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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.

Learn more about us at www.opalfoodandbody.com.

The Appetit‪e‬ Opal: Food+Body Wisdom

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 113 Ratings

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.

Learn more about us at www.opalfoodandbody.com.

    Dr. Erin Harrop, PhD on Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders

    Dr. Erin Harrop, PhD on Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders

    You will be happy to bend your ear (maybe again) for this one!  Julie Church, RDN and Carter Umhau, LMHC talk with Erin Harrop (now doctor Erin Harrop, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Denver) about healthism, the use of the word "fat," fat liberation and intersectionality.  Dr. Harrop shares their personal experience to spotlight problems with the over-focus on weight in eating disorder treatment. The Appetite crew released this interview 3 years ago and it is even more relevant to our cultural conversation today. 
    If you are interested in learning more about Health at Every Size, you can join Julie Church for her yearly Introduction to Health at Every Size training this month! Julie's training is available as a pre-recorded webinar and will be followed by a live Q&A panel with Julie, Erin Harrop and Opal dietitian Alyssa Davis on March 23rd at 12pm. You can find more information here. 
    Links:

    Dr. Harrop's article in Women and Therapy (2018):  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31595100/
     
    For more learning, Dr. Harrop recommends:
    1. Fat Girls in Black Bodies by Joy Arlene Renee Cox Ph.D.  2. The Adipositivity Project: https://theadipositivityproject.zenfolio.com/all

    3. Children's book: Free to be Me: Self Love for all Sizes  by Dr. Leslie Williams


    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...
    Thanks to David Bazzi for editing, Camille Dodson for podcast administrative and social media support. 
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/

    • 55 min
    Eating Disorder Recovery and the Biden-Harris Inauguration

    Eating Disorder Recovery and the Biden-Harris Inauguration

    What does eating disorder recovery have to do with the Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony? Take a listen to Opal Co-Founders Lexi Giblin, PhD, Kara Bazzi, LMFT, and Julie Church, RDN consider this question on the heels of the historic inauguration ceremony. They connect the dots through themes of learning to celebrate, divesting from perfectionism, self-compassion, empathy, authenticity, celebration of diversity, and unity.
     
    Links:
    @amandascgorman
    @kamalaharris
    @michelleobama
     President Joe Biden's inaugural address: Watch full speech video from Inauguration Day 2021 
    READ: Transcript of Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem | TheHill
    Brené on Words, Actions, Dehumanization, and Accountability  
    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...
    Thanks to David Bazzi for editing, Camille Dodson for podcast administrative and social media support. 
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/

    • 31 min
    Reflections on Netflix's MOVE: Dance, Identity, Liberation and Transformation

    Reflections on Netflix's MOVE: Dance, Identity, Liberation and Transformation

    If you haven't heard about or tuned into the Netflix docuseries, MOVE, now's the time! MOVE takes you through the lived experiences of dancers around the globe, and offers a visceral experience of movement that brings transformation and healing- both individually and collectively. These dancers are not motivated to lose weight or change their bodies- their dancing is about passion, healing, emoting and liberating from oppression. The series does a brilliant job of addressing social identities such as race, gender, class, and sexual expression within the context of dance. Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, Co-Founder, Clinical Director and Head of the Exercise+Sport team at Opal talks with Josh Spell, LICSW, Primary Therapist and Exercise Experiential therapist at Opal, as well as a former professional ballet dancer and consulting therapist for Pacific Northwest Ballet. Kara and Josh offer their reflections on MOVE, tying the themes of the docuseries into the work of healing one's disordered relationship to movement that often comes with the territory of an eating disorder.
     
    If you want to hear more from Josh, talking about body image in dance, yoga and fitness, please consider registering for his upcoming seminar on January 14th at 10am PST. Link here: Body Image in dance, yoga and fitness: Am I contributing to the problem? 
     
