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How to Feel Ready to Take Risks So You Can Live the Life You Desire

3 Things We Dive Into In This Episode:

  1. Four concrete tools that can help you feel ready to take leaps that allow you to live the life you desire.

  2. Why taking risks and surrendering is a requirement for having a fulfilling life and a fulfilling relationship with your body.

  3. How to navigate the difficult feelings and fears that come up with taking risks and surrender.


📌Episode Highlights

[06:13] A Risky Few Years

  • I’ve taken many risks over the past year. Exactly a year ago, I ended my relationship, left my life in New York, and traveled full-time.

  • It is also the third anniversary of starting my private practice full-time after losing all my jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Risks and trust falls are something I regularly talk about with my clients. It’s a part of surrendering to cultivate a healthy relationship with food and your body.

Caitie: “Surrender is such an important part of cultivating a healthy relationship with food and your body. Surrendering to what your body is asking for and really leaning into what your body is asking for is a bit of a trust fall in and of itself.” - Click Here To Tweet This
  • We have to take risks to succeed. If we avoid taking risks, we'll miss out on our lives.

  • R.I.S.K. is an acronym for four tangible things we can ask ourselves to prepare for taking a leap.

[10:55] The Importance of Rest When You Take Risks

  • R stands for Rested. We don't always make the best decisions around risk-taking when we are exhausted. Are you rested enough to take risks?

  • This way, we can ensure that our decision aligns with us. Step out of panic, stress, and exhaustion and sit on the decision. Is it right?

  • A bath is one of the most regulating and restful things for me. It allows me to be alone, breathe, and notice things while sitting in stillness and silence.

  • We can also create a secluding, isolating, and regulating cocoon to rest and think. Afterward, ask if you feel rested enough to decide.

  • It's difficult to rest when in a stressful environment. Instead, take a moment to prioritize rest and use that time to think about the risk.

[15:34] The Intention in Risk

  • I stands for Intention. Why do you want to take risks?

  • One way to understand our intentions is to look years ahead. Think about what we want people to remember us for in the future.

  • Another way to identify our personal values is to look at the qualities we admire in people. We can also be more aware of when we feel fully immersed.

  • Think about how taking a risk can allow us to live our personal values, emulate positive qualities and be more in the flow.

  • I recently took a small risk to stop taking one-on-one clients. My intention here was to show up for my present clients fully, which affirmed the risk.

[21:25] How Our Senses Ground Us As We Take Risks

  • S stands for Senses. While taking risky actions, we need to stay grounded in our senses. Think about how we can stay in touch with our five senses.

  • Our sense of smell can help us feel calm. Listening to what's around you or playing music can ground us in our sense of hearing.

  • Having a touchstone, breathing, and stretching can help regulate our sense of touch. We can also take our time to look around us and drink our tea slowly.

  • Risks can often make us feel unsafe. We can use these tools to stay regulated before, during, and after taking risky actions.

  • Grounding ourselves with our 5 senses is a powerful yet simple tool to take action even when we’re scared.

[24:39] Take Risks — It’s a Kindness

  • K stands for Kind. Let us ask ourselves if this is the kindest choice. How will this risk result in the highest good for everyone?

  • Not everyone will be happy with the risks we’re taking. However, our risk-taking will ultimately help them.

  • I've mentioned that I once took the risk of not taking any more one-on-one clients. Turning away people may not seem like the kindest thing. But it is ultimately kind because I can give my best to the clients I do take.

  • Similarly, I can become a better person even though I left many important people behind when I moved out of New York.

Caitie: “You might make people deeply uncomfortable for a moment. Trust yourself enough to know that that discomfort is ultimately going to serve them too in some way.” - Click Here To Tweet This
  • The risk we're taking might cause some pain and discomfort. That pain can bring out each person's purpose and permission to take risks.

[31:12 ] Taking the Risk and Letting Go of Dieting

  • Intuitive eating can be a risk and a trust fall. At the start, it can be scary as we try to trust our bodies and let go of trying to manipulate ourselves.

  • Check out Whole, Full, & Alive Episode 2: Fullness: The Foundations for Becoming an Intuitive Eater for a dive into fullness, trust, and some general tools for the journey.

  • Remember to be patient with yourself as you take risks.

