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Finally Free Podcast

Finally Free Podcast

By Freedom with Food and Fitness

Alana Van Der Sluys is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, book author, TEDx speaker and eating disorder survivor.

This podcast will teach you how to:
Pursue health without dieting
Be more confident and comfortable in your body
Make food fun and easy again

Check out my program Defy the Diet: www.freedomwithfoodandfitness.com
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26. How Can I Eat Fear/Forbidden Foods Without Bingeing? (Listener Question Episode)
26. How Can I Eat Fear/Forbidden Foods Without Bingeing? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website In today's episode, I discuss Why we binge on our fear or forbidden foods What habituation is and how it prevents bingeing How to reintroduce fear foods back into our diets WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or find the form on the link in my bio
12:57
November 26, 2022
BONUS EPISODE: Defy the Diet Private Coaching Call with Dani
BONUS EPISODE: Defy the Diet Private Coaching Call with Dani
This episode is a sneak peak into the transformative work done inside Defy the Diet, my signature group coaching program. Listen in to an unedited coaching session with my Fall 2022 client, Dani. If you're someone who wants to make peace with food, become and intuitive eating, cultivate body confidence, and achieve health without obsession, schedule a free consultation with me at www.freeedomwithfoodandfitness.com/call
36:43
November 19, 2022
25. Navigating Body Image for Millennials with Alex Hart
25. Navigating Body Image for Millennials with Alex Hart
DEFY THE DIET ENROLLMENT OPENS TODAY! Click here to apply and book your call with me!  Alex Hart's passion is helping millennials who have been riding the diet and fitness roller coaster to break free from body image beliefs that hold them back from living a full and rich life. She combines knowledge around body image, fitness, and nutrition to help deconstruct body image beliefs and help build a new relationship that focuses on embracing the whole self over just our bodies. https://www.instagram.com/growgritfit/ https://www.facebook.com/growgritfit
26:41
November 12, 2022
24. What is Weight Set Range? (Listener Question Episode)
24. What is Weight Set Range? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram   Website Work with me In today's episode, I discuss What weight set range is How you know if you've reached your weight set range WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or find the form on the link in my bio
12:56
October 29, 2022
BONUS EPISODE: Trauma, Control and Undiagnosed Eating Disorders with Michele Simms
BONUS EPISODE: Trauma, Control and Undiagnosed Eating Disorders with Michele Simms
This is a recycling of a guest spot. I had the pleasure of speaking with Michele Simms, host of The Beauty in the Mess podcast.  Michele Simms is a Christian, wife, and mother of 4 along with two furbabies. She is a toolmaker by trade, a database Administrator, and a Professional Maintenance Co-Lead at a large automotive facility by day. She and her family have had many significant health issues over the years, and in 2021, she felt a nudge from God to start her podcast, The Beauty in The Mess, in order to share others' wisdom, knowledge, and experiences along with a little of her own. There are always gifts even in some of the darkest situations if we look hard enough (a lesson learned, a connection, faith, etc.). The hope is that we can all help each other overcome life's challenges easier and quicker and accelerate our journeys to who we were truly meant to be in this life. Click to check out "The Beauty in the Mess" podcast
34:25
October 22, 2022
BONUS EPISODE! Binge eating, perfectionism and the human brain with Cristina Castagnini
BONUS EPISODE! Binge eating, perfectionism and the human brain with Cristina Castagnini
This is a reposting of an episode I recorded with Cristina Castagnini for her Behind the Bite Podcast.  