Food Psych - Intuitive Eating, Positive Body Image, & Eating Disorder Recovery (general)
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.)

Recovery coach Alicia Melgoza explains how she developed an unhealthy relationship to exercise and eating at a difficult time in her childhood, and shares the self-compassion practices that helped her recover.

Alicia Melgoza, MSW, MA, founder and creator of Taking Healthy Back™, is a Health Nut + Fitness Junkie Recovery Coach. Through her private coaching practice, she helps both men and women break free from "clean" eating and exercise obsession (i.e. what she calls hell-thy) and put the ‘life’ back into their healthy lifestyles. Her teachings are grounded in research-based principles from multidisciplinary fields, including Health At Every Size, intuitive eating, mindfulness, and positive psychology.

Alicia is shaking things up with her mission to redefine healthy beyond flat abs, squats and veggies. She knows from personal experience that you can have the so-called 'perfect' body, exercise religiously and eat clean to a T and be very unhealthy. That's why she takes a radically unconventional approach to healthy living that isn't about having a tight ass but about living a tight-ass life! Her passion for this mission and work is driven by her conviction that we've all got much more important shit to do with our lives than obsess over calories and cellulite. Poverty, inequality and injustice are all pressing issues that'll never get solved if we're fixated on food and our physical appearance.

Alicia holds Masters degrees in Clinical Social Work and International Human Rights from the University of Denver. Her work has been featured on popular healthy living websites such as Mind Body Green and Get Healthy U. Find Alicia on her website at aliciamelgoza.com

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

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Fellow anti-diet dietitian Glenys Oyston, RD, joins us to discuss how pursuing weight loss made her miserable, how she learned to pursue nutrition for its own sake instead, why she's on a mission to help other people break free from diet culture and body shame, and lots more.

Glenys Oyston is a Health at Every Size® (HAES®) dietitian. She believes people's relationships to food are more important than the individual foods they choose—and that we should forget about focusing on weight loss. Find her on her blog, Dare to Not Diet, and on Twitter @glenysoRD

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

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Comedian, actor, and body-image coach Caroline Dooner shares how she overcame her food issues and learned to love her body, AND she sings some funny songs about it! This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the People's Improv Theater in New York City.

Caroline Dooner is an actress, singer, writer, comedian, and body-image coach who founded The Fuck It Diet. She lives in New York City (and sometimes Philadelphia). Find her online at CarolineDooner.com and TheFuckItDiet.com.

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

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Fellow podcaster Kaila Prins (Finding Our Hunger) joins us to discuss why having an identity as a "healthy" eater kept her from getting help for her eating disorder, and how she finally started down the path to recovery.

Kaila Prins is a certified health and wellness coach and the host of Finding Our Hunger, a podcast about eating disorder recovery and Health at Every Size. She has recovered from 13 years of anorexia, orthorexia, EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified), and exercise addiction, and now helps others to recover through her podcast, blog, coaching, and freelance writing. Find her on Twitter @performingwoman

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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Author Harriet Brown (Body of Truth) discusses how she overcame her longtime struggles with body shame and weight stigma, how her daughter's anorexia changed her relationship with food, why she became a vocal proponent of the Health At Every Size movement, how to fight back against diet culture, and lots more.

Harriet Brown is a professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and has nearly 30 years of experience as a writer and editor. She's worked at magazines including Redbook and New York Woman, and writes for many national publications including The New York Times MagazineO MagazineVoguePsychology TodayPrevention, and Parenting

Her most recent book, Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It, has been hailed as "a must-read for anyone ready to start shaking this fat = bad, thin = good obsession" (Bustle). Her previous book, Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia, won a "Books for a Better Life" award in 2011. Brown also edited the anthology Feed Me!: Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image. Find her online at HarrietBrown.com.

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

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Activist and author Virgie Tovar joins us to discuss why she gave up the battle to lose weight and started focusing on loving her body exactly as it is. We talk about fat acceptance, body positivity, smashing diet culture, embracing feminism, Instagramming your food, and lots more!

Virgie Tovar, MA is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is a plus size style writer for BuzzFeed and the creator of #LoseHateNotWeight. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching "Female Sexuality" at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host "The Virgie Show" (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is certified as a sex educator and was voted Best Sex Writer by the Bay Area Guardian in 2008 for her first book. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide. Find her online at VirgieTovar.com and on Twitter @virgietovar.

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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Christy talks with Anna Guest-Jelley, the founder and CEO of Curvy Yoga, about why she ended her long history of dieting, how yoga helped her heal her relationship to food and her body, and lots more! 

Anna is founder and CEO (Curvy Executive Officer) at Curvy Yoga, a training and inspiration portal offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, a virtual yoga studio and lots of love and support to people of every size, age and ability — in six different countries, on three different continents, as well as in over 40 of the United States.

Anna is a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance. Author of Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis & Their Teachers, and co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body (Llewellyn), Anna has been featured online and in print at The Washington Post, xoJane, The Daily Love, MariaShriver.com, US News & World ReportSouthern LivingVogue ItaliaYoga InternationalYoga Journal, CrazySexyLife and more. Visit Curvy Yoga online at CurvyYoga.com.

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

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Christy talks with the fabulous Melissa A. Fabello, a body acceptance and eating disorder activist and the managing editor of Everyday Feminism. Melissa shares what led her to develop an eating disorder in her early 20s, and why feminism played an important role in her recovery. 

Melissa A. Fabello is a body acceptance and eating disorder activist, scholar in the field of sexology, and Jurassic Park enthusiast based in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Melissa works as a Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism, the largest independent feminist media website in the world, and is a doctoral candidate in Widener University’s Human Sexuality Studies program, where her research interest is in how the onset of an eating disorder affects psychosexual development. You can contact her through her website and follow her on TwitterTumblr, and Facebook.

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

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Direct download: FP043.mp3
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New to Food Psych? Listen to this episode for a quick overview of the podcast and a guide to getting started! Whether you're new to the body-positive movement, recovering from an eating disorder, considering giving up diets, or already a hardcore Health at Every Size and intuitive eating fan, this podcast is for you! 

(This episode was created in September of 2016; it's just marked with a 2014 publication date to ensure it shows up first in the podcast feed.)

Episodes mentioned:

  • #68: Beating the Restrict-Binge Cycle with Summer Innanen
  • #66: The Intuitive Eating Journey with Akirah Robinson
  • #61: Intuitive Eating, Intuitive Everything with Amie Roe
  • #59: Why Weight Loss Won't Make You Happy with Simi Botic
  • #36: Food Sanity with Isabel Foxen Duke

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