068 ⎮ Travel

Nov 28, 2018

Travel can be one of THE biggest stressors-- and triggers for jumping back on the diet train. How can you prevent the shame-blame-restrict cycle that happens after travel? How do you travel with kids while keeping your health (and sanity)? My guest this week has you covered!

This week I'm joined by one of my favorite virtual mom friends! I'm talking to Emily Krause, health and wellness coach turned travel blogger, freelance writer, and mom of 3.

In this ep, you'll also hear:

  • Why Emily left her health and wellness business
  • What you can do to prepare for traveling with kids
  • How to travel with kids... without losing your health (or sanity)
  • How Emily budgets for travel
  • and more!

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067 ⎮{Un}Expectations

Nov 27, 2018

Expectations drive diet culture. We expect that if we change our behaviors, then our bodies will change and this change will lead to happiness. It's just not true. We don't magically think differently just because we wear a smaller size. Don't worry... I'll help you understand how you really can create the feeling you want!

In this ep, you'll also hear:

  • What an expectation is
  • How expectations are ingrained from a young age
  • How expectations drive diet culture (and why that's harmful for YOU)
  • How we need to rewire our thoughts
  • What happens when {Un} expectations occur (and how to prepare for the unexpected!)
  • and more!






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Postpartum Body Image

Sep 24, 2018

You may know that Postpartum Depression is THE most common complication of motherhood, but you may not be aware of the fact that poor body image postpartum increases your risk for PPD ten fold. 

I get it. New motherhood is tough. There is no guidebook. There are no rules to follow...and we often feel isolated and alone. There is one big community that is so alluring to all of us new moms, and that is the "get your body back" tribe.

It seems like everywhere  you look as a new mom, all you see are women glorifying the thin ideal and making it look effortless to get back into your skinny jeans. It's as if our only badge of honor after having babies is what we look like, and how quickly we can get our bodies back after baby. 

I am here to tell you that there is another way and you don't have to diet your way to being a good mom. You can redefine yourself in other bold new ways, because I think, that's what its really about. 

In motherhood, we often lose...

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Sep 20, 2018

One of my first maternal mental health patient's I had during my training at George Washington University was struggling and couldn't really put language to it. She had a history of an eating disorder and depression and had come to see me as a way to prevent that stuff from happening postpartum. She was really on the ball.

It took her some time, but after a few months of working with her she was finally able to articulate how she was feeling. She said, "Dr. Reinold, I think motherhood is just really utilitarian and I think I just don't have fun anymore."

That word she said really stuck with me, and I think a lot of women will be able to relate. I think we often make it our life's purpose to please people and to live for someone outside of ourselves...and it becomes really present as a mom. We are so busy caring for everyone else, that we lose that deep seeded joy. If you have read my book, Let Your Heart Out, you'll know that I equate this deep rooted joy to "heart". 

So I...

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Wasting Money On A "Guru"

Sep 20, 2018

Let me ask you a question...Have you ever been duped before? Have you ever wasted money on something you swore would pay itself off but never did? How about the diet much money have you spent there? Hundreds...thousands even?

Do you ever look back at the money you invest either for personal or professional gain and feel a little sick to your stomach? You are not alone. So many of us have been there. Today on It's Not About the Food, I interview somatic nutrition and body image coach, Tracy Brown. She opens up about the shame, blame, guilt cycle that goes on in the online business space. 


Here are some of the things we discussed in the interview!

  • Tracy's professional experience and history in the field
  • Comfort of working for someone else vs. the risk/reward of becoming an entrepreneur
  • How motherhood empowered Tracy to make the leap into entrepreneurship
  • Feeling good enough to do what lights your heart on fire
  • Online business and feelings of unworthiness
  • ...
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Push Fear Aside, Get In The Pool

Sep 10, 2018

Every summer, it's the same scene. The dads are in the pool with the kids, and the moms are huddled in the shade sweating their little tushies off. I'm sure you have seen a similar scene this past summer.

