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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. 

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

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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 #56: Eating Disorder Recovery & Becoming a Recovered Clinician with Melainie Rogers

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This is a big episode for us, because this week marks three years that we've been producing the podcast! To celebrate this milestone, Christy talks with her colleague and mentor Melainie Rogers, founder of BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center in New York City. Melainie shares how growing up in a farming family influenced her relationship to food, how she developed and eventually recovered from an eating disorder, why she later began sharing her recovery story with clients, and lots more. Plus hear how Melainie and BALANCE influenced Christy's decision to specialize in eating disorders, and what it's like to be a recovered clinician working in this field.

Melainie Rogers, MS, RD, CEDRD is a registered dietitian and Founder of BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center in New York City. BALANCE offers a variety of outpatient programs including a day treatment program, an evening intensive outpatient program, an adolescent program, nutritional counseling, and a men’s group. Melainie is a nationally recognized expert on eating disorders and has spoken at national and international professional conferences on various topics related to the research and treatment of eating disorders. She works extensively to support the eating disorder community and specializes in the treatment of binge eating disorder (BED).

Melainie is the co-creator of the Reframing Recovery treatment model, uniquely designed to treat clients suffering from BED. Among her many affiliations, Melainie Rogers is the founder and recent past president of the New York City Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and an Executive Board Member of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB). She is also an IAEDP Approved Supervisor in the treatment of eating disorders. Melainie has appeared on television and radio including the Today Show, The Early Show, MSNBC, and others. Find her on Twitter @MelainieRogers and online at Balancedtx.com.

Resources Mentioned

  • Episode 13, recorded in 2013, when Christy publicly revealed her eating disorder history for the first time (get it exclusively on Food Psych Premium)

  • The work of Carolyn Costin, one of the first eating disorder treatment professionals to publicly acknowledge being recovered from her own ED

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

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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

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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

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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 #52: Male Body Image & Intuitive Eating for Kids with Chris Cole

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Author and life coach Chris Cole shares his troubled history with dieting, how mental illness and substance abuse tied into his relationship to his body, how he's helping his sons become intuitive eaters, and more. 

Chris Cole has authored a memoir of his personal journey through mental illness and addiction, titled The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness. He is a life coach for folks in recovery from any number of mood, addiction, or behavioral issues. Please visit thebodyofchris.com for the book, coaching sessions, and links to social media.

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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