Diet Starts Tomorrow

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Welcome to Diet Starts Tomorrow, a podcast hosted by Betches co-founder Aleen Dreksler, featuring all things wellness, body image, mental health, nutrition and fitness from the no-bullsh*t perspective of people who totally understand the struggle. In a world where “wellness” looks perfect on Instagram but feels anything but in real life, this podcast explores the psychological and emotional side of health and wellbeing as a whole. Listen as we figure out what it means to achieve balance and live healthfully while also enjoying life, featuring our own experience with weight loss (and gain), staying active when it's literally the last thing you want to do, and how to *actually* like your body. Gasp. No matter your mindset, DST is always with you through thicc and thin.

Episode Date
Convincing My Family To *Finally* Stop Commenting On My Body Ft. Nicole Pellegrino
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Nicole Pellegrino is back for another DST Thursday! Nicole and Aleen start by catching up and sharing their DST Wins of the week. Aleen’s is about being nine months postpartum and learning how to ignore baby weight comments/expectations and Nicole’s is about surviving her first week as a puppy mom (ICYMI, Nicole got the cutest pup). Then they read a listener DSTW from a bride-to-be, who successfully handled family members' unsolicited comments about her weight. Next they listen to a voicemail, all about hating your bridesmaids dress and how to let the bride know you're uncomfy—we've all been there. Aleen and Nicole are here to help and share how they’d approach this situation, plus get into regrets from their own weddings. Don’t forget to call into the DST hotline with all of your questions, stories and DST wins - 212-287-5650‬.
May 19, 2022
Why Are We So Obsessed With Defining Ourselves? Ft. Jordana Abraham & Dr. Naomi Bernstein
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It’s all about therapy this week as Aleen is joined by Jordana and her sister, clinical psychologist Dr. Naomi Bernstein. They fill us in on their new podcast Oversharing, which is all about the challenges we face in all kinds of relationships; from friendships to family to long term partnerships. Aleen tells us just how long she’s known Jordana and Naomi (hint: it’s long af) then we get to know Dr. Naomi and the work she does. She tells us what made her want to become a therapist, the types of issues her clients face, and the best advice she’s ever given to Jordana. Then we dig into the Dear DST emails of the week (with an actual expert on hand this time). The first listener asks for advice on how to handle a boyfriend’s mom who makes too many questionable body image comments. Next, we read an email asking for advice on how to know when to speak up for the sake of a loved one’s health. To wrap up the ep, Dr. Naomi gives us some of her top tips for what to ask when looking for a new therapist.
May 15, 2022
Workout Woman Has Thoughts On Orangetheory Fitness
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Workout Woman, aka Ashley Fern (@disco_infern0), is back to share her latest workout report. Ashley starts off by clearing the air from the last Workout Woman ep - let’s just agree to disagree that, no matter how Lagree is pronounced, it’s a hard AF workout. Aleen then reads a listener submitted DST Win (new & improved NSW) about not comparing yourself to others in workout classes, then she and Ashley share their own, which are about getting back into the kitchen and waking up before the sun to get that workout in. Ashley then gives her first-timer workout report of the highly recommended Orangetheory Fitness. From the vibes to the quality of the class, they break it all down. Don’t forget to submit your recommendations for workout classes for Ashley to try by dming @dietstartstomorrow or emailing dst@betches.com.
May 12, 2022
The Truth Behind Having Anorexia On TV Ft. Jackie Goldschneider
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*Episode Trigger Warning: This episode features a conversation around eating disorders and disordered eating* This week Aleen is joined by Jackie Goldschneider, cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, a mom of two sets of twins, and a former real estate agent. Since joining the cast in 2018, Jackie has been open about her recovery journey from an eating disorder. During this season (season 12), Jackie shares that she actually still suffers from Anorexia, and she vulnerably takes viewers BTS on her brave road to recovery. Throughout Aleen’s convo with Jackie, she shares what having an eating disorder for the past 20+ years has been like, the type of impact it’s had on her family, and what it's been like for her to go through this tough time so publicly. Jackie shares how she wishes she had someone to look up to in the public eye who was going through something similar and so now she hopes she can be that for someone else in need. The convo wraps up with a discussion on how to approach talking about eating disorders with kids, how Jackie hopes to recreate memories with her loved ones that she wasn’t present for, and what her future holds. * If you or someone you know are suffering from an eating disorder we encourage you to call the National Eating Disorders Association Hotline - 1800-932-2237 *
May 08, 2022
Aleen Answers All Of Your Questions (Pt. 2)
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Aleen is back solo for this week’s DST Thursday. She kicks off by getting the pulse of DST’ers on the future NSWs. Then she shares her NSW, which has to do with feeling refreshed and reads a listener submitted NSW about not kicking yourself when fast food is your only option. Aleen then reads the Dear DST of the week, which asks her advice on how to approach breaking your routine while on vacation with friends. Aleen then answers a bunch of listener submitted questions that include everything from how she met Rusty to her fav kitchen utensil. Don’t forget to call the DST hotline with your questions, stories, and non-scale wins — 212-287-5650‬.
May 05, 2022
Everyone Needs A Mental Health Toolbox Ft. Kendall Toole
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*Episode Trigger Warning: This episode features mentions of suicide and suicidal thoughts* May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we’re honored to kick it off with the ultimate Mental Health advocate, Peloton Instructor, and long-time DST’er, Kendall Toole. Kendall starts off by sharing what made her become a fitness instructor, how she ended up as a Peloton fan-favorite, and what it’s like as an instructor behind-the-scenes. Kendall then gets into her lifelong struggles with mental health, including a young diagnosis of OCD. She talks about the challenges she had to face with the diagnosis, how she pretended like everything was fine throughout college (until she hit her breaking point), and how she deals with these challenges as an adult. Kendall then shares the importance of using her *large* platform for good, and how she’s been able to set boundaries to ensure she shows up each day as her confident self. The ep comes to a close with DST Confessions, where Kendall hints at whether her hairstyles are sending secret messages to her riders and the importance of dry shampoo. If you or someone you know is suicidal or needs support please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 
May 01, 2022
Body Shaming and Fat Phobia In Pop Culture Ft. Dylan Hafer
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For this week’s Dear DST, Aleen is joined by Betches’ resident pop culture enthusiast, Dylan Hafer, aka the face behind @bravobybetches and host of the Mention It All and Pop Alarm podcasts. Dylan and Aleen dive right in and chat about how there have been a ton of fat shaming comments made in pop culture recently, and how that’s 100% not okay. They then share some Non-Scale Wins: Dylan's is all about learning to embrace your body, and Aleen gives a ~beauty~ update on something she’s been putting off. Next, they read a listener NSW about learning to improve your relationship with your body (it's harder than it looks) and they talk about the ways they’re trying to do this for themselves. Then they dive into the Dear DST of the week, which is about how often *mainly women* are fat shamed in pop culture. Dylan then gives us the rundown on a few body shaming situations that have happened recently on Real Housewives and on Tiktok. The episode wraps up with a convo about the new Abercrombie documentary and how it’s time to rewire your brain so you stop making comments about other people’s bodies.
Apr 28, 2022
A Holistic Approach To Anxiety Ft. Dr. Ellen Vora
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This week, Aleen is joined by Dr. Ellen Vora, who is a holistic and board-certified psychiatrist, medical acupuncturist, yoga teacher and author of the new book The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response. Dr. Vora is here to help us break down why we’re always anxious, explain *wtf* anxiety actually is and how to identify the root cause. Throughout the conversation, Dr. Vora explains her functional approach to mental health and how our diets, screen time, and quality of sleep can impact our anxiety. She also shares that healing anxiety from a holistic approach may work for people who find that medication does not. We wrap up with sharing ways to help soothe our anxious thoughts and Dr. Vora gives us tips on how to climb out of our “anxious pandemic holes”.
Apr 24, 2022
Are Reformer Workouts Worth The Money? Ft. Ashley Fern
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Workout Woman aka Ashley Fern (@disco_infern0) is back! This week, Ashley’s report is about reformer workouts. The episode kicks off with Non-Scale Wins of the week - Aleen’s was a long time coming and Ashley’s is about hitting a big workout milestone. Next, we read a listener NSW about using the podcast to help them get through a tough health struggle, which was the result of not prioritizing their health in the right way. Then, Ashley gives her workout report on Solidcore, SLT, BODYROK and Lagree. Ashley gives us the rundown on how all of the studios differ from each other and throughout the convo, Aleen shares her experience with reformer classes. We then talk about how sore these workouts make you and whether or not they’re worth the price.
Apr 21, 2022
Adding Weed Into Your Wellness Routine Ft. Tara Rozalowsky
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It's 4/20 this week, so you know what that means. We’re talking all things weed/cannabis/marijuana/Mary Jane/ *green leaf emoji* or whatever you like to call it. Aleen is joined by Tara Rozalowsky, Interim Chief Product Officer at the global cannabis company, Canopy Growth. Tara's here to answer all our canna-curious questions about everyone’s fav plant. She shares how weed can affect mood management, overall health/wellness, and how we can start removing the stigma it brings for people who use it. Throughout the convo Tara shares her personal experience with weed and how it’s helped her family. She also explains how different strains impact people in unique ways, what the best ways are to consume, and the legalization info for different countries and states. The ep wraps up with a chat about "stoner-cisers," aka people who workout under the influence. Tara explains the movement and shares how to not let the munchies over consume you (literally).
Apr 17, 2022
Low Rise Jeans, TikTok Filters & Thirst Traps Ft. Nicole Pellegrino
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Aleen is joined by Nicole Pellegrino, Betches’ Director of TikTok and the face behind @betchesbrides. Aleen and Nicole kickoff the episode by filling us in on our exciting new product Faux Pas, which launched 4/12 (go follow @drinkfauxpas for all the deets). Aleen then shares two NSWs - one of which has to do with Betches Canned Cocktails and the other about getting a much needed wardrobe refresh. Nicole shares her NSW about being an introverted extrovert and then we read a listener NSW about jean shorts (summer is coming). Next, they play a listener voicemail about low-rise jeans and why they’re triggering for some. Finally, we get into a convo about Julia Fox’s love for low-rise jeans, how toxic TikTok filters can be, and a whole lot more. Don’t forget to call into the DST hotline with all of your questions, stories and non-scale wins to 212-287-5650‬.
Apr 14, 2022
Working Out Too Much May Not Be Good For You Ft. Physical Therapist Shannon Ritchey
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This week Aleen is joined by Shannon Ritchey—physical therapist, fitness instructor, and owner of the online fitness platform, Evlo. Shannon explains how our muscles are all connected, and common mistakes we’ve probably all made while working out. Shannon then shares how women can maximize their workouts without wearing down their bodies and without focusing so much on how sweaty we’re getting. Next, we talk about the importance of planning out your workouts, so you don’t overwork your body and the value of taking rest days (yes, multiple!). Don’t forget to call into the DST hotline with all of your questions, stories and non-scale wins to 212-287-5650‬.
Apr 10, 2022
The One Where Aleen Answers All Of Your Questions
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Aleen is riding solo for this week's Dear DST, and we kick off with her answering a bunch of the questions that she’s recently been asked on Instagram. She gets into everything from postpartum body image, to what a day of perfect meals entails and even reminisces on a time when she lived alone with a gas leak - yikes. Aleen then shares a NSW all about keeping it TF together this past week, then reads a listener NSW about confronting your mom who makes comments about your weight. The episode wraps up with a Dear DST how to navigate dating when you’re not *feeling yourself*. Call us with your questions, stories, and non-scale wins—we want to hear them directly from you— 212-287-5650‬.
Apr 07, 2022
Unf*ck Your Brain And Learn To Be More Confident Ft. Kara Lowentheil
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This week Aleen is joined by Kara Lowentheil, Master Certified Confidence Coach and host of the UnF*ck Your Brain podcast, which helps women overcome self-critical thoughts that are undermining their confidence (and happiness). Kara is a former Women’s Rights Lawyer, who uses her law degree and cognitive-psychology based techniques to help women become stronger versions of themselves. The conversation kicks off with Kara sharing why she thinks many women are people pleasers (thanks society), what it actually means to unf*ck your brain and how to do it. We then dive into perfection: how women are on the hunt to find it, but why it's important for us to recognize that perfection is not reality and that “faking it till we make it” is not helping anyone. Get ready to have your eyes opened—Aleen has already started changing her daily thought processes after her convo with Kara.
Apr 03, 2022
We All Fake Tie Our Shoes In Workout Classes Ft. Ashley Fern
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Aleen is rejoined by Ashley Fern (@disco_infern0), our in-house workout woman and the face behind @betchestravel. Aleen and Ashley dive into their Non-Scale Wins of the week. Aleen then reads a listener submitted Dear DST asking whether it’s considered going “backwards” in your intuitive eating journey if you want to make some changes to your diet to support your workout routine. Ashley then gives us an update on her new workout sneakers and Aleen drops some sneaker knowledge (she’s a former Footlocker employee, so she knows her shit). Ashley wraps up the ep with her latest workout report on Barry’s Bootcamp and shares how it compares to the other exercises classes she's mentioned on the show. 
Mar 31, 2022
Let’s Clear Up Some Confusion Around Nutrition Ft. Vanessa Rissetto
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We're excited to have Vanessa Rissetto, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and co-founder of Culina Health, back on this week's pod. Vanessa joins us to talk about WTF diet culture actually is and what it’s not. Aleen and Vanessa kickoff the convo by discussing what Aleen has learned so far working with a dietician. They then discuss how nutrition will never be a *one-size fits all* (which is key to remember when scrolling social media) and Vanessa stresses how important that is when dealing with her clients. We then answer a lot of listener-submitted questions about the confusing and sometimes contradicting “facts” about nutrition, how to talk to kids about food or appearance comments, and why Doritos are Vanessa’s favorite food.
Mar 27, 2022
Putting Less Effort Into My Looks Shouldn't Make Me Unprofessional Ft. Jordana Abraham
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This week Aleen is joined by Jordana Abraham, Betches co-founder and co-host of the U Up? podcast. They start things off by sharing some Non-Scale Wins, which include Aleen getting back into the kitchen and Jordana pushing herself out of her comfort zone (we love to see it). Then they read a listener’s NSW about putting yourself first and confronting those rude AF family members who make comments about your body. Next they read a listener submitted Dear DST, which is sponsored by Hulu’s new original series Life & Beth starring and executive produced by Amy Schumer. This week’s email is about how much time it takes to present yourself “professionally” as a woman and the difference in beauty standards for. women. Finally, we talk about learning how to present yourself in a professional yet comfortable way (shout-out to our gold hoops).
Mar 24, 2022
Why I Wake Up At 5:17am Every Morning Ft. Liz Plosser
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This week Aleen is joined by Liz Plosser, Editor-In-Chief at Women’s Health and author of her new book, “Own Your Morning.” Liz kicks off the episode by telling us about her 15+ year career in the wellness industry, before sharing the benefits of a good morning routine. Liz dives into why she wrote a book about mornings, exactly what her morning routine is (you’ll want to take notes), and how she’s been able to find happiness in waking up before the sun. Liz also shares her pro tips for making mornings a little less sucky. From prepping for your morning the night before to getting more fresh air at the start of your day (sunlight is nature’s espresso martini), Liz gives some great advice for everyone, even those who aren’t “morning people.”
Mar 20, 2022
TikTok Wellness Trends That Have Got To Go Ft. Nicole Pellegrino
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Aleen is rejoined by Nicole Pellegrino, Betches’ Director of TikTok and the face behind @betchesbrides. We kickoff by hearing Nicole’s NSW of the week, about making an overdue doctor’s appointment and Aleen’s NSW about finding the feng shui that she was missing in her life. Then, we read a listener NSW about forming harmful habits after watching too many “What I Ate In The Day” TikToks. Ever notice how all of those videos start with mirror selfies? Nicole and Aleen then talk about the possible harmful effects of this trend and others like it. We then dig into the Dear DST of the week, which is about learning how to stop comparing yourself to others (why is it so hard?!)
Mar 17, 2022
I Was The ‘Chubby Kid’ On Tv, Then I Lost 100 Lbs Ft. Josh Peck
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This week, Aleen is joined by Nickelodeon legend and author of his new book Happy People Are Annoying, Josh Peck! The episode kicks off with Aleen and Josh reminiscing on their childhoods and that time a few years ago when they were both on an influencer trip in Mexico together (!?). Josh then tells us about his book, which includes lessons that he learned from being the “chubby funny kid” (aka Josh Nichols on Drake & Josh) and how losing 100+ pounds is something that no one can seem to get over. Then, we chat about life lessons that Josh hopes to teach his son and how standing in his own way caused him to miss out on some career opportunities (like a part in one of the most iconic movies of all time). Finally, Josh and Aleen confess their favorite shows growing up. Everyone remembers Summer Sanders right?
Mar 13, 2022
Here’s A List Of My Restaurant Pet Peeves FT. Jared Freid
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Aleen is rejoined by Jared Freid for this week’s Dear DST. Warning: you once again will be hungry after listening to this episode. We kickoff by talking about our pet peeves when going to restaurants with other people. Let's be real - who wants to share? Then, we hear Jared’s long-winded, but of course hilarious NSW and Aleen shares one about a form of exercise she was recently reunited with. We then read a listener NSW about curating your social media feed, so you aren’t targeted by annoying diet culture-y or overly hunger producing content. Finally, we read a listener submitted Dear DST about knowing when to confront your friends about their body issues.
Mar 10, 2022
Thoughts While Picking At The Bread Basket Ft. Jared Freid
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This week, we’re celebrating our 300th DST episode with Jared Freid, aka Betches fav stand-up comedian and the cohost of U Up? The episode kicks off with us reminiscing on how far we’ve come over the years. Then, Jared tells us a story about at v fancy dinner he had, he got in a fight with the "bread basket" (bread baskets > fancy crackers) and how one drink brought him down a food delivery rabbit hole. He then gives us updates on his wellness journey - shout-out to Jared’s wellness glam squad: @alixturoff_rd, @forzag and @gordonstylehouse__ . Finally, Aleen & Jared answer some listener questions and then Aleen's set the mood of the week. Fair warning: you will be hungry after listening to this ep.
Mar 06, 2022
Please Tell My Apple Watch To STFU Ft. Ashley Fern
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Aleen is joined by our in-house workout woman, Ashley Fern (also behind @betchestravel - go follow). To kick off the episode, Ashley and Aleen share their NSW - Ashley talks about how freeing taking a break from your Apple Watch can be, and Aleen gives us the details of her new at home workout product she's been loving. Then, they read a listener email about an eye opening workout experience and talk how important it is to not feel peer pressure from others in your workout classes. Ashley then gives her latest workout report, on a not-so-great experience she had at a studio and she also shares her *current* fav at-home workout.
Mar 03, 2022
Do You Spend Too Much Time On Drama? Ft. Cy Wakeman
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This week, Aleen is joined by professional drama researcher, Cy Wakeman, who's coming out with a new book called: Life's Messy, Live Happy: Things Don't Have to Be Perfect for You to Be Content - all about how to remove the drama from your life. Cy has been researching this topic for the last 20+ years and has found that on average a person spends nearly 2.5 hours per day in drama (no, no, no drama). Throughout the ep, Cy teaches us how to be less dramatic in both our personal and professional lives - through a change in perspective. Finally, we end with a new segment called DST Moods, where we set an intention for the week ahead!
Feb 27, 2022
Consistency Doesn't Mean Doing The Same Workout Non-Stop FT. Danielle Friedman
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Aleen is rejoined by Danielle Friedman (@daniellefriedmanwrites) who is an award-winning journalist and author of Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World. The convo kicks off with Danielle sharing her Non-Scale Win, which the DST'ers who are parents will def relate to and Aleen shares a win about journaling. Next, they dive into a listener's emails about overcoming health struggles to realize the importance of working out and how to set boundaries from feeling guilty on days where we skip our workouts. The episode wraps up with some insights from Aleen and Danielle about ways to be more excited for a workout and how to avoid making your workout feel like a chore.
Feb 24, 2022
Barre Class Started As A Sex Class (And Other Lessons In Women’s Fitness History)
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Aleen is joined this week by Danielle Friedman who is an award-winning journalist and author of Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World. The book shares the history behind the workouts that we’re all now obsessed with, the sexualized nature of some of the moves, the women who revolutionized women’s fitness, and how clothing trends have evolved over the years (can you even imagine wearing a girdle to workout?) Throughout the ep, Danielle paints a behind-the-scenes picture of how the fitness industry has become what it is today and how we became so workout obsessed. Finally, we end by sharing our DST confessions of the week, about the most boring workout classes we’ve ever done.
Feb 20, 2022
No One Cares How You Look At Your Friend’s Wedding Ft. Nicole Pellegrino
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Aleen is joined by Nicole Pellegrino, host of the Betches Brides podcast and the face behind @betchesbrides on Instagram. With wedding season just around the corner—and nearly 2.5 million weddings expected to happen this year—we can all relate to wanting to feel our best on the big day, whether you’re the one getting married or just a guest. Aleen and Nicole share their Non-Scale Wins for the week, including one about TikTok success (what else?). Then they answer a Dear DST email (shocker:it’s about weddings) with some helpful tips for surviving the season. They wrap up the ep with some pro-tips on feeling your best at a wedding, because we’ll all be attending a sh*t ton of them soon.
Feb 17, 2022
The Downsides Of Insta-Therapy Ft. Seerut Chawla
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This week Aleen's joined by Seerut Chawla (@seerutkchawla), a London based psychotherapist who focuses on Trauma Informed Therapy, who has a tough love approach to mental health advocacy on social media. Seerut shares her perspective on what therapy has become on Instagram aka the phenomenon she calls “insta therapy”, and examples of how to spot it. She talks about why she thinks it's not helpful or genuine and more on why you should avoid it. Then, Seerut defines what trauma actually is and explains why it's different than what you may think. This leads to a discussion of the downsides and potentially lasting effects of taking mental health advice that you get from social media too seriously and why it doesn’t replace seeking professional help. Finally, we end breaking down the DST confession topic of the week (hint: grab your popcorn).
Feb 13, 2022
Switching Therapists is Totally Normal FT. @JustMe.Rod
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Aleen is rejoined by Rod Thill (aka @JustMe.Rod)—the millennial culture aficionado, mental health advocate and hilarious TikToker. The convo kicks off with Rod sharing his Non-Scale Win about creating a new routine with his meal schedule and Aleen shares an update on her strength training journey. Next, they dive into listener emails about finding a balance and the importance of celebrating the small wins (you're doing amazing sweetie). The episode wraps up with some insight from Rod— about his tips for finding a new therapist and the necessary steps to take while "test driving" one out.
Feb 10, 2022
Men Struggle With Body Image Too FT. @Rod
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This week Aleen is joined by mental health champion, millennial culture aficionado, and hilarious TikToker Rod Thill (aka @JustMe.Rod). They dive right in to talk about Rod's struggles with body dysmorphia, combatting an eating disorder and finding *much needed* comfort from therapy. Rod then divulges the difficult sides of having such a popular social platform—where it’s not all fun and games—and how he manages to use his platform for good, even when he’s not feeling his best. Moral of the story? Everyone struggles behind the scenes—even Rod.
Feb 06, 2022
Help, I'm Too Lazy To Make Healthy Meals Ft. Tamar Samuels & Vanessa Rissetto of Culina Health
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This week Aleen's rejoined by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Tamar Samuels and Vanessa Rissetto, co-founders of Culina Health. The convo kicks off with Aleen, Tamar, and Vanessa sharing some Non-Scale Wins and giving their pro-tips for conquering adult struggles like not having enough time between meetings to make a healthy lunch and not over snacking before dinner. Then, they dive into a few listener emails and give even more advice that we needed to hear. The trio then talk about getting back into the kitchen (trust us, it's easier to do than you think), the importance of eating a balanced meal, and why sandwiches are not getting the attention they deserve (yes, you should absolutely eat both slices of bread).
Feb 03, 2022
Finally, A Nutritionist Who Hates Kale Ft. Tamar Samuels & Vanessa Rissetto of Culina Health
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Aleen is joined by Tamar Samuels and Vanessa Rissetto, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and co-founders of Culina Health. Tamar and Vanessa talk about why they believe food is medicine, how nutrition is not one-size-fits-all, and give tips on how to make eating nutritious meals less daunting. They also share their real feelings towards leafy greens (spoiler: ew, kale) and what Instagram often gets wrong about nutrition. Finally, we play a game of “DST Confessions” in which Aleen, Vanessa, and Tamar must all confess to something about our favorite topic (food obviously).
Jan 30, 2022
Our Latest Workout Obsessions Ft. Ashley Fern
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On this Thursday’s episode, Aleen is joined by Ashley Fern, returning DST guest and the face behind @betchestravel (go follow if you haven’t already). They start by sharing their Non-Scale Wins of the week, presented by Impossible Foods, which includes Aleen's truly “virtual” workout experience and a listener submission about putting your mental health first. Then, Ashley joins us for a new segment, "Workout Woman", where she'll be testing out & sharing new workouts she's been loving (or not) both IRL & at-home. For Ashley's first workout, she shares a detailed review of her recent intense (ugh) group cardio session.
Jan 27, 2022
Why Can’t I Believe People When They Say I Look Good? Ft. Morgan Simianer From Cheer
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This week Aleen is joined by Morgan Simianer, star of everybody’s favorite bingeable Netflix reality series Cheer. Morgan tells us what she’s been up to in the past two years since finding sudden fame with the team from Navarro College in season one. Aleen and Morgan talk about what it’s like to be a high profile (and high pressure) athlete, both mentally and physically, as well as how Morgan’s life has changed since the show aired. We also hear about what’s next for Morgan now that her cheering career is behind her, which surprising thing gives her the most anxiety (hint: it’s not flying through the air in a death-defying stunt), and what it feels like to be getting compliments from strangers when you don’t see yourself that way.
Jan 23, 2022
Admit It, You Stare At Yourself On Zoom Ft. Drs Lindsay & Lexie Kite
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Aleen is rejoined by sisters Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite, co-authors of the book More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament for this week's Dear DST. The conversation kicks off with Lexie, Lindsay and Aleen sharing their Non-Scale Wins. Next, they dig into some listener emails about breaking bad habits and how we can fight off the peer pressure that some of us feel to keep up with the "norm" of beauty standards (cough cough, botox and fillers).
Jan 20, 2022
Stop Looking At Your Body And Start Living In It Ft. Drs. Lindsay & Lexie Kite
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This week, Aleen is joined by Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite, co-authors of the book More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament and identical twins. They’re also co-directors of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined. Lindsay and Lexie work to help women understand that having a positive body image isn’t just about believing your body looks good, it’s knowing your body IS good—regardless of how it looks. They share lessons on how we can better ourselves, while acknowledging we’re human and will inevitably compare ourselves to others more than we’d like to admit. They also break down their approach of inspiring younger generations to feel the same. Start being nicer to your body by reading their book: https://amzn.to/3qkS9Av and find out more about their online courses at www.morethanabody.org 
Jan 16, 2022
We All Judge People Ft. Jordan Syatt
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Aleen is back with Celebrity Fitness Trainer Jordan Syatt for this week’s Dear DST episode. We kick things off by sharing our Non-Scale Wins of the week and then read some listener emails. Both emails share a common (and very relatable) theme: body image. The first emailer is focused on their post-wedding body image, and the other on the body image of someone they’re dating. Jordan shares that it’s okay to value your health as one of the most important things in any relationship, and judgey-ness isn’t all bad. I mean, we all judge people constantly, right? Right?!!
Jan 13, 2022
Low Intensity Cardio Can Be Just As Good As HIIT Ft. Jordan Syatt
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Aleen is reunited with one of the most requested DST guests, celebrity trainer and lover of big salads, Jordan Syatt! They start by catching up on everything Jordan’s been up to since he was last on the show in 2019 (where did time go?) including a big relationship change, a cross-country move, and a new fitness hobby. Then they talk about fitness best practices, wellness must-dos & don’ts, and a whole lot more. Plus, they discuss popular fitness myths & the truth behind them, including why Jordan thinks HIIT is not it and why low intensity cardio workouts are still super beneficial for your health. Finally, Aleen and Jordan answers some interesting listener-submitted questions and have a quick convo about Harry Potter.
Jan 09, 2022
The 4th Annual DST Resolutions Episode
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Happy New Year! Sami and Aleen start the year with a brief reflection on 2021 before sharing a bittersweet announcement about the podcast, and discuss what’s in store for DST this coming year. Then they react to the resolutions they set for 2021 - from finding new hobbies to starting a family, we listen to all the resolutions that they met (or more likely… didn’t meet) throughout the year. Finally, they end the show by setting some ‘loose commitments’ for 2022, because let’s be real: ‘resolutions’ is a strong word.
Jan 02, 2022
The Final Dear DST of 2021
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Sami and Aleen are back for the final episode of Dear DST of 2021. We kick off by sharing our Non-Scale Wins and then dig into listeners' emails, which focus on the importance of getting a second medical opinion and how to set little goals for yourself to avoid doom scrolling on social media. Let’s continue to be the best version of ourselves in the new year and take these WTF moments and turn them into taking control of our problems.
Dec 30, 2021
The 411 On Endometriosis Ft. Dr. Sandra Gelbard
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This week we’re joined by Dr. Sandra Gelbard, a board certified internal medicine physician, who previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Dr. Gelbard gives us an extensive overview of endometriosis, clears up some misconceptions and gives us tips on how to best support loved ones who may be experiencing it themselves. You can read more in Vogue about Dr. Gelbard's approach to treating endometriosis and how she's helped many women including Lena Dunham to make tough medical decisions.
Dec 26, 2021
If I Had A Do Over... (DST: Back For Seconds Excerpt)
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As a special holiday treat, DST presents an excerpt from the latest Back for Seconds episode, as Sami and Aleen admit what they wish they could change about the past. To hear more, subscribe now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and check out the episode entitled “Sami And Aleen Admit Their Wellness Regrets”.
Dec 24, 2021
The Most Shocking Listener Emails Ft. Caroline Dooner
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Sami and Aleen are back for this week’s Dear DST episode with author and ex-dieter Caroline Dooner. They kick off the episode by sharing their Non-Scale Wins and then dig into some intense listener emails. Both of this week’s scenarios are about inappropriate comments made about weight, both for good and for bad (mostly bad). They give tips for how to turn wtf situations into learning moments, and handling awkward situations moving forward.
Dec 23, 2021
Burnout Is F*cking Real Ft. Caroline Dooner
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Sami and Aleen are re-joined by author of The F*CK It Diet and returning DST guest, Caroline Dooner, to talk about that all-too-familiar topic: burnout. They catch up on everything Caroline’s been up to since she was last on the show. Then they talk about her new book, TIRED AS F*CK, and discuss the best ways to avoid burnout, both at home and at work. (Is there even a difference anymore?) Caroline also shares some tips on how to say no to the things that don’t bring joy to our lives.
Dec 19, 2021
Overdue Non-Scale Wins & Silencing Unwanted Noise
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Today for Dear DST Sami and Aleen are back together! They chat about Aleen’s first few months of motherhood, Sami shares more details on her embryo freezing process, and they read a listener non-scale-win about giving yourself grace during the winter months of the year. It’s too f*cking cold to move anyway. Then they respond to a listener email about telling people the real reason you’ve lost weight (illness) and communicating that their unwanted compliments are actually… well, unwanted.
Dec 16, 2021
The Post-Baby Body Episode
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Welcome back Aleen! Today Sami and Aleen are back together, catching up on post-baby body anxiety, a new look on life, and Sami’s embryo freezing journey. Aleen shares her insights on her body image now that she’s a mom, how her views of her body have shifted after giving birth, and much more. Then we dig into Sami’s embryo freezing journey - why she did it, how it went, and what’s next. We’re so happy that Sami and Aleen are back, and we get to catch up on where everyone is now.
Dec 12, 2021
How To Respond To Backhanded Compliments
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Sami is back for a solo Dear DST episode, starting with a holiday focused Non-Scale Win that we can all relate to now that we're in holiday season. She then shares some of her other Non-Scale Wins, talks about the process of freezing her embryos and more. Next, a listener writes in with a Dear DST email about backhanded compliments and how frustrating they can be. Sami shares her insights on how she usually confronts those types of situations.
Dec 09, 2021
What It’s Really Like Being A Plus Size Model Ft. Catie Li
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Today Sami is joined by Catie Li, plus size model, influencer and overall badass. Catie and Sami chat about Catie’s journey as a plus sized model and how behind the fashion industry is in the world of extended sizing. Catie then shares her best tips for extended sizing shoppers, what staples are a must-have in every woman’s closet and so much more. Finally, Catie shares some details on how she’s determined to help all women feel comfortable in their own skin like she’s been able to learn how to do over the years as a self proclaimed “overnight success ten years in the making.” 
Dec 05, 2021
Am I The Only One Dealing With Too Much Sweat?
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Sami is back for a solo Dear DST episode, starting with an amazing listener Non Scale Win about bouncing back from a pre-wedding freakout and wearing the bridesmaid dress with confidence. Sami also talks about the beauty of tailoring a dress to your own body (and how confident it can make you feel). Then she shares a couple of NSWs of her own, including one about getting back in the pool and another about actually setting a doctor’s appointment (and not looking at the number on the scale). Next, a listener writes in with a Dear DST email about the all-too-relatable issue of excess sweat and how to find a solution that works for you. Sami tells us about her own experience with sweat and offers some tips for solutions that work for her.
Dec 02, 2021
How to Become Your Most Confident Self Ft. Serena Kerrigan
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Today Sami is joined by the one, the only, the self-styled Queen of Confidence, content creator Serena F*cking Kerrigan—or SFK for short. They start off by chatting about the ultimate act of self love (spoiler: it’s self pleasure), which inspired Serena’s new card game. SFK then divulges why she had to start an OnlyFans to avoid getting shadowbanned—tea!—before the conversation shifts towards Serena’s speciality, confidence. From feeling insecure about weight to the importance of using that exact verb “feeling,” instead of “I am,” they get into the nitty gritty nature of confidence with all its ups and downs. Finally, Sami and Serena delve into changing your frame of thought with direct tips on how to become your most confident, sexy self.
Nov 28, 2021
Should I Take Sides In The Thanksgiving Family Drama?
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Sami starts off today’s Thanksgiving episode of Dear DST by sharing her own holiday plans—including making her first ever turkey—and getting into the struggles that come along with these kinds of family gatherings. Then, Sami reads a listener’s Non Scale Win about dropping those self-created food “rules” and buying herself not one, but two pumpkin pies—how good does that sound?! Sami then shares a NSW of her own, and reflects on a recent DST: Back for Seconds episode about living with grief. Finally, we close the episode with a Dear DST email about navigating the all too familiar Thanksgiving family drama. Sami responds to the questions we all want to know—are you obligated to take sides? And is it possible to avoid a family fall-out?
Nov 25, 2021
How To Shop For Your Body Type Ft. Katie Sturino
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Sami is joined by a fan favorite, the founder of Megababe and author of Body Talk, Katie Sturino. They start by talking about influences on body image during our formative years (we’re looking at you Gwyneth). Then they dive into a conversation about shopping for all body types, including actual brand recommendations if you’re looking for extended sizing options. They talk about the line between focusing on healthy choices for your body, and the looming influence of diet culture. Sami tells us what led to her shift in diet thinking before and after her wedding last year, and they discuss the threat of treating your wedding photos as a benchmark. Finally, they close things with a playbook for changing your attitude toward negative body thoughts and finding confidence in yourself.
Nov 21, 2021
Can You Trick Someone Into Thinking You’re More Attractive? Ft. Jared Freid
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami is joined by stand-up comedian and U Up? co-host, Jared Freid. They start off by discussing how excited they are for Jordana’s wedding. Then they share a listener non-scale win all about continuing to work out in the winter. Then they share some NSWs of their own; Jared’s about letting himself enjoy a cookie, and Sami’s about finally scheduling her embryo freezing. Finally, they read a Dear DST about how to be confident in your body while dating.
Nov 18, 2021
Talking To Guys About Your Biological Clock Ft. Jared Freid
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This week, Sami is joined by our favorite stand-up comedian and U Up? co-host, Jared Freid. They start off by discussing dating at different ages, how dating is different for men and women, and deciding when’s the right time to have children. Then they discuss how the pandemic has changed their lifestyles forever, deciding to have that extra drink, and late-night eating. Finally, Sami & Jared answer some listener submitted questions.
Nov 14, 2021
Who Cares What Size You Are If The Clothes Fit? Ft. Marisa Kabas
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami is joined by writer, Marisa Kabas. They start off by reading a listener non-scale win all about being okay with sizing up in their jeans. Then Sami shares her NSW, which was about recording a Back For Seconds with her Mom about the loss of her brother, Zachary. Finally, they read a Dear DST about how to tell your doctor to stop commenting on your weight.
Nov 11, 2021
Have You Ever Been Fat Shamed By Your Doctor? Ft. Marisa Kabas
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This week Sami is joined by writer Marisa Kabas. They start off by discussing Marisa’s experience dealing with weight stigma in heath care and having to diagnosis herself. They also discuss feeling judged by doctors who can’t see past their weight, being haunted by doctors who won’t stop showing us their BMI charts, and why it’s important to always advocate for yourself. They also talk about hospital bills, what pituitary tumors are, and functional medicine. Finally, they read some listener submitted stories about weight bias in medicine.
Nov 07, 2021
The Fashion Industry Needs To Change, Not Our Bodies
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Sami starts off by reading a listener Non-Scale Win all about accepting their body and buying clothes that actually fit. Then she shares some NSWs of her own, including one about how she feels confident when she wears clothes that fit properly, and another about completing the DST-Peloton community ride. Finally, she reads a Dear DST about how to break-up with the scale.
Nov 04, 2021
Why Acceptance & Closure Are Myths Ft. Grief Expert, Claire Bidwell Smith
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This week Sami is joined by renowned grief expert, therapist, and author, Claire Bidwell Smith. They start off by discussing some misconceptions about grief, how long people think grief lasts vs. how long it actually lasts, and feeling like you have unprocessed grief. They also discuss losing someone during Covid, experiencing anger, and how to access unprocessed grief. Then they discuss the 5 stages of grief, what acceptance actually feels like, and different types of grief such as the loss of a romantic relationship. They also talk about dreaming about a lost loved one, the first steps to take to process grief, and why it's important to find support.
Oct 31, 2021
Dating With Body Insecurities Ft. Jordana Abraham
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This Thursday, Sami is joined by Betches co-founder and U Up? podcast host, Jordana Abraham. They start things off by discussing their non-scale wins, including one about starting to play tennis again, and another about starting to cut back on unnecessary drinking. Then they read a listener NSW about being confident in their wedding dress. Finally, they read a Dear DST about how to deal with being insecure about your body while dating.
Oct 28, 2021
Everyone Gets Rejected No Matter How They Look Ft. Jordana Abraham
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This week, Sami is joined by Betches co-founder and U Up? podcast host, Jordana Abraham. They start off by discussing if looks really matter, the pros and cons of dating apps, and practical dating advice. Then they unpack a book called The Rules, how to get back on the playing field, and questions you should ask yourself when you first start to date someone. Finally, they discuss comparing yourself to people on social media, why everyone gets rejected, and how to talk to your partner about your body insecurities.
Oct 24, 2021
Unpopular Opinion: I Don’t Feel Better When I Work Out Ft. Sean Kilby
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This Thursday, Sami is joined by Betches’ Senior Director of Podcasts, Sean Kilby. They discuss gaining 40 pounds, getting into working out, and why working out sometimes doesn’t actually make you feel better. They also discuss starting to love vegetables, if working out can actually be a hobby, and why relief is the best feeling. Next they read a listener non-scale win about taking the time to recover after getting surgery. Finally, the hosts share their NSWs, including one about taking your vacation days and making the most of your trip, and another about being comfortable being on TV for the first time in a bigger body.
Oct 21, 2021
Ignore The Shitty Workouts & Just Do The Ones You Love Ft. Sydney Miller
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This week, Sami is joined by HOUSEWORK founder and SoulCycle Master Instructor, Sydney Miller. They start off by discussing how to find the right motivation behind your workout, why there’s a workout for everyone, and what inspired Sydney to start her own workout community called HOUSEWORK. Then Sydney shares her weekly routine and why committing to a workout for just 10 minutes a day can greatly improve your life. They also discuss the pressures to look a certain way, why cutting out certain foods isn’t worth it, and how to find the best pump up music. Finally, Sydney talks about the process of freezing her eggs.
Oct 17, 2021
Sami’s Lightning Round: Intuitive Eating & Weight Fluctuation
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Sami hosts this Thursday’s lightning round episode. She starts off by talking about the many hats she wears at Betches, what job she would be doing if she wasn’t working at Betches, and how to stop comparing yourself. She also talks about intuitive eating, her relationship with Avi, and botox. Then she talks about feeling like your friends are thinner than you, her favorite foods, and how to deal with your worst body image moments.
Oct 13, 2021
WTF Is Up With Brazilian Butt Lifts Ft. Alexis Barber
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On this week’s episode, Sami is joined by content creator, Alexis Barber. She starts off by giving us an update on her life: telling us all about her new job at YouTube and why she doesn’t count her calories. Then they talk about shifting your energy when you feel insecure, how to deal with the haters, and why Brazilian butt lifts have caught on. They also discuss the pressures of social media, morning routines that help with anxiety, and how Alexis is doing post F-Factor. Lastly, they talk about Alexis’ 3-step process of how she pushes herself when she feels like shit.
Oct 10, 2021
What To Do If You’re Stuck In A Rut Ft. Sydney Miller
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On this week’s Dear DST Sami is joined by HOUSEWORK founder and SoulCycle Master Instructor, Sydney Miller. They start off by sharing some NSW's of their own, including Sydney’s win about starting to workout again after taking 3 weeks off to freeze her eggs, and Sami’s win about starting to use a Gua Sha Stone. Then they read a listener NSW all about not labeling foods as “good” and “bad” anymore. Finally, they read a Dear DST about how to get out of a rut.
Oct 07, 2021
Asking For Help Isn’t A Sign Of Weakness Ft. FreckledFoodie
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This week Sami is joined by Cameron Rogers a.k.a. FreckledFoodie. They discuss comparing yourself to people on social media, postpartum anxiety and depression, and being a recovering perfectionist. They also unpack prioritizing your mental health, taking medication, and the constant doubt of being a mother. Then they discuss feeling like you don’t know who you are anymore, asking for help, and how to support a friend going through a hard time.
Oct 03, 2021
Toxic Diet Talk In The Work Place Ft. FreckledFoodie
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami is joined by Cameron Rogers a.k.a. Freckled Foodie. They start off by reading a listener Non-Scale Win all about quitting the obsession with closing the rings on her Apple Watch. Then Cameron shares her NSWs about finding the workout that makes her body feel best. Finally, they read a Dear DST about how to handle toxic diet talk in the work place.
Sep 30, 2021
Creating Boundaries Around Your Body Is What Confident People Do Ft. Chinae Alexander
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On this week’s episode, Sami is joined by wellness expert, Chinae Alexander. They discuss the wellness industry, what it means to be part of it, and why being healthy doesn’t mean working off your brunch. Then they discuss how to channel your inner body confidence, why being at lowest weight doesn’t mean you’re happy, and why you should keep the parts of wellness that make you feel good and leave the parts that don’t. They also discuss being a global ambassador for Adidas, why it’s important to create boundaries around your body, and why you should buy clothes that fit your body. Finally, they discuss why you should share when you feel scared.
Sep 26, 2021
How To Cope With Comments About Your Weight Loss Ft. Alexis Barber
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On this week’s Dear DST, Sami is joined by content creator, Alexis Barber. They start off by reading a listener NSW about being in recovery from an eating disorder and eating a donut without guilt. Then they share their NSWs: Alexis has started being honest with her parter about when she feels full, and Sami had an extremely active weekend. Finally, they read a Dear DST about struggling with an autoimmune disease, losing a lot of weight, being scared of gaining it back, and how to handle getting comments about your weight loss.
Sep 23, 2021
My Love Language Is The Creative Dips Aisle At Trader Joe’s Ft. Jared Freid
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This week, Sami is joined by our fave comedian and co-host of the Betches’ podcast, U Up?, Jared Freid. They start off by talking about the difference between eating during quarantine vs. out of quarantine, eating in airport lounges, and what being satiated means to Jared. Then they give everyone an update on Jared’s life, his workout plan, and how working with a nutritionist has changed his eating habits. They also talk about the creative dips section at Trader Joe’s, choosing the pretzels over the crudités, entering snack land, and having your parents comment on what you’re eating. Then they discuss the difference between eating while in a relationship vs. eating while single and lastly, Jared answers some rapid fire questions that you all submitted about dating.
Sep 19, 2021
Don’t Let Your Body Hold You Back From Being A Vaca Bound Betch
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Aleen and Sami start things off by sharing some Non-Scale Wins of their own: Aleen is finally taking maternity leave, and Sami is excited Amanda Knox followed her on Twitter. Then they read a listener NSW about shopping for wedding dresses and not succumbing to the pressures to want to fit into a smaller dress. Finally, they read a Dear DST about how to deal with feeling self-conscious in your body on vacation.
Sep 16, 2021
The Creator Of ‘Physical’ Tells Us How TV Can Change Its Approach To Diet Culture (Part 4 of 4)
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This week, Sami and Aleen are joined by a very special guest, the creator of the Apple TV+ series, Physical, Annie Weisman. They discuss how female bodies were portrayed in the 70’s and 80’s, wanting to show what it’s truly like inside the head of someone who’s struggling with an eating disorder, and the symptoms of eating disorders. They also discuss the criticism behind creating a show like this, the vulnerability and embarrassment behind telling the truth to secrets you’ve been keeping for so long, and what’s at stake with revealing who you really are. Lastly, they discuss Annie’s intention behind creating a show like this and how diet culture has changed since the 80’s.
Sep 12, 2021
How To Stop Paying Attention To Calories While You’re Working Out
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Aleen and Sami start things off with some Non-Scale Wins, including one from Sami about her truly enjoying her Peloton and not even paying attention to how many calories she’s burned, and another from Aleen about finally moving into her new home. Then they read a listener NSW about traveling to Europe for the first time and letting herself enjoy all the pasta without the guilt. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about how to handle getting weighed at the doctor.
Sep 09, 2021
How The Kardashians & The Bachelor F*cked With Our Body Image (Part 3 of 4)
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On part 3 of the four-part series, Sami and Aleen discuss the ways in which modern day media has both improved and not improved in terms of becoming more inclusive and accurately representing different body types and beauty standards. They start off by talking about how shows like Girls, Shrill, and Never Have I Ever have led the way in terms of displaying representation in Hollywood. Then they discuss their views on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, the Kardashians, and the Hadids. Lastly, they unpack the unrealistic beauty standards shows like The Real Housewives set for society.
Sep 05, 2021
Dealing With Being Jealous Of Other People’s Bodies
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami starts off by sharing a Non-Scale Win about moving to a new apartment, having more energy, and being more active. Then they read a Listener NSW about going to a deli and seeing a fit girl who she would usually be jealous of, but instead of beating herself up, she admired her. Finally, they read a Dear DST about dealing with hormonal acne. Is it worth changing your diet in hopes of curing your acne?
Sep 02, 2021
Listeners Tell Us The TV & Movies That Messed Up Their Body Image (Part 2 of 4)
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On part two of the four-part series, Sami and Aleen share some DST listener submitted moments from TV and Movies that have messed with your body image. They start off by discussing how scenes from movies like Mean Girls, The Devil Wears Prada, and American Sweethearts have perpetuated diet culture. Then they discuss the iconic “Cool Giirl” speech from Gone Girl, and the scene in Sex And The City where Marianda throws the cake in the garbage so she won’t eat it. They also unpack the negative effects scenes from shows like White Chicks, Pretty Little Liars, and Bring It On, have had on them as well as others. Finally, Sami and Aleen react to more toxic moments from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and The Breakfast Club.
Aug 29, 2021
Wedding Photos And Weight Anxiety
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On this Thursday’s episode, Aleen starts with a win about getting back to cooking as a couple. Then a listener writes in with a NSW about enjoying a plate of birthday pasta without letting it ruin the day. Finally, another emailer writes in with a question about dealing with wedding photo anxiety. How do we deal with pressure to lose weight before the big day?
Aug 26, 2021
The TV & Movies That F*cked Up Our Body Image (Part 1 of 4)
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Sami and Aleen are kicking off a new four-part series all about how movies and TV shows have affected our body image. They start off by discussing how the Thanksgiving episode in Gossip Girl glamorized binge eating and how the movie Center Stage made a point of needing to be thin in order to be accepted in the dance community. Then Sami shares a Vanity Fair magazine spread from 2002 where everyone looks extremely thin and there’s absolutely no diverse body representation. Next, Aleen shares her thoughts on how Laguna Beach portrayed thin bodies and Sami talks about which Disney characters negatively influenced the way she saw herself. Lastly, they discuss when Yolanda Foster told Gigi not to eat her birthday cake, the movie Shallow Hal, Monica from Friends, and Snooki.
Aug 22, 2021
Weighing Yourself, Vacation Anxiety, & Why You Shouldn’t Be Jealous Of Your Friends
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Sami and Aleen start this Dear DST with some Non Scale Wins of their own, including one about being productive before vacation arrives, and another about the DST-Peloton Community Ride. They read a listener NSW about having to weigh herself for the first time in a while, and instead of getting upset that the number on the scale was higher than she thought it would be, she focused on how happy she currently feels in other areas of her life. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about how to deal with feeling like you don’t get as many compliments as your friends.
Aug 19, 2021
How To Deal With Hair Loss & Acne Ft. Mamina Turegano
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Sami and Aleen are joined by triple-boarded dermatologist, internist, and dermatopathologist, Mamina Turegano a.k.a. Dr. Mamina on Insta and TikTok. They discuss how to deal with hair loss, acne, and what skincare products actually work. They also talk about why it’s so important to mange your stress levels, wellness techniques Dr. Mamina has learned from her Mother, and why it’s sometimes okay to do facial extractions. They discuss different ways to promote circulation, the powers of gua sha, and what sunscreens actually work. Lastly, Dr. Mamina shares her skincare routine and why it’s important to be consistent with your everyday rituals.
Aug 15, 2021
Sami & Aleen Moved, Body Image Issues, & Deciding To See A Dietician
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Sami and Aleen start off by sharing some exciting news: they’ve both officially moved into their new homes! Sami shares her Non-Scale Win about leaving her new apartment more than usual, and Aleen shares that she’s finally settled into her new home. Next, they read a Listener NSW about struggling for awhile with dieting and finally deciding to see a dietitian. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about how to tell your friend that you’ve been struggling with your body image and you’re concerned about fitting into a dress for their wedding.  *Sami used Clutter moving services and you can use her discount code: "Sami" to get $50 dollars off of your next move and $100 off of storage.
Aug 12, 2021
How To Change Your Life For The Better In Your 30s Ft. Alexa Lanzillotti
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Sami and Aleen are joined by their BFF, Alexa Lanzillotti, to discuss what it’s like being in your 30s and wanting to make some serious life changes. They start off with a conversation about re-evaluating your relationship with alcohol, starting to see a therapist, and confronting your anger. Then, they discuss getting into disagreements with your boss, learning how to be more compassionate, and why you shouldn’t hold back your emotions. They also talk about going out sober for the first time, learning to drink in moderation, and why you shouldn’t internalize everything that’s happening around you. Lastly, Alexa answers the listener DMs that you all submitted about Aleen and Sami.
Aug 07, 2021
Why People Can Sense When You Feel Shitty About Yourself
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Sami and Aleen start things off with a listener NSW all about recognizing something doesn’t make you happy anymore like reading a toxic magazine and, therefore, deciding not to engage with it. Next, Sami shares a NSW of her own about planning a trip for August and how she’s not engaging in pre-vacation toxic behaviors, such as wanting to excessively work out before the trip to look good in photos. Then, Aleen shares a NSW about how she’s been respecting her body in its last stages of pregnancy instead of pushing it past its limits. Finally, they read a Dear DST about what to do when you’re not feeling confident in your body.
Aug 05, 2021
Why It’s Okay To Not Love Your Body 24/7 Ft. Jessamyn Stanley
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Sami and Aleen are joined this week by author, advocate, and yoga instructor, Jessamyn Stanley, who is back on DST to talk about how to consciously accept your body. They discuss what it was like growing up in the South as a black woman, developing her own own wellness company, and her new book Yoke. Next, they unpack what the title “Yoke” actually means, how to handle imposter syndrome and internalized fat phobia, and what yoga has taught her about herself. Then, they discuss what to do if you don’t feel comfortable in your body, sexual assault, and what it means to hate your body while you’re recovering from a life-threatening accident. Finally, they talk about why you don’t need to like your body everyday, but you need to accept it and practical ways you can actually get closer to loving yourself.
Aug 01, 2021
How To Recognize Toxic Body Thoughts
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Sami and Aleen start things off with some Non Scale Wins, including one from Sami about her trip to LA, and another from Aleen about taking a moment to appreciate her pregnant body. Next, they read a listener NSW all about seeing someone in a workout class wearing a restricting corset and recognizing just how toxic that really must be. Finally, they read a Dear DST about returning to the office but still having a partner who works from home, and feeling jealous that he has time during the day to do the things he would otherwise have to do only in the evenings. 
Jul 29, 2021
What Having A Disability Taught Me About Body Neutrality Ft. Kelsey Lindell
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Sami and Aleen are joined this week by fitness influencer and Well+Good’s first ever disabled trainer of the month, Kelsey Lindell. They discuss being born with a disability, going from skipping gym class to becoming a fitness instructor, and being raised in a conservative environment. They talk about how ableism and capitalism are connected, protecting people’s rights, and why the term body neutrality is more powerful than body positivity. Plus, they cover some of the recent controversy taking place at the Tokyo Olympics. Finally, they discuss the fitness industry’s lack of experience working with people with disabilities, how to talk to someone with a disability, and why you should always listen to your body.
Jul 25, 2021
Should You Throw Out Your Clothes That Don’t Fit?
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen start off with some Non-Scale Wins of their own. Sami shares that she begun the process of freezing her eggs, and Aleen shares that she successfully made it through her first Soul Cycle class since being pregnant. Next, they read a listener NSW about going through her first pregnancy with twins while her husband is deployed, but looking on the bright side and taking this time to prepare for this exciting transition. Finally, they read a Dear DST about not fitting into a bridesmaids dress anymore and how to decide if you should get a new dress or alter the old one before the wedding.
Jul 22, 2021
How The F Do I Finally Grow Up? Ft. Tara Schuster
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On this week’s episode, Sami and Aleen sit down with former Comedy Central executive and author of Buy Yourself The F*cking Lillies, Tara Schuster. They discuss how to turn your life around, the importance of creating a morning routine, and how to actually reparent yourself. Next, Tara shares some of her favorite rituals, how journaling can change your life, and why you shouldn’t feel like it’s indulgent to prioritize self-care. Finally, they discuss delighting in the little mundane moments, hating your boobs, and love languages.
Jul 18, 2021
Why You Should Seriously Throw Out Your Scale
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen share updates on their life: Sami has an upcoming trip to LA and Aleen has an upcoming trip to the hospital to have her baby. Then, they read a Listener Non-Scale Win about finally working up the confidence to take photos in a bathing suit and afterwards not being too judgmental about the pics. Sami shares she met new people for the first time since being in her bigger body and she didn’t let herself get too in her head about the interaction. Then, Aleen talks about her experience taking a family photo in a bathing suit in her pregnant body. Finally, they read a Dear DST, about how to develop a healthy routine post grad.
Jul 15, 2021
Why Weight Loss Devices Will Never Solve Your Problems
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This week, Sami and Aleen unpack what the F is up with the DentalSlim Diet Control Device. They start off by laying out all of the details: where the device was invented, the studies researchers have conducted on it, and why they say they created it. Next, Sami and Aleen discuss the emotional triggers behind a medieval weight loss device like this being created in 2021 and how they think diet-culture has been affected by this. Lastly, they answer some listener DMS, discuss weight loss surgeries, and why negative self-talk doesn’t get you anywhere.
Jul 11, 2021
Should I Stop Tanning Even Though It Makes Me Feel More Confident?
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen start off with some non-scale wins of their own. Sami shares, she was craving a Mr. Softy, which she usually loves, but this time she got one and realized she actually wasn’t really enjoying it and she didn’t force herself to eat it. Then Aleen, shares her NSW about not giving a shit about her insecurities and wearing a bathing suit in public in her pregnant body and taking pictures that she did not allow herself to Facetune. Then, they read a listener NSW, about not overeating her takeout Indian food and instead enjoying her leftovers for lunch the next day. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about how to deal with being diagnosed with Melanoma and not being able to tan in the sun anymore, which really used to help their body confidence.
Jul 08, 2021
Why Are We So Obsessed With Aging?
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On this week’s episode Sami and Aleen, start off by sharing their July 4th plans as well as why Sami is currently stuck in Lake Tahoe at Jordana’s Bachelorette Party. Then, they get into this week’s topic, which is aging. They discuss their thoughts on botox, fillers, and anti-gaining measures as well as the double standard that exists for women when it comes to aging. They also share the older celebs they look up to, the hardcore body standards for older celebes, and their thoughts on plastic surgery. Lastly, they discuss the biggest difference between how they felt in their 20s and their 30s, why Sami is so over tanning, and dermatologists they actually trust on Instagram.
Jul 04, 2021
Ignoring Body Comments, Snacking After Dinner, And Meal Prep Wins
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This Thursday’s episode, brought to you by Heineken 0.0, is filled with a handful of Non-Scale Wins. Aleen Starts off by sharing how someone commented on her changing face and in the past that would have affected her, but this time she took a moment to process the comment and didn’t let it get to her. Sami shares two wins: She was a bit worried about going on Jordana’s bachelorette party in her new body, but she didn’t let those thoughts takeover her trip. Secondly, Sami shares how some food is not making her as excited as it used to because she’s paying more attention to taste and what she actually does and doesn’t like. Then, they read a few listener NSWs about wanting to meal prep for years and then finally starting to do it, wearing shorts in public, eating pasta, and starting new types of workouts.
Jul 01, 2021
How The F Do We Function With Social Anxiety?
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This week, Sami and Aleen talk about social anxiety. They discuss how to be authentically yourself with social anxiety, the difference between being an introvert and extrovert, and how to stop overthinking every social interaction. Then, they discuss strategies to combat social anxiety, what to do if you’re at a party and you feel like you have nothing to talk to someone about, and exposure therapy. They also unpack how to deal with body anxiety as well as anxiety about taking pictures, and how to drink responsibly with social anxiety. Lastly, they discuss why no one is thinking about you as much as you’re thinking about yourself, why you should try wearing your favorite outfit to feel more confident, and how to leave a conversation you don’t want to be apart of.
Jun 27, 2021
What To Do If You Gained Weight & Your Clothes Don’t Fit
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen start off by sharing a Listener Non-Scale Win: a woman writes in that she was feeling anxious because she felt like she hadn’t accomplished enough before turning 30, but then she realized that was only according to what society has told her, so she created her own list of all the things she’s actually already proudly accomplished. Then, Sami shares a NSW of her own: she was a bit annoyed at her husband and instead of keeping her frustrated thoughts to herself she communicated them to him, which made them both feel better. Aleen shares her NSW about buying new maternity clothes that she actually likes, which made her feel more confident going into the summer. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about how to deal with gaining weight during the pandemic and starting to have negative thoughts about it.
Jun 24, 2021
Do You Worry Your Partner Will Reject You Because Of Your Appearance? Ft. Jordana Abraham
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This week, Sami and Aleen have on a very special guest, the third Betch if you will, Jordana Abraham. They discuss dating anxiety, gaining weight while being in a new relationship, and wanting a man to compliment your body. Next, they unpack how to be vulnerable, talk to your partner about your insecurities, and how to deal with the fear that a romantic partner might reject you because of your body. Lastly, they discuss why might you intuitively date like you might intuitively eat, how to find what works for you when you date, and why Jordana doesn’t believe in “the one.”
Jun 20, 2021
How To Deal With Days Where You Don’t Feel Up To Loving Yourself
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On this week’s Thursday episode, Sami starts off with a non-scale win about genuinely loving her Peloton. Then, Aleen shares her NSW: after having a terrible body image day, that was triggered by seeing a picture of herself, she took the small steps necessary to get out of bed and turn around her mood. Next, they read a listener non-scale win about realizing they were making themselves wait to eat because they felt like they needed to earn their food and then realizing how ridiculous that behavior was. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about feeling like they can’t afford to be an intuitive eater.
Jun 17, 2021
Is It Normal To Lose Friends As We Get Older?
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This week, Sami and Aleen discuss friendship. They start by unpacking what it’s like for them to be both BFFs as well as business partners for over a decade. Then, they explore how friendships change over time, how being in different life stages effects your friendships, and what it means to truly be friends for life. They discuss how to make friends as an adult, knowing when to let go of a surface level friend, and what’s the best way to end a friendship. Next, they explore how to make friends while having social anxiety, why we all just need 1-2 close friends, and why the biggest shift in friendships is when a significant other comes into the mix. Lastly, they discuss how to be supportive and not jealous of friends in different life stages.
Jun 13, 2021
How Do I Know If I Should Drink Less Alcohol Ft. Holly Whitaker
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen are joined by author of the book “Quit Like A Woman” and founder of Tempest, an organization that helps individuals live an alcohol free life, Holly Whitaker. They begin by discussing what it’s like to start drinking at a young age and then decide to quit alcohol in your 30s. Next, they explore what it’s like to use alcohol to fit in, find romantic connections, and what it means to have a comfortable relationship with alcohol. Holly shares her path to understanding that alcohol isn’t for her and explains how she used to work under the impression that you needed to make alcohol work for you. Then, they discuss being informed about what alcohol does to us and what it means to quit like a woman. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about starting to drink more during quarantine and how to proceed into post-quarantine life with or without alcohol.
Jun 10, 2021
Is Smoking Weed Often Self-Care Or Toxic Behavior?
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This week, Sami and Aleen unpack their relationship with weed. Sami discusses starting to smoke more during the pandemic, realizing she might be using weed as a coping mechanism, and trying to cut back from smoking. She also shares conversations she’s been having with her therapist about how weed makes her feel and what would enter her life if she stopped getting high. Then, Aleen tells us about her craziest, worst edible experience and what it was like going to a restaurant extremely high. Next, they discuss how weed affects their anxiety, the munchies, and having sex high. Lastly, they play a weed inspired rapid fire, WYR game.
Jun 06, 2021
How To Deal With Getting Weighed At The Doctor
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In this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen share a listener non scale win about eating breakfast before going to the doctor and not getting anxious about being weighed. Then, Aleen shares a NSW of her own: she took a glucose tolerance test to see if she has gestational diabetes and they weighed her and she didn’t let the number on the scale get to her. Instead, she came home and ate a delicious meal. Sami shares her NSW about letting herself intuitively enjoy a Starbucks green tea that she used to only drink when she was restricting. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about being in recovery from an eating disorder and having their favorite workout instructor suggest a five-day fasting mimicking diet.
Jun 03, 2021
How To Heal Your Body Shame Ft. Rachel Otis
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by somatic therapist, fat body activist, yogi, and writer, Rachel Otis. They discuss being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, existing in a fat body, and finding somatic therapy. Then, Rachel explains what it’s like being chronically ill, how to find the right medicine for your body, and why visual representation is so important. They also unpack how to work through shame, achieve body neutrality, and why one size fits all doesn’t work for therapy or for fashion. Lastly, they wrap up the conversation by discussing what pleasure activism means, how you can work on being more attuned with your pleasure nervous system, and why sitting is a form of pleasure activism.
May 30, 2021
How To Eat Ice Cream With No Drama
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On this Thursday’s Episode, Sami and Aleen start by debating a great would you rather question. WRY: only eat kids menu items for the rest of your life or only eat a raw food diet? Then, Sami and Aleen share a NIVEA presented Non Scale Win: a listener tries on bikinis and starts looking up how to lose weight and then quickly stops herself from engaging in old toxic behavior. Aleen shares a non scale win of her own about eating ice cream straight from the pint without guilt and just simply putting it away when she felt like she had enough. Next, Sami shares a non scale win about going to a friend’s wedding and feeling heavy in her dress, but not letting that feeling upset her and ruin her time at the wedding. Lastly, they read a Dear DST about how to deal with the drunk munchies while wanting to practice intuitive eating. Aleen explains it’s not about how to learn to eat intuitively after drinking a shit ton, it’s about not feeling guilty after eating a shit ton as well as learning to drink intuitively.
May 27, 2021
Unpacking The Fear of Weight Gain Ft. Christy Harrison
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by registered dietitian nurtionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and author of the book Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison. They discuss the ten principles of intuitive eating, why it’s important to start embracing the foods diets tell you to be afraid of, and why you should honor your hunger and feel you fullness. Then, Christy explains how to reconnect with the intuitive eating skills you’re born with, why you should be careful of where you’re getting your intuitive eating information from, and how to best utilize psychotherapy to help heal your relationship with food. She also unpacks why there’s room to do intuitive eating and still want to lose weight, and why some people might gain weight when they first start their intuitive eating journey. Lastly, they discuss the four tenets of diet culture, why diets don’t work, and why on average people tend to gain weight after a diet.
May 23, 2021
How To Deal With Diet Talk In The Workplace
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen start off with a NIVEA presented Non Scale Win: a new mother starts accepting her post baby body and allows herself to eat last night’s cold pizza before her morning coffee. Sami and Aleen unpack why it’s important to indulge in your cravings to avoid binge eating and then they share some NSWs of their own. Aleen talks about getting ready for her big move and her baby on the way; she also shares how making a to-do list has been really helpful during this stressful time. Then, Sami shares a NSW of her own, about how she’s officially confirmed her appointment to freeze her eggs and how she’s proud of herself for taking a step towards something that was giving her anxiety. Finally, they read a DEAR DST email about going back into the office and how to deal with coworkers engaging in constant “diet talk” when you struggle with an eating disorder.
May 20, 2021
Sami And Aleen Get Real About Their Relationship With The Gym
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This week, Sami and Aleen open up about their relationship with movement and the gym. Sami shares that she’s really excited about her new zen, computer-free reading corner she’s created in her apartment. Then, Sami and Aleen discuss their experiences creating a dedicated movement/workout space in their homes and their journey to both getting a Peloton. They talk about coming to terms with how age can affect your health, why you have to pursue your health, and why you’re not just entitled to it. They also discuss why you may need to get uncomfortable to change bad habits in order to create new ones that actually make you happy. Finally, they play a movement inspired WYR game.
May 16, 2021
You Don’t Need To Change Your Body To Date
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen start with some Non Scale Wins of their own, including one about starting to genuinely enjoy being active again. They talk about shifting the intention of working out to simply wanting to feel better rather than wanting to loose weight. Then, they share a listener NSW about allowing yourself to discover what desserts you actually enjoy eating without the judgement. Next, a listener writes in a Dear DST email, which is all about being newly single and recognizing old, toxic dieting thoughts start to creep back in. Sami and Aleen offer some tips on how to approach dating with a positive mindset and why you can date in the body you are in. Finally, they discuss how it’s not bad to want to be more fit, rather it’s the intention behind it.
May 13, 2021
Mother-Daughter Therapy Sesh Ft. Sami’s Mom, Ilene
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In honor of Mother’s Day Sami and Aleen are joined by Sami’s Mom, Ilene Fishbein. They discuss how going through old pictures can bring up mixed feelings, calorie counting, and trying to lose weight for other people. They also discuss how going to summer camp affects the way you see your body, having a sibling and a son with special needs, and deciding to go to therapy. They unpack how to identify the right therapist for you, getting your life together at 60, and how to learn how to identify what triggers your anxiety. Then they discuss mother-daughter relationships, finding the place you want to call home, deciding to get a dog, and living alone. Lastly, they discuss grief and getting separated from a toxic partner.
May 09, 2021
How To Deal With A Partner Who Just Doesn’t Get It
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On this week’s Dear DST, Sami and Aleen start off with a listener Non Scale Win about overcoming binge eating and yo-yo dieting and starting to embrace their post-baby body. Then they read a Dear DST about how to deal with a partner who is not supportive of intuitive eating. They discuss how difficult that must be and how important it is to be surrounded by supportive people. They also discuss post quarantine weight gain and explain how it’s incredibly normal to fluctuate in weight, especially at a time like this.
May 06, 2021
You Can Do Hard Things Ft. Angela Manuel Davis
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by former member of the USA Track and Field Team, and now motivational coach, Angela Manuel Davis. They discuss what it was like to grow up in an athletic family, how she identified when she was too burnt out and didn’t want to run anymore, and why it’s important to find your purpose. They discuss the mind and body connection, why inspiration can only last so long, and how to connect your workout to something bigger. Angela shares why doing the same thing over and over again will not change your body and how to find your intention to get stronger. She also breaks down the process of becoming and explains why you have to go through something to get to where you want to go. Lastly, they wrap up the conversation by discussing how you can fight anxiety and depression and change your mood with just a few steps.
May 02, 2021
Dealing With Weight Gain
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen start with a listener NSW about unsubscribing from intense workout class emails and instead focusing on a more enjoyable workout like at-home yoga. They share some Non Scale Wins of their own, Aleen talks about how taking a break from working out can really be reinvigorating, and they discuss why taking the time to go on vacation is so important. Sami shares her experience going up in size, losing her period for 3 months, having high cholesterol for the first time in her life, and she weighs the pros and cons of seeing a dietitian or an intuitive eating specialist. Sami shares she’s joining Aleen in the Peloton fun and getting a Peloton bike. Lastly, they break down some of the emotional and physical challenges that go along with intuitive eating.
Apr 29, 2021
How To Go From Self-Conscious To Confident Badass Ft. Tinx
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by the one and only Tinx (Christina Najjar). They discuss how she got the name “Tinx” and went from having an established career in journalism to becoming as she says “the oldest Tik Tokker.” They discuss LA vs. NY beauty standards, why you should stop hating yourself, how she deals with the negative comments, and how she gets brand deals. Tinx breaks down the difference between Instagram vs. Tik Tok image and why she loves the unfiltered, unedited side of Tik Tok. They discuss how and why to develop a routine, why implementing a routine is not “sexy” but necessary to improve your mental health, how important positive self-talk is, and how to actually do it by speaking to yourself in the mirror. They also break down why nobody is thinking about us as much as we are thinking about ourselves, what it’s like being in your 20s, vulnerability hangovers, and how everyone’s at different places in their lives and it’s okay. Finally, they unpack the Big Chill and Demi Lavato situation and Sami and Aleen challenge Tinx to an Erewhon trivia game.
Apr 25, 2021
How To Talk To A Friend Struggling With Disordered Eating
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On this Dear DST, Aleen and Sami start by sharing some Non Scale Wins. Then, they react to a Dear DST email about what to do if diet culture is stealing your friend from you. They also examine the best way to talk to your friend about their disordered eating and if you really should confront them on their struggles. Finally, they discuss why gaining and losing weight is completely normal and the best way to be a supportive, compassionate friend.
Apr 22, 2021
How Being In A Relationship Affects Your Body Image
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This week, Sami and Aleen discuss relationships and weight gain. Aleen reveals why she had to return her Peloton treadmill, and together they unpack why feeling like your partner won’t accept you can be such a struggle. The two of them get extremely vulnerable and share raw conversations they’ve recently had with their partners. Then they discuss if being in a relationship or being married makes you feel more confident and what exactly it means to be an energizer bunny. Plus, they answer listeners' DMs about developing a routine again after losing it in a new relationship, walking around the house naked, metabolism changes, and why going through weight fluctuations is a normal part of life.
Apr 18, 2021
Sami And Aleen On What They Wish They Knew In Their 20s?
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In this week’s Dear DST, Sami and Aleen share their advice on what they wish they knew going into their 20s. They discuss the struggle of post grad life and finding your path. Specifically, the process of figuring out who you are and who you want to be. They break down the feeling of being trapped behind labels and their personal experience dealing with it. They share what it's like going through the bumpy ride, but break down what to expect and why it’s okay and part of the process of growing up.
Apr 15, 2021
Meet The New Girl Behind The DST Insta, Sydney Raiff
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by the new DST Content Manager, Sydney Raiff - yes that means the girl behind the Insta. They begin by getting to know Sydney a bit better- where she grew up, where she went to college, and what brought her to Betches. Then they get into Sydney’s love of food, her experience of eating when not hungry, her dressing room anxiety, and never saying “no” to ice cream. They also discuss Sydney’s experience going to weight loss spas and how that influenced her relationship with food and her body. Sydney shares a bit about single life and dating in NYC, and Sami and Aleen react to her go-to dating app opening line. Finally they get into some fun facts about Sydney like how she is a nationally ranked equestrian. Sydney tells everyone to go say hi to her in the DST DMs.
Apr 11, 2021
How To Deal With A Mom On A Diet
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami shares her birthday plans and the theme of her outdoor party (yes, masks will be provided). They react to a listener Non Scale Win from a Mom of 2 (who is also in her 30s) that is making it a point not to talk badly about herself or her body in front of her daughters. Then they read a Dear DST about quarantine weight gain, moving back in with their parents over quarantine, and once again eating around family after struggling with an eating disorder. Plus, how to deal with her once extremely supportive anti-diet enthusiast mom who has all of the sudden started an extreme diet including diet pills. They discuss why crash diets are dangerous, not sustainable, and how this listener can talk about this with her Mom.
Apr 08, 2021
Unpacking The Khloé Kardashian Drama
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Sami and Aleen convene for an emergency recording session to break down the Khloé Kardashian unedited photo fiasco. They cover all the drama: Was the unedited photo of Khloé in a bathing suit really leaked on MJ’s finsta or by a Kardashian assistant? They react to the Kardashians’ negative response to this scandal and question why KKW’s CMO was the one responding to the Khloé drama. Where’s the Good American PR agent when you need them? They discuss it all, from why some people are literally getting locked out of Twitter if they share the unedited photo, to how you can tell if a photo is actually “doctored.” Point is: the photo is completely fine and Sami and Aleen tell you why.
Apr 06, 2021
Don’t Let Diet Culture Ruin Your Vacation
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This week Sami and Aleen are talking all about how diet culture often dictates (and sometimes ruins) how we experience vacations. They start with an immediate reaction to RHSLC’s Jen Shah getting arrested on fraud charges. Then they dive into a conversation about the urge to lose weight before going on vacation, as Aleen and Sami discuss upcoming travel and how they are preparing themselves mentally. They discuss the struggle to restrict what you eat and drink on vacation and the anxiety that comes along with it. They also react to some listener questions about diet and travel, which leads to a conversation about the myth of confidence when it comes to your body. If confidence is conditional on looking a certain way, does it really count as confidence at all? Finally, they respond to a question about how to not restrict yourself in anticipation of wearing a bathing suit.
