Babbs discusses how growing up poor and celebrating having extra money with food. "We're doing well" became attached to eating food. Trauma in the household informed emotional eating and in adolescence began the extreme weight loss and gain. Babbs and Maria surrounded themselves with wonderful friends but still experienced some shame. They both used style to position themselves safely in their community at that time and Babbs talks about coming to true body positivity in her mid to late 20s after coming out of a relationship with a person who had a lot of insecurity about his own body. To this day, she hasn't been with a person who has ever talked about her body like that. Jana and Babbs discuss their levels of body acceptance and how they got to the places they're both at with their bodies.
Babbs discusses her current nannying job and her career ambitions to have a sitcom with her sister. The two women discuss Babbs & Maria as a package and how Babbs sees her twin-ness as an asset in this industry because they do comedy and improv together. The two have a webseries they wrote and performed in together called Babbs & Maria Go to Therapy. The discussion goes to seeing each other on screen and getting used to accepting their bodies on camera. Costuming and dressing fat people comes up as well.
Jana asks Babbs about dieting and failed diets. They discuss the cayenne pepper and lemon juice "cleanse" and how shitty the whole process was on their bodies and souls. Babbs talks about weighing 305 lbs and slowly losing weight over time by identifying food allergies and types of food that don't jive with her body. This kind of weight loss didn't happen quickly or with any extreme dieting. Babbs describes the process - both traumatic and healthy - that led to her losing 100 lbs. Jana and Babbs discuss allyship and how people might deal with their privilege and guilt in their own circles instead of bringing it to folks already victimized by prejudice.
Jana's One Cool Thing this week is a Native Yurok and Pinoy graphic artist named Jackie Fawn. She's using her art for Indigenous resistance movements. Follow her on Instagram! Babbs' One Cool Thing is tattoo artist Stacey Martin Smith who does a lot of fat characters! Check her out!
Follow Babbs on Instagram @babbslopez and follow Babbs & Maria on instagram @babbsandmaria!
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