Diets, Oppression & the Well-fed Woman w/ Rachel W. Cole – episode #26


I invited today’s guest on the show after seeing a picture on her Instagram feed that stopped me in my tracks:

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“The urge to diet is rooted in your oppression.”
Say what?! I HAD to know more! Listen in to hear Rachel talk (very convincingly) about why we should not be dieting, and instead listening to our bodies, and feeding our hungers!

Rachel Cole is a certified life coach, celebrated teacher, and women’s empowerment expert. She has spent ten years guiding women to identify, understand and feed their truest hungers – at and away from the table. As an eating disorder survivor herself, Rachel speaks with great wisdom, sensitivity, and authority about what it takes to live as a well-fed woman in the modern world. She has traveled across the United States and internationally speaking and teaching to sold-out gatherings of women on how they too can find ease and fulfillment in their lives simply by honoring their own hungers. Rachel holds a Masters Degree in Holistic Health Education and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.

*Since one of the topics we will be covering today is eating disorders, I want to remind you that I’m not a doctor or therapist, and the opinions shared here are not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare professionals.

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In this episode you’ll hear:

-how time and energy spent dieting is time and energy taken away from other parts of our lives
-the idea that the “ideal” body image is a construct of patriarchy
-our obsession with being “healthy” and it’s effects on our brain
-the current cultural ideal of beauty, and redefining what attractive is
-that the current narrow definition of women’s beauty creates an epidemic of women who are uncomfortable in their own skin
-how we tend to attract relationships with people who treat us with the same respect as we treat ourselves
-about the health at every size paradigm
-the importance of balancing physical, emotional and mental health
-about achieving health without losing weight
-what a “well-fed woman” is
-the connection between hungers away from the table and unhealthy relationships with food
-how intuitive eating can be seen as a form of activism
-how to open up space for more connection with people
-how to tell if you’re on a diet
-that no matter how long you’ve had a chaotic relationship with food, you can return to intuitive eating, because we are all born with it
-how paranoia around our kids’ sugar intake might be setting them up for an unhealthy relationship with food
-what to do if you find yourself rebounding after a long time of restricting


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Mentioned on the show:
Brit Bravo:
The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

Intuitive Eating: A Recovery Book For The Chronic Dieter; Rediscover The Pleasures Of Eating And Rebuild Your Body Image

National Eating Disorder Association

Soul Work Sheet #26

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