Insatiable

Ali Shapiro, MS, CHHC

Are you fed up with food? Disgusted by diets? Bitter about the whole body-beauty industry? This is *not* another weight-loss program. Host Ali Shapiro, Founder of Truce With Food, dedicated academic, and well-known integrated health expert, shares a more truthful approach to freedom from cravings, emotional eating, bingeing, bargaining, and other diet derailments. Join Ali for interviews, practical advice, and radically honest discussions about food, truth, psychology and change. read less

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Season 13, Episode 4: Food, Feeling Fat, and Perfectionism: Protection Strategies with Sil Reynolds
1w ago
Season 13, Episode 4: Food, Feeling Fat, and Perfectionism: Protection Strategies with Sil Reynolds
How many times have you thought: why do I self-sabotage with food? If those answers haven’t gotten you very far, I have a much better question for you. “How does my eating protect me?” is a question that will take you far and deep. To guide us with this question and path to your answers, I have the wise Sil Reynolds to talk food, protection strategies, and the root vulnerability in our stories that our food habits are trying, perhaps begging you, to pay attention to.  In this expansive, soul food conversation, we discuss: Sil’s struggle with food and her journey to heal her Motherline to find a sense of home in her body and psyche.The role of the archetypal feminine and emotional attunement in our food and body image struggles, including the symbolism in emotionally eating sweet carbohydratesHow perfectionism is a safety strategy, not a personality type and why we keep trying to be “Good”, even when it feels so bad.How body image isn’t really about the body and a powerful question to ask when you feel fat to shift your mindset by getting to the root of the issue About Sil Reynolds Sil brings 40 years experience to her work as a coach and a teacher: experience as a nurse practitioner, psychotherapist, workshop leader, author, and a Mothering & Daughtering coach. She graduated from Brown University where she majored in Women’s Studies. She graduated from Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms training in dreamwork, archetypal psychology, and the art and science of listening to the wisdom of the body. Sil explains that “Marion Woodman’s work reflects a unique Jungian lineage focuses on bringing the archetypal Divine Feminine into our embodied, earthly lives. Her lineage is my lineage, it is my spiritual motherline, and it has been my lifeline during difficult times.”   Mentioned in this Episode Food as Safety Gatherings with Ali: Gather with like-minded health rebels who hate small talk to learn how to apply the Insatiable Season 13 podcasts to your life. Ali will teach, provide coaching exercise, tools and coach a few participants stress eating so you can get to the root of your stress eating and work through it. No white knuckling required.  Sil Reynolds
Season 13, Episode 4: Food, Feeling Fat, and Perfectionism: Protection Strategies with Sil Reynolds
1w ago
Season 13, Episode 4: Food, Feeling Fat, and Perfectionism: Protection Strategies with Sil Reynolds
How many times have you thought: why do I self-sabotage with food? If those answers haven’t gotten you very far, I have a much better question for you. “How does my eating protect me?” is a question that will take you far and deep. To guide us with this question and path to your answers, I have the wise Sil Reynolds to talk food, protection strategies, and the root vulnerability in our stories that our food habits are trying, perhaps begging you, to pay attention to.  In this expansive, soul food conversation, we discuss: Sil’s struggle with food and her journey to heal her Motherline to find a sense of home in her body and psyche.The role of the archetypal feminine and emotional attunement in our food and body image struggles, including the symbolism in emotionally eating sweet carbohydratesHow perfectionism is a safety strategy, not a personality type and why we keep trying to be “Good”, even when it feels so bad.How body image isn’t really about the body and a powerful question to ask when you feel fat to shift your mindset by getting to the root of the issue About Sil Reynolds Sil brings 40 years experience to her work as a coach and a teacher: experience as a nurse practitioner, psychotherapist, workshop leader, author, and a Mothering & Daughtering coach. She graduated from Brown University where she majored in Women’s Studies. She graduated from Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms training in dreamwork, archetypal psychology, and the art and science of listening to the wisdom of the body. Sil explains that “Marion Woodman’s work reflects a unique Jungian lineage focuses on bringing the archetypal Divine Feminine into our embodied, earthly lives. Her lineage is my lineage, it is my spiritual motherline, and it has been my lifeline during difficult times.”   Mentioned in this Episode Food as Safety Gatherings with Ali: Gather with like-minded health rebels who hate small talk to learn how to apply the Insatiable Season 13 podcasts to your life. Ali will teach, provide coaching exercise, tools and coach a few participants stress eating so you can get to the root of your stress eating and work through it. No white knuckling required.  Sil Reynolds
Season 13, Episode 3: The Religion of Wellness Culture with Anne Helen Petersen
Nov 16 2022
Season 13, Episode 3: The Religion of Wellness Culture with Anne Helen Petersen
