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Hi! I'm Sophie and I'm on a mission to unify the world, one voice at a time. Join the conversation with us each week to tackle the difficult topics that we need to start talking about. The #SophieSix will give you six perspectives you need to know to navigate each topic and our Wednesday episodes will allow us to dive deeper with those who experience the topic firsthand. Let's get this convo started!

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    • 5.0, 71 Ratings

Hi! I'm Sophie and I'm on a mission to unify the world, one voice at a time. Join the conversation with us each week to tackle the difficult topics that we need to start talking about. The #SophieSix will give you six perspectives you need to know to navigate each topic and our Wednesday episodes will allow us to dive deeper with those who experience the topic firsthand. Let's get this convo started!

    Should We Kick Kurbo to the Curb?

    Should We Kick Kurbo to the Curb?

    Diet culture has taken a toll on the minds and bodies of many. The weight loss and dieting industry’s presence has caused so many young people to spend their lives hyper-focused on reaching their goal weights or curating the perfect meal plans, rather than practicing holistic health and showing themselves love at whatever size they may be. On today’s episode of The Conversationalist Podcast, we sat down with three amazing guests, all of which have been negatively impacted by diet culture, but have used their platforms to shift the narrative towards body kindness

    Carmen Rene is a model, activist, speaker and Lymphedema Warrior on a mission to help others on their journeys towards body acceptance. Carmen realized her true purpose in helping others challenge our notions of beauty by empowering women around the world to feel beautiful in their own skin. Born with primary lymphedema, a rare, long-term condition where excess fluid collects in tissues causing swelling in the legs and feet, Carmen wanted to share her own experiences and insecurities on her path to self-acceptance and self-love. In 2017, she created @EatTheCakeToo on Instagram. Her honest, fearless, and thought-provoking posts challenge the unrealistic standards of beauty and breaks down the stereotypes surrounding fat bodies, which struck a chord with men and women across the globe. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to Carmen on YouTube to watch her vlogs and inspirational talks!

    Hayley Herms is a plus size entertainer & content creator, including but not limited to modeling, acting, songwriting, and more! Hayley is an entrepreneur with a love for life and she shows her community how to change the world by FIRST changing themselves through unconditional love & fearlessness! Earlier this year, Hayley starred in an episode of Khloe Kardashian’s hit tv-show, Revenge Body, and is determined to let everyone know that her size does not determine her worth. Be sure to follow Hayley on Instagram @hayleyhermsofficial, Twitter, and YouTube to keep up with everything going on in her life, and be sure to check out her modeling classes for aspiring plus size models and/or plus size models that need help boosting themselves to the next level! 

    Alexis Conason, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her practice specializes in the treatment of overeating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, and sexual functioning. She is the founder of The Anti-Diet Plan, an online mindfulness-based program to help people stop dieting, start eating with more attunement to their bodies, and live lives filled with joy, peace, and pleasure.  

    She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and writes the “Eating Mindfully” blog for their website. She has been widely featured in the popular press including Oprah Magazine, Elle, Teen Vogue, and many more. Dr. Conason is a fierce advocate for helping people recognize and question the societal norms that encourage feeling not good enough about themselves so that they can live their most fulfilling lives-- at any size! You can find Dr. Conason on the web at www.drconason.com as well as Twitter (@conasonpsyd), Facebook (Alexis Conason, PsyD), and Instagram (@theantidietplan).

    Interested in joining Sophie on her mission to unify the world? Follow @theconversationalist on Instagram and Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on YouTube to give your perspectives on the topics we cover. If you’re interested in joining our community, text “UNIFY” to +1 (877) 222 1119. Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you next week!

    Support the show: https://www.linkedin.com/company/theconversationalist/

    • 55 min
    #SophieSix: Is There a Diet to Get Rid of Diet Culture?

    #SophieSix: Is There a Diet to Get Rid of Diet Culture?

