88 episodes

Rethinking Wellness offers critical thinking and compassionate skepticism about wellness and diet culture, and reflections on how to find true well-being. We explore the science (or lack thereof) behind popular wellness diets, the role of influencers and social-media algorithms in spreading wellness misinformation, problematic practices in the alternative- and integrative-medicine space, how wellness culture often drives disordered eating, the truth about trending topics like gut health, how to avoid getting taken advantage of when you’re desperate for help and healing, and how to care for yourself in a deeply flawed healthcare system without falling into wellness traps.

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Rethinking Wellness Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 191 Ratings

Rethinking Wellness offers critical thinking and compassionate skepticism about wellness and diet culture, and reflections on how to find true well-being. We explore the science (or lack thereof) behind popular wellness diets, the role of influencers and social-media algorithms in spreading wellness misinformation, problematic practices in the alternative- and integrative-medicine space, how wellness culture often drives disordered eating, the truth about trending topics like gut health, how to avoid getting taken advantage of when you’re desperate for help and healing, and how to care for yourself in a deeply flawed healthcare system without falling into wellness traps.

**This podcast feed shares generous previews and very occasional full-length episodes. To hear everything, become a paid subscriber at rethinkingwellness.substack.com.**

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    When Researching a New Health Condition Becomes a Hobby

    When Researching a New Health Condition Becomes a Hobby

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    In this bonus episode, we discuss the experience of getting a new diagnosis, and the insatiable curiosity, vulnerability to misinformation, and identity shifts that often go along with it.
    This episode is for paid subscribers. Listen to a free preview here, and sign up for a paid subscription to hear the full episode!
    Get full show notes and references here.
    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.

    • 3 min
    Repost: Cooking Without Wellness Rules and How Social Media Is Like Diet Culture with Julia Turshen

    Repost: Cooking Without Wellness Rules and How Social Media Is Like Diet Culture with Julia Turshen

    Cookbook author Julia Turshen joins us to discuss her history with an eating disorder and how orthorexic thinking showed up in her work, how a loved one’s boundary on diet talk helped her realize her relationship with food was problematic, how letting go of diet and wellness rules changed her cooking, how social media is like diet culture and how she’s taken a big step back from it, and more.
    Julia Turshen is a New York Times bestselling cookbook author. Her latest book, Simply Julia, is a national bestseller. She has written for multiple publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, and more. She is the founder of Equity At The Table (EATT), an inclusive digital directory of women/non-binary individuals in food, and the host and producer of the podcast Keep Calm and Cook On. She sits on the Kitchen Cabinet Advisory Board for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and is a member of God’s Love We Deliver’s Culinary Council. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her spouse Grace and their pets. She teaches live cooking classes every Sunday afternoon. Find her online at juliaturshen.com.
    If you like this conversation, subscribe to hear lots more like it! You can also sign up to get the podcast in your inbox (with a full transcript), plus biweekly Q&As about wellness culture, 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

    • 50 min
    Social Media and Kids' Mental Health: A Critical Look at the Evidence, with Melinda Wenner Moyer

    Social Media and Kids' Mental Health: A Critical Look at the Evidence, with Melinda Wenner Moyer

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

    Science and parenting journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer joins us to discuss the real risks of social media and smartphones for kids (and all of us), what the popular book THE ANXIOUS GENERATION gets wrong about the science on teens and technology, the similarities in the discourse about tech and “ultraprocessed” food, diet culture in the parenting space, how to raise kids to have a healthy relationship with technology and smartphones, and more.
    Paid subscribers can hear the full interview, and the first half is available to all listeners. To upgrade to paid, go to rethinkingwellness.substack.com. 
    Melinda Wenner Moyer is a science, health and parenting journalist and is a regular contributor — and former columnist — at The New York Times. She writes the parenting Substack Is My Kid the A*****e?, which has more than 24,000 subscribers from 159 countries. Her first book, How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes, has been published in 13 languages and won a gold medal in the 2022 Living Now Book Awards. Her second book, Hello Cruel World: Science-Based Strategies for Raising Terrific Kids in Terrifying Times, will be published in the summer of 2025. 
    Melinda was the recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Science Journalism award from The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the 2019 Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine, and her work was featured in the 2020 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. She has taught science journalism at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the CUNY's Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She has a master’s degree in Science, Health & Environmental Reporting from NYU and a background in cell and molecular biology. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two children, and her dog.
    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 extended interviews, subscriber-only Q&As, full access to our archives, commenting privileges and subscriber threads where you can connect with other listeners, and more. Learn more and sign up at rethinkingwellness.substack.com.
    Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, is available wherever books are sold! Order it here, 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.

