Nutrition Matters Podcast

By Paige Smathers, RDN, CD

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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.

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133: Exploring a Path to True Health & Happiness
Monica Mo, PhD is a brand and media strategist and business coach for health professionals. She shares her process of being involved in the scientific world with models and studies and how she evolved into her professional and personal approach to health. We talk specifically about the power of humanity in the work we do as health professionals.
In this episode, Monica shares about her top three values she boils down her health and happiness to. We explore those values, what they mean to 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. 
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Sep 18, 2018
132: We Are All Born to Eat
Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN came on the podcast to talk about her book Born to Eat. We talk about Leslie's guiding philosophy that each of us is truly born to eat. We talk about her unique approach to feeding infants that ultimately helps families find a pattern and rythmn with food and eating that promotes body positivity and food peace from the beginning.
In this podcast, we talk about Baby-Led Weaning and self-feeding. We talk about fears and concerns parents have when introducing solids 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.
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Sep 12, 2018
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.
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Sep 05, 2018
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.
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Aug 29, 2018
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!
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Aug 22, 2018
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.
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Aug 15, 2018
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.
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Aug 08, 2018
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.
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Aug 01, 2018
125: Resilience Through Loss
Laura Iu is a registered dietitian, intuitive eating coach and yoga teacher who is passionate about helping people heal their relationships with food and body. She lives and works in New York City and helps people heal themselves through food and joyful movement. Laura founded Nourish New York, where she offers private yoga and intuitive eating coaching.
In this episode, Laura shares her experience of losing both of her parents early in her childhood. She talks about how the experience of 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. 
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Jul 25, 2018
124: Performative Health vs. Embodied Wellbeing
This podcast episode dives deep into some of the most critical and core concepts within the realm of health and healing. I spoke with Dr. Lilia Graue, who is both a physician as well as a psychotherapist, to dive into the distinctions between performative health versus embodied wellbeing.
Lilia Graue, MD, LMFT, is an eating disorders specialist and clinical supervisor; mindfulness, compassion and mindful eating instructor; and Certified Body Trust® Provider. With 18 years of clinical 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.
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Jul 18, 2018
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
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Jul 11, 2018
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.
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Jul 04, 2018
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.
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Jun 27, 2018
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. 
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Jun 20, 2018
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.
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Jun 13, 2018
118: Exploring Hormonal Health

Hormonal health is a trendy topic right now. But, how can we navigate figuring out what's fact versus fiction when it comes to hormones?

I invited the fabulous Robyn Nohling, FNP, RD, MSN who is both a registered dietitian and board certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in women's health along with eating disorders and disordered eating to tack the topic of hormones with me on the podcast.

We talk about her philosophical and treatment approach evolution throughout her career 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!

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Jun 06, 2018
117: Is Food Medicine?
Hippocrates famously declared: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
While this sounds nice and seems harmless, there are important nuances to explore about whether or not food is medicine. There are real implications that this philosophy can bring, and this podcast episode outlines where seeing food as medicine can be a slippery slope and where it can actually lead to poorer health outcomes.
Katie Davis, RDN, CD joined me on this episode to share her very personal story 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.
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May 30, 2018
116: Letting Go of the Shoulds with Food

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

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May 23, 2018
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.
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May 16, 2018
114: Why Diversifying Dietetics Matters
Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, CPHIMS and Deanna Belleny, MPH, RDN are the co-founders of a new non-profit, Diversify Dietetics which is a a community to attract, encourage and empower students and young professionals of color who were seeking careers in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
Diversify Dietetics provides mentorship opportunities to students and young dietitians of color, spotlights RDs of color in the work they do, and provides training and resources for internship directors in 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.
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May 10, 2018
113: Exploring Weight Stigma
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.
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May 02, 2018
112: Challenging All-or-Nothing Thinking
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. 
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Apr 25, 2018
111: Breaking Down Weight Science
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!
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Apr 17, 2018
110: How to Feel your Feelings
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!
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Apr 11, 2018
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.
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Apr 04, 2018
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.
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Mar 28, 2018
107: The Intersection of Art & Healing
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. 
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Mar 21, 2018
106: Beauty Redefined and Body Image Resilience
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.
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Mar 14, 2018
105: But, I Don't Want to Accept This Body

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.

