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The Appetite is a podcast by the founders of Opal: Food+Body Wisdom, an eating disorder treatment center in the University District of Seattle, WA. Psychologist Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS, Marriage and Family Therapist Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD, CD, will meet every other week to discuss all things food, body, movement, and mental health. Conversations are facilitated by Opal therapist Carter Umhau, LMHCA.

Learn more about us at www.opalfoodandbody.com.

The Appetite Opal: Food+Body Wisdom

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The Appetite is a podcast by the founders of Opal: Food+Body Wisdom, an eating disorder treatment center in the University District of Seattle, WA. Psychologist Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS, Marriage and Family Therapist Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD, CD, will meet every other week to discuss all things food, body, movement, and mental health. Conversations are facilitated by Opal therapist Carter Umhau, LMHCA.

Learn more about us at www.opalfoodandbody.com.

    #83: Metabolism: How a Diet Can Harm the Body

    #83: Metabolism: How a Diet Can Harm the Body

    Can we truly control our bodies in order to change the way we look? As talk of New Year’s “lifestyle changes,” diets, and new exercise regimens fill our feeds, we’re here to talk about a major function of the body impacted by unhealthy dieting and changes in exercise: METABOLISM. In this episode we’re exploring what it is, how it works, and whether or not the assumptions diet culture has made about our ability to control it are scientifically valid. (Spoiler alert: they aren’t.) In conversation with host, therapist and not-a-scientist Carter Umhau, LMHC, Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD expertly explains and debunks myths around metabolism, explaining how dieting can harm our metabolic processes for good. 
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    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OpalFoodandBody/videos   
     
    Thank you to our team...
    Daniel Guenther at Jack Straw Cultural Center: http://www.jackstraw.org/
    Editing by Hans Anderson: http://www.hfanderson.com/
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Host and Producer Carter Umhau: www.carterumhau.com

    • 34 min
    #82 Good Coaching Matters: A Conversation with University of Washington's Center for Leadership in Athletics

    #82 Good Coaching Matters: A Conversation with University of Washington's Center for Leadership in Athletics

    What makes a good coach? With no agreed upon definition of a "qualified coach," this is a question often ignored! Julie McCleery, PhD, of the Center for Leadership in Athletics at the University of Washington, joins us to talk about how the often toxic culture in sports could be transformed through better, more holistically-minded training for coaches. With Opal: Food+Body Wisdom's Exercise+Sport Director Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, and host and therapist Carter Umhau, LMHC, Julie discusses how allegations of abuse in the professional sports sphere reflect our need for a more robust understanding and care of the athlete as a whole person. Julie will offer context around her training model of “Ambitious Coaching” and how coaches can approach youth sports differently to create positive change starting in athletes’ younger years.
    Links:
    Make sure you join us for the “Creating a Healthy Sports Culture:  Facilitating Athletes’ Positive Relationship with Food, Body, and Exercise.” Workshop hosted by Opal: Food + Body Wisdom at the University of Washington THIS Saturday January 11th. More information is available here: https://www.opalfoodandbody.com/event/creating-a-healthy-sports-culture/
    Learn more about the Center for Leadership in Athletics here: http://sites.education.washington.edu/
    “What To Do If You Have (or Notice) an Abusive Coach” by Elizabeth Carey: https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a30150327/what-to-do-if-you-have-an-abusive-coach/
     
    Connect with Opal: 
    www.opalfoodandbody.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Opalfoodandbodywisdom/
    Instagram: @opalfoodandbody
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/opalfoodandbody?lang=en
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OpalFoodandBody/videos   
     
    Thank you to our team...
    Daniel Guenther at Jack Straw Cultural Center: http://www.jackstraw.org/
    Editing by Hans Anderson: http://www.hfanderson.com/
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Host and Producer Carter Umhau: www.carterumhau.com

    • 35 min
    #81 Rethinking Resolutions: Self-Inquiry as Self-Improvement

    #81 Rethinking Resolutions: Self-Inquiry as Self-Improvement

    Are you sick of making New Year’s resolutions you don’t keep? Instead of goal setting, try commuting to self-exploration! As an alternative to resolutions, Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS leads The Appetite crew in the journaling process of “self-inquiry,” a Radically Open DBT concept in which you move toward discomfort for the sake of growth. Lexi, along with Opal Co-Founders Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD, and host Carter Umhau, LMHC share from their journals about the hopes they have for the new year and the kinds of questions they hope to live into.
     
    Connect with Opal: 
    www.opalfoodandbody.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Opalfoodandbodywisdom/
    Instagram: @opalfoodandbody
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/opalfoodandbody?lang=en
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OpalFoodandBody/videos   
     
    Thank you to our team...
    Daniel Guenther at Jack Straw Cultural Center: http://www.jackstraw.org/
    Editing by Hans Anderson: http://www.hfanderson.com/
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Host and Producer Carter Umhau: www.carterumhau.com

    • 33 min
    #80 How to Eat During the Holiday Season: Why There’s No Right or Wrong Way

    #80 How to Eat During the Holiday Season: Why There’s No Right or Wrong Way

    How do the holiday festivities impact your diet? For many—especially those already struggling with a disordered relationship to food and body—the holiday season can be chock-full of challenges. From holiday drinks with friends, to office parties, to busy schedules, and all of the special treats and seasonal foods, there’s a lot that’s both exciting and stressful! Opal Co-Founders Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD and host and therapist Carter Umhau, LMHC talk about how to approach the novelty of the holidays through attuned eating skills. In this episode, they’ll offer not only helpful tips on how to prepare on the day of a big food-filled party, but also how to embrace the celebratory spirit. 
     
