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Food Psych #67: Wellness Without Weight Loss & Non-Diet Nutrition with Marsha Hudnall

Body-positive dietitian Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, shares how she achieved her decades-long recovery from eating disorders, why she gravitated toward Health at Every Size and intuitive eating in her work, how she teaches clients to change their thoughts about their bodies, and lots more!

A registered dietitian nutritionist, Marsha has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, using her personal and professional experience to give hope to women that overcoming eating and weight struggles is possible. 

She is a thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions, and weight. This is an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. She successfully overcame an eating disorder brought on by dieting and has maintained healthy eating and living habits for over 35 years now.

Since 1986, Marsha has been a part of Green Mountain at Fox Run, the Vermont women's retreat for healthy weight and well-being that pioneered the non-diet approach to health and healthy weights. An accomplished writer, she has produced a body of work that reflects her desire to help women move away from restrictive notions of food and health. She has written hundreds of articles for popular magazines, newsletters and professional journals, and has worked extensively on a national basis to produce curricula and pamphlets to educate the public about nutrition and about the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating.

Follow Marsha on Twitter @MarshaHudnall, and learn more about her work at Green Mountain at Fox Run

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Food Psych #66: The Intuitive Eating Journey with Akirah Robinson

Writer and therapist Akirah Robinson shares the experiences that led her to diet for the first time, why she started on the path to intuitive eating, what it's like to be married to a chef, and lots more!

Akirah Robinson is a licensed social worker who helps women heal their hearts and deepen their self-worth. As a relationship writer, her work has been featured in numerous publications, and she recently released her first book, Respected: How One Word Can Change More Than Just Your Love Life. Learn more about Akirah and her work at AkirahRobinson.com.

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Food Psych #65: Ditching Diets & Finding Health at Every Size with Aaron Flores

Fellow Health at Every Size dietitian Aaron Flores, RDN, shares his experience of adolescent body image woes, an early career focused on weight loss, and making the transition to intuitive eating. Plus, Christy shares an exciting announcement about the podcast!

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the owner of Balance Variety and Moderation RDN in Calabasas, California. With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. A large part of his career was spent working at the Veterans Administration, where he started one of the first Binge Eating Disorder groups for Veterans. His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. Along with the work in his private practice, he also blogs and hosts a podcast, Dietitians Unplugged

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Food Psych #62: Self-Compassion & Self-Care for a Healthy Relationship with Food with Christy Harrison

In the first(!) solo episode of Food Psych, Christy discusses why self-compassion and self-care are so important for a healthy relationship to food, answers a listener question about how to eat intuitively while managing a food allergy, and shares some bonus content from her online intuitive eating course!

Resources Mentioned

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

Melainie Rogers - nutritionist - eating disorder recovery - balance treatment center nyc

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

Chris Cole body image recovery dieting

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 #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 #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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