Apr 04, 2021
Sami Tries (And Fails) To Book A Vaccine Appointment
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On this Thursday’s episode, Aleen shares a Non Scale Win about finally getting a COVID vaccine and Sami tells us about her recent return to cardio. They discuss the process of going to the vaccine site and how easy and organized it was to complete. Meanwhile, Sami tries (and eventually fails) to book a vaccine appointment online. Finally, Aleen tells us all about the moment she found out she was approved to buy her first house and basically became a mortgage expert overnight.
Apr 01, 2021
What Will Life After the COVID-19 Vaccine Look Like? Ft. Dr. Jennifer Ashton
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In this week’s DST, Sami and Aleen are joined by ABC News’ chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. They first talk about how Dr. Ashton became ABC’s medical correspondent, working nonstop 15 hour work days covering coronavirus, as well as conferring with Dr. Anthony Fauci throughout the pandemic. Dr. Ashton advises some proper medical precautions and how we can continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones, what the new normal is going to look like, and the risks and benefits of getting the vaccine (including during pregnancy). Finally, Dr. Ashton discusses her new book, The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era, a guide to surviving the continued challenges of the pandemic and how to combat misinformation and find reliable information and updates on COVID-19 and the vaccine.
Mar 28, 2021
How to Respond to Toxic Diet Talk
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In this week’s Dear DST, Sami and Aleen start off with some Non Scale Wins, including one about making more conscious food choices and curbing emotional eating. Next, a lister writes in with a NSW of her own about embracing her love of milk chocolate (and fully savoring it). The Dear DST email is all about adopting an anti-diet mindset, but still feeling conflicted in attaching guilt to weight loss. Can intuitive eating be part of the puzzle? Sami and Aleen offer tips on how to feel tuned in to your body’s needs and creating a healthy relationship with food and your body.
Mar 25, 2021
The Post-Pandemic Body Anxiety Is Real
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This week, we start with a recap of Aleen’s birthday and Sami’s near death experience (no, that’s not an exaggeration). They talk about getting back on that cardio, Aleen getting her first pair of maternity jeans, and Sami’s list of things she looks forward to experiencing once normal life resumes. Then they dive into a conversation about making your post-pandemic body debut and the anxiety that comes along with people seeing your what you look like after so much time. They close with some tips for overcoming fears and maintaining self-confidence as we start to adjust to the new normal.
Mar 21, 2021
Why Brands Still Need to Work On Size Inclusivity
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On this Dear DST episode, Sami and Aleen start with a listener Non Scale Win about ditching a pair of pants that were too tight (and opting for a more comfortable option in its place). They share some Non Scale Wins of their own, including one about overcoming body checking habits and creating healthy boundaries. Then a listener writes in a Dear DST email about finding a bra that actually fits when you have a bigger bust. They talk about why it’s so hard to find plus-size clothing, give tips on where to shop, and explain how to find inspiration to dress for your own body type.
Mar 18, 2021
Here’s How To Avoid Burnout Ft. Anne Helen Petersen
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by writer, author, and cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen to talk about burnout and finding balance in a work-from-home environment. They begin with a conversation about how Anne’s obsession with pop culture growing up (hello Entertainment Weekly) led her to get a PhD in celebrity studies. They talk about the toxicity of tabloid culture, including how the media policed and shamed Kim Kardashian during her first pregnancy, and how it’s affecting people like Meghan and Harry today. Then they dive into a conversation about Anne’s viral BuzzFeed article (that we previously discussed) on how millennials became the burnout generation, and discuss some helpful ways to identify and prevent burnout. Finally, Anne talks about her upcoming book Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home, and what the transition of post pandemic remote work will look like.
Mar 14, 2021
Why Am I An Adult And Still Getting Acne? Ft. Dr. Claire Chang
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This Dear DST episode (presented by Differin) is all about taking care of your skin and dealing with adult acne. Sami and Aleen start with a story about conquering a mountain (like literally, a black diamond slope) and a win about not comparing your body to others. The listener Non Scale Win is an inspiring story about throwing on a bikini and going to the pool. Then the Dear DST email is from a listener who is embarrassed by her acne breakouts and looking for advice. They talk about how to treat acne effectively, including what Sami did to improve her skin before her wedding. Plus, they discuss the best way to ween yourself off of food that you’re trying to drop. Finally, they’re joined by Dermatologist Dr. Claire Chang to get some tips for treating acne and how best to use Differin in your daily skincare routine. You can learn more about retinoids, Differin, and get a coupon for future savings by going to Differin.com/learn/retinoid
Mar 11, 2021
How To Find Clothes That Fit Ft. Remi Bader
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by influencer, Curve model, and TikTok star Remi Bader. They begin with a conversation about how Remi went from losing her job in a pandemic to starting a modeling career and gaining a huge TikTok following. She tells us where the idea for “realistic clothing hauls” on TikTok came from, and they discuss why it’s so hard to predict how something is going to fit when you order online. They talk about the all-too-relatable experience of getting pressure from family to lose weight, binge eating cycles, and ways to seek help for escaping the diet lifestyle. They also talk about Remi getting involved in the world of fashion, how people have responded to her videos, and which brands are doing a good job to become size inclusive. Finally, Remi tells us why she’s so excited for the Summer to arrive (including what she’ll be wearing) and what’s next for her in the world of fashion.
Mar 07, 2021
Is “Body Imposter Syndrome” A Normal Feeling After Weight Loss?
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On this Dear DST episode Sami and Aleen start with some Non Scale Wins and a conversation about finally getting a big secret off your chest. A listener writes in with an NSW about buying a coat that was too tight in the shoulders, but nothing a pair of scissors couldn’t fix. Then the Dear DST email is all about feeling like an imposter in your own body after losing weight. An emailer writes in to ask why she isn’t confident in her own body after the weight loss, especially when it comes to meeting people on dating apps. They give advice for dealing with feelings of imposter syndrome, and offer some tips for reconnecting with yourself to get your body back to feeling like it’s your own.
Mar 04, 2021
The One Where Aleen Is Pregnant!
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Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about pregnancy, conception, miscarriage, and other sensitive material. Aleen shares the long-awaited news that she’s pregnant and ready to tell us all about it. They start with details about how far along she is, how she was able to keep it a secret, and what morning sickness is really like (not fun, if you’re wondering). They discuss the process of going off birth control and trying to conceive, with some useful tips for what to do when you’re trying. They also talk about tackling body image issues in a time when you're experiencing monumental changes. This includes a conversation about the complicated challenge of maintaining good mental health and taking care of your body while also growing a person inside of you. Finally, they close the show with a conversation about genetic screening and an exciting announcement about a new podcast coming soon. Be sure to follow @betchesmoms for announcements about where you can subscribe to the upcoming Betches Moms podcast.
Feb 28, 2021
How To Get Off The Diet Roller Coaster (For Good)
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Sami and Aleen start this Dear DST episode with a listener Non Scale Win about throwing away old clothes that were holding her back (and buying more comfortable options in their place). They talk about embarking on a cross-country drive, getting a treadmill for the home, and enjoying a pint of ice cream without checking the label. They also dive deeper into the challenge of taking a picture of yourself without judging your own body. The Dear DST email is all about trying to get off the roller coaster of fluctuating diets and start down the path of intuitive eating. They give tips for where to begin (there’s a book for that) and weigh in on whether to stick with your trainer or go another route entirely.
Feb 25, 2021
Why Do Parents Think It’s Okay To Comment On Your Weight? Ft. Jared Freid
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Sami and Aleen are joined once again by DST favorite Jared Freid to talk about his new comedy special and trying to maintain a positive body image while living with your parents. They start with a reflection on the Valentine’s Day holiday (including how to post about it on IG) and why we end up comparing our problems to everyone else’s. They talk about the challenge of living with your parents when you’re trying to lose weight (or not lose weight) as Jared tells a story about going to the beach and getting questioned about his number on the scale. Why do parents think it’s okay to comment on our bodies, and how do you set them straight about the way it makes you feel? They talk about the difference between what men fear versus what women fear when it comes to comments about our bodies. Finally, they close the show with a sneak peek at Jared’s stand up special and a conversation about dealing with hecklers.
Feb 21, 2021
Should I Call Out Others For Their Triggering Diet Comments?
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This week’s Dear DST episode starts with a great listener NSW about not treating Super Bowl food like a last meal and just letting yourself enjoy the snacks. Sami and Aleen share some Non Scale Wins of their own, including one about buying (and savoring) some donuts. Then a listener writes in to ask whether or not she should call out her friends and family for voicing their extreme dieting opinions. Is it fair to point out other peoples’ triggering comments or should you just focus on your own recovery? They explain why we can’t silence every troubling diet comment (even if we’d like to).
Feb 18, 2021
How To Stop Body Shaming Yourself Ft. Katie Sturino
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Aleen and Sami are joined once again by Katie Sturino, influencer and author of the new book Body Talk. They react to last week’s lackluster Super Bowl halftime show (why can’t a woman get away with just standing around like that?) which leads to a conversation about the way people talk about celebs like Adele and Rebel Wilson losing weight. They talk about Blake Lively publicly praising Katie for calling out fashion brands for not being size inclusive enough. She explains why brands actually won’t make a bigger size (it’s not because it would be too expensive) and how “the only way in is thin” mentality still pervades the fashion industry. They discuss the representation of thinness on TV (we’re looking at you Emily In Paris) and how women are stuck in a constant cycle of devoting brain space to losing weight. Then they dive into Katie’s new book, including what it says about how to stop judging yourself for your own body and the way your clothing fits. Is it time to stop calling clothes “flattering” on your body? Finally, they finish things out with a conversation about how your taste in clothes is often dictated by outside forces, not what actually inspires you.
Feb 14, 2021
How Do I Reconcile Intuitive Eating With My Wedding Diet?
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Sami and Aleen start the show with a listener Non Scale Win about not finishing the burrito and forgetting it was even in the fridge (can you imagine!). Plus, they share a win about buying the cereal you’re craving, and another about posing in front of the mirror in a way that makes you feel empowered. If we avoid the mirror, are we just avoiding the body acceptance piece of recovery? Then they read a listener-submitted Dear DST all about gaining weight after she bought her wedding dress and whether or not she should start dieting or just buy a new dress altogether. Are intuitive eating and losing weight for the wedding even compatible? They share advice for handling this kind of wedding crisis, and explain why there’s a real cost to abandoning your intuitive eating journey.
Feb 11, 2021
Can Exercise Ever Feel Like A Reward? Ft. Kelsey Wells
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by fitness influencer and DST favorite Kelsey Wells. They start with a conversation about being grateful in a pandemic, the way repetitive routine leads to anxiety, and how Kelsey has used fitness as a form of reward. They discuss the mental shift to treating exercise as a tool for self-empowerment and gratitude toward your body. Kelsey shares three steps for changing your mindset toward exercise, including how to be proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished. They discuss the way disordered eating is tied to self-worth and why that type of thinking won’t serve you. Finally, they close the show with a visit from the Internal Refrigerator Service as Kelsey tells us what’s in her kitchen (spoiler: her pantry contains pickles, pickles, and more pickles).
Feb 07, 2021
How Do I Eat Intuitively In An “All You Can Eat” Situation?
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This week’s Dear DST is all about the oh-so-familiar dining hall experience and how to overcome the challenges of keeping good habits when you can only (binge) eat twice a day. They start with some dog talk with Sami training a new puppy and Aleen dealing with revenge sh*ts from Sansa. They read a listener NSW all about shifting your mindset from dieting to personal finance, and share some Non Scale Wins of their own. Then they read a Dear DST email from a college student who overcame disordered eating but is struggling with the binge-restrict cycle since going back to the dining hall. Can you still intuitively eat at an all-you-can-eat buffet? They talk about getting used to the new way of feeding yourself (as an intuitive eater) and offer tips for sticking with your routine.
Feb 04, 2021
What New Motherhood Is Really Like Ft. Tracy Lockwood Beckerman
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Sami and Aleen are joined once again by everyone’s favorite registered dietician, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. She talks about getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes, giving birth while wearing a mask, and how her food preferences have shifted since having a baby. They discuss the best place to get advice as a new mom (virtual support groups exist btw) and some of the biggest challenges you may face. They talk about “mom guilt” and all the unnecessary drama around breastmilk vs. formula, then Tracy also tells us how her nutrition views have changed since becoming a mom. They discuss why planning goes out the window at a certain point, along with the pressure to get back in shape after giving birth. Finally, they close on a positive note with some good news about what motherhood brings to your life.
Jan 31, 2021
Why Do I Feel Worse About My Body Around Friends?
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On this Dear DST episode, Sami and Aleen start with a recap of their conversation with Shay Mitchell this week and share what it’s like to openly acknowledge your disordered eating in front of others (even strangers). Is your willingness to talk about disordered eating the best sign that you’re making progress? Then they read a Dear DST email from a listener who always feels worse about her body image when she’s hanging out with her oldest group of friends, but never with her college friends. Why do some groups make us feel more insecure about our bodies than others? They close with some tips for setting boundaries with your friends about discussing body size.
Jan 28, 2021
I’m A Choose-a-tarian Ft. Shay Mitchell
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On this Sunday’s episode Aleen and Sami are joined by actress and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell. She tells us what it’s like to be a new mom in a pandemic and offers her top three tips for people who are looking to have their first kid. Plus, she tells us what she’s been binging on TV these days and shares her current fitness routine in quarantine. Then they play a game of ‘What Would Shay Do’ featuring her take on what a 2020-themed Met Gala outfit would look like, and which pizza Shay would choose if offered free pies for life. Finally, they close things out with their Non Scale Wins for the week, and Shay reveals why she calls herself a choose-a-tarian eater but still loves to binge from time to time (I mean, who doesn’t).
Jan 24, 2021
Are Progress Pics The Enemy Of Progress?
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This Thursday’s episode starts with a groundbreaking NSW: skipping desert without even thinking about it. Plus, they react to a listener Non Scale Win about haircuts and body shape. Next, they read a Dear DST email from a listener whose former personal trainer posted her progress pics without asking for permission, leading to a lot of self doubt. What’s the right way to tell someone that they’ve violated your trust and privacy by posting your pics? Plus, they talk about the urge to take progress pics and ask whether or not they get in the way of making actual progress toward self acceptance. Finally, they give a spoiler-free review of Bridgerton (and a shockingly accurate synopsis of what the show is really about).
Jan 21, 2021
Is It Ethical To Suggest Weight Loss? Ft. Jessica Jones, MS, RD
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Sami and Aleen are joined by Jessica Jones, registered dietician and host of the Food Heaven podcast. They start with a reflection on how the social justice movement in 2020 impacted the health and wellness conversation, and why there still needs to be room to rest for hosts like Jess. Next, they talk about the lack of diverse body size in film and television (we’re looking at you The Bachelor) and why we’re often taught that weight loss equals health. Jess explains how she came to the conclusion that it’s not ethical to suggest weight loss to her clients. Plus, they talk about influencers going out of their way to emphasize their self-acceptance, even when it doesn’t reflect the reality for everyone. Finally, Jess explains how cooking can be a great tool for getting a handle on your food goals, and why it might be time to just add the butter back in.
Jan 18, 2021
How To Not Feel Offended By How Others See You
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On this week’s bonus episode, Sami and Aleen read a Dear DST from a woman who’s mother-in-law gave her a gift two sizes too big. Would you be offended if someone saw you as bigger than you were? On top of that, how do you deal with being a part of a family where you look different from everyone else?
Jan 14, 2021
New Year, Same Me
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This week, Aleen and Sami talk about the shift away from the “new year, new me” resolution mindset and towards a more accepting version of intention-setting. They react to resolutions from DSTers (hint: vegetables and more alone time) and ask if quarantine was the real reason for the shift. Are we only accepting our bodies more because we’re seeing less people?
Jan 10, 2021
How To Get Out Of Your Workout Rut
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This Thursday’s episode starts with a listener NSW about creating a vision board that doesn’t include pics of “skinny” women with unrealistic body expectations. They also talk about the art of putting together a comfortable outfit and the exciting debut of the Morning Announcements' podcast. Then the Dear DST email features a question about plateauing in your workout goals and how to avoid an exercise rut. Is there a secret to breaking out of a rut, and how do you get motivated when a new year starts?
Jan 07, 2021
Hindsight Is 2021
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It’s finally 2021 (thank f*cking god) so Sami and Aleen are taking the time to react to some DST highlights from the past year. They start with some of the listeners’ fav moments from the show, including their top guests and the biggest shift for the show (hint: intuitive eating is kinda a big deal). Next, they respond to some year-end listener Non Scale Wins which leads to a convo about how they’ve each grown over the past twelve months. Finally, they close the show with a game called “It’s All a Blur” about the most memorable pop-culture moments of 2020 and when they happened. Can Aleen and Sami recall the order of all the crazy sh*t that happened last year?
Jan 03, 2021
Stop Trying To Make Resolutions Happen… They’re Not Going To Happen
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On this New Year’s Eve Dear DST, Aleen and Sami start things off with a listener NSW and some wins of their own about food neutrality (sometimes your body just tells you to eat the pizza for breakfast, nbd). Then a listener writes in to ask how to be more gentle with herself when setting resolutions for the new year. Is it possible to find a middle ground with resolutions, or is this a recipe for failure? Plus, they talk about the challenge to be a less-perfect perfectionist and the perils of habit tracking.
Dec 31, 2020
The 3rd Annual DST Resolutions Episode
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This week, Aleen and Sami are listening and reacting to the resolutions they set for 2020. From working out more to self care to personal goals, the girls are listening to all their resolutions that they met (or more likely… didn’t meet) throughout the year. They also discuss whether or not they plan on setting goals this year, continuing their intuitive eating journeys, how they’ve grown throughout the pandemic, and what they have planned for 2021. Thanks to our sponsors: Mint Mobile: To get your new unlimited wireless plan for just 30 bucks a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to MintMobile.com/DST
Dec 27, 2020
Should I Feel Bad About Getting Plastic Surgery?
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On this Thursday’s Dear DST, Aleen and Sami read a listener email from a woman who wants to to get her double chin removed and asks whether or not it’s a step back on her intuitive eating + body acceptance journey. Where is the line between enhancing yourself with cosmetic surgery and accepting your body for what it is? When does it become unhealthy?