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Mar 07, 2018
104: The Basics of Breastfeeding
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. 

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Feb 28, 2018
103: The Slippery Slope of Wellness Culture

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.

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Feb 21, 2018
102: Becoming Body Positive
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. 

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Feb 14, 2018
101: The Power of Permission

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. 

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Feb 07, 2018
100: What is Mindful Eating?

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.

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Feb 01, 2018
99: Strategies for Navigating Diet Talk

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.

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Jan 24, 2018
98: A Male Perspective on Eating Disorders
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.
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Jan 17, 2018
97: Leaving Diet Culture 7 Times

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.

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Jan 10, 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. 

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Jan 03, 2018
95: How to Heal Your Relationship with Exercise
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.
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Dec 27, 2017
94: Food Addiction—Fact or Fiction?

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.

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Dec 21, 2017
93: Embracing the Gray with Intuitive Eating

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. 

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Dec 12, 2017
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!
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Dec 05, 2017
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. 
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Nov 29, 2017
90: Exploring Normal Eating
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.
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Nov 22, 2017
89: Fat: An Evolving Story

Is fat our friend or our foe? Listen as I interview Thunder Jalili, PhD, Associate Professor and director of the Nutrition Sciences Department at the University of Utah’s Division of Nutrition and Integrated Physiology about the history, current research, and controversy surrounding this macronutrient. We talk in depth about the diet heart hypothesis and take a close look at cholesterol, fat intake in general, and heart health. You’ll finish this episode with a deeper understanding the politics that sometimes surround research and policy about nutrition.

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Nov 17, 2017
88: Exploring Weight Neutrality
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!
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Nov 10, 2017
87: Pregnancy Nutrition Questions Answered

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!

Nov 02, 2017
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.
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Oct 25, 2017
85: From Anorexia to Eating Disorder Dietitian

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.

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Oct 18, 2017
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. 

In this episode of NMP, she shares her very personal story of her own struggle with body image and food and sheds light on how difficult it can be to navigate two worlds. We talk about growing up in Colombia and what it was like to move to the US at age 16, we talk about her feelings about motherhood, and she even takes some time to express her message in Spanish.

Listen for an inspiring story of resilience and perseverance!

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Oct 11, 2017
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
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Oct 04, 2017
82: How to Become an Intuitive Eater

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.

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Sep 27, 2017
81: Gut Health and Elimination Diets
"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.
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Sep 19, 2017
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.
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Sep 13, 2017
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.
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Sep 06, 2017
78: Exploring the Benefits of Yoga
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.
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Aug 30, 2017
77: Confessions of a Fitness Model

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.

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Aug 23, 2017
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.
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Aug 15, 2017
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. 

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Aug 04, 2017
74: Raising Intuitive Eaters Part II

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!

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Jul 26, 2017
73: What the Health Review
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.
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Jul 20, 2017
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.
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Jul 14, 2017
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. 
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Jul 06, 2017
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. 
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Jun 28, 2017
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. 
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Jun 22, 2017
68: The Art of Mindfulness
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.
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Jun 12, 2017
67: Food Freedom After Forty—It's Never Too Late

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.

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Jun 02, 2017
66: Triggers—Sensitivity without Censoring
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.
May 24, 2017
65: Raising Intuitive Eaters
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.
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May 09, 2017
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! 

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May 02, 2017
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.
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  • Quinn's website including information on her book: If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?
Apr 24, 2017
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.
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  • Dr. Niva Piran's research interests and research articles
  • Contact Dr. Michael Levine:
Apr 13, 2017
61: A Millennial Man with Binge Eating Disorder
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. 
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Apr 03, 2017
60: What it's Like to Live in a Larger Body
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!
Mar 14, 2017
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!

