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Join Paige Smathers, registered dietitian nutritionist, as she explores popular topics in nutrition, interviews experts in the fields of wellness and health, and celebrates the successes of people who have overcome eating disorders, weight struggles, and food issues.

Join Paige Smathers, registered dietitian nutritionist, as she explores popular topics in nutrition, interviews experts in the fields of wellness and health, and celebrates the successes of people who have overcome eating disorders, weight struggles, and food issues.
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Join Paige Smathers, registered dietitian nutritionist, as she explores popular topics in nutrition, interviews experts in the fields of wellness and health, and celebrates the successes of people who have overcome eating disorders, weight struggles, and food issues.




133: Exploring a Path to True Health & Happiness

Monica Mo, PhD is a brand and media strategist and business coach for health professionals. She shares her process of being involved in the scientific world with models and studies and how she evolved into her professional and personal approach to health. We talk specifically about the power of humanity in the work we do as health professionals. In this episode, Monica shares about her top three values she boils down her health and happiness to. We explore those values, what they mean to...


132: We Are All Born to Eat

Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN came on the podcast to talk about her book Born to Eat. We talk about Leslie's guiding philosophy that each of us is truly born to eat. We talk about her unique approach to feeding infants that ultimately helps families find a pattern and rythmn with food and eating that promotes body positivity and food peace from the beginning. In this podcast, we talk about Baby-Led Weaning and self-feeding. We talk about fears and concerns parents have when introducing solids...


131: What It Means to Nourish Yourself Inside & Out

Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S just came out with a new book called Nourish: how to heal your relationship with food, body and self and she came on the podcast to talk about the question so many people have: how do I nourish myself? We talk about perfectionism, eating disorder recovery and why we both love the word nourish when talking about nutrition and health. We both believe language matters as we explore our relationships with our bodies and food. We also dive deep into the common...


130: Why #nuancematters in Conversations about Gut Health & Nutrition Science

Jessie Hoffman, PhD (c) came on the podcast to talk about why nuance matters when it comes to nutrition, health and science. Jessie is an expert in gut health, so we take some time in this episode to debunk some common myths about gut health since it's all the rage right now. In this episode, she shares her personal story of suffering from an eating disorder. She shares why she initially went into the field of nutrition, but how she found a more balanced and ultimately health-promoting...


129: When It's About the Food and It's Not About the Food

In this episode, Laura Thomas, PhD explores the concepts of weight stigma and weight bias in detail, and discuss how sometimes it's about the food but it's not about the food. Laura shares about the importance of not being complacent about how we communicate the science of weight and nutrition. We talk about the frequently-cited statistic that 95% of diets fail, and explore the nuance of the evidence. She gives an inside look into the research world including research bias and observation...


128: Beyond Halal—Understanding Muslim Practices and Eating Patterns

Rahaf Al Bochi is a registered dietitian and owner of Olive Tree Nutrition LLC. She specializes in diabetes prevention and management and intuitive eating. She also has a special interest in the Mediterranean eating pattern and shares about her experience as a registered dietitian and Muslim. In this episode, Rahaf gives insight into Muslim practices around food, culture and beliefs. She explains what the term halal means in terms of food and more broadly. She also talks about Ramadan and...


127: Tips for Shifting from Rigid Meal Plans to Flexibility with Food

Devrie Pettit, MS, RD is a registered dietitian who has gone through an interesting professional journey from selling meal plans online to supporting a message focused on Intuitive Eating, HAES, and restriction recovery. She and her best friend started an online business a few years ago selling meal plans where they did their best to promote flexibility within their programs. Soon they realized that people who were participating in their programs were rigidly obsessed with the meal plan and...


126: The Intersection Between Addiction and Nutrition

Nutrition during addiction recovery is an often very misunderstood and mischaracterized element of healing. Healing from addiction requires a multi-faceted approach and nutrition can play an important role. However, it's not the end-all-be-all of wellbeing. In this podcast episode, Tessa Acker, MPH, RD and I talk about our work in the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) world where we both engage in nutrition groups for those in recovery. We talk about why this intersection is so tricky and how...


125: Resilience Through Loss

Laura Iu is a registered dietitian, intuitive eating coach and yoga teacher who is passionate about helping people heal their relationships with food and body. She lives and works in New York City and helps people heal themselves through food and joyful movement. Laura founded Nourish New York, where she offers private yoga and intuitive eating coaching. In this episode, Laura shares her experience of losing both of her parents early in her childhood. She talks about how the experience of...


