266 episodes

In this day and age people are more concerned about health than ever before. People are exercising religiously. They’re concerned about food quality. They’re dieting; counting calories or macros or having long lists of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods. Unfortunately for all their hard work, people aren’t getting the results they’re hoping for. Chris Sandel is a nutritionist and sees these kinds of problems all the time; people who are trying to be healthy, but their attempts are causing more harm than good. In this podcast Chris looks at what health really means, not just the appearance of health but genuine health. He interviews guests as well as doing informative podcasts on his own. His areas of expertise are diet recovery, eating disorders, body image, hormonal health (fertility and thyroid issues), metabolism, habit formation, nutrition, eating habits, physiology, exercise and movement. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to health, and this podcast will teach you how to listen to your body so you can be best supporting it nutritionally, mentally and emotionally.

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    • 4.8 • 133 Ratings

In this day and age people are more concerned about health than ever before. People are exercising religiously. They’re concerned about food quality. They’re dieting; counting calories or macros or having long lists of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods. Unfortunately for all their hard work, people aren’t getting the results they’re hoping for. Chris Sandel is a nutritionist and sees these kinds of problems all the time; people who are trying to be healthy, but their attempts are causing more harm than good. In this podcast Chris looks at what health really means, not just the appearance of health but genuine health. He interviews guests as well as doing informative podcasts on his own. His areas of expertise are diet recovery, eating disorders, body image, hormonal health (fertility and thyroid issues), metabolism, habit formation, nutrition, eating habits, physiology, exercise and movement. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to health, and this podcast will teach you how to listen to your body so you can be best supporting it nutritionally, mentally and emotionally.

    Rebroadcast: Getting Your Life Back (Part 2)

    Rebroadcast: Getting Your Life Back (Part 2)

    Welcome to another installment of Real Health Radio. This week I’m sitting down one of my past clients, Alex, to talk about what it’s been like working together. Alex had been dieting for almost 20 years when we started working together, and we chat about what inspired her to work with me, what we worked on, and the changes she’s seen in her life.

    • 27 min
    227: Childhood Abuse, Shame and Healing Through Self Compassion With Beverly Engel

    227: Childhood Abuse, Shame and Healing Through Self Compassion With Beverly Engel

    This week's guest on the podcast is Beverly Engel.



    Beverly Engel is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and an acclaimed advocate for victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. She is the author of 26 self-help books, including three bestselling books on emotional abuse. Beverly is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has been practicing psychotherapy for 40 years.



    In addition to her professional work, Beverly frequently lends her expertise to national television talk shows. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and Starting Over, and many other TV programs.



    We talk about childhood abuse and neglect and the negative impact that this can have, with shame being a huge part of this. Self-compassion can be the antidote to shame but for someone with a history of abuse, there can be many obstacles to self-compassion. We talk about these obstacles and the ways to get past them.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    226: The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

    226: The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

    This week on Real Health Radio, I take a deep dive into the Minnesota Starvation Experiment.



    As part of the show I cover:

    - How the experiment came to be 

    - Who were the participants and what were the conditions of the study

    - The different phases of the experiment 

    - The symptoms experienced by the men as part of the starvation and also the rehabilitation

    - What the study can tell us about weight regain as part of an eating disorder

    - The similarities and differences between the starvation of the men and an eating disorder



    This is actually the third podcast episode I have done on this experiment. The first one looked at the original study, while the second one looked at information contained in two follow up studies done with the men many decades later. 



    This episode contains much new information (including a re-analysis study of the experiment that only just came out) as well as an update on the information contained in the previous episodes. 



    This is my definitive guide to the Minnesota Starvation Experiment.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Rebroadcast: Interview with Marya Hornbacher

    Rebroadcast: Interview with Marya Hornbacher

    This week I talk with Marya Hornbacher about her two memoirs on eating disorders and mental health (specifically what it's like to have bipolar), and we wrap up by chatting about the writing process and her advice for writers.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    225: Unpacking Weight Science with Fiona Willer

    225: Unpacking Weight Science with Fiona Willer

    This week on the show I'm chatting with Fiona Willer.



    Fiona is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who combines academic research, university lecturing and public speaking with creating professional development resources and training for health professionals through her business, Health, Not Diets. Her research areas are dietetic private practice benchmarking, inter-professional learning, health consciousness and dietary quality and the integration of weight neutral lifestyle approaches (including Health at Every Size® and the Non-Diet Approach) into the practice of health professionals, particularly dietitians. Fiona has served on the boards of international and domestic organisations including HAES Australia, the Association for Size Diversity and Health and now Dietitians Australia. Creator of the innovative Unpacking Weight Science professional development podcast, Fiona has great enthusiasm for both interrogating weight research and overusing food and eating metaphors in everyday life.



    As part of the episode, we chat about Fiona’s background and the thesis for her PhD. We talk about Fiona’s history with an eating disorder and how recovery from this helped her move from a weight loss focus to one that’s weight neutral. We also talk about The Look Ahead Study, Malnutrition at every size, overeating, cravings and bingeing and how blood biomarkers are impacted upon restriction.

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Rebroadcast: Interview with Kai Hibbard

    Rebroadcast: Interview with Kai Hibbard

    Welcome back to Real Health Radio. Today’s guest interview is with Kai Hibbard. Kai is a licensed social worker, author of the novel “Losing It”, body acceptance activist, and motivational speaker. When not providing individual and couples therapy, or publicly combating mass media hypocrisy and body shaming, she uses her voice to give presentations promoting body positivity and to shed light on the issues close to her heart.



    Kai was first cast into the spotlight through her participation in, and subsequent denunciation of the weight loss game show The Biggest Loser. Going through the program, she realized the negative impact the show had, not only on her own life, but on society in general. Vowing to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Kai has fought, often as the lone voice, against unrealistic and damaging message in the media regarding our bodies in general.



    Drawing on experiences from her own journey as well as her education in psychology and social work; Kai explores living healthy and happy with her body in a society that inundates people with the message that she shouldn’t. Through well-researched and empirically backed discourse, she encourages people to think independently and critically about the messages they are being sent in the media. She urges people to be comfortable in their own skin, embrace who they are, and own the space they take up in the world with both the good and the bad that follows, knowing this to be the best first step towards a happier, healthier existence.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Marisa J2 ,

Love it!!!

This podcast highlights all you need to know in health, nutrition and more! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

YellowLizard ,

Not bad, but there are better podcasts out there about health.

I listened to this podcast for about a year, and I learned a lot. However, I unsubscribed when the host advised his listeners to make sure our facts come from credible sources "such as the CDC." Well, I'm a US citizen and I'm here to tell you that there's no government agency less credible than the CDC. At that moment, I realized Chris was not trustworthy. Also, when the interviews touched on social justice issues, he brought this whiny defensiveness typical of straight, white men.

Stacey Shapiro ,

Inspired and informative

What an inspiring and informative podcast that covers all topics of health and nutrition that so many may not talk about. The topics and content are fascnating and the guests and intervirews always so interesting and well done. I'm a fan!

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