Join Paige Smathers, registered dietitian nutritionist, as she explores popular topics in nutrition and interviews experts in the fields of wellness and health. Paige explores questions in nutrition that really matter and uncovers the practical ways you can see food and your body in a whole new way.
150: A Simple, Straightforward Way to Decide What To Eat
"Okay this is all great, but what should I eat?!" If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked this question, I'd a rich woman! While it's totally understandable to want answers to this question, it's actually much more difficult to answer than most people think. What a person eats is highly dependent on many factors: accessibility of food, socioeconomic status, hunger levels, social gatherings, cultural factors, and more. You can see how difficult it is as a registered dietitian to answer this seemingly simple question. People understandably want answers about nutrition. But, since deciding what to eat is more nuanced than most people give it credit for, I've decided to break down the process of deciding what to eat with a simple metaphor you can implement and explore today. Join me for a podcast exploring a simple way to help you decide what to eat. Links mentioned: Get to know your non-diet resources via this blog post If Diets Had Warning Labels news interview June's webinar: The Positive Nutrition® Approach to Meal Planning Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Mindful Eating Workshop online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
149: How Connecting to our Instinct to Eat can Help us Make Peace with Food
As a journalist, Virginia Sole-Smith tells stories of women. With her new book, The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America, Virginia explores how we can find the power to reconnect to our bodies and our own innate understanding of how to eat in a culture that’s constantly giving women so many mixed messages about both those things. In this episode, Virginia shares about how she began her career giving diet advice in teen and women’s magazines and experiencing cognitive dissonance as she navigated her own body image struggles. Virginia shares how her daughter suddenly stopped eating as a newborn and how this affected her as a mother. She explores how seeing her daughter struggle with food helped Virginia challenge the dominate narrative that demonizes food. The Eating Instinct tells the stories of women, men, and children, all learning how to eat again, on their own terms and shares more about how her daughter finally reconnected to her eating instinct. Links mentioned: Virginia's book: The Eating Instinct Virginia's website: https://virginiasolesmith.com/ May's Positive Nutrition webinar is for registered dietitians: ACT Mindfully: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Dietetics Practice and will be worth 1.5 CEUs - May 21, 2019 at 10am MST Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Mindful Eating Workshop online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
Cooking for one can be difficult to navigate for many reasons. It's easy to get into the mindset that it's not worth it to cook for one. All the diet rules swimming around in your brain can make cooking more difficult than it needs to be. It's also easy to struggle with taking on the entire task of planning, shopping, preparing, eating and cleaning up alone. Although there are significant struggles and barriers to cooking for one, it's possible! On the podcast, I interviewed Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN who is passionate about helping people find a groove with cooking for one. We discuss ways to develop an approach to cooking for one that's sustainable, realistic and feels fun and positive in your life. In this episode we discuss: Why cooking for one can be hard How decision fatigue can play a role in struggling to cook for yourself Practical steps you can take to find your groove with self-care with food How to avoid burnout Links mentioned: Nourish Nutrition Blog Table for One Facebook Community Follow Rebecca on Instagram Pantry Essentials Checklist Message Rebecca to get interviewed for my "I Eat Alone" series May's Positive Nutrition webinar is for registered dietitians: ACT Mindfully: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Dietetics Practice and will be worth 1.5 CEUs - May 21, 2019 at 10am MST Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Mindful Eating Workshop online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
147: Q&A—Comparison, Diet Culture Messaging, Bingeing vs. Restricting and More
In this episode, I go through listener questions about intuitive eating, making peace with food and how to navigate diet culture. Here are some more specific questions I dive into in this podcast episode: How can I ease the anxiety of rest and eating recovery amounts compared to others? What is your story of getting into nutrition and dietetics? How do you handle it when your kids are exposed to diet culture messages? Is breakfast okay to skip? Bingers versus restricters: are there differences in how you help those two types? What are your thoughts about someone who is recovering and going into dietetics? I am getting tripped up with IE when it comes to feeling sick when I eat certain foods. Links mentioned: Body Image Resilience group starts April 23! Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Mindful Eating Workshop online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
In this episode, I speak with Jessie Hoffman, PhD about her experience as a nutrition researcher and gut health expert. We discuss her dissertation studies on the gut microbiome and environmental pollutants and specifically take a deep dive into how her views of nutrition and science in general shifted as she continued through her schooling. She breaks down some of the most interesting aspects of the science of gut health and explains why media literacy is more critical in today's world than ever. Jessie explains what all the hype about gut health is all about and helps separate differentiate between what we know about the gut and what we still are looking for in the research. She outlines some of her best tips for promoting gut health and explains why there's more to it than food and eating. Here are some more specific topics we dive into in this podcast episode: probiotics: good, bad, or somewhere in the middle? prebiotics: necessary or just a hype? the gut-brain axis how to promote gut health when elimination diets are not the answer to gut woes why farting is normal (haha) Links mentioned: Follow Jessie on Instagram Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Mindful Eating Workshop online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
145: Bodies & Modesty in Mormonism: the Complexities of a Religious Culture & Body Image
Lexie and Lindsay Kite, PhD of Beauty Redefined® joined Paige on the podcast to talk about a topic that they've been outspoken about since the inception of their non-profit: modesty and Mormon culture (also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). All three of us get this question a lot: does Utah have a particularly higher rate of eating and/or body image issues than the rest of the US? We explore this question and more together in this episode. It's a nerve wracking topic to explore (in fact, Lexie had hives all throughout the recording process) but we did our best to do this complicated and important topic justice and look at all sides of the coin. Lindsay and Lexie have a nuanced way of viewing modesty rhetoric which has benefits for women and girls as well as men and boys. Since religion and culture are often intertwined, we discussed the experience of body image through the lens of a faith tradition that's prominent in the Intermountain West and throughout the world in an effort to explore a topic that has even wider cultural implications for folks in any religious or cultural community. Links mentioned: Lexie and Lindsay's website: https://beautyredefined.org/ Buy tickets for the Body of Evidence workshop on April 4, 2019 Beauty Redefined's body image curriculum for church groups Mindful Eating Workshop online course Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
Melissa Toler is a speaker, writer, and educator. Her work encourages people to make the connection between our culture's oppressive beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. She has written extensively on diet culture and the toll it takes on our lives and humanity. Her goal is to help people unlearn harmful messages and behaviors from years of chronic dieting. Melissa also has a background as a pharmacist and certified wellness coach. Melissa came on the podcast to talk about how writing has set her free. She talks about her writing practice and how it's been critical in her ability to hear her inner voice. She gives practical, down-to-earth advice for how anyone can add in a writing practice into their lives and how it can enhance your process with healing your relationship with food and body. Links mentioned: Melissa's website: https://www.melissatoler.com/ Mindful Eating Workshop online course This month's webinar: The Art & Science of Nutrition Therapy: Incorporating Intuitive Eating and Body Positivity into Practice for 1.0 CEU for RDNs on March 12 at 10am MST Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
143: The Paradox of Permission with Intuitive Eating
Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD is the co-author of the book: Intuitive Eating. Evelyn is an award-winning registered dietitian, with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She has written nine books including the bestsellers Healthy Homestyle Cooking and Intuitive Eating (co-author). Her newest book is the Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food. Evelyn was the nutrition expert for Good Morning America, appearing from 1994-’95 and was a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for 6 years. She was contributing editor for Shape magazine where her monthly column, Recipe Makeovers, appeared for 11 years. She is often sought by the media for her nutritional expertise and has appeared on hundreds of interviews, including: CNN, Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and People magazine. In this episode, we discuss how she got interested in nutrition and how she and Elyse Resch (co-author or Intuitive Eating) have evolved since they originally wrote the book in 1995. Evelyn shares her process and growth and talks about how she isn't ashamed of changing, growing and evolving through the years. She sets the record straight about many of the misconceptions of Intuitive Eating and talks about some of her favorite anecdotes about why this process brings peace and goodness into people's lives. Links mentioned: Evelyn Tribole's books: Intuitive Eating and The Intuitive Eating Workbook Webinar: Intuitive Eating: What it is and why it works on February 19 at 10am MST Body Image Resilience Group starting February 26 in SLC, UT Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
Marie Kondo's approach to tidying up is taking the world by storm. Her new Netflix special has shot her into the spotlight and has gotten people discussing joy and tidiness on all sides of the spectrum. But what can her approach to tidying up and sparking joy teach us about food and our bodies? I'll tell you what I think in this podcast episode. And, I'll share about why I think tidiness is great, but why messiness is where the magic happens. Links mentioned: Marie Kondo's New York Times opinion piece: How to Choose Happiness Podcast about Being Messy Body Image Resilience Group starting February 26 in SLC, UT Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
141: When Intuitive Eating Is Your Native Language
Diana K. Rice, RD, LD, is known as The Baby Steps Dietitian and is the founder of Diana K. Rice Nutrition, LLC, where she works with families to eat well and reduce the stress surrounding their food choices. She specializes in pre- and postnatal nutrition as well as feeding young children and is a strong advocate for cooking with kids, family meals, and body positivity. Diana joined me on the podcast to discuss the idea of what it's like to have Intuitive Eating as your native language. We're all born natural intuitive eaters, but growing and developing, many of us lose the natural ability to honor and connect to our bodies. In this episode, we're flipping the script on the typical personal story shared on this podcast. Many stories highlighted previously have shed light on what it's like to struggle with food and how to extricate yourself from difficult food and body image struggles. In this episode, we're talking about what can go right (even when things aren't exactly perfect) when a person is able to preserve their innate ability to be an intuitive eater. Links mentioned: Diana's website: https://dianakrice.com/ Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
I've missed all of you while I took a two month break from podcasting!! Happy New Year and welcome to 2019. This podcast episode is all about what I've been up to over the last two months including an experience I had where I said no to a HUGE career opportunity. The no was actually the best thing I could have ever done and I tell you why in this episode. Links mentioned: Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram
139: Your Holiday Food & Body Image Survival Guide
