071 New Strategies to End Binge Eating Forever – Jill Coleman, JillFit

Jill Coleman

Is Moderation Possible?

Ok, I struggle with this, I really do. To me, abstinence from some foods does seem so much easier than moderating my intake – especially with trigger foods like sugar, nut butters and other items on my list. But, sometimes my “food rules” send me spiraling into what today’s guest calls the “What the Hell” effect. For me, it looks something like this:

  • I’m hungry or I want something to eat   (there’s a difference!)
  • I can’t eat that, because it’s not on my ‘good’ list
  • I’ll eat this, this and this instead.
  • Dammit, I still want that.
  • I eat that.
  • I’m terrible. What a failure. I think I’ll eat something since I’m already a total loss. 
  • Repeat.

Have you ever been there? Jill Coleman has, and today she’s telling us how she got off the merry-go-round of deprivation, food rules, cravings, binges and all the noise and found a place of balance. 

Jill Coleman

What We Talk About: 

  1. Offensive strategies to prevent binge eating
  2. The critical role of mindfulness in eating — and why we avoid it
  3. Exposure Therapy – how not restricting might eventually lead to not needing to
  4. Moderation is a concept that I struggle with. Jill used to, but not any more….how Jill moved from deprivation and binge eating to moderation 365 days a year (and looks and feels consistently amazing)
  5. The dangers of the “what the hell” effect 
  6. The power of the PAUSE
  7. Where to start with exposure therapy and moderation 
  8. Leveraging the power of DNCs (Daily Nutritional Commitments) that are:
    • Effortless
    • Enjoyable
    • Effective for your goals

Resources Mentioned:

Jill’s best blogs/tips, including:

About Jill

Jill Coleman

Jill Coleman

Jill Coleman, is a co-founder of Metabolic Effect and creator and owner of JillFit Physiques.  Here’s more about her approach, in her own words:

It was in 2011, 6 months after starting JillFit.com that I finally had the courage to try a new, more moderate way of doing things. I stopped the incessant food prep and obsession. I quit the relentless meal plan following. I started looking inward and trusting myself more. I started listening to my body more. I stopped following coaches and experts. And I finally had the courage to break the yo-yo cycle. The answer for me was in the gray. No more negative self-talk. No more all-or-nothing eating. No more hard & fast rules.

The outcome was not only effective, but completely liberating. And now it is my mission and my passion to teach other women how to break that cycle. To start fully owning their process. To start working on their mind game so that they can create a life they love. This includes all aspects: mindset, physique and even business.

Since 2012, JillFit has morphed into a lifestyle company helping women become freer, smarter, happier and more effective. And to me, that’s everything.

Connect with Jill via her website or Facebook page.

What are YOUR Daily Nutritional Commitments?

Let me know in the comments!

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061 Listener Gigi Interviews Ella: Looking Back on 2015


The Time I Turned the Mic Around

Many moons ago, I issued a challenge: will you interview me? Long-time listener Gigi accepted. Listen to her ask me the questions that she compiled from you, plus some surprises that she threw in [spoiler alert: she made me cry]. We get a little silly, a little emotional, and, as always, we have a lot of fun.

What We Talk About 

    • How do I eat “mostly-vegetarian paleo-ish?”
    • What is my story? What successes and failures led me to where I am right now?
    • Which episodes from 2015 are the most impactful for me?
    • What makes me tear up? Every. Time. 
    • What do I value? 
    • What is my general philosophy on food, fitness and mindset? 

Episodes Mentioned

Here are some of the episodes that we reference – go back and take another listen!

About Gigi

Gigi & her fiancé Josh

Gigi & her Fiancé Josh 

  • Gigi is on a mission to bring Naturopathic providers to US Military Veterans. You can show support for Veterans and urge your Representative to sign a letter that will go the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, encouraging the VA to increase veterans’ access to naturopathic physicians.
  • See the letter here and read this great article from Huffington Post if you want to learn more
  • Join the Veterans Right to Naturopathic Medicine community here
  • Join the SCNM-Student Veterans of America Facebook Page to continue the discussion
  • Follow Gigi’s amazing journey, in her own words, of “liberating forgiveness, self-discovery, unconditional love, freedom and naturopathic medicine” in her Wellness Warrior blog

And For Next Time…

Send me your questions for my next Q&A episode. You can connect with me here, or leave a voicemail. For real! Just click on that button over there on the right – the one that says -> RECORD A MESSAGE.


Happy New Year! Make it your BEST yet.




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057 Pole Fitness is a Real Thing

Pole Fitness

Pole Dancing for Fitness?

When listener Emily M. asked me to talk about Pole Fitness on the show, I was skeptical. 

And then she sent me this

I mean, WOW. And while Pole Fitness has obvious roots, well, ON THE POLE, as I looked more into it, I was surprised to learn there’s a lot more to this story. Some things I did not know about Pole Fitness:

  1. It’s an internationally recognized competitive sport 
  2. It obviously requires a great deal of strength and coordination – and it’s a good cardio workout, too
  3. There are pole fitness training studios popping up EVERYWHERE! – you can take classes just like anywhere else
  4. It’s not just for chics in heels and hot pants, but for all shapes and sizes …and not even just for chics!
  5. It can be a huge confidence builder
  6. It looks REALLY fun. And hard.

So We Went Looking For An Expert 

Kylee City Pole

Kylee Sallak & Team

Enter Kylee Sallak. Kylee is owner and founder of City Pole, a Pole Fitness studio in Tribeca, New York. Kylee’s studio teaches people just like you and me how to build strength, flexibility and confidence through pole fitness workouts and coaching. Here’s one of her instructors Sam, working with a client:

We really wanted to talk to Kylee because she is holistically focused. She approaches wellness, mindfulness and fitness through a unique lens. Here’s her story:

I have always been a dancer.  Growing up in Portland Oregon, I danced throughout childhood and competed in high school dance competitions. It’s a passion of mine through and through.  I have never been the type to enjoy the gym.  The gym, for me personally, is synonymous with torture. Dance was a way for me to be getting a great workout while actually enjoying myself.

A few years ago, I found an article about the history of pole dancing, which I found fascinating. It was describing how other cultures have been using a vertical pole of one sort or another for centuries for exercise, dance and expression. After an afternoon of research, I found myself signing up for a pole fitness class at a studio in midtown.

I fell in love at my first class.

The potential for strength training, the muscles that I worked which had never been pushed before, the beauty of the lines my body as I made my way around the pole – it was all very inspiring.  Over the course of three years, I took classes and ended up teaching as well. What I observed in those three years was what motivated me to open City Pole.

Pole fitness aside, in my personal life, I have gained so much from meditation and from various personal evolution exercises, some self-guided, some done with close mentors. I knew in my heart that it was a natural and nourishing fit to marry pole fitness and mindfulness. 

You can learn more about Kylee and her successful studio here, and she’s all over social at @citypoletribeca.

What We Talk About 

In this episode, we debunk some common myths about Pole Fitness, and share some useful tips if you want to give it a try!

Kylee’s “ONE HABIT” to try for one week: POSTURE. Stand tall!

Kylee’s “RESOURCE” that she loves: The super cool Class Pass network app- allows you access to a huge network of fitness studios under one subscription

Want More?

Watch some beginner basics here (it still looks tough to me!):

And, this is one example of a workout session:


You can watch these when you’re ready for the big time 🙂

Are you game?

Give Kylee a visit when you’re in New York for a new, fun way to get your fitness on, or look up a studio near you in this directory – next girls’ night out??



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