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Episode 16: Imperfection, Surfing and Nurturing the Mother with Dr. Linda Shanti McCabe

Episode 16: Imperfection, Surfing and Nurturing the Mother with Dr. Linda Shanti McCabe

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MEET OUR GUEST:

Dr. Linda Shanti McCabe holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. She has worked in the field of Eating Disorder, Chemical Dependency, and Codependency Recovery since 1999, in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Her doctoral research focused on re-image-ing the body using expressive arts with women recovering from bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. She is a Licensed Soulcollage facilitator trained by Seena Frost, MFT, and am certified in Postpartum International’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety components of care.

She knows the terrain of eating disorder recovery and “new mommy bootcamp” because she has been there. She recovered herself twenty years ago. She is a therapist that truly believes
“you can’t keep it unless you give it away, but you can’t give it away unless you have it.”

FIND LINDA ONLINE:

Website: DrLindaShanti.com

Twitter: @DrLindaShanti

FB: Recoverymama

Blog: Recoverymama.com

TRANSITION TO MOTHERHOOD:

Dr. Shanti shared a quote:

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother — NEVER. A mother is something absolutely new.”

The quote itself summarizes some of her transitions into motherhood. According to Shanti, the transition was like a whole new journey.  As an individual in eating disorder recovery, it was like “a recovery beyond her wildest dreams, totally different in ways that she could never imagine.”

EPISODE SUMMARY:

  • She discovered experientially the many overlaps in the journey of new motherhood and recovery for eating disorder: body image, shifts in recovery in new motherhood, sleep, food, hormones and mood, career transitions, relationships and partner transitions, identity transformation.
  • She describes the feeling after pregnancy as like having a whole new self that has elements of your old self.
  • Linda highlights the various support systems that can help mothers in their recovery after pregnancy. According to her, support may come in a lot of different ways. In some cases that may have to deal with a medical or psychological condition, seeking professional support would definitely be part of that.
  • Another support that she mentioned is about being part of motherhood support groups that are tailored according to your situation. (Ex: corporate mom, stay at home moms, part-time working moms, etc…)
  • Linda also encourages moms to find their “Mom Tribe.” Try to make new friends. And if you haven’t, give yourself time. She provides some great tips on how to test out new friendships and decide who you’d like to pursue deeper relationships with.

PRODUCT:

UPCOMING BOOK:
Good Enough Mama: Taking Care of Your Self and Your Recovery During Pregnancy and Postpartum

REFERENCED ON THE SHOW:

  • Moms Helping Moms – http://www.momshelpingmomsfoundation.org/
  • 4th Trimester Bodies Project – http://www.4thtrimesterbodiesproject.com/
  • Mid Drift Movement – https://www.middriftmovement.com/

Episode 15:  Navigating Pregnancy & Diet Culture as a Plus Size Mommy with Jen McLellan

Episode 15: Navigating Pregnancy & Diet Culture as a Plus Size Mommy with Jen McLellan

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Jen McLellan is a published author and founder of Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She helps women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of motherhood. Jen has grown a community of over 178,000 via the Plus Mommy Facebook page. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. She authored My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide and co-wrote the Amazon bestseller, The Peachie Moms Guide to Body Love for Moms. Jen is also a childbirth educator, skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 7-year-old.

Find Jen Online:

https://plussizebirth.com
https://plusmommy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/plusmommyblog
https://www.instagram.com/plusmommy/
https://www.pinterest.com/plusmommy/
https://twitter.com/plusmommy

Pluz Size Pregnancy Bundle
https://plussizebirth.com/my-plus-size-pregnancy-bundle/

TRANSITION TO MOTHERHOOD:

Seven years ago, Jen discovered that she is pregnant. Upon browsing the internet, she read about various medical conditions that made her feel devastated instead of being excited of her pregnancy. It was hard for her to find positive information about being plus-size pregnant online.

Jen shared about her experience of hiring a doula and how she was very grateful for making that decision. According to her, her doula was the first person who validated and supported her with realizing her size really didn’t prohibit her from having a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Jen talks about how she had a completely healthy pregnancy. She started to develop a new relationship with her body as well as during this time. Because of that, she decided to tell her story. Overall, Jen summarizes her transition to motherhood is also her journey to becoming a birth professional and really doing advocacy for people of size around pregnancies and beyond.

