(151) How do I get pregnant without dieting? (with Nicola Salmon)

Are you trying to navigate your Food Peace™ journey yet stuck within the Fertility Dieting Bubble? Do doctors tell you that you MUST diet to get fertility treatment? Do you have that primal desire to get pregnant yet grieve every month it doesn’t happen? Listen to the latest Love Food podcast and hear from Nicola Salmon, a Fat Positive and Feminist Fertility Coach. We hope it helps you pave your way forward.

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I want to share the work going on within Decolonizing Fitness. The person behind it, Ilya Parker, is a trans person of color Physical Therapist Assistant and Medical Exercise Coach with over 13 years of rehabilitative and functional training experience. He is a social justice advocate and educator whose work centers gender, racial and healing justice.

He decided to merge his love for restorative based movement practices and community advocacy to create Decolonizing Fitness, LLC; which is a social justice platform that provides affirming fitness services, community education and apparel in support of body diversity. Check out www.decolonizingfitness.com.

This episode’s Dear Food letter:

Dear food,

I’ve loved the last 8 months after finding intuitive eating and going on my non diet ‘adventure’, it’s helped me find peace with myself and explore food in a different way. I still am working on it and am not perfect, I’m learning every day and slowly learning to love my body and treat it with the compassion it deserves.

My partner and I have been trying to have a baby for the last two plus years and have been doing fertility treatments (including ivf) for the last year.

My fertility issues really started my journey into non- dieting after my quest to have a baby sent me trying every weird and wonderful diet and ultimately I hit diet rock bottom.

I’ve been a dieter most of my life but feel like it really spiralled when trying to conceive, I found intuitive eating after not feeling like I could embark on yet another diet.

Reading everything  online about what you should and shouldn’t eat when trying to conceive was a downward spiral, I tried everything and anything (all which didn’t work!). Infertility really is an emotional mind fuck (excuse the language).

Now that I’ve found the non diet approach I try to treat myself with love and compassion, but all of the ‘research’ out there tells you to go keto or dairy free or eat pineapple or [focus on weight loss] etc how do I nurture myself when tying to conceive while following the non diet approach?


Struggling with infertility

Show Notes:

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The Nurtured Mama Podcast

Hello there! I was recently on the Nurtured Mama Podcast sharing my story of becoming a mother, growing my family and fielding comments about my body throughout the journey to motherhood.

As an expert in PCOS, food behavior and body image, I also share how I came to specialize in PCOS, why dieting is harmful to women with PCOS and how they can manage their symptoms WITHOUT dieting. Listen here now!

Love Food Podcast Episode 21: My doctor says I need to lose weight to get treatments

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Have you been told you can’t get fertility treatments, or any other medical treatments, until you lose weight? What if you know the pursuit of weight loss just leads to more poor health especially for you? Acknowledge the rock and hard place yet there is a way through. Listen on for insight.

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Key Points:

  • I recorded this podcast on my 41st birthday and I am incredibly grateful to have the honor to be in your ears right now.
  • Thank you dietitians for sharing this podcast with your clients. I appreciate your confidence in my work!
  • All NC ED RDs, email me so you can meet up at the next IFEDD dinner.
  • Intuitive Eating can help you heal your relationship with food and the intent does not include the pursuit of weight loss.
  • New to intuitive eating will make you have lots of excitement and fear. This will be terrifying! This doesn’t last forever as long as you continue to move forward. When you experience it, call it out as just a part of the transition.
  • The start of a diet is a seductive fantasy and has a calming effect. Intuitive eating may feel similar in the beginning yet a typical buzz kill. This doesn’t mean it isn’t working. Hold on! It has just begun.
  • Trying to control food will promote a tug of war and counteract the pursuit of food peace. Notice when it happens and remind yourself this happens because of the long term diet experiences.
  • IF you held your breath, you would take gasps for air. Same happens with foods and the types we restrict once given permission.
  • Mutually conclusive idea that losing weight = more health. If you’ve been heavy your whole life then probably what supposed to weigh.
  • Weight cycling hurts health and harms ovulation by increasing insulin levels.
  • If told have to lose weight in order to get fertility treatments, ask health care providers to show you the data. Further, show me the data on which type of diet that will help me long term. Put up or shut up!
  • Diets are the only medical intervention that places blame on the person rather than the intervention. Humph.
  • Be sure more people are on your side while exploring food peace. This may mean working with a therapist, dietitian, and get a second opinion from a fat-positive medical provider.
  • Your body has the wisdom and this outside noise will keep you from it.

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!

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