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Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Christy Harrison talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, body politics, feminism, 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.

Food Psych® challenges diet culture in all its forms--including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. The podcast 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, and discover a whole new world of body positivity! Learn more and get full show notes and transcripts at christyharrison.com/foodpsych

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

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Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Christy Harrison talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, body politics, feminism, 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.

Food Psych® challenges diet culture in all its forms--including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. The podcast 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, and discover a whole new world of body positivity! Learn more and get full show notes and transcripts at christyharrison.com/foodpsych

    #227: The Food Environment, Intuitive Eating in Communities of Color, and Diet Culture's Oppressive Roots with Ayana Habtemariam, Nutrition Therapist & Certified Intuitive-Eating Counselor

    #227: The Food Environment, Intuitive Eating in Communities of Color, and Diet Culture's Oppressive Roots with Ayana Habtemariam, Nutrition Therapist & Certified Intuitive-Eating Counselor

    Fellow anti-diet dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor Ayana Habtemariam joins us to discuss how she’s bringing intuitive eating to marginalized communities, whether food environments influence health, the oppressive roots of diet culture, paternalistic nutrition policies, and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to deal with worries about your partner’s health.
    Ayana is a nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and macro social worker. She is the founder of Truly Real Nutrition, LLC, a private nutrition practice where she empowers clients to give up dieting in exchange for trusting their bodies and breaking free from food rules that result in feelings of failure and shame. She encourages her clients to embrace the beauty, power, and connection that their food traditions, personal experiences, and values add to their lives. Ayana is committed to increasing awareness of intuitive eating and weight inclusive philosophies in black communities. She believes that weight-centric approaches to health and wellness only serve to exacerbate body image issues, stress, and anxiety which contribute to increased rates of chronic diseases often seen in black and other communities of color.
    Ayana has 10+ years of experience educating the public on the relationship between the nutrition environment and health outcomes. Prior to transitioning to private practice, she worked with community leaders and local politicians as a nutrition policy advocate and community nutrition educator, in the healthcare field as a clinical dietitian at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, and as an award-winning, top performing account manager at a Fortune 500 company. Find her online at TrulyRealNutrition.com.
    Christy's new 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, to get started on the anti-diet path.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, or eating disorder recovery at christyharrison.com/questions.
    To learn more about Food Psych and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #226: Aging and Ageism, Pretty Privilege, and Being Fat and Beautiful with Kimberly Dark, Sociologist and Author

    #226: Aging and Ageism, Pretty Privilege, and Being Fat and Beautiful with Kimberly Dark, Sociologist and Author

    Sociology professor, writer, and performer Kimberly Dark returns to the podcast to discuss her latest book, Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old; why appearance is a form of privilege; how ageism intersects with other oppressions; how diet culture has influenced our ideas about self-improvement; why women are often penalized for not wearing makeup; and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how alcohol consumption fits into intuitive eating.
    Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and raconteur, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life so that we can reclaim our power as social creators. She’s the author of Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old, The Daddies, and Love and Errors. Her essays, stories and poetry are widely published in academic and popular publications alike (Ms, Ravishly, Everyday Feminism).
    Since the 1990s, Kimberly has been facilitating discovery-based learning internationally -- in person, as well as in writing. She hosts retreats, and travels to teach workshops and offer keynote presentations. Her work uses storytelling in lectures and performances themed to help audiences discover the contours of privilege and oppression and use their own complex wisdom about the world. Kimberly teaches sociology at Cal State San Marcos and writing/arts courses at Cal State Summer Arts. Learn more at KimberlyDark.com.
    Christy's new 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, to get started on the anti-diet path.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, or eating disorder recovery at christyharrison.com/questions.
    To learn more about Food Psych and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    #225: Intuitive Eating & Health At Every Size FAQs, Part 2 with HAES Social Worker Ashley Seruya & Anti-Diet Dietitian Christy Harrison

    #225: Intuitive Eating & Health At Every Size FAQs, Part 2 with HAES Social Worker Ashley Seruya & Anti-Diet Dietitian Christy Harrison

    Social worker and anti-diet activist Ashley Seruya joins us for a second FAQ episode, where she and Christy respond to more questions about Health At Every Size®, including what to do if you feel uncomfortable in your body at a higher weight, how to handle chronic illness, why food-intolerance diagnoses are often problematic, the effect of health behaviors versus social determinants of health, what to make of weight-loss “success” stories, the importance of rest, and so much more.
    Ashley M. Seruya is a virtual assistant, social worker, and content creator specializing in Health at Every Size, eating disorder recovery, and weight stigma. Find her online at AshleyMSeruya.com.
    Christy's new 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, to get started on the anti-diet path.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, or eating disorder recovery at christyharrison.com/questions.
    To learn more about Food Psych and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    #224: Diabetes, Diet Culture, and Intuitive Eating for Blood-Sugar Stability with Lauren Newman, Fellow Anti-Diet Dietitian

    #224: Diabetes, Diet Culture, and Intuitive Eating for Blood-Sugar Stability with Lauren Newman, Fellow Anti-Diet Dietitian

