How can you raise children to have self-awareness about their bodies and food? Why is it important to know what genuinely feels good and is sustainable for your body? Can you prioritize nourishment over rigidity? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks with Megan Eddinger about All Things Mom. We discuss to body positivity, nourishment and nutrition, and building a healthy-food relationship with your kids.

MEET MEGAN EDDINGER

Megan is a mom of 3 who had her first baby just after she turned 18. She shares her story about all things mom-life, including body image, mental health, and more in hopes that no mom ever feels alone in her struggles. She knows there's no one-size-fits-all solution to anything in life so she shares the experience of other parents and experts so people can take what serves them and leave the rest. Listen to the No BS Mama Podcast. Connect with Megan on Instagram. FREEBIE: Join the No BS Mama Community.

IN THIS PODCAST

  • Your body is supposed to change
  • Parenting
  • Consider nourishment

Your body is supposed to change

Whether you have children or not, whether you are an athlete or not, whether you are a person who works at a desk or a person who runs every day, your body is supposed to change. Your body will look different from 18 to 80 because we are living people, life impacts us, and our bodies change as we age. Do not get stuck in the idea that you have to go backward and constantly look younger when in fact you are living at the perfect pace already.
You’re not supposed to keep the same body you had when you were 17, 18, or 23 years old. You’re supposed to change … we are not honest with ourselves about that as a general rule in society. (Megan Eddinger)
Birthing a child does impact your body. You do not have to “bounce back” to anything because the change that your body has gone through is normal. How your body looks after giving birth is not any less worthy than how it looked before you became pregnant.

Parenting

Children follow by example, and their brains – at a young age especially – are coded to “do as you do, not as you say”. Therefore, your eating habits, the way you speak to yourself, and how you talk about food, eating, and exercise are all traits that may impact how your children will come to view themselves and these aspects of life.

Consider nourishment

We have to learn to pay attention to both our emotional response and our physical response to these things. It’s a journey … but it is important to note that … there’s no “healthy” versus “unhealthy” or “good” versus “bad” it’s all about what feels good for you right now, both physically and mentally, and that could be different today than it was yesterday. (Megan Eddinger)
If you change your mindset from “good versus bad” foods to “what does my body want and need today” you can eradicate putting moral values onto food, and focus instead on listening to what your body wants. Your needs change day-to-day, and it is up to you to get to know your body so that you can understand its cues and desires. Focus on nourishment, physically, mentally, and emotionally, instead of rigid and measured eating that disregards the daily shifts that your body goes through.

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MEET DR. CRISTINA CASTAGNINI

I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!

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