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Love Your Bod Pod

By Cara Cifelli
Welcome to Love Your Bod Pod, a podcast all about intuitive eating, female empowerment, body acceptance and saying goodbye to diet culture. Cara Carin Cifelli is your host, she is a holistic health coach, author, speaker, online course creator, and avocado toast lover! Find her @caraskitchen on Instagram or

Disclaimer* This podcast is for educational and informational purposes only and does not substitute individual medical or mental health advice.
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#3 How We Hold Ourselves Back From Cultivating Body Wisdom

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#100 My Recovery Process (What it looked like and the phases) [TRIGGER WARNING]
TRIGGER WARNING: in this episode, I talk very candidly about eating disorder behaviors and use language that could be triggering to you if you are currently struggling. Listener discretion is advised!!  In this episode, I share about my 3 year-long recovery process, what it looked like, how messy things got when I was no longer using food and weight control as a primary coping mechanism, and ultimately what helped me heal. This is a very vulnerable share, and I've kept a lot of this to myself over the years, but am finally ready to own these parts of my story and share them with you.  I hope you get a lot out of it. 
October 7, 2020
#99 Weight Science & Stigma: Why It's So Hard to Lose Weight and Keep It Off with Dr. Janet Tomiyama, UCLA Researcher
In this episode, I interview prominent researcher, Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama, from UCLA. If you ever tried to diet or lose weight but have struggled to keep it off, this episode will explain why.  She specializes in weight stigma, weight science, dieting, stress, eating, and the so-called "obesity epidemic".  Topics we cover: Weight science: why it's so hard to lose weight and keep it off What contributes to weight gain How stigma explains the correlation between higher BMI and adverse health outcomes The impacts of stress and stress eating How to improve health without dieting What to do about weight stigma Find Janet: Find Cara: Website Instagram
September 16, 2020
#98 11 Ways to Feel Better in Your Body Without Losing Weight
In this episode, I share 11 practical tools, strategies, and items you can implement and put into practice right now to help you feel better in your body.  Share this episode with the people in your life who would also benefit from hearing these practical pieces of advice.  Find Cara Website Instagram Apply for 1:1 coaching
September 2, 2020
#97 Why I Am a Thin Ally to Fat Acceptance
"The best-known environmental contributor to the development of eating disorders is the sociocultural idealization of thinness"- NEDA. And you can not idealize thinness without the devaluation of fatness.  Girls as young as three start to express concerns over their weight and body image.  In this episode, I share the importance of fighting for fat acceptance and fat positivity and why I can not separate my advocacy for recovery from eating disorders, food freedom, and body liberation without also advocating to end weight stigma and discrimination.  Find Cara: Website Cookbook Instagram Learn about coaching 
August 19, 2020
#96 Self-Compassion & Connecting to Your Purpose to Find Freedom & Liberation with Food, Body & Self with Julie Parker
In this episode, I interview Julie Parker, a life coach and mental health clinician who specialized in eating disorders. Growing up, she struggled with her relationship to food and her body, and always found her self turning to food for comfort, and while food does provide comfort eventually she realized that it was not the solution to her problems. With this awareness, she started down the road to recovery, to dealing with her problems head-on, instead of avoiding them through food. Along the way, she utilized self-compassion, spirituality, and connecting to her purpose to find freedom and liberation.  Topics we cover: Using food for comfort and how to expand your emotional coping tool-kit The importance of self-compassion in recovery and life How to find your purpose and legacy How spirituality helps us remember we are more than a body Fearing our power as women  How Radical Honesty will change your life Find Julie: Facebook: Instagram: Website: Find Cara:
July 29, 2020
#95 Recovery is Not a Straight Line, It's a MF Scribble
In this solocast, I get real with you about the recovery process. What it's like, what you can expect, and loving reminders about the messy middle.  Recovery is a process of working through and being with whatever it is we try to "diet-away" or avoid through our disordered behaviors.  The freedom, happiness, peace, and confidence that you are seeking is in the work you are avoiding.  Find Cara: Apply for Coaching Instagram My cookbook: Vegan Buddha Bowls
July 15, 2020
#94 Disordered Eating & Fatphobia in Competitive Sports & The LGBTQ Community, and Finding Worth Outside of Yourself with Joey Cifelli
In this episode, I interview Joey Cifelli, my cousin. He is a competitive athlete, having competed for the USA National Team in diving and a member of the LGBTQ community. For years he struggled with his body image and relationship with food and sought control in those areas to control people's perception of him before he owned his sexuality and came out as gay.  We talk about his journey and he shares very candidly what it was like for him over the years finding worth in external validation, whether it was diving, "eating clean" or Instagram likes. Something that he says is very common in the gay community he is a part of.  If you struggle with orthorexia, diet-binge cycling, self-worth, identity, or fitting in, you will relate to his story! Topics we cover: Disordered eating, orthorexia & diet-binge cycle fatphobia & thin privilege  competitive sports and trying to be healthy or "fuel" your body correctly  self-love and acceptance vs external validation Insta-Gay Culture and the pressure to look a certain way  Find Joey: Find Cara
July 1, 2020
#93 Eating Disorder & Exercise Addiction Recovery, Questioning Your Thoughts and Forging Your Own Path with Emily Feikls
Today on the podcast I interview Emily Feikls! We talk about her struggles with anorexia, orthorexia, and exercise addiction. After losing her mom at age 10, she turned to her eating disorder to cope. It became her life-raft helping here navigate the uneasy waters of life. It also changed how she viewed herself, her health, her life, and ultimately the world leading her to trust her gut and forge her own path instead of continuing to people-please and do what others/society told her to do. She has a chronic illness and also shares how she managed both recovery while still taking care of her health.  Topics we cover: -Questioning your thoughts in recovery -People-pleasing vs listen to yourself & intuition - Orthorexia and "pursing health" -Healing your relationship with exercise -Eating Disorders as coping mechanisms -The process of recovery- slow and steady  Find Emily: @emilyfeikls @letsthrivepodcast podcast: Find Cara @caraskitchen
June 17, 2020
#92 Mid-Season Update | What You Can Expect Moving Forward
Hey friends! Today is a quick little mid-season update. I wanted to share what I am committed to moving forward with this podcast given everything that has been happening in our world and the new rhythm or schedule you can expect moving forward.  I am sending you all love :) Thank you for listening to the Love Your Bod Pod
June 11, 2020
#91 Physical vs Emotional Hunger & How to Nourish Both with Dr. Anita Johnston
In this episode, I interview Dr. Anita Johnston, author of one of my all-time favorite eating disorder recovery books, Eating in The Light of The Moon. We talk extensively about how our relationship with food can give us clues as to what we each need in order to heal. As an Eating Psychology Expert, she walks us through the difference between physical & emotional hunger and what we need to do to address all of our needs. Using metaphors and storytelling, Dr. Johnston brings a new perspective to the podcast. We also explore the Masculine & Feminine energies (not to be confused with gender) in our culture and why that is a huge contributing factor for the rampant nature of Diet Culture.  Take the Quiz: The Light of the Moon Cafe Free gift: Food & Metaphor Quiz Learn more about Anita: Anita Johnston, Ph.D., is a psychologist, storyteller, and author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, which has been published in six languages. She is the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Café, an interactive online women’s circle, book club or “workbook” for Eating in the Light of the Moon. Dr. Johnston has been working in the field of eating difficulties and body image distress for over 35 years and is currently the Clinical Director of ‘Ai Pono* Hawaii which has a residential treatment program in Maui and outpatient eating disorder programs in Honolulu. And she is the Executive Director of Eating Disorder Programs for the Integrative Life Center in Nashville. She provides virtual individual consultations and conducts workshops around the world. She is best known for integrating metaphor and storytelling into her training as a clinical psychologist to explain the complex issues that underlie struggles with eating, exercise, and body image. Find Cara @caraskitchen