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Mar 06, 2017
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!
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Mar 02, 2017
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.

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Feb 13, 2017
56: Rewiring Your Body's Trust Blueprint

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. 

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Feb 02, 2017
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.

Jan 09, 2017
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. 
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Dec 26, 2016
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. 

Dec 17, 2016
52: How to Recognize and Combat Diet Culture

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!). 

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Dec 09, 2016
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. 

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  • Lean Green Bean's story of becoming a dietitian
  • Anne the RD's story of becoming a dietitian
Nov 21, 2016
50: Finding Your Own Way with Intuitive Eating

Kristi Cheek is a registered nurse who lived many years struggling with disordered eating. Recently, she was diagnosed with food allergies and also discovered intuitive eating. In this podcast episode she talks about how she's been able to incorporate intuitive eating into her life despite her medically necessary food restrictions. She's truly found a way to make intuitive eating her own.

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Nov 14, 2016
49: A Recovery Story from a College Student

Alyssa Cristadoro is a nineteen-year-old college student and blogger who has found her way to recovery from an eating disorder at a young age. She is so strong in her convictions of self-love and a balanced, healthy relationship with food. Listen as she shares her story of how she found peace with food and a healthy outlook on weight, body image, and food.

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Nov 03, 2016
48: Pregnancy: Nutrition, Exercise and a Healthy Body Image

Kristi Spence, MS, RDN, CSSD is back for the third time on NMP to discuss how to have a mentally and physically healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy can be an amazing time full of wonderful experiences, but it can also bring up some difficult feelings about food, weight and exercise. In this conversation, we talk about ways to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, how to exercise during pregnancy, how to think about weight gain in a way that hopefully feels less daunting and overwhelming, and ways to get in adequate nutrition during pregnancy. We also briefly touch on lactation and postpartum nutrition. 

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Oct 16, 2016
47: Letter From a Listener—There are Times When Hope Seems Fleeting

Emily Fonnesbeck, RD and Marci Evans, MS, CEDRD, cPT are back on the podcast to have a discussion about a listener letter all about eating disorder recovery. Themes of home, black and white thinking, perfectionism, community and how to take steps forward are all discussed and more. You'll love the words of this letter and the wisdom of the panel members!

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Text of the Letter:

There are times when hope seems fleeting. Anxiety, depression, guilt and shame can be so prevalent. There are also times where you just don't feel worthy of an answer to anything especially an answer to prayer. I want to let you know that these are the times when we need to continue to pray, continue to have hope and lean on the knowledge that there is a purpose to everything.

I have experienced this and continue to experience this now. No one ever asks for adversity or challenges that can either break a person or through the experience will make them stronger, and in some situations you may have the opportunity to even be able to help someone whom is going through the same trials. This doesn't make it any easier. Yet can make it bearable.

I have struggled for many years now with something called "an eating disorder” I call it the "Cloud" because this is how I felt, surrounded by a thick, dark and daunting, cloud. I have a difficult time calling it anorexia. Yet this is what it is. This can affect anyone, it doesn’t matter the size you are, sex, or age. Eating disorders do not discriminate. I was diagnosed a little over 2 years ago now. Yet now I understand it started many years before that. It starts small, and continues to develop into something that becomes out of control, the interesting part is control is what you think you are achieving. But you are actually in a downward spiral. I was in denial that anything was wrong and at times I still have doubts that I even had or have a problem.

I felt so alone, but this is the time when I was surrounded by those who loved me. I was blinded by shame and guilt. I wanted to be the perfect mom, wife, daughter and friend. As I strive for this, thinking that if I lost more weight people would accept me. I couldn't have been more wrong. I received all the praise and accolades that go along with weight loss. Yet as the praise continued the guilt grew, I didn't know when I would be able to stop. Or why I felt so ashamed. It has been said that if you had the ability to listen to others with the same disorder, our words, feelings of shame are the same, almost like a recording. Yet we have never met. How can this be? What is really the common thread through all of this?

