52 episodes

Critical thinking and compassionate skepticism about wellness and diet culture, and reflections on how to find true well-being.

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Rethinking Wellness Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 148 Ratings

Critical thinking and compassionate skepticism about wellness and diet culture, and reflections on how to find true well-being.

rethinkingwellness.substack.com

    How Wellness Culture and Lifestyle Gurus Spread Misinformation with Stephanie Alice Baker

    How Wellness Culture and Lifestyle Gurus Spread Misinformation with Stephanie Alice Baker

    Sociologist and WELLNESS CULTURE author Stephanie Alice Baker joins us to discuss the rise of wellness influencers, why people are attracted to guides and gurus, the false dichotomy between expertise and personal experience, how the concept of intuition is used to market wellness products and practices, how wellness culture has become a gateway to medical misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories, and more. 
    Dr. Stephanie Alice Baker is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Sociology and Criminology Department at City, University of London. Dr Baker’s research explores influencer culture in the context of health and wellness. She currently examines the amplification of disinformation, influence networks, and potential radicalization pathways online. Learn more about her work here, and check out her new book Wellness Culture. 
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    Christy's new book, The Wellness Trap, is now available wherever books are sold! Order it online or ask for it in your favorite local bookstore. 
    If you're looking to make peace with food and break free from diet and wellness culture, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.


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    • 54 min
    Bonus: How to Cut Through Gut Hype in Media and Medicine with Timothy Caulfield

    Bonus: How to Cut Through Gut Hype in Media and Medicine with Timothy Caulfield

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    In this bonus episode, author and science communicator Timothy Caulfield returns to discuss what to do if your healthcare provider seems to be under the influence of gut hype, how journalists and health professionals can report on and advise people about gut health in a responsible way, how his research on gut hype changed his own eating and health behaviors, and more. 
    Timothy Caulfield is an author and professor at the Faculty of Law and School of Public Health, University of Alberta. He has won numerous academic, science communication, and writing awards, and is a Member of the Order Canada and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020). Caulfield is also the co-founder of the science engagement initiative #ScienceUpFirst and was the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America. Find him at the University of Alberta, and on social media @CaulfieldTim.
    This episode is for paid subscribers. Listen to a free preview here, and sign up for a paid subscription to hear the full episode!
    Christy's new book, The Wellness Trap, is now available wherever books are sold! Order it online or ask for it in your favorite local bookstore. 
    If you're looking to make peace with food and break free from diet and wellness culture, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.

    • 6 min
    Why the Gut-Health Trend Is Mostly Empty Hype with Timothy Caulfield

    Why the Gut-Health Trend Is Mostly Empty Hype with Timothy Caulfield

    Author and science communicator Timothy Caulfield joins us to discuss why gut hype has become so widespread, the gulf between the claims and the science, how mainstream media reporting and social media have helped create hype about gut health, the role of scientist-influencers, how to tell if you’re in the presence of gut hype vs. more accurate reporting about the gut microbiome, and more. 
    Timothy Caulfield is an author and professor at the Faculty of Law and School of Public Health, University of Alberta. He has won numerous academic, science communication, and writing awards, and is a Member of the Order Canada and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020). Caulfield is also the co-founder of the science engagement initiative #ScienceUpFirst and was the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America. Find him at the University of Alberta, and on social media @CaulfieldTim.
    If you like this conversation, subscribe to hear lots more like it! 
    Support the podcast by becoming a paid subscriber, and unlock great perks like bonus episodes, subscriber-only Q&As, community threads, and much more. Learn more and sign up at rethinkingwellness.substack.com.
    Christy's new book, The Wellness Trap, is now available wherever books are sold! Order it online or ask for it in your favorite local bookstore. 
    If you're looking to make peace with food and break free from diet and wellness culture, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit rethinkingwellness.substack.com/subscribe

    • 56 min
    How to Handle an Anxious Gut

    How to Handle an Anxious Gut

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    In this bonus episode, Christy shares some personal thoughts on how anxiety impacts the gut, and how to handle digestive distress that’s triggered by stress without getting pulled down wellness-culture rabbit holes—particularly if you have a history of disordered eating. 
    The full version of this episode (with 9 tips for coping) is for paid subscribers. Listen to a free preview here, and sign up for a paid subscription to hear the full episode!
    Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, is available wherever books are sold! Order it online or ask for it in your favorite local bookstore. 
    If you're looking to make peace with food and break free from diet and wellness culture, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.  