[34:11] The Stages of Our Break-up With Diet

  • Stage 1 of breaking up with dieting is grief, even as we practice surrender. Amidst surrendering, we should give ourselves time to process that grief.

  • We can process grief by working with a therapist or coach, or venting to a friend who understands.

  • Unfortunately, we live in a dieting world. It can often be frustrating as we work on our relationship with food and our bodies.

  • After grieving, we start to feel new and good in the next stage. After that, we might start thinking we should return to dieting.

  • Process each stage of your feelings. Once we do, it's possible to finally find peace and be at ease with food and our bodies.

Caitie: “And it is so, so, so, so, so possible to make peace with food and your body. And eating becomes easy and energizing. And to have your relationship with your body be a good, balanced, peaceful friendship.” - Click Here To Tweet This

[39:11] Processing Prompt and Actionable Experiment for Risk-Taking

  • Processing prompt: What risk do you want to take?

    • Is this risk in alignment with your values and intentions?

    • Is this ultimately the kindest thing you could do even if it’s scary?

  • Actionable experiment: Use the R.I.S.K. tool to help you be ready to take a leap.

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Caitie Corradino: Becoming an embodied person, regardless of your body shape and size is a trust fall. There is an inherent risk in that.

Welcome to Whole, Full and Alive, a podcast exploring the art and science of falling in love with your life, with your story and with who you truly are underneath your titles, your resume, your relationship status, and your bank account. I'm Caitie Corradino, a registered dietician, nutritionist, certified fitness and yoga instructor, eating disorder recovery coach, Reiki healer, and founder of Full Soul Nutrition. But underneath my titles and resume, I'm a big fan of kitchen dance breaks, early mornings, all things topped with truffles, world traveling and serendipity. I'm here to share no bullshit stories and actionable tools to help you feel unshakably worthy. You have everything you need within you to feel whole, full and alive. Right here. Right now. Let's get into it.

Welcome back to another episode of Whole Full and Alive. I'm coming to you from Denver, Colorado today, where I have been settled for about a week now after traveling for two months straight to about five different countries. I really am still settling here. If you told me, Caitie, you arrived back this morning, I'd like to believe you.

It's been an absolute whirlwind since I arrived home because I had a lot of shifts happen while I was away. A lot of big changes and perspective, a lot of changes in what I thought I wanted for the rest of my life. Just a lot of imprints on my soul.

Honestly, I don't know how else to say that, but I am so excited to be back here on the mic speaking with you. Sharing from this new place, from this new perspective, from this new energy as I still attempt to settle back into it. Before I dive into today's topic, which is gonna be taking risks, I wanna invite you to ground.

Wherever you are tuning in from today, can you maybe close your eyes unless you're driving or walking and take a really deep breath in through your nose. Feel that deep breath, fill your body all the way through the muscles of your back, through the base of your spine. Hold it for a moment and then exhale to release and let it go.

We'll take one more deep breath like that just in case you didn't actually do it the first time. Take a nice deep breath in and imagine this deep breath is kind of collecting anything that's stuck in your body, any stress that you need to get rid of. Hold it for a moment and then imagine that breath picking up and collecting that stress, and as you exhale, pushing out of the body.

You can use those deep breaths whenever you need, and I encourage you to take more of them maybe throughout the rest of this episode, throughout the rest of this day. Our breath really is such a powerful, accessible tool for grounding and regulation and connecting with ourselves and. Believe me, I've had people telling me that for years because I’ve been involved in different wellness spaces for years.

I've been a fitness instructor since I was 18 and a yoga instructor since I was 21. Just obviously I studied nutrition and psychology and for years and years and years, I've had so many people tell me, “Oh yes, the power of your breath.” It wasn't until probably the last two, that I've really started to understand this, that I've really started to understand how if we can just get more oxygen into our bodies, if we can get more blood flow to our brains. It really makes such a difference in how we see the world for so much of our day.

We're staring at a screen and when we stare at a screen, we really constrict our breathing. We don't take deep breaths, and that is like, one of the primary causes of illness, I think right now is just the fact that we are all just immersed in this digital world, where we're like holding our breath essentially all day long.

Remember that you're breathing, it doesn't naturally become deep when you're staring at a screen, so if you can take just a few moments throughout your day to look away from that screen to deepen your breath, to improve the flow of oxygen, energy, blood throughout your body, it just, it makes such a difference and it sounds simple, and that's because it is simple, and I really want to make just breath work breathing techniques, taking deeper breaths, more accessible to more people.

