Episode 259: Challenging Cultural Beauty and Wellness Standards with Melissa Toler - Your Kick-Ass Life

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We are in the last stretch of the year and it’s business as usual over here at Team YKAL with a brand new episode!. This week on the podcast, speaker, writer, and educator Melissa Toler joins me. Her work encourages people to make the connection between our culture's oppressive beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance.

I’ve been following Melissa and her work online and social media for a while now. I love her message and I was so excited for the chance to speak with her. Today, we talk about challenging the cultural standards of wellness and beauty, plus diet culture and it’s messaging. We also talk about how we all have internalized thoughts around certain body types, including black bodies, brown bodies, or even trans bodies and how it perpetuates harm. Melissa reminds us the work of unpacking and unlearning our internal body biases is lifelong work.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Melissa’s pivot away from the wellness industry and why she became disillusioned with it (7 minutes and 24 seconds)
  • How Melissa challenges the cultural standards of beauty and wellness (13:10)
  • Questioning the messages we receive about body image, health and fitness (17:04)
  • How health and wellness professionals can shift their education and start to question their current practices and philosophies (24:28)
  • Fatphobia and unpacking internal biases (26:22)
  • Melissa shares her story of her own weight loss obsession and how she overcame it (34:09)

Resources from this episode:
Melissa’s website
The Not So Obvious Problem with Dieting
The Mentorship is Coming Back! A New Mentorship Group is rolling out in early 2019! Get on the interest list now → Email support@http://yourkickasslife.com with the word “Application” in the subject line.
The Body is Not An Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor
Episode 221: An Honest Conversation About Body Image with Kate Anthony
Episode 223: An Honest Conversation About Body Image, Part Deux with Kate Anthony
Episode 244: Breaking the Patterns: Diet Culture & Body Acceptance with Ali Shapiro

Melissa Toler is a speaker, writer, and educator. Her work encourages people to make the connection between our culture's oppressive beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. She has written extensively on diet culture and the toll it takes on our lives and humanity. Her goal is to help people unlearn harmful messages and behaviors from years of chronic dieting. Melissa also has a background as a pharmacist and certified wellness coach.

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