If you’re new to the Body Kindness philosophy and breaking free from diets, this podcast series is made for you!
Body Kindness Learn & Grow is a podcast series that will boost your hope and confidence in leaving diets behind from exactly where you are today. Think of it like “Body Kindness for beginners.”
Part 1 – Ditching ‘Diet Brain’ for Body Kindness
In the first episode, Bernie and I reflect on our personal growth in the past two years through the lens of our earliest 1/1 episode which many new listeners have flagged as their favorite. Tune in to hear our honest conversation and reflections for inspirations to help you learn and grow with Body Kindness.
Part 2 – Extreme Exercise is Unnecessary
In the second episode Bernie and I process his unhealthy experience with exercise as a contestant on The Biggest Loser. Tune in to hear an honest conversation about why extreme exercise is unnecessary. If you’re new to Body Kindness and would like help in finding that point where better mind-body health intersect, this is it.
Part 3 – Reflections on Intuitive Eating from Principles to Practice
In the third episode Bernie and I reflect on ways in which the practice of intuitive eating has helped him reject dieting and we discover new growth opportunities going forward. Tune in if you’ve ever felt confused about what the heck intuitive eating is and why it may be exactly what you need in your life. (Hint, the goal is to heal your relationship to food, not lose weight).
Part 4 – You Don’t Have a Food Addiction. You Need Permission to Eat (and Eat Emotionally)
In Part 4 we reflect on Bernie’s early days saying “bye-bye” to his relationship with The Biggest Loser and diet culture forever! You’ll hear us discuss emotional eating, feeling like you’re addicted to food, and why it’s probably NOT the case. Tune in to this pivotal episode if you’d like to learn how to get a better grasp on emotional eating.
Part 5 – How Mindfulness Helps You Handle Bad Emotions
If you’re new to #BodyKindness our podcast mini-series, Learn and Grow, was made for you. Bernie Salazar and Rebecca Scritchfield reflect on Bernie’s early days saying “bye-bye” to his relationship with The Biggest Loser and diet culture forever! In Episode 5, you’ll hear us discuss mindfulness and the beautiful and subtle ways in which Bernie has been able to embrace mindfulness and emotion regulation skills in his life.
Part 6 – Creating New Habits Takes Serious Effort. Here Are Your Tools
You already know that it’s not easy to make changes to your habits. At all. It requires serious effort and a compassionate mindset as you try, mess up, and try again. In the next episode of our “body kindness for beginners” Learn and Grow series, Bernie and I discuss what is usually missing from the “new habit equation” and we share our own struggles with habits and how we’re working our way through them.
Part 7 – The Biggest Loser Did Not Exist to Create Better Lives with Bernie Salazar, a former “winner” of the show
Bernie Salazar has been a student of the body kindness philosophy for over two years. But early on in his practice, The Biggest Loser was still a popular show and Bernie was still trying to make sense of what it meant to be healthy. Though he was deeply concerned about the well-being of the contestants, he still had his own self love and compassion “work” to do. His original “loser letter,” which you’ll hear again in this show, still had some disordered logic and diet talk. Now, we come full circle in this episode with a deep reflection on culture, the show, and who gets access to feeling happy and safe in their body. Bernie shares that his true, happy and healthy self was always meant to have a fat body. And he is finally embracing it. He encourages all of us to keep practicing body kindness and heal our relationships with ourselves. [Full show notes]
Part 8 – How Your Body Fights to Regain Weight After Dieting (Research from The Biggest Loser)
Don’t miss this important episode in the Learn & Grow Series. We talk about one of the longest studies on weight cycling and dieting — a study that followed the Biggest Loser contestants from Season 8 for six years. I help Bernie understand the outcomes of the journal article and how he can make peace with his experiences and move forward with body kindness instead of dieting. [Full show notes]
Part 9 – The Upside of Stress (and Emotional Eating)
Stress has a function and so does emotional eating. How you relate to stress and frame your views of emotional eating can make all the difference in how you feel about your body. In this powerful Learn and Grow episode, you’ll learn why Bernie needed to stop restricting in order to realize that it would help cut back his stress eating even when his life stress continued to rise. [Full show notes]
