Navigating the Hidden Struggles of Midlife Eating with Nicole Christina

Nicole Christina
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When you think of eating disorders, do teenagers immediately come to mind? You might be surprised to learn that midlife women are equally, if not more, vulnerable to these struggles. Psychotherapist Nicole Cristina joins me to unravel the complexity of eating challenges in midlife, addressing the life transitions that often act as catalysts.

Our conversation explores beyond the stereotypes, inviting listeners to understand the nuances between eating disorders and disordered eating—a distinction that could be closer to home than many realize.

Imagine trying to hold back the ocean with a broom. That’s how it can feel for midlife women grappling with the need for control amidst menopause, caring for aging parents, or adjusting to an empty nest. In the episode, Nicole and I navigate this storm, discussing how the guise of dietary control can quickly become a slippery slope toward disordered eating. We share an honest look at the seductive simplicity of restrictions and the grief that often fuels the need for control, all while sparking a rebellion against the ageist norms that can shackle our self-image.

As our discussion culminates, we paint a vision of food rebellion—a world where calorie counting takes a back seat to enjoying a variety of foods and embracing life’s pleasures. We celebrate resources like “Intuitive Eating” and “Body Kindness” for their wisdom in guiding us toward a more balanced, fulfilling relationship with food and self. Join us as we call for compassion and kindness, drawing on the teachings of experts like Kristin Neff, to support those embarking on the tumultuous journey through midlife and beyond.

Where to Find Nicole Christina

Nicoles Website, click HERE 

Find Nicole on IG HERE

Nicoles Podcast, Zestful Aging HERE

Books We Talked About

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole

Body Kindness by Rebecca Strichtfield

Self Compassion by Kristin Neff

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