Dec 23, 2020
These Are (Some More Of) Our Favorite Things
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Remember Aleen and Sami’s “Favorite Things” episode? They’re back again, bringing you some of their new favs. This year has been stressful to say the least and after a quick chat about feeling hopeful and positive for the vaccine and the new year, the girls dive right into all of their favorite things. They share it all, from unnecessary kitchen gadgets and embarrassing childhood items still in their apartments, to how many tabs they leave open and their guilty pleasure movies. (Yes, there is a heated debate on When Harry Met Sally, we thought you’d never ask). Learn more about Sami and Aleen this week and try not to LOL. Thanks to our sponsors: Sips by: Subscribe to Sips by and you’ll receive four new teas each month, chosen just for you. Follow @sipsby (that’s S-I-P-S-B-Y) on Instagram for weekly giveaways and more. For podcast listeners only, use the code “betches” for 50% off your first Sips by box at www.sipsby.com.  American Giant: American Giant makes clothing that’s durable, not disposable. Get 15% off your first order when you use promo code DST at American-Giant.com Bev: Bev is a female-first canned wine brand that was founded to change not only the way a product is consumed, but the way an industry and culture have operated for generations. Receive 20% off your first purchase plus free shipping on all orders when you go to DRINKBEV.com/DST or use promo code DST at checkout. Feals: Feals will have you feeling your best every day. Become a member today by going to Feals.com/dst and you’ll get 50% off your first order with free shipping.
Dec 20, 2020
Your BF’s Toxic Food Issues Are Not Your Own
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We kick off today’s bonus ep with a very well written non-scale win about a mom learning to love her new body because of her daughter. Then Sami and Aleen share their own non-scale wins for the week including sizing up in ski clothes and a breakthrough in therapy. Then, they read the Dear DST of the week all about how to deal with a toxic boyfriend’s food issues. (Spoiler: you don’t)
Dec 17, 2020
How To Stop Caring About What Everyone Thinks Ft. Victoria Garrick
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Today, Sami and Aleen are talking to Victoria Garrick, former D-1 athlete, Ted Talk speaker, and mental health advocate. They kick off the convo talking about her experience as a college athlete and how she developed a toxic relationship with food. Victoria shares how she turned it into intuitive eating, unfiltered photos, and her journey to stop trying to please society. Why do we care so much about what other people think? They discuss whether competitive athletics are always toxic AF or actually a net positive. Finally, they wrap up the pod by talking about how she approaches mental health and fitness now, and how to live intuitively in all aspects of life.
Dec 13, 2020
We Interviewed Mindy F*cking Kaling
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This week’s bonus ep is KIND OF a big one because we have on Mindy Kaling, aka Aleen’s dream dinner guest. We start by finding out who Mindy’s own dream dinner companion would be. Then, she tells us about mom life in quarantine and the projects she’s been up to. (Hint: This part of the episode will make your productivity look like sh*t.) Finally, we talk about Mindy’s secret pregnancy, her new book, and how being single is actually great for being productive. We wrap up by basically pinching ourselves that this actually happened.
Dec 10, 2020
We Need To Talk About The Undoing
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On this Sunday’s post-Thanksgiving episode, Sami and Aleen start with a recap of their holiday weekends, what they ate, and why the diet really doesn’t start tomorrow anymore. Plus, they talk about values-based thinking, how our beliefs are tied to our identity, and why it’s so f*cking hard to keep up with affirmations. Then they dive into a *SPOILER* filled recap of the season finale of HBO’s The Undoing (so, catch TF up now if you haven’t yet) complete with all their favorite thoughts and theories on how things played out. Should we have all seen this coming? Finally, they close things out by sharing what they bought over the Black Friday weekend and talk about shopping for the holidays. Thanks to our sponsors: BOTM: Book of the Month is a fun, commitment-free book subscription, you get to choose a new book each month. Get your first month for just $9.99 with code BETCHES. NomNom: Switch to the fresh pet food endorsed by science and taste buds. Go to TryNom.com/DietStartsTomorrow for 50% off a two week trial! Faherty: Buying forever is the smartest way to shop, and now’s the smartest time to do it. Right now, you can get 25% off your next Faherty purchase when you go to FahertyBrand.com/DST
Dec 06, 2020
Does Anyone Else Miss The Feeling Of Control You Get From Dieting?
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On this Thursday’s episode, Sami and Aleen dive into how they’ve been doing lately (not well, b*tch) and why it felt like they had more control when they were still dieting. Aleen gives us updates about her recent move before they answer the Dear DST of the week. The email comes from a nanny who has been noticing how the parents she works for are policing the snacks their children can and cannot eat. Is she right to think that these rules will affect the kids’ relationship with food later in life?
Dec 03, 2020
You’re Probably Wearing The Wrong Type Of Bra ft. Caralyn Mirand Koch
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This week, Sami and Aleen talk to Caralyn Mirand Koch, @caralynmirand, a content creator and curve model. Caralyn starts off telling Sami and Aleen about her high school experience and how being in a plus sized modeling competition at an early age shaped her future career. Caralyn also talks about confidence, where it comes from, and how she maintains it everyday. Then, she explains how to know if the bra you’re wearing is actually the right size for you. They wrap it up by sharing their fashion favorites of the moment and knowing how to dress for your body type. Sips by: Subscribe to Sips by and you’ll receive four new teas each month, chosen just for you. Follow @sipsby (that’s S-I-P-S-B-Y) on Instagram for weekly giveaways and more. For podcast listeners only, use the code “betches” for 50% off your first Sips by box at www.sipsby.com.  Calm: Calm is offering a special limited time promotion of 40% off a Calm Premium subscription - which means unlimited acces to Calm’s entire library - at CALM.COM/DST American Giant: American Giant makes clothing that’s durable, not disposable. Get 15% off your first order when you use promo code DST at American-Giant.com Bev: Bev is a female-first canned wine brand that was founded to change not only the way a product is consumed, but the way an industry and culture have operated for generations. Receive 20% off your first purchase plus free shipping on all orders when you go to DRINKBEV.com/DST or use promo code DST at checkout.
Nov 29, 2020
Why Does My Sister Take My Food Choices Personally?
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On this Thanksgiving edition of Dear DST, a listener asks how to respond to her sister after she blew up the family group chat with demands for the Thanksgiving menu. Should she feel compelled to accommodate her sister and include “healthy” options on the table? They discuss how these siblings may be projecting their own food issues onto each other and why they are at odds over their respective choices. Plus, they talk about Thanksgiving etiquette and why it differs from family to family. Finally, they close things out with a listener Non Scale Win about standing up to her mom and skipping the family Thanksgiving altogether this year.
Nov 26, 2020
Are We the Only Ones Who Think Thanksgiving Is The Best Holiday? Ft. Jared Freid
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To help celebrate Thanksgiving (and all the food anxiety that comes with it) Sami and Aleen are joined once again by comedian Jared Freid of the U Up? podcast. They start by sharing their Thanksgiving plans and discuss how to navigate family gatherings this year. Jared shares his experience working with a registered dietician, including how DST led him to try it out, and tells a story about allowing himself to finish a container of peanuts. They talk about the challenge of setting fitness goals that aren’t just about looking good in a photo, how family members reinforce our issues, and why we’ve only felt good about our weight for “5 minutes of our lives” in total. Finally, they answer some challenging Thanksgiving ‘Would You Rathers’ and debate the big questions: Is turkey the worst thanksgiving food? Should raisins ever be found in stuffing? And how do I get out of sitting next to my nosy aunt this year? Thanks to our sponsors: Green Chef: Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company that makes eating well easy and affordable with plans to fit every kind of lifestyle. Use code dst80 to get $80 off your first month plus free shipping on your first box! Go to GreenChef.com/dst80 to redeem and for more details. Ship: Update Ship today and let your friends take control of your dating life – because let’s be honest, we all could use a little help in that department. Download Ship in the app store to start getting matched today. Bev: Bev is a female-first canned wine brand that was founded to change not only the way a product is consumed, but the way an industry and culture have operated for generations. Receive 20% off your first purchase plus free shipping on all orders when you go to DRINKBEV.com/DST or use promo code DST at checkout.
Nov 22, 2020
How Do I Stick Up For My Food Choices Around The In Laws?
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On this week’s Dear DST, we hear from a listener who is concerned about visiting her boyfriend’s family and sticking to the way she’s used to eating. How do we manage anxiety in a setting like that? They tackle how it’s okay to bring her own snacks and vocalize when she’d like to eat. But, it’s also okay to allow yourself to try the coffee creamer you’re not used to, instead of your usual skim milk — you might end up liking it so much more. Then they talk about some of the foods they’ve realized they don’t love, and Aleen admits to not liking a certain food that will have the DST’ers up in arms.
Nov 19, 2020
Am I The Only One Who Can’t Get Off My Phone?
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After a week of post-election anxiety, Sami and Aleen are back to talk about how they’re feeling (and how we’re all feeling) at the moment. They explain why even through tons of election stress, there is still hope. They share some of their favorites ways to cope with COVID stress lately, using everything from the new Real Housewives franchise to lamps for seasonal depression just to get through it all. They also dive into their vices right now, like how they both feel addicted to their phones, and Sami shares a new “conveyer belt” technique she learned in therapy. Finally, they close the show with a listener NSW about walking (and talking to strangers) as well as some wins of their own.
Nov 15, 2020
How Do I Deal With Post-Binge Panic?
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On this week’s Dear DST, Aleen and Sami read a NSW about taking a solo workout class and talk about what other experiences have made them feel liberated lately. Then they tackle an email about binging and the anxiety that comes with it when you’re in recovery. They explain how they avoid feeling so hard on themselves when they don’t have a “good day” and why it’s normal to have moments or days where you don’t feel proud of your progress.
Nov 12, 2020
“Do Spices Actually Expire?” And Other Random Food Questions
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On this episode of DST, in an attempt to keep things light during a chaotic week, Aleen and Sami are answering all your questions and random hypotheticals. They start with an update on Aleen’s moving situation, who Sami would choose to be president, and what diet they would love to never talk about again. Then, they move onto hypotheticals and Would You Rather’s questions like what workout class describes them best, and who has more expired food in their house. The entire episode will be sure to distract you from this past week’s anxiety and hopefully make you lol.
Nov 08, 2020
Don’t Talk About My Weight Loss
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`On this week’s Dear DST, a listener writes in to ask how to handle going home from college for the upcoming holidays after losing weight. What’s the best way to respond if her family makes unwanted comments about her weight loss? Plus, they give advice regarding her concerns that being back at home (and returning to that all-too-familiar environment) will cause her to gain the weight back, because who hasn’t.
Nov 05, 2020
How Do I Get Out Of A Self-Care Rut?
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On this pre-election episode, Sami and Aleen are back to talk about overcoming election anxiety and getting yourself out of a self-care rut. They start by recognizing a major omission from last episode’s Halloween candy conversation: the almighty Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Then they dive into how stress has caused a “relapse” in their intuitive eating journey, and how they figured out a healthy way to get out of the rut. They talk about stocking up on election-night snacks and tell us what they’ll be doing on November 3rd to get through it (including a great idea for a presidential cake reveal). Next, they share their Non Scale Wins of the week, which leads to a conversation about cleaning out your closet and buying jeans based on how comfortably they fit, not which size they have on the tag. Finally, they close the show with a dress recommendation for all seasons.
Nov 01, 2020
I Got Confused For Someone Else And Now I’m Questioning My Body
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Sami and Aleen start this week’s Dear DST episode with a debate about their favorite Halloween candies (and try to figure out WTF nougat is anyway). They tell us how they plan to spend the holiday and which candies they’ll be eating. Then they respond to an email from a listener who felt insulted when she got confused for a coworker, leading her to question her body image. How should we respond when someone compares our body to others in an unflattering way?
Oct 29, 2020
Which Food Rules Are Secretly Running My Life?
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This week, Aleen and Sami are joined by registered dietitian Colleen Christensen (@no.food.rules on IG) to talk about what it means to be a “non-diet” dietitian. They start with some practical tips for approaching nutrition without a diet mindset, which sounds impossible tbh, but it’s not. She tells us how to focus more on what makes our bodies feel good, not just what might make us lose weight. They talk about being honest with yourself about what you actually enjoy eating, and examine the urge to rebel against diet culture by consuming things we don’t actually want (like the 10 brownies we shoved in our mouths at 2AM). Plus, they discuss why perfectionists are often drawn to dieting and being “that girl” amongst their friends. Next, they share some of the food rules that you may not even realize you’re following. Finally, they read a listener Non Scale Win and offer their own wins of the week.
Oct 25, 2020
What Do I Do When My Friends Talk About Dieting?
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This week’s Dear DST episode starts with a recap of Sami and Aleen’s weekend getaway and a story about stargazing that resulted in an embarrassing fall. Then they respond to a listener who had been working with a diet coach but transitioned to intuitive eating, even though the people close to her have continued with their hardcore diets. How do you maintain your intuitive eating journey if you’re constantly being inundated by triggering comments from dieters? They offer some strategies for staying on course (including tips for writing things down) and discuss how to take in those messages without getting derailed.
Oct 22, 2020
Can You Hate Diet Culture And Still Want To Change Your Body?
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Sami and Aleen are back and talking all about the reactions people have to the anti-diet culture conversation. They start out with their response to a social media post about feeling inundated by anti-diet messaging and why being told to “listen to your body” doesn’t work for everyone. Is this a genuine backlash or simply a misunderstanding of the intuitive eating message? They discuss the most common misconceptions about intuitive eating and share more about their progress. Next, they talk about buying the cookies you never let yourself buy and working towards food neutrality, especially with Oreos. Finally, they dive into their Non Scale Wins of the week all about how letting yourself keep food in the house is a form of self care. Thanks to our sponsors: Plush Care: PlushCare makes it easy for you to get the excellent care you need, when you need it. Start your membership today. Go to PlushCare.com/dst to start your FREE 30-day trial. Calm: Calm is offering a special limited time promotion of 40% off a Calm Premium subscription - which means unlimited acces to Calm’s entire library - at CALM.COM/DST Ship: Update Ship today and let your friends take control of your dating life – because let’s be honest, we all could use a little help in that department. Download Ship in the app store to start getting matched today.
Oct 18, 2020
Where Does My Workout Guilt Come From?
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On this week’s Dear DST, an emailer asks why it has become so hard to carve out time for herself to work out during the pandemic. They discuss the way we all have adjusted to the new free time we each have (or lack thereof) and how that has changed in the past few months. They also talk about not beating yourself up for the habits you’ve formed during quarantine, and share some strategies for getting motivated without it coming from a place of “should”. Finally, they remind us that we’re only working out for ourselves and don’t owe it to anyone else.
Oct 15, 2020
How To Love Your Body Ft. @thebirdspapaya
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This week Aleen and Sami are joined by Sarah Nicole Landry (aka @thebirdspapaya) to talk about learning to love your body and leaving diet culture behind. They talk about early experiences with having your body commented on by others and unlearning the lessons of that trauma. They discuss Sarah’s transition from dieting to embracing body positivity and what that recovery process feels like. Plus, they talk about basing your self-worth on something other than how your body looks in front of others. Next, they explore the impact of pregnancy on our bodies and our self-image, how your own body issues can impact your children, and the value of being vulnerable with your kids. Finally, they finish the show with their Non Scale Wins and a conversation about choosing clothes that fit your body, not trying to change your body to fit your clothes. Thanks to our sponsors: Curology: Get a powerful skincare treatment made for you today! Go to Curology.com/dst for a free 30-day trial, just pay for shipping and handling! Tushy: You use water to clean your body. Time to do that to your butt. Go to HelloTushy.com/DST to get 10% off Home Chef: Home Chef is the #1 customer rated meal kit company. Go to HomeChef.com/dst for $60 off your first month!
Oct 11, 2020
Why Do We Give The Scale So Much Power?
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On this Dear DST episode, a listener writes in to ask why she’s suddenly afraid of the number on the scale for the first time in her life. They talk about the factors that lead to this change, including living in a time when we’re all less active than ever before. Plus, they discuss the pressures to go back to dieting, and how to actually confront the emotions surrounding the scale. Finally, they reflect on what that number represents for each of us, beyond simply a measure of our weight.
Oct 08, 2020
Is There Such A Thing As Intuitive Exercise? Ft. Helen Phelan
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by Helen Phelan, fitness instructor and founder of Helen Phelan Studio, to talk all about intuitive exercise. They start with a conversation about why it’s time to cancel “shedding for the wedding” and the cultural context that pressures us into wedding norms. Next, they discuss the concept of intuitive exercise, how it relates to intuitive eating, and why it might be the workout answer you’ve been looking for. Plus, they talk about why people exercise to punish themselves and how that leads to unhealthy outcomes. Finally, they read an insightful listener Non Scale Win and share their own wins of the week. Thanks to our sponsors: BOTM: Book of the Month is a fun, commitment-free book subscription, you get to choose a new book each month. Get your first month for just $9.99 with code BETCHES. Brideside: Brideside was founded by women, for women. Visit brideside.com where you can sign up for a free stylist or book a showroom appointment if you’re in NY, Chicago, Charlotte & Boston! And don’t forget to use promo code BETCHESBRIDE for $20 off towards your bridesmaid dress
Oct 04, 2020
How Do I Turn Body Positivity Into Confidence?
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This week’s Dear DST email features a question about body positivity, and whether or not our insecurities are a bigger turn off than our actual flaws. A listener writes in to ask how to project confidence when you struggle with your own body image. Plus, they read a listener Non Scale Win all about moving on from monitoring and restricting food, then share their own NSWs, which leads to a conversation about avocado toast and letting yourself have that second slice of bread.
Oct 01, 2020
Why Can’t I Stop Staring At Photos Of When I Was Thinner?
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Aleen and Sami are back and talking all about confronting our body image issues. They start the show with their thoughts on the passing of RBG and the troubling state of the world. Then they discuss a personal story about stepping on the scale for the first time in months, and how a mental shift away from dieting actually worked. Plus, they talk about the 100 calorie snack rule and why no diet company actually cares about your mental health. Next, they talk about obsessing over photos (especially after your wedding) and the impulse to look back at how your body looked in the past. Are photos actually the opposite of mindfulness? Finally, they take a deeper look at current events and how they impact us emotionally. Thanks to our sponsors: Curology: Get a powerful skincare treatment made for you today! Go to Curology.com/dst for a free 30-day trial, just pay for shipping and handling! HelloFresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/80dst and use code 80dst to get $80 off on your first box, including free shipping.
Sep 27, 2020
How Do I Explain My Food Triggers To My Friends & Family?
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On this Dear DST, Sami and Aleen are talking all about confiding in a loved one about your own personal struggles. A listener writes in to explain how she opened up to her boyfriend about her eating disorder, and asks how to tell him that some of the words he uses are triggers for her. They share their own experiences with confiding in their significant others, and tell us how to open up without pushing someone away. Plus, they talk about the difference between being vulnerable and being clingy, and discuss how to communicate your feelings clearly.
Sep 24, 2020
What Do F-Factor And All In By Teddi Have In Common? Ft. @wellnessalexis
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Sami and Aleen are joined by Alexis Barber (@wellnessalexis on Instagram) to talk about getting pulled into the F-Factor drama last week. They start with her feelings on trying the diet, how it made her fear certain foods without even realizing it, and what led her to become a public participant in the conversation. They talk about moving away from diet culture, including how the diet world is tied to race and privilege, and what she realized about her own disordered habits. Next, they discuss the latest controversy surrounding the All In by Teddi “accountability” program. This leads to a conversation about why you have to figure things out for yourself before you can shift your attitude toward dieting. Finally, they each share a Non Scale Win of the week, including a series of wins about embracing the pasta.
