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The Confidence Project

Refreshinlgy honest & helpful conversations for fitness-minded women exploring body, business, and the human experience.

Jun 17, 2022

My most often-cited quote is:

"Whatever size and shape your body takes when you're taking the best care of yourself is the size and shape your body is meant to be."

So few women seem to be able to understand what that actually means. And it's because we have no idea what it means to take care of ourselves.

This episode explores multiple intersections, like:
-the patriarchal oppression of the female body and the war on women
-racism and the fear of bigness as a rejection of Blackness
-what I took away from watching a wild animal documentary and why I believe we are no different from wild female lions
-what happens to "women in captivity"
-women are not sold pleasure or joy... what we're sold instead and why it's a problem
-what it means to be a wild woman

all to help you learn how to take care of yourself as a woman in this world... because we've never, ever been taught.

The Research:

Cole, R. E., Meyer, S. A., Newman, T. J., Kieffer, A. J., Wax, S. G., Stote, K., & Madanat, H. (2019). The My Body Knows When Program Increased Intuitive Eating Characteristics in a Military Population. Military Medicine, 184(7-8).


Khalsa, A. S., Stough, C. O., Garr, K., Copeland, K. A., Kharofa, R. Y., & Woo, J. G. (2019). Factor structure of the Intuitive Eating Scale-2 among a low-income and racial minority population. Appetite, 142, 104390.


Nogué, M., Nogué, E., Molinari, N., Macioce, V., Avignon, A., & Sultan, A. (2019). Intuitive eating is associated with weight loss after bariatric surgery in women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 110(1), 10–15.

Quansah, D. Y., Gross, J., Gilbert, L., Helbling, C., Horsch, A., & Puder, J. J. (2019). Intuitive eating is associated with weight and glucose control during pregnancy and in the early postpartum period in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): A clinical cohort study. Eating Behaviors, 34, 101304.

Additional Resources:

Fearing the Black Body, Sabrina Strings
-The Principles of Pleasure, Netflix
-Wild Babies

Untamed, Glennon Doyle