As I continue to struggle, I have hope that things will someday get easier. There will be times when I have to rely on others; this is something that I’m not comfortable with. In fact, the disorder will actually try to deceive you into believing that only you can do this on your own. It will take courage; it will take all your strength to endure the times that seem impossible to overcome. Yet we need to understand we are never alone. Look around you, there is beauty in your surroundings, a sunrise, and the sound of a bird chirping or hearing a child singing. More than anything though we need to see the beauty that is within ourselves. We are all marvelous works of art.  We can radiate glory, we can radiate love and we definitely radiate beauty. This has nothing to do with what society thinks as beauty. We are so much more. We have beauty that is immeasurable. We all have the light, some days the light may be dim, or just a flicker, yet will all have light.

I know I have so much more to learn. I know that there will be a time that my burdens which are upon my shoulders will someday lighten. With patience, love, and kindness for myself I will endure my trials. As I continue to have hope and the courage to continue to lean on the fact I have a purpose. There is so much more to me than what the eating disorder wants me to believe. I will conquer, I will hold fast to the knowledge that I am enough.

Sep 30, 2016
46: Fueling for Endurance Training & Racing

Kristi Spence, MS, RDN, CSSD is back on NMP to share her experience and wisdom about how to properly fuel your body for endurance training. Not only is she a certified specialist in sports dietetics, but she also went to the Olympic trials a few years back for the marathon! Kristi talks about how to maintain a healthy relationship with food and your body through the process of training for an endurance sport. 

Sep 17, 2016
45: A Personal Story of How Perceived Gluten Sensitivity Masked an Eating Disorder

If you're not listening to Food Psych Podcast already, you definitely should be! Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and journalist who specializes in HAES and intuitive eating. She does such amazing work in her professional life with her podcast, her social media, her private practice, her online course and more. But, I wanted to talk to her about her own personal journey with food and learn about her path to recovery from an eating disorder. You won't want to miss this one--Christy is amazing!

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Sep 02, 2016
44: Instagram, Nutrition Trends, Social Media & Digital Detox

Lisa Hayim, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian who happens to be a pretty big deal on Instagram :) With over 26K engaged followers, she knows and understands better than most the ups and downs of social media. She came on NMP to talk about the latest nutrition trends she's seeing on social media and dishes on what she likes and which trends she isn't a big fan of and why.

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Aug 22, 2016
43: Pull Up a Chair and Let's Chat

If you've ever had any trouble digesting (no pun intended, hehe) any information on this podcast, please listen to this episode. Paige sits down and reviews some recent feedback and lets listeners know why she does what she does and what to expect from her with this project. Thanks to everyone for being a part of this! 

Aug 17, 2016
42: Dear Paige, Thanks for Pissing Me Off

"I've been listening to your podcasts religiously for the last few days-- they pissed me off. Thank you for pissing me off

The first time I heard "stop dieting," I was immediately in attack mode. Why the heck would I quit trying to improve?!?!? (How in the world would I be able to quit?) The more I listened, the harder it became. Confessions from a fitness model hit too close to home. I put down my no-bread lettuce and avocado sandwich and took a good, hard look at my history.

Vegan, gluten-free, paleo, fasting, bingeing, over-exercising, vomiting... In pursuit of what?! I'd been 5'6'', [a certain weight] at one point and I still could lose just a biiiiiiit more.

So I listened and cried for hours this weekend, fully absorbing and accepting what you and these wonderful psychologists and dietitians were telling me. Yesterday, for the first time in years, I bought bread at the supermarket.

I need you to understand how important your work is to listeners. I've been insecure from an early age, reading self-help and writing about how I felt I could be more than I was. My father left when I was young and my stepdad and I never bonded. I was trapped. I contemplated suicide, even, but I'm past that.

Thank you thank you THANK YOU, Paige."


This was a letter I got from a listener. It made my heart so happy! She decided she wanted to have the chance to share her story on the podcast and she's here now to share her experience with healing her relationship with food. Ruby Anderson is amazing!