Sep 20, 2020
Are You A Giant Water Bottle Person? Ft. Jared Freid
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On this Thursday’s episode of DST, Sami and Aleen are joined once again by Jared Freid (of the U Up? podcast) for a game of Red Flag or Deal Breaker: DST Edition. They debate everything from obnoxiously giant water bottles to working out in total silence, and tell us where their limit lies when it comes to weird behaviors from your partner. Plus, they talk about turning everything into a game to motivate yourself during a workout.
Sep 17, 2020
Where Do All My Self-Imposed Food Rules Come From?
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Aleen and Sami are back and start the show with a post-honeymoon reflection and a conversation about Fall vacationing. Then they discuss the urge to change your body to fit in certain outfits, and explain how the clothes we choose are often tied to the thin self that could potentially wear them. Plus, they examine where these self-imposed rules (about food and otherwise) really come from. Next, they talk about all the things that go into being healthy, why it’s not all about dieting to fit into a smaller body, and how calorie count is not the same as nutrition. Finally, they share a listener Non Scale Win and talk about a bikini breakthrough.
Sep 13, 2020
Why Can’t F-Factor Offer A Genuine Apology?
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On this Thursday’s episode Sami and Aleen are back with an impromptu podcast responding to the F-Factor IG Live that took place last night. They talk about the non-apology that was begrudgingly offered to viewers, and explain what went down as soon as the comments were turned back on. Plus, they react to the attempted use of a wellness influencer to help with damage control, share their latest feelings on the controversy, and explain why this story isn’t going away any time soon.
Sep 10, 2020
Intermittent Fasting Includes Snacking At 2am, Right? Ft. Jared Freid
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Sami and Aleen are joined this week by Jared Freid, comedian and host of the U Up? podcast. They start with Jared’s take on the F-Factor drama and a conversation about acknowledging your critics gracefully. Next, they talk about adjusting your eating patterns (and even paying for a food schedule) but still snacking at 2am. Plus, they discuss the challenge of finding a shirt that you feel comfortable wearing. Finally, they go into Jared’s Twitter feed and break down his recent food tweets, leading to a debate about leaving half the fries untouched.
Sep 06, 2020
Is The F-Factor Backlash Deserved?
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Sami and Aleen are back and ready to dive even deeper into the F-Factor drama discussed earlier this week. They share all their thoughts on the backlash to the diet, how this story gained so much attention, and where it goes from here. Plus, they share their own experience with F-Factor and tell some stories from behind the scenes (including one about a very awkward post-interview conversation). Finally, they talk about how people can find closure in this story and top things off with a convo about unsatisfying frozen yogurt.
Sep 03, 2020
How Did The F-Factor Story Get So Big? Ft. Emily Gellis Lande
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Aleen and Sami are joined once again by Emily Gellis Lande to talk about the overwhelming reaction to her recent social media posts about F-Factor. They start with a timeline of how Emily even got involved with talking about F-Factor in the first place, how the story gained so much traction, and eventually ended up in the NY Times. Plus, Emily shares how people tried to pressure her into silence by shaming her for past mental health struggles. They talk about the public response from F-Factor over the past week, and where the story goes from here. Finally, they close the show with their Non Scale Wins of the week and a great listener submission.
Aug 30, 2020
How Do I Deal With Judgy Comments From My Parents?
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Aleen and Sami are back to answer another Dear DST email, this time with a question about dealing with toxic reactions from others. A listener writes in to share her experience with feeling judged by her mom’s comments when she reaches for the bread. How do you stand your ground with a parent and explain that you don’t want to hear the commentary?
Aug 27, 2020
Intuitive Eating Isn’t What You Think It Is Ft. Elyse Resch, Co-Author of Intuitive Eating
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by nutrition therapist and originator of the Intuitive Eating movement, Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND. They start with an explanation directly from the source about what intuitive eating actually means, and dispel the myths associated with it. They also talk about the fear of gaining weight we inevitably feel when trying intuitive eating, and share the concept of “radical acceptance” of our bodies. Plus, they talk about the getting started, how its a process, and why there’s no perfect way to intuitively eat. Next, they answer some listener questions including one about the nature of cravings and whether or not you’re allowed to go in for another bite (and finish that package of Oreos). They talk about Sami’s wedding this weekend, which leads to a conversation about moving on from diets. Then they finish the show by talking about keeping your kitchen stocked so you can eat when you’re actually hungry, and the best way to ease into your intuitive eating journey.
Aug 23, 2020
It's Time To Delete Your F*cking Facetune App Ft. @FreckledFoodie
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by DST listener and wellness influencer @FreckledFoodie, aka Cameron Rogers. They begin by discussing Cameron’s journey from working in the world of finance to becoming a wellness influencer. Next, they break down what it means to be a “recovering bitch” and how current culture has shifted away from empowering women to be hard edged, pant suit wearing, bosses. Later, they talk about why social media filters are toxic for your mental health and how they literally alter reality and f*ck with your own self esteem. Finally, they analyze the normalization of wedding diets and why Sami and Cameron refused to go on one.
Aug 16, 2020
How Do I Stop My Husband's Behavior Affecting My Relationship With Food
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Sami and Aleen are back for another DST bonus episode. This week a listener writes in wondering how to handle feeling like her husband’s active lifestyle is affecting her relationship with food and body image. They give advice on ways to bring up the conversation with the listener’s husband, and lend their thoughts on productive ways to not let his behavior affect her.
Aug 14, 2020
Why Do People Insist On Complimenting Weight Loss?
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Sami and Aleen are back to answer another listener-submitted ‘Dear DST’ question all about how to respond to compliments you receive after losing weight, even if you’re not dieting. How do we overcome diet culture when these comments reinforce our desire to be skinny? Plus, they talk about the challenge to accept compliments in general, even when they’re not the best thing for you.
Aug 13, 2020
How To Stay Mindful When You’re Feeling Angry
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Aleen and Sami return to share some recent food stories and talk about the urge to count calories. They start with a convo about food sensitivities limiting what you can have, and hate-eating in the run up to a wedding. They also talk about the pitfalls of calorie counting and how to kick the habit. Next, they dive into a listener-submitted question all about maintaining mindfulness when you’re feeling angry. Plus, they talk about difficult experiences early in life preparing you for challenges that come later, leading to a conversation about embracing your imperfections. Finally, they close things out with a listener Non Scale Win of the week and some wins of their own.
Aug 09, 2020
There’s No Such Thing As A “Normal” Period Ft. Midol Partner Dr. Alyssa Dweck
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On this episode presented by Midol®, Sami and Aleen are joined by Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a practicing gynecologist who provides care to women of all ages and has delivered thousands of babies, to talk about how your cycle might be different in a pandemic. They start with a conversation about the stress of quarantine, and why it’s a factor in the severity of symptoms. They also talk about the value of tracking your cycle, how hormones drive our cravings, and why exercise might help with cramping. Next, they ask whether or not there’s such a thing as a “normal period” and discuss the value of using an app for your cycle. Finally, they close the show with some advice for managing your own symptoms, including what you should and shouldn’t be eating depending on how close you are to your period.
Aug 05, 2020
How To Actually Be Mindful Ft. Lisa Hayim
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Sami and Aleen are joined once again by registered dietician (and fan-favorite) Lisa Hayim, aka @thewellnecessities, to talk all about mindfulness. They start with a reflection on the overwhelming anxiety many of us are feeling right now, and share some emotional tools to deal with these feelings. They talk about connecting with resources to help you, including breathing techniques and physical touch, and share how to use these tools in your own life. Next, they discuss staying in the moment, why it’s impossible to always stay as mindful as we’d like to be, and why Lisa takes a week (yes, a week!) off from her phone. Plus, they talk about identifying real danger vs perceived danger in order to gain perspective on your own thoughts. Finally, they finish out the show with a conversation about gently untangling your own emotions the way you would a piece of jewelry. Thanks to our sponsors: Brideside: Brideside was founded by women, for women. Get started on Brideside.com and sign up for a free bridal or bridesmaid stylist.
Aug 02, 2020
Can You Intuitively “Shed For The Wedding”?
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Aleen and Sami return to answer a listener ‘Dear DST’ question all about balancing an anti-diet intuitive eating lifestyle with losing weight for her wedding. Is it possible to both practice intuitive eating and also actively try to lose weight? Sami shares her own experience with the final stretch of planning for her wedding, and how it’s getting in the way of her pizza eating. Then they share their Non Scale Wins of the week and preview an upcoming episode all about mindfulness.
Jul 30, 2020
So You Want To Try Intuitive Eating
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Aleen and Sami are back to talk all about intuitive eating. They start with an explanation of what exactly intuitive eating means, including how Aleen first gave it a chance after returning from her honeymoon. They talk about the lack of pressure involved, and describe what an intuitive eating therapy session is like. Plus, they discuss the role of fatphobia in our eating habits, and how important it is to acknowledge that role before you can make a mental shift. Next, they discuss what it’s like to stop checking yourself in the full-length mirror (even if you grew up in a house of mirrors). They talk about the overuse of the term “mindfulness” and why it doesn’t seem to have any real meaning anymore. Finally, they close the show with a conversation about how to eat less by simply giving your body exactly as much as it wants. Thanks to our sponsors: Thrive Market: Join Thrive Market at ThriveMarket.com/DST and get up to $20 in shopping credit toward your first order. Brideside: Brideside was founded by women, for women. Get started on Brideside.com and sign up for a free bridal or bridesmaid stylist.
Jul 26, 2020
The One Where Sami Gets Married In A Pandemic
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Sami and Aleen are back to talk about Sami’s upcoming wedding ceremony and how to plan a wedding in a pandemic. They start with a recap of her original wedding plans, how they got disrupted by coronavirus, and why it’s so difficult to plan a normal-sized event right now or possibly even in the next couple of years. They talk about how she settled on a backyard wedding, and explain the precautions in place for ensuring guest safety. Next, they discuss the pressure to lose weight for your wedding and how you carry yourself differently when you’re confident in your body. Then Aleen gives Sami her best wedding advice, which leads to a conversation about living in the moment and being mindful of your experiences. Finally, they close the show with their NSWs of the week, including a great listener win and a conversation about a delicious bowl of pasta. Thanks to our sponsors: Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart! Stitchfix: Stitch Fix is a personal styling company that brings you the world of fashion and style. Get started today at StitchFix.com/DST and you’ll get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix!  Brideside: Brideside was founded by women, for women. Get started on Brideside.com and sign up for a free bridal or bridesmaid stylist.
Jul 19, 2020
Does Size Matter (When It Comes To Health) Ft. Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford
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Aleen and Sami are joined by Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, obesity medicine doctor and health policy expert from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. They start by talking about how she got into obesity medicine, both as a researcher and practitioner, and just how new the field really is. They discuss the definition of obesity, whether or not BMI is a useful measurement, and why it’s important where you’re carrying weight on your body. Next, they talk about the ‘health at every size’ movement, and what the medical evidence tells us about the level of control we actually have over our own bodyweight. Plus, they discuss the gaps in our healthcare that are influenced by race, income, and opportunity, and just how hard it is to see those gaps when they’re right in front of you. Finally, they finish out the show with their Non Scale Wins, leading to conversation about not stressing over bikini season. Thanks to our sponsors: Future Fitness: Sign up for Future today at tryfuture.com/dst and get your first two weeks with your personal trainer for just $1! Nextdoor: Nextdoor is THE hub for everything happening in your neighborhood. Go to Nextdoor.com/DST to sign up and see what’s happening.
Jul 12, 2020
Feel Free To Take Up Space Ft. Chrissy King
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by Chrissy King, fitness coach and creator of the Body Liberation Project, to talk about anti-racism in the wellness industry and why a woman’s self-worth should not be tied to how her body looks. Chrissy starts with the story of how she got into fitness and eventually found self-acceptance by hitting rock bottom, inspiring her body liberation philosophy. They discuss the #takeupspace movement and explain why you shouldn’t shrink yourself for the comfort of other people; plus, the impact of white male mediocrity on the available space for women, and women of color in particular, to thrive. Next, they discuss the role of fat phobia in our daily lives, including the historical connection with racism followed by answering a listener email about setting boundaries with friends. Finally, they close out the show with their Non Scale Wins, including a story about literally turning your back on the scale, and another about not judging yourself for not working out. Thanks to our sponsors: Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart! Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial Book of the Month: Book of the Month is a fun, commitment-free book subscription, you get to choose a new book each month. Get your first month for just $9.99 with code BETCHES.
Jul 05, 2020
How To Protect Yourself From Celebrity Diet Culture
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Aleen and Sami return to share some positivity about how they’re making the most of the summer during the pandemic. They react to Jameela Jamil’s message about a f*cking crazy insta post that Kim Kardashian recently shared, and how to free yourself from allowing celebrity diet culture to damage your self esteem. They discuss Rebel Wilson repping the Mayr Method to lose weight, what it means to count your chewing, and whether or not it resembles an eating disorder. Next, they dive into a series of listener questions, starting with an update from Aleen about intuitive eating and why her apartment has BDE: Big Diet Energy. They talk about what it would take for them to feel safe enough to go back to restaurants and workout classes during the pandemic. Plus, they talk about how much the podcast has changed since the show first launched, how they manage to get along with each other as best friends and business partners, and share their Non Scale Wins of the week. Thanks to our sponsors: Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart! Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial Sun Basket: Right now, Sun Basket is offering $35 off your order when you go to SunBasket.com/DST and enter promo code DST at checkout.
Jun 28, 2020
You Don’t Owe Anyone An Apology For How Your Body Looks
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This week Aleen and Sami are back to read some ‘Dear DST’ emails about quarantine, race, wellness, and how these all relate to one another. They start with a reflection on how drastically life has changed since quarantine began and the exhaustion that comes from our current day-to-day. Plus, they discuss the pressures to start dieting again and the ways we criticize ourselves, including feeling sorry for how we look. Then they respond to a listener who is struggling to find fitness motivation and give their own tips, like working out for mental health not to burn calories and how big of a difference that can make. Another listener writes in to share her story of grappling with body image and how expectations differ based on race. Plus, they talk about toxic behavior from parents and read an email from a listener who’s father criticizes her food choices. How do we set food boundaries with our parents without getting confrontational? Do we scream, like Sami, or calmly ignore it, like Aleen? Finally, they finish out the week with some great book recommendations and a Non Scale Win about joining the protests. Thanks to our sponsors: Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart! Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial Thrive Market: Join Thrive Market at ThriveMarket.com/DST and get up to $20 in shopping credit toward your first order.
Jun 21, 2020
When You Realize Racism And Diet Culture Go Hand In Hand
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Sami and Aleen are back and ready to talk about some of the biggest lessons they have learned since the nationwide protests began. They start with a conversation about sitting in your discomfort, how to improve yourself right now, and feelings of shame over why it took so long for us to reach this conclusion. They also discuss the question of what you’re supposed to do in the moment, and how best to make real progress. They cover their implicit biases, common pitfalls that lead to committing microaggressions, and dive deeper into the lessons they’re focused on learning. Plus, they discuss how diet culture is deeply rooted in racism, including the surprisingly troubling origin story behind BMI. Finally, they close the show with a conversation about where we go from here and why we need to implement these lessons in our daily lives. Thanks to our sponsors: Book of the Month: Book of the Month is a fun, commitment-free book subscription, you get to choose a new book each month. Get your first month for just $9.99 with code BETCHES. Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart! Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial
Jun 14, 2020
White Privilege In The Wellness Industry Ft. Dana Samuel
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This week Aleen and Sami are joined by Betches Media’s own Dana Samuel to have an open conversation about race and wellness. They start with Dana’s experience as a person of color during this time of social upheaval, and she shares stories from childhood about experiencing racism at an early age. Then they dive into a conversation about the ways in which race and white privilege play a role in the fitness industry. Why is it so hard to find a black fitness instructor? They also talk about the lack of mental health resources available to the black community. Next, they discuss microaggressions, give examples of how your compliments can feel like insults, and Dana explains what she hopes we get out of this much needed movement. Finally, they read some listener-submitted stories about racism in the fitness world and respond to a listener question about dealing with an insensitive family member. Thanks to our sponsors: Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial SunBasket: Right now, Sun Basket is offering $35 off your order when you go to SunBasket.com/DST and enter promo code DST at checkout
Jun 07, 2020
What’s It Like To Be Pregnant In A Pandemic? Ft. Tracy Lockwood Beckerman
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Sami and Aleen are joined once again by DST favorite and registered dietician Tracy Lockwood Beckerman to talk about quarantine pregnancy (yes- Tracy’s pregnant!) and maintaining proper nutrition in a global crisis. They start with details on Tracy’s pregnancy, how she applied the knowledge from researching her book to help her to conceive, and what it’s like to be pregnant in a pandemic. Plus, they talk about why you shouldn’t lie to your therapist and reveal which one of them actually has (take a guess who). Then they dive into a ton of listener-submitted quarantine questions, including whether or not we should eat less in the morning vs. at night, what TF is the deal with the warm water and lemon trend, and how gluten impacts your skin. Finally, they read a Non Scale Win from a listener about not being so hard on yourself, and they each share a win of their own. Thanks to our sponsors! Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart! Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial Solid Gold: Give your pet the best for their immune system! Go to SolidGoldPet.com/DST to see the deal of the week.
May 31, 2020
Yoga Is Boring and Other Unpopular Opinions
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This week Sami and Aleen are back to share some of their most controversial unpopular opinions. Carlie Rice (the girl behind DST’s Instagram) joins in to share some of the DST audience’s best (or worst, depending on if you agree) unpopular opinions. Are coed classes really better than all-female ones? And does choosing to stand in the front of the class really make you workout harder? They debate listener opinions about Sex and the City characters, the flavor of Nutella (kinda gross, tbh), and which Kardashian is the most likeable. Then Sami and Aleen take turns sharing some unpopular opinions of their own, including controversial takes on rosé, Adam Driver’s hotness, and more. Finally, they offer some Non Scale Wins and read a listener story all the way from England about learning to enjoy running again. Breyer’s: Go to Breyers.com/DST to get a coupon to try Breyer’s CarbSmart! Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial Ship: If you haven’t tried it out, now is the time to get on and start #DFH (dating from home). Ship users have been matched by friends over 1 million times and we’ve had thousands of couples get shipped. So download Ship in the app store to start getting matched today!