Such a tangent. Let's get into today's episode. I guess before I get into today's episode, one more thing. I would like to remind you that I do have space for a few one-on-one clients at my practice, Full Soul Nutrition. I provide a combination of nutrition, counseling, body image healing, and holistic self-care coaching.

In order to help you feed yourself, feel yourself, and live fully. I also will be opening up enrollment for my group program in a few weeks, so keep your eyes out for that and a whole bunch of resources, free resources. A free weekly newsletter with a tangible tool is available on my website

Just don't forget that this podcast isn't the only way for us to connect. Let's get into the meat of today's episode. Today, I wanna talk about taking risks, and I'm feeling so inspired to talk about taking risks because I just, I've taken so many risks over the past year. As I say here, it is actually the one year anniversary of the day I decided to end my relationship and end my life in New York City after 10 years and start traveling full-time before landing somewhere.

It's also the three year anniversary of when I went into private practice pretty much full-time after I lost all my jobs at the top of the COVID-19 pandemic. I feel like it's always the anniversary of some sort of risk for me because I guess my twenties have just been full of trust falls and as I talked about in episode two where I talk about fullness, I feel like I'm constantly talking about trust falls with my clients because surrender is such an important part of cultivating a healthy relationship with food and your body. Surrendering to what your body is asking for and really leaning into what your body is asking for is a bit of a trust fall in and of itself.

There's just this through line of trust falls and risk taking that has been popping up for me in my counseling, the counseling work that I do with clients on nutrition and also on body image too. The surrender to your changing body, the surrender to living in a human body that's subject to change without trying to control or manipulate it is also a risk and a trust fall in a world that's always telling us that we have to control and manipulate our body shape and size.

Risk taking comes up in my counseling with clients and obviously my group coaching as well. Risk taking, trust falls, surrender has come up in so many different ways throughout my twenties. Starting a private practice, becoming an entrepreneur, traveling, ending relationships. I saw this quote the other day on Instagram from Steven Bartlett that basically says, “Taking no risks will end up being the biggest risk you ever take.”

You have to risk failure to succeed, you have to risk rejection to be accepted, you have to risk heartbreak to love. If you spend your whole life avoiding risks, you really miss out on your life. The risks that I've taken throughout the last decade really have inspired me to share a message like that with so many of my friends and family members and clients.

I feel like I wanted to hop onto the microphone today to share with you. If you are feeling called to take a risk, there's a good chance that that act of courage is not going to go unrewarded and I wanna provide you with some tools so that you feel prepared to take that risk. Because I guess through all this risk taking I've done throughout the last couple of years, I have been lucky enough to learn a thing or two about creating the conditions for surrender and creating the conditions for a trust fall.

I’m also… I can't believe I'm saying this, but about to take another really, really big leap in my life. Even though I can't talk about it yet, I am going to be implementing these steps and these tools that I'm going to share with you today. Whether you are looking to end a relationship, start a relationship, end a business, start a business, move somewhere new, travel, take a financial leap, take an emotional relational leap by setting a boundary with someone. Whatever risk you are feeling called to take today, I hope that these tangible tools that I've come up with today will serve you.

As I was reflecting on this, what tools do I wanna share with everyone around risk taking, around making it realistic to take a risk and making it accessible to take a risk. I ended up coming up with an acronym, I came up with an acronym R I S K, which spells out risk. These are four things, four tangible tools that, not even tangible tools, but just things to kind of ask yourself to determine whether or not you are ready to take a leap into the thing that you are looking to take a leap into.

The R in this risk acronym that I am so excited to share with you today stands for rested. Am I Rested? For example, if the risk you're taking is quitting your job, are you able to regulate your nervous system enough to make sure that that decision to leave your job is truly aligned? Can you get your body out of fight or flight mode? Can you get your body out of panic mode? Can you get your body out of high stressed and exhausted mode long enough to be able to sit with this decision and know that it's the right one.

I don't believe that we can make the best decisions around risk taking. I don't believe that we can tap into an authentic sense of self-trust unless we are rested. One way of simplifying this is, “Do I still want to take the risk, after I take a bath?” For me,I find a bath to be the most regulating and soothing thing that I can possibly imagine. I really, really value the bathtub. I will never move into an apartment that does not have a bathtub ever again. Oh my God.

