Stories of Survival
August 17, 2021
Diet Culture & Body Image
Elizabeth Hall began chronic dieting at just 12 years old, and says it took her
30 years to break the cycle of diet after diet after diet, before figuring out that it was her thought processes that needed addressing rather than her body.
In this episode we chat about the culture of dieting, our attitudes towards our bodies,
and how we can have more kindness and compassion towards ourselves.
Guest Info Show Notes
Elizabeth Hall went to her first nutritionist when she 12 and wanted to lose weight before high school - "that was when I first started counting calories."
"Society and our culture teaches us that we are flawed if we aren't a certain size and shape. I wholeheartedly bought into this myth and from an early age started on a path to fix myself that would dominate the landscape of my life (and body) for the next 30 years.
Yet, the harder I tried to control my food, the more out of control I became."
"One summer, I realized I was not the only one who struggled with diets and suffered from a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with eating.
Elizabeth is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Professional Life Coach, mentor, and teacher who has studied the science and psychology behind our relationship with food and body so she could better understand her own behaviors. Today, Elizabeth offers her clients the same information, tools, and techniques that helped her learn to appreciate and accept herself and her body, and feel more present and alive in her life.
She has also completed the Be Nourished Certified Body Trust® Provider training, and is a Certified Mind-Body Eating Coach, and uses a Health at Every Size® approach and provide trauma-informed care.
Follow Elizabeth at ElizabethHallCoaching.com
I'm grateful for...
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
~ Jill Bolte Taylor
On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.
For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.
~ Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D. and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND