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164: 3 Ways to Heal Your Relationship with Food this Year // Natalie Shay

3 Ways to Heal Your Relationship with Food this Year | Darla Trendler | 3 in 30 Podcast, a top motherhood podcast, Picture of happy woman eating a cookie, picture of Darla Trendler, Counselor | Relationship with Food by popular US mom podcast, 3 in 30 Podcast: image of Natalie Shay eating a chocolate chip cookie.

For hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, January is the month of the new diet and our relationship with food. I’m sure most of us have been there with a new year’s resolutions to cut out all sugar, do a Whole 30, or lose 20 lbs.

If you currently have a new year’s resolution like this, that’s okay…I don’t want this episode to shame you or make you feel like you’re doing something wrong…I just want to give you additional perspective on ways you can care for your body that seemingly have nothing to do with food–and yet have everything to do with food.

If you’ve listened to 3 in 30 from the beginning, you may know that I have a long history with eating disorders. It started for me when my mom was dying of cancer when I was in college, and I used harsh food restriction and excessive exercise to deal with my grief and try to find some control in my life. A few years later, when I was going through infertility, I started binge-eating, again trying to use food to numb my pain, but this time trying to shove it down through excess.

After we adopted my son Noah, my disordered eating patterns only worsened due to the stress of new motherhood, and I knew it was time for me to seek some professional help. That is when I first started seeing a counselor, and I have been utilizing counseling as a tool to support my mental health fairly consistently in the almost ten years since. That’s a lot of therapy, and it has done me a WORLD of good.

My relationship with food and my body is still occasionally a struggle for me, but overall, I am in a completely different place than I was before I started counseling– with so many more tools for emotional resilience, so much more perspective on the value of my body beyond just what it looks like, and so much more self-assurance in who I am.

Today, I am thrilled to get to interview my favorite therapist I’ve ever worked with, Natalie Shay. Natalie is a registered psychotherapist in Canada who has also been trained in somatic work, mindfulness, and life coaching. She has specialized in working with binge eaters and emotional eaters for over 15 years and has supported thousands of people to heal their relationship with food and their bodies, including me! I have worked with Natalie for almost 5 years now, and I can’t wait to introduce her to you today!

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3 Ways to Heal Your Relationship with Food This Year:

  1. Prioritize self-care.  Tap into your body and soul and ask, “What do you need?” A clue to what your soul needs might be how you feel before, during, and after an activity, so make sure you pause long enough to evaluate that.
  2. Start connecting with your physical body. Many of us spend the majority of time in our heads, and we may not even realize it. When we find ourselves outside of our bodies, we can bring ourselves back by jumping up and down, squeezing a pillow, running or walking, taking a hot bath or shower, breathing in essential oils, etc.
  3. Remember that food is not your enemy. Acknowledge the ways that food has supported you in times when you really needed it. Experiment with other coping skills that you might want to add to your emotional toolbox over time, without eliminating food altogether, so you have a nice variety in there.

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Show Notes

Natalie’s Website: natalieshay.com

Natalie’s Instagram @natalieshayhealing

Natalie’s FREE Emotional Eating Toolkit

Natalie’s 10-week course: Healing Emotional Eating

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How do you strive to have a healthy relationship with food?  Let me know in a comment below!

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.

2 Comments

  1. Shalece on 01/11/2021 at 12:55 PM

    Hi Rachel- thank you for this podcast! I have appreciated your journey and other podcasts regarding disordered eating and body image.
    As I was listening to this podcast I wanted to ask- once I feel better about my relationship with food, how do I not pass this tendency on to my children? How do I know if my 6 year old is hiding cookies and starting down this hard path? How do I foster a positive relationship with food with my kids? I know the first step is making sure I have a good relationship, but beyond that I would love some practical takeaways! Thanks for all your great work!

    • Rachel Nielson on 02/24/2021 at 11:01 PM

      Hi, Shalece! I am sorry I am just now seeing this comment…but did you listen to my recent episode on being a body-positive parent? I think that will help tremendously! I also have an episode on Intuitive Eating with Taryn Palmer…I’m not sure the episode number, but you can google her name and 3 in 30 and it will come up!

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