Molly Bahr, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor currently stationed for a year in Haiti. She has a private practice primarily focused on individual therapy for eating disorders, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, and trauma working from a Health At Every Size lens. In addition to the private practice, she also worked at a clinic specializing in care for transgender individuals in Honolulu, Hawaii over the last 3 years. Prior to that she worked on an inpatient eating disorder unit and an IOP program for substance use disorders in New Orleans, LA. Molly utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and EMDR modalities for treatment. As a Coast Guard wife, she looks forward to seeing where the sails will take them next. In this episode, we discuss the common struggles and concerns during the holiday season with food, body image, social stress, and more. We discuss these ideas in depth: Diet talk: constant chatter about calories, being “bad” for eating, losing weight, the diet they’re going to go on in January, etc. All or nothing thinking: we see this all times of year but it seems to be especially bad during the holiday season where people are promising themselves that they’ll restrict again in the new year. Feeling worried about family gatherings and judgement or not understanding your choices around food/eating/body image: this one is HUGE for clients. Molly provides some practical advice about how to navigate these tough social situations this time of year. Mixed messages about yummy, enjoyable food experience while everyone sits around and talks about how “bad” they’re being for eating those foods. If this is a hard time of year because you’ve experienced loss, or you’re struggling in other ways: Skills for navigating the holiday season. Molly provides ideas and skills to practice before holiday events, during stressful times and then after difficult situations. Just a reminder! I am taking a two-month break from podcasting during the months of November and December of 2018. Enjoy the rest of this year, everyone, and keep in touch with me via Instagram or Facebook! Links mentioned: Learn more about Molly at https://www.mollybahrcounseling.com/ Positive Nutrition 101 online course. Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
138: Sports Nutrition & How Athletes Can Work with their Bodies
Fiona Sutherland is Director of The Mindful Dietitian & Body Positive Australia and has been practicing for 15 years primarily in the areas of eating behavior, eating disorders, body image, sports nutrition & education/training. She has been integrating the Non Diet Approach into Dietetic practice for over 12 years, and is passionate about supporting Health Professionals to develop skills in understanding more about the complexities of client presentations, and how we can focus on wellbeing. As an Eating Disorders specialist, Fiona has a particular interest in binge eating and finding evidence-based, compassionate ways of working with people in diverse bodies. Fiona is also a Sports Dietitian, working with emerging professional dancers at The Australian Ballet School and host of The Mindful Dietitian Podcast. Fiona is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner and Yoga Teacher, bringing a particular emphasis on mindful eating and the intersection of food environment, eating psychology and body image into her work and training. She has trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self Compassion) and MB-EAT (Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training). Fiona is guest lecturer within Deakin University Dietetics course within the areas of eating behavior, Body Image, counseling skills and the Non Diet Approach. In this episode, Fi discusses her career path and how she landed in the sports nutrition realm. She discusses the female athlete triad, bone health and the pressures athletes experience around performance and body. She shares some advice for coaches in supporting athletes' best interests and shares how all of us can support athletes in working with their bodies, rather than against their bodies. Links mentioned: Fiona's website: http://www.themindfuldietitian.com.au/ Positive Nutrition 101 online course. Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
137: Happiness isn't a Size: An Interview with Jes Baker, Author of Landwhale
Jes Baker is a positive, progressive, and magnificently irreverent force to be reckoned with in the realm of self-love advocacy and mental health. She is internationally known for preaching the importance of body liberation, hard conversations, strong coffee, and even stronger language. Jes burst onto the body positivity scene when she created her own ads mocking Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating against all body types—a move that landed her on the Today Show and garnered a loyal following for her raw, honest, and attitude-filled blog missives. When not writing, Jes spends her time speaking around the world, working with plus size clothing companies, organizing body liberation events, taking pictures in her underwear and attempting to convince her cats that they like to wear bow ties. In this podcast episode, we talk about how Jes found body positivity and her career trajectory. We spent a good amount of time talking about her recent book, Landwhale. We talk about what it's like to write a book about all the most intimate and vulnerable details of your life and Jes talks about why she believes you should look at old pictures of yourself. We ended the conversation talking about what the world and the body positivity community would look like if she could wave a magic wand and change things. Jes is a true force to be reckoned with and pure joy to interview. Enjoy! Links mentioned: Learn more about Jes at TheMilitantBaker.com. Jes's blog post about self-portraits and why it's important to love your body now. Jes's famous Abercrombie & Fitch advertisement recreation photo shoot. Join the Mindfulness and Intuitive Eating Group starting up on November 6. Positive Nutrition 101 online course. Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
136: Exploring Privilege and Why it Matters in Health & Nutrition
Nicole McDermid is a Social Worker, Counsellor (Australian spelling) and an Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, with over ten years experience working in the mental health field. Not only does Nicole practice in the clinical sphere, she is also a speaker and a fat activist with a strong sense of social justice. She writes prolifically on issues such as weight stigma, size acceptance and eating disorder recovery across a number of different social media channels. In all facets of her work, Nicole practices from, and is informed by a Health at Every Size and Non-Diet framework. She also has a lived experience of an eating disorder, whilst living in a larger body and believes that we simply do not see enough representation of ALL people, in ALL bodies across the current eating disorder recovery narrative. Nicole is a visionary as both a clinician and an activist in the Eating Disorder sphere, drawing on both her professional expertise and lived experience to inform her practice. Nicole has had the recent honor of presenting at the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders in Melbourne, Australia on the issue of Weight Stigma in Eating Disorder treatment. This has been the pinnacle of Nicole’s career thus far, and she hopes that this is the start of significant systemic shifts across this space. We discuss her experiences of speaking her truth in this setting and the effect it's had on her morale and strength in continuing forward to spread awareness and solutions for Nicole came on the podcast to discuss privilege and why it matters when we're talking about health, nutrition, social justice and more. We talk about trends on social media and ideas for how each of us can explore our own privilege and how to move forward with awareness and our eyes wide open. Links mentioned: Nicole's website: https://www.theeatingdisordercenter.com/nicole-mcdermid-eating-disorder-recovery-coach.html Follow Nicole on Instagram Join the waitlist for the 2019 Salt Lake City Body Image Resilience Group Positive Nutrition 101 online course Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
I'm stepping outside the box again on this podcast episode and bringing you another solo recording. Before I recorded last week's episode, I asked my Instagram followers what their questions were about intuitive eating. I got so many questions that I had to record a separate podcast to answer their questions. Here are some of the questions about intuitive eating that this podcast explores: What to do if you're bingeing even though you're working on intuitive eating Tips for teaching teens intuitive eating How to shift from weight loss as your focus to wellbeing How to navigate IE with type I diabetes Where to begin when you're scared about trying this out Setpoint theory Raising IE kids What to do if you are told by a doctor to restrict certain foods or nutrients How to politely shut down diet talk How to get past guilt about cravings How to introduce the concept of IE to newbies What to do if you don't have hunger cues How to get other people out of your head who have told you your worth is dependent on the way you look Why this is SO HARD Tips for mindfulness during the "free for all phase" Links mentioned: Buy the Intuitive Eating book by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch Join the waitlist for the 2019 Salt Lake City Body Image Resilience Group 10 days of Intuitive Eating Series on Instagram Check out the Positive Nutrition blog for more about intuitive eating Positive Nutrition 101 online course Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
I'm stepping outside the box on this podcast episode and bringing you a solo recording. This episode is full of the main things you need to know about intuitive eating. If you've been exposed to the idea of intuitive eating, but you are feeling unsure about what it actually is or how it actually works, this episode is for you! If you yourself understand intuitive eating, but someone in your life doesn't, consider sharing this episode with that person! Intuitive Eating is way more than eat what you're craving—there are powerful principles of IE that can enhance your wellbeing whether you're someone who has chronically dieted in you life, if you have a tumultuous relationship with food, or if you feel you've been a victim of diet culture in any way. Listen in to get a good foundational understanding of the principles of IE. Links mentioned: Buy the Intuitive Eating book by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch Join the waitlist for the 2019 Salt Lake City Body Image Resilience Group 10 days of Intuitive Eating Series on Instagram Check out the Positive Nutrition blog for more about intuitive eating Positive Nutrition 101 online course Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 her, and why they are health and happiness promoting for her. We talk about how important our feelings are in driving our choices and our self-care and Monica shares her personal story of getting into this space of working with health professionals and why she's passionate about the work she does. We spend the last 15 minutes of this conversation covering nutrition and non-diet messaging and discuss how to convey our messages with more clarity and grace. Links mentioned: Monica's website: https://wellseek.io/ Positive Nutrition 101 online course officially RELEASED!!!! Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 to their infant. We explore the common fear of judgment parents feel when navigating all the complexities of feeding and caring for their child and explore some common mistakes new parents make with feeding their kids. Leslie's guiding belief with food is that we are all Born to Eat and shares her powerful approach to infant feeding in this podcast episode. Links mentioned: Leslie Schilling and Wendy Jo Peterson's book: Born to Eat Leslie's practice website: https://www.leslieschilling.com/ Positive Nutrition 101 online course officially RELEASED!!!! Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 questions we both get about troubleshooting intuitive eating. We talk about why structure isn't necessarily wrong or bad with trying to let go on the dieting mentality. I also wanted to remind you about my brand new project: an online course called Positive Nutrition 101—the art & science of nutrition without the gimmicks! I am so excited to bring you this brand new online course, complete with 12 lessons covering topics from why diets don't work, metabolism, macro and micronutrients, gut health, exercise, grocery shopping, meal planning, normal eating, mindfulness and more. The entire course is HAES-aligned and evidence-based and is intended to be a resource for those who are ready to engage in the gentle nutrition part of the intuitive eating paradigm. I am thrilled to offer this unique course diving into the science of nutrition without the typical gimmicks. Links mentioned: Heidi's new book: Nourish Heidi's practice website: https://www.anourishingword.com/ Positive Nutrition 101 online course officially RELEASED!!!! Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 approach to nutrition through time, training and experience. She talks about how she has done her deep dive into the world of nutrition research, she has developed more of a critical mindset and nuanced perspective about food and nutrition. We talk about how powerful stepping away from binary thinking is in developing a healthy, positive relationship with food.We talk about why it's fine to care about nutrition and the science of it, but it can be taken too far. We talk about how to navigate balancing Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating and nutrition science. We promise, there's a way to marry all these concepts! We also are releasing our brand new collaboration: an online course called Positive Nutrition 101—the art & science of nutrition without the gimmicks! We are so excited to bring you this brand new online course, complete with 12 lessons covering topics from why diets don't work, metabolism, macro and micronutrients, gut health, exercise, grocery shopping, meal planning, normal eating, mindfulness and more. The entire course is HAES-aligned and evidence-based and is intended to be a resource for those who are ready to engage in the gentle nutrition part of the intuitive eating paradigm. We are thrilled to offer this unique course diving into the science of nutrition without the typical gimmicks. Links mentioned: Positive Nutrition 101 online course officially RELEASED!!!! Purchase for $50 off through September 3 by using code: nutritionmatters at checkout Leave a review for the podcast here. Episode 81: Gut Health & Elimination Diets with Marci Evans Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 bias and gives some tips for critically consuming the science and the media around nutrition, weight and health. Laura also shares about her new book coming out in January (in the UK only) called Just Eat It so be sure to follow her on social media to hear about the release of the book near you! Links mentioned: Laura's website: http://www.laurathomasphd.co.uk/ Laura's podcast: Don't Salt My Game British Medical Journal: Challenging Assumptions in Obesity Research (with the podcast Laura mentioned as well) World Health Organization report about weight bias Episode 113: Exploring