I lived in so many New York City apartments that did not have that. Now, I can't imagine my life without the ability to fill a warm bath, put two drops of lavender oil and a scoop of epsom salt in it, light a candle, close the door, put my phone in the living room so that it's not even coming into the room with me, and just be alone and breathe.

Notice what comes up when I'm sitting in stillness and in silence in this fully, fully secluded, isolated, regulating environment. Maybe the idea of taking a bath doesn't appeal to you right now, I can't wrap my head around why someone would not wanna take a bath if they have access to one. But I also know that even if you have access to one, sometimes it's not super accessible to do it if you've got kids or family members that are gonna come and bother you and things like that.

Can you try to create some sort of cocoon for you. Maybe the bathtub is not accessible, can you create a different kind of cocoon and ask yourself, “Do I still want to take this risk even after I go into that cocoon?” Even after I have all this time to regulate, breathe, relax, be in my body, sit and get immersed in the water, and not look at my phone, and not talk to anybody and not read anything just be there.

Do you still want to take this risk? Are you rested enough to make a clear decision? I know that if the risk you're taking is to exit a very stressful environment. For example, a stressful work environment or a stressful relationship, you probably are spending a lot of your day in fight or flight mode, and it's not gonna be realistic to have this full day where you're at like maximum rested capacity.

But can you take a moment, a day, maybe even a week two, prioritize rest if you can with the job. Try to take two, three days off a long weekend to see: Am I rested okay with this rest, with this full tank? How do I feel about taking the risk now from a little bit more of a regulated place? That's the R in the risk acronym.

The I in the risk acronym stands for intention. What is my intention for taking this risk? Why do I want to take this risk and can I identify a way that it's in alignment with my personal values? If that statement isn't resonating with you, what I mean by that is what do you hold most important? What really matters to you?

If you were at a celebration of your life in, or you were watching over a celebration of your life in 5, 10, 15 years from now, what would you want people to be saying about you? What qualities and traits would you want them to have remembered about you? What impression do you wanna be making on people?

If someone was writing you a birthday card about all the things they love about you, what would you want them to recognize in you? What qualities and traits are important. Another thing to ask yourself to identify your personal values is who do you admire? Who do you look at and say “Wow, I feel so inspired by this person in the way that they walk through the world and the way that they live their life.”

What is it that you admire about that person? What qualities and traits do you want to emulate? What do you love about the way that they live their life? Or what do you love about their energy and their vibe? Another question to ask yourself is like, when do you feel fully immersed in something? At what point do you get into a flow state where you kind of just don't even really notice the time and you feel super present and you don't even think to look at your phone or your email or whatever it is.

You're just immersed in a positive way, not in like a grinding-through-a-spreadsheet-at-your-corporate-job kind of way, but in a “I'm so immersed in this time is just flowing and I feel like I'm in flow.” Maybe spreadsheets at your corporate job is the thing. I mean, some people do love spreadsheets, but whatever it is that gets you in that flow state, that's gonna help you identify your personal values.

For example, if you want people at the end of your life to remember you for your sense of adventure and for the risks that you took in your life, maybe your personal value is adventure, and maybe taking this risk really is in alignment with your personal values because you want to be remembered for your sense of adventure and the way you lived a really big life.

Maybe your personal value is, you notice that when you're with friends having a really deep conversation just sitting on your couch or in a backyard or around a fire or whatever, you notice that is the time when things just feel flowy and you feel like super purposeful and present and not tempted to look at your phone.

Maybe your personal value is connection and maybe taking this risk is gonna help you cultivate more authentic and deeper connections with people. I wonder if you can hear the Denver birds tripping in the background. It's kind of a nice ambiance. Anyway, maybe your personal value is spirituality. Maybe you are a deeply spiritual person and faith is important to you, and taking this risk is in alignment with that.

Maybe you really admire people who have just like an overflow of energy to give to other people, to see the good in other people because of the boundaries that they set. Maybe you quitting your job, taking the risk, whatever it's doing, is gonna allow you to emulate those positive qualities of that person you admire because it's you setting a boundary, preserving your energy, so that you can show up fully with the most energy possible.

