• Summary

  • Are you in an unhealthy relationship with food - caught in the cycle of binge eating, diet culture, and obsessive food thoughts? Molly Carmel, author and leading eating disorders and addictions therapist, is here to help. Each week, you’ll hear from folks who’ve overcome their struggles with food and weight. You’ll learn how to heal your relationship with food and ditch diets once and for all. Molly Carmel is fiercely devoted to your freedom so that you can show up for yourself and the life you deserve.
    2022
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  • 44 mins
  • May 18 2022

    Today’s episode is all about the food, but not about the food as Molly and Susan dive into Susan’s journey and relationship with food. Even as young as four years old, Susan, like many of us, remembers and reflects on defining moments she had with food that dictated her relationship with food, particularly sugar, in adulthood. As the two discuss, Molly and Susan note that when we are faced with food traumas and restrictions, it becomes easier for us to rationalize unhealthy food choices.

    Molly and Susan continue the inspirational dialogue by defining Susan’s rock bottom moment– COVID. As many of us were faced with challenges when the pandemic first started, Susan reflected that there was nowhere to hide her food habits. This led to what Susan deems a “divine intervention” moment where everything she knew about food was a behavior– meaning it could be changed. 

    Having played her part in the pervasive diet culture, Susan was wary of another diet cycle. By going “all in,” Susan made intentional changes with her behavior and relationship with food using the principles found in Breaking Up With Sugar.

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    Episode Quotes

    • “You never know which attempt is going to work– it’s why you never give up.” –Molly Carmel
    • “After we put down the food, or we find a healthy relationship with food, it’s really about learning how to untangle those stories and create new ones.” –Molly Carmel

    Key Highlights

    • Reflecting on habits we developed when we were younger reveals our escapes and coping mechanisms;
    • The power of rationalization to get what we want;
    • Diet culture is pervasive;
    • We are not alone in thinking that there can be no middle ground between a diet and food we enjoy;
    • The toxicity of comparative suffering;
    • The power of going “all in” and intentionality in our choices;
    • We are good enough to be gentle and soft to heal ourselves rather than punitive;
    • When your “why” is powerful enough to combat rationalization

    About Molly Carmel

    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

    Connect with Molly

    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:

    Instagram: @mollycarmel

    Facebook: Molly Carmel

    YouTube: Molly Carmel

    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course

    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Group Coaching: mollycarmel.com/coaching-with-molly
    Weekly IntenSati Spiritual Fitness Class: mollycarmel.com/intensati

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    46 mins
  • May 11 2022

    Today’s episode calls for a pencil and notepad as Molly and Dr. Marty Lerner dig deep into the psychological relationship we have with food and how it affects us. Dr. Lerner, being a pioneer in the field of food addiction, starts off by talking about his foundations in research of eating disorders and food addiction and then his transition to the treatment of the individuals suffering from these diseases. 

    Molly and Dr. Lerner give us some key takeaways that Dr. Lerner has gleaned from his food addiction research. First, the two discuss a three-stage process of what tends to happen when individuals begin avoiding food triggers: at first, doing it to be “good,” then it simply becomes easier, finally it becomes more comfortable and a preference. This leads to the conversation of SMERF– an acronym that Dr. Lerner notes should not just be for those that suffer from food addiction, but for anyone in general that simply wants to live a better lifestyle. 

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    Episode Quotes

    • “The whole gist of breaking up with sugar or finding what your biological triggers are and avoiding them is clearing the pathway so that you can start to make radical changes in your relationship with life.” –Dr. Marty Lerner
    • “Recovery isn’t about feeling good all the time. It’s about doing good, not feeling good.” –Dr. Marty Lerner

    Key Highlights

    • The importance of differentiating between eating disorders and food addiction;
    • When we avoid our biological food triggers, it can lead to a lasting change that will become easier and a preference;
    • Hard work is the only way any form of recovery can take root in our lives;
    • As a society, we often overthink and underdo;
    • Using SMERF to improve any lifestyle: Spirituality, Meditation, Exercise, Rest, and Food Plan;
    • Your ego is not your amigo– when relapse or a slip happens, our ego or shame often get in the way and we are afraid to ask for help;



    About Marty Lerner, PhD

    Dr. Marty Lerner is the Executive Director of the Milestones in Recovery Eating Disorders Program located in Cooper City, FL. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Lerner is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist who has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs that include The NPR Report, 20/20, Discovery Health and ABC's Nightline, as well as having authored several articles related to eating disorders in professional publications, national magazines and newspapers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, Orlando and Hollywood Sun-Sentinels. 

    Connect with Marty Lerner, PhD

    His free eBook is available at: https://www.milestonesprogram.org/

    About Molly Carmel

    Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

    Connect with Molly

    Want to spend MORE time together? Me too! Here are all the ways:

    Instagram: @mollycarmel

    Facebook: Molly Carmel

    YouTube: Molly Carmel

    Free Mini Masterclass: mollycarmel.com/signup
    Breaking Up with Sugar Course: molly-carmel.mykajabi.com/buws-course

    Breaking Up with Sugar Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/buwsbook
    Monthly Group Coaching: mollycarmel.com/coaching-with-molly
    Weekly IntenSati Spiritual Fitness Class: mollycarmel.com/intensati

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    44 mins

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Molly Carmels approach to creating a healthy relationship with food has helped me make so many positive changes. Hearing her interview others continues to expand my toolkit and open my mind to ways to live a healthy life.