Weight Stigma Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition Online Course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 the cultural and religious meaning behind the altered food pattern during this time. We also discuss the implications of Ramadan on those with special eating concerns such as diabetes or eating disorders. Links mentioned: Rahaf's website: https://olivetreenutrition.com/ Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition Online Course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 not taking the ideas as a framework and guidelines rather than rules and Devrie started to feel like she wanted to make a change with her offerings and focus. She eventually re-branded her business to be more in alignment with her personal philosophy around food and discovered the weight-neutral approach. She still has a soft spot for those who are wrestling with these concepts, and she came on the podcast to talk about her best tips for embracing flexibility with food. In this podcast, we discuss food plans: the good, the bad and the ugly. We talk about how to detect diets in all their sneaky forms and we talk about strategies for incorporating flexibility into your life with food. We discuss why food plans in all the forms can be so seductive and alluring and provide some ideas for moving forward without rigidity. Links mentioned: Devrie's website: https://www.happilyfed.life/ Listen to episode 111: Breaking Down Weight Science with Fiona Willer Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition Online Course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 the structure of recovery is helpful in so many ways but can often be extremely challenging when navigating food. Tessa Acker is a registered dietitian with a Master's in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota, where she focused on underserved and disadvantaged populations. She pursued this field with the belief that nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life and wanted to help others obtain, learn about, and enjoy healthy foods. She began her career working on international nutrition issues with the United Nations and Clinton Foundation in Peru and Malawi, but has since returned to the United States to work with her brother, Ian Acker, at Fit To Recover (FTR). FTR is a community center and gym for people in recovery from SUDs. Tessa is the founder and lead dietitian of the nutrition pillar, Food to Recover, where she aims to help people in recovery see the role nutrition can play during recovery and in their everyday lives, develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food, and gain skills and knowledge to feel confident making their own food and nutrition choices. Tessa is also a certified yoga teacher and enjoys all of the adventures that Utah has to offer. Links mentioned: Fit To Recover website: https://www.fit2recover.org/ Listen to episode 94: Food Addiction—Fact of Fiction Leave a review for the podcast here. For RDs: take A Dietitian's role in SUDs online training. Positive Nutrition Online Course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 loss affected her own relationship with food and how it affects the way she practices and helps others find a peaceful relationship with food. She talks about what resilience means for her and talks about how she's processing the loss she's experienced now in her adult years. If you've suffered loss of any kind, you'll love hearing about how you can take the things you've learned in your process of healing and use that strength toward your relationship with food, or vice versa. Links mentioned: Laura's website: https://lauraiu.com/ Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition Online Course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 experience, she is intimately familiar with bodies and minds and our healing processes, and how we relate to, nourish and take care of ourselves and our bodies in ways that bring us closer to wholeness, radical presence, fierce embodiment and joy. Lilia practices at the intersection of different healing modalities, centering lived experience and the body as a source of knowing. Her own life experiences with developmental and complex trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and a healing journey through psychotherapy and mind-body practices, have shaped her approach. Her practice is trauma informed, and rooted in intersectional feminism. She is Mexican and provides services in both English and Spanish. Lilia loves working with providers navigating the challenges of advocating bravely for body liberation, embodiment and freedom from performative health who wish to cultivate and honor boundaries that allow for their self-care and replenishing empathy and compassion. Lilia is an avid amateur cook, baker, and foodie. She and her partner share their home with their beloved cats, Thomas and Ziggy. In this podcast, we explore what the word "holistic" actually means and talk about the power of reclaiming words that get co-opted by gimmicks. We also discuss the concepts and frameworks of performative health versus embodied wellbeing and explore metaphors of how to distinguish between these two approaches. We talk about the incredible work of Niva Piran and her work on the theory of embodiment. We warn against approaching health and wellbeing with an all-or-nothing mindset. And, we close the conversation by exploring the power of joy and pleasure in health. Links mentioned: Lilia's coaching website: https://www.fiercelyembodied.com/ Mindful Eating Mexico website: https://mindfuleatingmexico.com/ Niva Piran's Amazon page. If you're interested in accessing Niva Piran's papers, feel free to email Lily at email@example.com. Leave a review for the podcast here. Check out the brand new Positive Nutrition 101 online course! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 finally made the leap of faith What happened when we started to take our businesses seriously and started making commitments Our process of how to organize your business What to consider when getting started with private practice How to network and get referrals How to decide about insurance Why we both started enforcing our policies (especially cancelation policies) and why it's hard to do it sometimes How to keep yourself accountable to finish tasks and stay on schedule with due dates Attracting clients with a HAES and non-diet approach Getting over the fear and taking the plunge How to deal with impostor syndrome Whether or not it's true that you should get clinical experience before opening a private practice How to navigate branding and marketing EHR (electronic health records) versus paper charting Whether or not we get sick of talking about food and body image all the time Links mentioned: Jessi's website and podcast A Dietitian's Guide to Starting a Private Practice Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 of Fresh Out the Cocoon, a podcast centered on the lived experiences of fat Black women and femmes, and in teaching she inspires students to find their voice and confidently share ideas, making learning fun, relatable and empowering. Dr. Cox came on Nutrition Matters to talk about her dissertation and research in fat positive activism and communities and related the most important findings from her research. She gave a great synopsis of the body positive and fat positive movement and explains what communities can do to be more supportive, inclusive and helpful in aiding social justice progress. She also shared her personal story of body liberation and talks specifically about the physical things she's done to heal and to free herself as well as the emotional and mental side of healing and liberation. She shared practical examples that will resonate with anyone who's ever struggled with accepting their body. Links mentioned: Dr. Joy Cox's website: https://freshoutthecocoon.com/ Fresh Out of the Cocoon Podcast Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 welcome here. Listen in as I talk with Sarah Pannell, LMFT about her experience of wondering whether the non-diet community would welcome her. Sarah spent many months down a rabbit hole of trying to cure her chronic illness with food. Eventually, she chose to stop trying trying to cure her chronic illness with food and accept my body as it is, and she learned to care for it by cueing into her intuition (being mindful in planning, not relying on hunger/fullness cues in the same way, etc). Her experience of learning how to care for her body gives her empathy for others for who may not be able to have an "all foods fit" approach to food, including those with food allergies. We talk about how we're all in our own process with exploring the non-diet approach to nutrition and health and how this conversation is still relatively new and young. We talk about the language of invitation and the fact that the non-diet community really does need more stories and more exploration of how rejecting dieting looks for people from all walks of life. Otherwise, we're vulnerable to becoming just another iteration of a laundry list of rules and exclusivity. We talk about the nuance we need moving forward to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible. Links mentioned: Sarah's website: https://www.wepsychotherapy.org/ Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 diagnosis. LINKS MENTIONED For individuals: Am I Hungry - Diabetes https://amihungry.com/programs/mindful-eating-for-diabetes/ Am I Hungry - Handouts to get you started https://amihungry.com/programs/mindful-eating-for-diabetes/resources/ Am I Hungry - Webinar training https://amihungry.com/marketplace/mindful-eating-for-diabetes-online/ For individuals interested in weight neutral diabetes care: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1X9v86aK7anFjPwKo5yp2Ct9QMBPMQtWi For Professionals: For professionals interested in weight neutral diabetes care: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EbMDm53sSMOnJI-f4lkPo8eRY85tTa5q Diabetes Counseling and Education Activities https://megrette.com/diabetes-counseling-education/book/ Weight Neutral for Diabetes Care - Professional Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/WN4DM/ The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Megrette Mindful Eating Resources: Improving Blood Sugars (recorded webinar for individuals) https://www.thecenterformindfuleating.org/Improving-Blood-Sugars Finding Your Health Weight - Marsha Hudnall MS RD https://www.thecenterformindfuleating.org/Healthy-Weight For the Podcast: Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 beginning of her career. In this episode we discuss the therapy process and the discomfort it can bring. Dr. Webb gives practical advice for how to work through uncomfortable emotions and feelings related to therapy. Reaching out for help sometimes takes years to gear up to, and we talk about how to work through the discomfort before you begin therapy, during therapy and more. Fear of the unknown is real. Fear of talking about what you're going through is real. But, there are people who are trained to help and ready to support you in healing. Links mentioned: Dr. Judi-Lee Webb's private practice website: http://newdirectionsatlanta.com/ Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 so far, explore some of the flaws in our current healthcare system, and talk in-depth about hormone physiology. We also talk about how hormone dysfunction manifests in various disease states and talk about some practical steps you can take to start putting the puzzle pieces together if you're concerned about your hormone health. We end the podcast with a brief discussion about menopause and its hormonal implications. If you've ever wondered whether all the hype about hormones is grounded in science, you'll enjoy this conversation with Robyn! Links mentioned: Robyn's blog: https://www.thereallife-rd.com/ Robyn's practice website: https://www.reallifewomenshealth.com/ Leave a review for the podcast here. Substance use disorders webinar for 1.5 CPEs for RDNs. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 of how she struggled—and continues to manage—with her health. She explains her story of an acute battle with severe neurological symptoms and how her unexplained health struggle created personal guilt and shame with food. Was she causing her symptoms? Was it something she was eating? Through years of navigating her health issues, she shares her story of how she sees food now and how she approaches the question of whether or not food is medicine. Links mentioned: Make an appointment with Katie. Leave a review for the podcast here. Substance use disorders webinar for 1.5 CPEs for RDNs. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 freedom and give practical ways you can re-frame your food rules and rigid thinking. Links mentioned: Jenn's website: http://jennhand.com/ Leave a review for the podcast here Substance use disorders webinar for 1.5 CPEs for RDNs. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 ditch dieting. She helps people find confidence and the power to live the life they want right now! In this episode, Stephanie talks about her experiences with struggling with orthorexia and using it to manage and cope with a very difficult and demanding career. She has a powerful story of how she worked to find her own sense of identity and self-worth beyond food, dieting and her body image. Her own personal experience enhances her ability to effectively treat folks who are struggling in similar ways. She brings a unique perspective—both personally and professionally—to the idea of how powerful and important it is to discover who she is beyond food. Links mentioned: Dr. Stephanie Waitt's website: https://www.texomaspecialtycounseling.com/ HAES and ED recovery FB group Leave a review for the podcast here Substance use disorders webinar for 1.5 CPEs for RDNs. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
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 efforts to provide support and training to increase diversity and strengthen the field of dietetics. Even if you aren't a dietitian, you're going to love Deanna and Tamara's passion for nutrition and health and their new project, Diversify Dietetics. Links mentioned: Diversify Dietetics website: https://www.diversifydietetics.org/ Diversify Dietetics on Instagram and Facebook Leave a review for the podcast here Substance use disorders webinar for 1.5 CPEs for RDNs. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.
