Fellow Health at Every Size dietitian Tracy Brown shares why she started dieting and fighting her body in adolescence, how restriction quickly spiraled into an eating disorder, why difficulty with setting boundaries played into her relationship with food, how she found her way to recovery and started down the path to becoming a dietitian, how she began to tune in to her body's wisdom and practice intuitive eating, why she dove into practicing from a Health at Every Size paradigm, and lots more. She also leads us in a special meditation for helping reconnect to your body!
Tracy Brown is a somatic nutrition therapist, registered dietitian, and attuned eating coach in private practice providing in-person, phone and online counseling since 2006. Tracy works with people on a soul level because she believes not wanting to be in the body is a way of protecting oneself, so her work is about nourishing the nervous system to feel safe enough to feel emotion and actually heal. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and eating problems for both adults and children, as well as issues related to overextending the body, including adrenal fatigue, hormone issues, PCOS and gut health.
Tracy routinely teaches intuitive eating workshops and disordered-eating-related talks throughout Florida, including at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL; Flager College; and Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft Myers. She is also the guest Nutrition Therapist for Feast, an online intuitive eating program run by past Food Psych guest Rachel Cole. Tracy has appeared on many podcasts discussing topics including intuitive eating, trauma healing, positive body image, and recovery.
She believes that healing food and weight concerns is really about deciding to embrace our humanity in the diverse and amazing bodies we have. Living and feeling fully with courage and being dedicated to the fullest expression of who we are is the point. Learn more about Tracy and her work at TracyBrownRD.com.
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Tracy’s relationship with food growing up, including a childhood that included farming and exposure to sports at an early age
Tracy’s experience with subliminal messages about “acceptable” body size
The emotions attached to the dieting experience
How dating and socializing impacted Tracy’s ideas of perfection and her understanding of what is valued in our society
Tracy’s first experience with a diet and the resulting spiral into disordered eating, restriction, obsessive exercise, and anorexia
How eating disorders can be used to create boundaries around us and isolate us from the world
Rape culture and consent in the context of bodily autonomy
The relationship between eating disorders and control
Tracy’s journey through early eating disorder recovery and her introduction to intuitive eating
Tracy’s experience in college studying dietetics and nutrition, including studying with the knowledge that she would be following an anti-diet path once she received her degree
The impact of deprivation on the restrict-binge cycle
How the diet mentality and mental restriction impact the ability to break the binge cycle
Tracy’s trials and tribulations trying to find a job in dietetics, and her eventual first supervision under the guidance of an intuitive eating practitioner
Tracy’s experience with self-experimentation in learning her own hunger and fullness
The role of therapy in eating disorder recovery and intuitive eating
Tracy’s transition into private practice and Health at Every Size work, including her frustration with the diet model in mainstream dietetics
The challenge that HAES clinicians face in making space for their client’s mourning process around letting go of weight loss
Letting go of the instinct to fix problems rather than feel problems
How diet culture and fatphobia impact people of all sizes
The role of the HAES, body-positive community in supporting people when they doubt the truth about diet culture
How nonlinear the recovery and intuitive eating process can be
The judgment and moral values we attach to food behaviors
Tracy’s use of somatics and meditation to support eating disorder recovery, body acceptance, and inner wisdom
How to prepare clients for the diet culture of the outside world and create boundaries around their own process
How meditation can help ground the body, center the self, and foster self-compassion
How to have gratitude for coping mechanisms that no longer serve us
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