Hi, I'm Rachel.
If you're new here, let me introduce myself and the podcast.
I'm a life coach and teacher helping women to have a deeper trust in their hungers — both at and away from the table. In college, like so many women, I had an eating disorder and through my recovery, I discovered Health at Every Size, fat activism, and Intuitive Eating. All that means is I stopped believing in the idea that humans need to fit into a certain size, that our size is a determinant of our well-being, that our well-being is just about our physical self, that entire systems and industries exist to profit from making us spend our lives obsessing over food and our bodies, and most importantly, we can actually trust our bodies to figure out what to weigh and what to eat.
In late 2017 my husband and I discovered that we were pregnant with our first child and I found myself with a new question: why are the only times we celebrate the belly when it belongs to a chubby baby, an adult with six-pack abs, or a thinner-bodied pregnant woman?
Even before my belly began to expand I was aware that I was likely facing two common rights of passages in our culture: the celebration of my pregnant belly and the shaming of my postpartum belly. Something about this didn't add up and it got me thinking about the broad range of experiences women have with their bellies throughout their lives in a body (and belly)-toxic world.
So I set out to have a series of conversations with wise women about their bellies and how we all might find greater ease at the center of it all. These conversations make up The Belly Love podcast.