Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

We have our first podcast guest, y’all! This week on the show, Tracey and I welcome our friend, fitness coach and nutrition expert Liz Winters, to talk about all things food, mindful eating, and how to negotiate with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Liz is a nutritional therapy practitioner and crossfit coach in here in Portland, and runs her own private nutrition practice and small group training practice, Sprout Wellness, where she educates and empowers people to improve their overall health through movement, nutrition, and realistic lifestyle shifts.

This conversation was so much fun to have, and Liz offers a ton of useful insights into cultivating a healthier, more sustainable relationship with food. Along the way, Tracey discusses her experience as a client of Liz’s and what it has been like for her to eliminate sugar from her diet. We also explore shame as it relates to food, learning how to enjoy eating, and why Liz always has her clients identify the underlying motivation behind any body composition goals before working with them in that capacity.

We laugh a lot in this episode and hope you enjoy this discussion as much as we did. Please note that the microphone did not pick up Liz’s voice quite as clearly as it did mine and Tracey’s, so please bear with us through a few sections during which she is a little bit challenging to hear.

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Highlights from this episode include:

  • Who is Liz Winters of Sprout Wellness?
  • Liz’s work with postpartum women
  • Do men seek out nutritional support as well? What has Liz’s experience been working with men in this capacity?
  • How Liz got into the nutrition and fitness industries and her experience with childhood obesity
  • Cayly and Tracey’s experiences being on a vegetarian diet
  • How does Liz work with clients who are following a vegetarian diet?
  • Is there one diet that works for everyone?
  • Tracey’s experience working with Liz on her nutrition
  • The importance of addressing the underlying why when determining your nutrition and body composition goals
  • What started Cayly down the path of healing her relationship to food
  • Tracy’s experience eliminating sugar from her diet with Liz’s support
  • Common ways in which Liz’s clients push back or resist the changes they are making with regard to their nutrition and how she handles that resistance when it comes up
  • Whole 30 — a protocol that Liz often uses in her client work
  • Can you mindfully eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup?
  • Tracey’s experience with Weight Watchers in college
  • Beast in Portland
  • Liz’s ultimate goal — for her clients to actually enjoy their food
  • Shame around love of food, especially for women, and fear of food (i.e. moralizing food)
  • How Liz approaches mindset with her clients with regard to their food
  • Where does digestion start? And how does stress around food affect your body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly?
  • And more!

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Want to take a class with Liz? (Do it! Do it!) Her Sprout Foundations Summer Series is a 6-week small group nutrition support group meeting Wednesdays at 6pm July 5 through August 9 at Kenton Wellness Cooperative. Go here for the deets and to sign up.

Today’s animal spotlights from the Pixie Project:

LUNA is back again this week. Because I have a soft spot for her and desperately want to find her a home. As a reminder, she is a 7 year-old maltese/shih tzu mix weighing in at 12 pounds. Luna is completely blind and recently had both eyes removed. She’s an amazing little creature who does great in new environments given the opportunity to get acclimated first. Please, please help us find her a home. Tell your friends! Spread the word! Thank you, thank you!

And, finally, if you’d like to support the Pixie Project but aren’t able to adopt an animal at this time, visit Fetch Eyewear in NW Portland to purchase your next pair of glasses. They donate all profits to the Pixie Project, which is pretty rad, if you ask me.

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