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Motherhood, Body Image and Diet Culture — 071

Aug 20

Today’s episode inspires women to shed the programming and ideals society has fed us about how we feel about our bodies and what we should look like. Licensed Psychotherapist Ellen Boeder shares insights on how to be empowered during motherhood and beyond and how we can profoundly respect the value of our nurturing, feminine, magnificent selves.

Ellen has spent most of her career working with women through the deep-rooted confusion that can lead to eating disorders and body image issues. She helps women sort through the culturally handed-down and media-driven information that has created unrealistic ideals of what it means to be a woman.

We get into how pregnancy and the postpartum period can be significant contributors to a woman’s perception of her body and lead to body dysmorphia, eating disorders and generalized shame about our bodies and even our worth as humans.

During our conversation, Ellen also shares her own personal journey to motherhood including how she integrated the newfound joy of motherhood with her treasured career.


In This Episode:

  • The narrative women are offered around work and their bodies

  • Society’s impact on the motherhood journey

  • The use of food to distract from deeper issues

  • The earning mentality: binging and deprivation

  • The process of turning to information for comfort in place of communities

  • Motherhood as a trigger and a cure of body image issues

  • Unconscious modeling

  • The influence of marketing on women’s decisions about beauty, health, and wellness

  • Disassembling the beliefs handed down from past generations

  • The lost practice of celebrating our fertile bodies

  • A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

  • Using crowdfunding to save for future college expenses


Show Notes:

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About Our Guest:

Ellen Boeder, MA, LPC has been a licensed psychotherapist since 2003, primarily working with women in a range of healing contexts.  Her experience includes working with teenage girls in residential treatment, helping women recover from eating disorders, and facilitating women moving through trauma, addiction, mood, and relationship crises.  She has a strong background in yoga and meditation, and her graduate training in Transpersonal Psychology also deeply inform her work.  Since becoming a wife and a mother to two children (now 7 and 9 years old) she works primarily with couples.  In addition to maintaining a part time private practice, she is on faculty for the Relationship School, founded by her husband Jayson Gaddis, and also writes a blog on motherhood and relationship. With warmth and eloquence, Ellen brings her lived experience as a woman, wife, and mother into her understanding as a clinician.


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