May 27, 2020
#90 A Parents Guide to Intuitive Eating, Raising Kids Free From Diet Culture and Fatphobia in the Medical Field with Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Yami about fatphobia in the medical field and education system, the role nutrition and movement play in health and disease prevention as well as how to raise children as confident eaters connected to their intuition. As a mom of two and a pediatrician, she has incredible insight for parents who want their kids to maintain intuitive eating as the grow up. She shares the most common mistakes parents make that influence diet culture, disordered eating, and body shame in their kids, often without meaning to or realizing it. She also shares with us the foundational principles that you can start implementing right away in your own home to improve the overall health, well-being, and relationship to food & body for you and your kids. And as a Health At Every Size advocate she explains why so many doctors are fatphobic.  Learn more about Dr. Yami: Dr. Yami is a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, national board-certified health and wellness coach, author, podcast host and professional speaker. A passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles, especially the power of plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic disease, she founded where she provides information on plant-based diets for children. She also hosts the podcast Veggie Doctor Radio. She obtained a certificate in plant-based nutrition, is a certified Food for Life Instructor, and a Jack Canfield Success Principles Certified Trainer. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Yami owns Nourish Wellness, a pediatric micro-practice in Yakima, WA where she lives with her husband and two active sons.  Her book is entitled “A Parent’s Guide to Intuitive Eating: How to Raise Kids Who Love to Eat Healthy” Learn more at Find Cara: Instagram @caraskitchen
May 13, 2020
#89 Listening to the Whispers & Spiritual Practices as Tools in Recovery with Alissa Young @blissbyliss
In this episode, I interview Alissa Young, a women's empowerment coach. She struggled with an eating disorder and found a state of full recovery through spiritual practices, including Intuition, energy healing, reiki, Tarot, astrology, Human Design and more. We also talk about listening to the whispers of our soul, body and intuition before they turn into screams or we hit a rock bottom. If you are curious about how a spiritual practice could support you in recovery, this is for you! Find Alissa: Instagram: @blissbyliss website
May 6, 2020
#88 Why Do We All Want To Be Thin? The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia with Sabrina Strings, PhD
In this episode, I interview Sabrina Strings, PhD and author of the incredibly important book Fearing The Black Body, The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. Through her research, she seeks to answer the question of " Why do we all, but especially white women, so badly want to be thin?" If you have ever wondered why, this episode is for you. What she discovered and shares about in this episode will blow your mind. The pressure we put on women to look a certain way is centuries old with roots in racism and religion and has always been a form of social control and oppression.   Sabrina Strings is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and a recipient of the Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship, where she held appointments in the Department of Sociology and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Find Sabrina on Twitter, Instagram and buy her book
April 22, 2020
#87 It's Okay If You Ate All Your Snacks! Loving Reminders and Words of Encouragement During Quarantine
In this solocast, I share some loving inspiration for these times, I quote Brene Brown several times as well, because she is the QUEEN of powerful one-liners. If you are struggling with perfectionism, food, body image, shame, judgment, and your "inner mean girl" right now, this episode is for you! I share tips, strategies & loving advice. @caraskitchen
April 15, 2020
#86 Beauty Sick: Our Cultural Obsession with Thinness & Appearance with Dr. Renee Engeln
In today's episode, I interview author and professor, Dr. Renee Engeln. She wrote one of my favorite books for healing body image called Beauty Sick. Topic's we cover: What is Beauty Sickness, how shame is not motivating, the problems with girls and women's fashion, how our obsession with appearance hurts us and what we can do about, aging and so much more.  Dr. Renee Engeln is a psychology professor and director of the Body and Media Lab at Northwestern University. She is the author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and she is regularly interviewed by media outlets, including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, and the Huffington Post. Her TedX talk at the University of Connecticut has garnered over half a million views. An award-winning professor, Dr. Engeln has been voted to the “faculty honor roll” for eight consecutive years at Northwestern University. Instagram: beauty_sick
April 8, 2020
#85 How to Nurture Positive Body Image in Kids, Feminist Parenting and Gender Stereotypes with Catherine Bailey, JD of @ThinkorBlue
In this episode, I interview Catherine Bailey, a lawyer, women’s policy expert, and founder of Think or Blue, a community of parents, teachers, and family who believe that children thrive best in a world free from gender stereotypes. We talk about the impact gender norms and stereotypes have on children's body image and relationship with food. We go into the 5 Pillars of Feminist Parenting and you will walk away with practical, actionable tips and strategies you can use if you are a parent or have a child in your life, like a niece or nephew and you want to raise them to embrace their individuality. It is a fabulous episode that I know you will love! -------- Find Catherine: Website: Twitter and Instagram: @thinkorblue Facebook: Feminist Parents Unite (private group) Grab Catherine's Guide: "How to Nurture Healthy Body Image in Kids"  -------- Find Cara @Caraskitchen Register for Calming the Choas- A Free Food & Body Image Support Group HERE Register for our free Masterclass: How to Stand Out Online as a New Food & Body Image Coach HERE
March 25, 2020
#83 How the Process of Manifestation Can Help You Heal & Recover (Cara goes woo)
OK!! Today I am getting woo on you. Although, in the episode, I argue that the process of Manifestation and the Law of Attraction aren't actually all that woo-woo, but rather really practical and make a lot of sense in a variety of contexts.  I share with you how I have been using the process of manifestation in my coaching without realizing it or intentionally going through it while I help people heal their relationship with food and their body. I share some examples of how you can apply it to recovery as well as how it can be used negatively and lead to a disordered relationship with food.   I bust a common myth about these New Age philosophies and show you how you can apply them to your own life to create massive change.  Lastly, I share some examples from my career to inspire those of you that are high-achieving! My goal is for you to leave feeling excited and with practical steps you can take to manifest whatever you want- recovery and a normal relationship with food included!  Find me on IG: @caraskitchen Learn about Coaching HERE Learn about The Embodied Rebel Academy HERE Apply for The ERA HERE
March 11, 2020
#82 Negative Body Image, Sexual Objectification, and How Beauty is Used Against Women with Dr. Caroline Heldman
 In this episode, I interview Dr. Caroline Heldman. She is Executive Director of The Representation Project, a Professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and the Senior Research Advisor for the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media. Her research specializes in media, the presidency, and systems of power (race, gender, ability, and sexuality). Dr. Heldman has published five books. We talk about sexual objectification and how it is not actually powerful to be seen as a sex object highly desired by men AKA the male gaze. We explore why most Body Positive advertisements don't actually work or make a difference, and what do women do about the pressure to be thin and beautiful. Then we cover sexuality, being sexy and how to reclaim our sexuality after trauma, including eating disorders or sexual violence. Be prepared to have a lot to ponder and digest after this jammed packed episode.  Find Caroline: Instagram Buy her most recent book, Sex, Gender, and the 2016 Presidential Election Sign up for 6 Steps to Becoming a Powerful & Effective Food & Body Image Coach MASTERCLASS with Brandilyn and Cara @Caraskitchen
March 4, 2020
#81 Why I Want You To Get Angry!!!