EPISODE SUMMARY:

  • Jen talks about how she started her blog Plus Size Mommy Memoirs — from being a blog about her experiences to a movement about empowering plus size women to seek size-friendly care and pursue the pregnancy and birth they want.
  • As a childbirth educator, Jen not educates moms but also birth professionals, especially for doulas and midwives. She works to break down the increased risk and how they can help people to learn about the risk but not in a biased and scary way.
  • Jen talks about the possibility of developing gestational diabetes for plus-size women, pre-eclampsia, bigger baby, and also the possibility of giving a cesarean birth.
  • After six and a half years, Jen found out that there are 3 keys for helping people to have a healthy pregnancy when they are plus-size (hint: They’re similar to what a non-plus size women would do!):
    > Eat nutritious foods.
    > To be physically active in whatever way that they can be possibly able to be active.
    > To connect with the size-friendly care provider.
  • When Jen was asked about the things a plus-size pregnant woman can do to start embracing and feeling good about her pregnancy:
    a. Finding a good care.
    b. Hiring a doula and learning what a doula is.
    c. Start connecting to a size-friendly dietitian.
    d. Being physically active.

PRODUCT:

RESOURCE:

  • Association for Size Diversity and Health https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/
  • Dietitians for Body Confidence – founded by Rebecca Scritchfield and Leslie Schilling. http://www.rd4bc.com/

Episode 012: PCOS, Fertility, Adoption & Body Image with Julie Duffy Dillon MS, RD, NCC, CEDRD

Episode 012: PCOS, Fertility, Adoption & Body Image with Julie Duffy Dillon MS, RD, NCC, CEDRD

 

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Julie Duffy Dillon is a Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert partnering with people on their Food Peace journey. She is trained as a mental health counselor and supervises dietitians and other health professionals to use weight inclusive and attuned eating strategies. She owns central North Carolina’s group nutrition private practice and premier source of eating disorder treatment and prevention, BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy. Julie also produces and hosts the weekly podcast, Love Food. Learn more at JulieDillonRD.com.

WHERE TO FIND JULIE ONLINE:

Website:
www.juliedillonrd.com
https://pcosandfoodpeace.com/FreePCOSRoapMap


PRODUCT:
FREE PCOS Road Map: Your First 3 Steps Toward Food Peace with PCOS

Free Carb Craving Download Just for Nurtured Mama Podcast Listeners! Juliedillonrd.com/nurturedmama


EPISODE SUMMARY:

  • Julie opens up the episode sharing some of her experiences leading up to becoming pregnant, including loss and infertility struggles, and the challenges of caring for a newborn.
  • She talks about her experience after childbirth and she openly shares about what she truly wanted during that time and that was to make a connection with other people. She opens up about how appearance focused comments from others made her feel during that time as a woman, mother, and body positive activist and how invalidating and intrusive this can feel – especially during that time. She also shares her experiences with comments from others after adopting her son.
  • An expert in PCOS, Julie explains what women with PCOS often face when they seek treatment – dieting and weight loss recommendations – and how these recommendations not only make PCOS symptoms worse but can increase disordered eating and risk for developing an eating disorder.
  •  Julie also discussed the relation between cravings and PCOS. She elaborately explains the mechanism behind our cravings and how it correlates to sleep deprivation, insulin production, or even doing extreme exercises that can lead to carbohydrate cravings.

Episode 003: Body Changes During Pregnancy & Postpartum

Episode 003: Body Changes During Pregnancy & Postpartum

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Jennifer McGurk, RDN, CDN, CDE, CEDRD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist whose mission is to help people heal from diets, and find peace and balance with their food choices. She is the owner of Eat With Knowledge in Nyack, NY. She leads a team of dietitians who support the philosophy, “Feel fabulous about food!”

As a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian, Jennifer combines her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, psychology, and physiology to help clients understand their eating behaviors, and gain the insight needed to make positive changes for their health. She is an expert in the field of eating disorders and a proud advocate for the Health at Every Size® movement.

Jennifer has created the business, Pursuing Private Practice to help other healthcare professionals reach their goal of owning their own business. She is the author of the Pursuing Private Practice book series and also created the Pursuing Private Practice Masterclass e-course to help other healthcare professionals start and grow a business. She offers supervision to other dietitians in the field of eating disorders.

Jennifer is a frequent guest in the media, often talking about positive nutrition, body image, healing from dieting, and educating others about eating disorders. She is a busy, tired, but very happy wife and mom to a 2.5 year old son with another baby due in August.