Cristina Castagnini, Ph.D., CEDS, is a licensed psychologist and is recognized as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She graduated with honors, earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of California, Santa Cruz, her Master’s Degree in clinical psychology (with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) from Pepperdine University and her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of Southern California. For over the past 20 years, Dr. Castagnini has been treating patients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, supervising postdoctoral residents, and continuing to grow her private practice. After overcoming her own struggles with having an eating disorder, it was always her dream to focus solely on helping women overcome their struggles with food and body image and to achieve a balanced life. She feels fortunate that she is now able to do just that, as in October of 2019, after 15 years as the lead adult eating disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Castagnini left to open the doors to her private practice full time in the San Francisco Bay Area. She aims to find the work-life balance being a single mom to two awesome teenagers, but knows first- hand there is just no way to do it all. Links to social media: https://www.facebook.com/drcastagnini https://www.freedomtowellness.com/ https://www.pinterest.com/drcastagnini/ https://twitter.com/CristinaPhD https://www.instagram.com/drcastagnini/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIZTeL59EIhGLITHsw8zvig
46:50
October 22, 2022
23. Fat Positive Fertility and Advocating for Health Care as a Fat Person with Nicola Salmon
23. Fat Positive Fertility and Advocating for Health Care as a Fat Person with Nicola Salmon
FIND ME! Instagram Website Nicola Salmon is a fat-positive fertility coach and author of “Fat and Fertile”. She helps fat folks navigate getting pregnant in a weight-obsessed world and advocates for change in how fat people are treated whilst accessing help with their fertility. Nicola uses her unique fat positive framework to support people in finding their own version of health without diets, advocate for their bodies, relearn how to trust their body and believe in their ability to get pregnant. Instagram: www.instagram.com/fatpositivefertility Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fatpositivefertility Website: www.nicolasalmon.co.uk Book: Fat Person's Guide to Getting Pregnant 
29:01
October 15, 2022
22. How Can I Set Boundaries Around Diet Talk? (Listener Question Episode)
22. How Can I Set Boundaries Around Diet Talk? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram  ALL my resources  Website In today's episode I talk about:  why boundary setting is so difficult why boundary setting is so important to recovery  six tips to setting clear boundaries  WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or find the form on the link in my bio
17:49
October 01, 2022
21. Using Energy and Manifestation to Heal Disordered Eating with Meg Schwarzrock (Manifesting Marge)
21. Using Energy and Manifestation to Heal Disordered Eating with Meg Schwarzrock (Manifesting Marge)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website Meg Schwarzrock also known too many as Manifesting Marge! Meg is a MEGAprenuer, a  podcast host + Spiritual Guide from Atlanta, GA. Meg coaches her clients through their life experiences, helping them see through their souls perspective. With energy , manifesting, soul contracts, past life awareness and connection with their spiritual team, (Creator, Angels + Spirits Guide), Meg's helps her clients heal and remember who they are and why they are truly here.This guidance helps them see from the perspective of an eagle, as everything is for a grander plan, all in divine time and for the evolution of our soul. Even the hard times are for a purpose, to lead us to our purpose. Meg is also the The Meg Rock Show with Manifesting Marge! Enlightening you with high vibe spiritual guidance, interviews with high vibe people, and those who practice alternative healing modalities around the world! Bringing you tools and teachings for a more enlightened way of moving through your life! Meg helps women, moms, and entrepreneurs manifest more love, self-love, more money, better health, and clarity of their Life-Path! Instagram: @themegrock www.megrockshow.com  www.manifestingmarge.com
44:38
September 17, 2022
20. How Do You Handle Bad Body Image Days or Stressful Days Without "Going Back"? (Listener Question Episode)
20. How Do You Handle Bad Body Image Days or Stressful Days Without "Going Back"? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website In today's episode, I explain: why it's okay to "go back" to disordered habits sometimes why you might go back the difference between "going back" when you're recovered vs. when you're in recovery five strategies I use when I have a bad body image day WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or find the form on the link in my bio
18:36
September 03, 2022
BONUS EPISODE: Client Coaching Call (Adriana)
BONUS EPISODE: Client Coaching Call (Adriana)
BONUS! Check out this episode of a private coaching call I had with Adriana, who is part of the summer Deft the Diet cohort.  If you're interested in enrolling for fall, go to www.freedomwithfoodandfitness.com to schedule a call with me today!