Have you heard the term "weight stigma" and wondered what it's all about? Even if you're a seasoned expert with this concept, you're going to love this episode with Ashlee Bennett, MAT, aka @bodyimage_therapist where we dive deep into the research and theory of weight stigma and internalized weight stigma and how it affects all of us. Ashley is a truly gifted researcher, therapist, and emerging researcher on the topic of weight stigma and does an incredible job building bridges between the health sciences world and the realm of social justice and social sciences. We're seeing a shift in the research from asking questions about what makes us well, rather than always asking what makes us sick. Learning about weight stigma and how to develop resilience from it is an essential step for all of us to take. Weight, health and bodies are more complicated than we've been taught. Links mentioned: Ashlee's website: http://www.bodyimage-therapist.com/ Power Flower exercise (find on positive-nutrition.com site's post about this podcast episode) Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
In this episode, Kara Lydon of the Foodie Dietitian Blog talk about her evolution of healing her relationship with food. We also then discuss how all-or-nothing thinking can get in the way of so much joy and connection with food and our bodies and explore this common cognitive distortion we see in our practice as dietitians with clients. Kara shares how her work and her blog is a resource for folks seeking a balanced and nuanced approach to health-promoting eating. She's worked hard to embrace nuance and gray with food and eating, and promotes that balance on her blog and in her work. Links mentioned: Kara's blog: https://karalydon.com/blog/ Blog post mentioned about mindfulness: https://karalydon.com/mindfulness/how-to-practice-self-compassion/ Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
Fiona Willer, AdvAPD is a dietitian and academic who has devoted her career to empower health professionals to adopt weight neutral practice by providing support and training in how and why to do so. In short, she wants to destroy the perception and practice of 'dietitian as food police.' She does this though online and in-person training and is in the final stretch of completing her PhD. She is such an asset to the dietetics field! In this podcast episode, Fiona and Paige discuss the history of weight research. Fiona breaks down the concept and history of BMI and dispels myths that have been perpetuated for decades about weight. She also gives an incredibly valuable insight into the biases in the research world. If you've ever wondered about the research that supports a weight-neutral approach to health and nutrition, listen in! Links mentioned: Fiona's website: http://www.healthnotdiets.com/ Fiona's podcast: https://www.unpackingweightscience.com/ Low fat versus low carb study discussed in this episode Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Webinar: A Dietitian's Role in Addiction Recovery (April 18, 11am) Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
Tiffany Roe is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, teacher, speaker, social media influencer, podcaster, & the owner of Mindful Counseling LLC in Orem, Utah. She passionately helps her clients remember they are enough. Tiffany has focused her career on treatment for women navigating eating disorder recovery, disordered eating, poor body image, poor relationships with themselves and food, substance abuse, anxiety, and low self-worth. She feels called to work with women and to help them find their purpose and self-worth. Tiffany believes you can love yourself, your mind, your body, and your relationship with food. She came on Nutrition Matters Podcast to talk all about a topic that is at the crux of so many of our struggles with food, body image and self-worth: feeling our feelings. You're going to love this episode! She walks us through why it's hard to feel what we feel and what beliefs often stand in our way. She also walks you through a guided meditation teaching you grounding skills to help you feel your emotions. She is brilliant, passionate, down-to-earth, relatable and so very good at her job as a therapist! Links mentioned: Tiffany's website: https://mindfulcounselingutah.com/ Tiffany on Instagram Therapy Thoughts podcast Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Webinar: A Dietitian's Role in Addiction Recovery (April 18, 11am) Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
109: Recovery When You're Hell-Bent on Not Recovering
Jennifer Ball struggled with an eating disorder for many years. Her struggle morphed from restriction to bingeing and everywhere in between. When she sought treatment, she was ready to tackle her struggles with bingeing, but she was hell-bent on maintaining her restriction behaviors. This is a fascinating look at something we don't talk about enough with eating disorder treatment—the fact that bingeing and restricting are both worth recovering from. And, restriction is often what is behind bingeing. So, if you're unwilling to work on your restriction, chances are very good that you will continue to struggle with bingeing. Jennifer talks in this episode about what finally clicked and how she went from hell-bent to not recovery to full-blown eating disorder recovery advocate. Links mentioned: Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Webinar: A Dietitian's Role in Addiction Recovery (April 18, 11am) Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
108: How Nutrition & Weight Messages are Affecting our Children
We all want the same things for our kids—happiness, health and overall positivity. After spending years listening to adults talk about the formative messages they received about their body and food during childhood, I have some strong opinions on how adults portray messaging about food and bodies with children. We mean well, but often our best efforts at nutrition messages are unhelpful at best and harmful at worst. This is what we're covering in this episode of Nutrition Matters Podcast. We're taking a good look at the nutrition messages we give our kids and breaking down why certain ways of talking about food aren't advised. I invited my friend Dana Snook on to talk about this topic who is is a registered dietitian who specializes in pediatric nutrition and family feeding dynamics. We talk about why it's best to talk less about and show/do more when it comes to food and kids. We talk about what is actually effective in helping kids to develop healthy eating patterns and an overall healthy relationship with food. We dive deep into action items parents and teachers can do to help kids navigate food and bodies in a mentally healthy and physically healthy way. Links mentioned: Dana Snook's website The lunchbox cards from The Feeding Doctor Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Webinar: A Dietitian's Role in Addiction Recovery (April 18, 11am) Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
Lauren Brereton, RDN writes poetry to heal, to learn and to grow. She has been publishing her poems on social media and she came on the podcast to talk about her poetry and how creating art has been a critical part of her healing. We talk about her story with food and body and in this episode of Nutrition Matters Podcast, she reads some of her favorite poems related to those topics. They are beautiful and powerful ways to express complex emotions and experiences. Links mentioned: Lauren Brereton on Instagram Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
Beauty Refined is a passion project of twins Lindsay and Lexie Kite who both have PhDs from the University of Utah and specialize in body image. Their nonprofit helps girls and women improve their body image and self-worth through online activism, online courses, and in-person speaking events. In this episode, we discuss how they got started in this work, how their relationship as twins affected their career paths and what they wished women and girls knew about bodies, body image and self-worth. Links mentioned: Beauty Redefined website: https://beautyredefined.org/ Beauty Redefined body image resilience training Lindsay's TedTalk BR on Instagram Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here
The body positive movement has so many elements to love about it. Not only is it making significant headway politically, but we are also seeing more and more research being conducted to look at weight stigma and other impacts on health beyond nutrition. More and more research is mounting against the dieting and weight manipulation paradigm and in support of pursuing health, not diets. One of the questions I get most often about the concept of body positivity is the idea of how to embrace body positivity if you feel like that's not in the cards for you. People all too often reject the paradigm outright because body positivity can feel overwhelming or impossible. This podcast episode explores one woman's journey toward self-acceptance. Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD-S is an eating disorder registered dietitian who lives in a disabled body. She talks about her struggles with accepting her body and it's limited ability to perform certain tasks. She talks about how her disability affects the work she does with clients trying to find body positivity and shares her own journey of how she's moved toward acceptance. Her story is a powerful look at resiliency and positivity. Links mentioned: Anna's website: http://www.wholeliferd.com/ Follow Anna on Instagram Leave a review for the podcast here Paige's online course Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB
Jessica Clayton, RD, IBCLC is an international board certified lactation consultant and has a passion for helping new moms figure out breastfeeding. She came on the podcast to talk about the work she does with new moms, sharing insight and wisdom about the science of breastmilk, and best practices for having a successful experience with feeding your new baby. Links mentioned: Jessica's website: http://breastfeedingbond.wixsite.com/lactation Leave a review for the podcast here Paige's online course Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB
Pursuing health and well-being is completely natural and understandable. It can be incredibly positive and life-enhancing. The trouble is, though, that true wellness has been reduced down to lists of foods to eat and foods to avoid, packaged up and commodified and sold back to us by the dieting industry. What can start out as a completely earnest and well-intentioned pursuit of health, can turn into problematic and disordered eating, all thanks to the many messages about health we're wading through all day every day. And, ironically, sometimes our pursuit of health can actually lead to poorer health outcomes, not better. This is especially true and especially tricky in our diet and thin-obsessed culture. Colleen Reichmann, PhD and Paige chat about the slippery slope of wellness culture. They discuss how our earnest attempts at wanting to feel good and take great care of ourselves can turn into more than that, and in the worst cases, full blown eating disorders. Listen in to learn how to be a critical consumer of wellness and health advice and how to stay grounded and truly well in the process. Links mentioned: Colleen's website: http://www.colleenreichmann.com/ Dr. Reichmann's recent article about The Slippery Slope of Wellness Culture Follow Dr. Colleen Reichmann on Instagram Harvard study on happiness Leave a review for the podcast here Paige's online course Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB
Clare Sheehan started an Instagram account about a year ago to document her journey in recovery and discovering body positivity. In this episode of Nutrition Matters Podcast, she shares her personal story of becoming body positive and the complexities and struggles in her ongoing journey. Clare talks about how her definition of body positivity has changed throughout the years and months of diving into the research, culture and movement behind it. She shares how growing up in a larger body and the associated stigma affected her life, self-love and her approach to food and her body and talks about what has helped her progress in her own personal journey. This episode is a fascinating look at one woman's story of what has resonated with her in the process of uncovering her own sense of self-love and how she has used her platform to advocate more widely in the body positive movement. Links mentioned: Follow Clare on Instagram Article by Kelsey Miller on Refinery 29 Leave a review for the podcast here Paige's online course Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB
What would happen if you all of a sudden gave yourself permission? Permission to eat what you want, permission to be your authentic self, permission to move your body in a way that feels good (rather than exercising out of a sense of body manipulation)? These are powerful questions to explore in your journey toward a healthier relationship with food and your body. Haley Goodrich, RDN is a dietitian and nutrition therapist who specializes in helping her clients create effective strategies and individualized solutions to nourish a happier and healthier life. On the podcast today, we discuss the concept of permission and explore it's powerful ability to transform our approach to food and self-care in general. Links mentioned: Haley's website: https://www.inspirdnutrition.com/ #INSPIRDtoSEEK Facebook group for professionals Follow Haley on Instagram Leave a review for the podcast here Paige's online course Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Check out the Mindful Eating Workshop on April 7