Why do we do that as women? We so badly want to just get in the pool and cool off, have some fun with the family, but we are terrified of what we look like in a swimsuit. So terrified in fact, that we would prefer back sweat to fun. 


I get it. Taking your clothes off and exposing yourself in this way can be overwhelming, but friend, you have to rip off the Band-Aid and just swim. Swim because it feels good. Swim because every summer you really want to. Swim because you feel like the you in the corner is missing out. 

As we head into fall, I want you to begin this work so that by the time next summer comes, you are ready to confidently tackle the summer and the pool, and the swimsuit regardless of what shape and size you are. 

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The Morality of Weight Loss

Sep 08, 2018

In today's culture we often associate weight loss with mortality, but rarely do we shine a light on weight loss and morality. Morality, according to Webster is defined as "of or relating to principles of right or wrong behavior". For too long we as human beings have been fed the idea that the definition not only applies to our overall character, but to our food choices as well. Salads are "good" and chips are "bad". 

The "diet police" are criticizing every move we make and we are therefore applying our weight and appearance to our inherent worth. Thin people are deemed as "good" and heavier people are, "bad". These self-righteous people who make you think that they are better human beings because they eat "clean" are just plain wrong. You are not a better person for eating a lot of vegetables and controlling your calories and you are not worse if you'd prefer a juicy burger with some boxed macaroni and cheese. Health is a decision we make just like anything else and just as I...

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Gaining Weight After Marriage

Sep 05, 2018

As women, we are so fearful of gaining weight. So often we associate our looks with our ability to first find love, and then stay in love after you get married. It's easier when we are single to achieve that idealistic standard of beauty, but add in a husband, kids, a dog, a house, and a full time job, our time during the day to work on our physical fitness or meal prep becomes almost impossible. 

As a result of carrying babies, aging, and time constraints, our bodies physically change and the once dull voice that used to tell us that we need to lose weight is now screaming at is.

This loud mouth who lives in our head is destroying the relationship we have with food and our body, and as a result, we turn to diet culture to "fix" us. We shill out the money for the informercial we see on Sunday morning...we begrudgingly wake up in the wee hours of the morning to squeeze in that at home workout, and we forgo girls night out so that we can be sure to meticulously track our macros...

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I Am Addicted to Exercise

Sep 03, 2018

During a conversation with a patient the other day, we uncovered that she wasn't struggling with food per say, but recognized that she seemed to have an obsession with exercise. I've been hearing this a lot lately from a few of my patients and friends and so I wanted to bring the conversation here.

A lot of times, when we think of "eating disorders" we think of the more traditional ones like Anorexia and Bulimia. Exercise isn't something often discussed and the messaging behind the importance of daily exercise makes this specific type of disorder more difficult to notice. 

In Exercise Bulimia, an individual uses exercise as a way to "purge" or "pay" for ingested calories. Some of the signs of disordered exercise could be exercising when sick, feeling guilt when missing an exercise, not exercising in the "right" way (i.e. walking instead of running), and prioritizing exercise over social engagements, just to name a few. 

This disorder is a sneaky one and can be easily...

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Aug 29, 2018

Hi friends. I am back, and today we are diving head first into the idea of "control". Control manifests itself in so many ways, but can also show up in our behaviors around food and too often, they represent an area of our life where we feel out of control. 

There are two common areas where people generally feel out of control.

  1. Ambiguous standard: Places where "right and wrong" are subject to interpretation. Think English class vs. Math Class... or a football game vs. a dance competition.  
  2. Other people: Most commonly people we have a relationship with...spouse, parents, children, and friends. 

Often times the control we place over food can be a clue as to where we lack control in our own lives. 

Do you...

        Control the times of day that you eat? Perhaps you subconsciously are wanting control over your schedule. 

        Fast from foods? Perhaps you are wanting a break from something or someone who is causing...

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