    Connect with Opal: 
    www.opalfoodandbody.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Opalfoodandbodywisdom/
    Instagram: @opalfoodandbody
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/opalfoodandbody?lang=en
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OpalFoodandBody/videos   
     
    Thank you to our team...
    Daniel Guenther at Jack Straw Cultural Center: http://www.jackstraw.org/
    Editing by Hans Anderson: http://www.hfanderson.com/
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Host and Producer Carter Umhau: www.carterumhau.com

    • 23 min
    #79 Shifting Toxic Sports Culture: Reflections on Runner Mary Cain’s Story

    #79 Shifting Toxic Sports Culture: Reflections on Runner Mary Cain’s Story

    Does sport culture need to change? We say, absolutely—and especially around weight! Mary Cain was the fastest high school distance runner in the world until she joined the best distance running program in the country, the Nike Oregon Project, coached by Alberto Salazar. From there, the abusive pressure to become thinner and thinner consumed her running career, leading her to disordered eating and suicidal thoughts, until she finally quit the team. In this episode of The Appetite, Opal Co-Founder and head of the Exercise + Sport Program Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS sits down to talk about how Mary Cain’s story has started a landslide of advocacy within the distance running world. Kara explores how the culture of sport has become toxic, and what coaches can do about it.
    Join Opal: Food + Body Wisdom on January 11, 2020 for our coaches workshop (hosted at the University of Washington): Creating a Healthy Sports Culture:  Facilitating Athletes’ Positive Relationship with Food, Body, and Exercise
     
    Watch the NYT Opinion piece on Mary Cain via YouTube: “I Was the Fastest Girl in the World, Until I Joined Nike” 
    Read Mary Cain’s OpEd in the New York Times: 
    Sports Illustrated on Nike
    Mary Cain tells her story on the Clean Sport Collective podcast
    Mary Cain on The Science of Sport podcast
    The Amelia Boone Interview: How the "Queen of Pain" Faces Down Her Demons
    Lauren Fleshman, “I Changed My Body for My Sport. No Girl Should.” | NY OpEd
    Jen Rhines on Weight and Body Composition in Running 
    Hierarchy of Food Needs 
    Relative Energy Deficiency-Syndrome (RED-S) Clinical Assessment Tool
     
     
    Connect with Opal: 
    www.opalfoodandbody.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Opalfoodandbodywisdom/
    Instagram: @opalfoodandbody
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/opalfoodandbody?lang=en
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OpalFoodandBody/videos   
     
    Thank you to our team...
    Daniel Guenther at Jack Straw Cultural Center: http://www.jackstraw.org/
    Editing by Hans Anderson: http://www.hfanderson.com/
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Host and Producer Carter Umhau: www.carterumhau.com

    • 41 min
    #78 What is Body Wisdom? The Opal Staff Answers

    #78 What is Body Wisdom? The Opal Staff Answers

    What does food and body wisdom look like? With the concept front and center in Opal’s name, we decided to poll the staff (dietitians, therapists, and beyond!) to hear what body wisdom means to them. From pursuing the wisdom of one’s appetite cues, attachment style, and experience of privilege, our awesome staff came at this topic from all sides, all while exemplifying the Opal spirit. Listen to this unique episode where we leave the studio and record within the walls of Opal.
     
    Links: 
    Connect with Opal: 
    www.opalfoodandbody.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Opalfoodandbodywisdom/
    Instagram: @opalfoodandbody
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/opalfoodandbody?lang=en
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OpalFoodandBody/videos   
     
    Thank you to our team...
    Daniel Guenther at Jack Straw Cultural Center: http://www.jackstraw.org/
    Editing by Hans Anderson: http://www.hfanderson.com/
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Host and Producer Carter Umhau: www.carterumhau.com

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

AnyaG.PT ,

Favorite podcast of the year

Every episode has offered valuable tools and insight into topics I didn’t know existed, yet identify with so strongly. Makes me want to meet this amazing team in person! Thanks ladies!

Penny94040 ,

A real gift to all

Opal is doing such a good job weaving HAES into the eating disorders treatment space. It should really be the standard of care but unfortunately fatphobia is rampant among programs and clinicians. Keep putting this info out there, Carter and crew!

Ajcseattle ,

Grade A Content

As a local psychotherapist who works with folks struggling with the spectrum of disordered eating and eating disorders, it is such a luxury to have Opal right in our backyard. This podcast feels like a bonus gift (a really big bonus gift). It’s a total knock-out, and balances narrative and personal storytelling with data and research. I recommend it to all of my clients. Thank you Lexi, Julie, Kara, Carter, and team!

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