Episode 104: Tigers In The Room: Healing Trauma Through Food With Julie Peters

March 11, 2020

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Episode Overview

When someone experiences trauma, it can feel like there are constantly tigers in the room with them. How do you lessen the anxiety? How do you begin to heal? And can food help with that process? Our guest Julie Peters, yoga teacher and author, gives us so much great information by telling her story of healing from sexual assault and how consuming food became a daily practice of consent. Her story and outlook on how food can nourish us when we are experiencing hard times is actually perfectly aligned with Balance365’s philosophy of balance, self-compassion, and self care.

What You’ll Hear in this Episode

  • The motivation behind Julie’s newest book, “Want: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure
  • After Sexual Assault”
  • How Julie’s book can help not just women but people of all genders who have experienced sexual assault
  • How food was a way to help Julie through recovery
  • How women and men may experience anger differently
  • How emotional eating doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative practice
  • How stress can affect your sexual desire
  • The fight, flight, freeze, and “tend and befriend” responses to stress (and how this can lead to abusive
  • relationships)
  • How your body is always trying to help you survive
  • How eating became a daily practice of consent for Julie
  • Listening to your body’s cues to figure out your own personal food rules
  • The various resources you can use when experiencing trauma



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


10/10 Recommend to family, friends, & clients 

Sound advice, presented in an easy to understand, approachable way. As a woman, mom, wife, daughter, friend, and Registered Dietitian - I recommend this podcast to everyone including my clients. I'm a huge fan of Balance365.  Keep it up ladies! Your friend, @dietitianchels :)


Outlook shifted 

Since listening to this podcast (and being part of the Facebook group(s) of B365), my whole outlook on myself, my body, my wellness, my worth has changed for the better. I thank these ladies for showing me another way to be in this world. I no longer obsess over my weight or food. I very much look forward to each podcast released!


My Morning Coffee Date 

Especially in 2020, having a little positivity is so important. Every time I listen to this podcast, not only do I have a smile on my face, I discover something about myself. And I consider myself to have a whole hell of a lot of self-awareness to begin with! It's almost cliche to say this now but it truly feels like you're having coffee with girlfriends!