WHERE TO FIND JENNIFER ONLINE:

Website:         www.eatwithknowledge.com and www.pursuingprivatepractice.com

Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/JenniferMcGurkRDN

Instagram:      https://www.instagram.com/jennifermcgurkrdn

Twitter:           https://www.twitter.com/jenmcgurkrdn

TRANSITION TO MOTHERHOOD:

Jennifer considers her transition to motherhood as the “most whirlwind time” of her entire life. With all of her excitement regarding her pregnancy and becoming a parent, she recalls that her transition to motherhood was a chaotic time — both positive and negative — because it was very different than what she expected.

In her second pregnancy, Jennifer has learned to have more realistic expectations. This time around, she feels she has more realistic insight into how her body changes, what she has to do in order to protect herself in the sense of having her “self-care time” while her family grows. She also shares that she has learned to make time to connect with her child, connect to her husband, and connect to her own self, too.

She learned from her first child what’s most important in her life based on the values that she has and the values that she wants to bring to her new family. It’s not the stuff that she could give to the baby (perfect nursery, baby items), but it’s the love, care, kindness, and making sure that her whole family is functioning as a family.

The biggest lesson she has learned is that she can’t do it all. She acknowledges the fact that she really needs to ask for help. She learned to pay attention regarding how much self-care she needs and prioritizing a portion of her time to be able to do that.

“There’s self-care for your body and then self-care for your soul.” [14:09]

JENNIFER SHARES SOME NUGGETS OF HER EXPERIENCE WITH BODY IMAGE DURING POSTPARTUM:

Jennifer explains that her postpartum experience was more difficult than her pregnancy period. She shares a story about her experiences with negative body image and how the chaos of postpartum impacted that.

JENNIFER SHARES ABOUT THE SPECIFIC THINGS SHE’S DOING TO NURTURE HERSELF:

She’s learning to embrace the flexibility aspect of having her second child. Although she may not have the idea of how her pregnancy or postpartum is going to be, she’s trying to embrace the concept of being present in the moment and taking things one step at a time.

Jennifer came to know that she needs to ask for help right away. She admits that she cannot be the person that’s capable to do it all. She cannot be the person that’s going to be solely responsible for her children, for her household and her business. She learned that she needs some help in every aspect of it. Whether it be hiring a babysitter, or a mother’s helper, keeping her son at his childcare, asking her husband for help, asking her family for help, and even asking her friends about what they feel and what’s going on with them. According to her, having that kind of support and that kind of relationship would be very important.

PRODUCTS:

The Pursuing Private Practice Masterclass bit.ly/PPPmasterclassLS (affiliate link)

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The Nurtured Mama Podcast is Here!

The Nurtured Mama Podcast is Here!

 

Support our ThunderClap Campaign so that our podcast can reach more mothers and families. ThunderClap social media blast goes out on August 14th at noon PST. We need 100 supporters for the blast to go out! Link to support: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/60036-the-nurtured-mama-podcast

I have exciting news! I’m starting a podcast! This has been a long-time coming and I can’t wait to share all of the incredible interviews with you. I’ve been hard at work interviewing some pretty amazing moms and mom self-care pros. When I became a mom, I realized there we so many topics and issues that moms were having to figure out on their own – including myself! I’ve noticed that this regularly prolongs suffering and increases the risk of things like postpartum depression, eating disturbances, poor body image, diastasis recti, pelvic floor issues, etc… not being properly treated. This has got to stop. Enough with the suffering in silence or googling for hours to figure out if what you’re experiencing is “real” and if there is anyone out there who can help. I want this podcast to serve as a platform for getting information out there on these critical topics that deserve way more attention than they’re getting. I also want it to be a place for moms ready to opt-out of diet culture – choose body love and start trusting themselves and their children around food. I’ve spent the last 8 or so years of my career helping women, men, and families opt-out of dieting and heal their relationship with food and their bodies. I want mothers to have the knowledge they need to empower themselves to make these decisions for themselves and their families.

So, in short, The Nurtured Mama Podcast is about changing the conversation about food, feeding, body trust and living well while mommin’ up. Please join me, your host Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RD, CEDRD, as I talk with other moms about their transitions into and throughout motherhood, their experiences with food and their bodies and how we can keep ourselves and our families nurtured. Topics will include body image in motherhood, physical healing post baby, managing stress in parenthood, having a healthy relationship with food, feeding your family with confidence, infant feeding, perinatal mood disorders, eating disorders, intuitive eating, pregnancy nutrition and body changes, postpartum wellness and so much more!

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