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Food Psych #59: Why Weight Loss Won't Make You Happy with Simi Botic, Intuitive Eating Coach

Simi Botic - Health Coach - Intuitive Eating - Body Positive

Christy talks with Simi Botic, a corporate attorney turned body-positive health coach, who shares the fascinating story about her journey from body negativity to disordered eating and finally to recovery—and the massive career change that followed. We discuss the myths equating weight loss with happiness, the perils of external validation, and lots more.

Simi is obsessed with coffee, beach vacations, & the 90s. A corporate attorney turned intuitive eating health coach, she now works with women privately & through Finally Free. Simi helps women learn to nourish & nurture their bodies + lives, so they can live FULLY! Get instant access to her free three-part Breaking Up With Binges video series here & hang with her at SimiBotic.com or @simibotic for more.

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Food Psych #58: Body-Positive Healthcare & Fat Acceptance with Ragen Chastain

Ragen Chastain. Photo on right by Richard Sabel.

Ragen Chastain. Photo on right by Richard Sabel.

Body-positive speaker, writer, and dancer Ragen Chastain shares how she repaired her relationship to food after a long period of dieting, how we can improve healthcare for people in larger bodies, and lots more.

Ragen Chastain is an internationally recognized thought leader in the fields of self-esteem, body image, Health at Every Size, and corporate wellness. She is a sought after speaker on the college, corporate, and conference circuits who has set the stage on fire everywhere from Google Headquarters to Cal Tech to the Models of Pride Conference.

She is the author of the blog DanceswithFat.org, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, a columnist for Ms. Fit Magazine, serves on the Editorial Board for Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, and frequently appears as a topic expert on television and in print. Ragen is a featured interviewee in the documentaries America the Beautiful 2 - The Thin Commandments, and A Stage for Size. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their adorable dogs, and in her free time she is training for her first IRONMAN triathlon.

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Food Psych #57: Overcoming Weight Stigma & Rejecting Diet Culture with Ama Scriver & Kirthan Aujlay

Ama Scriver and Kirthan Aujlay - Fat Girl Food Squad

Writers Ama Scriver and Kirthan Aujlay discuss the intersections of food, fat, and feminism, why it's important to be part of a body-positive community, how to handle online trolls, and lots more!

Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a passionate storyteller, community builder, and activist based in Toronto. She is a full-time writer for several publications and used to run and manage the blog Fat Girl Food Squad. She has deep feelings for coffee, trashy reality television, and the art of drag. Find her online at AmaScriver.com.

Kirthan Aujlay is a freelance writer and the founder of Fat Death Femme, a lifestyle website that focuses on women’s issues, body positivity, death acceptance, and pop culture. Follow Fat Death Femme on Twitter at @fatdeathfemmeco and on Instagram @fatdeathfemme.

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Food Psych #54: Becoming an Eating Disorder Recovery Warrior with Jessica Raymond

Jessica Raymond - Recovery Warriors - Eating Disorder Recovery

Christy talks with Jessica Raymond of Recovery Warriors about her chaotic relationship to food in childhood, how she overcame an eating disorder, why she started working to revolutionize treatment for others, and lots more.

Jessica Raymond is the founder and director of Recovery Warriors. When she is not dreaming up her vision of the ultimate recovery platform, working on the Rise Up + Recover app, or hosting The Recovery Warrior Show, she can be found surfing the lovely beaches of San Diego or hanging out in a park with her dog. Jessica holds her MS in Marine Geophysics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a BS in Earth Sciences from UCSD. Find her online at RecoveryWarriors.com.

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Food Psych #51: How to Stop Dieting & Gain Body Acceptance with Anti-Diet Project Founder Kelsey Miller

Kelsey Miller Big Girl Anti Diet

Writer Kelsey Miller discusses what made her finally give up her decades-long fight against her body, how she discovered intuitive eating, what it was like to write a book about that process, and lots more! 

Kelsey Miller is the author of BIG GIRL: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got A Life, and the Senior Features Writer at Refinery29, the leading digital lifestyle brand for women. She began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing, joining Refinery29 in 2012. Soon after, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website's most popular franchises. Kelsey specializes in first-person essays, cultural commentary, humor writing, fitness, food, body image, advice, and feminist issues.

