychotherapist, certified IFS practitioner, and a somatic movement therapist. Her primary role is teaching clients and clinicians to reconnect with their most authentic Self and live their best lives.
    Connect with Adrienne Glasser
    Instagram: @adrienne.glasser
    Website: adrienneglasser.com 
    Help for Addictions: https://breathelifehealingcenters.com 
    About Molly Carmel
    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
    Connect with Molly
    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:
    Instagram: @mollycarmel
    Facebook: Molly Carmel
    YouTube: Molly Carmel
    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course
    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Group Coaching: mollycarmel.com/coaching-with-molly
    Weekly IntenSati Spiritual Fitness Class: mollycarmel.com/intensati

    • 53 min
    Skillful Ways to Say No to Food Pushers

    Skillful Ways to Say No to Food Pushers

    Reframing our attitude towards food pushers can be very challenging. After so many years of behaving a certain way and having automatic positive answers when we are offered food, it will be hard to change. However, it’s important to understand that it won’t always be this hard. Like any other skill, saying “no, thanks” gets easier every time you do it. At the end of the day, your actions add up.
    In this episode of What You’re Craving Podcast, Molly shares great ways to simply say “no” to food pushers. Molly explains that we need to be effective, express what we need and, if necessary, even rehearse what we’re going to say and what choices we’re going to make at events or parties, for example. People offering food impolitely says more about them than about you. The key is to make your needs a priority. 
    Episode Quote
    “When we’re making big changes in our life, sometimes we have to lose some people.” – Molly Carmel  Key Highlights
    We have to learn how to deal with food pushers, but it’s important to take into account that it will happen little by little and imperfectly; Molly gives you some ideas and more skillful ways to say no to food, but at the same time being polite and appreciative; Molly explains that in these situations it’s important to say what we need, say what we don’t need, and make our goals a priority; If it’s a stress-induced situation for you, know that it’s completely normal and preparing and rehearsing to social events, for example, can help. About Molly Carmel
    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
    Connect with Molly
    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:
    Instagram: @mollycarmel
    Facebook: Molly Carmel
    YouTube: Molly Carmel
    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course
    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Group Coaching: mollycarmel.com/coaching-with-molly
    Weekly IntenSati Spiritual Fitness Class: mollycarmel.com/intensati

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

yogoes ,

Glucose Goddess

Molly! Thank you for introducing me/us to this amazing woman. Excellent interview and I love how you never play yourself down. You are you and at the same time allow in new thoughts but beautifully illuminate that we can take what we wish and leave the rest. Every moment in my life must be customizable or I’m not being my authentic self. Merci!!

Kushigrlll ,

Cut off the guest speaker constantly

Agree with other reviewers that the session I tried to listen to with the Glucose Goddess was hard to listen to because Molly kept interrupting her. It was very frustrating and a waste of time. I have found other podcast hosts to be way better listeners and true interviewers.

IceArtJohn ,

Listen to your guest more.

I came to listen to your interview with the Glucose Goddess. Molly kept cutting her off and redirecting the conversation. It was hard to listen to.

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