In this solo cast, I talk about how anger is a transformative emotion. Much of the body positive movement would have you believe that self-love, acceptance, and confidence are the emotions you need to heal from food and body shame but I'd argue that you have to get angry first. In this episode, I share the things that made me angry and why that's a good thing for your healing journey. Anger is actionable. Shame is powerless.  I also reference and quote THIS article from Brandilyn Tebo  Sign up for our FREE Masterclass: 6 Steps to Becoming a Power Food & Body Image Coach The tools, mindset shifts, and strategies you need  to launch your business and make an impact @caraskitchen on IG
February 26, 2020
#80 How Normal Eaters THINK Differently from Disordered Eaters & Dieters and How To Eat Normally
In this episode, I share the 6 main differences in mindset between normal, intuitive eaters and dieters/disordered eaters. I've talked a lot about the Diet Mentality and how it is truly where the transformation lies when it comes to healing our relationship with food.  By distinguishing the differences in how you think, you will know the areas where you need the practice to find food freedom.  Find Cara: Instagram  Website Buy my cookbook: Vegan Buddha Bowls
February 19, 2020
#79 Obesity is NOT An Epidemic: How Fatness Came To Be Understood as a Public Health Crisis with Abigail Saguy, PhD., UCLA Professor
Get ready to have your mind blown with this episode!  I interview renowned author and sociologist, Abigal Saguy, PhD. and professor at UCLA. She wrote the book "What's Wrong with Fat?" a book that explains how we came to view fatness as a public health crisis and explores the implications of this view. Through her research she found that public discussions of the "obesity crisis" do more harm than good, leading to bullying, weight-based discrimination, and misdiagnoses. In this episode, she explains the cultural, political & capitalistic reasons why fatness is now seen as pathological when it used to be seen as a sign of good health. If you have ever wondered how our society became so obsessed with weight- this episode is for you!   Learn more about Abigail HERE Find her book WWhat's Wrong with Fat?hat's Wrong With Fat and Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You AreCome Out, Come Out, Who Ever You Are Find Cara  Instagram Website 
February 12, 2020
#78 The Wound is Where the Light Enters. Why I am Grateful for My Eating Disorder
In this episode, I share what I learned from my decade-long battle with an eating disorder.  I have come to believe that it happened FOR me not TO me, so I could be the person I am today. If you are in the middle of a struggle with food I know how difficult it is to think that any good could come out of it when it is causing so much pain. But hopefully, this episode will plant a seed of possibility for what's available on the other side of healing.  I also touch on how I turned my darkest dark into my brightest light. I now use this experience to help be of service to the world through my business. If you are an aspiring coach and want to learn how to build and impact-driven business lets talk! Shoot me a DM on IG. Find me: Instagram Website Apply for coaching
February 5, 2020
#77 You Are Not the Voice in Your Head, Physical vs. Mental Recovery with Sarah Herman @starving_to_strong
In this episode, I interview Sarah Herman, known as @starving_to_strong on IG.  We cover topics that include: Relapsing The pressure to lose weight for your wedding Why separating yourself from the ED voice or the Diet Mentality is helpful & necessary  The illusion of control  Why connecting to your values helps you stay on the food freedom & recovery path  The importance of community Chronic Illness and body image healing  How cooking and making food can be fun, creative and way to challenge yourself with fear foods Find Sarah: @Starving_to_strong  Interested in learning about coaching? Apply for a complimentary discovery call HERE To pre-order my cookbook VEGAN BUDDHA BOWLS Amazon Barnes & Noble Indiebound  Books-a-Million Book Depository
January 22, 2020
#76 How "taking care of your health" can turn into an eating disorder, feeling your feelings and dieting to find control with Caitlin Greene @starinfinitefoods
In this episode, I interview Caitlin Greene from @Starinfinitefood She candidly shares the story of her life, how she developed an eating disorder and eventually found healing. Like many, she is a high-achieving woman, self-described as a Type-A, and always looking for what's next. While these are qualities that can help you get ahead in life they can also lead you down a disordered path with food and exercise.  Caitlin's story is one of inspiration and triumph, one that you will walk away from with hope.  Topics we cover: When pursuing health and fitness goals become extreme  Using dieting to find control when your life feels out of control Avoiding feels and using food to cope  The importance of asking for help  How a passion for cooking can help you recover Find Caitlin on Instagram @ Starinfinitefood To pre-order my cookbook VEGAN BUDDHA BOWLS Amazon Barnes & Noble Indiebound  Books-a-Million Book Depository Ready to heal your relationship with food and your body? Apply here for a complimentary discovery call to learn about coaching opportunities
January 15, 2020
#75 How to Set Goals & Intentions from a Food Freedom & Body Wisdom Perspective. An Anti-Diet Road Map
It's 2020! A new year and a new decade!  In this episode, I share how to approach food, health, fitness & well-being goals & intentions from a food freedom and body wisdom perspective.  If weight loss is not the main marker of success or the main goal, what is my focus? How do I set out to take care of my health without the diet mentality or restriction?  This episodes answers these questions.  To pre-order my cookbook VEGAN BUDDHA BOWLS Amazon Barnes & Noble Indiebound  Books-a-Million Book Depository Body Image Healing Course: To enroll in Emobided Rebel Master Class, a comprehensive, self-paced online education for those who are serious about ending the epidemic of body shame and hate within themselves and others. Learn more HERE  Find Cara HERE IG: @caraskitchen
January 8, 2020
#74 Ayahuasca and Spirituality in Recovery from Eating Disorders, Trauma, Drug & Alcohol Addiction and Autoimmune Diseases with Jane Mayer @janeislistening
In this episode, I interview one of my mentors and spiritual teachers, Jane Mayer. She struggled with an eating disorder, drug and alcohol addiction, and autoimmune disease.  Her recovery process included several healing modalities but we focus on her work with plant medicine like ayahuasca and her connection to Spirit (or The Universe/God etc.). She opens up about her childhood trauma, and how her body has become her greatest teacher through it all.  This is a fascinating interview and I hope you love it as much as I do! In the episode, Jane references a study on Ancestral Trauma in mice. She let me know after the interview that she misspoke and wanted to make the correction. She said the mice experienced the trauma for seven generations, the study confirms 2 years. Fascinating no less! Here is a link to read for yourself  ------------ To learn more about Jane:  Retreat to Scotland in May 2020 ( LIGHT, Sound Medicine Album: ------------ To pre-order my cookbook VEGAN BUDDHA BOWLS Amazon Barnes & Noble Indiebound  Books-a-Million Book Depository
January 1, 2020
#73 Intersectional Feminism & Diet Culture, Overcoming Fear of Weight Gain and Making Protest Art in Recovery with Therese @Healingcrayons
In this episode, we interview Therese Roeser, who is the talented artist behind @healingcrayons on Instagram.  She makes incredible art as a way to protest against Diet Culture and its toxic programming.  Topics we cover include: Intersectional feminism and how it relates to Diet Culture and Fatphobia Relapsing in our eating disorders Having a child with disabilities and how that really influenced her feminism Body image, internalized-fatphobia and getting over the fear of weight gain If you love this podcast or love this episode, please share it with a friend, on IG or leave a ratings and review on iTunes!  Ready to rebel against diet cultures toxic programming and heal your body image and be the change you wish to see in the world? Then enroll in Emobided Rebel Master Class, a comprehensive, self-paced online education for those who are serious about ending the episdemic of body shame and hate within themselves and others. Learn more HERE  Find Cara HERE
December 25, 2019
#72 *THIS* is The Missing Link in Your Body Image Healing- a Chat With Brandilyn Tebo & Info on Embodied Rebel, Our New Body Image Course
In this episode, I chat again with the incredible Brandilyn Tebo, a transformational life coach.  Todays topic: Body Image, Body Shame, Body Hatred and how to heal.  We share with you what is the missing link for most women when they are trying to heal their body image. The reason why so many women still struggle with body image even after trying to feel better about themselves is that what we are told will help us doesn't actually help. We explain why the most recommended strategies fail us in the long run and then share with you what actually makes the difference in real-long term freedom and confidence in your skin.  We invite you to take this education further and deeper by joining us inside our brand new self-paced course, Embodied Rebel.  You can learn about the course here to see if it's a great fit for you! Ready to enroll in Embodied Rebel? Click here to go to the check-out page We are offering an early bird price, with 50%, for two days only. Take advantage of this incredible offer and give yourself and others the gift of body acceptance. 
