*Trigger Warning* On today’s show we discuss eating disorders
Today I have a very honest conversation about eating disorders, negativity bias and the brain with Emma Guns and Katie Warriner.
Katie is one of the UK’s leading Performance Psychologists, working behind the scenes and on the big stage with some of the world’s best athletes, leaders and organisations. From the sports field to the boardroom, the helicopter pad to the operating theatre, Katie helps people train the mindset skills and practices essential to thriving under pressure. She has been embedded in Olympic sports for the last decade, supporting many of our most successful athletes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. But she was also a professional athlete herself who had to overcome the issues surrounding food being used solely as a tool for performance and how that was ingrained into her as an impressionable teenager chasing olympic ambitions.
Emma Gunavardhana, is better known by her media name Emma Guns, and is an award-winning beauty journalist and podcaster who I describe as UK’s answer to Joe Rogan. The Emma Guns Show, covers topics including beauty, wellness, mental health, eating disorders, business, entrepreneurship and finance. Emma prides herself on covering a variety of topics in a way that’ll be relevant and meaningful to her global audience. And today I wanted her to share her relationship with food and her personal experience of self confidence and diet.
Both of my guests are pragmatic thinkers as well as passionate advocates for supporting people to develop the mindset they need to thrive. But I do want to exercise caution with today’s show for anyone uncomfortable listening to stories around binge eating disorders, guilt, body dysmorphia and depression.
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In addition, Katie runs online courses for athletes who want to train their mental game as well as some for anyone who wants to invest in their mental health and well-being. Listeners can get a 20% discount to either of the courses, details are below.
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What a super conversation with two amazing guests – it was an absolute pleasure to have Emma and Katie on the show today talking about subjects very close to their hearts. It really was great opportunity to chat to them both and share the incredible insights with you all – I do hope you enjoyed this episode!
Following our conversation, I wanted to share the following quotes, links and social media pages for both Emma and Katie with you:
Rumi – ‘The wound is the place where the light enters you’
Baz Luhrman – ‘Don’t read beauty magazines, they only make you feel ugly’
Rupaul – ‘The place on a bone that was broken eventually becomes the strongest place on the bone after it has healed’
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Katie is one of the UK’s leading Performance Psychologists, working behind the scenes and on the big stage with some of the world’s best athletes, leaders and organisations. From the sports field to the boardroom, the helicopter pad to the operating theatre, Katie helps people train the mindset skills and practices essential to thriving under pressure. Her clients include CEOs, Olympic Champions, educational leaders and world-record holders.
She has been embedded in Olympic sports for the last decade, supporting many of our most successful athletes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She also coaches global business leaders to enhance performance and help people thrive. She has helped over 250,000 young people build resilience to thrive at school and in life and has recently designed 2 incredible online courses for young athletes to develop their mental game and people from all walks of life to find their spark. Katie is also co-authoring a book with the footballer Marcus Rashford and sports journalist Carl Anka, to help young people find their voice. Above all, Katie is passionate about supporting people to develop the mindset skills to be the best they can be.
Emma grew up in a quaint, leafy village in the English countryside and was always obsessed with beauty, film, music and the technicolour glamour of red carpets, catwalks and celebrity.
As a teen who was riddled with acne, Emma adored the transformative magic of makeup, the power of skincare and the beauty sections of glossy magazines became her safe-haven during turbulent teen years feeling uncomfortable in her own skin.
Those pages gave her hope and solutions to questions she had that no one else could answer, so it was no surprise that she set her sights on eventually working as a beauty editor on those very same glossy titles.
She landed her first job on OK! Magazine as the beauty editor and since then has written for a whole host of glossy titles and interviewed celebrities including Bette Midler, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Hurley, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Kim Kardashian.
After over 10 years working on magazines, Emma decided to start her career as a freelancer and in 2016 launched her podcast The Emma Guns Show. Her intention was to speak to those people within the beauty industry whose stories didn’t get told. The people themselves might be household names, but the stories of how they created global brands rarely made the pages of editorial. In her years interviewing these incredible people during one-to-ones at product launches Emma had heard the stories and had found them deeply inspiring and was determined to create a space where other people could hear them and be inspired too.
In unpicking these stories of success, including the failures experienced along the way, Emma provided inspiration for her growing audience and the show now receives over 300,000 downloads every month. As the show grew and Emma began to receive feedback from listeners, including requests for certain subjects to be covered and guests to appear, the podcast broadened its scope to cover mental health, business, entrepreneurship, wellness, health, finances and much more.
Recently Emma has welcomed fitness expert Jillian Michaels onto the podcast, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe, former Secret Service Agent Evy Poumpouras and TV host and judge Michelle Visage.
Behind the podcast, Emma was struggling with her own issues; undiagnosed depression and anxiety and a self-destructive binge-eating disorder. In speaking out about these experiences on the show she has not only overcome these issues but receives messages daily from men and women who have listened to the podcast who cite her and her guests as their ‘lightbulb’ moment for making a positive change.
Emma’s intention with every episode of the podcast is to create a useful resource, packed with expert insight and credible sources, so her listeners have the best quality information, whether it’s about starting a business, what skincare is best for their skin type, managing their finances or understanding their mental health.
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