What exactly is mindful eating? We throw the term around regularly but don't always dive into the nitty gritty details of where the practice of mindfulness came from. This podcast was originally recorded for the Secular Buddhism Podcast and is being republished here when Paige was a guest on Noah's show. Listen in to learn more about the practice of mindfulness and how the ideas in mindfulness intersect with ideas of intuitive eating and body positivity. Links mentioned: Mindful Eating Workshop Paige's online course Facebook community for Nutrition Matters Podcast listeners
So, you've decided to stop dieting. But now, all of a sudden you are hearing dieting messages and diet talk all around you! How do you navigate social situations where people are constantly talking about their diets? Listen in as I chat with registered dietitian nutritionist, Hannah Turnbull, all about the mistakes we've made with our own experiences, and what we suggest you think about when it comes to navigating diet talk. Overall, we both believe strongly that you have a choice in how you engage, if you engage at all. You don't have to always ignore or stay silent, but you also don't have to constantly advocate and exhaust yourself in the process. We encourage you to look inward for the answers that are right for you in these tricky situations. Links mentioned: Hannah's website: https://healthyhanny.com
neglect the many, many men who struggle with various forms of disordered eating and eating disorders. In this episode, we talk with Andrew Walen, LCSW-C and author of the book Man Up to Eating Disorders about his personal experiences as well as his wisdom as an eating disorder therapist and owner of the Body Image Therapy Center. Men struggle too, and this episode aims to provide a tribe and community for men who suffer from eating disorders and disordered eating patterns. Links mentioned: Andrew Walen's practice website: https://thebodyimagecenter.com/ Man Up to Eating Disorders
Have you ever walked away from dieting only to find yourself right back in there a few months or weeks later? Dieting is intoxicating and alluring—we can find ourselves in situations where we're more vulnerable to go back to dieting, even when we intellectually understand why it's not working. And, going back to dieting when you know it doesn't bring you what you really want, can bring up all kind of shame and guilt. So, why does this happen? I sat down and talked about this question with Dr. Maria Paredes. We discuss how diet culture is like an abusive relationship and we talk about what the science says about the process of walking away from it for good. Links mentioned: Maria's practice website: https://www.threebirdscounseling.com/ Maria on FB: https://www.facebook.com/BodyPoliticsWithDrParedes/ All Fired Up podcast about dieting as an abusive relationship: http://untrapped.libsyn.com/diet-culture-is-an-abusive-relationship Leave a review for the podcast here Paige's online intuitive eating course Mindful Eating Workshop coming up April 7, 2018!!
96: How the Challenges of Motherhood can be a Catalyst for Growth & Healing
The shifts in identity, roles, responsibilities and every other aspect of life during motherhood can really throw a person for a loop. Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RD, CEDRD has created a supportive and body positive community for moms and moms-to-be to discuss the challenges and joys of motherhood. Today on the podcast, Lindsay and I discuss her own journey to motherhood and valuable lessons she learned about her relationship with food and her body as well as her mental health as she transitioned to motherhood. Links mentioned: Lindsay's website: https://nutritioninstincts.com/ The Nurtured Mama FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nurturedmamacommunity/ The Nurtured Mama podcast: https://thenurturedmama.club/podcast/ Leave a review for the podcast here Mindful Eating Workshop info: https://mindfuleatingworkshop.com/ Educate, Embrace, Empower online intuitive eating course
We spend a lot of time on Nutrition Matters Podcast talking about how to heal your relationship with food and your body. One of the very important components of approaching behaviors from a healthy perspective is to take a look at exercise/movement. For many, exercise can be a tricky component to incorporate in a way that's in balance and that doesn't become disordered. In this episode, I speak with Heather Caplan, RD about her own experience with developing a healthy relationship with exercise and her professional expertise about incorporating exercise and movement from an intuitive and/or mindful approach. We talk about how to find joy in moving your body, why it matters and provide some practical advice for incorporating exercise and movement into your life without creating chaos or rigidity. Links mentioned: Heather's website: http://heathercaplan.com/ Heather's podcast: RD Real Talk Leave a review for the podcast here Paige's online course More info about the upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop
Have you ever wondered if your struggles with food should or could be characterized by the food addiction label? Marci Evans, MS, CEDRD, cPT is a renowned eating disorder expert and nutrition therapist. She not only runs a very successful nutrition consulting business but also teaches at two universities and supervises dietitians in their clinical practice. She sat down to discuss food addiction theory and provides practical tips about working through struggles with food. We discuss in depth the science and theory behind food addiction and talk about why this is a controversial issue within the scientific and healthcare community. Links mentioned in this episode: Marci’s website: www.marcird.com One of the studies mentioned about food addiction Marci’s blog post about food addiction Paige's online course Leave a review for the podcast here More info about the upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop
Have you ever felt like your process of ditching dieting has become another all-or-nothing pursuit where you used to do things one way when you dieted, and now you are doing the complete opposite? This is a common experience where you reject one paradigm, militantly embracing an opposing one, but don't feel as fulfilled as you imagined. Often the answers of how to behave and think lie somewhere in that gray area where you are landing in a place that's right for you. Some might think that this sounds like you should straddle paradigms, keeping one foot in the dieting world. This is not what is intended by the "gray" of intuitive eating, and shouldn't be misunderstood to mean that I or my guest Leah Kirschbaum, RD, CD are recommending. But, as dietitians who work with individuals to hep them heal their relationship with food, we often see on a practical level how people struggle when intuitive eating and/or body positivity becomes an all-or-nothing pursuit. In this episode, Leah and I discuss how you will know when you've found that sweet spot with intuitive eating that's right for you and the dangers of all-or-nothing thinking can cause to your relationship with food, whether the all-or-nothing thinking is directed toward dieting or not. Links mentioned: Leah's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bodymeetsfood/ Paige's online course: https://www.paigesmathersrd.com/course Leave a review for the podcast here
92: How to Care About Your Eating Without Caring Too Much
The purpose of food and nutrition is to enable you to live a fulfilling and meaningful life, but not necessarily to be the object of life. Food is important, but doesn't need to occupy so much room in your life that you don't have energy for the important things. Emily Fonnesbeck, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist who is an outspoken advocate for orthorexia recovery among other topics within the Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating discourse. Emily joined me on the podcast this week to discuss her personal story with transitioning into motherhood and how her relationship with food changed during this transition in her life. We also discussed her eventual recovery from orthorexia and what eating and self-care in general look like for her now as a mother and dietitian. We talk about her experiences with pregnancy and how this has affected her own recovery and body image. We also dive into strategies for caring about your health and your eating without caring too much and how to honor the wisdom of your cravings. Share this episode with friends and family who might benefit! Links mentioned: Emily's website: http://www.emilyfonnesbeck.com/ Emily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilyfonnesbeck_rd/ Leave a review for the podcast here Educate, Embrace, Empower online course
91: Incorporating Intuitive Eating with a Chronic Illness
Tori Smedley is a registered-dietitian-to-be and a University of Utah student pursuing a degree in nutrition. In this podcast, she shares her personal story with navigating health concerns and a chronic illness while finding intuitive eating and body positivity. She shares her own eating story of the intersection between a chronic health condition and eating disorder recovery. You'll love her story and will benefit from her personal wisdom around the ideas of how to incorporate intuitive eating and trusting your body even when it may feel like its betrayed you. Links mentioned: Follow Tori's educational journey on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/torird2be/ Leave a review for the podcast here Educate, Embrace, Empower online course
It's that time of year! I wanted to publish this conversation right before the holiday season because the end of the year tends to bring chaos and nervousness around food and eating for many people. This time of year can also bring seemingly incessant diet talk and weight loss talk. I wanted to provide a resource for getting through the holidays (and the rest of the year, too) and to provide ideas for developing a skill set around normal eating. So, how do you approach food and eating without all the shoulds and shouldn'ts of dieting? What does 'normal eating' actually look like? Luckily for us, many brilliant thinkers have tackled these questions and there's good research to back up the benefits of learning the art of eating competence and normal eating. Today on the podcast, Katherine Zavodni, MPH, RDN, CD and I discuss Ellyn Satter's definition of normal eating and explore the concept of Eating Competence. Links mentioned: Eating competence: http://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/other/ecsatter.php Ellyn Satter’s definition of normal eating: https://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/how-to-eat/adult-eating-and-weight/ Study about how you absorb nutrients: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/851082 Milkshake study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21574706 Katherine's website: https://www.kznutrition.com/ Katherine on Facebook Leave a review for the podcast here Educate, Embrace, Empower online course
Sumner Brooks, MPH, RDN, LD and I discuss how providers, family members and communities can change the conversation about weight. We discuss the term "weight neutrality" and do our best to explore it in a way that will help listeners be able to not only apply this paradigm in their own life, but also in a way that listeners might be able to share this episode with friends and family who may not understand why you approach food and your body neutrally. To us, weight neutrality is a way of moving throughout the world that doesn't judge others by the way they appear. It's also a way of approaching ourselves with love and gentleness, allowing yourself to really tap into learning how to take the best care of yourself in a way that's right for you. It's also a way that providers can approach their patients and clients in a manner that is ethical, evidenced-based and effective. Sumner's work as a registered dietitian revolves around not only helping people make peace with food individually, but also in providing continuing education for dietitians through her online symposium and membership site, EDRDpro. If you're a wellness professional looking for more training in eating disorders and disordered eating, check it out! Links mentioned: Sumner's practice website: https://eattolivehappy.com/ EDRDpro symposium:https://edrdpro.com/ Leave a review for the podcast here Check out Paige's online course: https://www.paigesmathersrd.com/course Apply to work with Paige long-distance here: https://www.paigesmathersrd.com/individuals Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/151307215407026/
In this episode, I'm sharing a podcast I recorded with the host of the Birds and Bees podcast all about nutrition during pregnancy. We take a different look at the information and discuss the common difficulties women have during pregnancy from nausea to body image concerns. Women who are thinking about pregnancy, currently pregnant, or who recently had a baby—listen up! This is a great resource to help get on the right foot nutritionally and body image-wise before, during and after pregnancy. Enjoy!