    Links:
    MOVE- Netflix
     
    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...
    Editing by David Bazzi
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Administrative support by Camille Dodson

    • 41 min
    What to Look for in a Coach: An Inspiring Interview with Sally Revere

    What to Look for in a Coach: An Inspiring Interview with Sally Revere

    Originally released in 2018, we felt this interview was worth repeating! At a time where sports and athletics are turned upside down due to the pandemic, a silver lining is that it's creating new time and space for both athletes and coaches to learn and become more centered in what is most important and enduring in athletics. In this conversation about the influential position a coach has on an athlete's life and performance, Opal Co-Founder Kara Bazzi LMFT, CEDS and Carter Umhau, LMHCA interview Sally Revere, head Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Lakeside High School in Seattle. Sally offers practical advice on how she addresses food and body concerns on her team, as well as addressing the power of coaching from a whole athlete perspective. Kara and Carter bring in questions about temperament as it relates to sport performance, and how a coach can facilitate a sense of community and joy on their team. If you are a coach or an athlete, you don't want to miss this episode! Sally offers incredible wisdom and inspiration from her 30 years of coaching experience.
    Resources:
    Letter to Coaches From a Mental Health Therapist, by Kara Bazzi: http://www.opalfoodandbody.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Letter-To-Coaches.pdf 
    Compulsive Exercise and Eating Disorders, by Caroline Meyer et al: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/erv.1122/abstract 
    Perfectionism versus excellence: https://wp.me/a5Br2M-7To 
     
    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…
    David Bazzi for editing.
    Camille Dodson for podcast administrative and social media support.
    Aaron Davidson for the original music  https://soundcloud.com/diet75/

    • 51 min
    Dr. Lindo Bacon: Radical Belonging and the Politics of Health

    Dr. Lindo Bacon: Radical Belonging and the Politics of Health

    How does being marginalized impact a person’s health and physiology? Dr. Lindo Bacon, who has spent their career advocating for social justice at the intersection of weight and health, joins this episode to share about their newest book, Radical Belonging: How to Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (While Transforming it for the Better). In conversation with Opal Co-Founder Julie Church and host and therapist Carter Umhau, Lindo shares how their experience of  being other-ed for their gender identity led them into their research on interpersonal neurobiology, and why self-help won’t save us. 
     

    Links:
    Learn more about Dr. Lindo Bacon and their work at https://lindobacon.com/
    Dr. Lindo Bacon on Instagram: @lindobacon
    Twitter and Facebook: @LindoBaconX
     
    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...
    Editing by Hans Anderson: http://www.hfanderson.com/
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Daniel Guenther at Jack Straw Cultural Center: http://www.jackstraw.org/
    Host and Producer Carter Umhau: www.carterumhau.com

    • 42 min
    Introducing The Appetite

    Introducing The Appetite

    Welcome to the first ever episode of The Appetite. Clinicians from Opal: Food+Body Wisdom, an eating disorder treatment center in Seattle, Washington, will meet every week to discuss all things body, food, movement, and mental health. Today you will meet the three women who founded Opal: Psychologist Dr. Lexi Giblin, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Julie Church, and Family Therapist Kara Bazzi. Today’s discussion and future conversations will be facilitated by host and Opal therapist Carter Umhau. In this episode we introduce ourselves and Opal, and suss out how the themes that come up in the treatment of eating disorders might speak to one’s appetite for life at large. Connect with us: www.OpalFoodandBody.com www.facebook.com/Opalfoodandbodywisdom/ www.twitter.com/opalfoodandbody

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

kwj18 ,

Eye-Opening & Thought Provoking

This podcast has been so helpful in guiding me towards questioning my beliefs about food, body image, and exercise. I am so grateful.

werellama ,

Issue with the cheer episode

I mostly enjoy the appetite and there are tons of good nuggets throughout the episodes. However, I really took issue with the episode about Netflix’s Cheer. I expected a much more critical review of it (see the Atlantic article on it) and instead all I heard was praise. It just seemed very off the mark for the opal crew. I watched Cheer and I agree it was addictive (and not necessarily triggering in an ED sense) however I saw athletes competing through severe injuries (including head trauma that could be severely life altering) and at what cost? A team championship? For a sport that has no pro league or real future? And while the coach may be a mother figure, I can’t help but compare with what happened in USA gymnastics and the terrible culture of abuse because of conditions/culture just like in cheer. Just an alternate view. I found cheer kind of disturbing and kind of disappointed seeing the opal crew praise it.

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!

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