This week is a very special edition of Food Psych! Rather than having a new guest on, I felt it was time to have an episode devoted to laying out the concepts and perspectives that we talk about every single week. This episode is ideal for newcomers to the Food Psych crew, for you to come back to when you’re struggling to remain true to the tenets of Health at Every Size and intuitive eating in this diet-culture world, and for you to share with friends and family who need an overview of the philosophy.
My Administrative and Community Manager, Ashley Seruya, joins me this week to pose some burning questions that get to the heart of what this podcast, and the anti-diet movement, is all about. Ashley is a current MSW student at Fordham University and a fellow anti-diet activist and body liberation advocate. She’s passionate about Health at Every Size and recovery, and hopes to one day combine her training in writing, social work, intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, and more to help the world recover from diet culture at large. Keep up with her work through her Instagram, where she shares posts about her beloved pets, self-care, eating disorder recovery, mental health, and more!
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What is intuitive eating?
The 10 principles of intuitive eating, and the connection between intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery
Why gentle nutrition comes at the END of the intuitive eating process, and why rejecting the diet mentality is the FIRST principle
The role of an intuitive eating coach and counselor
How mental health and self-care play a role in the intuitive eating journey
The role of diet culture in disordered eating
Recovery as a nonlinear process
What is Health at Every Size (HAES)?
The weight-neutral approach
The truth about intentional weight loss
The cost of sustaining intentional weight loss
Set-point weight theory, the famine response, and breaking down weight science
The history of HAES and the non-diet approach
Fat activism and the fat acceptance movement
How HAES incorporates intuitive eating, joyful movement, and self-care
The importance of size diversity in the HAES movement and embracing the genetic determination of body size
The caveat of HAES with eating disorder recovery and weight restoration
What's the connection between eating disorder recovery, chronic dieting, Health at Every Size, and intuitive eating?
The path of eating disorder recovery to intuitive eating
The spectrum of eating behaviors, from full blown eating disorders to disordered eating and chronic dieting
Diagnosis criteria and the prevalence of undiagnosed disordered eating
The importance of a weight-neutral, Health at Every Size approach to recovery
Risk factors of orthorexia
Why we don’t have a moral obligation to pursue health, and varying limitations to achieving health
I have an eating disorder. Can I do intuitive eating?
Which principles of intuitive eating we can practice while in eating disorder recovery
Why we need to avoid the hunger and fullness parts of intuitive eating while in recovery
The concept of nutritional rehabilitation
The relationship between emotional eating and disordered eating, and the importance of not demonizing emotional eating as a coping mechanism
Why gentle nutrition and joyful movement should wait toward the very end of the process
The importance of working with an eating disorder dietitian with HAES and intuitive eating training in the recovery process
I'm gaining weight. Am I doing intuitive eating wrong? How do I cope?
The difference between body acceptance, body respect, body trust, body positivity, and body love
Letting go of internalized weight stigma and body shame
How can I trust my body if every time I try to listen to it I end up face-first in a tub of ice cream?
The impact of restriction and deprivation on food behaviors, including food insecurity
Biological need for increased dietary intake, including during puberty
The effect of shame in feeling out of control around food and binge eating
Gender identity and struggling with trans issues and body image
Understanding that body trust is a process
Breaking down the concept of food addiction
How can I eat whatever I want if I'm concerned for my health? You're a nutritionist, so shouldn't you be telling me to eat fruits and vegetables?
Mental health, discrimination and stigma, and social situations that determine our health status regardless of nutrition (AKA social determinants of health)
The shapeshifting nature of diet culture
Diet culture’s effect on the medical model, weight science, and dietetics education
An intuitive eating counselor’s role in telling people what to eat
How do I make sure I don't turn intuitive eating into a diet?
How to avoid the hunger and fullness diet
How to recognize and root out subtle diet mentality
Using self-compassion to get you through the unlearning process
What if I'm "too" fat? Is there a threshold where Health at Every Size doesn't apply anymore?
Weight stigma’s influence on health status
Fatphobia’s effect on internalized weight stigma
Stigma resistance and resiliency
The effect of weight cycling on health outcomes
Aren't you worried you're promoting “obesity”?
The many issues with the term “obesity,” the “obesity epidemic,” and pathologizing larger bodies
The truth of size diversity
Fat acceptance and reclaiming the word “fat”
The genetic and environmental influences on body size
Finding the joy in life no matter your size
Discovering body acceptance and making room for all people to love their bodies
As a person in a smaller body, why are you so vocal about fat acceptance?
Thin privilege, and using our privilege to speak out for those more marginalized (AKA becoming thin allies)
The universality of body shame
The influence of weight stigma on eating disorders
The parallels of the fat acceptance movement to other social justice movements
What is healthism?
What is diet culture?
What is fatphobia?
What is body liberation? And why have you decided to use body liberation instead of body positivity?
Why is body liberation/body positivity a social justice movement? (including fatphobia in woke spaces)
How does intersectional feminism and femme empowerment factor into all of this? (including the trans experience and grappling with the patriarchy)
Some of the links below are affiliate links. Affiliates or not, we only recommend products and services that align with our values.
Intuitive Eating, 3rd ed. by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
Linda Bacon’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Deb Burgard’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Connie Sobczak’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Carmen Cool’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Lisa Pearl’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Corissa Enneking’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor
“Body Acceptance Begins with Grieving the Thin Ideal” by Meredith Noble
Ijeoma Oluo’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Dana Sturtevant’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Hilary Kinavey’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Marci Evans’ Food Psych Podcast episode
Alan Levinovitz’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Emily Contois’ Food Psych Podcast episode
Glenys Oyston’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Lindy West’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Jes Baker’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Amber Karnes’ Food Psych Podcast episode
Melissa Toler’s Food Psych Podcast episode
My online course, Intuitive Eating Fundamentals, which includes monthly listener Q&A podcasts and access to my private Facebook support group (10% of our proceeds this month will be going to help with hurricane relief efforts!)