Radical Stepmoms
Radical Stepmoms
Jan 13, 2021
S3: Episode 1: Grab Your Partner & Let's Get Real
Play • 1 hr 33 min
Hello, Season 3! This episode is for stepmoms to listen to with their partners as Christina welcomes her husband back on the show! Together they answer your questions about navigating relationships, parenting styles, being a childless stepmom, disengaging and much more. They keep it raw and real as they discuss the ups and downs of blended family life, so get ready to feel little more validated and a little less alone. 
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The Fertility Podcast
The Fertility Podcast
Crowd Network
What should you eat when trying to get pregnant?
It’s episode 2 of the relaunched pod! This week we’re talking about what to eat when you’re trying to conceive. This can be so overwhelming, and we want to make it easy for you to understand all you need to know. So, we’re chatting to the lovely Ro Huntriss who is a registered fertility dietician. On the pod we’ve spoken to a fair few people who know what they’re talking about when it comes to fertility and nutrition, but dieticians work slightly differently. Their focus is very much on evidence-based practice and their training to become a dietician involves clinical placements and training to support people with co-existing medical conditions. So, basically they follow the medical model such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists etc. So, where do you start with nutrition when trying to conceive? Ro recommends that you consider your own diet and look at the changes that you feel will make your diet healthier. Keeping a food diary is a great thing to do and can give you a really good picture on what kind of foods you’re eating and where you might need to make some changes. Let’s talk about egg health. It takes around 3 months to influence the health of the egg and some of the nutrients to include are folate (folic acid) - to help reduce the risk of neural tube defect but also help to improve egg development and quality. Omega 3 - in oily fish or as a supplement can play a huge part in improving egg quality. Antioxidants – from fruits, veg, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and even in meat. Ro also shares with us her recommendations for sperm health and how a Mediterranean diet and antioxidants are particularly useful such as vitamin C, E, Zinc, Selenium and folate. We get the low down on whether you should go gluten and diary free – Ro makes it really clear that unless you’re a diagnosed coeliac, it is not recommended to be gluten free to support fertility as there is not the evidence to suggest that this is necessary. Wholegrain is an important part of our diet and needs to be included. If you’re worried you might be intolerant to gluten, ask your GP for a test before removing out of your diet to be sure. With regards to dairy Ro doesn’t recommend cutting it out unless necessary and if you do, make sure you get your plant based dairy alternatives in. We frequently talk about the importance of weight when trying to conceive and probably focus more on being overweight, however being underweight is also a consideration when it comes to fertility. Having a low BMI can cause irregular cycles and therefore ovulatory disorders. Ro recommends that if you’re underweight include olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocado to your diet. Is it sensible to follow a vegan diet when trying to conceive? Ro says yes but encourages you to have a review with a dietician or nutritionist if you’re struggling to conceive. What about restrictive diets? Ro discourages this as these low-calorie diets are so restrictive and research shows that people that follows these diets don’t get the best outcomes. We’ll be catching up with Ro in the very near future to chat about preparing for IVF but in the meantime, you can find more about Ro here: Ro Huntriss: https://dietitianro.co.uk The Fertility Food Formula: https://fertilitydietitianuk.teachable.com/p/food-and-fuel-for-fertility-an-online-fertility-nutrition-course Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fertility.dietitian.uk/ Registered nutritionists   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 min
Sober Curious
Sober Curious
Ruby Warrington
Sobriety + Solidarity with Clementine Morrigan and Jay
My guests this week are Clementine Morrigan and Jay, co-hosts of the F***ing Cancelled podcast – which examines the phenomenon of cancel culture through the lens of 12-step recovery and trauma-informed reparative justice. This is the last show of the current season + it’s safe to say I’ve been feeling quite nervous about airing it!! After all, criticizing cancel culture, or even siding with other people who do, is a sure-fire way to get cancelled. But what I value about Clementine and Jay’s approach, is what they bring to it from their 12-step work – which puts a big emphasis on “keeping your side of the street clean.” This means living in integrity, taking responsibility for any past actions that may have caused harm and making the necessary amends. Which is the goal of many a cancellation, but this often gets lost in the fear-based feeding frenzies that we see erupting online - where the erasure of a specific individual can become a placeholder for the sustained and sensitive work of looking at why certain attitudes and behaviors persists and how this can be addressed at a systemic level. _In the episode we discuss:_ -The contrast between culture of shame and blame in some online social justice movements and the reparative amends-making of the 12-step program. -Living in fear of being “found-out” for past bad behavior. -How getting sober helps us live in integrity – and be the moral judge of our own behavior. -What they term “the nexus” – and how it has enabled the rise of cancel culture. -The addictive nature of social media and online mob mentality – and what makes us susceptible to this. -Why yelling at each other on the internet is not how we enact social change in the real world. -Why cancel culture mimics the dynamics of an abusive relationship. -How to build nervous system resilience so that we can engage in the difficult conversations that are necessary for progress. -Why our political work should not be part of our personal brand – something we use to get more follows and likes (and sponsorship dollars). -Why cancel culture is an outlet for an overwhelming sense of injustice, betrayal, and powerlessness about the state of the wider world. -Why it’s impossible to change what somebody thinks by coercion – and how to model the change we want to see. -The parallels between getting sober and opting out of cancel culture. _Listen to the F***ing Cancelled podcast on iTunes and Spotify, subscribe on __Patreon__, and follow __@clementinemorrigan__ on Instagram. You can also learn more about Clementine and her writing __HERE__._ _Big thanks to Three Spirit for partnering on this episode. Order online at __www.threespiritdrinks.com__ and use the code SOBERCURIOUS to get 15% off._