In the last three years, she was named one of The Huffington Post’s Body Image Heroes and took top honors at both the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards and the Digiday Publishing Awards. Her work has been featured in Time, xoJane, Women's Health, and more. She has been featured on Good Morning America, HuffPost Live, and MSNBC.  

Kelsey graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film & Television and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Find her online at KelseyMiller.com, and buy her book on Amazon

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Food Psych #50: Breaking Free from Clean Eating & Fitness Obsession with Alicia Melgoza

Alicia Melgoza Health Fitness Recovery

Recovery coach Alicia Melgoza explains how she developed an unhealthy relationship to exercise and eating at a difficult time in her childhood, and shares the self-compassion practices that helped her recover.

Alicia Melgoza, MSW, MA, founder and creator of Taking Healthy Back™, is a Health Nut + Fitness Junkie Recovery Coach. Through her private coaching practice, she helps both men and women break free from "clean" eating and exercise obsession (i.e. what she calls hell-thy) and put the ‘life’ back into their healthy lifestyles. Her teachings are grounded in research-based principles from multidisciplinary fields, including Health At Every Size, intuitive eating, mindfulness, and positive psychology.

Alicia is shaking things up with her mission to redefine healthy beyond flat abs, squats and veggies. She knows from personal experience that you can have the so-called 'perfect' body, exercise religiously and eat clean to a T and be very unhealthy. That's why she takes a radically unconventional approach to healthy living that isn't about having a tight ass but about living a tight-ass life! Her passion for this mission and work is driven by her conviction that we've all got much more important shit to do with our lives than obsess over calories and cellulite. Poverty, inequality and injustice are all pressing issues that'll never get solved if we're fixated on food and our physical appearance.

Alicia holds Masters degrees in Clinical Social Work and International Human Rights from the University of Denver. Her work has been featured on popular healthy living websites such as Mind Body Green and Get Healthy U. You can find Alicia on her website at aliciamelgoza.com where you can take a quiz to gauge if you're taking healthy to an unhealthy extreme. When you take the quiz, you'll be signed up to receive Alicia's free value-packed, actionable coaching emails to help you kick hell-thy in the ass and live a healthier, happier, more purpose-driven life!

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Food Psych #49: Non-Diet Nutrition at Every Size with Glenys Oyston

Glenys Oyston anti-diet dietitian nutritionist

Fellow anti-diet dietitian Glenys Oyston, RD, joins us to discuss how pursuing weight loss made her miserable, and how she learned to pursue nutrition for its own sake instead.

Glenys Oyston is a Health at Every Size® (HAES®) dietitian. She believes people's relationships to food are more important than the individual foods they choose—and that we should forget about focusing on weight loss. Find her on her blog, Dare to Not Diet, and on Twitter @glenysoRD

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Food Psych #48: Saying "F-It" to Diet Culture - LIVE episode with Caroline Dooner

Caroline Dooner Body Image Coach Fuck It Diet

Comedian, actress, and body-image coach Caroline Dooner shares how she overcame her food issues and learned to love her body, AND she sings some funny songs about it! This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the People's Improv Theater in New York City on October 20, 2015.  

Caroline Dooner is an actress, singer, writer, comedian, and body-image coach who founded The Fuck It Diet. She lives in New York City (and sometimes Philadelphia). Find her online at CarolineDooner.com and TheFuckItDiet.com.

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Food Psych #47: Orthorexia Recovery & Giving Up the "Healthy" Label with Kaila Prins

Kaila Prins Finding Our Hunger

Fellow podcaster Kaila Prins joins us to discuss why having an identity as a healthy eater kept her from getting help for her eating disorder, and how she finally started down the path to recovery. If you like this episode, please consider contributing through Patreon!

Kaila Prins is a certified health and wellness coach and the host of Finding Our Hunger, a podcast about eating disorder recovery and Health at Every Size. She has recovered from 13 years of anorexia, orthorexia, EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified), and exercise addiction, and now helps others to recover through her podcast, blog, coaching, and freelance writing. Find her on Twitter @performingwoman

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Food Psych #46: Conquering Body Shame and Weight Obsession with Harriet Brown

Harriet Brown Body of Truth

Author Harriet Brown discusses how she overcame her longtime struggles with body shame, how her daughter's anorexia changed her relationship to food, why she became a vocal proponent of the Health At Every Size movement, and lots more. 

