(147) My sport demands I stay at a lower weight (with Kristie Amadio).

Are you into a sport while trying to move away from diets? Does your sport demand you to keep your weight low?  push you into a weight class that is not consistent with your body wants to weigh? Have you been told you will be better at your sport while at a lower weight? Listen up because this episode of the Love Food Podcast explores this topic featuring Kristie Amadio from RecoveredLiving.com.

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This episode’s Dear Food letter:

Dear food,

I have written and re-written this letter so many times, but we need to talk.

Our relationship has always been rocky, coming from an americanised easter-european family, and after flirting with several eating disorders I thought I had finally broken free from restricted eating.

But then I became a boxer. Not just a lunchtime class, fitness, instagram boxer, but a fighter.

I love boxing, I love fighting and the sense of ultimate conquering I get from coming out on top and training so hard; but my relationship with you has been abused and almost destroyed in my quest to become a champion.

Within the combat industry there is a prevailing, toxic undercurrent of weight loss and diet culture expectations; crystallised in the dangerous ritual that is the weight cut.

Cutting weight is often a combination of severe restriction, forced dehydration and over exercise; and in my fight history I have done all to the extreme. This has caused not only our trust to erode, but also extreme weight cycling by about 20lbs a cut.

I am now trying to engage with intuitive eating and the HAES community after a big scare where my last cut almost landed me in the hospital. I have just started to see a anti-diet dietician who was blown away by the sheer volume of HAES resources I have consumed in my quest for health and pleasurable eating.

I am slowly increasing the amount and variety of you that I consume, but I am still stuck on true eating permission due to my fear around my club and my coach.

I am heavy, food, and I always have been. I am stocky and short for my weight and to make matters worse my family has a history of having great bone density; which probably means that I can never lose as much weight as I need to for the “fight advantage.”

While working overseas I was able to train on the fight team of a female coach. It was a mind blowing experience as far as food freedom and body positivity goes; I felt so free and proud to be my size!

I was allowed to fight very close to my walk-around weight, and even though I was 4 inches shorter than my opponent I felt fit, and fuelled, and strong.

Now back in my home country I am back at my home gym, and although I love and respect my male coach and my almost all male teammates I am so scared and anxious about the thought of gaining weight!

I don’t know if he will let me fight close to my walk around weight, but even if he does I am scared that permission to eat sweets will skyrocket my weight upwards; forcing me to undertake another dangerous weight cut.

I’m scared, food. I wrestle with guilt every time we’re at the table and you are in a regular portion size or contain “bad” carbohydrates.

There are bountiful resources for your average Jane looking to undertake the intuitive eating journey, but there are precious few for serious athletes of size like myself.

I am sick and tired of compulsively moving all day, over training, and under fueling and undernourishing my body so everything hurts when I do the smallest things like climb the stairs or pat my dog.

I’m the fittest and strongest I’ve been in my life, but I’m scared about losing that again just to make a stupid weight I’m not supposed to be.

I want to fully engage with you again, food, and have a healthy relationship where I can fuel my training and have eating competence and satisfaction!

My fear of perceived judgement from my ringmates and coach is holding me back.

How can I feel better about my bigger body in a room of lean athletes? How can I stop comparing myself to my sole female training partner who is as skinny and shredded as they come? How can I stay off the scale and retain my food choice autonomy without feeling guilt towards my coach? And how can I be proud and confident of the amazing things I can do, and my size, despite falling outside the norm of today’s media “athletes?”

Love,

fighting diet culture.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

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Is my healthy eating a problem? {Ep 105 with Robyn Goldberg}


What happens when the “simple” diet you were on starts to feel super complicated? Have you started struggling with a food plan that you were told would be easy? Listen now as my guest for this week, Robyn Goldberg, and I talk about how to manage this part of the Food Peace™ journey.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • At the end of the day, diets are MESSY! Robyn Goldberg joins us to break down this week’s letter.
  • Pregnancy can make our food rules escalate… our fitness regime might increase, and we might start getting super restrictive with our food choices.
  • Eating disorders are the silent dilemma in sports injuries!
  • Carbohydrates are our #1 fuel! Cutting them out takes a HUGE toll on our bodies. We need to re-educate ourselves on nutritional needs in way that aren’t influenced by diet culture, and learn how to nourish ourselves both through food and by other means.
  • Find a nutritionist trained in eating disorders to guide you through this relearning process. You need the support! Our brains are inundated with diet culture and disordered ideas, and we need resources and support to help you on this journey. No one should have to recover on their own!
  • Healthy eating includes pleasure, connection, and feeling at home in your own skin no matter your size.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

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Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series.

The Love Food Podcast Episode 42 with Nancy Clark RD

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Does exercise control your life? Are you trying to recover your relationship with food, your body, and exercise? Wonder what a healthy relationship with exercise looks like for you?? Join Julie as she chats with sports dietitian Nancy Clark on this important topic. Listen now for places to start.

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Key Points:

  • Julie needs your letters! Send your letter detailing your complicated relationship with Food to LoveFoodPodcast@Gmail.com
  • Many people struggle with balancing exercise and food in a healthy way. All too often it is tied together with weight. This is NOT healthy.
  • Athlete vs compulsive exercise
  • E in Exercise should be for Enjoyment NOT Excruciating
  • Movement for pleasure is health promoting
  • First steps to move toward a healthier direction:
    • Role exercise plays in life: Athlete vs Distraction from life?
    • What would you be doing if not exercising so much or so exhausted from exercising so much?
    • Exercise can be a stress reliever yet enough is enough.
    • Exercise is serving a distracting purpose
    • Consider Yoga: doing for your body not to your body
    • Consider weight lifting as long as keep within limits
  • Convert from compulsive exerciser to athlete. An athlete fuels her body and takes rest day. “Your training today is to do nothing.” <–I LOVE this!
  • 30 minutes five days a week or 150 minutes of exercise recommended to be fit. Can be easy to get too much.
  • “Anyone who exercises for more than an hour a day does it for reasons other than health and fitness.” Ken Cooper
  • What are you running away from??
  • Listen to your body: intuitive eating AND intuitive exercise. Be sure to include pleasure and socialization with exercise. This will nourish the body on many many levels. Healthy exercise includes pleasure.
  • The many reasons to exercise: health, fitness, bone health, heart health, diabetes prevention, etc. Notice to burn off calories is not on this list!!!

    I got a chance to hang out with Nancy Clark RD at this year's FNCE. She is a dietitian celebrity and honored she agreed to be on Love Food!
    I got a chance to hang out with Nancy Clark RD at this year’s FNCE. She is a dietitian celebrity and honored she agreed to be on Love Food!

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Click here to leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.