I am so excited to be able to bring you guys this interview (I know I say that every interview but REALLY!) Caroline and her work were seriously monumental in my full recovery journey. The “fuck it” if the fuck it diet really is the last little boost I needed to totally kick the diet mentality to the curb and I think you’ll find similar results. Her work is a great place to start in healing your relationship with food and your body and give up dieting- forever. We talk about what the fuck it diet ( I wanted to title the episode that but I knew iTunes would take it down) even is, we talk about food addiction, and the idea that if we let ourselves eat whatever we want we’ll become unhealthy bottomless pits (spoiler alert: we wont). We also talk about something I know you all have heard me ramble about before and that is REST!
Caroline is the creator of The Fuck It Diet, and teaches radical normal eating to chronic dieters. She also teaches intuition and advocates hardcore for #rest.
This week I spoke with Kate Brosnan a registered dietician and listener of the show. She reached out to me a few weeks back and we got to talking about her own journey with food and she disclosed to me about her eating disorder. She mentioned to me how hard it is to recover from an eating disorder while being a parent, so I decided that was a conversation we could have on the show. She was very transparent about how she is still recovering from her eating disorder so I want to put a content warning out there that we do discuss active eating disorder recovery and there may be things that listeners could find triggering. If you are in a place where these things could affect your well being, please skip this one.
Kate graduated with a degree in Nutrition Sciences from Penn State and has been a Registered Dietitian for 12 years. Introduced to the liberating world of IE/HAES in late 2016, she has been dedicating this year to extracting herself both professionally and personally from diet culture as she rebuilds her private practice from the non-diet ground up and works to recover from her own eating disorder. She’s a wife, mother, longtime cross-fitter and triathlete, and she owns every Barefoot Contessa cookbook. Her favorite quote is from Maya Angelou: ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’
Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, CDN, is a non-diet dietitian who helps people struggling with chronic dieting, disordered eating, and eating disorders. She uses a combination of Intuitive Eating, mindfulness techniques, and meditation to help her clients move toward greater peace, health, and wellness.
Jenna is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) in New York State. She has a Bachelors degree in Nutrition from Penn State, a Masters degree in Nutrition from Tufts University, is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and an Open Heart Project meditation guide.
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.