1 hr 19 min
Recovery Elevator
Recovery Elevator
Paul Churchill
RE 315: Change and Compassion
– I can’t even imagine picking up a drink to solve something anymore. It doesn’t even cross my mind. Kate took her last drink on August 11, 2018. She is 42 and lives in New Jersey. This is her story of living alcohol-free (AF). Today’s sponsor is Better Help. Visit betterhelp.com/ELEVATOR and join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional. Recovery Elevator listeners get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/ELEVATOR. Finding Your Better You – Odette’s weekly message Odette has been thinking about the process of change. When she is having a down day, she wonders, am I doing recovery right? Am I making progress? Is the work worth it? It’s muddy and contradictory, particularly with our labeling minds. We think bad days mean we are doing something wrong, and negative emotions are guides in the wrong direction. On hard days, Odette uses more tools, which probably means she is making more progress. Holly Whittaker posted on her Instagram page a sketch that highlights the Hourglass of Change. It shows there is a range of emotions from start to goal. Odette thinks we need to learn to appreciate the hourglass of change, label-less, and accept more. Negative emotions have a place in our chapter of change. When Odette looks for peace instead of euphoria and moves gently with her feelings, she remembers compassion is critical. We need to have compassion for ourselves and others. Let us remember that we are all on the same path, wanting to connect with others and feel like we belong. If sobriety is kicking you in the butt right now, don’t be so hard on yourself. Take it as a sign of progress. You are on the right track. You are right where you are supposed to be. [7:30] Odette introduces Kate Kate took her last drink on August 11, 2018. She is 42, lives in New Jersey, and works for Recovery Elevator. Kate said she was born and raised in New Jersey. She, her husband Jay, and their cats keep life interesting. Kate works in the art world. She is crafty and knits, sews, and cross stitches. She loves to exercise and get outside. [8:54] Give listeners some background on your history with drinking Kate said she took her first drink at 14. She was severely inebriated and blacked out. The only other time she drank in high school, she blacked out. Kate went to college in Pennsylvania, and drinking was part of the culture. She was in a sorority, and everyone drank on the weekends. Her drinking seemed normal and what everyone was doing. After college, she started to notice some demons. Kate recalled in early childhood being asked to sit on the choir director’s lap at church and kiss him. She was taught to respect her elders. Looking back, she realizes her life then took an awkward turn. She developed an eating disorder. When she started drinking, the eating disorder went away. In college, she became the ultimate party girl. She worked in galleries and auction houses, and drinking was encouraged. She moved to the UK in 2007 and was there for four years. She contrasted the drinking culture in the UK versus New York. Kate knew she had found her people. Her drinking ramped up. After her divorce, she would drink to obliteration with vodka. She learned geographic changes don’t work. [12:51] Odette asked what was going on in her brain about her drinking. Kate said she knew from her first drink that she shouldn’t drink. Alcoholism runs in her family. Her father has five years of sobriety. Every day was a struggle to continue keeping up appearances and be a high-functioning professional while drinking copious amounts of alcohol at night. 14:10 Did you talk to anyone about your eating disorder, drinking, or what happened during your childhood? Kate said she was raised in a family where appearance meant everything. It went to the extreme that she and her siblings were wearing matching outfits for every holiday. Kate believes the 3 of them were struggling with who they are. Kate told her mother about the choir director, and she didn’t believe her. Her friend’s mother found out about what was happening and sat down with Kate and talked it through. The kissing stopped, but she had to stay in the choir and see him weekly. At 14, the choir director turned it back on her in front of the entire chorus. She was embarrassed as a teenager. As an adult, she is mortified that it was allowed to happen. [16:37] Tell me more about what happened when you were in the UK? Kate said she moved back to the US because she was engaged to another man. When she lived in the UK, she was sexually assaulted by someone she was dating. This became a turning point. Within six months, she fled back to New York and got a job at a gallery. She then met another man who was a master manipulator, and they would drink a lot together. During Hurricane Sandy, they were stuck together. She tried to break up with him, and he would manipulate his way back. Kate’s drinking escalated due to the confusion associated with the manipulation. [18:21] Did you notice you were drinking more? Was your tolerance increasing? Kate said yes. A bottle of wine an evening was a standard routine. After a friend’s 40th birthday, she was so drunk it required two people to get her into her home. At 5 AM the next morning, she was passed out on