86: Building Body Trust and Better Health through the Little Things
Tracy Brown, RD, LD/N is a somatic nutrition therapist, intuitive eating coach and embodiment teacher. She helps people come home to themselves through their bodies by healing their relationship with food and weight as well as feel safer and less frazzled in their bodies. For eleven years, she has guided people in healing from disordered eating and chronic dieting, as well as stress-related conditions. In this episode of NMP, Tracy and I discuss her own story of how she was a sensitive and highly feeling-oriented kid. A wide variety of factors led to Tracy eventually struggling with an eating disorder and eventually finding ultimate peace with food and a healthy relationship with it. Tracy and I discuss not only her personal story with food, but also define what gentle nutrition really is, we outline what a session with a dietitian looks like, and we talk about how the little things we do add up to help build trust within ourselves and our body. Links mentioned: Tracy's website Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Paige's online course Leave a review for the podcast here
Reba Sloan suffered from an eating disorder as an adolescent and young adult. She was able to recover fully and eventually went on to become one of the pioneers in the eating disorder world, working to provide hope for many individuals to heal their relationship with food. In this episode, she shares her perspective on food, health, nutrition, weight and body image and I'm sure you'll love what she has to say. Links mentioned: Reba's website National Eating Disorder Association Orthorexia information Ellyn Satter's work
84: Navigating Two Worlds—A Story of Body Image & Food Struggles Across Cultures
Melissa Carmona, LPCA is passionate about helping Spanish-speaking people have access to support and resources for mental health concerns. As a Colombian-American woman and mental health therapist, she is helping so many in their journey toward a more peaceful relationship with food and their body through her advocacy and professional work.
83: Giving Up Dieting and Exploring Health at Every Size
Nutrition Matters Podcast first explored the Health At Every Size paradigm in episode 41. In this episode with Meredith Noble, we take on the topic of HAES a second time, exploring it in even more depth than the first time. Together, we answer common questions about the HAES paradigm and attempt to dispel myths and misunderstandings about its scope and mission. Meredith Noble is a coach who helps plus-size people find food and body peace. Her practice combines Health at Every Size and intuitive eating philosophies. With her compassion and expertise, her clients learn how to feel more comfortable in their skin, be at ease around food, and leave toxic diet culture behind. “If you’ve been made on a generous plan, you have qualities that littleness can never possess. Who with any authority has said that slender persons are of the best type? Only carry yourself well, be reposeful and stately, with a brain that sits supremely on the throne of your being, and you may come into your kingdom of power and love.” - Beauty of Form and Grace of Vesture, 1892 Links mentioned: Meredith's website: http://www.generousplan.com/ Meredith's post about how she understands why people want to lose weight: http://www.generousplan.com/plus-size-understand-want-lose-weight/ Paige's article exploring what the word "healthy" actually means: https://www.paigesmathersrd.com/single-post/2017/07/24/What-Does-the-Word-Healthy-Actually-Mean Health At Every Size info: https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/
Join Paige and she discusses the concept of intuitive eating with registered dietitian Lauren Fowler. Lauren shares her personal history with Intuitive Eating and her wisdom about making it work in your life. Learn why intuitive eating is working for so many people to find freedom from dieting and to enjoy the eating experience again. In this episode published in the earlier years of NMP, Lauren and Paige outline how to become an intuitive eater. This is a great episode for anyone new to these concepts, wanting to know where to start and how to wrap your mind around a counter-cultural approach to food. Learn how to ditch dieting for good and hone in on lasting and sustainable healthy behaviors. Links mentioned in this episode: Lauren’s website: www.laurenfowler.co Lauren’s Make Peace with Food Email Course Paige's 10-week Online Course: Educate, Embrace, Empower
"A stressed out person often has a stressed out gut." In this episode, I invited my good friend Marci Evans, MS, CEDRD-S. LDN, cPT to join me on Nutrition Matters Podcast to talk about gut health and the dangers of elimination diets. Bloating, constipation, gas, and many other GI symptoms are often met with recommendations of elimination diets as the standard protocol and intervention for gut health. Many people in our society right now are removing entire food groups and/or common allergens in order to try to understand what is causing the digestive problems. Many people with a long-standing chaotic relationship with food and many with eating disorders find that these protocols are causing more harm than good. There's so much to learn about gut health and it's a topic that science is only beginning to scratch the surface in understanding. Tune in to hear an in-depth conversation about how to have a healthy gut without letting that pursuit lead to you to yet another diet trap. Links mentioned: Squatty potty Clinical Guide to Probiotics App Iberogast
80: Why Women with PCOS Don't Need to Torture Themselves with Diets
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a metabolic and hormonal disorder that, in many cases, wreaks havoc on the entire body. The cause is unknown and the treatments are far from well-established and/or completely grounded in science. Common advice from medical practitioners is to lose weight. Unfortunately, however well-intentioned the advice may be, the pursuit of weight loss through diets more often than not leads to even more pronounced and worsened disease state in the body. Women with PCOS are in a rock and a hard place: they're told to lose weight to help treat the condition, but attempting weight loss only makes behaviors and mental health worse off than they were initially. So what should women with PCOS do with their diagnosis? Listen in as I speak with PCOS expert, Julie Duffy Dillon, RD, about what women with PCOS can do to pursue health in the face of their diagnosis. Links mentioned: Julie's PCOS and food peace FB group Julie's PCOS and food peace website
79: How Racism and Historical Trauma Manifest Themselves in Struggles with Food and Body Image
Gloria Lucas is a champion for eating disorder awareness and body positivity and the owner and founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP). NPP is not your regular body positive project. NPP is a Xicana-Brown*-Indigenous project that focuses on intersectional body positivity, eating disorders awareness, and cultural affirmation. NPP was started in 2014 by Gloria in Southern California with the goal of relating historical trauma, social oppression, and eating disorders. NPP believes that racism, colonialism, ableism, homophobia, (etc.,) are all factors that lead to violent relationships with food and the phenomenon of destitute body image in communities of color. NPP offers education, social media content, support groups, and an Etsy store. In this episode, Gloria and I discuss: the racism that runs through the body positive movement, the issues women of color experience that can contribute to struggles with food and body image and how people in other groups can support the work that women are already doing to help women find peace with food and their bodies. *In this context, Brown refers to the mixed descendants of the indigenous from (what is known today as) America. Links mentioned in this episode: Gloria on Instagram: Nalgona Positivity Pride Support Gloria's work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nalgonapositivitypride Gloria's Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NalgonaPositiveShop A Hunger So Wide and So Deep by Becky Thompson
Krystal Thompson is a Professional Yoga Therapist and Intersectional Body Positivity Activist. Krystal’s work focuses on helping people be in good relationship with their body, while recognizing that there are systems of oppression working to undermine feelings of self-love and worthiness. Her work rests on the belief that all humans are worthy of love and respect. As we do the work to feel better about ourselves and to better love and respect ourselves, we are able to offer more love and respect to the world. Krystal is a settler-Canadian currently living and working on the traditional, unceded lands of the Yellowknives Dene on Chief Drygeese territory. Krystal and I share a love of yoga and in this episode, we explore how the practice of yoga teaches you beautiful truths about life if you let it. We both believe that yoga is for EVERY body and that it can be a powerful tool in your journey toward a healthier relationship with food and your body. Links mentioned: Krystal's website: http://www.thelusciouslife.ca/ Nutrition Matters Podcast FB Study Group Paige's online course: heal your relationship with food! Leave a review on iTunes
There have been some changes with the podcast over the last few weeks. Starting with this episode, I will be republishing some of the fan favorites from the earliest episodes of the podcast once per month to help new listeners discover some of the earlier greats! The first of a series of earlier NMP episodes is this classic from Madelyn Moon. Maddy is a former fitness model who shares her personal story of what it’s really like to prepare for a fitness competition and what the physical and mental side effects are to living that lifestyle. Madelyn shares personal details from why she was bloated constantly to why she lacked desire for connection with others and talks about how she found healing. She shares her message of why body positivity is something worth fighting for. Links mentioned in this episode: Madelyn’s website: www.maddymoon.com Free gift for NMP listeners Madelyn’s book: Confessions of a Fitness Model Madelyn’s podcast: Mind Body Musings Nutrition Matters Podcast FB study group Educate, Embrace, Empower online course: heal your relationship with food! Leave a review for the podcast on iTunes
76: What it's Really Like to be a Healthy Living Blogger
"Food was such an obsession...I was definitely on the spectrum of orthorexia. I was obsessed with healthy eating." Alexis Joseph is a well known healthy living blogger, restaurant owner and registered dietitian. She's recently written a lot on her blog about her transition toward food freedom and intuitive eating, moving away from strict veganism to more of a connection to her body. If you've ever wondered what it's really like to be the person behind the perfect pictures and food you see on Pinterest and Instagram, listen to Alexis' story. She's honest, real and raw about why she ditched her restrictive eating to the curb. She talks about the reactions she's gotten from the vegan community as well as the reactions she's gotten from her loyal readers. Listen in for a fascinating conversation about what it's really like to be a food and healthy living blogger. Links mentioned: Alexis Joseph's blog: http://www.hummusapien.com/ Her recent posts about her transition to intuitive eating: http://www.hummusapien.com/i-have-been-changed-for-good/ http://www.hummusapien.com/eating-intuitively-helped-live-intuitively/ http://www.hummusapien.com/became-eater-want/ Nutrition Matters Podcast FB study group Educate, Embrace, Empower online course: heal your relationship with food! Leave a review for the podcast on iTunes
