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How Journaling Helped Podcast Host Katie Dalebout Overcome Her Struggles With Body Image

All she needed, in the end, was a pen, a few blank pages—and the desire for change.

Katie Dalebout can remember exactly how her obsession with health first began: A roommate’s juicer and a decision to eat a 100% raw food diet. That raw food diet eventually turned into vegetarianism, and then to strict gluten-free veganism. Soon Katie found herself completely isolated (and losing way too much weight), and eventually came to realize that her obsession with health was merely a cover for extreme dieting. She also realized this obsession had a name: Orthorexia. She looked for help anywhere she could, from coaches and mentors to books and therapists—anyone who could help her see that she was controlling her body because she felt she couldn’t control her life—to no avail.

Enter journaling. Katie’s journal became her home for release and expression; a way for her to sort through all of the negative thoughts that had been clouding her mind for years. This daily writing practice served as an outlet for her to coach herself through the daily ups and downs of life, and, in turn, let it out. In other words? This daily writing practice changed her life. So much so that she wrote a book on the subject: Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling, in which she shares fifty-five journaling exercises that cover everything from clearing clutter to finding presence to cultivating abundance to moving beyond fear.

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Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling
Rocket your life to the next level.

Today, through Katie’s speaking and writing, she aims to help people develop a positive image of their bodies by embracing their creativity and personality—outside of their physicality. Here, how she does it—and why.

Interview with Katie Dalebout

Photo credit: Nick Hagen

Tell us about yourself in five sentences.

I’m a person who does many things. I love walking, traveling, meandering, and talking to people. My favorite thing I ever did was start my podcast Let It Out in 2013; in it, I interview people who I find fascinating.

I’m inspired by everything and try to remember to be present in life so I can notice it all. My only goal is to become better at being myself.

Where are you from? Where do you live?

I’m from East Lansing, Michigan, but I currently live in New York, New York.

How would you recommend someone get into the practice of daily journaling? (And why?)

Just start. You can’t do it wrong.

Ask yourself a good question (not a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question), and you’ll get a good answer from your intuition. Journaling is cathartic, and it can feel like a conversation with the most judgmental friend.

Your journal of choice?

I like everything from a legal pad to a beautiful journal to my computer. Whatever feels most comfortable in the moment.

Writing utensil of choice?

The Sharpie thin fine point pens happen to be my favorite, although anything works.

Music on in the background? If so, what?

Sometimes; it depends on my mood. I love the XX, Girlpool, Sufjan Stevens, and Jose Gonzalez, just to name a few.

Talk to us about your story. How did you get to where you are today, and why?

Tons of twists and turns, I loved reading blogs so I started my own called the Wellness Wonderland in 2011 then eventually started a podcast, got a book deal, wrote a book on journaling and still host the podcast and love it. I have a full timeline here.

Your wellness muse?

My friend Sacha Jones of Stiggly Holistics NYC. I also like That’s So Retrograde, a fun podcast!

How do you relax and unwind after a long day?

I drink some Sea Clear in bed, have some chocolate, and watch YouTube videos.

What hobby nourishes your soul?

Listening to other people’s podcasts and going on walks.

The best piece of advice you ever received?

“Concern yourself with you.” From my mom.

(For more from Katie, check out her website, podcast, and book.)

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