As an overwhelmed new mom, Rachel Nielson finally acknowledged that she had an eating disorder. She had been coping with stress and heartache through both undereating and overeating for almost ten years, and her negative thoughts about herself had become all-consuming. She didn’t want this struggle to continue impacting her growing family, so she sought help from a counseling center near her home.
As part of her therapy, Rachel learned about a mindset called “intuitive eating” which taught her how to trust, respect, and listen to her body. She gave up dieting and the inevitable “Last Supper eating” that comes along with it, and she now chooses to love and listen to her body instead of punishing and manipulating it.
Listen in as April and Rachel discuss a few of the basic principles of intuitive eating and exercising.
Unhealthy Stress or Habits? Break the Cycle! (the first podcast that Rachel and April recorded)
The Surprising Way I Confronted My Eating Disorder (a powerful narrative that Rachel wrote about facing her eating disorder)
Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
How Much Does Your Soul Weigh? by Dorie McCubrey (Rachel’s counselor)
Mommy is a Person (post by April about a Mom’s “Bill of Rights”)
Rachel Nielson loves birthday surprises, summer sunsets, and a handsome man named Ryan. She taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to their son, Noah Atticus, who was born in August of 2011. His little sister, Sally Grace, arrived in July of 2014. Rachel and Ryan consider both of their babies to be miracles, as Noah is adopted and Sally was conceived through IVF. When Rachel is not caring for the littles or picking up the house for the 100th time, she writes for Power of Moms and keeps a family blog about motherhood, infertility, adoption, eating disorders, her ridiculously cute children, and the ups and downs of daily life. Nothing gives her more satisfaction than capturing in words the deepest feelings of her heart.
Feature Image from Shutterstock; graphics by Julie Finlayson.
Music from Creations by Michael R. Hicks
Audio editing by Christy Elder