015 | Emotional Eating & Loving Your Body, with Valerie Tookes

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Have you ever found yourself moving toward the holiday cookie plate right after a not so great interaction with your family? Or found yourself being really harsh and mean toward yourself when you take a glance in the mirror (especially after said triggering holiday season)?

Ummmm hand raised big time over here! Most of us have done this, and it doesn’t feel so great. Emotional eating and harshness toward ourselves in so common during this time of year, the intersection of high stress holidays, post holiday remorse,  and aspiring new year resolutions.

I couldn’t think of a better woman to come speak to this phenomena than Valerie Tookes. Valerie was my lead coach during my Courageous Living Coach Certification, and has a deep presence that speaks to the core. The way she leads her holistic life coaching practice is no different.

In today’s episode, Valerie shares with us her own journey with food, emotions, and health - including  the powerful ripple effect of coming into a (truly loving) relationship with your body.


In this episode we discussed:

  • Valerie’s personal past struggles using food to mask emotions and what was missing in her life, and how she found her way to becoming a health coach

  • Why “shoulds” and diets don’t actually work in the long run

  • The different ways emotional eating can show up and Valerie’s own turning point.

  • How depriving yourself almost always leads to an eventual rebound effect.

  • What to do when you notice yourself in the midst of emotional eating.

  • How to communicate with your body

  • The one central key for transforming your health and sustaining wellness.

  • The radial shift that happens and ripple effect that happens when you start a truly loving relationship with your body.

  • How to deal with the critical voice inside


Resources:

Website: www.herholistichealth.com

Instagram: @heartsdesire

About Valerie

Valerie Tookes, founder of Her Holistic Health, is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach who believes that trusting your body’s deepest wisdom, equals true health. Her work is devoted to helping women transform their world by changing the way that they see their body. When she’s not coaching in her private practice, you can find her working; as a Health and Wellness Coach with The Women’s Vitality Center; as a Lead Coach with the Courageous Living Coach Training Program; and as the Senior Finance and Operations Manager at Grants for the Arts. A graduate of Florida State University, University of Oregon, California Institute for Integral Studies ,and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she happily lives in Oakland California

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014 | Self Worth Embodied, with Madison Hedlund

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For so long, I was living with the sneaky, yet all pervading belief that I was unworthy. Sometimes it was obvious, and others it would be subtle root of so many behaviors. It was amazing to me all the different areas of my life this unworthiness touched. Relationships, Work, Money, Health. I was also amazed by how strong its effect was, even though I intellectually and spiritually understood that I was worthy of love and all the good things.

So many women have this same experience. As little girls, we can interpret life’s challenges, trauma, and cultural messages to mean that we aren’t worth much. It can be like a fog that washes over. For me, it was, and continues to be, a set of feelings that I needed my attention.

I knew this was such an important topic to discuss, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to chat with than Madison Hedlund.

Madison has a huge heart, and certain authentic spunk that makes you know that she is real, and she GETS IT. Madison shares her incredible journey and the intricacies of how to embody, and actually LIVE your worth.

We discussed:

  • Madison’s interest in connection, god, and truth from a very young age

  • The journey Madison went through as she overcame trauma and after affects of mental health issues and prison time within her family

  • The stability she found in church, and the later deconstruction and rebirth of her faith

  • The importance of somatic therapy while healing trauma

  • The power of identity and what is underneath it all

  • Difference between understanding self worth and actually embodying it

  • People pleasing, “earning” love, and codependency

  • The problem with demanding respect

  • First steps for living your worth and first signs that you may not be

  • Why you aren’t bad or broken

  • The importance of enjoying the process


“If we strip down our beliefs, our emotions, and our thoughts (all of which are ever-changing), what you get down to is the soul. The essence of who we are is worthy. If I’m not identified with the things that are changing, the only constant is the worthiness.”


Resources:

Website: www.madisonhedlund.co

Instagram: @madisonhedlund

Download Madison's FREE journal guide to get started on your path.

Info on working 1-on-1 with Madison


About Madison

Madison is an international award winning life coach and speaker who helps women own their story, step out of fear and shame and come alive to their most vibrant, confident selves. Known for her soulful spirit both online and in person, she brings authenticity, power, and creativity into all she does. Whether she is working one on one with clients, facilitating a workshop, or speaking to a large group, it is Madison's deepest desire to see women step up to their very best and truly come alive.


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