75: Why Gay Men Need A Body Positivity Movement, Too
“Too many of us have spent too much of our lives trapped in the closet. May we not spend the rest of them trapped in the gym.” I recently came across an incredible article written by a therapist using his voice to proclaim that gay men deserve to move toward a kinder approach and relationship with their bodies. As soon as I read the article, I reached out and asked if he'd be willing to come on the podcast to talk about this important topic. In this conversation, Zach Verwey and I discuss the barriers to body positivity in the gay community as well as understanding the cultural history around body image concerns that are still prevalent among gay men. This conversation is obviously a sensitive subject for many and Zach and I did our best to talk about this subject with sensitivity and respect. Links mentioned: Zach's website: http://www.zachverwey.com/ Zach's Huffington post article
Anna Lutz, MPH, RDN, LD, CEDRD specializes in eating disorders and pediatric/family nutrition. Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University and Master of Public Health in Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and an Approved Supervisor both through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp). I was so honored to have the chance to sit down with Anna for the second time to hash out some of the listener questions after we recorded part I. Parents, teachers and any other adults who have children in their life that they love: listen in! You're going to love this episode! Links mentioned in this episode: Anna's website: http://lutzandalexander.com/ Ellyn Satter'sDivision of Responsibility Nutrition Matters Podcast FB study group Educate, Embrace, Empower online course: heal your relationship with food! Leave a review for the podcast on iTunes
The newest documentary stirring up all kinds of controversy in the nutrition and health world is "What the Health". After getting multiple questions about my opinion on this film, I decided to get a panel of dietitians together to talk about our reactions to the documentary. In this episode, I speak with Vincci Tsui, RD and Kathleen Hernder, RD, CDE who are two registered dietitians passionate about helping people live happy, healthy lives. Kathleen is a certified diabetes educator in addition to her training as a registered dietitian. In this episode, we break down some of the scientific claims that Kip, the documentary narrator, invokes as proof that we should all be eating a vegan diet. We discuss the film with a critical eye, and try to show another side to the inflammatory and fear-based wording of the film. Share this episode with friends and family to show a different side to the conversation. Links mentioned and further resources: Kathleen Hernder's website Vincci Tsui's website Mayo Clinic review of cancer risk Another study about processed meat WHO 2015 statement about processed meat at colorectal cancer risk
72: Loving with Limits—A Conversation about Parent Feeding Styles
In this episode, I talked with Jill Castle, MS, RDN who is a childhood nutrition expert, author and mother of four. We talk about the different feeding styles parents can have and discuss why parents approach feeding their kids the way they do. We also outline how to navigate difficult conversations with your kids about weight and food when those topics come up in your home. Every parent wants the best for their child. Every parent wants to provide the tools and education for their children to grow healthfully and happily. But, sometimes even well-intentioned parents approach the feeding relationship in ways that perpetuate or even create issues around food, eating and body image. Jill and I talk about how to avoid the common pitfalls of the feeding relationship and how to feed your children fearlessly. Jill is a registered dietitian nutritionist, a sought-after speaker the author of several books, a podcast host and a blogger. Links mentioned: Jill's website: https://jillcastle.com/ Jill's books The Nourished Child Podcast hosted by Jill Castle, MS, RDN
71: A Radically Respectful Approach to Nutrition & Health
All too often, visits with health care providers leave you feeling like you're a total failure and it can be so discouraging to feel like your questions weren't really answered because you were being judged or not really heard/seen. This is what I chatted with Katherine Zavodni, MPH, RDN about on the podcast. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist who believes wholeheartedly in a radically respectful approach to nutrition and health. In this episode, she outlines what exactly that means and why she approaches her clients in that way. In this episode, Katherine and I talk about what it means to be radically respectful in your own journey with health and nutrition and what it means to receive radically respectful care from providers. We also outline why it's pretty "radical" to be respectful to yourself in a world that values dieting and certain body types above all others. Katherine also dives into her own story of dealing with a chronic illness that changed the way she approached food and her body. Links mentioned: Katherine's website: https://www.kznutrition.com/ Nutrition Matters Podcast FB study group Educate, Embrace, Empower online course: heal your relationship with food! Leave a review for the podcast on iTunes
70: A Discussion Around the Controversy of the Netflix Film 'To The Bone'
Netflix is releasing a film chronicling a woman who is suffering from anorexia nervosa. While the documentary clearly has good intentions, it's stirring up a great deal of controversy within the eating disorder recovery community. I spoke with Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C about her concerns about the documentary and broaden the conversation about how we, as a community of people who are about these issues, might do better in the future. Jennifer is an incredible writer, therapist, speaker in Rockville, Maryland, who specializes in eating disorder and body image recovery. She is passionate about helping people to find freedom from eating disorders and body-hatred, and to discover self-compassion. Links mentioned: Jennifer's Huffpost article critiquing the documentary Jennifer's website including her blog and social media links 9 Truths About Eating Disorders
69: Busting Nutrition Myths—Exploring Weight Loss, Adrenal Fatigue and More
You know as well as anyone about the fact that there are differing and clashing recommendations about food and nutrition science in general. Myths about nutrition are everywhere and are often perpetuated by well-intentioned, yet uninformed, people. This episode is all about taking some of the most common nutrition myths and debunking them, mythbuster style. I invited my friend, Jessi Haggerty, RD, CPT to come on the podcast to talk about some of her most recent blog posts where she's tackled some of these controversial issues within the world of nutrition. Together we explore the myths of weight loss, menopause, belly fat and adrenal fatigue. This episode is not intended to replace any individualized medical care from your treatment team and as always, you are advised to seek care from a qualified medical team for your specific needs. Links mentioned: Jessi's website: http://www.jessihaggerty.com/ The BodyLove Project Podcast Jessi's blog
There has been a lot of excitement around the idea of mindful eating (and mindfulness in general) over the last few years. With all the chatter about this important approach to life/eating, I thought I'd invite an expert to come on the podcast to talk about the art of mindfulness. Noah Rasheta is the host of the Secular Buddhism Podcast. He has completed formal training for lay ministry in buddhism. He focuses his podcast around the quote from the Dalai Lama who said: "Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” In this episode, Noah and I discuss some of my favorite principles of Buddhism. We talk about the power of questions (rather than answers), we discuss the art of self-compassion, we talk about how to create a gap between a stimulus and a response, Noah makes the point that the little things aren't little, we discuss how to reduce suffering and the concept of non-attachment, and more. Practicing the principles of Buddhism and mindfulness in general can help lead to a more joyful, fulfilled life. This conversation with Noah revolves around the ideas of a mindful approach to food, eating and body image. Links mentioned: Noah's website: https://secularbuddhism.com/ Secular Buddhism podcast on Facebook Secular Buddhism Podcast Study Group
Rana Olk is extremely passionate about the work she does in helping women find food freedom. She is passionate about that work because she has been through decades of struggling herself. Today on the podcast, she shares her story of recovery from binge eating disorder after decades of feeling like it was hopeless. In this episode, Rana talks about her childhood and where the behaviors started. She explains some of the cultural differences she experienced in her youth growing up in Turkey as well as the United States. Her story is equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant—make sure you make it to the end so you can hear all about how she persevered and overcame her struggles. This powerful story will give anyone hope that recovery is possible and worth it no matter your age. Links mentioned: Rana Olk's website: https://www.ranaolk.com/ Rana on Instagram
We live in a world saturated with information. More than ever, podcasts, blogs and social media have exposed each of us to more information about how other people live and what other people's struggles. Culturally, it seems there is a trend toward more awareness about how our words and behaviors affect other people. Many posts on social media will contain trigger warnings as an effort to help warn people about potentially triggering content in the post or episode. All of these things are SO important to help create a world that's safer and more kind. I wanted to have a conversation about how to navigate and manage triggers in our environment. I think it's fantastic that there is a growing awareness and sensitivity to triggers and that efforts are being made to avoid certain subjects or words that hurt people. I also think it's important to have a conversation about how all of us can remain in our own power when we feel triggered by others. I invited Charlene Smith, LCSW, to join me for a second time on the podcast to talk about how to create boundaries, ask for what you need, avoid reactivity and how to create a dialogue with people who you don't agree with. This conversation is SO important in recovery from struggles with food and body image because people around you WILL say and do things that trigger you—so it's important to figure out how to navigate those situations without feeling hopeless and discouraged.