Ask yourself, “What is my intention?” The I in risk stands for intention. Can you even just distill it down to one statement, like one thing that can kind of serve as an affirmation for you as you're moving through this risk. One of the most recent baby risks that I took was not taking on new one-on-one clients a little bit ago because I just felt that I was really at capacity and it was a risk to see less people, right? Obviously, financially. It was a little bit of a leap for my business to say, “I need to create a wait list. I cannot see more clients one-on-one,” but my intention for that risk was to be able to show up fully for my clients and help my clients feel really good about themselves and excited about their lives.

I tried to just repeat that affirmation as much as I could whenever I felt scared about the financial risk I was taking by not pushing for more one-on-one clients. I was like, “I want to help my clients feel really, really good about themselves and excited about their lives,” and that just lights me up.

That intention makes me feel purposeful and happy to think that I can help people just feel good about themselves. What is your intention for taking this risk? Number three is while you are taking the actions associated with the risk. While you are In the moment of quitting your job, while you were in the moment of applying for new jobs, while you are taking the steps, whatever it is, I'm using, quitting a job as an example, but this really does apply to any risk.

While you are taking the action steps, can you make an effort to stay grounded in your senses? The S in risk stands for senses you're in that really scary meeting, taking that leap, quitting the job. What can you do to stay in touch with your senses? This is simple, but just really think about your five senses. Your sense of smell, can you put some lavender oil on your wrists and give yourself a moment to just feel the calming impact of that scent? Maybe you light a candle before you do it, depending if you're quitting virtually or whatever it is.

Can you use your sense of touch to regulate you? Maybe you hold onto a touchstone that kind of helps you ground in your intention and helps you land in your intention. Can you do a little bit of a self-massage or using a theragun before you go into a risky situation to regulate breathing, as I talked about at the top of the episode, is also another way to really engage your sense of touch, taking nice deep breaths really getting in your body in that way.

Also, stretching the same receptors that light up when someone gives us a hug are the same receptors that light up when we take a really deep juicy, nourishing stretch. That's another way of engaging your sense of touch.

Engaging your sense of sound, can you take a moment to just breathe and tune into what you're hearing around you? Maybe it's the birds I'm hearing in Denver, maybe you put on a song and just use music to regulate your mood, engaging your sense of sight, really taking in the room around you, especially if you're working on a screen all day, taking some time to just look “Okay, what's to my right? What's to my left? Where am I in space? What's one pleasant thing I can see in my line of vision?” Even if it's just like a picture you have on your desk and then engaging your sense of taste, taking time to drink cups of tea slowly and using all these tools before and after you take risky actions, maybe in some cases during the risky action, will help you stay regulated throughout the process.

The nature of risk is that it's risky, is that it's scary, is that it does send a signal to our brain that we're unsafe. There is this lack of safety that's going to come up in the moment that you're taking a risk. There is biological response that's gonna happen that might be mildly triggering in the moment that you're taking a risk because the nature of a risk is that it is illogical.

But being logical is not going to get you where you wanna be most of the time. You do have to challenge your nervous system, you do have to challenge your brain to sit in a moment that feels unsafe, and try to do what you can to regulate yourself throughout that process. Staying in touch with your five senses, though it seems simple, really is such a powerful tool for taking actions that are scary.

Then Finally, the K in risk, in my risk acronym that I've created stands for kind. Is this the kindest choice? Is this the kindest thing that I'm doing right now? Taking this risk. Identify whether or not, or how this risk is a kind thing to do for other people. Ask yourself, “Will me taking this risk ultimately result in the highest good for all people?”

Doesn't mean everyone's gonna be happy that you take the risk. That is not what I mean. Your boss may be pissed if you quit your job, your teammates may be stressed if you quit your job, your soon to be ex-partner will be upset if you enter a relationship. It’s important to see how, even if people don't respond well to your boundary, to your risk taking immediately, your risk taking will ultimately serve them. Can you identify how your risk is ultimately kind?

Coming back to the baby risk that I discussed earlier of just not taking on new clients, even though it didn't make the most sense financially, I knew that that was the kindest choice because I was gonna be able to show up more fully for the people I was already seeing and it didn't feel kind necessarily to say to people, “I actually don't have the capacity to see you right now. I'm gonna put you on a wait list” or “If you wanna work with me, I'm sorry. I just don't have the space and availability right now.“

it didn't feel like the naturally most kindest thing, of course. It feels like the most kind choice to end over backwards to help people who are suffering with nutrition and body image. It was ultimately really kind of me to not take them because I won't have this dry, empty cup when I tried to see them. I guess when I took the risk of leaving New York City last year, I left where a lot of my friends and all of my family are geographically speaking, which might not seem like the most loving thing, but it ultimately was a loving choice because I'm feeling happier over here in Denver.

