Health At Every Size® dietitian, eating-disorders specialist, and author Heidi Schauster returns to discuss her new book, unlearning diet-culture messaging, connecting with our body’s inner wisdom, gentle nutrition as an act of self-care, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about what to do when it seems like your disordered eating behaviors have more to do with individual mental-health issues than with diet culture.
Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S is a nutrition therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field of eating disorders and emotional eating issues. She is a writer, consultant, and certified eating disorders registered dietitian, based in the Greater Boston area. Heidi is the founder of Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy, facilitates the No Diet Book Clubs, and supervises other nutrition therapists in the field of eating disorders. She is the author of the new book Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self. Heidi lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with her partner David and twin daughters, Ava and Kyla. Heidi and her family enjoy hiking, swimming, herb gardening, tea-making, storytelling, and professional stilt performing. Heidi enjoys most food that is lovingly and consciously prepared, especially if it’s followed by a dishwashing dance party. Find her online at ANourishingWord.com.
Heidi’s new book, Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self, and what inspired her to write it
Why I created my Intuitive Eating Fundamentals course
The different chapters within the book, which are based on how Heidi works with her clients
Becoming aware of our eating habits in a non-judgmental way
Creating a resource that presents nutrition in a non-triggering way
How she defines “nourishment,” and the concept of “nutrition common sense”
Why intuitive eating requires some planning
The role of intention in our relationship with food
The contrast between abundance and scarcity, and how they affect eating disorder recovery
How small changes in our eating habits can sometimes make a big difference in how we feel
Joyful movement and gentle nutrition as acts of self-care
Overcoming fears around food and carbohydrates
Unlearning the patterns of restriction from diet culture
What guides her work in nutrition counselling
Why gentle nutrition is often considered “advanced” intuitive eating
Connecting with our body’s wisdom through mindfulness practice
The benefits of recovering from diet culture, and what motivates our work in helping others in this process
Anger as part of the recovery journey
Arriving at a positive relationship with food
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My online course, Intuitive Eating Fundamentals, which includes monthly listener Q&A podcasts and access to my private Facebook support group
Heidi’s new book, Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self
Her first Food Psych podcast episode
Listener Question of the Week
Is it just easier to take aim at diet culture rather than focus on individual mental health? What if a person’s disordered eating behaviors have more to do with individual mental-health concerns as opposed to diet culture? Can recovery at the individual level happen without addressing diet culture and fatphobia? How can cultural factors affect individual mental-health concerns? Does binge eating always happen in response to restriction? What are some subtle ways that diet mentality might be showing up for me?
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