    Did you know that disordered eating, body image, and holistic health are all impacted negatively by diet culture? Diet culture is a multi-billion dollar industry which says that self worth is equivalent to a smaller body size. In return, this culture plants the seeds in consumer’s heads that they need to go on intense fitness and diet journeys to achieve that particular body size. What effect is this culture having on us and the way we see health? Six questions, six answers, all in six minutes. Welcome to the #SophieSix!

    As always, this is a conversation, so if you have an opinion or a perspective to add to the mix, send us a DM on Instagram @theconversationalist. If you want to dive deeper into the topics of body image and diet culture, we’ve got you covered. Make sure you follow along with us on social media to participate in all of the action and reach out to us if you want to get more involved by joining our Online Community!

    Interested in sharing your point of view and being featured on an upcoming episode of The #SophieSix? Here’s what you need to do:
    Follow us on Instagram @theconversationalist
    Rate our podcast and leave us a review on iTunes or on the Apple Podcasts app
    DM us on Instagram to tell us when you've completed steps one and two with what username you used to subscribe and leave the review, and we'll give you the insider access on how to get featured!

    Thanks for joining the conversation with us and we’ll see you next week! 

    Episode Resources:
    Click here to learn more about the Kurbo app.
    Click here to learn more about diet culture and get access to helpful resources. 

    Support the show: https://www.linkedin.com/company/theconversationalist/

    • 13 min
    Body Image and Eating Disorders: Serving Up the Right Message

    Body Image and Eating Disorders: Serving Up the Right Message

    Too often do we dismiss mental health struggles as problems that plague one group. But these problems can plague anyone - black or white, young or old, rich or poor. Eating disorders in particular are something that greatly affect Gen-Z, as we are continuously bombarded with talk of fast diets, weight loss fixes, and displays of what the “perfect body” looks like. On today’s episode of The Conversationalist Podcast, we sat down with three amazing guests, all of which have had their own personal struggles with eating disorders/disordered eating, and have used their careers and platforms to change the conversation surrounding them. 

    Domenica Feraudis a playwright and professional actress having starred in popular shows such as Law & Order: SVU. Feraud received formal education at the TIsch School of Arts at NYU and recently developed and starred in the production Rinse, Repeat (2019). Rinse Repeat is a play that focuses on the relationship between a mother and her daughter and the dangers of diet culture. Utilizing her own personal struggle with an eating disorder and her mother’s battle with orthorexia, Feraud hopes to bring about more of an inclusive awareness and break down the myths surrounding disordered eating through more creative projects. Read more about Rinse Repeat in this article featured in Vogue and follow Domenica on social media.

    Misha Osherovichis an actor, writer, filmmaker, producer, and mental health advocate. He stars in The Goldfinch, NOS4A2, and the play A Clockwork Orange. Misha has struggled with an eating disorder since adolescence and still considers himself to be on an ongoing journey with recovery. Osherovich, along with co-producer Angelica Santiago, created and starred in the independent film, E.very, D.ay, to reflect the lives of two individuals struggling with an active eating disorder. Misha hopes that this project and future ones will help highlight the secretive nature of this disease. Connect with Misha on Instagram and watch the trailer for his film, E.very D.ay.

    Dr. Jennifer Rollinis a licensed therapist who specializes in helping clients deal with their eating disorders and disordered eating habits. Jennifer is also the founder of The Eating Disorder Center, a group practice located in Rockville, Maryland. Having dealt with her own personal struggles with disordered eating, Rollin is now on a mission to combat the destructive messages being pushed onto young people by today’s media. Jennifer has carefully crafted recovery coaching programs and trainings for those who suffer from disordered eating. She is also a writer for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Be sure to check out her personal blog for more updates and helpful tips and follow Jennifer on Instagram here. 

    Interested in joining Sophie on her mission to unify the world? Follow @theconversationalist on Instagram and Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on YouTube to give your perspectives on the topics we cover. If you’re interested in joining our community, text “UNIFY” to +1 (877) 222 1119. Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you next week!