    • 7 min
    Bonus: Wellness Trends to Be Excited About—and Skeptical Of

    Bonus: Wellness Trends to Be Excited About—and Skeptical Of

    This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit rethinkingwellness.substack.com

    Well+Good head of content Faye McCray returns to discuss the wellness trends she's most excited about—and the ones she plans to skip. Plus: a food-related wellness trend that's less about diet culture and more about taste and culinary tradition.
    Faye is Head of Content at Well+Good. She is an author, executive leader, journalist and attorney with a passion for brand building and storytelling. For nearly a decade, she practiced law in competitive, fast-paced environments while building her own platform as a notable freelance writer and author. Faye founded and helmed Weemagine, a website devoted to inspiring creativity in children, before leading acquisitions and engagement for a leading tax publication. During Faye’s tenure, the social media platforms increased by over 200%, video content received over 500% more views, and podcast downloads increased to almost a half a million downloads and secured multiple advertisers.
    Most recently, Faye led mental health content and diverse and underrepresented audience strategies for a billion-dollar publisher that hosts over 100 million monthly views. Faye led the rebrand, relaunch, and double-digit % YoY growth strategy for their mental health strategy and efforts to increase audience for the entire portfolio of brands. Faye was honored on the Cynopsis Digital List for innovation and leadership in digital media.
    Faye is also a notable public speaker appearing on a number of media outlets and podcasts as well as numerous conferences and events including Reuters, ViVE, Ad Week, and many more. Her bylines have been featured in Authority Magazine, Huff Post, Parade, AARP Magazine and many more. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, (B.A.), the Johns Hopkins University, (M.A., magna cum laude), and Howard University School of Law. Most importantly, Faye is a married mom of three beautiful sons, a two-year old calico cat and a six month old Bernedoodle. Find her work at wellandgood.com.
    If you like this conversation, subscribe to hear lots more like it!
    Support the podcast by becoming a paid subscriber, and unlock great perks like bonus episodes, subscriber-only Q&As, early access to regular episodes, community threads, and much more. Learn more and sign up at rethinkingwellness.substack.com.
    Christy's new book, The Wellness Trap, is now available wherever books are sold! Order it online or ask for it in your favorite local bookstore.
    If you're looking to make peace with food and break free from diet and wellness culture, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.

    • 2 min
    A Critical Look at 2024 Wellness Trends with Faye McCray

    A Critical Look at 2024 Wellness Trends with Faye McCray

    Well+Good head of content Faye McCray joins us to discuss 2024 wellness trends, including new options for postpartum care, AI in fitness, medical testing, wellness real estate, and more. We talk about the upsides and downsides of these trends, why Christy is skeptical of most of them, the unmet social needs they’re responding to, and how you can set boundaries around trends to avoid wellness traps.
    Faye is Head of Content at Well+Good. She is an author, executive leader, journalist and attorney with a passion for brand building and storytelling. For nearly a decade, she practiced law in competitive, fast-paced environments while building her own platform as a notable freelance writer and author. Faye founded and helmed Weemagine, a website devoted to inspiring creativity in children, before leading acquisitions and engagement for a leading tax publication. During Faye’s tenure, the social media platforms increased by over 200%, video content received over 500% more views, and podcast downloads increased to almost a half a million downloads and secured multiple advertisers.
    Most recently, Faye led mental health content and diverse and underrepresented audience strategies for a billion-dollar publisher that hosts over 100 million monthly views. Faye led the rebrand, relaunch, and double-digit % YoY growth strategy for their mental health strategy and efforts to increase audience for the entire portfolio of brands. Faye was honored on the Cynopsis Digital List for innovation and leadership in digital media.
    Faye is also a notable public speaker appearing on a number of media outlets and podcasts as well as numerous conferences and events including Reuters, ViVE, Ad Week, and many more. Her bylines have been featured in Authority Magazine, Huff Post, Parade, AARP Magazine and many more. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, (B.A.), the Johns Hopkins University, (M.A., magna cum laude), and Howard University School of Law. Most importantly, Faye is a married mom of three beautiful sons, a two-year old calico cat and a six month old Bernedoodle. Find her work at wellandgood.com.
    If you like this conversation, subscribe to hear lots more like it!
    Support the podcast by becoming a paid subscriber, and unlock great perks like bonus episodes, subscriber-only Q&As, early access to regular episodes, community threads, and much more. Learn more and sign up at rethinkingwellness.substack.com.
    Christy's new book, The Wellness Trap, is now available wherever books are sold! Order it online or ask for it in your favorite local bookstore.
    If you're looking to make peace with food and break free from diet and wellness culture, come check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit rethinkingwellness.substack.com/subscribe

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Cath980 ,

Always high quality

I’ve been following Christy for a while and her evolution into rethinking wellness culture is much needed right now! I appreciate the high quality of her questions, interviews, and newsletter. Always so thoughtfully done. I’m grateful for Christy’s work!

autshi ,

Decent, but with an annoying upload format

Seems like a decent podcast, but there’s more “This is a preview of a paid episode” episodes than actual ones. That’s pretty annoying to have that shoved in your face constantly.

leahkernrd ,

Much needed in the anti diet space!

Christy so beautifully covers an aspect of diet culture that’s often missed in conversation… wellness culture! I’ve learned so much from this pod, highly recommend.

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