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Food Psych is a podcast exploring the intersection of food and psychology. Each episode, nutritionist/journalist Christy Harrison talks with guests—chefs, comedians, writers, actors, psychologists, entrepreneurs, and other interesting people—about their relationships to food. From weird dietary habits to fond food memories to addictions and eating disorders, the podcast explores the spectrum of weird ways that we all relate to food. Christy also examines the latest science about how food choices affect the brain and vice versa, offering some nutrition tips along the way.

Food Psych is a podcast exploring the intersection of food and psychology. Each episode, nutritionist/journalist Christy Harrison talks with guests—chefs, comedians, writers, actors, psychologists, entrepreneurs, and other interesting people—about their relationships to food. From weird dietary habits to fond food memories to addictions and eating disorders, the podcast explores the spectrum of weird ways that we all relate to food. Christy also examines the latest science about how food choices affect the brain and vice versa, offering some nutrition tips along the way.
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Food Psych is a podcast exploring the intersection of food and psychology. Each episode, nutritionist/journalist Christy Harrison talks with guests—chefs, comedians, writers, actors, psychologists, entrepreneurs, and other interesting people—about their relationships to food. From weird dietary habits to fond food memories to addictions and eating disorders, the podcast explores the spectrum of weird ways that we all relate to food. Christy also examines the latest science about how food choices affect the brain and vice versa, offering some nutrition tips along the way.

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English


Episodes

#192: Why We Can’t Fight Weight Stigma While Also Advocating for Weight Loss with Jeffrey Hunger, Social Psychologist and Weight-Stigma Researcher

4/15/2019
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Social psychologist and weight-stigma researcher Jeffrey Hunger joins us to discuss why we can’t fight weight stigma while also advocating for weight loss, how “wellness” has been co-opted by diet culture (aka The Wellness Diet), why we need to do more than just tell people “diets don’t work,” the role of critical thinking in taking down diet culture, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to handle cravings for sugar and “processed” foods after a restrictive...

Duration:01:29:07

[REPOST]: #83: The Truth About Elimination Diets and Orthorexia with Emily Fonnesbeck, Non-Diet Dietitian

4/8/2019
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Body-positive dietitian Emily Fonnesbeck shares how her family helped her develop a healthy relationship with food in childhood, why that went awry and led her down the path to orthorexia, how she overcame her disordered eating and discovered Health at Every Size, why she thinks elimination diets and food-sensitivity testing are dangerous for most people, and lots more. This episode originally aired on Dec 19, 2016. Emily Fonnesbeck is a Registered Dietitian and owns her own private...

Duration:00:54:08

#191: Stopping a Lifetime of Dieting with Savala Trepczynski, Anti-Diet Writer and Social-Justice Lawyer

4/1/2019
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Writer and social-justice lawyer Savala Trepczynski joins us to discuss how she stopped a lifetime of dieting and started decolonizing her relationship with food, why pathologizing emotional eating is problematic, how fatphobia shows up even in social-justice-oriented communities, why there’s so little legal protection for discrimination based on body size, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about food planning for long hiking trips and how calorie counting can...

Duration:01:26:17

#190: Why Intuitive Eating Is NOT a Diet with Caroline Dooner, Diet-Recovery Coach and Author of The "F" It Diet

3/25/2019
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Fellow author and podcaster Caroline Dooner returns! We discuss her new book, The "F" It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy, why mental deprivation is just as much of a problem as physical deprivation, why people often treat intuitive eating as another diet (and why it's not), the essential role of rest in healing our relationship with movement, why focusing on fullness can be problematic, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether a certain model of treatment for...

Duration:01:29:08

[REPOST] #113: How to Cultivate Radical Body Love & Social Justice with Sonya Renee Taylor of The Body is Not An Apology

3/18/2019
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Writer and activist Sonya Renee Taylor joins us to discuss why we need more radical body love in the world, how to deal with weight gain and weight stigma while learning intuitive eating, what mainstream body positivity gets wrong, why understanding oppression and intersecting identities is the key to creating a world that's *truly* body-positive, how to navigate diet culture as a body-acceptance activist, how to begin to untangle internalized oppression, and lots more. PLUS, Christy answers...