December 18, 2019
#71 How to be an Intuitive Eater with Food Sensitivities
In this episode, I answer a common question around intuitive eating and food sensitives:  "How can I be an intuitive eater if I have a legitimate health reason that means I need to "restrict" a food?"   I hope it's helpful! Learn about coaching HERE Find me on Istagram: HERE Pre-order my cookbook, Vegan Buddha Bowls: Amazon Barnes & Noble Indiebound  Books-a-Million Book Depository
December 17, 2019
#70 Recovery is Hard. How to Keep Moving Forward with Annie & Ellen Kuni of
In this episode, I interview Annie and Ellen Kuni of Gemmed, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that helps teens and young adults recover from eating disorders.  The ladies share candidly about their eating disorders and provide valuable insights into the tools and strategies that made a difference for them on their journeys to food freedom. You learn about why taking a Mind, Body, Spirit approach to healing is the most effective and inclusive approach to recovery.  ALSO: we announce our upcoming Los Angeles based workshop series Embodied:   Transition from Body Conscious to Body Confident. A five-part workshop series to restore body acceptance, make peace with food and connect with a supportive community To learn more about the workshop series, dates, and to buy tickets click HERE Learn more about Annie, Ellen and click HERE
December 11, 2019
#69 How to Make Food No Big Deal - Part 2
In this episode, I give you 5 more practical strategies to help you make food no big deal. They will be super helpful this holiday season, however, they are useful and applicable year-round! My goal is to help make eating easy. If you have not listened to Part 1, go listen to that first! Make sure to leave a podcast review on Itunes, share it on Instagram stories or in a DM, and tag me @caraskitchen to be entered to win my weekly giveaway taking place through the end of the year! Pre-order Vegan Buddha Bowls, take a picture of the receipt, send it to me and you will receive an eBook with 10 unpublished recipes! Amazon: Barnes & Noble: Indiebound: Books-a-Million: Book Depository:
December 4, 2019
#68 How to Make Food No Big Deal - Part 1
In this episode, I give you 5 practical strategies to help you make food no big deal. They will be super helpful this holiday season, however, they are useful and applicable year-round! My goal is to help make eating easy.  Make sure to leave a podcast review on Itunes, share it on Instagram stories or in a DM, and tag me @caraskitchen to be entered to win my weekly giveaway taking place through the end of the year!  Pre-order Vegan Buddha Bowls, take a picture of the receipt, send it to me and you will receive an eBook with 10 unpublished recipes! Amazon: Barnes & Noble: Indiebound: Books-a-Million: Book Depository:
November 27, 2019
#67 How to Overcome the Fear of Letting Go of Control
In this episode, I address a common question I receive about overcoming our fear of letting go of control, particularly around food, but in any area in life. You will walk away with questions to ask yourself to help you overcome your fears as well as practical tips and advice to move through the fear of change.  Find Cara Website Instagram
November 20, 2019
#66 How to Respond to Comments from Others About Your Food, Weight and Appearance
In this solocast, I am answering two questions I recently received that are asking how to respond to comments from other people that are triggering and hurtful. First, I pull back the lens and zoom out to support you in seeing the larger picture at play, which I truly believe is helpful in navigating the feelings they bring up in us so we can do the inner work and be less triggered and hurt moving forward. Then, I give you some practical tips for responding to comments that you can start utilizing right away.  Find Cara Website Instagram Get on the Waitlist for Food Body Soul
November 13, 2019
#65 Unleash Your Inner Change Maker: 5 Steps to Heal Your Relationship with Food & Step Into Your Power MASTERCLASS
Last month, Tristan from Honest to Goodness Health and I hosted a LIVE masterclass all about how to overcome food and body struggles. If you have ever felt like your relationship with food and body image is holding you back..., If fear of food and weight gain is running the show and you are OVER IT, Then this episode is for you.  The feedback from the masterclass was incredible, and although it wasn't our original intention, we decided that we wanted to give others a chance to listen to this magic as well so we are sharing it on the podcast.  It is full of insight and gems.  Do you want a copy of the 5 steps sent to your email? Shoot me a DM on IG @caraskitchen and ill send it your way! Find Cara  Instagram website Find Tristan Instagram
November 6, 2019
#64 Is Dieting a Distraction?
In this episode, I talk about how dieting is a defense mechanism and coping mechanism we've been trained into since birth. My goal is to help you recognize this pattern and support you in taking steps to free yourself from it. It's super important episode!  Find Cara: Instagram Website Apply for coaching
October 31, 2019
#63 At Peace with Food | A Mindful Eating Guided Meditation & Visualization
REPOSTING THIS due to multiple requests after I took it down!  Guided meditations and visualizations are powerful tools you can utilize to support you in reprogramming your subconscious mind and having a shift in mindset.  Find Cara on Instagram @caraskitchen
October 23, 2019
#62 Body Image from Puberty to Postpartum and Intuitive Eating with Food Sensitivities with Simi Botic
Today on the pod, I interview Simi Botic, a fellow Holistic Health Coach! We have an open, vulnerable and raw conversation about Body Image and the impact our society's narrative about bodies has on us. Simi shares insight into her healing journey with food and body and how she maintains a positive body image through various seasons of life. She also is Celiac and she shares how she is able to be an intuitive eater while having a food she has to restrict for health reasons. It's a value-packed episode that I think you will love!  Find Simi: IG - @simibotic FB community - Find Cara Instagram website
October 16, 2019
#61 *THIS* is what really happens when you accept your body with Tristan Thibodeau, MSN from
In this episode, I interview Tristan Thibodeau, MSN, INHC, who is a powerful female empowerment and health coach. Growing up she was a bubbly child with a big personality and over the years started to dim her light and limit her self-expression in an effort to people-please. This lead to perfectionism and the need to achieve, not only in school and in her career but with food and her body. She has always known that she had a biggness inside of her and this feeling that she was here to do important work in the world but she was being held back by her eating disorder. With this realization, she took healing seriously and has unleashed her inner wild woman and has stepped into her power, freedom, and full-self-expression! AND IT'S AWESOME!  Now it is her mission to help other women do the same.  If you know your relationship with food and your body is holding you back in life, then be sure to join us for our free masterclass: Unleash Your Inner Change-Maker 5 Steps to Heal Your Relationship with Food and Step into Your Purpose Find Tristan Instagram 
October 9, 2019
#60 It's Not About the Food? Eating Disorder Recovery with Emma Ecklin
In this episode, I interview Emma Ecklin, a college Junior, who is coming out of recovery. Her story will deeply resonate with those of you going through your struggles right now. She shares with us what it was like to develop an eating disorder, what it took for her to realize she actually had a problem and needed help, to the recovery process itself.   And she opens up about what her struggle with food was actually about, *hint hint* it wasn't actually the food.  There are so many nuggets of wisdom woven throughout the episode. You will walk away with so much value and insight.  Find Emma: or  Instagram @emmaecklin  Apply for coaching HERE
October 2, 2019
#59 First, I'll Lose the Weight
In this episode, I talk about feeling like you have to lose weight first before you can have what you want. I address the belief that weight loss is standing between you and the life you want.  So many of us put our lives on hold. We're waiting to lose weight before we start dating, before we feel confident, before we love ourselves, before we feel like we are worthy and enough, before we start the business, or wear a bathing suit, or go on vacation, or chase our dreams. This episode is your permission slip to stop waiting!  Find Cara Instagram Website
September 25, 2019
#58 How Creating a Life Outside of Food Helps You Find Food Freedom with Jenn Lyons @jennhlyons
In this episode, I share a bit of a solocast, sharing with you a story about an evolution that is happening behind the scenes and open up about manifestation and how it has been a part of my life without fully realizing it. I share with you how it can be a tool to help you heal your relationship with food, which leads us perfectly into an interview with Jenn Lyons. She shares with us her story of struggling with food and what helped her. It the answer may surprise you. She focused on creating a life outside of food and ultimate that lead her down the path to food freedom. Jenn shares a powerful tool to help you do this for yourself.  It's a juicy episode!  Jenns Podcast Redefining Wellness #10 with me as the guest Find Jenn: Instagram Podcast Apply for Food Body Soul 
September 18, 2019
#57 How Diet Culture Sets You Up to Feel Like a Failure (and Why You're Not One)
In this episode I talk about the collective feeling of failure we experience when we try to lose weight by following food rules and going on diets.  I explain to you why you are not a failure and how diet culture is designed to make you feel like its your fault when you don't get the results that they promise.  If you have felt like you just can't seem to get it "right" with food and you always blame yourself with you "slip up" this episode is for you.  Interested in 1:1 coaching or Food Body Soul Apply HERE
September 11, 2019
#56 Healing from Perfectionism, Sexual Abuse and Disordered Eating with Samantha Leonard
In today's episode, we interview Sam Leonard, a published author who just released her first book titled Groomed: Shining a Light on the Unheard Narrative of Childhood Sexual Assault. Like many, Sam was sexually assaulted as a child and went on to develop a disordered relationship with food as well as perfectionism and a need to be highly achieved in all areas of life. She shares her experience of dealing with and healing from the trauma, the impact it can have on your life as well as the power of community as a survivor.   You will walk away with insights into how to heal, process and ultimate transform darkness into light.  Samantha is also a past client of mine. You can read her testimonial HERE Find Samantha: Email: Social Media: Buy the book: Groomed Apply for Food Body Soul or Coaching with Cara
September 4, 2019
#55 The Difference between Emotional Eating, Binge Eating and Food Freedom + Happy Bday to #LYBP
In this solocast, I explain some key differences between emotional eating and binge eating. Sometimes we confuse them but when we are able to distinguish what we are dealing with and why, we are more equipped to address are needs and heal.  I share a personal story to illustrate how you can deal with both and how emotional eating can turn into binge eating and what to do to free yourself from both.  Then I explain what Food Freedom is like so you can know whats possible for you and your relationship with food.  Apply for Food Body Soul HERE Website Instagram Happy 1st B-day to the LYBP! Today we are celebrating 1 year of episodes. Thank you so much to everyone who has been listening and tuning in. Without you it wouldn't be the same. If you have been loving the podcast, and want to celebrate, will you please leave a ratings and review on iTunes or screen the podcast and share it in your IG stories!