Part 10 – How to Get the Sleep Your Brain and Body Really Need
How would it feel to get an extra one to two hours of sleep per night? If the thought of that sounds absolutely amazing then you’re like most people who don’t get enough sleep. (Side effects include daytime feelings of being drunk! fatigue! irritability!). Get our real life complaints and realistic advice for mindset and habit shifts that help. [Full show notes]
Part 11 – Why We Finally Said “I’m Sorry” to Our Bodies and How You Can Do It Too
Grab a pen paper and get ready for some serious healing. It’s time to write about your relationship with your body. No matter how painful your past, you can cultivate what you desire through the power of the pen. Tune in to hear my “sorry body” letter from August 2016 and Bernie’s “peace offering” from July 2019. You don’t want to miss his reading and our reflection. We discuss the abuse he faced as a child and his post traumatic growth. Plus we share our best advice for anyone who wants to do this self reflection work. [Full show notes]
Part 12 – “Dear Panic Attack, Thank You for All You Have Shown Me.” (and Other Gratitudes From Body Kindness Readers and Listeners)
Bernie and I have gratitude on our minds. It’s been 3 years since Bernie and I reconnected, and he began practicing Body Kindness. In this special episode, we reflect on the positive changes in his life and self compassion practice over time. We also asked listeners to take a pause and share with us “what are you grateful for, big or small”. [Full show notes]
Part 13 – How to Avoid a “Weight Lecture” at the Doctors With Bernie Salazar
Bernie Salazar guests with an update on how he is changing the conversation with his primary care doctors.
He’s better at boundaries and aiming to keep the focus on medical needs, but the doctors still clearly struggle to understand what it means to provide weight inclusive medical care. [Full show notes]
Other Bernie episodes
Podcast 169: Bernie and Rebecca Discuss Emotional Eating
In this new video Bernie and I talk about emotional eating. What’s normal, what’s not, and when is it time to make meaningful changes? Tune in and learn all about the protective system of emotion regulation and how Bernie’s “inner caregiver” helped him find connection and community.
Air Date: February 2021
Podcast 167: Body Kindness Backstory with Rebecca Scritchfield and Bernie Salazar
OMG! We did it. Bernie & I brushed our hair and did our first video podcast for Body Kindness!
We talked about our “origin story” of how we met and how the Body Kindness philosophy came to be. Check the show notes to watch the video version.
Air Date: January 2021
Podcast 164: Reflections and Intentions to Learn and Grow with Bernie Salazar
Bernie Salazar sits down with Rebecca to recap his year parenting a “quarantine baby” navigating his businesses, his health, and personal COVID losses.
Rebecca and Bernie discuss coping with stress, anxiety, and shifting intentions toward 2021.
Air Date: December 2020
Podcast 161: 2020 Burnout: Saving Our Mental Health for the Greater Good
It’s been a year of testing so much for all of us. Bernie and I catch up on how we’re making it through parenting and trying to stay distant (and connected) during COVID, which is relentless.
We also discuss the election stress, our self care plans, and why we need to “complete our stress cycles” — something we learned by reading the book Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski.
Get a replay of some key advice from our podcast chat on Body Shame Burnout with the authors originally aired in May 2019, including how the Patriarchy keep “human giver syndrome” and the “bikini industrial complex” alive and well — and oppressing you, making you stressed, sick, and spiraling toward Burnout.
Air Date: November 2020
Podcast 177: Bouncing Back from Numbness with Bernie Salazar
We’re baaaaaack! Bernie and Rebecca manage to chat one more time before the end of 2021 and it was bittersweet. Tune in and find out what a sh*tstorm it has been for us.
Bernie shares how his coping mechanisms of shutting down and feeling “numb” have returned and Rebecca helps support a gentle kindness toward re-approaching self-care practices.
Air Date: January 2022
Podcast 178: What if I’m “Too Numb” to Connect? with Bernie Salazar
Hey, listeners! Bernie and I continue our conversations on “connection” and “numbness” as we re-connect to each other after a year or so apart (thanks global pandemic)
This is episode 2 of 3 in our series where Bernie goes deeper in describing his feelings of numbness and explores more about where they be coming from, why they’re there and what he can do now.
With heart and humor, we tackle what it feels like when you’re spiraling down and disconnected.
Air Date: February 2022