Podcast Themes: COVID-19
This theme includes new Body Kindness episodes published during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as previous episodes I hope will be most helpful for you at this difficult and painful time.
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 160: Rage Becomes Her: Why Self-Care Won’t Save Us with Soraya Chemaly
What good is a Body Kindness “self-care” practice if it doesn’t evolve to include long-term, collective well-being? My guest Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her (an excellent book about the power of female anger) shares the historical context of gender roles and intersectional feminism to provide convincing reasons why self-care rituals fall short of any real solutions while remaining vitally important for us to do.
Air Date: October 2020
Podcast 148: Improve Your “Family System” by Creating “Fair Play” at Home with Eve Rodsky
Women are still providing $10.8 trillion dollars a year of invisible, unpaid labor.
My guest this week says it’s unsustainable and she used her Harvard degree in organizational management to develop a structure for families to redistribute all it takes to make families work. Fair Play is a bestselling book and card game Eve developed over 7 years of working with families so that collaborative conversations and planning can take place to benefit every family member.
Air Date: May 2020
Podcast 147: Compassion through Crisis, Stories of Hope & Gratitude for Healthcare Workers
My three guests today speak from the heart about their experiences during COVID-19 as patient advocate (Lara Loverro) and healthcare workers (Shannon Hughes and Katy Gaston). We discuss the meaning of compassion “to suffer together” and how the personal and collective traumas we’re experiencing challenge us to reframe our value, how and why we practice Body Kindness for resilience and personal growth.
Air Date: April 2020
Podcast 146: A different type of COVID-19 loss: Pregnancy dreams “on hold” with Fertility Coach Nicola Salmon
Has your fertility or medical care been delayed or disrupted due to COVID-19? My guest today is Nicola Salmon, author of Fat and Fertile. We discuss how her work as a fat positive fertility coach has changed dramatically in the face of COVID-19.
Air Date: April 2020
Podcast 145: Coping with Anxiety During COVID-19
My guest is Lara Loverro, a health coach, certified intuitive eating counselor, and she’s a professional mentee of mine. Importantly, Lara is a resident of New York and her mother is COVID-19 positive (over two weeks on a ventilator). Her teen son is struggling with anxiety related to the trauma. Lara shares how she and her family are coping and her recommendations for coping with anxiety.
Air Date: April 2020
Podcast 144: Resilience Practices for Anxiety and Body Shame During COVID-19 with Nicola Haggett
Practicing Body Kindness during COVID-19 is all about resilience skills as we navigate this collective trauma. While some people are finding “humor” in memes or chats about social distancing-related weight gain or the supposed “quarantine 15,” these messages are fatphobic and harmful to people struggling with mental health and body image. Nicola Haggett and I share our ideas for setting boundaries, creating self-care plans, and well-being enhancement that can help you cope with fears.
Air Date: March 2020
Podcast 141: How the 4 S’s help you “show up” for kids well-being with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD Bestselling Author
A significant part of the body kindness practice is held in our relationships, especially parents and caregivers to children. As adults we understand there were ways in which our childhood needs were not met and with a deep desire to to better, we don’t want to mess it up. But we inevitably do and it’s OK.
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, New York Times bestselling author of several books including her latest The Power of Showing Up, is here to help me as I get candid about my own difficulties to improve how I parent and care for myself. Tune in for her wisdom and to find out how the 4 S’s can help you “show up” for kids’ well-being.
Air Date: January 2020
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Podcast 139: How to experience the joy of movement and the power of moving in community with Kelly McGonigal PhD
Movement gives us access to the best of ourselves and it has nothing to do with weight or abilities regardless of what the “fitness culture” says, it’s science! Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal PhD and author of The Joy of Movement is my guest and she has insight to help you reclaim movement.
Air Date: January 2020
Podcast 135: Take Meaningful ACTion toward change with Steven C. Hayes PhD author of A Liberated Mind
What if instead of trying to change negative thoughts, judgments, and feelings that come up when practicing Body Kindness, you learned to change how you relate to those thoughts and feelings instead? That’s exactly what we’re discussing in this week’s podcast with Steven C. Hayes, the creator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and author of A Liberated Mind.
You’ll learn all about ACT and how it influenced the Body Kindness philosophy, as well as specific tools and skills you can use to pivot toward a better life and a better well-being by changing how you relate to your mind rather than getting deflated by your self-criticisms and judgments. I tried these skills in real-time during our chat, and I hope you’ll join me in trying them yourself.
Air Date: December 2019
Episode 118: BURNOUT Part 2 – Changing Your Relationship to Your “Madwoman in the Attic” with Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
In part two of my series on Burnout, which is also the title of a new book by Emily and Amelia Nagoski, we’re discussing why you should stop fighting your “inner critic” (that voice in your head constantly shouting at you, judging you and shaming you). In reality, this “madwoman in the attic” is trying to tell you something valuable about who you are, which can be really helpful in moving forward from BURNOUT because you stop pretending to be who the world wants you to be.
Air Date: June 2019
[Repost] Podcast 117: How to recover from BURNOUT (Part 1) with Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
I’m re-sharing some of the episodes I think will be most helpful for you at this difficult and painful time. Burnout is the stress resilience book I’m recommending to friends and clients from now on. This two-part podcast series with Emily and Amelia Nagoski will explain why. We all have stress, but we aren’t all completing the stress cycle, which can have real health consequences. Learn about “human giver syndrome” and why the opposite is not “taker syndrome”— which is what I used to think. Find out how the patriarchy… ughhhh plays a role in women’s burnout.
Air Date: May 2019
Episode 82: Practicing Body Kindness with the Loving-Kindness Meditation
In this solo episode I share how mindfulness and mindful eating connect to the practice of Body Kindness.
I also read an excerpt from Body Kindness where I describe why meditation is so important (even when it’s hard).
I close by guiding you through one round of my favorite — The Loving Kindness meditation.
Air Date: May 2018