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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 • 118 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.

    Christy Harrison: Path to Writing and Being Anti-Diet

    Christy Harrison: Path to Writing and Being Anti-Diet

    We're excited to bring you our conversation with Christy Harrison MPH, RD, CEDRD author of Anti-Diet and host of the Food Psych podcast. Many of you might know of Christy's work, but might not know what led her to shift her career from working as a journalist reporting on food sustainability to becoming an anti-diet dietitian, author, and host. She breaks down her personal journey with food and eating disorder recovery and how it ultimately led her to write Anti-Diet, a culmination of her research on the history of diet culture, its roots in systems of oppression, Health at Every Size, intuitive eating, and so much more.
     
    Connect with Christy:
    Website URL: https://christyharrison.com/
    Instagram Handle: https://www.instagram.com/chr1styharrison/
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/christyharrisonnutrition
    Twitter Handle: https://twitter.com/chr1styharrison
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/food-psych/id700512884
    Book: Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating 
    Podcast: Food Psych
     
    Connect with Opal: 
    www.opalfoodandbody.com
     
     
    Thank you to our team...
    Editing by David Bazzi
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Administrative support by Camille Dodson

    • 41 min
    Talking to Athletes From an Intuitive Eating Lens: A Conversation with Maria Dalzot, RD

    Talking to Athletes From an Intuitive Eating Lens: A Conversation with Maria Dalzot, RD

    "Food is fuel". " You are a machine". "You look fit". "You are what you eat". These are all messages about food and our bodies that are commonplace, yet born out of diet culture. Opal Co-Founder and Clinical Director Kara Bazzi talks with dietitian and endurance athlete Maria Dalzot, RD about how these messages are falling short and not supporting our athletes well-being and performance. In this episode, Maria passionately offers important alternatives to the cultural messages, informed by Intuitive Eating and trauma-informed care. She helps us understand the role our autonomic nervous system plays in our relationship to food and why we need to go beyond prescriptive nutrition interventions in talking with our athletes. 
     
    Links:
    Maria Dalzot RD
     
    The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology): Dana, Deb, Porges, Stephen W.: 9780393712377: Amazon.com: Books
     
    Social Determinants of Health | NCHHSTP | CDC
     
    Connect with Opal: 
    www.opalfoodandbody.com
     
     
    Thank you to our team...
     
    Editing by David Bazzi
    Music by Aaron Davidson: https://soundcloud.com/diet75/
    Administrative support by Camille Dodson

    • 59 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

MATT@CYB ,

Amazing Podcast!!

Lexi, Kara, & Julie, hosts of The Appetite, know how to discuss health and wellness for every day people. They offer expert advice for listeners! 5/5!

EricaBushwell ,

Awesome podcast!

Lexi, Kara & Julie, hosts of The Appetite podcast, highlight all aspects of health, wellness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Queenbofthree ,

Insightful, Honest, & Authentic

‘The Appetite’ is a powerful podcast full of powerful humans! I get the feels every.single. episode. This is the first time I have encountered a podcast i could listen to over and over again. I find myself so utterly engaged because of the authenticity and wisdom of the host and guests. Every episode leaves me more curious about my own interactions with my self, with others, and with food. Thank you for making this podcast happen!

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