    Support the show: https://www.linkedin.com/company/theconversationalist/

    • 40 min
    #SophieSix: Mom Jeans, Skinny Jeans, Favorite Jeans - Oh My!

    #SophieSix: Mom Jeans, Skinny Jeans, Favorite Jeans - Oh My!

    Skinny is everywhere -- even with the global push for diversity in all spaces, one body type still remains prevalent. With this, it’s not hard to believe that eating disorders are just as prevalent as ever before, no matter what race or tax bracket you exist under. To do our part in ridding the world of harmful diet culture and halting the promotion of disordered eating habits, we need to start with educating ourselves. So, what do we need to know when it comes to eating disorders, our body image, and the impacts society has on these things? Six questions, six answers -- all in six minutes. Welcome to the #SophieSix!

    As always, this is a conversation, so if you have an opinion or a perspective to add to the mix, send us a DM on Instagram @theconversationalist. If you want to dive deeper into the topics of body image and social media, we’ve got you covered. Make sure you follow along with us on social media to participate in all of the action and reach out to us if you want to get more involved by joining our Online Community!

    Interested in sharing your point of view and being featured on an upcoming episode of The #SophieSix? Here’s what you need to do:
    Follow us on Instagram @theconversationalist
    Rate our podcast and leave us a review on iTunes or on the Apple Podcasts app
    DM us on Instagram to tell us when you've completed steps one and two with what username you used to subscribe and leave the review, and we'll give you the insider access on how to get featured!

    Thanks for joining the conversation with us and we’ll see you next week! 

    Episode Resources:
    Click here to learn more about the Macy’s plates.
    Click here to learn more about eating disorders and get access to helpful resources. 

    Click here to learn more about suicide prevention, resources, and suicide warning signs.

    Support the show: https://www.linkedin.com/company/theconversationalist/

    • 13 min
    Body Image and Social Media: And That’s The Tea

    Body Image and Social Media: And That’s The Tea

    Social media is one of the biggest definers of our generation. Whether we mean it to or not, social media shifts our view of the world, and our view of the relationships we have with others and with ourselves. This week, as we continue our conversation series on body image, it’s important to consider the role that social media plays in how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how we view our bodies. Today, we have three awesome guests to help us unpack this topic. 

    Iman Hariri-Kia is an Iranian-American, New York-based writer, editor, and musician. Iman was the 2017 recipient of the Annabelle Bonner Medal and is now a nationally acclaimed journalist. Iman serves as the Sex & Relationships editor of Bustle and has had several pieces published in Man Repeller, Teen Vogue, Bustle, and The Huffington Post.  Her writing explores various topics including sex, dating, relationships, singledom, sexuality, gender identity, sexual health, and consent. She’s also appeared as a speaker, panelist, and performer on the TODAY Show, DailyMailTV, NY1 News, and more. Iman’s journey with disordered eating and the usage of detox teas lead her now to advocacy work surrounding the banning of the promotion of these harmful, yet well-marketed products. Be sure to follow Iman on Instagram, check out her writing across multiple platforms, and be on the lookout for her latest articles.

     

    Jonathan Ignatius Green is a writer, director, and partner at the content agency Conscious Minds. After years of first-hand experience with the rise of influencer culture, Green set out to create the documentary, Social Animals, which focuses on the unforgivable nature of social media in following the lives of three teenagers. The film first debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2018 and is now on Netflix for public viewing. The storyline focuses on three individuals: Kaylyn Slevin, the daughter of wealthy socialites, who has built an Instagram influencer career by showcasing her beach lifestyle; Humza Deas, an urban photographer who, quite literally, climbs to the top for the best shots; and typical teen from Ohio Emma Crockett. All three are burnt – to a greater or lesser extent – by social media’s dark side. Ultimately Green aimed to utilize the documentary as a platform for the teens to vulnerably share their experiences with social media as well as to build empathy for his subjects. Be sure to follow Jonathan on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates on his upcoming projects. 

    Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietician nutritionist and certified exercise physiologist. She is the creator of the The Body Kindness philosophy, which has become a podcast called Body Kindness, as well as a book called Body Kindness: Transform your health from the inside out and never say diet againnow on sale at most major retailers. Rebecca is on a mission to help people reject diets and body shaming and help people achieve better lives with workable self-care goals that fit their needs and preferences, not society’s unrealistic weight and beauty standards that are constantly being pushed through mainstream media. Rebecca has a private practice based in D.C., where she sees clients virtually and in person. Be sure to like her page on Facebook, follow her on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to her YouTube channel. Lastly, Rebecca has a free Facebook group called Body Kindness insiders and has a free mini course that you can take right now to get started on your body kindness journey. Find the course on her website and make sure to watch Rebecca’s videos about why we need body kindness and why she gave up on dieting.

    Interested in joining Sophie on her mission to unify the world? Follow @theconversationalist on Instagram and Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on YouTube to give your perspectives on the topics we cover

    • 45 min
    #SophieSix: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility

    #SophieSix: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility

    Are you an avid social media user? Have you ever bought a product from a sponsored post? Social media and influencing are multi-billion dollar industries, giving everyday people the opportunity to share their missions and stories on a large scale. But as this industry grows, there are bound to be some unexpected impacts, whether positive or negative, on our bodies and our minds. So, what do we need to know about social media, body image, and the impact of influencing on our self-esteem? Six questions, six answers -- all in six minutes. Welcome to the #SophieSix!

    As always, this is a conversation, so if you have an opinion or a perspective to add to the mix, send us a DM on Instagram @theconversationalist. If you want to dive deeper into the topics of body image and social media, we’ve got you covered. Make sure you follow along with us on social media to participate in all of the action and reach out to us if you want to get more involved by joining our Online Community!

    Interested in sharing your point of view and being featured on an upcoming episode of The #SophieSix? Here’s what you need to do:
    Follow us on Instagram @theconversationalist
    Rate our podcast and leave us a review on iTunes or on the Apple Podcasts app
    DM us on Instagram to tell us when you've completed steps one and two with what username you used to subscribe and leave the review, and we'll give you the insider access on how to get featured!

    Thanks for joining the conversation with us and we’ll see you next week! 

    Episode Resources:
    Click here to learn more about fast fitness supplements.
    Click here to learn about Instagram and influencer marketing
    Click here to learn more about eating disorders and useful resources.

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    Support the show: https://www.linkedin.com/company/theconversationalist/

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

joliefreedman ,

Loved this podcast!

I have now been a part of TC for two weeks, and I have been absolutely loving it. I think listening to the podcast called Body Image and Social Media: and that’s the Tea only made me love being a part of TC that much more. I think finding good podcasts to listen to is important for Gen Z people everywhere! People can learn so much from just a short podcast. What I loved specifically about this podcast is that in tied two things together that, in my opinion, directly affect one another: body image and social media. As a 20 year old girl, I feel that both body image and social media are a huge part of my everyday life. Keeping in mind that both of these can negatively impact my mental health if I am not self-aware crosses my mind all the time. However, I try to promote the idea of body positively and effectively using social media to gain knowledge and confidence rather than criticism. I think this podcast is something that any 20 year old girl could benefit from hearing.

snehasriram ,

Amazing!

I love that the Conversationalist talks about so many different difficult topics in a way that I can truly enjoy! They bring so many different perspectives into the discussion, which really helped me learn so many different sides to these topics. I think that this is such a good way to break open echo chambers and get open discussions going.

Tealgirrl ,

Love this podcast!

I love this podcast and how Sophie talks about and approaches more serious issues. I highly recommend it to everyone and will continue to keep listening in!

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