33:02
July 23, 2022
19. Are Full Day of Eating (FDOE) Posts or What I Eat in a Day Posts Just Invitations for Comparison, Shame and Guilt? (Listener Question Episode)
19. Are Full Day of Eating (FDOE) Posts or What I Eat in a Day Posts Just Invitations for Comparison, Shame and Guilt? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram Get on the shortlist for the fall cohort of DEFY THE DIET In today's episode, I explain: Why FDOE posts can lead to comparison, guilt and shame How my meal/snack posts are different WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or find the form on the link in my bio
08:60
June 18, 2022
18. Fertility Through Debunking Old Diet Myths With Annette Presley (The Mommy Maker)
18. Fertility Through Debunking Old Diet Myths With Annette Presley (The Mommy Maker)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website Annette Presley is a registered dietitian of over 28 years, certified functional nutritionist, author, and creator of the Mommy Maker Method. After discovering that the diet advice she'd learned as a dietitian was actually contributing to chronic diseases, Annette changed course to learn about functional nutrition and nutrigenomics (how nutrition impacts genetic expression). Now Annette helps women literally manipulate their genes, so they can say goodbye to infertility struggles and hello to being a mom! https://www.instagram.com/themommymaker/ https://www.facebook.com/themommymaker/ https://getpregnantplan.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/annettepresley/ https://getpregnantplan.mykajabi.com/offers/UF2ot6oe/checkout
23:55
June 04, 2022
17. Is There Ever Too Much Noise From Social Media Even If It's Good Information Like Yours?(Listener Question Episode)
17. Is There Ever Too Much Noise From Social Media Even If It's Good Information Like Yours?(Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website In today's episode, I explain: Five reasons why you should disconnect from social media every once in a while Why even positive accounts (like @FreedomwithFoodandFitness) can be too much WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or find the form on the link in my bio
10:27
May 21, 2022
16. The Pressure of the "Ideal" Body for Athletes and the Power of Mindset with Eva Vivod (Dump That Diet)
16. The Pressure of the "Ideal" Body for Athletes and the Power of Mindset with Eva Vivod (Dump That Diet)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website Eva Vivod is an intuitive eating coach from Slovenia who helps women break free from dieting and toxic beliefs around food and helping them feel confident in their bodies. Her mission is to help as many women as she can on their journey to body acceptance and intuitive eating and to be that person that she knows she needed on my own journey and to provide them with support and love. https://www.instagram.com/dumpthatdiet/ www.dumpthatdiet.com
34:01
May 07, 2022
15. How Do You Combat Cleaning Out Your Closet After You've Stopped Dieting?  (Listener Question Episode)
15. How Do You Combat Cleaning Out Your Closet After You've Stopped Dieting? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website In today's episode, I explain: Why you might need to clean out your closet Why it doesn't mean you've failed How to reframe it in your mind as a positive opportunity How to buy clothes on a budget What to do (and not do) with the old clothes Four things to remember if you're going through this season of life WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or Find the form on the link in my bio
17:12
April 23, 2022
14. The Relationship Between Trauma and Disordered Eating with Anu Verma (Victim 2 Victor)
14. The Relationship Between Trauma and Disordered Eating with Anu Verma (Victim 2 Victor)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website Anu Verma is the founder of Victim2Victor.net. Her website, book and podcast aims to empower and inspire survivors, showing them that healing from sexual and domestic abuse is possible. On her podcast, Victim to Victor, which she launched in early 2021, she features guests from all  walks of life, cultures and backgrounds. In each episode, she and her guests share thought-provoking, insightful and poignant conversations about their personal experiences of trauma and abuse along with tangible strategies and techniques that can help move beyond the heartbreak of abuse to a life of happiness and fulfilment. Website: https://victim2victor.net   Podcast listener notes: https://lnns.co/uBf-xRAWSnQ.  Apple: https://apple.co/3wHvUof  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/36D6ZYE 
32:17
April 09, 2022
13. How Do You Stay Positive All the Time? (Listener Question Episode)
