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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 #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 #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 #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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