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.)

In our live episode (co-hosted with Katie Dalebout of The Wellness Wonderland Radio and author of Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling), we talked with FOUR amazing guests about body positivity, eating disorder recovery, and lots more: Kelsey Miller (Refinery29 staff writer, author of Big Girl, and a previous Food Psych guest); Caroline Dooner (comedian, body-image coach, and also a previous podcast guest); CeCe Olisa (writer and founder of the body-positive lifestyle blog Plus Size Princess); and Amie Roe (psychotherapist and improv comedian at the Magnet Theater in NYC). 

To learn more about Food Psych and our guests, 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 Simi Botic, a corporate attorney turned body-positive health coach, who shares the fascinating story about her journey from body negativity to disordered eating and finally to recovery—and the massive career change that followed. We discuss the myths equating weight loss with happiness, the perils of external validation, and lots more.

Simi is obsessed with coffee, beach vacations, & the 90s. A corporate attorney turned intuitive eating health coach, she now works with women privately & through Finally Free. Simi helps women learn to nourish & nurture their bodies + lives, so they can live FULLY! Get instant access to her free three-part Breaking Up With Binges video series here & hang with her at SimiBotic.com or @simibotic for more.

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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Ragen Chastain (Dances with Fat, body-positive speaker, writer, and dancer) shares how she repaired her relationship to food after a long period of dieting, how we can improve healthcare for people in larger bodies, why diet culture and weight stigma are much more harmful to your health than being fat, and lots more.

Ragen Chastain is an internationally recognized thought leader in the fields of self-esteem, body image, Health at Every Size, and corporate wellness. She is a sought after speaker on the college, corporate, and conference circuits who has set the stage on fire everywhere from Google Headquarters to Cal Tech to the Models of Pride Conference.

She is the author of the blog DanceswithFat.org, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, a columnist for Ms. Fit Magazine, serves on the Editorial Board for Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, and frequently appears as a topic expert on television and in print. Ragen is a featured interviewee in the documentaries America the Beautiful 2 - The Thin Commandments, and A Stage for Size. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their adorable dogs, and in her free time she is training for her first IRONMAN triathlon.

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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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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