Welcome Streets, Beats and Eats blogger Casey Brown to The Whole View! This week, Stacy and Casey candidly discuss their experiences with an eating disorder, and Casey’s struggles with infertility. Casey shares tips to help us reframe our narratives and start to feel more connected to ourselves.
Trigger warning: We will be talking about eating disorders. Please be mindful and take care of your needs accordingly. Resources for those those who are struggling with eating disorders can be found below.
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- Casey (Walker) Brown grew up in a small town in Kansas with her siblings and single mom. She then attended Texas Christian University (TCU) and got her degree in Strategic Communication (AD/PR) and a minor in Film Television Digital Media.
- She stayed in Texas and used her degree to work in the music industry for some time.
- Now Casey shares her life at Streets, Beats and Eats, a Dallas lifestyle blog about body image and self love. Often found in a bathing suit or underwear, sharing her favorite foods, fashion, and fitness – she advocates for us to all love the skin we’re in.
From Eating Disorder to Living a Full Life
- Casey shares the details of growing up, what led to her eating disorder and her journey in overcoming it and also supporting her mental health. She admits there are so many years of diet culture, societal standards, fat-phobia shoved down our throats in every direction, it takes time to unlearn those things.
- She also shares the details of her journey of trying to conceive, infertility, and both the support and unsolicited advice she received by being a public figure. Casey discusses dealing with her ED recovery and internal fatphobia when considering getting pregnant and working with medical professionals. Stacy notes that infertility is not linked to weight loss.
- Stacy and Casey discuss Casey’s recent wedding and the experience of sharing wedding preparation publicly.
- Evaluate the services (like doctors) you are paying for and the relationships you are in – are they serving you?
- Also evaluate who you’re following on social media – unfollow those who don’t serve you and consider following more diverse people with different lived experiences and perspectives as you.
- Reframing our narratives and making sure that we hear the same stories in our head and think the same thoughts in a positive light can make a big difference in how we hold ourselves high and what our confidence and self-worth is like.
- Casey does an activity with a sticky note, using the sticky side to write something she’s been told that’s negative or a negative thought that she’s had (i.e. my thighs are too big). She then flip’s the note over to then reframe that sentiment (i.e. I have strong thighs that I can pick up my nephew with). You can then place the sticky note on a mirror or somewhere and the positive side is showing.
- Casey also likes to to spend time naked or just in undergarments at home, as a way to continue to make her feel comfortable, secure and confident and owning the stage of life that she’s in. She encourages listeners to try it out to feel more connected to themselves.
Studies, References & Products
- The Whole View, Season 3, Ep 31: Fertility, Endocrine Disruptors, & Women’s Medical Rights w/ Dr. Lora Shahine
- Streets, Beats and Eats Blog:
- Streets, Beats and Eats Instagram: Infertility
- If you or someone you know is struggling with Bulimia, or another eating disorder, here are some resources Casey recommend:
- Indeed.com/WHOLEVIEW | Get a $75 sponsored job credit
- Beautycounter.com/StacyToth | Use code CLEANFORALL20 for 20% off your first order
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