Go Love Yourself

Go Love Yourself

By Crowd Network

A brand new podcast by Bake Off star Laura Adlington and her best friend Lauren Smith! We’re on a mission to empower people to feel good about themselves! After all, your body is the least interesting thing about you… We grew up in the 90s and 00s when low rise jeans were high fashion, Bridget Jones was the poster fat girl and diet culture was rife. Now, as plus size women, we’re unlearning everything we’ve been taught about body image, acceptance and confidence, and this podcast takes you along for the ride! Join us as we talk about everything from diet culture to dating, mental health to social media, fashion and giving zero f***s about what people think.

Episodes

Louise Pentland on Fatphobia and Raising Body Confident Kids

YOU GUYS. This is an exciting one because OG vlogger and kindest human ever, Louise Pentland is on the pod! We chatted about growing up fat, gaining weight after trauma, discovering fatphobia, and not always loving our bodies. We loved recording this one so much, and she even made us friendship bracelets sooo I think we're besties now...
23/05/2253m 40s

Our Mental Health Stories

So here's the part of self-love that people don't always want to talk about. But mental health is SO important. Because when you don’t love yourself, your mental health can completely go to shit. When you live in a bigger body you’re basically taught to change yourself or even hate yourself. And when you've got poor mental health, it's easy to tell yourself you've failed. We get it. We both have shitty mental health sometimes, and we're ready to talk about it. So we hope this episode brings you a bit of comfort and makes you realise you're not alone. We love you so much and we promise it gets better. TW: This episode contains references to suicide and suicidal thoughts. If you think this episode might be triggering for you, please skip it. And if you need to talk to someone, please call the Samaritans at 116 123. Someone will always be there to listen, day or night, and it’s free for all UK phone numbers. Or you can email jo@samaritans.org
16/05/2245m 17s

Breaking Stereotypes with Amanda LaCount

We are officially one degree of separation away from our lord and saviour Lizzo because this week we're joined by dancer and real-life ray of sunshine Amanda LaCount! She spoke to us about dancing while living in a bigger body, confidence, being unafraid, and her relationship with another of Laura's absolute heroes. We also catch up about Lauren's night out antics and chat Kim K at the Met Gala...
09/05/2248m 44s

Sweaty Girl Summer

Summer's coming and we can't stop it, so it's time to chat about being bigger in the summer! We're talking chub rub hacks, fanning your fupa, the DREADED plastic chairs, and fighting the pressure to lose weight for a "bikini body". Because we all deserve to take up space and be comfortable, regardless of what we look like!! 
02/05/2252m 25s

My Big Fat Single Life

After weeks of evading our questions, this week we're finally pinning Lauren down about her dating life. Why is she scared to swipe right on the men of her dreams? Has she seen any willies yet? And why doesn't Lauren realise how bloody fabulous she is?!  We also chat about how she's learning to put herself first and LOVE her single life! So does it even matter that she's single..?
25/04/2244m 22s

West End Weight Stigma with Carrie Hope Fletcher

Our musical theatre fangirl dreams have come true!!! The lovely Carrie Hope Fletcher joins us this week to chat about diet culture media tropes, being body-shamed as 'the butch Fantine', plus-size leading ladies, and all the incredible things our bodies are capable of. And don't worry, there isn't too much singing involved... (okay, maybe there's a tiny bit - we had to!)
18/04/2250m 34s

Why We Broke Up With Slimming Clubs

Nothing screams diet-binge cycle quite like slimming clubs! We've both been to diet clubs close to 10 times each, so we know what it's like. They might work for a handful of people, but for the rest of us, they're TOXIC and destroy our relationships with food. They place moral value on foods, shame us if we put on weight, and charge us a fortune in the meantime. We don't know what the answer is, but we know our experiences with slimming clubs have impacted our relationships with our bodies for the worse - and we know we're not the only ones. TW: This episode contains references to eating disorders. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and are in the UK, the Beat Eating Disorders charity has a hotline. The number is 0808 801 0677 or you can visit the website at beateatingdisorders.org.uk. Additionally, if you're experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or visit crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines for a list of people you can go to for help. 
11/04/2241m 58s

Intuitive Movement with Tally Rye

We don't know about you, but exercise has ALWAYS been made to feel like punishment.  Like the only way we can be worthy is by eating less and moving more. Exercise can be incredible for mental health and stress relief, but it's hard to untangle that from allll the diet culture bullshit. Tally Rye created intuitive movement, inspired by the concept of intuitive eating. It's all about re-learning what it is your body actually wants, as opposed to what you think you should be doing, according to diet culture. So this week she joined us to explain what intuitive movement is, and how we can improve our relationships with exercise.  
04/04/2247m 27s

BONUS: The Reality of Calories on Menus

This month the UK Government are introducing regulations that say all large restaurants and cafes have to start displaying calories on menus. So, we're here to have a rant about how damaging this could be, and why it's a completely misguided way to tackle "the obesity epidemic" - a phrase that, quite honestly, makes us want to vom. We also chat about alternatives that could genuinely help. Feel free to hit us up for a chat, Boris... TW: This episode contains references to eating disorders. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and are in the UK, the Beat Eating Disorders charity has a hotline. The number is 0808 801 0677 or you can visit the website at beateatingdisorders.org.uk. Additionally, if you're experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or visit crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines for a list of people you can go to for help. 
31/03/2226m 32s

Becoming Happy Fat with Sofie Hagen

Being happy as your unapologetic self is HARD when the world wants to shrink you. But that's why we've got the wonderful Sofie Hagen on to chat being single by choice, toxic masculinity, appreciating beautiful fat bodies, and... Danish fruit porridge. We also catch up about Lizzo's Watch Out For the Big Grrrls (of course!!!)
28/03/2253m 1s