August 28, 2019
#54 Exercise Myths, Intuitive Movement, and The Importance of Rest & Recovery with Tilita Lutterloh @IamTilita
In this episode we interview High Performance Fitness Coach, Tilita Litterloh. She is a professional athlete training for the Olympics- SO inspiring right? Today we talk about taking a values based approached to exercise and fitness, and why just making it about weight loss makes most of give up and not feel great. Tilita also drops some major knowledge on us about the importance of rest and recovery in reaching our fitness goals!  Find Tilita  online one-on-one coaching program  Facebook Website Instagram Apply for a complimentary Discovery with Cara to learn about coaching or Food Body Soul HERE
August 7, 2019
#53 [Q&A SERIES] How to Talk To Others About Diet Culture
Keeping on with this Q&A Series, today I am answering questions relating to how to talk to the people in your life about diet culture and body negativity. I talked about why this is such a problem but also an opening for positive change! If you have ever wondered how or what to say when someone starts talking about their diet, this podcast will give you 3 practical tips and share insights on how to directly apply them in your life.  Q & A: How to talk to others about Diet Culture: What do I do when someone else complains about their body size? How do you cut off/speak up to body negative people when its your mom or family? How do your family and friends feel about your work? Do they get it or do they think you’re crazy? Apply for Food Body Soul
August 6, 2019
#52 [Q&A SERIES] All Things Recovery
Continuing on with this Q& A series, today I am answering the following questions related to recovery:  How do I Deal with shock after allowing myself to eat whatever whenever and enjoying it? How do you get past subliminal calorie tracking? Do you think (mentally) healthy exercise is possible during recovery? How long did it take for you to feel recovered? Apply for Food Body Soul
August 2, 2019
#51 Fatphobia in Eating Disorder Treatment, Fat Activism & Body Acceptance with Dani @IamDaniAdriana
In this episode we interview Danielle Galvin, a Fat Activist, known as @Iamdaniadriana on IG. We talk about her experience being a larger bodied person having an eating disorder, how that affected her recovery and talk about how the system for treatment is broken in so many ways.  Topics: Fatphobia in our medical system and health care The problem with the "War on Obesity" Healthism and moral fortitude through the pursuit of health The power of community and so much more.  To enter the GIVEAWAY for The Body Reconnect Tour: Screen shot this episode, share it to your IG stories and tag the following: @Iamdaniadriana @Bodyimage_therapist @caraskitchen #bodyreconnecttourgiveaway Links: Body Reconnect Tour About: Buy Tickets to the Body Reconnect Tour: Patreon:  Apply for Food Body Soul
July 24, 2019
#50 How to Open Up About Your Struggles with Food
In this episode I share with you some insights and helpful tips to support you in open up about your struggles with food to a trusted person in your life as well as a professional. You do not have to go through this process alone and opening up will help you in the healing process. For most of us keeping things bottled up doesn't help, speaking up and talking about them does.  Find Cara: @caraskitchen If you are interested in applying for Food Body Soul:
July 17, 2019
#49 Choosing Food From a Place of Love vs. Fear and The Importance of Inner Work with Tara Kemp
In this episode, we interview the lovely Tara Kemp. We dive deep into her healing around food, how a plant-based helped her change her mindset from fear to love and why she has found that the inner work is the access to real lasting transformation and healing.  Find Tara:  Learn and apply for Food Body Soul
July 10, 2019
#48 All the Info on Food Body Soul
In this episode I talk about what makes Food Body Soul unique and how the program can truly help you transform your relationship with food, your body and ultimately your life. Eating peacefully, normally and having food truly be no big deal is totally possible. Let's do this girl!  If you are interested in applying go to
July 3, 2019
#47 Will Weight Loss Make Me Happier, Comparison and "Letting Yourself Go". Q&A with Carrie Dayton
In this episode, we welcome back Carrie Dayton to the show. She is a body acceptance & body confidence queen on YouTube helping women heal their body image through the sharing of her personal journey and her positive and uplifting message.  As a self-described #MidSize girl, she shares videos on how to find clothes that fit your body when you sometimes fall between straight-sizes and plus-sizes.   Today we tackle some questions that she received through Instagram including:   1. What to do if you're fluctuating in weight and scared if people from your past think of you as “fat” 2. How did you let go of diet culture? It's so hard when it's everywhere. 3. How do you let go of the fact that skinny does not equate beauty and superiority? 4. Is it bad to want to change? I am happy in my body but I think I could be happier [if I were thinner]. 5. What do you do if you cant stop comparing yourself to people who have "better" bodies than you? 6. How do you deal with comparing yourself with other girls?  In this episode we mention:  Check out our YouTube Video Sierra Schultzzie :  Find Carrie on YouTube @daytoncarrie To learn about Food Body Soul: DM on IG @caraskitchen 
June 26, 2019
#46 The Pursuit of Health is Not the Same as the Pursuit of Weight Loss with @KristaMurias
In today's episode, we have an awesome guest name Krista Murias, a Certified Health Coach and Intuitive Eating Counselor.  We talk about her journey from being a fitness and weight loss coach to transition into the Anti-Diet world and adopting a Health at Every Size approach to health and nutrition.  Topics we cover: Top myths perpetuated by Diet Culture Body image and body acceptance Weight Gain  The pursuit of health vs the pursuit of weight loss and how they are different How "Everything in Moderation" is inherently restrictive.  Find Krista:  @kristamurias Interested in Food Body Soul? Transition from food obsession to food freedom A 12-week virtual program (+3-day in person retreat) to help stop the crazy round food, learn to trust and stop hating their body and start living lives that they truly love APPLY HERE
June 19, 2019
#44 Our Deepest Fear and Rising Up
In the Solocast, I talk about a common fear that comes up when we set out to change our lives by rising above diet culture and everything that it entails. This episode will inspire you and help you move past that fear!  If you are loving this podcast and find value in the episodes, please share it in your IG stories, with the people in your life or leave a ratings & review on iTunes (if you listen there)! It helps the podcast reach more people and keep going and I would be SO grateful.  If you are interested in coaching or applying for Food Body Soul, you can do so HERE
June 12, 2019
#43 Conditional Permission is Still Restriction: How To Overcome A Common Roadblock in Intuitive Eating
In this solocast, I explore a really common roadblock with letting go of restriction and embodying Unconditional Permission to Eat, and that's giving yourself "Conditional Permission" . I share with you how I was giving myself "conditional permission" to take a break from creating content on Instagram so I wasn't really getting the full benefit of taking a break and how I see others giving themselves "conditional permission" to foods so they are not really giving up restricting, and thus still struggling with binge eating, food obsession and disordered eating.  I share with you how to see if you are giving yourself "conditional permission" and leave you with some questions to ask yourself so that you can tune in and see where you are getting stuck for yourself.  ALSO: Enrollment for Food Body Soul is still open.  It's my new group coaching program to help women transition from food obsession to food freedom. It's a 12-week program (+ a 3 day retreat) to help women stop the crazy around food, learn to trust their body and start living lives they truly love.  Go to    @caraskitchen 
June 5, 2019
#42 "Don't Call Me Pretty", Female Beauty and Social Media in 2019 with Aly Nagel @dontcallmepretty_
In this episode I interview Aly Nagel, founder of the women's movement "Don't Call Me Pretty". Her mission is to help woman disconnect their worth from their weight, which is what society traditionally teaches us. We talk about the role of female beauty and the impact social media can have on our self-esteem. She is also a social media marketing strategist that helps female entrepreneurs grow their businesses online.  Find Aly  @aly_nagel @dontcallmepretty_ Website  Find Cara @caraskitchen If you want to apply for a complimentary discovery to learn about coaching you can do so here:
May 22, 2019
#41 Sexual Abuse and Body Image, Diet Culture and Raising Intuitive Eaters with Ashley Rose @aroseylife
In this interview, I talk with my dear friend and powerhouse of a coach, Ashley Rose, @aroseylife   TRIGGER WARNING, for this episode, we talk candidly about childhood sexual abuse and how it effected her relationship with her body, including her body image.  She suffered with cystic acne which has greatly impacted her self esteem and she shares what has helped her heal from the insecurity it created. We dive into some the the healing work we've done and how it has helped us care about what is on the inside, instead of what we look like on the outside.  The amazing episode wraps up talking about Diet Culture, including how she is navigating the world with a 10 year old daughter and 13 year old son, and working on raising intuitive eaters.  Find Ashley on instagram @aroseylife   
May 20, 2019
#40 Find Your "WHY" Because it Will Be Your North Star on the Path to Food Freedom and Healing
In this solocast, I dive in why it's so important for us to find an emotionally moving reason WHY we want to recover and heal our relationship with food. Knowing you want freedom from food is not enough, we have to also know "WHY" we want it. Otherwise we will get stopped at the "How" because the "How" is where all our fears live.  The "How" requires us to get out of our comfort zone and take new action. This episode will support you in finding your why and at the end I give you a "homework" assignment to support you.  I also share about my upcoming 3-month group coaching program called Food, Body, Soul! It's a safe container for woman who are ready to truly transform their relationship with food, their body and their LIFE.  DM me @Caraskitchen on IG or go to to apply for a complimentary discovery call to learn about the program and see if you are a great fit. 
