Food Psych Podcast - 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.)

Writers Ama Scriver and Kirthan Aujlay discuss the intersections of food, fat, and feminism, why it's important to be part of a body-positive community, how to handle online trolls, how to push back against weight stigma and diet culture, and lots more! 

Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a passionate storyteller, community builder, and activist based in Toronto. She is a full-time writer for several publications and used to run and manage the blog Fat Girl Food Squad. She has deep feelings for coffee, trashy reality television, and the art of drag. Find her online at AmaScriver.com.

Kirthan Aujlay is a freelance writer and the founder of Fat Death Femme, a lifestyle website that focuses on women’s issues, body positivity, death acceptance, and pop culture. Follow Fat Death Femme on Twitter at @fatdeathfemmeco and on Instagram @fatdeathfemme.

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!

Direct download: FP057.mp3
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This week marks three years that we've been making the podcast! To celebrate, Christy talks with her colleague and mentor Melainie Rogers, founder of Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center in New York City. Melainie shares how growing up in a farming family influenced her relationship to food, how she developed and recovered from an eating disorder, why she began sharing her recovery story with clients, and lots more. Plus hear how the podcast and Melainie helped change the course of Christy's career! 

Melainie Rogers, MS, RD, CEDRD is a registered dietitian and Founder of BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center in New York City. BALANCE offers a variety of outpatient programs including a day treatment program, an evening intensive outpatient program, an adolescent program, nutritional counseling, and a men’s group. Melainie is a nationally recognized expert on eating disorders and has spoken at national and international professional conferences on various topics related to the research and treatment of eating disorders. She works extensively to support the eating disorder community and specializes in the treatment of binge eating disorder (BED).

Melainie is the co-creator of the Reframing Recovery treatment model, uniquely designed to treat clients suffering from BED. Among her many affiliations, Melainie Rogers is the founder and recent past president of the New York City Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and an Executive Board Member of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB). She is also an IAEDP Approved Supervisor in the treatment of eating disorders. Melainie has appeared on television and radio including the Today Show, The Early Show, MSNBC, and others. Find her on Twitter @MelainieRogers and online at Balancedtx.com.

To learn more about Food Psych and get the resources mentioned in this episode, head on over to the show notes!

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!

Direct download: FP056.mp3
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Special bonus episode for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016! Writer and body image activist Nicole Rohr Stephani (http://www.mybodyboop.com) shares how childhood teasing contributed to her development of an eating disorder, how treatment and a serendipitous relationship with a food professional helped her recover, why she started a website devoted to body image recovery, and lots more! 

Nicole Rohr Stephani is the founder of Body Boop, an eating disorder recovery blog and events organization that donates 10% of all proceeds back to eating disorder research and treatment. You can learn more at mybodyboop.com or e-mail Nicole anytime at mybodyboop@gmail.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

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

Direct download: FP055.mp3
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Christy talks with Jessica Raymond, founder of Recovery Warriors, about her chaotic relationship to food in childhood, how she overcame an eating disorder, why she started working to revolutionize treatment for others, and lots more.

Jessica Raymond is the founder and director of Recovery Warriors. When she is not dreaming up her vision of the ultimate recovery platform, working on the Rise Up + Recover app, or hosting The Recovery Warrior Show, she can be found surfing the lovely beaches of San Diego or hanging out in a park with her dog. Jessica holds her MS in Marine Geophysics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a BS in Earth Sciences from UCSD. Find her online at RecoveryWarriors.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

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

Direct download: FP054.mp3
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Writer Kat Kinsman (Tasting Table, CNN, Hi Anxiety) discusses mental illness in the food industry, how anxiety and depression have influenced her eating, how she's learned to cope with the physical demands of writing about food for a living, and lots more.

Kat is the Editor at Large and former Editor in Chief of Tasting Table. She recently founded Chefs with Issues, a website devoted to sharing stories and providing resources to people in the food industry who struggle with issues including depression, addictions, PTSD, eating disorders, and more.

Previously Kat was the Managing Editor of CNN’s Eatocracy, edited CNN’s Matrimony section and First Person essay series, and was a writer and editor for CNN Living. She covers food, booze, lady-being, person-being, mental health, disabilities, sex, pop culture (especially YA novels), weddings, and dogs. Mostly food, though. She was nominated for a James Beard Broadcast Award in the TV Segment category in 2013, but she didn’t win. She also didn’t win the EPPY Best Food Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over in 2012 and 2013 (though Eatocracy was nominated), but she sure as heck did win in 2011.

Her memoir, Hi, Anxiety: Life with a Bad Case of Nerves, is being published in May of 2016 by Dey Street Books, and is available for pre-order now. 

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!

Direct download: FP053.mp3
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Author and life coach Chris Cole shares his troubled history with dieting, how mental illness and substance abuse tied into his relationship to his body, how he's helping his sons become intuitive eaters, and lots more.

Chris Cole has authored a memoir of his personal journey through mental illness and addiction, titled The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness. He is a life coach for folks in recovery from any number of mood, addiction, or behavioral issues. Visit thebodyofchris.com for the book, coaching sessions, and links to social media.

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!

Direct download: FP052.mp3
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Writer Kelsey Miller (Big Girl; The Anti-Diet Project) discusses her long history of dieting and body shame, what made her finally give up the fight to lose weight, how discovering intuitive eating changed her life, what it was like to write a book about that process, and lots more!

Kelsey Miller is the author of BIG GIRL: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got A Life, and the Senior Features Writer at Refinery29, the leading digital lifestyle brand for women. She began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing, joining Refinery29 in 2012. Soon after, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website's most popular franchises. Kelsey specializes in first-person essays, cultural commentary, humor writing, fitness, food, body image, advice, and feminist issues.

In the last three years, she was named one of The Huffington Post’s Body Image Heroes and took top honors at both the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards and the Digiday Publishing Awards. Her work has been featured in Time, xoJane, Women's Health, and more. She has been featured on Good Morning America, HuffPost Live, and MSNBC.  

Kelsey graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film & Television and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Find her online at KelseyMiller.com, and buy her book on Amazon

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!

Direct download: FP051.mp3
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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

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!

Direct download: FP050.mp3
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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

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!

Direct download: FP049.mp3
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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

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

Direct download: FP048.mp3
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