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Connection is the Opposite of Addiction

In this episode, Molly is joined by her friend and creator of Soul Camp, Alison Leipzig. Have you ever found yourself over-identifying with your health issues and or your size? Alison has had this experience, and today she will discuss how during her childhood, she allowed being overweight to define who she was and divulges the two pivotal moments that helped her stop doing this.

Molly and Ali will also talk about the importance of being open to learning from others at all times in order to be open to the gift of change that could come at any moment. They also share how they define recovery now and what that looks like for them. 

Most importantly they will discuss how our connections impact our lives and how to nurture those connections while making sure we are taking care of ourselves first. Ali reminds us that connection is the opposite of addiction. 

 

Key Highlights:

  • How Ali’s childhood was defined by Ali’s health issues and being overweight
  • The two pivotal moments that helped Ali leave many aspects of diet culture behind and interrupt her disordered eating cycle
  • Ali and Molly talk about how the gift of change can come at any moment and you have to be open to a message and open to getting well
  • Recovery means recovering our authentic self
  • What supportive relationships look like: Ali and Molly talk about how they communicate around their problems, what they’ve learned about the best way to respond to a friend that is struggling
  • Triggers verses Emotional Takeovers
  • What does Ali’s life and relationship with food look like now? She left her NY studio after 10 years to move to a new home outside of the city with her best friend and eats from her own garden.

 

Episode Quotes:

You don’t know what you don’t know, and now you know. – Molly

The function of shame is to protect ourselves from rejection. – Molly

Recovery for me is recovering my sense of self. – Ali

 

Resources:

The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life by Marianne Williamson

 

About Ali

CEO + Co-founder of Soul Camp Creative (and COO of Molly’s Power Circle!), Alison Leipzig has been featured in publications such as yoga journal, ABC news, Women’s Health, The Today Show, Forbes Magazine and Inc. Soul Camp Creative provides strategies, inspiration and branding for ideas that change the world. Through their adult sleepaway camps, intimate retreats around the globe, group coaching programs and consulting, strategy, copywriting + design work, Soul Camp helps you go from “I want to create this” to “I am creating this!”. A multi-passionate entrepreneur, creative and healer, Ali has been creating brands for small businesses and immersed in the healing arts since 2010. As a certified sound healing practitioner, trained by a master teacher at The Singing Bowl Sound Institute of New York (SBSNY), she effortlessly combines her creative background with this energy work to support creatives and entrepreneurs on their path to success.

 

About Molly Carmel

Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

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