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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.

    #87: BMI: Answering Your Questions About the Body Mass Index (Part 2)

    #87: BMI: Answering Your Questions About the Body Mass Index (Part 2)

    What should you do if a medical provider is offering a treatment recommendation based on your BMI? In the second of a two-part series, Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church RDN, CEDRD-S, CD is answering this listener question (and others!) about the Body Mass Index. In conversation with host and therapist Carter Umhau, LMHC we’re diving into even more about the racist and unscientific measurement that a Belgian astronomer created without the intention of it becoming our main measurement of health. 

    Links:
     
    The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI: https://elemental.medium.com/the-bizarre-and-racist-history-of-the-bmi-7d8dc2aa33bb
     
    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

    • 12 min
    #86: BMI: How One Unscientific Calculation Became Our Main Measurement for Health (Part 1)

    #86: BMI: How One Unscientific Calculation Became Our Main Measurement for Health (Part 1)

     Can you actually measure health? BMI— or Body Mass Index—has become a widely embraced measurement of health, but is actually based on an entirely unscientific and racist 19th century research project. In this first episode of two parts, Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD sits down with host Carter Umhau, LMHC to talk about the history of the BMI, why it’s bogus, and what the implications of this reductionistic measurement are on our health. 
    Links:
    The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI: https://elemental.medium.com/the-bizarre-and-racist-history-of-the-bmi-7d8dc2aa33bb
     
    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   
     

    • 24 min
    #85: Body Image: Reflections on Infertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum

    #85: Body Image: Reflections on Infertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum

    Body Image can be a struggle at any time, but what about when you’ve had a baby? For the birthing person, one’s relationship to food and body can be vastly impacted by the perinatal experience. In a roundtable conversation, Opal: Food + Body Wisdom Co-Founders Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD, Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, and Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS are sharing their (quite varied) experiences of pregnancy and being postpartum. As eating disorder experts, their stories serve as a reminder that everyone’s body and story is different. From the experience of infertility, the role of recovery during pregnancy, and thoughts on the “pre-baby body,” we’re jumping in!
     
    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

    • 24 min
    #84: Pregnancy and Postpartum: Support in Becoming a Good Enough Parent

    #84: Pregnancy and Postpartum: Support in Becoming a Good Enough Parent

    What assumptions do you think are made about pregnancy and the postpartum experience? Doula Davinah Simmons and postpartum-focused therapist Julie Davidson, LMHC join Carter Umhau, LMHC to explore the ways in which our society under-prepares the birthing person or mother for the “emotional infancy” that begins when baby arrives.  They’ll explore how the perinatal experience brings about new body image concerns, can impact eating disorder recovery, and the identity crisis that can often ensue. This conversation elucidates the powerful work that is required in matrescence, and why this “development phase” requires a new way of thinking about body, personhood, attachment, and becoming. 
     
    Learn more about the work of Davinah Simmons at https://www.bornrooted.com/ and on Instagram @rootedbirthdoula
    Learn more about Julie Davidson, LMHC’s work at http://www.juliedavidsoncounseling.com/ and on Instagram @onbeingamother
    Alexandra Sacks’ TED talk on matrescence: https://www.ted.com/talks/alexandra_sacks_a_new_way_to_think_about_the_transition_to_motherhood?language=en
     
    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

    • 46 min
    #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. 
    Links:
    Thanks to Taylor Chan, MS, RD, CPT for the banner art today! Check them out here: https://www.instagram.com/foodandfearless/?hl=en
    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

    • 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

Customer Reviews

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.

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!

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