Size-acceptance speaker and yoga teacher Rachel Estapa discusses how being a larger-bodied child led to early experiences of shame and dieting, why a lack of plus-size clothing options exacerbated her body hatred, why diet culture's promise to "fix" us is so alluring, how an acute illness led to an unexpected truce with her body, why rediscovering her loves and desires was essential to her recovery from dieting, how the practice of yoga helped show her the path to liberation, how she's navigating the transition from blogger to coach and teacher, why running a recovery-oriented business can be so challenging, and lots more!
Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love®, is a certified life coach, certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, writer, speaker and social entrepreneur who educates and supports plus size people on approaches to positive body image and wellness, enabling all bodies to lead more empowered lives. Find her online at MoreToLoveWithRachel.com.
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- Rachel’s relationship with food growing up, including associating food with love and family
Body shame in relation to food choices
Separating the critical voice from the true inner voice of compassion
The line between educating others and preserving our own body-positive journey
Reconnecting to body trust
How intuitive eating leads to intuitive living
Creating a loving relationship with the past
Rachel’s first experience with a nutritionist
The importance of access to plus-size clothing options
Rachel's Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis
The connection between physical hunger and emotional hunger
Rediscovering satisfaction with food and movement on the intuitive eating journey
The impact of patriarchy and misogyny on femme socialization
Yoga, eating disorder recovery, and embodiment
Reconnecting with and accepting emotions
Eating as an intimate act
Food as a part of our relationships and human connection
Navigating and pushing back against diet culture and the diet mentality
Rachel’s reasons for creating More to Love
Finding everlasting, honest, and individual body acceptance
The intersection of mystery and science
Tolerating constant change and growth
- The trouble with deriving self-worth from external factors