I'm feeling I am myself and I'm healing, and I am learning so many things that I think ultimately are going to allow me to be a better friend, a better sister, a better cousin, a better niece, and ultimately it was kind of me to set the boundary and move away so that I also could show people that it can be done. I think a lot of my friends and family members don't feel safe, obviously, to move away from New York City because they've been there forever. I said, a risk feels unsafe to the brain.

I believe that by taking that leap and moving away, I was able to kind of be an expander to them in some way and show them that, “Hey, you can actually just pick up and move across the country and you're gonna be okay. It's okay to move to a totally different culture and a totally different place and a totally different space and survive and if you wanna try to take that leap, you can do so and you will be okay.” That’s one way I think it was also kind. Yes, even if people don't seem so pumped about this risk that you're taking, it's important for you to take a moment to take a breath and think about how this risk that you are taking ultimately will be a kind choice for all people, even if not at first.

Even if not at first, which means that you might make people deeply uncomfortable for a moment and trusting yourself enough to know that that discomfort is ultimately going to serve them too in some way. I love this quote from Glennon Doyle, I can't remember exactly what it is, I think she says something along the lines of like, “the biggest damage or biggest trauma that's often done to a child is like the unlived life of their parent.”

She talks about how she wanted to take certain risks in her life and she wanted to set certain boundaries that may seem at a detriment to her kids because she wouldn't be able to show up for them as much or do ABC for them. What she ultimately recognized is that by liberating herself, she liberates her kids and she would, even if they're sad that she can't come to like a particular event or show up for a particular thing, or I think it was also she was referring to her divorce too, and how that's ultimately gonna hurt them as well.

But nothing would hurt them more than her not living her life and nothing would hurt them than her not feeling free, and, happy, and, healthy, and recognizing that even though she may cause them some pain, by getting divorced, by setting certain boundaries, by living life in a certain boundary way, that pain is ultimately going to bring them to their own purpose and give them permission to liberate themselves and to live their lives fully and take their own risks.

R I S K, am I rested? What is my intention? Can I ground in my senses while I'm taking certain risky actions? Can I identify how this is the kindest choice, even if I hurt people, even if I inconvenience people? Those are my tools for today, and I am, of course, so excited to share my next big risk with you in due time.

I've gotta process the reality of the fact that I am taking it over the next couple of weeks, and I'm sure I'll be back on the microphone again to discuss the series of events that unfolded while I was traveling that inspired me to take another really big risk. Stay tuned for that big update.

I am going to close today's episode with just one listener question for today, and I really like this question because I think it relates to what I was talking about at the top of the episode about how letting go of the dieting mentality, letting go of the rigid pursuit of weight loss and letting go of this false notion of total control over your body, shape, and size is a risk in and of itself.

Intuitive eating feels like a trust fall, processing things related to your body image and becoming an embodied person regardless of your body shape and size is a trust fall. There is an inherent risk in that, and someone asked me what do I do when I'm in that stage of just like surrendering and deciding that I am not going to diet any longer, deciding that I am not going to try to change and manipulate my body shape and size any longer, and trust that if I feed my body adequately and move my body well and practice stress relieving practices, that my body will end up at the size that it wants to be at.

Yes, this person wrote me a really long paragraph about how they're feeling. Their hunger cues are all over the place. Their body's craving foods that were previously off limits to them, and it just feels scary and it feels dysregulating. And of course, I wanna reference you back to episode two where I talk about fullness and the trust fall, intuitive eating, and why nervous system regulation is key for becoming an intuitive eater and really just explaining the process of intuitive eating and defining what it is. To this person and to anyone who's curious to know the answer to this question, I do encourage you to go back to episode number two, and before I dive into the rest of this question, of course, I want to give the preface that this is not a substitute for any individualized medical or mental health advice.

These are just my general tools that I would give most of my clients who are struggling with this trust fall phase. I mean, there's a million tools that I can give. Go back and listen to that episode because that's gonna provide a really good toolbox. But one more thing that I feel inspired to talk about today is that you have to give yourself patience while you are going through the process of breaking up with dieting.

