Episodes
This week Sami and Aleen are joined by influencer, Curve model, and TikTok star Remi Bader. They begin with a conversation about how Remi went from losing her job in a pandemic to starting a modeling career and gaining a huge TikTok following. She tells us where the idea for “realistic clothing hauls” on TikTok came from, and they discuss why it’s so hard to predict how something is going to fit when you order online. They talk about the all-too-relatable experience of getting pressure from...
Published 03/07/21
On this Dear DST episode Sami and Aleen start with some Non Scale Wins and a conversation about finally getting a big secret off your chest. A listener writes in with an NSW about buying a coat that was too tight in the shoulders, but nothing a pair of scissors couldn’t fix. Then the Dear DST email is all about feeling like an imposter in your own body after losing weight. An emailer writes in to ask why she isn’t confident in her own body after the weight loss, especially when it comes to...
Published 03/04/21
Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about pregnancy, conception, miscarriage, and other sensitive material. Aleen shares the long-awaited news that she’s pregnant and ready to tell us all about it. They start with details about how far along she is, how she was able to keep it a secret, and what morning sickness is really like (not fun, if you’re wondering). They discuss the process of going off birth control and trying to conceive, with some useful tips for what to do when...
Published 02/28/21
Sami and Aleen start this Dear DST episode with a listener Non Scale Win about throwing away old clothes that were holding her back (and buying more comfortable options in their place). They talk about embarking on a cross-country drive, getting a treadmill for the home, and enjoying a pint of ice cream without checking the label. They also dive deeper into the challenge of taking a picture of yourself without judging your own body. The Dear DST email is all about trying to get off the roller...
Published 02/25/21
Sami and Aleen are joined once again by DST favorite Jared Freid to talk about his new comedy special and trying to maintain a positive body image while living with your parents. They start with a reflection on the Valentine’s Day holiday (including how to post about it on IG) and why we end up comparing our problems to everyone else’s. They talk about the challenge of living with your parents when you’re trying to lose weight (or not lose weight) as Jared tells a story about going to the...
Published 02/21/21
This week’s Dear DST episode starts with a great listener NSW about not treating Super Bowl food like a last meal and just letting yourself enjoy the snacks. Sami and Aleen share some Non Scale Wins of their own, including one about buying (and savoring) some donuts. Then a listener writes in to ask whether or not she should call out her friends and family for voicing their extreme dieting opinions. Is it fair to point out other peoples’ triggering comments or should you just focus on your...
Published 02/18/21
Aleen and Sami are joined once again by Katie Sturino, influencer and author of the new book Body Talk. They react to last week’s lackluster Super Bowl halftime show (why can’t a woman get away with just standing around like that?) which leads to a conversation about the way people talk about celebs like Adele and Rebel Wilson losing weight. They talk about Blake Lively publicly praising Katie for calling out fashion brands for not being size inclusive enough. She explains why brands actually...
Published 02/14/21
Sami and Aleen start the show with a listener Non Scale Win about not finishing the burrito and forgetting it was even in the fridge (can you imagine!). Plus, they share a win about buying the cereal you’re craving, and another about posing in front of the mirror in a way that makes you feel empowered. If we avoid the mirror, are we just avoiding the body acceptance piece of recovery? Then they read a listener-submitted Dear DST all about gaining weight after she bought her wedding dress and...
Published 02/11/21
This week Sami and Aleen are joined by fitness influencer and DST favorite Kelsey Wells. They start with a conversation about being grateful in a pandemic, the way repetitive routine leads to anxiety, and how Kelsey has used fitness as a form of reward. They discuss the mental shift to treating exercise as a tool for self-empowerment and gratitude toward your body. Kelsey shares three steps for changing your mindset toward exercise, including how to be proud of yourself for what you’ve...
Published 02/07/21
This week’s Dear DST is all about the oh-so-familiar dining hall experience and how to overcome the challenges of keeping good habits when you can only (binge) eat twice a day. They start with some dog talk with Sami training a new puppy and Aleen dealing with revenge sh*ts from Sansa. They read a listener NSW all about shifting your mindset from dieting to personal finance, and share some Non Scale Wins of their own. Then they read a Dear DST email from a college student who overcame...
Published 02/04/21
Sami and Aleen are joined once again by everyone’s favorite registered dietician, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. She talks about getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes, giving birth while wearing a mask, and how her food preferences have shifted since having a baby. They discuss the best place to get advice as a new mom (virtual support groups exist btw) and some of the biggest challenges you may face. They talk about “mom guilt” and all the unnecessary drama around breastmilk vs. formula,...
Published 01/31/21
On this Dear DST episode, Sami and Aleen start with a recap of their conversation with Shay Mitchell this week and share what it’s like to openly acknowledge your disordered eating in front of others (even strangers). Is your willingness to talk about disordered eating the best sign that you’re making progress? Then they read a Dear DST email from a listener who always feels worse about her body image when she’s hanging out with her oldest group of friends, but never with her college friends....