The Wellness culture we see as we scroll through Instagram or listen to in our earbuds on various wellness podcasts often casts itself as the opposite of Western Medicine. And yet, both industries overlap via the same value system of Puritans and Protestantism.  From “clean eating” to failed functional medicine protocols because “client’s aren’t disciplined enough”, Protestantism and Puritanism are alive and well in both industries.  This wouldn’t be a problem except these guiding principles aren’t actually how the body works. As a result, while both industries have different offerings, both limit us because of their blindspots created by these religious values and beliefs.  In today’s episode with one of my favorite writers, Dr. Anne Helen Petersen, we discuss:    A background of what Protestantism and Puritanism are and how they’ve influenced diet and wellness culture and the deeper meaning implied in hashtags #blessed, #highvibes, and #nolowvibesHow Protestantism and Puritanism especially influenced fat phobia and the 80s and 90s body ideal of what Anne calls “aspirational containment”.How wellness influencers and celebrities like Peloton instructors have given us secular outlets to satiate the needs that religion provides.How Anne shifted and continues to shift her relationship to exercise and work by incorporating this value that is considered “bad” in Puritanism yet supports the body to thrive.Anne’s process of first intellectualizing how problematic these religious values are in relation to exercise, the body, and work and then actually making the changes to embody new values that support her feeling great and athletic in her body, now in her 40s.    About Anne Helen PetersonAnne is an American writer and journalist. She received her Ph.D in Media Studies, where she did her dissertation on Celebrity Culture…we will get into why here in the episode.She worked as a Senior Culture Writer for BuzzFeed until August 2020, when she began writing full-time for her newsletter "Culture Study" on Substack. I know many of you read it. It’s so so good. Her most recent book “Out of Office” is about the future of work. And she has two new podcasts of her own: Work Appropriate and Townsizing, which is about people living in small towns.   Mentioned in this episode: Free Food as Safety Gatherings with Ali: Gather with like-minded health rebels who hate small talk to learn how to apply the Insatiable Season 13 podcasts to your life. Ali will teach, provide coaching exercise, tools and coach a few participants stress eating so you can get to the root of your stress eating and work through it. No white knuckling required.    Culture Study with Anne Helen Petersen The Millennial Vernacular of Fat Phobia The Quiet Glory of Aging Into Athleticism The Parameters of Peloton Celebrity
Season 13, Episode 1: Food, Conception + Birth: Safety Origins with Stacey Ramsower 
Oct 19 2022
Season 13, Episode 1: Food, Conception + Birth: Safety Origins with Stacey Ramsower
Have you ever thought about your birth? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t. And yet, as Stacey shares, according to Ayverveda’s Sankyha philosophy, 25% of who we are comes from our conception and birth. This makes safety and food intimately connected and tangled from before we even make our Earth-side entrance.  In order to understand food’s connection to safety, we are starting at the beginning. Specifically, our beginnings as we began growing in the womb and then officially made our Earth side entrance.   In this heart-felt, deep conversation, we discuss: Stacey’s tumultuous relationship with food and what she discovered was at the root of her restriction and then binging-purging symptoms.  The role our gestation and support our Mother’s do or don’t receive contributes to our sense of safety, according to Ayurveda’s Sankyha philosophy.How food provides a sense of literal structure to our bodies and thus safety. And if we don’t get the structure or felt presence of being “seen, held, and known” in relationships, we turn to food for safety.  How early stage eating influences what we were “told” about what and how much is available to us. While mainstream emotional eating advice says we binge or overeat in reaction to restriction, we discuss there’s also overeating in anticipation of not having enough food or other forms of safety.  Why we eat during transitions like work to home or Friday night to weekend and how birth as our first official transition can leave an imprint on how we experience transitions today. And some tips for making transitions easier today so we don’t need food.  How Stacey’s healing journey to develop a broader sense of safety beyond food led to her first ever awe inspiring pregnancies post-meeting her birth mother.  Stacey Ramsower is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, Holistic Perinatal Consultant, Somatic Sex Educator, and mother. She supports women through their transformation to Motherhood through ritual practices, hands on work, and private coaching. Stacey is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband and two kids.   Mentioned in this Episode: Stacey’s Instagram Free Truce with Food Mini-Course    JOIN US AT THE FREE FOOD AS SAFETY GATHERINGS?   Do you want to apply the Insatiable Season 13 episodes to your life? Would you love to keep the conversation going with other intrepid health rebels who hate small talk?   Join us for a free, Food as Safety gathering, where you can take the first step in your own Truce with Food by working through your current stress eating. Register below for these three, FREE virtual yet intimate gatherings on November 9, December 7, and January 4.