In addition to using the risk tools that I gave throughout this episode today to kind of lean into the surrender aspect of honoring your body's hunger and fullness cues, giving yourself consistent access to adequate energy throughout the day. You also need to remember that the process of breaking up with dieting does come in stages and stage one is a little bit of grief and that can feel hard to kind of navigate that grief while you're going through the process of surrender.

You're not only taking this trust fall and deciding to take a different, less rigid, more intuitive, more useful and empowering approach to eating, you're also navigating grief and looks like, “Wow, why was I in the dieting trap for so long? I'm so sad that I have been stuck in these food roles and these negative thoughts about my body for so long. It looks like this is hard. People are gonna maybe judge me. People are gonna be dieting around me and I have to navigate that. And that's frustrating.” And there's a little bit of bargaining that comes with grief too, right?”

Like maybe I don't have to do this to actually have an empowered relationship with food in my body. Maybe I don't have to surrender to intuitive eating and just accepting that this process of breaking up with dieting does start with a little bit of grief amidst the surrender is important in giving yourself as many spaces as possible to process that grief. Maybe you're working with a one-on-one provider like myself, or an amazing therapist or another coach, or just venting to friends who understand, remembering that there's a difference between venting and complaining, right? You're not complaining, complaining is just going on and on about something that you refuse to change, something that's totally within your control. Venting is ventilating your feelings out about something that's out of your control, right?

The fact that we live in a dieting world is out of your control, and so it's really frustrating to be breaking free from dieting and working on accepting your body and feeling more embodied when all these people around you are on these rigid diets and bodybuilding and posting about their supplements and all of this shit, right?

Venting your feelings that are so valid about that to your friends, to providers, to your journal. Just letting yourself feel and process in quiet moments is really important. Then knowing that once you get through that stage of grief, you're probably gonna move into a feeling myself phase. You will, if you give yourself the time, the space, the intentional places to process your feelings, you are gonna get to a stage where, just after we end romantic partnerships, sometimes we get to like this feeling myself stage, when we first start dating and like we're feeling good. It's like you're eating the things that you used to stop eating when you were dieting. You're doing the things that you never did when you were in a relationship, right?

It kind of looks the same thing. You get to that stage where it just feels new and good and you get to a phase where you're like, “Okay, it's kind of been a while now. Maybe I should go back to dieting.” Or just like a breakup, right? When you're dating for a while, you're like, “I kinda wanna stop dating now, maybe I should look for a boyfriend, or maybe I kind of wanna settle for someone right now.” Right? That's another stage. You deserve to process the feelings around that too, and then trust that when you process your way through that phase, you will find peace and ease and you will make it and it is so possible to make peace with food and your body and to let eating, be easy and energizing, and to have your relationship with your body be a good, balanced, peaceful friendship.

You can befriend your body, doesn't mean you're never ever gonna have negative body image thoughts again. Those things will happen again. We do live in a dieting world and It is so possible and you're gonna be okay. Listen back to that first episode or second episode of this podcast, Fullness, the Surrender of Intuitive Eating.

Use the tools, the R I SK tools I talked about today. Apply that to letting go of dieting, because that is a risk, right? We live in a dieting world. You're going against the grain, you're doing something that's good for you. Remember, it is the kindest thing that you can do for yourself and others and for your relationship with your body.

All right, that's all I've got for today. I hope that you have such a beautiful day or just the day that you need to have. I hope this makes you contemplate taking some sort of beautiful risk in your life. If you have any more questions about this, don't hesitate to DM me @caitie.c.rd on Instagram or to email me via my website,

To send me a listener question directly, I so deeply want to hear from you, and please feel free to use this acronym as an actionable experiment in your life. A processing prompt for today that you can process in a journal or out loud with a friend or with your therapist is, “What risk am I feeling like I want to take in my life that I'm hesitating on?” And “Is this risk in alignment with my values and my intentions? And ultimately the kindest thing I could do, even if it feels scary to my brain?”

All right, now that's all I got for you. Let's close with one deep breath. Inhale through your nose. Let it fill your body all the way through the muscles of your back, the base of your spine, and then exhale, let it go.

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That is all. See you in two weeks. Two weeks. This podcast is every other week. Bye.


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