body acceptance

Food Psych #68: How to Beat the Restrict-Binge Cycle & Make Peace with Food with Summer Innanen

Season 3 finale! Body Image Coach Summer Innanen shares her history of weight obsession, how she finally came to terms with her disordered eating, why she gave up her career as a nutritionist to become a body-positivity professional, and lots more! 

Summer Innanen is a professionally trained coach specializing in Body Image and Confidence. She helps women all over the world to stop living behind the numbers on their scales through her private and group coaching at summerinnanen.com. She is the best-selling author of Body Image Remix: Embrace your body and unleash the fierce confident woman within and is the host of Fearless Rebelle Radio, a podcast dedicated to empowering women to live life on their own terms. 

Grab Summer's free body confidence makeover mini-course here!

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Food Psych #61: Intuitive Eating, Intuitive Everything with Amie Roe

Amie Roe, LCSW, therapist in Brooklyn and improviser at the Magnet Theater

Christy talks with Amie Roe, a psychotherapist and improv comedy performer, about diet culture, getting in touch with your body, and how using your intuition about food spills over into everything else in life.

Amie Roe is an improviser, therapist, and highly expressive face based in New York, NY. Her work is inspired by her experience as a performer, her training as a trauma therapist, and her commitment to sex positivity and social justice. She studied at Haverford College and received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania. She has years of experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples/relationships, and families in both community organizations and private practice. Check out her website, and catch her on stage at the Magnet Theater in NYC.

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Food Psych #60: The Body Positivity Journey - LIVE Episode with Katie Dalebout, CeCe Olisa, Kelsey Miller, Caroline Dooner, and Amie Roe

Left to right: CeCe Olisa, Christy Harrison, Katie Dalebout, Caroline Dooner, Kelsey Miller, and Amie Roe

Left to right: CeCe Olisa, Christy Harrison, Katie Dalebout, Caroline Dooner, Kelsey Miller, and Amie Roe

I'm so excited to share this episode! It's the live one that I recently co-hosted in NYC with Katie Dalebout, host of The Wellness Wonderland Radio and author of Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling.

We talked with not one, not two, but FOUR amazing guests about body positivity, eating disorder recovery, and lots more: Kelsey Miller (Refinery29 staff writer, author of Big Girl, and a previous Food Psych guest); Caroline Dooner (comedian, body image coach, and also a previous podcast guest); CeCe Olisa (writer and founder of the body-positive lifestyle blog Plus Size Princess); and Amie Roe (psychotherapist tand improv comedian at the Magnet Theater).

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Food Psych #55: Eating Disorder Awareness & Body Image Recovery with Nicole Rohr Stephani

Nicole Rohr Stephani - Body Image - Eating Disorder Recovery - Body Boop

Special bonus episode for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016! Writer and body image activist Nicole Rohr Stephani shares how childhood teasing contributed to her development of an eating disorder, how treatment and a serendipitous relationship with a food professional helped her recover, why she started a website devoted to body image recovery, and lots more.

Nicole Rohr Stephani is the founder of Body Boop, an eating disorder recovery blog and events organization that donates 10% of all proceeds back to eating disorder research and treatment. You can learn more at mybodyboop.com or e-mail Nicole anytime at mybodyboop@gmail.com.

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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 #53: Food & Anxiety with Kat Kinsman

Kat Kinsman food anxiety

Writer Kat Kinsman (Tasting Table, CNN, Hi Anxiety) discusses mental illness in the food industry, how anxiety and depression have influenced her eating, how she's learned to cope with the physical demands of writing about food for a living, and lots more.

"If you've been restricted of food, it makes you obsess over food." [Click to tweet]

Kat is the Editor at Large and former Editor in Chief of Tasting Table. She recently founded Chefs with Issues, a website devoted to sharing stories and providing resources to people in the food industry who struggle with issues including depression, addictions, PTSD, eating disorders, and more.

Previously Kat was the Managing Editor of CNN’s Eatocracy, edited CNN’s Matrimony section and First Person essay series, and was a writer and editor for CNN Living. She covers food, booze, lady-being, person-being, mental health, disabilities, sex, pop culture (especially YA novels), weddings, and dogs. Mostly food, though. She was nominated for a James Beard Broadcast Award in the TV Segment category in 2013, but she didn’t win. She also didn’t win the EPPY Best Food Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over in 2012 and 2013 (though Eatocracy was nominated), but she sure as heck did win in 2011.

Her memoir, Hi, Anxiety: Life with a Bad Case of Nerves, is being published in May of 2016 by Dey Street Books, and is available for pre-order now. Find her online at Tart.org or ChefsWithIssues.com.

We discuss...

"I'm lucky to GET food." [Click to Tweet]

  • Kat’s newest project, Chefs with Issues, a space for members of the food industry to discuss mental health issues and life stressors

  • The prevalence of eating disorders in the food community

  • Kat’s relationship to food in childhood, including her early start with cooking as a way to connect with others and overcome social anxiety

  • The lasting impacts of hunger and not having the resources to ensure you can eat every day

  • How anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues make feeding yourself challenging, even when the healing impacts of food are exactly what you need to pick yourself back up

  • How to handle mental health issues and still participate and function fully in the world

  • The physical manifestations of anxiety

  • Managing mental health issues in various ways, from self-medicating to prescribed pills and therapy, and how some of these methods are more maladaptive than others

  • How to take the personal pressure off for work projects and responsibilities through self-compassion

  • The struggles of dating while dealing with mental health issues and the delicate balance of supporting partners in times of struggle

  • How mental health issues can create patterns which promote disordered eating behaviors

  • Kat’s personal anxiety triggers, and her advice on how to cope with feelings of inadequacy and engage in self-care

  • The privileges that race, economics, culture, etc. afford for some people with mental health issues, and how people deal with these struggles differently based on their backgrounds

  • The positive impact that well-known people can make by coming out about their mental health struggles

    Resources Mentioned

"There's love and care and nurturing in food, and you have to let yourself eat it." [Click to Tweet]

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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 #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 #44: Yoga for Health at Every Size with Anna Guest-Jelley

Anna Guest-Jelley Curvy Yoga

Christy talks with yoga teacher and entrepreneur Anna Guest-Jelley about why she ended her long history of dieting, how yoga helped her heal her relationship to food and her body, and lots more! 

Anna is founder and CEO (Curvy Executive Officer) at Curvy Yoga, a training and inspiration portal offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, a virtual yoga studio and lots of love and support to people of every size, age and ability — in six different countries, on three different continents, as well as in over 40 of the United States.

Anna is a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance. Author of Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis & Their Teachers, and co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body (Llewellyn), Anna has been featured online and in print at The Washington Post, xoJane, The Daily Love, MariaShriver.com, US News & World ReportSouthern LivingVogue ItaliaYoga InternationalYoga Journal, CrazySexyLife and more. Visit Curvy Yoga online at CurvyYoga.com.

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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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