Aug 12, 2016
41: Health At Every Size and the Fat Acceptance Movement

A growing trans-disciplinary movement called Health at Every Size (HAES) shifts the focus from weight management to health promotion. The primary intent of HAES is to support improved health behaviors for people of all sizes without using weight as a mediator; weight loss may or may not be a side effect.

Have you heard chatter about the Health At Every Size movement and/or the Fat Acceptance Movement? There are so many misconceptions and myths surrounding these ideas and Nicole Geurin, MPH, RD came on the show to help dispel the misunderstandings about not giving up, but moving on from dieting. 

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Aug 01, 2016
40: Should I be Worried about Developing Diabetes?

Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE is an award winning, nationally recognized food and nutrition expert, media spokesperson, speaker, blogger and podcaster with more than 20 years’ experience and a proven track record of providing real solutions for real people so they can enjoy their food with health in mind.

She's known as the Guilt-Free RD and came on NMP to share her experience as a diabetes educator, helping individuals feel empowered as they are navigating diabetes. 

Melissa is also the host of Sound Bites. Here's how you can keep in touch with Melissa and/or find more resources about diabetes.

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Jul 27, 2016
39: Body Image from Underrepresented Points of View

Episode 10 of the NMP Body Image Series dives into what it's like to absorb the body image messages from the media as women from various ethnic and racial backgrounds. We also uncover ways to be more supportive and gentle to the diverse people we have in our families, friends and communities to help us be more sensitive, understanding and supportive of each other.

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Jul 21, 2016
38: Learning to Love Your Body When It's Betrayed You

Episode 9 in the NMP Body Image Series is all about a subject we don't talk about enough: how do you find peace with your body if you feel like it has betrayed you? I sat down with Mindy Kissner who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Addictions Counselor II, and a certified health coach and has personally gone through these struggles of finding peace with food and her body despite limitations. 

Find Mindy on Instagram if you'd like to connect: @mindymkissner

Jul 06, 2016
37: Ways to Work Through Problematic Self-Talk

Episode 8 in the Body Image Series on NMP is all about how to develop positive self-talk. So often, one negative thought leads to a cascade of choices and thoughts that lead us to a place of despair, discouragement and shame. Christy Maloney, RDN, LDN, CPT is a registered dietitian who works with people who are in recovery from an eating disorder and has tons of experience helping people work through negative self-talk. In this episode, 5 filters mental filters are discussed in detail helping you develop practical ways to work through problematic thinking.

Jul 01, 2016
36: Cultivating Body Positivity in Kids

Episode 7 of the NMP Body Image Series is all about how we as adults can positively contribute to children's sense of self-worth through loving and appreciating their bodies. What we say and do MATTERS in a child's life whether we're a parent, aunt, uncle, neighbor, teacher or anything else. Join the discussion with Paige and Melissa Preston who is both a licensed professional counselor and registered dietitian who specializes in body image issues and eating disorders.

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Jun 24, 2016
35: ImmaEATthat's Journey to Peace with Food and Her Body

Episode 6 of NMP Body Image Series is a beautiful recovery story from an eating disorder dietitian. Paige interviews food blogger and registered dietitian Kylie Mitchell about her personal recovery story and the twists and turns she took in discovering peace with food and her body. Kylie is infectiously positive and wise and shares a message that is so powerful. She talks about social media, blogging, being an eating disorder dietitian, positive affirmations, and more.

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Jun 16, 2016
34: The Letter I Wish Someone Had Written to Me

Episode 5 in the NMP Body Image Series welcomes back to the show Blair Mize, RDN, LDN who wrote a beautiful letter to her younger self about what she'd say to herself if she could go back in time and provide comfort, assurance, and love. She reflects on her own story and history with disordered eating and an eating disorder and talks about her highlights of recovery. Today she works as a registered dietitian who helps people make strides to improve their relationship with food. She has so much wisdom and passion for the subject and I think you'll love what she has to say.

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May 26, 2016