May 15, 2019
#38 My 10-Year Battle with My Eating Disorder (Trigger Warning)
In this solocast, I share very candidly about my eating disorder. Trigger warning for anyone currently going through one. Please use your best judgement when deciding to listen.  I talk about my behaviors in specifics.  After a conversation with a friend this past weekend in NYC, she encouraged me to share this side, the ugly dark side. The rawness of my struggle. And I do not get through it without crying a few times, so brace yourself, shit is about to get real.  This is the cliffs notes version as I am recalling 10 years in 30 minutes but I hope that you can see yourself in my story. If you can, then my story will give you hope about what's possible for you and your healing! At the end, I introduce my new group coaching program, Food Body Soul, a 3-month-container for women who are ready to heal their relationship with food, connect to the woven in wisdom of their body and start living from a soul aligned place!  It's going to be F*cking EPIC!  DM on IG if interested @caraskitchen or email me at
May 2, 2019
#37 How Diet Culture is a Public Health Issue and How We Create Change with Shelbey Hagen
In this episode, I interview Shelbey Hagen on a Public Health approach to eating disorders, disordered eating, fatphobia and Diet Culture. We discuss  how  Diet Culture impacts the health of people negatively on a micro and macro level. We discuss how we can use a Socio-Ecological Model to create  change.  Find Shelbey: Instagram Find Cara Instagram Website
April 30, 2019
#36 Using Food to Cope with Trauma and How "Wellness Diets" Teach us to Restrict with Bree Shook from @Simplehealthyeats
 In this episode, I interview the lovely Bree Shook from @Simplehealthyeats. We talk about how she used food to cope with loneliness as a young girl and what it was like growing up always thinking her body wasn't how it should be. Like many of us she took to food, exercise and pursing health to change that, but it eventually brought way more negativity into her life.  We explore her "wake up call" that finally had her decide to work on her relationship with food and what it was like finally sharing her struggle with another person.  The topics include: Binge Eating and using food as a coping mechanism Health and Wellness diets and how they teach us to restrict The power of Instagram and coaching How the real answers to healing are within you And so much more! References for this episode: Sam Leonard and her book is Groomed: It Was Not your Fault. A Survivors Voice on Childhood Sexual Assault Learn more about Bree Instagram Website Find Cara  Instagram Apply for 1:1 Coaching
April 17, 2019
#35 How to Listen to Your Body and Honor Your Hunger and Fullness
In this solocast, I dive into what it means to listen to your body. I break it down into a simple to understand way, so you can see how you are already listening to your body in some ways which will give you clues how to tune-in in other areas.  You will walk away with practical tips to help you connect to your hunger and fullness signals.  Find Cara Instagram Website Coaching
April 10, 2019
#34 Part 1: How Salt, Oil & Processed Foods can be Nourishing, and Colonialism and Racism in Diet Culture with Em von Euw @thisrawsomeveganlife
In this episode, I interview Em von Euw, from the award winning blog This Rawsome Vegan Life! And it is a gem of an episode.  We dive into their journey through disordered eating, from being obsessed with the purity and quality of every bite of food, to later discovering that grilled cheese can be a health food.  Listen to discover why and how- it just might blow your mind. On their path to recovery, they uncovered the deep roots that Diet Culture has in colonialism, capitalism, "white-ness" and racism, and how this understanding was able to bring peace and compassion into their life.  Buckle up, this is an episode with complex & confronting topics, not for the faint at heart! Come with an open mind and explore some new perspectives with us. We talk about Diet Culture in a way that is less obvious yet crucial to fully understanding the wide spread implications it has on society and the role politics play.  Em's Resource Guide for this Episode: HERE  Find Em: @thisrawsomeveganlife BLOG Find Cara @caraskitchen Website
April 3, 2019
#33 This is Diet Culture
In this Solocast, I explain what Diet Culture is and how even if we don't think we are dieting, we are still participating in the culture of dieting.  It's so pervasive and woven into the fabric of Western Culture that its hard to see it as a separate entity that we can opt out of.  By listening to this podcast you will be able to see Diet Culture for what it is and discover how it is effecting your life in overt and covert ways. Hopefully by the end you will feel empowered and choose to leave it behind.  References for this episode: David Foster Wallace Christy Harrison Harriet Brown Naomi Wolf Evelyn Tribole Learn more about coaching with Cara HERE
March 27, 2019
#32 Fat Positive Fertility, PCOS, Motherhood, and Body Confidence with Nicola Salmon @fatpositivefertility
Today on the pod, we interview Nicole Salmon, a Fat Positive & Feminist Fertility Coach about the myths and fears that are perpetuated in the world about fat women and getting pregnant. As some who is both fat and has PCOS, Nicola thought the odds of getting pregnant were small, and yet she has two beautiful children.   We talk about some actionable steps you can take if you are struggling with fertility and your doctor has told you to diet and lose weight. We dive into the common myths and why they are there. Nicole shares with us how she became more confident and comfortable in her body and what it's been like trying to raise her kids as intuitive eaters in Diet Culture. Find Nicole: Fat Girls Guide to Getting Pregnant Website Instagram Learn more and apply for my online program Break Free from Binge Eating HERE
March 20, 2019
#30 How Whole 30 Can Cause Disordered Eating with Dana Monsees, CNS, MS @Realfoodwithdana
In this episode, we interview Dana Monsees, CNS, MS from @RealfoodwithDana.  Dana used to be a Whole 30 Coach who recently made a massive pivot and shift in her business after realizing that Whole 30 was not delivering "Food Freedom" to most of her clients. Rather it was doing the opposite, it was either making their relationship with food worse, or had contributed to the beginning of a struggle with binge eating.  She had gone through her own struggles with an eating disorder and knew in her heart she had to make the switch in her business. We also talk about: Clinical Nutrition and the argument for the nutritional middle ground Real food for healing Fatphobia  And so much more! I think you are going to love it.  Find Dana Instagram Website Podcast Find Cara Instagram Website Join the #LYBP Facebook Community
March 6, 2019
#29 Beauty, Sexuality, Perfectionism and Body Hair with Ingrid Nilsen
In this episode, I interview Ingrid Nilsen and cover a wide range of topics including her journey with YouTube, her relationship with makeup and acne, to exploring her sexuality and coming out online.  We talk about the small but growing trend in media and advertising away from Photoshop and using only one body type, and the excitement and importance of this shift.  An area she has recently become very interested in is body hair and I loved exploring this topic with her. I find it mind-boggling that we (myself included) have been trained to find this naturally occurring part of our humanity as gross and unfeminine.  Other topics we cover: Female Periods Perfectionism Curiosity and Judgement I think you will love it! Find Ingrid:  Instagram YouTube Find Cara: Instagram Website
February 27, 2019
#28 SUNDAY SESSIONS: Lines of Experience & Wisdom A.K.A Wrinkles
In this solocast, I introduce a new series called Sunday Sessions where I share with you recent downloads I have received from my intuition and highest self.  Sometimes they are in the form of a poem or a short message, but they truly feel like a transmission from something much bigger than my earthly self.  This first one is about wrinkles, or what I refer to as lines of experience and wisdom.  I hope you love this new series! xo FREE Food and Body Confidence Guide Learn about 1:1 Coaching with Cara Instagram: @Caraskitchen
February 24, 2019
#27 Weight-Loss is Not a Panacea
In this solo episode, I explore this ever-present message around weight-loss being the solution to so many aliments in life.  Everything from physical health to mental and emotional health. And I challenge the idea and argue that weight loss is not a panacea.  My goal is to bring awareness to how many of us think that weight loss is the solution and as a result, many of us miss opportunities for real change, real health and real empowerment.  Join the #LYBP facebook community FREE Food and Body Confidence Guide Learn more about coaching with Cara Instagram: @Caraskitchen
February 20, 2019
#26 Healthism, Fatphobia and The Problem with The BMI with Kristina Bruce
In this episode, I interview Kristina Bruce who is a Body Acceptance Coach, Health at Every Size Advocate and passionate voice in the anti-diet culture space. We discuss a wide variety of topics including: How your body image effects your life Why health is not a moral issue and what "health-ism" is Body positivity and Intentional weight loss Institutionalized fat-phobia, the problem with the words "overweight and obese" and why the BMI is BS How to be a Thin Ally to Fat Acceptance I think you are going to learn so much from this episode! To learn more about Kristina Bruce: Instagram Website Her free Body Acceptance Guide To connect with Cara Instagram Website Free Food and Body Confidence Guide
February 13, 2019
#24 Another Diet is Not the Answer with Naomi of @Dietculturesucks
In today's episode, I interview Naomi of @dietculturesucks on Instagram. She is a compassionate, loving, informed and unapologetic voice in the anti-diet space and this conversation is filled with some serious GEMS! We talk body positivity, wanting to lose weight, body image healing tools, "clean eating" and how eventually realizing that another diet was not the answer was a crucial turning point in her journey.   Be sure to check out her new blog  and find Naomi on IG at: If you're interested in learning about 1:1 coaching with me learn more here:
January 30, 2019
#23 Compliments
In this solocast, I talk about compliments and share about my niece, Emma. Ever since she was born, I have become increasingly aware of my natural inclination to want to comment on her cuteness. And while it is a compliment, I can't deny my inner guidance system setting off alarm bells, telling me to comment on anything BUT her appearance.  Given the reality of our world, girls are bombarded with messages of beauty from the minute they pop out of the womb.  "oh you look so pretty" "your dress and bow are so cute"  This follows us throughout our lives, where appearances that fit the current ideal are highly regarded and praised. Which is why we go to such great lengths to achieve thinness and beauty.  What I have discovered is that complimenting appearance, and especially weight loss, even if well-intentioned, can cause more harm than good in the long run.  Ultimately they reinforce the oppressive narrative and collective cultural agreement that what matters most for women is their nice-to-look-at-ness. And it's a narrative I want to dismantle because it is not true.  Today on the LOVE YOUR BOD POD, I dive into compliments and when they can do more harm than good.  I'd love to know your thoughts on this topic! Be sure to DM on IG or shoot me an email learn more about 1:1 coaching Download my free Food & Body Confidence Jumpstart Guide: find me on IG:  
January 23, 2019
#21 Having Integrity with What You Ingest
In this short but juicy solocast, I dive into the concept of "having integrity with what you ingest". It played a huge role in my own eating disorder recovery and I know it will make a difference for you, too. Our "diet" is not just the food we eat, it's the conversations we have, people we surround ourselves with , and media we consume including TV, Magazines and Social. Cultural messages can form what is called External oppression which contributes to Internalized oppression. Both of which greatly impact our relationship with food and our body image. Having integrity with what we ingest allows us to do the honest work necessary to heal.  Otherwise we are just pouring salt in the wound. Come say hi on IG: Learn more about coaching with me:
January 9, 2019
#20 Why Mindset Matters with Ali Bonar @avokween
Happy New Year! In this episode, I interview Ali Bonar, @avokween on IG. She is a fellow entrepreneur and all around awesome lady!    Ali talks about her struggles with orthorexia, binge eating and body image, and shares what has helped her on her road towards food freedom.  A huge component we explore is mindset and how having one that leaves room for flexibly is crucial. Black and white, good and bad, only perpetuate disorder eating.  It's all about living life in the gray. Also! Ali was a participant in my coaching program, Break Free From Binge Eating earlier in 2018 which she shares a little about in the interview.  If you want to learn more the program, be sure to hop on the wait list:  Find Ali:
January 2, 2019
#19 Four-Step Process for Creating Soul Goals
In this solocast, I share with you my 4-step process for creating goals from the soul.  The framework I use is called Authentic Inspiration (A.I) vs Shameful Obligation (S.O) and I teach you, using examples from my own life, how to create from A.I. and decipher if and when you are creating from S.O.  When we are A.I. to accomplish a goal it's easy and fun. When the goal is rooted in S.O. we are less likely to complete it and typically do not enjoy the process.  I of course chit chat briefly about creating goals to lose weight in 2019 and I declare with you some of my goals for next year.  Be sure to share your goals and new years resolutions with me on IG. I would love to know if you like this 4-step process and what you are generating as a result of using it.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Thank you SO much for listening to Love Your Bod Pod xo C
December 26, 2018
#18 Our Four Bodies
In this solocast, I dive into the philosophy of The Four Bodies and how in order to truly be well, all of them need to be healthy. The four bodies are Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual. Our society disproportionately focuses on the physical body, with an emphasis on size and appearance as well as "good & bad foods" for nourishment. When we look at health in a silo and obsess over the physical body, most of us end up unwell and stressed out. This is why honoring the health of all four of our bodies, and taking this holistic approach to health is a great way to truly embody a sense of well-being.  THE FOUR BODIES MASTERCLASS Waitlist for Break Free From Binge Eating:  
December 19, 2018
# 17 The Silver Lining of Our Eating Disorders with Tory Dube
In this episode, I interview Tory Dube, Transformational Coach, about the evolution of her eating disorder and recovery journey, and how it played an integral role in her becoming the person she is today. Our struggles with food, while immensely uncomfortable, can be an alarm system, propelling us forward in search of a life that truly brings us joy. Find Tory at
December 12, 2018
#16 Diet is a Four Letter Word
In this solocast, I get real with you about dieting, including chronic dieting, and all the ways it can pop up in your life even when you think you are not dieting. And if you're reading this and think you're not a dieter, I challenge you to listen to this podcast and then check back in with yourself. It's so sneaky! I talk about the cost of dieting including how it drains our happiness and zaps our energy. You will discover the many problematic ways it affects our lives. By the end, I hope you are ready to leave it behind for good because there is a better way!  I mention Jamie Vos, Intuitive Channeler @ And Alan Levinovitz, Religious Scholar and Journalist. He was interviewed on Food Psych #94   To learn more about how we can work together, check out my website or email me at find me on instagram @caraskitchen
December 5, 2018
# 15 The Pursuit of Weight Loss with Stephanie Webb of Nutrition Redefined
In this episode, I interview Stepanie Webb, a fellow health coach about diet culture, wellness culture and the never-ending pursuit of weight loss. We explore why your weight is not actually that important for health and how focusing on weight to achieve health misses the mark, often leaving us frustrated and not any healthier. Plus SO much more! You're gunna love this episode. Find Stephanie on Instagram: @nutrition.redefined Her website:
November 28, 2018
#14 The Antidote to Self-Consciousness and How to Recover from an ED with Brandilyn Tebo
We are joined by transformational coach and all around mega goddess, Brandilyn Tebo. In this episode, we talk about her struggle with anorexia and neverending need to control and seek validation from the external world. She shares how she was able to overcome her perfectionism and struggle with food and body image. It's likely not what you think it is! We explore the cultural conditioning and violent narrative around women's bodies and how the world needs us woman to start to love ourselves so we can help heal the world around us. Mary Oliver Poem: The Yessssssss Event: Find Brandilyn:
November 21, 2018
#13 BONUS Eat Peacefully and Happily Thanksgiving Guide: 8 Tips for the Food Filled Day
In this BONUS episode, I share with you 8 tips to help you navigate the food filled day. Thanksgiving, as with most holidays, center around food and family, both of which can be very triggering for those dealing with disordered eating and dieting. I share practical tips that you can utilize, things you can say to family members when the topic of food/diet/weight comes up and how to eat a piece of pie without needing to eat all the pies! I hope it's helpful, feel free to reach on IG if you need more support @caraskitchen In this episode, I mention "Metaphorical Period." Learn more: Happy Holidays
November 19, 2018
#12 Body Positivity and "Skinny" Clothes with Carrie Dayton
In this episode, we chat with Body Positive Youtub-er Carrie Dayton, who also happens to be a long time friend of mine. In the last year or so she has really shifted the focus of her VERY popular YouTube channel to talk more about body image and body positivity. She talks all things dieting as well as embracing her body at a larger size now that she is in her thirties. A topic we discuss is hanging onto "skinny clothes" or clothes that do not fit our here and now body which is something that I think a lot of us can relate to. We talk about her Story Time videos and her Big Sis advice videos which are also something that so many women connect with. Slight trigger warning around the 23-minute mark we mention exact sizes so please skip past that if you have an active ED. Her video on getting rid of skinny clothes: You can find Carrie on Instagram: YouTube: Carrie Dayton
November 14, 2018
#11 When Healthy Eating Becomes Unhealthy
Disclaimer: information in the podcast is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat disease. It is not a substitute for individual medical advice. In this episode, I address a question I have been getting on Instagram about healthy eating and intuitive eating. There is a common misconception that intuitive eating and anti-diet means anti-nutrition, which could not be further from the truth. This notion is a result of black and white thinking around nutrition and health that comes from diet culture and even wellness culture which I explain in this episode. Typically when we look at health in a silo and think that we need to eliminate all unhealthy foods to be healthy we fall into disordered eating and restrictive thinking that interferes with the quality of our life. This episode explains when "healthy eating" can actually be unhealthy. Giveaway winner from this episode is emeck11. Please DM me or email me to claim your prize. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review and to all of those who have left reviews, thank you so so much!
