Ep 17: This Show is Not About Food (Eating Disorders) ft. Rachael McBride MCN RD/LD LCDC

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I am beyond happy to welcome back episode 3’s guest Rachael McBride MCN RD/LD LCDC as we talk about Eating Disorders. She is a great pal as well as a wealth of information as a Registered Dietician. We discuss common misconceptions, stereotypes, screening, as well as tips for loved ones to assist identifying Eating Disorders and how to open a conversation about it. Like, share, and subscribe and as always, remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Rachael McBride MCN RD/LD LCDC’s website

The Elisa Project

IAEDP Foundation (The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)

Chubby Therapy – Episode 7: It’s good to be back!


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Wow, it’s been almost two months since I did an episode. Many apologies. This was the one thing people told me NOT to do; always be consistent. And….I FAILED!

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Well, on this episode you get a little insight into what I’ve been going through in my life and why I’ve been away. Just like life for everyone, my journey comes with ups and downs. I recently found out I was diagnosed with gout and have had a really tough time getting to the “acceptance” phase of the disease.

I know I’m being melodramatic about the whole thing but it definitely impacted me. Dare I say…depressed me. But, I’m doing something about it. That something is getting a show favorite, Rachael McBride, involved. You remember her right? If not, check out my interview with her. She’s got me drowning in water and vegetables, but it’s to save my life so it’s cool.

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I’m also updating my format. I realized the long interviews were not doing my message justice, especially once a month. SO…with a renewal in my dedication, I am now committing to releasing one episode a week. That day is still undecided, but it will either be Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll let you know.

Finally, I want your input on the new segment of mine. It’s tentatively called “memes that annoy me.” Also, if you have a better referral for the title, I’m all ears. This will be a section here we breakdown memes, inspirational pictures, and general internet anecdotes that tend to get passed around on social media sites with a psychological perspective.

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I need your help, so please send me whatever you got and I’ll choose one per episode.

Thanks for your support, please spread the word, and as always remember to feed your mental health.

 

RG
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Chubby Therapy – Episode 6: Kathy O’Keefe with WTF – Winning The Fight presents “Not Me”


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As a therapist, one of the things they tell us to avoid is using clichés. I believe the same is true for writers. They tend to lose their meaning and a lot of the time are blocking the person from truly feeling their experience.

For instance, making “lemonade out of lemons.” Living in the US, you hear this phrase quite often but I feel it loses its meaning when used so redundantly. Except when it comes to Kathy O’Keefe. I had heard about her prior to meeting her. The chemical dependency field in North Texas tends to be pretty close and supportive of each other. So, when you here about a mom who lost their son to an overdose who created an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to addiction, you pay attention.
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Then, you meet her and she ABSOLUTELY delivers! *insert glass of lemonade*

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Far from shy of giving her opinions, Kathy is a Chicago transplant living in Texas via California. She founded and is Executive Director of WTF – Winning The Fight. Her organization is well known in the North Texas area and is making an impact beyond, most recently with their new documentary “Not Me”. Check it out:


Please follow WTF – Winning the Fight on facebook and check out their calendar of events. The events they hold are great, informative, and give you hope that we are moving in the right direction. Below are links, and as always please share with your friends, family members, and loved ones who you think this may help.

WTF Facebook
Contact WTF Directly
Kickstarter for documentary “Not Me”

RG
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Chubby Therapy – Episode 5: Working with kids & Play Therapy featuring Dr. Julie Ballinger & Dr. David Huffman


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Being a parent has been an enlightening experience for me. I do this thing where I like to observe being around other parents, and taking notice of how they are with their kids. Some I envy, and some I do not.

But, one thing that is bound to happen, is a parent speaks to the child as if they are able to comprehend exactly what they did was wrong and how it offended the parent. I think as a parent, I am completely guilty for expecting my daughter to know how to express herself, even at the age where she can read full books.

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Play Therapy is not about giving the child a voice, but more so giving their voice an arena and a microphone. Episode 5 focuses on Play Therapy and how we use it to address issues with children. I lucked out that I got a “2 for 1” deal at Guiding Compass Counseling in Flower Mound, TX. Dr. Julie Ballinger & Dr. David Huffman share not only this office, but their passion for using Play Therapy in their practice.

Check out their play room:

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If you have any questions, please contact them @ 972-432-6500. Below are some helpful links we discussed in the show.

Guiding Compass Blog

Association for Play Therapy

University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy

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Please share this show with anyone you feel could benefit and remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth. #FYMH

RG

 

Chubby Therapy – Episode 3: Physical Health v. Mental Health featuring Rachael McBride MCN RD/LD


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As 2015 begins, we all make that ridiculous list of promises: save more money, make better choices in relationships, and of course….GET HEALTHY! So what do we do? We go out, buy new shoes, new work out gear, a new water bottle, and sign up for your gym membership.

So why do we do this? What is the purpose? Is healthy living solely for the physique? How does it affect our mental health?

Eating Disorders are extremely common and can be hard to understand. A lot of the times when we think about being “addicted to food,” it’s often said in jest and not taken too seriously. Well, that’s why I brought in my first guest to Chubby Therapy Podcast, Rachael McBride.

Listen to how she discusses everything from thigh gaps, food as comfort, and learning to trust our bodies. Below are ways to get in touch with her:

Rachael McBride website
Racheal’s Twitter
Rachael’s Facebook
Rachael’s e-mail

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Please share this with a friend who you feel might benefit from the conversation and please send me an e-mail if you have any questions, requests for future shows, and how this episode may have helped you. And  most importantly…….remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

RG