Duration:01:12:25

#189: False Pictures of Health with Tiffany Roe, Anti-Diet Mental-Health Counselor

3/11/2019
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Mental-health counselor and fellow podcaster Tiffany Roe joins us to discuss how diet culture paints false pictures of what health and eating disorders “look like”; the connections between religion, shame, diet culture, and eating-disorder recovery; why we need to fight fatphobia in the eating-disorder-treatment field; why even therapists have internalized stigma about mental illness and treatment, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how navigating emotional...

Duration:01:16:35

#188: How to Improve Treatment for Disordered Eating with Marcella Raimondo, Eating-Disorders Psychologist

3/4/2019
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Eating-disorders psychologist Marcella Raimondo joins us to discuss how to improve disordered-eating treatment for people who don’t fit diet culture’s idea of what an ED “looks like,” how eating disorders can affect our career choices, why more representation of marginalized identities benefits everyone, how fatphobia was born out of racist beliefs about body size, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to handle the fact that there are hateful corners of the...

Duration:01:20:06

#187: How to Make the World More Accessible for ALL Bodies with Alissa Sobo, Fat-Acceptance Activist and Cofounder of Ample

2/25/2019
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Software engineer and Ample co-founder Alissa Sobo joins us to discuss how being fat-shamed at the doctor’s office inspired her to create the Ample app, how to improve the accessibility of public spaces for ALL bodies, her journey through disordered eating and recovery, why business reviews are a form of education and advocacy, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether the principles of intuitive eating and Health At Every Size® still apply for older...

Duration:01:22:11

#186: How to Rebuild Trust in Your Body with Jenna Hollenstein, Non-Diet Dietitian and Intuitive Eating Counselor

2/18/2019
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Non-diet dietitian, certified intuitive eating counselor, and author Jenna Hollenstein returns to discuss her new book, Eat to Love: A Mindful Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Life, the role of self-compassion and non-judgment in recovery, how to rebuild trust in your body and inner wisdom, the importance of having enough, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether or not you need to cut out certain foods for Hashimoto’s...

Duration:01:30:18

#185: How Diet Culture Hurts Your Relationships with Kristina Bruce, Health At Every Size Life Coach and Anti-Diet Activist

2/11/2019
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Health At Every Size® life coach Kristina Bruce joins us to discuss how diet culture can affect relationships, how to find self-trust and self-acceptance in recovering from disordered eating, how diet culture shows up in spiritual communities, why health and well-being is about so much more than diet and exercise, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about weight stigma in the military. Kristina Bruce is a Certified Integrative Life Coach and advocate of the Health at...

Duration:01:29:19

#184: Why Diet Culture Is a Form of Oppression with Virgie Tovar, Fat-Discrimination and Body-Image Expert

2/4/2019
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Activist and author Virgie Tovar returns! We discuss her newest book, You Have the Right to Remain Fat; the intersections between fatphobia, sexism, and diet culture; how dieting is a form of oppression and assimilation; the influence of American history on diet culture; body liberation as a collective movement; and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to navigate the dating pool while working to accept your body and maintain your feminist values. Virgie Tovar...

Duration:01:29:11

#183: How The Wellness Diet Harms Your Health with Katherine Zavodni, Intuitive Eating & HAES Dietitian

1/28/2019
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Intuitive eating & HAES dietitian Katherine Zavodni shares her own experience with chronic illness and The Wellness Diet, how it ultimately led her to embrace a Health At Every Size® approach in her work, why the popular narrative of personal responsibility in diet and wellness culture is harmful, what to do when others are stuck in diet mentality, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to stop obsessing over getting "enough" exercise. Katherine Zavodni is a...