The feedback about Nutrition Matters Podcast listeners' excitement for intuitive eating has been so much fun and so encouraging! Thank you for all your support and excitement for learning about a more gentle approach to nutrition and health. Many listeners have written in asking for more episodes around the ideas of raising kids who are able to reject the dieting mentality and tune into their own body's needs. Because of all the great questions and requests I've gotten from listeners, I wanted to bring on my friend Anna Lutz to talk about her expertise in the area of helping kids maintain their innate ability to connect with their bodies throughout their whole lives. Anna Lutz, MPH, RDN, LD, CEDRD specializes in eating disorders and pediatric/family nutrition. Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University and Master of Public Health in Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and an Approved Supervisor both through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp). I was so honored to have the chance to sit down with Anna and hash out some of the most common questions I get from listeners and clients who wonder how to help their kids become intuitive eaters for life. Parents, teachers and any other adults who have children in their life that they love: listen in! You're going to love this episode. Links mentioned in this episode: Anna's website: http://lutzandalexander.com/
64: Healing from Trauma, PTSD, and Struggles with Food: #DontMissIt with Jenni Schaefer
Happy Eating Recovery Day! May 2 is a day where we shed light on signs and symptoms of eating disorders to help increase awareness to ensure that friends, family and healthcare professionals don't miss the chance to help someone who is struggling. This year's theme for Eating Recovery Day is #dontmissit. This theme is SO great because it can mean different things to different people. To some, that means don't miss the chance to recover, for others, it means don't miss out on life and all of its precious moments. No matter how you interpret the don't miss it theme, it's an important message to keep in mind as you navigate creating a healthier relationship with food and your body. I brought the fabulous Jenni Schaefer on the podcast to talk about her own experience of missing out on signs and symptoms of PTSD for many years during her eating disorder recovery. Jenni is an internationally known writer and speaker whose work has helped shape and change the face of eating disorder recovery. She has written many books including Life Without Ed, Almost Anorexic and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. In this episode we talk about Jenni's journey of discovering that she had PTSD and her path toward healing. She talks candidly about trauma and how she put her healing first. Her story is an important example of this year's theme of #dontmissit. Even if you don't identify as struggling with an eating disorder or PTSD, this episode is a must-listen! Links mentioned: Jenni's website: https://www.jennischaefer.com/ Eating Recovery Day information
63: Living with Type I Diabetes and an Eating Disorder
Quinn Nystrom has been a diabetes advocate for over 20 years. She is the author of the book "If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?" and is actively involved in the diabetes community to help spread awareness of the intersection of type I diabetes and eating disorders. Quinn herself struggled for 12 years with an eating disorder while simultaneously managing her type I diabetes. Links mentioned: Quinn's website including information on her book: If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?
62: How Each of Us Can Help Prevent Struggles with Food and Body Image
"No one is responsible for causing eating disorders...but, everyone is responsible to help prevent them." This was one of the many amazingly profound things Dr. Levine said during this podcast episode. Dr. Michael Levine is a retired psychology professor who has spent the majority of his career researching the question of how to prevent eating disorders. His career has been full of advocacy for women, body image concerns and prevention of eating disorders. In this episode we talk about his research and advocacy for a better, more kind world about these sensitive issues. We also talk about how each of us can help shift the tide toward a better cultural environment that decreases the risk of eating disorder development. He also shared about a specific intervention that a world-renowned body image researcher did with a group of ballerinas that had incredible results and that is directly related to how each of us can improve our personal relationship with food and our bodies. You are going to love this conversation with Michael! His ideas about prevention and advocacy are so important for the health and happiness of the rising generation and each of us. Links mentioned in this episode: Dr. Niva Piran's research interests and research articles Contact Dr. Michael Levine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Sheldon is doing amazing things with spreading awareness about men and eating disorders through his blog and social media work. He shares his story of struggling with binge eating disorder in this episode and talks about what he'd like to see change in the body image, weight and food conversation. Ryan is a true genuine soul who is out there trying to do good in this world and I absolutely loved getting to know him in this episode. Links mentioned in this episode: Ryan's Instagram account Ryan's blog: http://confessionsofabingeeater.com/ National Eating Disorders Association website (for more education about eating disorders)
I recently put out a question on social media about how to have conversations with kids about other people's weight. I had someone comment with an absolutely horrific story about how she has been treated by a friend based on her weight. After chatting back and forth, she offered to come on the podcast to talk about her experiences of living in a larger body. In this episode she shares experiences and moments in her life where she felt seen, heard and loved. She also shares times where comments from others have really hurt her. Our intention in this episode is to shed light on what it's like to have a body that is deemed "unacceptable" in our world today and how we all can do a little bit better at loving and supporting the diverse people in our lives. We talk about how to give more meaningful compliments, how to treat people better and how to have more empathy for the various experiences we each have. Every person everywhere deserves self-love and deserves to be treated well. Join me for my free webinar this week! paigesmathersrd.com/webinar
59: The Power of Authenticity in Healing your Relationship with Food: A Conversation about the Book Love Warrior
I recently read the book Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. I loved it so much and appreciated the raw vulnerability and brave way the author shares her story with the world. So many of the themes in the book relate to women's journeys finding their true authentic selves through making peace with food and learning to love themselves. I asked fellow registered dietitian, Valery Kallen, MS, RD, to come on the podcast to discuss this great book with me to see how we can draw wisdom and guidance as we continue working through exploring what really matters with nutrition and health. You are going to LOVE this conversation with Val. And if you haven't read the book already, I highly recommend it! Links mentioned: Val Kallen's website Val on Instagram Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
58: Body Kindness Matters—Shifting the Focus of Health from Weight Loss to Well-Being
In this episode of Nutrition Matters Podcast, I interview registered dietitian and author, Rebecca Scritchfield, about her brand new book, Body Kindness. This book is all about this core message: "You can't hate yourself healthy. But you can choose to treat your body with kindness, love and respect throughout your life." I love this approach and I am so excited about the energy surrounding her new book. In this interview, we dive into Rebecca's own journey of finding a more compassionate and kind approach to health including themes of motherhood, self-talk, behavior change, and more. You are going to love this conversation! Links mentioned: Rebecca's Body Kindness website Follow Rebecca on Facebook or Instagram National Eating Disorders Awareness week free screening tool: http://nedawareness.org/screening
57: How the Donut Eating Dietitian Finds Balance with Nutrition
Ashley Smith, MS, RDN has personal and professional experience with eating disorders. She has successfully navigated through a difficult experience with an eating disorder and now shares her loves for food on her blog and in her professional work as a dietitian. On social media she's known as 'The Donut Eating Dietitian' and I absolutely fell in love with her fun way of showcasing how she finds balance with her foods. I asked her to come on the podcast to talk about her story and how she balances a gentle concern for nutrition with room for indulging and having fun with food. Links mentioned: Ashley's blog: thedonuteatingdietitian.com Ashely on IG
Samantha Skelly struggled deeply with her relationship with food and her body during early adulthood. Through her struggle, she was inspired to create Hungry for Happiness: a company dedicated to spreading the message of hope, healing and happiness and committed to helping women all over the world find peace with food and their bodies. She came on the podcast to talk about lessons she's learned about how to create more trust within ourselves in order to be able to tap into our intuition with food and life in general. Links mentioned: Hungry for Happiness website: http://hungryforhappiness.com/ Samantha on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samantha.skelly.1 Samantha on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hungryforhappiness/ Samantha's Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/samanthaskelly
55: What Really Matters about Nutrition & Health during College
Angi Mook is a PhD candidate at Indiana State University and she and I sat down to talk about what really matters in nutrition and health during college. We discuss common areas where college students struggle with food and health and provide some practical ways to move in the right direction toward better health, both mentally and physically.
54: Getting EXTREMELY Practical about Intuitive Eating
I've worked for years to help people troubleshoot intuitive eating. I believe that intuitive eating can work for ANYONE: but, it's incredibly important to learn about how to make it your own, rather than just blindly following someone else's interpretation or black-and-white rules. Join me as I talk with Jessi Haggerty from the BodyLove Podcast about the practical ways I approach intuitive eating for myself and my clients. This interview was recorded originally for her podcast but she shared the audio file with me and I'm republishing on Nutrition Matters Podcast because I think you all will love our conversation! And, it's a little change-up because I play the role of interviewee here instead of interviewer. Links mentioned: Jessi Haggerty's website (blog, podcast, workout plans) Jessi's podcast: BodyLove Project on iTunes We mentioned my upcoming FREE webinar: The Six Most Common Intuitive Eating Pitfalls & How to Work Through Them
53: How One Woman Made Huge Strides Toward a Healthier Relationship with Food & Her Body
I just launched my online course!! It's been years in the making and I'm so excited to share this episode. This conversation is with one of the beta testers of the course and she talks all about her experiences of how she's made huge progress in healing her relationship with food and her body. She has some incredible important insight, so listen in—you're going to learn so much! I know I did.
In this episode, I talk with dietetic intern and RD-to-be, Kate Bennett, about her own personal story with recovery from an eating disorder as well as some of the tricky ways dieting and the culture surrounding it creep into our lives. We provide practical ideas for how to kindly but assertively deal with people in our lives who are not on board with the non-dieting approach (yet!). Links mentioned in this episode: Kate's blog: thedomestikatedlife.com
51: How I Became a Registered Dietitian and What it's Like to be in Private Practice
If you're considering a career in dietetics, listen to this episode to get some questions answered! In this episode, I take on frequently asked questions about how to become a registered dietitian as well as what it's like to be in private practice. Links mentioned: Lean Green Bean's story of becoming a dietitian Anne the RD's story of becoming a dietitian