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Coaches Corner: Rise up with Danette May

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Christine chats with the incredible Danette May who is a motivational speaker, best-selling author of seven health and women empowerment books, celebrity trainer, and mother. Listen in as they talk about how to RISE above the challenges we face in life with authenticity, courage, grace and faith.

Danette is the founder of Mindful Health, LLC and The Rise Movement, a platform that reaches millions of women around the world. Danette stars in some of the top-selling fitness DVDs sold worldwide, is a top magazine model, and a frequent guest on national TV, Access Hollywood, Hallmark Home and Family, CBS, among others.

Danette’s own rise began after losing her son during childbirth, getting divorced, and finding herself with $47 to her name. All one after the other. It was then that she decided to stop being a victim and rewrite her story. She began to focus on the three pillars of healing – healing foods, healing movement, and a healing mindset.

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EP137: Feeling Unhinged and Rebellious with Jen

EP137This call is about is about getting over body image issues and having a healthy relationship with food. Today’s caller, Jen, has come a long way in healing body related issues but still feels unhinged when it comes to food. She realizes she is making unhealthy choices when it comes to food.

Many times, people who are doing self-love and body image work people do, they try to jump right to loving their body without acknowledging that maybe they are pissed off at it. We often cannot get to the love if we don’t acknowledge the anger.

And to get out of the energy of being a victim we must look at the lessons we learned or the catalyst and how it was useful in our life; otherwise, we will just continue to hold on to the pain.

When we work a lot on our issues, it can often make things more frustrating because we feel we have already done so much work and we don’t understand why we still have the issue. If you relate to this, cut yourself some slack. Remind yourself that growth and healing is a process, not an event. If something comes up again, it means you are ready for the next level of healing.

Whatever your biggie issue is I promise you are on your way. Freedom will come!

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Consider/Ask Yourself:

  • Do you struggle with truly loving your body? Do you feel comfortable and safe in it?
  • Do you rebel when it comes to food and get in a pattern of getting unhinged when you stop restricting yourself?
  • Did you grow up in a strict, religious, or suppressed household?
  • Is sexuality an area of your life in which you feel satisfied and empowered or do you feel disempowered or numb?

Jen’s Question:

Jen would like help in making healthier choices. 

Jen’s Key Insights and Ahas:

  • She was sexually assaulted and feels shame around it.
  • She doesn’t feel safe in her body.
  • She grew up in a religious family.
  • She felt awkward in her body.
  • She believes her body has caused her more pain than pleasure.
  • She wants to love her body.
  • Much of her joy and pleasure comes from food.
  • She is a Self-Love Coach.
  • She uses food as rebellion.

How to get over it and on with it:

  • She needs to explore her sexuality.
  • She should look into S Factor dancing to experience movement and relaxation.
  • She should start talking to her body and write an apology and a love letter to it.
  • She needs to reclaim her body.
  • She should work on her intimate relationship with her body. 

Assignments and Takeaways:

  • Growth is a process, not an event. Write down how far you’ve come instead of beating yourself up about how far you have to go.
  • Write an apology and a love letter to Jen.
  • Find out more about exotic dancing and practice expressing your body.
  • Start to notice things throughout the day that feel good about being in your physical body to help create a mind-body connection.


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EP 120: Breaking Up with Sugar and Finding Lasting Sweetness with Marina


This episode is about finding the true sweetness in life. Today’s caller, Marina, feels like she is stuck, especially when it comes to resisting sugar and taking care of her body. As you will hear in the call, It’s not actually sugar she is craving.

We don’t overcome our eating patterns with discipline alone. There is no one diet or one book that fixes it. Usually, there is a deeper issue at play that goes back to our childhood.

When it comes to dealing with any kind of food addiction or self-sabotaging behavior when it comes to food or exercise it is important we get to the root of the issue and get support to start building new healthy habits.

Most people try to change themselves because they want to get away from something. It may get them to a certain point but it is depleting because it employs criticism and restriction. This ‘moving away from’ motivation triggers your inner rebel which is why it usually doesn’t work.

Having ‘toward’ motivation is becoming a disciple and having a loving following of the thing you are moving toward, like your health and well being.

I find, people who crave sugar didn’t have a lot of sweetness or nurturing growing up. They internalize an overly critical or controlling parent or they use self-criticism as a motivator. Sweetness and nurturing is something we humans need. If you weren’t soothed as a child food can become a soothing strategy. Give yourself the sweetness and nurturing you may not have gotten growing up.

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Consider/Ask Yourself:

  • Do you feel stuck or like you are sabotaging yourself in some area of your life?
  • Do you have a sugar or food addiction?
  • Are you hard on yourself especially when judging yourself as lazy or lacking self-discipline?
  • Did you grow up with a lot of sweetness and nurturing in your life?

Marina’s Question:

Marina feels limited in her ability to be happy and that she lacks discipline.

Marina’s Key Insights and Ahas:

  • She has created self-supportive habits for herself.
  • She breaks agreements with herself when it comes to food and exercise.
  • She has an emotional craving for sweetness.
  • She grew up with fear and criticism as motivators.
  • She is a rebelling against herself.

How to Get Over It and On With It:

  • She should speak kindly to herself when feels stressed.
  • She should soothe herself with something else.
  • She should do grief work around what she wanted from her parents and be a loving parent to herself.
  • She should find a way to do things without them feeling oppressive.
  • She should research her blood sugar levels.


  • Don’t try to beat your sugar addiction with willpower alone.
  • If you feel stuck in any aspect of your life become a disciple and find your ‘toward motivation’ to get what you want.
  • Find ways to be sweet to yourself and self-soothe.
  • Write an ‘I wish’ letter to your parents and then use it to give yourself the gift of inner sweetness.


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