Food Psych - Intuitive Eating, Positive Body Image, & Eating Disorder Recovery
Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, self-compassion and self-care--all from a body-positive, Health at Every Size perspective. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disordered eater and dieter to food writer and anti-diet dietitian, and offers tips to help you accept your body and let go of guilt about food. This podcast challenges diet culture in all its forms--including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. Food Psych is designed to offer safe and non-triggering support for listeners in recovery from eating disorders, weight stigma, and body shame. Subscribe for new anti-diet inspiration every week! (Disclaimer: All content in this podcast, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of the information contained in this podcast does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship.)

Fellow Health at Every Size dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield shares how her family's identity as "emotional eaters" led to their embrace of diet culture, how childhood poverty and food insecurity affected her relationship with food, how she finally discovered the anti-diet movement after starting to work as a dietitian, how she developed the idea for her new book, Body Kindness, why the concept of kindness is so essential in relating to your body, why weight loss isn't a path to health, and lots more!

Rebecca Scritchfield is a well-being coach, registered dietitian nutritionist, certified health and fitness specialist and author of the book, Body Kindness, which Publisher’s Weekly calls “a rousing guide to better health.” Through her weight-neutral mindfulness-based counseling practice, she helps people create a better life with workable goals that fit individual interests.

She is the co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence, www.RD4BC.com, a website and free bi-monthly e-mail dedicated to shared learning among dietitians and future RDNs to improve body image in people they serve.

Rebecca has influenced millions through her writing, Body Kindness podcast, and appearances in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, the Today show, the Washington Post, O Magazine, Health, Shape, and many others. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she was recently recognized as one of ten “Supermom” entrepreneurs in the Nation’s Capital. Find her online at rebeccascritchfield.com, and get her book for 25% off from 12/27-1/31 at workman.com/products/body-kindness using offer code KIND.

RDs and RDs-to-be, be sure to sign the HAES petition that Christy mentions in the episode!  

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Body-positive dietitian Emily Fonnesbeck shares how her family helped her develop a healthy relationship with food in childhood, why that went awry and led her down the path to orthorexia, how she overcame her disordered eating and discovered Health at Every Size, why she thinks elimination diets and food-sensitivity testing are dangerous for most people, and lots more.

Emily Fonnesbeck is a Registered Dietitian and owns her own private practice in southern Utah. Her nutrition passion consists of helping individuals free themselves from diets, food anxiety, poor body image and obsessive exercise. She has a non-diet, weight-neutral, client-centered approach to help people make peace with food and their bodies. Find her online at EmilyFonnesbeck.com.

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

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Fellow anti-diet dietitian Jonah Soolman discusses how being an athletic kid and being restricted from sugar led to a troubled relationship with food, how he learned to trust his body to guide his eating and exercise choices, why food insecurity can lead to a "clean-plate club" mentality,
why it's essential for health professionals to adopt the principles of Health at Every Size and intuitive eating, and lots more!

Jonah Soolman is a registered dietitian specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, and cardiometabolic conditions using a HAES perspective. He and his wife, Joanne, co-own Soolman Nutrition and Wellness LLC, a private practice where they offer individualized nutrition counseling, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA.

Most commonly, Jonah works with people who have tried numerous diets and are sick of seeing their weight temporarily drop only to inevitably rebound. Fed up with failing diets and being at war with food and their bodies, they come to Jonah because he offers the antithesis. By taking the focus off of weight and rules, he helps them to form a new and more peaceful relationship with food based on satisfaction, flexibility, and health.

When Jonah is not working, he enjoys getting outside and moving his body. In addition to time spent playing NCAA tennis, his proudest athletic achievements include riding his bicycle from Seattle to Boston for charity, running up Mount Washington on four separate occasions, and rebounding from multiple back surgeries to finish the Newport Marathon. Find him online at soolmannutrition.com.

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

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Body image coach Rachel Cole shares why we lose touch with our bodies in times of distress, how to start coming back into embodiment, why the 2016 election has caused so much pain for people struggling with food and body issues, how she recovered from eating disorders and embraced body positivity, why feminism and social justice are so integral to making peace with food, and lots more!

Rachel Cole is a certified life coach, celebrated teacher, and women’s empowerment expert. She has spent ten years guiding women to identify, understand and feed their truest hungers – at and away from the table. As an eating disorder survivor herself, Rachel speaks with great wisdom, sensitivity, and authority about what it takes to live as a well-fed woman in the modern world. She has traveled across the United States and internationally speaking and teaching to sold-out gatherings of women on how they too can find ease and fulfillment in their lives simply by honoring their own hungers. Rachel holds a Masters Degree in Holistic Health Education and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. Find her online at RachelWCole.com, and read her full blog post, "Stay."

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

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Fellow body-positive dietitian Marci Evans shares how she developed a healthy relationship with food in childhood, when it started to go awry, why it's so important that eating-disorder specialists NOT also try to sell weight loss, why some people feel "addicted" to food, what the science actually says about so-called food addiction, and lots more. 

Marci Anderson Evans MS, CEDRD, cPT is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, certified Intuitive Eating Coach, and owner of Marci RD Nutrition Consulting.

By combining her passion for food, nutrition, and fitness her goal is to take help each of her clients find a healthy and happy relationship with food and exercise. She works exclusively with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating, or those interested in intuitive eating counseling.

