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Welcome to the Redefining Health & Wellness podcast!
I’m Shohreh Davoodi, and for the past several months, I’ve been pouring most of my time and energy into bringing this podcast to life. I’m a certified intuitive eating counselor and a certified personal trainer. I work with clients online to help them improve their relationships with food, exercise, and their bodies.
Back when I first started my business, I was more of a “typical” personal trainer and nutrition coach. I was expected to focus on helping clients change their bodies, and I didn’t yet know about concepts like Health At Every Size©, diet culture, healthism, etc.
Since then, I’ve realized that health and wellness look different on everybody (and every body). But we live in a culture where health and wellness are expected to look one way for everyone, even though most people can’t fit themselves into that very limited mold.
“To a certain extent, we get the body and the brain that we get.”
As a culture, we’ve really come to see health as a moral obligation and to see those who don’t prioritize their health as “bad” people. This is ableist, classist, and more.
This view of health also ignores the systemic reasons why people can’t achieve higher levels of health and wellness. It’s estimated that we only have at most about 25% control over our health outcomes, and the rest comes down to factors we can’t do anything about (including genetics, the zip code you grow up in, chronic stress, etc.).
Even for those who have access to things that can help promote health, if they choose not to prioritize health and wellness, that decision is looked down upon. We do not like people to be autonomous beings when it comes to making their own choices about their health and wellness.
“Health is messy. It is not black and white.”
My goal with this podcast is to let people know that they get to define health and wellness for themselves over the course of their lives and that their definitions will change over time. The podcast will explore myths and misconceptions about health and wellness and the many different things that contribute to them.
I want to talk about people’s lived experiences with health and wellness. I want to educate people on these topics and give them resources to learn more.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, I hope you’ll stick around.
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Shohreh Davoodi (she/her) is the host of the Redefining Health & Wellness podcast. Shohreh is a self-trust coach, a bit of a mind witch, and a rainbow glitter bomb of a human. Through her content and coaching, she helps people develop their consciousness, care, and courage practices so they can be more of who they are (and less of who they think they're supposed to be). When she's not working, Shohreh enjoys exploring the great outdoors, singing emo music at the top of her lungs, playing with her two pups, crafting, trapezing, gardening, and baking. Find Shohreh on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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