How to THRIVE in Weddings and Events

Get your chub rub shorts out, wedding season's coming! This week we're responding to a listener's email and chatting wedding advice - what's the dress shopping process like? How do you stop feeling self-conscious when all the attention's you? And how do you stay comfortable all day? Plus we chat about being the biggest bridesmaid and tips for living your best life at any and all events!!
22/03/2245m 16s

BMI and Healthcare with Dr Joshua Wolrich

The bias against plus size people in healthcare is scary. How many of us have been told that the solution to an earache is losing weight? How many times have people assumed things about our health because of our weight. We know it's absolute rubbish. So this week we're joined by Dr Josh Wolrich to chat nutribollocks, the problem with BMI, access to healthcare, and his earlier singing career... If you'd like to get in touch with the show, please email goloveyourselfpod@gmail.com. TW: This episode contains references to eating disorders. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and are in the UK, the Beat Eating Disorders charity has a hotline. The number is 0808 801 0677 or you can visit the website at beateatingdisorders.org.uk. Additionally, if you're experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or visit crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines for a list of people you can go to for help.
15/03/2243m 31s

Unlearning Fatphobia and Lazy Assumptions

You think I’m lazy? The only lazy thing is your assumptions about me... It's International Women's Day woop woop! This year's IWD is all about 'Breaking The Bias', so we're chatting fatphobia. Plus we celebrate our favourite women and catch up about Love is Blind. 
08/03/2245m 32s

The Weight of Other People's Opinions

The ONLY weight we're trying to lose this year is the weight of other people's opinions!! Someone else's opinion of you is none of your business, but it can still be so hard to just piss it out. So, this week we chat stories and tips about dealing with people's opinions, learning to not make comments about others, and how to talk to someone you're worried about without! mentioning! weight!  
01/03/2249m 27s

Diet Culture with Alex Light

We're back with another fabulous guest! This week we chat to Alex Light about diet culture, loving our clothes, and the f***ed up beauty standards that come with weddings. We also catch up about Lauren’s dating saga, and find out whether or not Laura is *actually* Rebecca Adlington’s sister… If you'd like to get in touch with the show, please email goloveyourselfpod@gmail.com. TW: This episode contains references to eating disorders. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and are in the UK, the Beat Eating Disorders charity has a hotline. The number is 0808 801 0677 or you can visit the website at beateatingdisorders.org.uk. Additionally, if you're experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or visit crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines for a list of people you can go to for help. 
22/02/2248m 12s

One Size Does NOT Fit All (Holiday Catch Up!)

We finally catch up about THAT bikini selfie. What else could we start this episode with?    Laura is back from her holiday and reunited with Lauren as we chat chub rub, bikinis, hotel towels, water slides and the dreaded seat belt extender. But can Lauren be persuaded to book a girls holiday?   Listen for practical advice about travelling when plus size and tips for living the life you want just as you are!
15/02/2249m 57s

Self Love (and the other kind of self love...)

Folks, there are two kinds of  *wink wink* self love and how can we call the podcast Go Love Yourself without talking about both?! In this episode, we chat self love strategies, spicy books, packet sandwiches, and we FINALLY go through Lauren's dating profiles!
08/02/2245m 23s

Finding Love with Stephanie Yeboah

It's time for our first guest oh my goodness!! Steph Yeboah joins us to chat about online dating nightmares, finding love, crying in front of Lizzo, and body positivity. She also tells us her theory that she may or may not be a time lord...
01/02/2258m 46s

Our Stories

This week, we want to tell you a bit more about our stories so you can understand where we’re coming from when we talk about fighting diet culture and growing to love ourselves. We’re both now plus size, but we have very different stories. Laura grew up bigger and has had a problem with comfort eating for as long as she can remember.  Meanwhile, Lauren grew up smaller, but was made self conscious of her body from a young age, and gained weight later in life as a result of trauma.  In a culture rife with diet-culture and fatphobia, we all have similar experiences of low self-esteem and problematic relationships with our bodies and food. But we’ve also all been taught to hide it and feel ashamed. We're here to stop that, and hopefully, you can find some comfort in our stories today! If you'd like to get in touch with the show, please email goloveyourselfpod@gmail.com. TW: This episode contains references to binge eating, disordered relationships with food, and suicidal thoughts. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and are in the UK, the Beat Eating Disorders charity has a hotline. The number is 0808 801 0677 or you can visit the website at beateatingdisorders.org.uk. Additionally, if you're experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or visit crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines for a list of people you can go to for help. 
25/01/2245m 53s

New Year Same Me

Come the f*** on, Bridget. It’s 2022 and we’re STILL talking about “losing the Christmas weight” and diet-culture new years resolutions?! This week we catch up about why we’re starting the show, the New Year New Me bullshit that's all over Instagram, and our top tips for getting through January while still loving yourself. TW: all episodes will contain conversations that may be triggering for people with eating disorders. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and are in the UK, the Beat Eating Disorders charity has a hotline. The number is 0808 801 0677 or you can visit the website at beateatingdisorders.org.uk.
18/01/2241m 7s

Go Love Yourself - Coming Soon!

Coming on the 18th of January... Welcome to our fabulous corner of the internet! Join us as we talk about everything from diet culture to dating, mental health to social media, fashion and giving zero f***s about what people think. Because after all, the way you look is the least interesting thing about you. TW: all episodes will contain conversations that may be triggering for people with eating disorders. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and are in the UK, the Beat Eating Disorders charity has a hotline. The number is 0808 801 0677 or you can visit the website at beateatingdisorders.org.uk.
07/01/222m 52s
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