Today’s guest is Julie Wilson Gordon, who was on the Rebel Babe Cave previously in Episode 6, where we spoke about creating luck through hard work. In this episode, we discuss the fitness world and nutrition world, and some of the misconceptions women have when striving for their ‘perfect body’. This episode isn’t necessarily an interview, just a chat between two badass babes on topics they are passionate about! Julie and I riffed about diet dogma and how it has almost become like a religion. We discussed some important issues about body image, and the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, as well as the importance of finding balance in your lifestyle. Julie shares her experience with oxalate poisoning from a strict vegan diet and how she recovered, and why she believes that going vegan isn’t sustainable for the long-term. We chat about our shared love for a good, real donut or cupcake every once in a while, and our common hate for kale, as well as the benefits we’ve both found from following a flexible diet. For more on external judgement about our dietary choices, weight loss versus a healthy lifestyle, the consequences of ‘quick fixes’, and the importance of self-love, make sure to tune into this episode today!
Key Points from This Episode:
- What prompted Julie to write her post about the religious dogma of nutrition and diets.
- There is no one-size-fits-all plan for diet and nutrition.
- While advocating for good quality and non-GMO, food is personal and intimate for everyone.
- The impact social media has on women’s unrealistic aspirations.
- Finding a balance between restriction and pleasure to maintain a lifestyle.
- Diet fads change over time: what is considered healthy now wasn’t healthy 10 years ago.
- Julie tells us about her experience of oxalate poisoning from a strict vegan diet.
- Chrystal and Julie discuss the Netflix documentary Game Changers.
- Why Julie doesn’t believe going vegan is sustainable for the long term.
- Chrystal and Julie talk about flexible dieting and allowing yourself treats.
- Chrystal and Julie discuss their shared disdain for kale.
- How judgement about dietary choices can blur good messages and discourage people.
- Dieting shouldn’t always be about weight loss.
- Julie explains how our detachment from our bodies can stop us from doing what feels good.
- There’s no such thing as instant gratification, sustainable nutritional changes are a journey.
- The unknown, long-term consequences of extreme dieting and ‘quick fixes’ like liposuction.
- The importance of having self-love and still wanting to make improvements.
“Everything about my composition is unique to myself, so why in the world would I say, “You have to eat exactly what I do in order to be in the best physical shape or feel the best?”” — Julie Wilson Gordon [0:07:36]
“It’s not about what you’re eating, it’s about what you’re not eating… I think you need to have a balance” — Julie Wilson Gordon [0:21:25]
“You’ll realize that when you really get plugged in to your own body, it will be amazed… you’ll eat something that doesn’t resonate with you and you’ll know it” — Julie Wilson Gordon [0:34:44]
“We’re just so conditioned… about photoshop, and it’s not reality. It’s not a real body” — Julie Wilson Gordon [0:49:13]
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