This weekend I recorded the first episode of a weekly podcast. It is called Live. Love. Eat, and each episode is an interview with someone who has stepped up to share the story of her (or his) relationships with food and with her body. She may be a disordered eater, she may be a paleo dieter, she may be totally at peace with her body or not. The whole point being that I can do all of the writing on my blog here that I want, but I will never be able to do something as empowering, comforting, and inspiring as sharing with y’all the beautiful and brilliant lives of others.
Additionally: I really, passionately want this movement to be about community ownership. It’s not just me, living the example– it’s millions, and every one of us has a powerful story and voice. I consider it an honor to be gifted with those stories, and an even greater honor to share them with the community.
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Episode One is with guest Manda Leisten.
Amanda Leisten (Manda) was born and raised in Colorado but has recently embraced Sioux Falls, South Dakota as her current home. She makes a living through American Sign Language Interpreting which is just one of her many passions. She loves spending time with family and friends, enjoys a good book, feels at peace when writing, and sings almost constantly. Much to Stefani’s chagrin she also is quite fond of the color pink. Loving life and living to love is what she is most driven by and she is currently working toward the serenity of self-love. Manda, also, is a compulsive overeater and a member of Overeaters Anonymous a 12-step program geared toward helping disordered eaters find serenity through self-growth and acceptance. She is engaged to be married to Ben who, too, is a disordered eater. They enjoy cooking healthful foods together and helping each other continue to love and discover new things about themselves. Their future plans currently contain nothing but bliss and happiness because Manda is working diligently on not planning too many things; just enjoying life as it comes. Manda’s most recent ambition is to help the women of the world help and love themselves as they are, which is why she is a part of this kick-ass revolution. She can be read at her blog: primalterp.blogspot.com, or reached at her gmail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two final relevant notes:
If you would like to be on the podcast, please contact me via my contact tab. I would love to have you on, no matter where you on your journey or what kind of person you are, or how popular or not. We are all worth it, and I want the depth and reality of your life to be heard, should you have something you would like to say.
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One fun relevant note:
I grew up with a speech impediment. I’m mostly better these days, but I’ll be tickled if you can spot it and poke fun at me.