124: Performative Health vs. Embodied Wellbeing

This podcast episode dives deep into some of the most critical and core concepts within the realm of health and healing. I spoke with Dr. Lilia Graue, who is both a physician as well as a psychotherapist, to dive into the distinctions between performative health versus embodied wellbeing. Lilia Graue, MD, LMFT, is an eating disorders specialist and clinical supervisor; mindfulness, compassion and mindful eating instructor; and Certified Body Trust® Provider. With 18 years of clinical...


123: Answering Common Questions about Being a Health at Every Size Private Practice Dietitian

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be in private practice? Have you wondered about how it works to be an entrepreneur who is offering a counter-cultural approach to food and nutrition? Jessi Haggerty, RD is a fellow dietitian in private practice who also has a podcast, and joined me on the podcast to answer the most common questions we get about our work. We go through the following questions and more: How we got started What we were most afraid of when we started How we...


122: Let Freedom Ring—Body Liberation & Emotional Freedom

On this day of Independence—at least for the United States listeners—I'm sharing a podcast episode all about liberation and freedom as it relates to food, dieting and bodies. Dr. Joy Cox is a social justice advocate, using her skill set in research and leadership to foster social change through the promotion of diversity and inclusion. Her research in Communication focuses on matters of intersectionality addressing race, body size, accessibility, and "health." She is the creator and host...


121: What it's Like to Feel You Don't Fit In with the Non-Diet Message

Have you ever felt like you don't fit in with the non-diet message? Have you ever scratched your head about a post you saw on social media from someone who represents the intuitive eating approach, Health at Every Size, or anything else along those lines? Have you ever wondered if there's a place for you in the non-diet movement? The short answer is yes. But, listen to the entire discussion, because we explore a very real feeling of not fitting in going on in the non-diet world. You're...


120: Practicing Mindful Eating & Self-Compassion with Diabetes

Can mindfulness and mindful eating work with a diabetes diagnosis? Is the compassionate approach to health—Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating paradigms—in alignment with diabetes management and treatment? Megrette Fletcher, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, joined me on the podcast to discuss this very important intersection between mindful eating and diabetes. We talk about mindfulness-based nutrition therapy can improve health outcomes with a diabetes...


119: Getting Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable

Dr. Judi-Lee Webb is a licensed psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist who practices in Atlanta, Georgia. She talks in this episode about the importance of representation in the field of eating disorders and talks about how she is passionate about breaking down and ending the stigma related to mental health conditions. She also explains some of the interesting trends she's seeing in her area about who is seeking help from a therapist today, versus who was seeking help at the...


118: Exploring Hormonal Health

Hormonal health is a trendy topic right now. But, how can we navigate figuring out what's fact versus fiction when it comes to hormones? I invited the fabulous Robyn Nohling, FNP, RD, MSN who is both a registered dietitian and board certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in women's health along with eating disorders and disordered eating to tack the topic of hormones with me on the podcast. We talk about her philosophical and treatment approach evolution throughout her career...


117: Is Food Medicine?

Hippocrates famously declared: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." While this sounds nice and seems harmless, there are important nuances to explore about whether or not food is medicine. There are real implications that this philosophy can bring, and this podcast episode outlines where seeing food as medicine can be a slippery slope and where it can actually lead to poorer health outcomes. Katie Davis, RDN, CD joined me on this episode to share her very personal story...


116: Letting Go of the Shoulds with Food

In this episode, Jenn Hand—food and eating coach—and I talk about food rules and their sneaky tendency to create perfectionistic thinking and chaos with food. We dive deep into the practical ways you can let go of rules and "shoulds" with food and instead find ways to feed yourself in ways that are both satisfying and nourishing. We talk about the importance of awareness of your true intentions as you begin this process. We outline some things you can do today to start moving toward food...


115: Finding Self-Worth & Identity Beyond Food & Body

Dr. Stephanie Waitt specializes in treating eating disorders at her practice, Texoma Specialty Counseling. In her work, with people she helps men and women find balance, peace, confidence, and happiness with their bodies, relationships and life. She emphasizes the importance of self-care and encourages people that being a little selfish is a really good thing. Stephanie is also an online recovery coach. In her recovery coaching Stephanie helps people learn to find peace with their bodies and...


114: Why Diversifying Dietetics Matters

Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, CPHIMS and Deanna Belleny, MPH, RDN are the co-founders of a new non-profit, Diversify Dietetics which is a a community to attract, encourage and empower students and young professionals of color who were seeking careers in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Diversify Dietetics provides mentorship opportunities to students and young dietitians of color, spotlights RDs of color in the work they do, and provides training and resources for internship directors in...