Christina’s Story - Finding Freedom from Food & Alcohol

 

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This is my first of (I hope!) many client interview episodes. I think you'll love Christina's story as much as I have loved being part of it!

At the young age of 12, when she realized she needed a size bigger pair of pants than her friend, Christina started down a lifelong path of dieting, weight loss, weight gain, and body shame.

Exhausted and physically unwell, she reached out to me one year ago, at the end of her rope and ready to try different, not just harder. My holistic approach to healthy change was something she’d never tried before, but by embracing curiosity and self-compassion, Christina was able to achieve her goal of true freedom from food. She felt so great, she then tackled her unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

Constant thoughts of food and alcohol no longer consume her, and she’s loving how present and joyful she feels in all aspects of her life. In this episode, Christina...

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Jardine Libaire, Author of The Sober Lush

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Jardine Libaire is a novelist, screenwriter and the co-author of one of Wendy’s favourite books of this year, The Sober Lush: A Hedonist's Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life - Alcohol Free. She’s also an all-around lovely guest.

Life without alcohol is the opposite of boring! It can be rich and so much more rewarding if you’re open to it. Jardine and I share our secrets to living a more joyful, connected, and resonant life without (or with!) alcohol. It’s all about slowing down, getting more present, creating new rituals, and celebrating the little things.

This is a delightful and inspiring conversation you won’t want to miss!

Find out more about Jardine at www.jardinelibaire.com and follow her on Instagram @thesoberlush and @jardinelibaireprojects.

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Ask the Coach, Stress & Alcohol - Developing Healthier Tools for Coping

 

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In this re-share of Episode 335 of the This Naked Mind Podcast, I join This Naked Mind Head Coach Scott Pinyard to share some of my drinking story and talk about burnout – how we define it and what its most common symptoms are. We answer two listener questions: one from someone using alcohol to cope with stress, knowing it’s hurting but also feeling like it’s helping, who’s wondering how to handle stress without alcohol; and one from someone who started drinking again and is struggling to stop.

Using alcohol or other unhealthy mechanisms like food or social media to cope with stress is so common. Scott and I discuss how to change your thinking patterns and cope differently, the importance of building a toolkit of healthy coping mechanisms, how stress is compounded by alcohol, how meditation can relieve stress, what practicing self-care looks like, how gratitude can help you drink less, and the fact...

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Wendy’s Alcohol Story

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In this special episode, guest host Julie Lesperance takes the reins to interview me about my personal alcohol story on my 3-year anniversary of living alcohol-free. I explain how and why my relationship with wine changed over the course of my life, when and why I started to question it, and how I found freedom and went on to become a Certified Naked Mind Coach. 

If you think you’re the only one questioning your relationship with alcohol, you’re not. If you’re thinking things aren’t “bad enough” to make a change, you’re wrong. 

"Grey-area drinking" exists on a huge spectrum. You don't need to objectively have " a problem", be an "alcoholic" or hit a "rock bottom" to change your habits. The truth is: you simply don't HAVE to drink (or drink as much), and it's 100% up to you! (Boy, was it ever liberating when I realized that!)

You get to...

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Ask The Coach: Wendy McCallum & Scott Pinyard of This Naked Mind - Burnout & Alcohol

I got to guest host on This Naked Mind's popular podcast last month and the episode is now available to watch, above, or listen to, below.

 

Scott Pinyard, Head Coach of This Naked Mind, and I answered listener questions about how to deal with work stress and how to get back on track with healthy habits after a "blip" or "data point".

My advice around tools for coping with stress applies whether your drug of choice is alcohol, food, social media, or online shopping - so please have a listen even if you're happy with your relationship with alcohol, I think you'll learn a lot!

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Annie Grace - Alcohol and Women's Burnout

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This is a big deal, everyone! I quite literally had to talk myself into even inviting Annie to be on my podcast.

 

If you don't know much about Annie Grace, she's HUGE. I mean HUGE HUGE. She's a big deal and she's the real deal. She also, quite literally, changed my life.

 

I wanted to interview her SO badly, but I found myself struggling with my own limiting beliefs and fears. After a little "self-coaching", I leaned into them, wrote her a long email explaining why she was my #1 dream guest, edited it about 1000 times, took a deep breath, and hit "send" (and then felt slightly nauseous for the rest of the weekend). But she said YES!  (I'm sharing this story to remind you that I'm human, just like you, and that sometimes you just need to feel the fear and do it anyway to get what you want in life.)

 

In this episode, I interview my mentor Annie Grace, the author of This Naked Mind: Control...

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Guest Emily Lynn Paulson (Author, Speaker, and Recovery Coach): Women & Alcohol

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In this episode of Bite-Sized Balance, I interview Emily Lynn Paulson, writer, speaker, fellow Certified Naked Mind Coach, She Recovers Designated Coach, and a member of the long term recovery community.

The conversation gets spicy & deep on a few hot topics, including social media and women’s mental health, “grey area drinking”, “mommy wine culture”, the importance of mindfulness when it comes to alcohol and what “true freedom” from alcohol really looks like.

Sober since January 2, 2017, Emily has appeared on media outlets including The Doctors, Parade, Today Parents, and USA Today, discussing how to end the shame and stigma of mental health and substance abuse. 

Emily is the author of Highlight Real: Finding Honesty & Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life, and a contributor in Addiction Diaries: Stories of Darkness, Hope, And All That Falls In...

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