Have you ever wondered how diet culture, MLM culture, and mommy wine culture are interconnected? This convo really made me think!

In my latest episode, I sit down with Emily Paulson, author, founder of Sober Mom Squad, and recovery advocate, to uncover how these systems prey on women and moms, promoting unrealistic expectations and perpetuating the need for support and self-improvement. 

As we navigate through the 99.7% failure rate of MLMs and the damaging effects of diet culture on our mental health and self-worth, Emily shares her personal experiences with these systems and how she discovered their deceptive marketing strategies. 

We also dive into the importance of having open, honest conversations about these topics, and how an “all food is available” mentality can break the cycle of restriction and perfectionism.

In the end, we speak about her understanding of what diet culture is and how our size, the number on the scale, and the food we eat does not equate to our worthiness as people, leading her to ditch the scale as a way to move away from diet culture. 

I enjoyed speaking with Emily and relating to her as a mom, trying to ensure we don’t pass on these damaging messages from diet culture to our children. I hope you enjoy our conversation, too!


Emily Lynn Paulson is the author of Highlight Real: Finding Honesty and Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life, and Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multi Level Marketing . She has given two powerful TEDx talks, both challenging the status quo of parenting, alcohol use, and feminism as we know it. Paulson has also been featured in major publications such as the Today Show, New York Times, Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Next Question with Katie Couric, and the Tamron Hall Show. She resides in Central Oregon with her husband and their five children.


Instagram & TikTok: @emilylynnpaulson