Marci has two professional passions. The first is empowering individuals to find a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and their bodies. The second is teaching and supervising dietitians on how to effectively counsel people with eating disorders. Marci finds great satisfaction in utilizing a psychologically informed approach to counseling and feels grateful for a career that helps her to learn and grow every day. 

Find Marci online at MarciRD.com, and learn more about her online training for dietitians

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

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Intuitive Eating co-author Elyse Resch shares her history of emotional eating as a child, how going on a diet in her 20s triggered an eating disorder, why studying nutrition science and becoming a dietitian helped her recover, how she got the idea to write an anti-diet book, why satisfaction is so central to intuitive eating, how to raise kids as intuitive eaters, and lots more!

Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD has been in private practice in Beverly Hills as a Nutrition Therapist for 34 years, specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and preventative nutrition. She is the co-author of Intuitive Eating (St. Martin's Press, 1995, 1996, 2003, third edition--2012), and is the co-author of Intuitive Eating, audio version, 2009 (Sounds True). She has published journal articles and does regular speaking engagements and extensive press, radio, and internet interviews. She is nationally known for her work in helping patients break free from the diet mentality through the Intuitive Eating process.

Elyse's philosophy embraces the goal of reconnecting with your internal wisdom about eating. This is the wisdom with which you were born but from which you have become distracted. A reconnection with your intuitive wisdom will help you develop a healthy and satisfying relationship with food and your body. Elyse’s work has been profiled on CNN, KABC, NBC, AP Press, and KTTV television. She is a certified child and adolescent obesity expert, a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, and a Fellow of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She was also the treatment team nutritionist on the Eating Disorder Unit at Beverly Hills Medical Center.

Find her online at ElyseResch.com.

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

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Therapist and yoga teacher Lauren Ezell Minear shares why embodiment is so important to healing from trauma, how feminism and yoga helped her recover from an eating disorder, how she's learned to listen to her bodies cues for movement and rest, and lots more. Plus, Christy shares an aspect of her story publicly for the first time.

Lauren Ezell Minear is a psychotherapist and yoga instructor with a private practice in New York City. She specializes in the treatment of eating and body image problems from a feminist relational perspective grounded in mindfulness-based interventions. Lauren also offers integrative body image workshops and yoga therapy for anxiety, depression, exercise compulsion, and traumatic stress. She is the creator of InBodied Yoga, a body positive method of movement as self-care.

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

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Fellow Health at Every Size dietitian Joanne Soolman shares how weight stigma manifested in her family, how she overcame body shame and discovered Health at Every Size, how she handles having a sister who's a prominent Weight Watchers leader, and lots more!

Joanne Levy Soolman, MS, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian and co-owner of Soolman Nutrition and Wellness, LLC located in Wellesley, MA. She and her husband Jonah, who is also a registered dietitian, provide outpatient nutrition counseling services for those in southeastern New England. Joanne got her BA in Psychology from Brown University and her MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College. Joanne specializes in nutrition counseling for individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. In addition to being a professional member of the Multiservice Eating Disorder Association, she is a proud member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, promoting the principles of Health at Every Size®.

Check out Joanne's blog post about her sister being Oprah's personal Weight Watchers consultant (TW: mentions numbers), and find her on her website at SoolmanNutrition.com.

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

Don't forget to vote on November 8th!

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Dana Sturtevant, HAES dietitian and co-founder of the Be Nourished wellness center in Portland, OR, shares how her desire to be thinner manifested as a child, how a vegetarian friend introduced her to the idea of nutrition, how she began her career as a dietitian in the traditional "weight management" paradigm, what drew her to the Health at Every Size approach, and lots more!

Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, is a trainer, mentor, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and dietitian specializing in Health at Every Size® and intuitive eating. She is the cofounder of Be Nourished, a revolutionary business helping people heal body dissatisfaction and reclaim body trust. Dana loves incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion practices into her work. A member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Dana has facilitated more than 300 workshops throughout the United States for health care providers looking to enhance their skills in behavior-change counseling. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post. Find her online at benourished.org.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

The Embodied Practitioner Retreat on 11/6

The No More Weighting e-course

The Be Nourished Training Institute for wellness professionals

My Refinery29 article about vegetarianism and intuitive eating

Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston

Appetites by Caroline Knapp

Brene Brown's work 

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Join Christy's intuitive eating online course at christyharrison.com/course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

Don't forget to vote on November 8th!

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Fellow anti-diet health and wellness coach Melissa Toler shares how she began dieting and fighting against her body, what led her to give up the fight and embrace body positivity, why she no longer sells weight loss (and what that means for her business), and lots more!

Melissa Toler is non-diet, weight-neutral health and wellness coach, speaker and writer. Her goal is to help women connect the dots between our culture's ridiculous beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. She helps women unlearn the toxic messages and behaviors from lifelong dieting so they can learn a new set of skills. Melissa uses her background as a pharmacist, a certified health & wellness coach, and her 25-year history with dieting in her work.

Melissa gave up the weight loss quest years ago and it was one of the best decisions she's ever made. Find her online at MelissaToler.com, and check out the blog post we discussed, "Why I Stopped Selling Weight Loss." 

To learn more about Food Psych and our guest, visit christyharrison.com/foodpsych

Ready to make peace with food? Join Christy's intuitive eating online course

How healthy is your relationship with food? Take the quiz and get free resources at christyharrison.com/quiz!

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