the floor of her apartment, fully clothed, and she had urinated on herself. That was her first attempt to quit drinking, and it lasted about 90 days. When she went back to drinking, it progressed to 2-3 handles of vodka a week. She was working remotely most of the time, which masked much of her drinking. Her company is versed in recovery, and they encourage recovery. [20:29] Did your drinking effect your relationship? How did that change when you quit drinking? Kate said her husband is a heavy drinker as well, and they fueled each other as drinking partners. As her recovery has evolved, it has put some strain on her marriage. Kate and Jay didn’t discuss their drinking because they both had a problem. They are trying to rediscover who they are as a couple and learn to communicate. Kate said her husband is a rough and tumble guy who has lived a hard life, which puts him in a gender norm that he doesn’t talk about his feelings. Now that she is sober, Kate talks about all of her feelings. She has sought out other friends to express her feelings, and she wishes she and her husband could speak more openly. They have never talked about why she stopped drinking. Jay hasn’t seen all of the new dimensions of Kate that have evolved due to her sobriety. [24:37] Tell me a little bit more about what happened after those 90 days? Kate said start, restart, try again. She never moderated. It was black and white; there was no in-between. She walked into her first AA meeting at 24 years old but didn’t want to admit she had a drinking problem. From 2017 to 2018, Kate knew if she had continued drinking, it would kill her. She had many day one’s – she couldn’t put together stretches of time. [26:40] What happened in August? Kate said in July of 2018, she was sick and tired of being sick and tired. After forty “day one’s,” she put her wine down before her friend’s baby shower and said, we’re done. She googled recovery podcasts and found Recovery Elevator episode 2. She clicked play and connected with Paul’s sober date. It was the first time she heard similarities about how she drank and how other people spoke about their drinking. In August 2018, she signed up for Café RE. She discovered a community that was pursuing the same goal. The encouragement from like-minded people made a difference. Kate did an Instagram live with Heather of Ditch the Drink, and it was so beautiful for Kate to see her recovery friends and her “regular” friends together. [32:01] Do you still get cravings? Kate said she does not get cravings. She likes inclusion to have an AF drink in her hand b…
47 min
PaleOMG Uncensored
PaleOMG Uncensored
PaleOMG Uncensored
Tracking with Michaela – Episode 189: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast
Today on the podcast I'm talking with my friend Michaela! I've known Michaela since my competitive CrossFit days and we've followed each other on social media for years now. She recently helped me understand my protein intake and I've been able to add muscle like never before in the past. She's so smart when it comes to exercise, diet, and we've been on similar journeys when it comes to the exercise and reducing our volume throughout the years. Apologies on the sound quality and our voices sounding a bit sketch - we recorded this early in the morning before he 4 kids got up and we were both dragging a bit. But either way, you'll love her! Don't forget to follow her on instagram at @hungryfitness! ________________ Don’t forget to check out my fitness programs on https://paleomg.teachable.com/ and use the special code for podcast listeners UNCENSORED10 for 10% off at any of my programs! Power Program 2.0 has launched with 12 weeks of intermediate and pro workouts! To find out what program is right for you, check out this post – https://paleomg.com/finding-the-right-fitness-program-for-you/ ________________ Support the podcast by clicking the Subscribe button on iTunes and please a review only if you love the podcast! There is enough negativity in this world, don’t spread more. I love hearing about what YOU want me to talk about so feel free to leave on comment here or on social media with topics you’d like me to cover! And don’t forget, some posts have affiliate links which I may be compensated from. This compensation helps with keeping this blog and up and running! Thank you so much for your support, you guys are amazing!
1 hr 8 min
Addiction Unlimited Podcast | Alcoholism | Life Coach | Living Sober | 12 Steps
Addiction Unlimited Podcast | Alcoholism | Life Coach | Living Sober | 12 Steps
Angela Pugh
Sugar Addiction with Mike Collins
“It’s a lonely situation if you don’t have support.” - Mike Collins That's the understatement of the century! We can all agree that life can feel daunting and very lonely if you don't have a tribe. As people with addiction, this is especially important. I need to be connected with people who think like me, who can relate to my habits and have a laugh with me about the insanity of it all. One thing that stands out in this episode is when Mike talks about the family dynamics of giving up sugar, how people respond, and the effect it has on mood. Just like giving up alcohol. Here are a few episode highlights: Mike talks about his history with addiction, and states that after kicking his alcohol addiction, he developed an addiction to sugar. He says that treating it like a substance addiction rather than a diet or lifestyle change can be easier for people. Sticking to the outside aisles of the grocery store is a good way to eliminate sugar from your diet since it contains fruits and veggies, dairy products, meat and other proteins, etc. Much like alcohol, sugar is treated as something to consume when you’re celebrating an event or bonding with friends and family. It can take a long time to recover from sugar addiction, and it often leads to intense downturns in mood when you stop consuming it. Mike discusses the difficult family dynamics that can be at play when going 100% off sugar, especially when your close family members are not on board and don’t want to cut sugar out of their diets. Find Mike here: https://sugaraddiction.com/
40 min
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