Dana “Hotpants” Suchow is a Speaker, Activist, and Event Producer. Since overcoming bulimia and compulsive exercising that resulted in permanent injuries, she has become a champion for women’s rights, eating disorder issues, and body positivity.
Dana founded Do The Hotpants in 2012 as a fashion blog, but once she realized that fashion’s unattainable beauty standards were fueling her eating disorder, she switched gears. In 2014 Dana gave up her dream of becoming a famous fashion blogger, and has since made it her mission to use her own life experiences to educate, empower, and uplift anyone struggling with bad body image. Dana now leads workshops and curates feminist events that support all self-identifying women and focus on the importance of female safe spaces.
In this episode Dana and I talk about her recovery and transformation from a fashion blogger into a body positive and feminist activist. We touch on all things feminism- even things that have been weighing on my mind personally as of late such as body hair and makeup. She also discusses the best way those of us with more privilege can be allies to those who are more marginalized.
This week I spoke with the wonderful Marci Evans. Marci is a Food and Body Imager Healer™. She has dedicated her career to counseling, supervising, and teaching in the field of eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified ACSM personal trainer. In addition to her group private practice and three adjunct teaching positions, Marci launched an online eating disorders training for dietitians in 2015 and co-directs a specialized eating disorder internship at Simmons College. She has spoken locally and nationally at numerous conferences and media outlets.
Marci and I discuss her work as a weight inclusive and non-diet body image healer and Registered Dietician. We talk about food as a red herring and gastrointestinal issues in those with eating disorders. We discuss eating disorder recovery in general, and the dangerous dogma that is diet culture. We also touch a little on the topic of eating disorder memoirs and whether these are helpful or harmful; the new film on Netflix, “To The Bone” specifically.
This week I spoke with Diana Madrigal, who is a certified life coach and writer. We had a nice long chat about perfectionism, the “compare and despair” mode we can put ourselves into and how emotional intelligence plays such a huge role in all of that, and how we can get there. I feel like emotional intelligence and inner self work is so important when it comes to healing ourselves from food and body issues because once those are gone, those same ideals pop up elsewhere and can wreak just as much havoc.
Diana Madrigal is a certified professional coach, writer, and wife to a wonderful husband. She is a mother of two smart boys and one strong girl. She has been in customer service for over fifteen years working in retail, government, and private sectors. Diana has been a licensed loan officer and real estate agent for over a decade. She loves sewing, make-up artistry, cooking, reading, music, and hiking. Her true passion lies in creative writing and life coaching. As an introverted coach, Diana has found joy in helping others find their personal power and face challenges with grace and self-awareness. Co-Author of the book “Follow It Thru: From Obstacles to Opportunity”
This week Emily and I discussed her recovery from her eating disorder and how she got into dietetics. We talk about Orthorexia. What it is and where the line is between “healthy eating” and dangerous obsession. We also speak on the dangers of elimination diets. We define what a normal and healthy relationship with food should look like and how we can encourage that in our children as well.
Emily Fonnesbeck is a Registered Dietitian and owns her own private practice in southern Utah. Her nutrition passion consists of helping individuals free themselves from diets, food anxiety, poor body image and obsessive exercise. She has a non-diet, weight-neutral, client-centered approach to help people make peace with food and their bodies.