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Episode #80: Earning a PhD in Body Image with Sera Snyder

In today’s episode, I interview one of my first clients, Sera Snyder on her wild and dramatic healing journey that started with a battle with food and how her body looked and has transformed into her supporting patients and health care professionals to collaborate on better health experiences and outcomes for 21st century holistic health-care that works.

In today’s episode, Sera and I talk about:

  1. How a health-crisis or battle with your body can be an invitation into profound growth and power, but it won’t be a straight line. And you can leave those simple, overly-positive self-help tips at the door.
  2. How finding your voice is a key to healing and losing weight
  3. The most progressive view of how health-care is evolving and transforming to offer better value to you as a consumer. And how to become the best advocate for yourself so you get the best outcomes.

We cover a lot of territory as Sera is someone who walks her talk and powerfully uses her voice. In today’s episode, Sera also shares the doctor she is working with now.

Here are some of the resources Sera shared about finding a dynamite practitioner.

Dr. Biers website  
 (this is Sera’s physician).

Directory of Naturopathic Medicine

More about Sera

Sera is on a mission to use her voice, experience and passion for wellness to inspire healthy change. As a cancer survivor and woman in recovery from an eating disorder, Sera uses her life’s story to challenge the way we honor our personal health and overall wellness. She is an advocate of a holistic approach to health and shares openly about how combining traditional and complementary therapies helps her thrive.

Sera is the founder of Healing U. Women’s Wellness, an educational community created to help women heal from the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that comes from living with a chronic condition – like cancer or autoimmune disease. Healing U. offers in person retreats and virtual retreats focused on mindfulness, nutrition and self awareness.

In 2009, following her first surgery to remove her tumor, Sera founded Running for Answers (RFA), a running event that brings together a community to raise money and awareness for desmoids, the tumor Sera was diagnosed with in 2008. The race, which takes place annually in Philadelphia, has raised over $1.5 million for desmoid research and ignited a movement in this rare disease community. Her story to build and grow this initiative has been featured in USA Today Health & Wellness, Men’s Fitness, on the Dr. Oz Show and CBS Philadelphia.

Sera currently lives in Virginia and along with being a health advocate, provides consulting services to integrative and functional practices looking to build sustainable and scalable models.

Learn more at www.serafiana.com

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One major invisible reason you can’t resist carbs

If you’re in the US, do you have anything special planned for Memorial Day?

I’m kicking off the weekend early and heading to DC on Thursday to share my Affordable Care Act story at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Dissent is one of the highest forms of democratic patriotism!

Then on Sunday, my entire, YUGE, extended family will get together for my cousin’s wedding. One of my greatest joys in life is being with them.

My maternal Grandmother was a faithful Catholic (for awhile) who had nine children, was progressive and insatiably curious. This produced a vibrant group of men and women with open minds, up to interesting pursuits or dialogues about different ways to think about life. Our bond is food for my soul.

Before you get into full weekend mode, I have a great tool to help you better navigate your food choices.

When you’re willing to stop pathologizing your bad food choices, entirely new levels of awareness arise. At the heart of my work is supporting clients to see the invisible triggers that lead to food choices unaligned with their goals.

One reason people turn to carbs is not because they “just can’t resist them”.

In my Insatiable podcast, Transform Emotions Into Power, Not Overeating with Melody Wilding, MSW, she shares a tool that helps you identify your feelings.

The tool is HALT. It’s asking yourself: am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired? 

When clients explore their reasons for overeating, many find being tired as one root cause of turning to carbs. Carbs are a quick energy boost to push through (chocolate is a bonus with caffeine).

This surprises clients. They don’t necessarily feel tired. But when they bring curiosity to their cravings, they see what’s always been there, but overlooked.

Try out the HALT tool yourself to start to get an accurate “diagnosis” of your own cravings.

And definitely listen to Melody’s entire episode or read the transcript. Several people told me they listened to it three times it was so impactful.

Because life is energy management, not time management, you can unlock energy when you know how to use your emotions, not view them as negative.