Harriet Brown is a professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and has nearly 30 years of experience as a writer and editor. She's worked at magazines including Redbook and New York Woman, and writes for many national publications including The New York Times MagazineO MagazineVoguePsychology TodayPrevention, and Parenting

Her most recent book, Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It, has been hailed as "a must-read for anyone ready to start shaking this fat = bad, thin = good obsession" (Bustle). Her previous book, Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia, won a "Books for a Better Life" award in 2011. Brown also edited the anthology Feed Me!: Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image. Find her online at HarrietBrown.com.

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Food Psych #45: Fat Acceptance & Body Positivity with Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar Fat Acceptance Lose Hate Not Weight

Activist and author Virgie Tovar joins us to discuss why she gave up the battle to lose weight and started focusing on loving her body exactly as it is. We talk about fat acceptance, body positivity, Instagramming your food, and lots more!

Virgie Tovar, MA is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is a plus size style writer for BuzzFeed and the creator of #LoseHateNotWeight. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching "Female Sexuality" at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host "The Virgie Show" (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is certified as a sex educator and was voted Best Sex Writer by the Bay Area Guardian in 2008 for her first book. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide. Find her online at VirgieTovar.com and on Twitter @virgietovar.

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Food Psych #43: Feminism and Eating Disorder Recovery with Melissa A. Fabello

Melissa Fabello Feminism Eating Disorder Recovery

Christy talks with the fabulous Melissa A. Fabello, a body acceptance and eating disorder activist and the managing editor of Everyday Feminism. Melissa shares what led her to develop an eating disorder in her early 20s, and why feminism played an important role in her recovery. 

Melissa A. Fabello is a body acceptance and eating disorder activist, scholar in the field of sexology, and Jurassic Park enthusiast based in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Melissa works as a Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism, the largest independent feminist media website in the world, and is a doctoral candidate in Widener University’s Human Sexuality Studies program, where her research interest is in how the onset of an eating disorder affects psychosexual development. You can contact her through her website and follow her on TwitterTumblr, and Facebook.

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Food Psych #42: Health at Every Size with Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon Health at Every Size Body Respect

Season 3 premiere! Christy talks with Linda Bacon, a leading researcher in the field of weight science and the author of the groundbreaking book Health at Every Size. Linda shares her personal struggles with weight and dieting, how she overcame them and developed a healthy relationship to food and her body, and how you can get off the diet roller-coaster too. 

“The majority of women [are] struggling around dieting.” — Linda Bacon, PhD. [Click to tweet]

Linda Bacon, PhD, is a scientist whose three graduate degrees, research, and clinical expertise uniquely prepare her to understand and translate the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings of weight control. She is currently a Health Professor at City College of San Francisco and an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. An internationally recognized authority on weight and health, Dr. Bacon has published her work in top scientific journals as well as the highly acclaimed bestseller, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Her recently released book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, is a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health. Find her online at LindaBacon.org.

“When we feel better about ourselves, we take better care of ourselves.” [Click to tweet]

We discuss:

  • Linda’s relationship to food in childhood, including her firsthand experiences of pursuing weight loss to gain social acceptance

  • How diets and exercise regimens generally stop yielding weight-loss results after a certain amount of time

  • All the ways in which our bodies fight weight loss

  • Why we should stop forcing our bodies to fit a sociological ideal that is not biologically maintainable or healthy

  • How to encourage people with an eating disorder history to throw away the diet mentality and embrace a more intuitive eating style

  • What people hope to get out of dieting, such as love and acceptance, and how to figure out what you’re really looking for

  • Why social determinants of health, such as economic status and agency in one’s life, are much greater indicators for illnesses that are often associated with being overweight

  • How self-compassion and self-love, rather than body size, could be the best indicator of good health

  • How best to implement Health at Every Size into our everyday nutrition and exercise regimens

“People can be fit and fat.” [Click to tweet]

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