May 24, 2020
Stop Trying To Reach A “Goal Weight” Ft. Emily Gellis
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Sami and Aleen are joined this week by NYC influencer Emily Gellis to talk about her own personal health journey. They start out talking about her childhood and eating like a kid (which, aren’t we all in quarantine tbh). She tells us which fad diets she’ll never do again, and how yo-yo dieting has been a constant issue in her life. Next, they talk about the ways social media affects us mentally and emotionally, and discuss the stigma around taking antidepressants. Why are people so hesitant to share their mental health struggles publicly? Emily gives some tips for dressing to feel good about yourself, especially during quarantine, and how it impacts your self esteem and confidence. Then they talk about the allure of a “goal weight” and why we need to just let that whole concept go. Finally, they each share a Non Scale Win of the week and talk about why we need to make a collective mental shift in the way people use their public platforms.
May 17, 2020
This is Why Your Dreams Are Weird AF Right Now Ft. Dr. Deirdre Barrett
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This week Sami and Aleen are joined by dreams expert Dr. Deirdre Barrett, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, to talk about why our dreams have gotten so f*cking weird since the pandemic took over our lives. They start with a chat about how dreams actually work, and why keeping a dream journal could unlock the meaning behind your anxiety. Dr. Barrett shares her opinion on the representation of dreams in movies like Inception, and tells us where some of our dreams actually come from… turns out you’re not the only one thinking about bugs while you sleep (and not the murder hornet kind). Plus, she fills us in on just how many times we dream each night and what it all means. Then Aleen and Sami take over and reflect on their own quarantine anxieties of late. Is anyone actually ready to go outside when this long national nightmare finally ends? They tell us why enjoying your food during lockdown is actually more gratifying than obsessing over it, and close the show with a DST-community Non Scale Win of the week. Thanks to our sponsors! Daily Burn: Get fit, they say. Stay active, they say. But the gyms are closed! Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial Noom: Noom is the habit-changing solution that helps users learn to develop a new relationship with food through personalized courses. What do you have to lose? Visit noom.com/DST to start your trial today
May 10, 2020
Adele Lost Some Weight And Everyone Went Nuts
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On this surprise Friday episode, Sami and Aleen are back to share their instant reaction to Adele’s recent Instagram post and the viral response to her weight loss. Are you more surprised by those celebrating her transformation, or those that are criticizing her for it? They speculate about the weird IG photo setup (was this for a wedding or a birthday) and discuss how a compliment reveals what you inherently value in a person. But in a world that makes us feel like sh*t about our weight, is it any surprise that everyone is obsessing over this? Plus, they talk about the so-called miracle diet that’s already marketing itself as the secret behind her weight loss, discuss their reaction to this photo in comparison to how they might’ve reacted in the past, and sing for us one of their favorite Adele songs of all time.
May 08, 2020
These Are A Few (More) Of Aleen And Sami's Favorite Things: Part Two
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Aleen and Sami return for PART TWO of the favorite things episode, featuring your questions (some of which are random AF) and a few exciting updates. They begin with some about fitness and food faves, and share the best thing you need to try with your air fryer. Next, Aleen give an honest Peloton review, they admit just how much they’re drinking in quarantine, and tell us about the best makeup advice they’ve ever received. We get an exciting update about Sami’s wedding re-planning process. Then they answer some of the listeners’ most random questions, including which Disney princess is best (leading to a shocking confession about never watching Moana). Plus, they debate one of the most important dessert questions of all: is ice cream better served hard or soft? Finally, they discuss a thoughtful Non Scale Win about the pursuit of perfectionism. Thanks to our sponsors! Nextdoor: Go to Nextdoor.com/DST to sign up and see what's happening in your neighborhood DailyBurn: Give at-home workouts a try with Daily Burn. Sign up at dailyburn.com/DST for a free 30-day trial. Noom: Small steps make big progress when it comes to building healthier habits. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/DST
May 03, 2020
These Are A Few Of Aleen And Sami's Favorite Things: Part One
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Sami and Aleen are back this week for PART ONE of the favorite things episode. They start the show by telling us what it means to be “all caked out”. Is it possible to kick a dessert addiction? Then they dive into a list of audience-submitted questions about Sami and Aleen's favorite things, starting with the one thing you should splurge on for your home, and we learn how Sami made a questionable purchase of a kit of scent samples in a quest to find the "right scent" for her home. Blame it on quarantine. Next, they share the books that changed their lives, their go-to recipes, and they try and fail to get through a conversation about what they're watching without going deeper on the Sopranos than anyone asked them to. Next, they talk about what the future will be like with everyone wearing masks, what masks they're buying, and describe how they’re approaching quarantine safety precautions. Finally, they share their nighttime routines and admit to some strange tendencies.
Apr 26, 2020
Why Does My Skin Suck In Quarantine? Ft. Dr. Shari Marchbein
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Aleen and Sami are joined by fan favorite Dr. Shari Marchbein to talk about skincare during quarantine and why some people’s skin issues have been worse than normal. They start things off with a conversation about doing consultations from home, the importance of maintaining a routine, and Dr. Shari’s own experience with coronavirus. Next, they talk about healthcare workers breaking out under their protective masks, and what products you can use to help fix the problem. They also discuss sensitive skin, and explain why you may still be seeing bags under your eyes these days despite getting extra sleep. Then Dr. Shari answers some listener questions, including whether or not sheet masks are actually helpful to your skin, and what the upper limit is for exfoliation. The Noom DST Email of the Week is from a listener who wants to know whether or not her quarantine food habits are what’s causing an uncharacteristic acne breakout. Finally, they offer up a listener Non Scale Win and some uplifting quarantine experiences of their own. Thanks to our sponsor! Noom: Sign up for your trial today at noom.com/DST
Apr 19, 2020
Stop Trying To Be So F*cking Productive
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Sami and Aleen are back to answer your questions and talk about how this crisis is affecting us all emotionally. They start with a conversation about the ways in which this quarantine is finally making them face their disordered eating habits, and why calorie counting really is a problem. They discuss the conversations they’ve each had with their therapists and speculate on whether or not there will be a mental health revolution when this is all over. Then they dive into a series of listener questions, including how to not snack all day, what skin routines everyone is doing, and whether or not they’re getting along with their significant others. Plus, they discuss the pressure to be productive during the crisis and why it’s time to stop worrying about bullsh*t. Finally, they share some heartfelt listener emails and finish the show with a Non Scale Win of the week.
Apr 12, 2020
A Therapist's Advice For Staying Calm In A Crisis
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Aleen and Sami are joined this week by licensed marriage and family therapist Liz Earnshaw to talk about maintaining mental health and keeping your anxiety under control during this crisis. They start with a conversation about the valid reasons we’re all feeling anxious, and how to limit your information intake to avoid getting overwhelmed. Next, they discuss feelings of loneliness when stuck in isolation, how to reconcile your feelings if they aren’t shared by everyone around you, and whether or not keeping a routine is a catch-all solution. Then they talk about fighting with your significant other in this stressful time, and Liz offers tools for communicating with your partner in a way that limits conflict. Plus, they talk about how to bounce back if this crisis confirms your worst fears and you’re worried about a lasting impact on your mental health. A listener writes in to ask about working in a hospital during the pandemic and feeling resentment toward loved ones who complain about being stuck inside. Finally, they share a listener Non Scale Win and Liz tells us how she’s managing to care for a toddler while everyone is stuck at home.
Apr 05, 2020
My Food Fears Are Flaring Up In Quarantine
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Sami and Aleen are back to talk about all the complex emotions that have begun to flare up during quarantine, including food fears of the present and trauma from the past. They start with The Weirdest Thing I Do and a revelation about frosting. Next, they discuss the way this crisis will impact people now and in the future. Is this a turning point for the culture, or will we just go back to our old ways? Then they dive into a series of listener-submitted questions, including whether or not we should feel guilty about focusing on eating healthy and looking good when there are bigger problems in the world right now. Sami’s mom calls in with some words of encouragement, and we get an update on Sami’s derailed wedding plans. Finally, they tell us how they’re keeping busy during the lockdown (hint: it involves playing Mario Kart) and share some Non Scale Wins of the week.
Mar 29, 2020
All The COVID Questions You're Too Afraid To Ask Ft. Dr. Mike
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Aleen and Sami are joined by Dr. Mike to talk about how to stay safe during the coronavirus crisis and answer all your most pressing questions. They start with the basics, including whether or not the virus hangs in the air after you cough, and if it’s safe to go for a run. They talk about lack of tests in our country, just how long it will be before we get more, and whether or not people can get reinfected. Plus, Dr. Mike tells us just how hard it has been to get enough masks for his hospital and why you shouldn’t go buying masks if you’re not infected. Next, they dive into the questions some of us are too afraid to ask: Should I be cleaning my takeout bags with Lysol wipes? Is my face the only place where I can get infected? Will this go away in the Summer? Finally, Dr. Mike tells us the number thing you can do to help keep your immune system optimized, then they close things out with their Non Scale Wins of the week.
Mar 22, 2020
What It's Like To Be A Corona Bride
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Sami and Aleen are back together to talk about coronavirus anxiety and how the pandemic is affecting our daily lives. They start with a conversation about the increased measures to stop the spread, working from home, and tools for dealing with the mental stress of the situation. Plus, Sami tells us about having to postpone her April wedding and how she's searching for a new venue closer to home. They answer some listener questions about coronavirus anxiety, including whether or not it’s safe to go to the gym, take public transportation, or even go outside. Next, a listener writes in to ask about the prospect of getting married in Italy and how to handle the disappointment and fallout if everything gets cancelled. Finally, they talk about the prospect of developing bad fitness habits during a self-quarantine and share the Non Scale Wins of the week.
Mar 15, 2020
Focus On Food Quality And You’ll Eat Less Ft. Max Lugavere
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Aleen is joined once again by science journalist and author Max Lugavere, to talk about his new book The Genius Life. They begin with a conversation about moving to a new home, getting out of your comfort zone, and how it can help you find a healthier lifestyle. They share the “Weirdest Thing I Do” and talk about a new red-light therapy that Max tried. Next, they dive into Max’s new book and talk about the value of eating whole foods to help create a calorie deficit. Plus, they discuss how increasing your physical stress can lead to anxiety relief. Then they talk about detox culture, all the bullshit products people want to sell you, and how to detox naturally. Then Max shares one of the things he was most shocked by while researching the book, telling us why food addiction and porn addiction seem to have a lot in common. Finally, they finish things out with a listener Non Scale Win and some wins of their own. Thanks to our sponsors! Ritual: Visit ritual.com/DST to start your ritual today, and get 10% off your first 3 months Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/DST to grab a variety pack and try it today! Use our promo code DST at checkout to save five dollars off your order Ship: Download our dating app at betches.co/SHIP to start finding matches today
Mar 08, 2020
Wait, I Don’t Have To Be Killing Myself At The Gym? Ft. Anne Mahlum
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Aleen and Sami are back together this week and are joined by Anne Mahlum, founder and CEO of Solidcore. They start with a conversation about what makes for a good workout class, exercising in the dark, and Sami’s love for Solidcore. Then Anne shares her own story, including challenges from her childhood, turning to running as a coping mechanism, and struggling with disordered eating. Plus, she tells us how she expanded her business and overcame a difficult breakup in the process. Then they talk about Anne’s amazing marathon-running achievement, getting sidetracked by a devastating injury, and how she’s getting back to reaching her goals. Finally, they close out the show with a listener Non Scale Win and some wins of their own.
Mar 01, 2020
Learning Not To Hate Your Body Is The Key To Great Sex Ft. Emmalee Bierly
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This week Sami is joined by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Emmalee Bierly to talk about body image, relationships, and how your feelings toward your own body affect your sex life. They start with a conversation about the ideal body type throughout history, and why we are often taught to value thinness over all else. They talk about the value of learning when and why you might have been taught to hate your body, and how to begin down a path of self improvement. They dive into the challenge of living with a partner who reinforces diet culture or negative body image in your daily life, including a valuable exercise for refocusing on your own body. Plus, they tell us how often you should be having sex with your partner. Next, they share Emmalee’s own fertility journey and discuss the post-baby body. Then a listener writes in to ask about feelings of jealousy for a roommate with an eating disorder. Finally, they close out the show with their Non Scale Wins of the week. Thanks to our sponsors! Perfect Bar: Right now, Perfect Bar is offering 15% off your online order. Just go to PerfectBar.com/DST Billie: Go to MyBillie.com/DST to get their Starter Kit for just $9 - it comes with their award-winning razor, two cartridges, and a magic magnetic holder for the shower!
Feb 23, 2020
Taylor Swift Just Opened Up About Disordered Eating
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Sami and Aleen are back and start the show with a review of Sami’s new skin routine following last week’s episode. Then they dive into Taylor Swift’s new Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” and discuss her struggles with disordered eating and body image. They give her credit for opening up about her experience and reflect on how it relates to their own challenges. They also talk about dealing with anxiety and how difficult it can be to express gratitude. Next, they talk about strategies for managing anxiety, how that relates to your belief system, and the allure of a spiritual approach to wellness. They each share “The Weirdest Thing I Do” which leads to a conversation about preparing for a wedding and the hesitation to get too excited. Finally, they close the show with their Non Scale Wins of the week involving food, workouts, and voting. Thanks to our sponsors! Brideside: Visit brideside.com where you can sign up for a free stylist, or book a showroom appointment if you're in NY, Chicago, Charlotte or Boston. And use promo code BETCHES BRIDES for $20 toward your dress! Ship: The hook your friends up app  Download our dating app at betches.co/SHIP to start finding matches today Check out the DST newsletter featuring easy AF recipes, workouts to get you off the couch, wellness tips, podcast episodes, and more! Subscribe at: betches.co/dstnewsletter
Feb 16, 2020
Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Skincare Ft. Dr. Shari Marchbein
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Aleen and Sami are joined by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein to talk about adult female acne, proper skincare techniques, and choosing which treatments are right for you. They start with a conversation about just how common adult female acne really is. Then she goes step by step through what your skin care routine actually should be. They each share The Weirdest Thing I Do, then talk about the ideal skin cleansing practices, including some product suggestions. Next, they talk about the value of various anti-aging products like retinoids, vitamin C serums, and hyaluronic acid. Which ones are worth splurging on and which should you buy over-the-counter? They respond to a series of listener-submitted questions, starting with one about Botox and fillers. Another listener asks how to deal with acne scars and hyperpigmentation. They also offer some tips for dealing with pimples and what to avoid when it comes to makeup. Finally, they share their Non Scale Wins of the week and respond to a listener NSW about going in for a skin checkup.
Feb 09, 2020
What They Don’t Tell You About IVF
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This week Aleen and Sami are joined by yet another devoted DST listener, Darci Penney, to talk about her journey toward health and wellness. They start with The Weirdest Thing I Do and a conversation about searching for “the perfect bite.” Then they dive into Darci’s personal story, including multiple stints on Weight Watchers, her relationship with food at a young age, and where she’s at today. Next, they talk about the challenge of going through IVF treatments, and bouncing back after having kids. They discuss getting a Peloton bike and whether or not the experience is worth the hype. Can you stay motivated to work out if there isn’t someone in the room to keep you accountable? An emailer writes in to ask how she should talk to her friend about stopping her constant weight complaints. Is it okay to draw the line with your friends if they aren’t mindful enough of your own body struggles? Finally, they finish out the show with their Non Scale Wins of the week, a listener submitted win about exercising on the way to work, and a conversation about getting bad advice from your doctor.
Feb 02, 2020
Weight And Health Are Not The Same Thing Ft. Lisa Hayim
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Sami and Aleen are joined by registered dietician Lisa Hayim aka @TheWellNecessities to talk about how to listen to your body and rethink the way weight and health are tied together. They start the show with a conversation about the gray area of disordered eating, including how Lisa overcame her own food struggles. They share tools to listen to your body and explain the difference between inner noise and outer noise. Next, they discuss the best way to spot a diet in disguise and discuss the potential pitfalls of relying on a one-size-fits-all solution. Plus, they explore the concept of “thin privilege” and how common it is to fail to recognize the weight struggles of others. A listener writes in to ask about portion control when you’re recovering from an eating disorder. Finally, they finish the show with The Weirdest Thing I Do and a listener Non Scale Win.
Jan 26, 2020
Should I Be Eating More Fiber? Ft. Tanya Zuckerbrot
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Aleen is joined by Tanya Zuckerbrot, registered dietitian and founder of F-Factor to talk about the value of a fiber-rich diet, changing our approach to dieting, and how to maintain weight loss. They start with the origin story of F-Factor and how Tanya discovered the secret of fiber in nutrition. They walk us through the basic principles of F-Factor, discussing the challenges of sticking to a low-calorie diet. Plus, Tanya explains how you can maintain your lifestyle while on F-Factor, including drinking cocktails with dinner like everyone else. They also talk about the correct definition of the word “diet” and how that plays into restrictive food culture overall. Tanya explains the “three bite rule” to be able to indulge in just about anything, as well as misconceptions about the role of carbs in nutrition and weight loss. Next, they respond to a series of listener questions, leading to a conversation about creating a calorie deficit through addition rather than omission. Then they close out the show with some Non Scale Wins for the week. Thanks to our sponsors! Perfect Bar: Right now, Perfect Bar is offering 15% off your online order. Just go to perfectbar.com/DST15 Plan B: Plan B is emergency contraception that helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or if you’ve experienced a birth control failure. Go to planbonestep.com to learn more Feals: Become a member today by going to Feals.com/DST and you’ll get 50% off your first order with free shipping
Jan 19, 2020
Workout Classes Are My Own Form Of Therapy Ft. Ashley Fern
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Aleen and Sami are joined by Betches Director of Content & Strategy, Ashley Fern, who you probably recognize from Betches Brides, to talk about her own food and fitness journey. They start the show with a new segment called “The Weirdest Thing I Do” and a conversation about eating dessert for dinner. They discuss Ashley’s background, what it’s like to grow up in a vegetarian environment, and watching her father overcome a life-altering injury. Plus, she shares her experience with a mystery stomach issue and how switching to a vegan diet helped her feel better. Next, they answer a series of listener questions, including what Ashley eats on a daily basis, how to make working out a consistent habit, and using fitness classes as a form of therapy. They finish the show with a great listener Non Scale Win and some wins of their own. Thanks to our sponsor! Magic Spoon: Go to magicspoon.com/DST to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use promo code DST at checkout to get free shipping
Jan 12, 2020
The New Year’s Resolution Episode: When Hindsight Is 2020
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Sami and Aleen return from the holidays with their New Year’s resolutions and a look back to last year’s resolution episode. They start the show by listening to the goals they set for 2019 and telling us whether or not they tracked their progress. Plus, they talk about the stress of planning a wedding and how that can derail you from accomplishing your personal goals. Next, they share their own resolutions for 2020, including one for a no-guilt January, a workout goal involving pull ups, and conversation about staying motivated. Is 2020 the year to “stop being a lazy whiny bitch” or is it the year we quit being so hard on ourselves? Finally, they close out the show with their first Non Scale Wins of the year and a great listener submission. Thanks to our sponsor: Download Ship at betches.co/ship to start finding matches today.
Jan 05, 2020