In this episode, which you could put on during your travels, you’ll learn:

  1. The counter-intuitive way to make self-doubt an ally, not an enemy
  2. How being highly conscientious gives you a competitive edge yet can also turn into a weakness and how to mitigate the downside of being so on the ball
  3. The impostor syndrome and how it gets high achievers to question so much
    about themselves and the solution is NOT to play to your strengths!

Wishing you clear skies and insights this holiday weekend (for those in the USA).

Be well,

Ali

 

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Episode #79: Are you addicted to the Drama of Dieting?

Does the idea of dieting frustrate you yet you continue to pursue weight loss? Do you feel like you have no other choice but to be all or nothing? On or off? Would you like to find a way to get results without all the striving in diet and lifestyle plans? If so, today’s episode is for you. I’ll share:

  1. Why we pursue dramatic diet and weight loss efforts even though they rarely work
  2. The key concept to replace discipline and gearing up so you can relax into your health efforts and results
  3. And why it’s critical to stop thinking of your weight loss as a journey. I’ll share a better metaphor that will help you pace and sustain yourself with your approach
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Episode #78: Transform Emotions into Power, Not Overeating, with Melody Wilding, MSW

Feelings like self-doubt and inadequacy can drive us to overeat. Yet if we listen to conventional self-help to “just ignore your inner critic and crush your fears”, you lose self-trust. In this nuanced conversation, I talk with Melody Wilding, a licensed social worker, TEDx speaker and Human Behavior faculty member at the City University of New York. In today’s episode, we discuss the:

  1. The counter-intuitive way to make self-doubt an ally, not an enemy
  2. How being highly conscientious gives you a competitive edge yet can also turn into a weakness and how to mitigate the downside of being so on the ball
  3. The impostor syndrome and how it gets high achievers to question so much about themselves and the solution is NOT to play to your strengths!

In addition to her professional background, Melody helps high-achievers navigate the emotional ups-and-downs of success. Melody has worked with CEOs and executives running top startups along with published authors and media personalities.

For the last 10 years she’s studied the connection between thoughts, emotions, and actions. Now Melody helps her clients develop concrete strategies to overcome their insecurities, increase confidence, and build self-esteem that unleash their full potential.

She speaks at Fortune 500 companies, colleges, and conferences across the country about the psychology of success. In her recent TEDx talk, she shared a surprising, counter-intuitive way to overcome “Impostor Syndrome” and make self-doubt an ally, not an enemy.

Melody is an award-winning expert in workplace mental health and writes for Forbes, Inc., Quartz, and PsychCentral.com and others. She’s been featured in dozens of major media outlets including New York Magazine, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more.

Melody holds a Masters from Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.

Want more confidence in just 5 days? Grab her free e-course, 5 DAYS TO FREEDOM FROM SELF-DOUBT at melodywilding.com/youarenotafraud.

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Episode #77: Toss Your Supplements and Skinny Jeans to Get Unstuck

Could the space you live in be holding you back from your health and weight loss goals? According to Rebecca McLoughlin, an Interior Life Coach, the space around you reflects the space within you. She sees our homes are metaphors for our inner world, and working directly with them can catalyze transformation and support us as we grow into who we want to become.  In today’s episode, we talk about:

  1. How clutter and outdated wardrobes represent emotional blocks keeping you trapped in frustrating patterns and the number one key to release these blocks
  2. How getting rid of supplements and/or your fat and skinny wardrobe could be the ticket to getting out of a weight loss pattern driven by shame
  3. And Rebecca shares three profound steps to upgrade your space for where you want to go in your life, none of which require a lot of money or buying more.

Rebecca McLoughlin is an Interior Life Coach. She believes that the space around us reflects the space within us. Our homes are metaphors for our inner world, and working directly with them can catalyze transformation and support us as we grow into who we want to become. Through one-on-one coaching, group work, and writing, Rebecca guides people into new, more meaningful and authentic relationships with themselves and their space.

Rebecca’s work bridges inner and outer worlds — and so does her background. She has a keen eye for beautiful design, a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, is a trained Grief and Loss Counselor, and a certified coach. Her deep listening and gentle guidance help people discover who they truly are and how to surround themselves with their own beauty.

Rebecca lives in Belmont, CA with her husband and two year old son. Get a copy her free ebook, The 5 Keys to Wake Up & Love Where You Live, on her website.

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