    • 37 min
    Repost: Why Wellness Sells - the Benefits and Harms of Wellness Culture with Colleen Derkatch

    Repost: Why Wellness Sells - the Benefits and Harms of Wellness Culture with Colleen Derkatch

    Author and rhetoric professor Colleen Derkatch joins us to discuss why wellness sells (and her new book by that name), how wellness culture promises an alternative to the biomedical/pharmaceutical model but fails to deliver, why it’s important to acknowledge that certain aspects of wellness culture are helpful to people even as we critique its harms, and more.
    Colleen Derkatch is Associate Professor of Rhetoric in the Department of English at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is the author of Bounding Biomedicine: Evidence and Rhetoric in the New Science of Alternative Medicine (University of Chicago Press) and Why Wellness Sells: Natural Health in a Pharmaceutical Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press). Her Twitter handle is @ColleenDerkatch.
    If you like this conversation, subscribe to hear lots more like it!
    Get the podcast in your inbox, plus biweekly Q&As about wellness culture and lots of cool bonus content, by signing 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

    • 52 min
    Taming Your Ambition Monster, Healing from Overwork, and the Role of "Practical Woo" with Jennifer Romolini

    Taming Your Ambition Monster, Healing from Overwork, and the Role of "Practical Woo" with Jennifer Romolini

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

    Jenn Romolini, author of AMBITION MONSTER, joins us to discuss how ambition and overwork affected her well-being, why workaholism is often a response to trauma, why she developed an eating disorder as a teenager (and the specific personality trait that helped her recover), what it was like to have her mom get into New Age philosophies, how she’s found healing from trauma and work addiction, and more.
    Paid subscribers can hear the full interview, and the first half is available to all listeners. To upgrade to paid, go to rethinkingwellness.substack.com. 
    Jennifer Romolini is a former editor and high-level media and tech executive, the author of the memoir Ambition Monster, and the co-host of Everything Is Fine, a weekly podcast for women over 40. Romolini is also the creator and host of 2023’s critically acclaimed documentary podcast Stiffed, with Crooked Media. Her first book, Weird In a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, was published in 2017. Find her on Substack.
    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 extended interviews, subscriber-only Q&As, full access to our archives, commenting privileges and subscriber threads where you can connect with other listeners, and more. Learn more and sign up at rethinkingwellness.substack.com.
    Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, is available wherever books are sold! Order it here, 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.

    • 32 min
    2 Weird Food Rules I Don’t Follow Anymore (and 4 Other Principles I Try to Live By)

    2 Weird Food Rules I Don’t Follow Anymore (and 4 Other Principles I Try to Live By)

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

    Christy answers an audience question about the food rules she stopped following—and shares four food-related principles she tries to practice.
    The full version of this episode is for paid subscribers. Listen to the first question here, and sign up for a paid subscription to hear the rest!
    Get full show notes and references here.
    Ask a question of your own for a chance to have it answered in a future episode!
    Christy's second book, The Wellness Trap, is available wherever books are sold. Order it here, 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, check out Christy's Intuitive Eating Fundamentals online course. 

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 Ratings

Shalma M. ,

Great Podcast

I love and appreciate this podcast. I’m just getting a little fatigued of all the paywalls and new account creations in order to enjoy basic content. I’m very supportive of my favorite creators, but I can’t afford to support every single one’s ventures, and it becomes tiring to have a ton of different platforms. I understand having a paid tier for extra stuff. But just to finish up the last twenty minutes of an hour-long episode, I subscribed for $6. It wasn’t made clear that there was only twenty minutes left. Now, I have to remember to go and unsubscribe, and I paid $6 for twenty minutes of content; it just feels weird. It’s not this podcast’s fault at all, but this is happening everywhere, and it’s just getting to be a bit much.

BagLadyPA ,

Who is this for

Anorexic social justice warriors? I listened to 3 episodes and can’t say I got any actual information.

RustyShackleford2525 ,

Don’t waste your time

Absolute quackery

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