The Invisible Corset & Issues with the Body Positivity Movement with Lauren Geersten

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Lauren Geertsen is a body connection coach and nutrition consultant, and the author of the new book the Invisible Corset: Break Free from Beauty Culture and Embrace Your Radiant Self. In today’s episode you’ll learn about Lauren’s journey from being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at age 14, to becoming a nutrition consultant focusing on food as medicine, to transforming to a body connection coach focusing on liberating women from unrealistic beauty standards.

In today’s episode we’re discussing:

  • Orthorexia and a a fear-based vs. a love-based relationship to food
  • Subconscious reasons people struggle with food
  • Psychological gaslighting as it relates to women’s appearance
  • Some of the issues with the body positivity movement – and why these can often make self-criticism even worse for those who are trying to improve their body image and self-perception
  • How racism has dominated the history of beauty and appearance culture that still continues today? (disclaimer: we are two white women talking about this, but this isn’t something I felt could be left out of this discussion)

Resources Mentioned:

More about racism in the beauty industry from BIPOC authors:

  • The Body is Not an Apology, by Soyna Renee Taylor
  • Fearing the Black Body: the Racial Origins of Fatphobia, by Sabrina Strings

The theme for this month’s podcast episodes and guests is pursuing TRUE health and feeling good without diets or protocols. Want more of these episodes? Check them out below!

Healing from the root cause with mindset work, with Lana Shlafer
The dark side of the wellness industry, and how all-or-nothing thinking prevents long-term health and happiness, with Robyn Conley Downs

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The Invisible Corset & Issues with the Body Positivity Movement with Lauren Geersten

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