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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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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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