    Fellow anti-diet dietitian Lauren Newman joins us to discuss how to manage diabetes without weight loss and restriction, why the restrict-binge cycle and weight cycling are especially harmful to blood-sugar regulation, why carbohydrates are necessary for health, how to take the focus away from nutritional minutiae and numbers, and so much more.
    Lauren Newman, RD, LD is a registered dietitian in Houston, TX passionate about helping individuals with diabetes make peace with food and their bodies. Lauren practices from a Health At Every Size® and weight inclusive approach to help clients connect with their body’s needs, and learn to respond without rigidity, restriction, or shame. Find her online at LaurenNewmanRD.com.
    Christy's new 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, to get started on the anti-diet path.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, or eating disorder recovery at christyharrison.com/questions.
    To learn more about Food Psych and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #223: Fat-Positive Comedy, Diet-Culture Recovery, and Native American Representation with Jana Schmieding of Woman of Size Podcast

    #223: Fat-Positive Comedy, Diet-Culture Recovery, and Native American Representation with Jana Schmieding of Woman of Size Podcast

    Comedian, fat-positive activist, and fellow podcaster Jana Schmieding joins us to discuss using comedy to call out diet culture, why there needs to be more Native representation in the media, how Western values contribute to oppression and ill health, how diet culture’s demonization of emotional eating causes additional distress, and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether cultural changes over the centuries have influenced average body sizes.
    Jana Schmieding is a Lakota Sioux comedian, writer, performer and educator currently living and working in Los Angeles. Jana puts a lot of focus into her creative work and advocacy as the host and producer of the podcast and accompanying live show, Woman of Size where brilliant people discuss weight stigma, fat acceptance and marginalized cultures. She's currently working on screenwriting and publishing essays that revolve around moving the needle on Native representation in media and entertainment. Find her online at WomanOfSize.com.
    Christy's new 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, to get started on the anti-diet path.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, or eating disorder recovery at christyharrison.com/questions.
    To learn more about Food Psych and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #222: Orthorexia Recovery, Joyful Movement, and Sports Nutrition with Heather Caplan, Non-Diet and Fat-Positive Dietitian

    #222: Orthorexia Recovery, Joyful Movement, and Sports Nutrition with Heather Caplan, Non-Diet and Fat-Positive Dietitian

    Fellow anti-diet dietitian and podcaster Heather Caplan joins us to discuss her experience with orthorexia (aka obsession with “healthy” eating), how to bring joyful movement into eating-disorder recovery, the intersection of pregnancy and diet culture, sports nutrition from an intuitive-eating perspective, and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to know if you’re TRULY craving something or just eating it to rebel against diet culture.
    Heather Caplan is a Washington DC-based dietitian with a virtual private practice. She is founder and director of Weight Inclusive Nutrition and Dietetics (WIND) events, working to reduce and dismantle weight discrimination in healthcare and dietetics. In her practice, she primarily works with active women, disordered eating, and eating disorders, using non-diet and weight-inclusive practices. With fellow dietitian Kelly Jones, Heather hosts an online course (Fit Fueling) for all-level athletes, and fellow dietitians, teaching a combination of sports nutrition and intuitive eating. Additional projects Heather spends time on include her podcast RD Real Talk, highlighting how to use the non-diet approach in various dietetic disciplines, and the nonprofit she co-founded, Lane 9 Project, which raises awareness of eating disorders and reproductive health issues for women. Heather has been featured on the TODAY show—sharing her personal experience with Orthorexia—and in national publications such as The Washington Post, Runner’s World, Outside, and Women’s Running. Find more of her writing and real talk on HeatherCaplan.com.
    Christy's new book, Anti-Diet, is now 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, to get started on the anti-diet path.
    If you're ready to break free from diet culture once and for all, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.
    Ask your own question about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, or eating disorder recovery at christyharrison.com/questions.
    To learn more about Food Psych and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, go to christyharrison.com/foodpsych.

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

lillynevie ,

Don’t miss this.

An invaluable accompaniment to the journey out of diet culture to a life of acceptance fully lived.

britzhanna ,

Would be great if she focused less on emphasising divisions and helplessness

OK - some really valuable lessons in there but also continually ‘I’m so oppressed, I can’t do anything’ from so many of the interviews which gets old pretty fast. Everyone has different challenges in life, it’s not a competition of who has the most hardships! She seems to view everyone as victims while I like to think of us all as having strength :) I download certain episodes but I don’t subscribe, so as to choose carefully what I listen to from her to keep the helpless vibe to a min :)

Nahhudidiirbynnsjgahjd ,

Christy has offered me peace within my body

Christy is amazing. Her ability to allow her guests the space to talk about their experiences and the connection she is able to make with each of them is really beautiful to listen too. I listen to a talk every day and it is the only safe space I have found to listen to other women who speak so earnestly and truthfully. My relationship with my own body has changed so dramatically and I am so aware of my own thoughts around my body as well as being able to witness other peoples journeys within diet culture. This podcast has given me the ability to step back from diet talk and instead to recommend this podcast and to change the subject to more meaningful conversations. Changing a life time of negative habits towards my body is a daily challenge and this podcast gives me hope and the strength to keep going. Thank you Christy.

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