November 7, 2018
#10 Body Image and Diet Culture from the Mans Perspective
*HAPPY HALLOWEEN! In this episode, I get real and vulnerable with you. Not only do we interview my boyfriend, Brent, and he share's what it's like to be a fat man in a fatphobic world but I also share with you about how at first his body size kept me at arm's length.  I admit stuff I've never admitted out loud before but I also share with you how he has helped me grow and shift my perspective on fatness. Brent shares about his history with food, dieting, calorie restriction, and body insecurities.  He also talks about how weight and body size is not a deal breaker in dating and he shares with us what most men care about more than a skinny body.
October 31, 2018
#9 How Scales Contribute to Food & Body Obsession
In this episode, I talk about how getting on the scale can be very triggering if we are struggling with food and how it further disconnects us from our Body Wisdom. Like many, I used to get on the scale and let that number mean something about my worth as a human and it influenced how the rest of the day would go. It affected my mood, self-esteem, and food and exercise choices. I challenge the "accountability and motivating argument" that I so often hear. Instead of waking up, and "checking in" with a weigh-in, I offer another, more potent and effective way to take care of your health. *the third giveaway winner is Michalushhh! I read your review on this episode, please contact me on Instagram to claim your prize!! You still have a chance to enter to win 1 of 2 prizes by leaving a rating and review on iTunes. I will pick two more! Body Wisdom on Amazon:
October 24, 2018
#8 The Pendulum Swing From Binge Eating to Orthorexia w/ Molly Alliman
In this episode, Molly and I talk about her transition from being a binge eater, who mainly survived on processed foods to becoming orthorexic and having a fixation with "clean eating," to eventually transitioning to a healthy, happy middle ground where she can enjoy kale smoothies and greasy pizza from Brooklyn in peace. We also talk about how calorie reduction for weight loss is counterproductive, food quality, fear of carbs, a love of bread and cellulite in advertisements for yoga clothes! You can find Molly: Also, I picked two giveaway winners who left a rating & review on iTunes. The winners are: TheeAnnaLee and MegBot_423 Please DM me on Instagram to claim your prize!
October 17, 2018
#7 I'm Afraid If I Don't Lose Weight I Won't Find Love
If you've ever thought that your body size is keeping you from finding a romantic relationship then this episode is for you. I dive into this common objection relating to body acceptance and hope to help you have a shift in perspective. You should not have to get smaller to make room for big love. Sexy, supportive, "butterflies in your stomach" love IS available at all sizes! You'll hear the story of a woman name Elna who went to extremes to shrink her body for love and how it has affected her life. You can hear her full story here, Act 2: Body Posi ladies to follow: @bodyposipanda @danikabrysha @iamdaniadriana @tessholiday Remember to sign up for my FREE Masterclass: The 3 Obstacles That Keep You Binge Eating and How To Overcome Them. It is on Thursday, Oct. 11th Sign up here:
October 10, 2018
#6 Happy Weight, an Interview with Daniele Dalla Valle, NTP
In this episode, Daniele and I talk about how focusing on weight loss goals often inhibit us from reaching other more important holistic health goals, like our mental and emotional wellbeing. She places a powerful argument for the nutritional middle ground with Wellness Culture and how there is a lot of positive aspects to it. We talk about her inspiring career in health, from working in food and beverage, publishing her book, Happy Weight, to becoming a professor for the Nutritional Therapy Association. Find her on Instagram @danieledallavallentp Her book, Happy Weight: Are you ready to end the fight with food and break free from the diet-binge cycle? My brand new online coaching course, Break Free From Binge Eating is now enrolling and there is a special early bird price available from Oct. 3rd to Oct 7th. Learn more here:
October 3, 2018
#5 Speaking My Truth and The Problem is Not Your Body
This is a lengthy solo episode that has two parts. First, I share with you about a breakthrough I had at a women's retreat this past weekend about speaking my truth and my commitment moving forward to trust my voice. The second part is a result of that breakthrough. I am talking about something that has been on my mind but I haven't talked much about before today out of fear of being too polarizing. And that is how I believe the work I am doing falls under social justice and women's rights. I am an accidental activist and believe that freeing women up from body shame and food obsession is an act of feminism. The problem is not your body. The problem is the culture that makes you believe something is wrong with you if you do not look like a Barbie doll. I mention this podcast in the episode and for more context on what I am talking about, check it out: I reference quotes from the book "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf
September 26, 2018
#4 Dieting is a Threat to Health w/ Jessica Rothley, @whollyhealed
In this episode, I interview Jessica Demasi Rothley, EPC a.k.a. @Whollyhealed on Instagram. We explore the implications of dieting and disordered eating on female hormone health and what happens when half the population is chronically underfed. I ask her if she thinks "wellness culture" is the new "diet culture" and she has a fabulous answer. I especially love her popular #TabooTuesday posts, including why "fat is not a feeling" and "female nudity." She believes real talk is the only kind of talk and I could not agree more. Quote: "A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.” - Naomi Wolf Find Jessica: If you love this episode, please leave a rating and review in iTunes.
September 19, 2018
#3 How We Hold Ourselves Back From Cultivating Body Wisdom
This episode piggybacks on episode #2 where I introduced my concept of Body Wisdom, and how the outside world interrupts our ability to tune into our woven in wisdom and intuition about how best to nourish our body machines. In this episode, I further explain what Body Wisdom entails, how we create self-constructed blocks that get in the way and how to overcome them. My book, Body Wisdom, a Guide to Rediscovering Your Relationship with Food, Trusting your Intuition and Becoming Your Own Health Expert is available on Amazon As mentioned in the podcast, if you leave ratings a review on iTunes, you will be automatically entered to win a giveaway of 1 of 2 prizes, so if you loved what you heard pretty please leave a rating and review. You have until Oct 31st, 2018 to qualify. I will pick 5 winners because my 5 is my favorite number. Good luck!
September 5, 2018
#2 What is Body Wisdom and What Stops Us From Tuning Into It?
In this episode, I share with you about a core concept that has created the foundation of what I teach my clients and that is Body Wisdom. Body Wisdom is having a deep, intimate relationship with your body based on the signals, cues, and information it sends you. We each have woven in wisdom and our bodies already have the perfect plan for health and wellness programmed into them. We just have to start to listen. But there are major blocks in the world of health and nutrition that make it hard for us to tune in and hear what our body is saying. I break down the top 5 blocks that most of us face so you can see where you are getting stuck. Body Wisdom is also the title of my book, You can find the book on Amazon.
September 4, 2018
#1 Welcome to the LYBP! We are Here Because I Have Cellulite
Welcome to the Love Your Bod Pod! A podcast all about Intuitive Eating, Body Positivity, Health at Every Size, Eating Disorders, Female Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and basically everything I deeply care about! In this podcast, I tell you a little story about my 14-year-old self who first learned about cellulite from a tabloid magazine and how this discovery deeply affected my life. As mentioned in the podcast, if you leave ratings a review on iTunes, you will be automatically entered to win a giveaway of 1 of 2 prizes, so if you loved what you heard pretty please leave a rating and review. You have until Oct 31st, 2018 to qualify. I will pick 5 winners because my 5 is my favorite number. Good luck! Quote from the podcast: "I believe we are walking talking expressions of our deepest convictions; everything we believe about love, fear, transformation, and God is revealed in how, when and what we eat." -Geneen Roth @Caraskitchen on Instagram
August 29, 2018