Published 01/28/21
On this Sunday’s episode Aleen and Sami are joined by actress and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell. She tells us what it’s like to be a new mom in a pandemic and offers her top three tips for people who are looking to have their first kid. Plus, she tells us what she’s been binging on TV these days and shares her current fitness routine in quarantine. Then they play a game of ‘What Would Shay Do’ featuring her take on what a 2020-themed Met Gala outfit would look like, and which pizza Shay would...
Published 01/24/21
This Thursday’s episode starts with a groundbreaking NSW: skipping desert without even thinking about it. Plus, they react to a listener Non Scale Win about haircuts and body shape. Next, they read a Dear DST email from a listener whose former personal trainer posted her progress pics without asking for permission, leading to a lot of self doubt. What’s the right way to tell someone that they’ve violated your trust and privacy by posting your pics? Plus, they talk about the urge to take...
Published 01/21/21
Sami and Aleen are joined by Jessica Jones, registered dietician and host of the Food Heaven podcast. They start with a reflection on how the social justice movement in 2020 impacted the health and wellness conversation, and why there still needs to be room to rest for hosts like Jess. Next, they talk about the lack of diverse body size in film and television (we’re looking at you The Bachelor) and why we’re often taught that weight loss equals health. Jess explains how she came to the...
Published 01/17/21
On this week’s bonus episode, Sami and Aleen read a Dear DST from a woman who’s mother-in-law gave her a gift two sizes too big. Would you be offended if someone saw you as bigger than you were? On top of that, how do you deal with being a part of a family where you look different from everyone else?
Published 01/14/21
This week, Aleen and Sami talk about the shift away from the “new year, new me” resolution mindset and towards a more accepting version of intention-setting. They react to resolutions from DSTers (hint: vegetables and more alone time) and ask if quarantine was the real reason for the shift. Are we only accepting our bodies more because we’re seeing less people?
Published 01/10/21
This Thursday’s episode starts with a listener NSW about creating a vision board that doesn’t include pics of “skinny” women with unrealistic body expectations. They also talk about the art of putting together a comfortable outfit and the exciting debut of the Morning Announcements' podcast. Then the Dear DST email features a question about plateauing in your workout goals and how to avoid an exercise rut. Is there a secret to breaking out of a rut, and how do you get motivated when a new...
Published 01/07/21
It’s finally 2021 (thank f*cking god) so Sami and Aleen are taking the time to react to some DST highlights from the past year. They start with some of the listeners’ fav moments from the show, including their top guests and the biggest shift for the show (hint: intuitive eating is kinda a big deal). Next, they respond to some year-end listener Non Scale Wins which leads to a convo about how they’ve each grown over the past twelve months. Finally, they close the show with a game called “It’s...
Published 01/03/21
On this New Year’s Eve Dear DST, Aleen and Sami start things off with a listener NSW and some wins of their own about food neutrality (sometimes your body just tells you to eat the pizza for breakfast, nbd). Then a listener writes in to ask how to be more gentle with herself when setting resolutions for the new year. Is it possible to find a middle ground with resolutions, or is this a recipe for failure? Plus, they talk about the challenge to be a less-perfect perfectionist and the perils of...
Published 12/31/20
This week, Aleen and Sami are listening and reacting to the resolutions they set for 2020. From working out more to self care to personal goals, the girls are listening to all their resolutions that they met (or more likely… didn’t meet) throughout the year. They also discuss whether or not they plan on setting goals this year, continuing their intuitive eating journeys, how they’ve grown throughout the pandemic, and what they have planned for 2021. Thanks to our sponsors: Mint Mobile: To get...
Published 12/27/20
On this Thursday’s Dear DST, Aleen and Sami read a listener email from a woman who wants to to get her double chin removed and asks whether or not it’s a step back on her intuitive eating + body acceptance journey. Where is the line between enhancing yourself with cosmetic surgery and accepting your body for what it is? When does it become unhealthy?
Published 12/23/20
Remember Aleen and Sami’s “Favorite Things” episode? They’re back again, bringing you some of their new favs. This year has been stressful to say the least and after a quick chat about feeling hopeful and positive for the vaccine and the new year, the girls dive right into all of their favorite things. They share it all, from unnecessary kitchen gadgets and embarrassing childhood items still in their apartments, to how many tabs they leave open and their guilty pleasure movies. (Yes, there is...
Published 12/20/20
We kick off today’s bonus ep with a very well written non-scale win about a mom learning to love her new body because of her daughter. Then Sami and Aleen share their own non-scale wins for the week including sizing up in ski clothes and a breakthrough in therapy. Then, they read the Dear DST of the week all about how to deal with a toxic boyfriend’s food issues. (Spoiler: you don’t)
Published 12/17/20
Today, Sami and Aleen are talking to Victoria Garrick, former D-1 athlete, Ted Talk speaker, and mental health advocate. They kick off the convo talking about her experience as a college athlete and how she developed a toxic relationship with food. Victoria shares how she turned it into intuitive eating, unfiltered photos, and her journey to stop trying to please society. Why do we care so much about what other people think? They discuss whether competitive athletics are always toxic AF or...
Published 12/13/20