Duration:01:20:34

#182: Fitness Culture, Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, and Why Health Is Not an Obligation with Cara Harbstreet, Non-Diet Dietitian

1/21/2019
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Non-diet dietitian Cara Harbstreet joins us to discuss hypothalamic amenorrhea and the lack of adequate care in conventional and alternative health, the normalization of diet-culture thoughts and behaviors in collegiate athletics and dietetics education, why thin privilege and other privileges don’t necessarily protect a person from internalizing body shame, why you don’t have to engage in or value movement or health, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether...

Duration:01:28:58

#181: How to "Just Eat It" and Break Free from Diet Culture with Laura Thomas, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

1/14/2019
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Intuitive eating counselor and author Laura Thomas joins us to discuss her new book, Just Eat It; the problems with The Wellness Diet; why subtle levels of weight stigma are so hard to pinpoint and eradicate; why "emotional eating" and turning to food for comfort are falsely demonized in diet culture; why people in the nutrition field often struggle in their own relationships with food; and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether the 12-step model works for food...

Duration:01:30:10

#180: Body Policing, Social Class, and Diet Culture with Sonalee Rashatwar, Anti-Diet Social Worker and Sex Therapist

1/7/2019
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Anti-diet social worker and sex therapist Sonalee Rashatwar joins us to discuss body policing, the non-consensual nature of dieting for many kids, how body size gets treated as a marker of class status and cultural assimilation, how gender identity changes people’s relationships with food, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether there are any reasons to focus on fullness other than fatphobia, and whether a particular statement in the book Intuitive Eating is...

Duration:01:18:21

#179: How to Avoid Falling for The Wellness Diet This New Year with Colleen Reichmann, Anti-Diet Psychologist

12/31/2018
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Anti-diet therapist Colleen Reichmann joins us to discuss how to keep from falling prey to diet culture, the problem with Whole30 and other forms of The Wellness Diet, why true well-being is about so much more than food and movement, a quick way to tell if your “lifestyle change” is really a diet, why eating-disorder diagnoses are often problematic, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to handle envy for people who seem to be “successfully managing” their...

Duration:01:26:19

[REPOST] #114: How to Smash Diet Culture with Self-Compassion with Louise Adams, Non-Diet Psychologist and Author

12/24/2018
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Psychologist and author Louise Adams discusses why the Health at Every Size approach is essential in treating disordered eating, the problems with the "obesity epidemic" rhetoric, how trauma and body neglect shaped her relationship with food at a young age, why self-compassion is an essential antidote to shame, how to move from a deprivation mindset to an intuitive mindset with unconditional permission to eat, how to set firm and compassionate boundaries, and lots more. PLUS, Christy answers...

Duration:01:28:39

#178: The Truth About High-Weight Anorexia with Erin Harrop, Weight-Stigma Researcher

12/17/2018
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Weight-stigma researcher Erin Harrop joins us to discuss how anorexia is treated (or not) in people of different sizes, how diet culture and weight stigma influence treatment and recovery for disordered eating, the problem with the “atypical” anorexia label, how improving eating-disorder treatment in people with larger bodies can benefit everyone, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about what to do if you develop binge eating in recovery from restrictive eating...

Duration:01:19:14

#177: Intuitive Eating, Chronic Illness, and Breaking Free from The Wellness Diet with Linda Tucker, Health At Every Size Coach

12/10/2018
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Health At Every Size® health coach and certified intuitive eating counselor Linda Tucker joins us to discuss how dieting causes health problems even while purporting to solve them, how diet culture and its new guise as the Wellness Diet twist the definition of self-care and health, how intuitive eating can help with managing a chronic illness, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to handle the feeling that things were just *easier* in a smaller body. Linda...

Duration:01:29:59

#176: Confessions of a Former Weight-Loss-Surgery Dietitian with Vincci Tsui, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

12/3/2018
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Anti-diet dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor Vincci Tsui joins us to discuss weight loss surgery and its consequences on physical and mental health, her journey from working in bariatrics to specializing in intuitive eating and Health At Every Size®, how dietitians get caught up in The Wellness Diet, what thin privilege really means, disordered eating and how it interplays with bariatric surgery, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to deal...

Duration:01:25:42