13. How Do You Stay Positive All the Time? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website In today's episode, I explain: Six reasons why I'm really not positive all the time Three ways you can be more positive in your own life. WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or Find the form on the link in my bio
12:60
March 26, 2022
12. How Willpower Relates to Food Cravings with Jenn Trepeck
12. How Willpower Relates to Food Cravings with Jenn Trepeck
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website Jenn Trepeck is an Optimal Health Coach, Podcaster, and Business Consultant. Jenn's mission is to teach the nutrition education we are all supposed to know but no one ever taught.Jenn Trepeck has been described as a “force of nature” in the wellness space. Jenn grew up the skinny one in a family of dieters which was awesome(!) until it went away. And so began her weight management saga. Ultimately though, Jenn learned the nutrition education we’re all supposed to know but no one ever taught us. This completely changed her life and allowed her to say she “kicked her food issues.” From then, Jenn set out on a mission to pay it forward and help people help themselves. After over a decade of working with clients, Jenn started Salad with a Side of Fries podcast. Based on science, yet lighthearted, Jenn talks about living life while still making ourselves and our health a priority.    https://www.instagram.com/saladwithasideoffriespod/  https://www.facebook.com/Saladwithasideoffriespodcast/  https://asaladwithasideoffries.com/
35:32
March 12, 2022
11. Can I Try Intuitive Eating Out in the Short-Term to See if it Works for Me? (Listener Question Episode)
11. Can I Try Intuitive Eating Out in the Short-Term to See if it Works for Me? (Listener Question Episode)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website In today's episode, I explain: The caveats to trying intuitive eating out in the short-term.  Why intuitive eating is more of a long-term solution.  Four ways to experiment with intuitive eating in the short-term WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE? CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or Find the form on the link in my bio
13:42
February 26, 2022
10. Body Image with Emily Lauren Dick (Real Happy Daughter)
10. Body Image with Emily Lauren Dick (Real Happy Daughter)
FIND ME! Instagram ALL my resources Website Emily Lauren Dick is a body image expert and activist who is committed to making girls feel comfortable in their own skin. Her book, Body Positive: A Guide to Loving Your Body, is the number one resource for young adult women who desire to redefine and understand true beauty. Emily believes that educating young people about body image, teaching resiliency, and normalizing real bodies is critical in combating negative thinking and improving self-esteem. Check out Real Happy Daughter:  http://www.instagram.com/realhappydaugher http://www.facebook.com/realhappydaugher http://www.happydaughter.com Click to buy the book: Body Positive: A Guide to Loving Your Body
31:03
February 12, 2022
9. What Exactly Is Gentle Nutrition? (Listener Question Episode)
9. What Exactly Is Gentle Nutrition? (Listener Question Episode)
In today's episode, I explain:  what gentle nutrition is when to practice gentle nutrition in your journey to becoming an intuitive eater 3 ways to incorporate gentle nutrition WANT YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE NEXT EPISODE?  CLICK HERE!  or DM me on Instagram the word "question" or Find the form on the link in my bio
14:49
January 29, 2022
8. Recovering through Pregnancy and Weight Lifting: Interview with Dana Matthews of Dana_Does_44
8. Recovering through Pregnancy and Weight Lifting: Interview with Dana Matthews of Dana_Does_44
Dana Matthews, a self-proclaimed "mediocre, middle-aged mom of 4 teenagers that fell in love with fitness and changed [her] poor body image" talks to me about going from binge-restrict cycles in high school, to becoming a runner, to finally finding her passion for weight lifting; how being pregnant changed the way she saw her body for the better; how she's stopping the generational pattern of poor body image in her family with her daughters; and why positive body image is important to her.    Instagram: dana_does_44  Facebook: Dana Richmond Mathews
28:29
January 15, 2022
7. How Can I Trust My Body Again? (Listener Question Episode)
7. How Can I Trust My Body Again? (Listener Question Episode)
WELCOME TO THE REBOOT OF THE PODCAST!  Today's listener question: HOW DO I TRUST MY BODY AGAIN?  In this episode we explore:  why we stop trusting our bodies 5 mindset shifts in order to start regaining that trust 3 actionable strategies to foster body trust Want your question answered on another episode of the podcast? CLICK HERE! OR Head to linktr.ee/freedomwithfoodandfitness and scroll all the way down for the listener question form.  Also use the link above to check out my Instagram, Facebook, online courses, quizzes, guided meditations, free resources and more!
