356 episodes

Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered dietitian nutritionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and journalist Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS talks with guests and answers listener questions about making peace with food, healing from disordered eating, learning body acceptance, practicing intuitive eating, escaping harmful wellness culture, and more--all from a body-positive, anti-diet perspective. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disordered eater and dieter to food writer and anti-diet dietitian. 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! Learn more and get full show notes and transcripts at christyharrison.com/foodpsych

(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.)

Food Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 218 Ratings

Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered dietitian nutritionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and journalist Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS talks with guests and answers listener questions about making peace with food, healing from disordered eating, learning body acceptance, practicing intuitive eating, escaping harmful wellness culture, and more--all from a body-positive, anti-diet perspective. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disordered eater and dieter to food writer and anti-diet dietitian. 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! Learn more and get full show notes and transcripts at christyharrison.com/foodpsych

(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.)

    #310: Rethinking Wellness: Fitness Culture with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    #310: Rethinking Wellness: Fitness Culture with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    Fitness and wellness historian Natalia Mehlman Petrzela joins Christy to discuss her new book, Fit Nation; the historical shifts that made fitness go from being viewed as a narcissistic practice to being seen as a good thing across the political spectrum; why so many people are disillusioned with our medical system and looking for answers and validation in the alternative medicine space; how people can be critical consumers of online wellness content; and more. (Content warning: discussions of fitness and the food environment.)
    Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture. She is the author of FIT NATION: The Rise—And Price—Of America’s Exercise Obsession (University of Chicago Press, 2023) and Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015). She is co-producer and host of the podcast WELCOME TO YOUR FANTASY, from Pineapple Street Studios and Gimlet – and recognized as the “best of 2021” by Vogue, Esquire, the New York Times, and Vulture – and the co-host of Past Present Podcast. Her work has been supported by the Spencer, Whiting, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations.
    Natalia is a frequent media guest expert, public speaker, and contributor to international and domestic news outlets, from the New York Times to the Washington Post to CNN to the Atlantic. She is Associate Professor of History at The New School, co-founded and directed the wellness education program Healthclass 2.0, and is a Premiere Leader of the mind-body practice intenSati. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford and lives with her husband and two children in New York City. Learn more about her and her work at NataliaPetrzela.com.
    Pre-order Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, for its April 25 release!
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture and make peace with food, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Christy's first book, Anti-Diet, is available wherever you get your books. Order online at christyharrison.com/book, or at local bookstores across North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Grab Christy's free guide, 7 simple strategies for finding peace and freedom with food, for help getting started on the anti-diet path.
    Subscribe to our newsletter, Food Psych Weekly, for weekly Q&As and more.
    For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating and the anti-diet approach at christyharrison.com/questions.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Workplace Diet Talk, Lifestyle Medicine, and More

    Workplace Diet Talk, Lifestyle Medicine, and More

    Christy answers audience questions about how to deal with diet culture in the workplace, whether “lifestyle medicine” is compatible with an anti-diet approach, and whether she thinks diet foods should be forbidden.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Pre-order Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, for its April 2023 release!
    Christy's first book, Anti-Diet, is available wherever you get your books. Order online at christyharrison.com/book, or at local bookstores across North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Grab Christy's free guide, 7 simple strategies for finding peace and freedom with food, for help getting started on the anti-diet path.
    Subscribe to our newsletter, Food Psych Weekly for weekly Q&As and more.
    For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating and the anti-diet approach at christyharrison.com/questions.

    • 18 min
    Planning an Elimination Diet? This Might Make You Think Again

    Planning an Elimination Diet? This Might Make You Think Again

    Christy answers an audience question about how elimination diets can do damage to your mental and physical well-being, and how/whether to tell a doctor who put you on an elimination diet that it was harmful.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Pre-order Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, for its April 2023 release!
    Christy's first book, Anti-Diet, is available wherever you get your books. Order online at christyharrison.com/book, or at local bookstores across North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Grab Christy's free guide, 7 simple strategies for finding peace and freedom with food, for help getting started on the anti-diet path.
    Subscribe to our newsletter, Food Psych Weekly for weekly Q&As and more.
    For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating and the anti-diet approach at christyharrison.com/questions.

    • 19 min
    Is It Helpful or Harmful to Talk About "Fun Foods" in Intuitive Eating?

    Is It Helpful or Harmful to Talk About "Fun Foods" in Intuitive Eating?

    We consider whether labeling some foods as “fun”—and limiting their consumption—is compatible with intuitive eating and diet-culture recovery.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Pre-order Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, for its April 2023 release!
    Christy's first book, Anti-Diet, is available wherever you get your books. Order online at christyharrison.com/book, or at local bookstores across North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Grab Christy's free guide, 7 simple strategies for finding peace and freedom with food, for help getting started on the anti-diet path.
    Subscribe to our newsletter, Food Psych Weekly for weekly Q&As and more.
    For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating and the anti-diet approach at christyharrison.com/questions.

    • 13 min
    How to Handle the Onslaught of Diet Culture This New Year

    How to Handle the Onslaught of Diet Culture This New Year

    Christy offers 5 tips for dealing with diet evangelists and diet-culture messaging this time of year.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Pre-order Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, for its April 2023 release!
    Christy's first book, Anti-Diet, is available wherever you get your books. Order online at christyharrison.com/book, or at local bookstores across North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Grab Christy's free guide, 7 simple strategies for finding peace and freedom with food, for help getting started on the anti-diet path.
    Subscribe to our newsletter, Food Psych Weekly for weekly Q&As and more.
    For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating and the anti-diet approach at christyharrison.com/questions.

    • 20 min
    Processed Foods, the Food Environment, and Their Effects on Intuitive Eating

    Processed Foods, the Food Environment, and Their Effects on Intuitive Eating

    Christy answers an audience question about processed foods, unpacking flawed research and common assumptions about how the food environment interacts with our ability to trust our cravings and internal cues.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Pre-order Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, for its April 2023 release!
    Christy's first book, Anti-Diet, is available wherever you get your books. Order online at christyharrison.com/book, or at local bookstores across North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Grab Christy's free guide, 7 simple strategies for finding peace and freedom with food, for help getting started on the anti-diet path.
    Subscribe to our newsletter, Food Psych Weekly for weekly Q&As and more.
    For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating and the anti-diet approach at christyharrison.com/questions.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
218 Ratings

218 Ratings

Innovativelearner ,

Best podcast ever!!!

This podcast has totally changed my life. There are heaps of good books out there on Health at Every Size and related topics, but listening to these amazing interviews has given me so much depth of understanding and empowerment. I wish everyone would listen to this podcast!!! Thank you Christy, team and guests for all the amazing work you do to make the world a better place.

Cramp_Bot ,

This podcast changed my life!

Highly recommend :-)

c.footnote ,

Great tool for recovery

I love everything about Food Psych. It was an integral part of my journey into intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery. The guests are always so interesting and diverse, the research is well done and the questions Christy asks are great. So much useful information in these episodes.

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