Sunday Feb 20, 2022

CONTINUE HERE #3: Harm Reduction - Cheesecake and a Trained Seal

Alcohol? Drugs? No thanks, I’ve done enough damage with chocolate.

Today’s episode about harm reduction acknowledges that our drug of choice differs only by degree. All addictions involve the same brain networks and have some level of stigma and shame for the person struggling. A harm reduction approach is based on the preservation of a person’s dignity and autonomy, while helping to reduce the risks and harm of their behaviours. There’s an overwhelming body of evidence that this ‘compassion-first’ model works. It welcomes the shades of grey that are missing from the ‘good-bad’ framework of abstinence. If food is both your love and your nemesis, harm reduction is also the only way to restore your natural relationship with food.

If abstinence doesn’t feel realistic or sustainable to you, harm reduction is your solution…


In this episode we’re talking about harm reduction as it relates to food addiction. It can be challenging to get past this type of addiction, but there are definitely alternatives to the 12-step model. We’ll discuss why it’s so important to find an approach that meets you where you’re at and focuses on progress rather than perfection. We’ll also hear from Molly, Coach Kath’s own coach, for an insider's perspective on Coach Kath and her work.

Topics discussed in this episode:

● The 12-step model and why it’s not always the answer for food addiction
● How food elimination can lead to obsession
● How to know if your brain is healing from food addiction
● What it means if you can’t take a day away from your trigger foods
● How your brain assigns importance to foods
● The difference between perceived freedom and true freedom
● How to use 'cousin' foods to shift your brain into making better choices

Molly’s comments in this episode:

● “I’ve been working with Kathrine as she has built this beautiful company from ground zero.”
● “She’s a person who has a passion…to serve others, especially in their weight loss journey…and then there’s this other part of her that’s so crazy creative.”
● “I think that the harm reduction model works really well with people with food issues.“

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