24:21
January 01, 2022
5. Fitness Should Be Fun! with Jenna Coker-Jones
5. Fitness Should Be Fun! with Jenna Coker-Jones
Jenna Coker-Jones  The best words to describe Jenna are "Firecracker", "Electric", & "A Power Source."  Some have even called her their very own "Pre-Workout."  She is obsessed with elevating boss b*tche$ to a new level of energy, fierceness, & strength through decadent food, fun workouts,  & accountability.  Jenna demystifies the confusion and noise of the "Health and Wellness" world with her Health Concierge Service, 10 & 30 day programs, 1-on-1 Coaching & The Glowing Fox virtual fitness community.  She reinforces the value & power of each client's unique voice while creating an environment of FUN & WHIMSY along the way. Jenna is Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Certified Personal & Group Trainer through the American Council on Exercise & a member of the Association of Drugless Practitioners. LINKS: www.theglowingfox.com www.instagram.com/theglowingfoxlife
46:35
April 10, 2021
4. Talking About Serving Others and Inner Beauty with Christine Handy
4. Talking About Serving Others and Inner Beauty with Christine Handy
Today's guest is Christine Handy, a national and international model, a best -selling author of Walk Beside Me, a motivational Speaker, a FOX radio news breast cancer expert, and a nationally-recognized Humanitarian. She is also on the board of Ebeauty, a wig exchange program for women undergoing treatment who can not afford a wig and the president of the board of People of Purpose, a non-profit organization working for prison rehabilitation. To connect with or find out more information about Christine Handy: https://www.christinehandy.com https://www.instagram.com/christinehandy1/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw9QebOlzk2wcLfHFkz95XQ https://www.facebook.com/walkbesidemebychristinehandy/ https://www.buzzfeed.com/christinehandy https://twitter.com/willow_mia https://twitter.com/handychristine1 https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-handy-3056ba125/
24:27
March 06, 2021
3. Dr. Paola Lake and The Two Roots of Disordered Eating
3. Dr. Paola Lake and The Two Roots of Disordered Eating
Today, we hear from Dr. Paola Lake,  a registered psychologist who has dedicated her adult life to studying resilience and healing, with a focus on healing from trauma. Serving her communities for over 20 years working with first responders and the military, she is also well known for her empowering work with people in all walks of life as she helps individuals rise past adversity, uncovering their potential, and dissolving barriers that stand in their way to personal success. As part of that lifelong mission to help people realize their potential, Dr. Lake hosted a local community radio show, “The Dr. Lake Show,” interviewing interesting experts like Dr. Bruce Lipton, cell biologist, Dr. Anat Baniel, brain scientist, and Dr. Lee Pulos, clinical psychologist /international speaker. A fascinating host, she pivoted to the podcast world and now hosts “The Dr. Lake Show,” focussed on engaging in conversations for change about any area of life that affects our well-being, including emotional, physical, relationship, financial, and community aspects of life.  We talk about the two roots of disordered eating: culture and trauma. Listen in as we discuss how disordered eating can arise from these two streams and some coping mechanisms for finally dealing with those deep-seated issues. Links for more information on Dr. Lake (although she is not taking on any new clients at the time of this podcast taping) https://www.drlake.ca/ www.thedrlakeshow.ca
27:59
February 27, 2021
2. Greg Halpern of Formula4Protocol
2. Greg Halpern of Formula4Protocol
OUR FIRST PODCAST GUEST! Greg Halpern is the founder of Formula4Protocol. Greg is a personal health consultant/practitioner and an author and publisher of self improvement books. He’s survived 13 documented near-death experiences that led him to create Formula4Protocol which helps clients optimize their living, their health, their spirituality and their happiness. Find Formula4Protocol courses here 
28:52
February 20, 2021
1. "Be the person you wish you had when you were struggling."
1. "Be the person you wish you had when you were struggling."
Today's episode is based on a quote I heard entrepreneur and founder of #GetUpandGrow Tony Rodrigues (@tonyrodrigues2.0) say in a Clubhouse room the other day: BE THE PERSON YOU WISH YOU HAD WHEN YOU WERE STRUGGLING. SO talk to me. What are you struggling with? How can I help you? How can Teach Balance Wellness help you? I WANT TO BE THE PERSON YOU HAVE IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING. Drop me a line on Instagram, Facebook, LInkedIn or email me. I'd love to hear how I can better serve you. FIND TEACH BALANCE WELLNESS: Link Tree Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Sign up for weekly balance tips in your inbox Email me your questions, ideas, suggestions or if you'd like to be a guest on the show! Find me on Clubhouse!
04:03
February 13, 2021