Reimagining Food and the Body: Ali’s Reflections as a 30-Year Cancer Survivor
Aug 4 2022
Reimagining Food and the Body: Ali’s Reflections as a 30-Year Cancer Survivor
In this special Insatiable podcast episode, I celebrate a major milestone: 30 years as a cancer survivor.  I’ll share how what resolved my acne, depression, IBS, infertility, and out of control eating was learning how to redefine health beyond losing weight and learning to trust in my body feeling satisfied, not sacrificing and suffering.  And how this new orientation led to transformational health results I didn’t even know were possible. Including sustainable weight loss, a Truce with Food, and a relationship of awe and gratitude for my body.    Ali shares: Why knowing the difference between Authorities and Experts is essential for transformational results. Especially if like me, as the first generation of childhood cancer survivors, there’s very little research to go on for your own body challenges.How I got out of the insanity of “I know sugar feeds on cancer” yet would binge on it during “scanxiety” season. If you struggle with health issues that are exacerbated by eating things you know you shouldn’t, this mindset shift helps.How mainstream goal setting, predicated on “You are not your story! Day 1 starts today”” sabotages us exactly like "Diet starts tomorrow" and a different approach to goal setting that resolves our root-causes and works in our real lives. The root cause of my bingeing and weight loss obsession that cancer deepened  but wasn’t any more destructive than diets. And a simple practice for you to get to the root of your destructive eating habits.What I now believe about how weight is or isn’t related to health.   And then I answer listener questions, which include What role does diet play in your life as a survivor? Have you put your cancer in the rear view mirror, or does it still occupy your thoughts?Residual worries and things you have to be concerned about that others don’t?How can friends be supportive?    Mentioned in this episode: SMART Goals: How they Sabotage Eating and Exercise Goals and What Works for Deeper Coaching Impact on August 23 at 12 pm.  In this workshop for Coaches, Therapists, and Other Health Professionals, we will cover: The emerging research on why eating and exercise are in a unique change category and how this changes the client goals and coaching for deep impact.The protective role of bad habits and why this understanding is essential for sustainable change (i.e. compliance), including the idea that a client has to “Tony Robbins” their way out of their bad food and health habits.Why more tools that stay on the surface aren't the answer and how an evidence-based, root-cause resolution of a client’s resistance to change creates elegant solutions so they aren't failing at one more thing“Complexity fitness” and its role in empowering clients by ending the sabotaging, all or-nothing mindset.   I’ll also be discussing my ICF-certified, trauma informed Truce Coaches Certification that opens up again in September, in which we definitely do not use SMART goals and instead, get to the root of client’s food and body issues so you or your client’s don’t need anymore tools. www.alishapiro.com/smartgoals    Blog posts: alishapiro.com/valuesgap alishapiro.com/body-discomfort-first-step/
Season 12, Episode 6: Reclaiming Body and Self-Trust
Dec 8 2021
Season 12, Episode 6: Reclaiming Body and Self-Trust
We live in a world that teaches us to battle our bodies. Fight your hunger. Battle your weight. The war on mental health. This omnipresent battle narrative makes it appear natural and the only choice is to battle our bodies. Is there another way? Yes. In fact, there are lots of other ways.  My client Kristin Leslie joins us to discuss how challenging her self-doubt story, which included normalizing distrusting her body and voice, led to one of the peak experiences of her life in a home birth she never originally envisioned. This is a story most deeply about unlearning normal, including who you think you are.    In this inspiring episode, we discuss: 1. How Kristin not talking until age four was a driving force in battling herself. Diets aggravated this battle but weren’t the original issue.  2. How the media and stories about fearing birth originally influenced Kristin to assume she’d have a hospital birth (with her legs in stir-ups). 3. The three keys that enabled her to see other birth options aside from “normal” and that can serve any of us looking for more satisfying choices outside of black and white thinking. 4. How Kristin incrementally challenged her body doubt versus self-trust being one big epiphany of “this is the answer”. This was key when COVID hit and all her birth plans went side-ways. 5. Navigating that we do and don’t have control over our bodies and how we can take charge of our stories to no longer feel powerless over food.  Interested in Truce with Food, where we take charge of the stories that make us feel powerless over food? Registration is open now. Check out this free sample of the  Truce with Food Masterclass: I Want to Want to Eat Healthy
Season 12, Episode 2: Culinary Nutrition: How to Cook for Health and Taste with Meghan Telpner
Oct 13 2021
Season 12, Episode 2: Culinary Nutrition: How to Cook for Health and Taste with Meghan Telpner
Learning to cook was an important step in ending my food battle. And then post-Truce with Food, I found myself less interested in food, cooking included.  Cooking became “assembling”. We still ate most of our meals at home; it just became some version of frozen vegetable, rice and chicken, give or take some garlic powder. Meh but manageable.   Then we became new, sleep-deprived parents and COVID hit. Cooking was important but even less of a priority. I knew when I did have the time and energy, I enjoyed cooking if it was simple and delicious. How could I get back to a place where cooking was sustainable, simple and enjoyable? I asked Meghan Telpner, founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, to help sort out the jumble of feelings many of us feel towards cooking. Sometimes cooking feels like a chore. And sometimes it fills our soul. How can we make cooking and the food we eat more satisfying? In this episode, Meghan shares: 1. Easy ways to incorporate the flavors and foods that reduce and eliminate cravings for super sugary and salty foods. 2. How the more sugar or salt we eat, the more we want (and how this interferes with feeling satiated from lesser amounts of sugar and salt). 3. An experiment to really get what sugar or salt is doing to your taste buds and body. 4. Why the act of cooking is so fulfilling to our bodies and how knowing this makes me more excited to cook more. 5. Easy ways to incorporate texture and smells, which influence our food satisfaction.