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The BodyLove Project with Jessi Haggerty

Welcome to The BodyLove Studio Podcast, I’m Jessi Haggerty a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer living in Boston and, your host! Each episode we’ll dive into a different topic where we dig deep to develop a healthier relationship with your diet and body. In a nutshell, this podcast is about loving your body. Whether it means learning how to nourish your body with food, movement, meditation, or positive self talk; my hope is to help listeners take one step closer to mending their relationship with food and their body, so they can show up for the parts of their life that matter most.

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Ep. 061: Is Dieting a Cult? With Caroline Dooner, Author of The F*ck it Diet

Caroline Dooner is a comedian, yoga teacher, and author of “The F*ck It Diet.” Caroline transformed years of suffering through the diet mentality and body image issues into writing, yoga classes, and online courses that guide people towards intuitive eating, self-care, and body acceptance. Overall, Caroline helps chronic dieters come back into their bodies, rest, breathe, and be willing to be human. In this episode, Caroline reads an enlightening excerpt from her new book and briefly discusses her recovery from diet culture and binge eating. She also talks about how, even after she recovered from dieting and body image issues, she still had a lot of societal “rules” to unpack. After moving out of New York City, Caroline committed to taking two years of “rest,” which taught her the true value of “doing nothing.” In this episode we talk about: Caroline’s new book, the F*ck It Diet. Why diets are strikingly similar to cults. The importance of taking time to do nothing. Resources Jessi’s Intuitive Eating Audio Guide The Nutrition & Body Image Coaching Course Ep. 048 with Caroline Dooner Caroline’s Website The F*ck it Diet Book

54mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Ep. 030: Isabel Foxen Duke on Emotional Eating and Size Justice

Today's episode covers a lot of ground with a guest that is extremely fluent in the BodyLove Language. Isabel Foxen Duke is the Creator of Stop Fighting Food—a free video training program for women who want to "stop feeling crazy around food." After years of trying to overcome emotional eating, binge-eating and chronic weight-cycling through "traditional" and alternative approaches, Isabel discovered some radical new ways to get women over their "food issues" once and for all—not just by shifting the mindsets of individuals, but by challenging the dominant diet culture as a whole. A fixture and thought-leader in the greater body-positive movement, Isabel has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle Magazine, XOJane, and has been praised by Ricki Lake. Her writing and free guide, How To Not Eat Cake, can be found at www.isabelfoxenduke.com and you can watch her free video training series at www.stopfightingfood.com. Resources Jessi’s Free Intuitive Eating Audio Download BodyLove Project Patreon Page Isabel Foxen Duke’s Website Stop Fighting Food (Video Training) Minnesota Starvation Study

1hr 25mins

12 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 002: Marci Evans, MS, CEDRD on Getting Started with Intuitive Eating

Today, I’m speaking with Marci Evans, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor running a private practice right here in Cambridge, MA. In addition to her private practice and three adjunct teaching positions, Marci runs an online eating disorders training for dietitians and is currently co-developing a specialized eating disorder internship at Simmons College. You can follow her @MarciRD on twitter and Facebook, and visit MarciRD.com to check out some nuggets of wisdom on her blog. In this episode Marci offers some really concrete tips on how to get started with the practice of Intuitive Eating (outlined below). As she defines it, Intuitive Eating is about knowing yourself first. Then, it’s learning how to integrate the knowledge of the mind, with the wisdom of the body. Contrary to what most people believe, this practice is not simply just about “eating whatever you want.” It’s about getting to know your body on both an intellectual and intuitive level, so you are able to fuel properly, while also enjoying your food. In this episode Marci highlights three key factors (plus so much more wisdom) to help you get started: Focus First on Meal Timing While the word “Intuitive” might imply to simply just eat when you feel hungry and stop when you feel full, Marci explains that eating at regular intervals (every 4ish hours), you’ll naturally heighten those sensations of hunger and fullness, and become more in touch with what those sensations feel like, and how to respond to them. Use Calorie Counting as an Experiment Calories are everywhere! They are hard to avoid. So if you’re someone who relies solely on external factors, think about using that information as a detective might use a clue. If you have a meal that is X number of calories, ask yourself: Did that satisfy me? Did that hold me over until my next meal? Did that help fuel my workout? Constantly Create a Positive Food Environment A lot of what I hear when I approach clients and readers with the idea of Intuitive Eating is, “I don’t trust myself.” Marci suggests to start simple practices to build trust, such as building a positive food environment. She offers an example of one of her clients, who after seeing her mother-in-law, felt stressed and exhausted, and ate a half pan of brownies. Taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally, and approaching food in a positive, or at least neutral mindset, helps develop intrinsic trust around food. Subscribe: bit.ly/bodylovestudiopodcast Resources Intuitive Eating and The Intuitive Eating Workbook (available for pre-order) by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, CEDRD The Art of Money by Bari Tessler Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

52mins

16 Nov 2016

Rank #3

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Ep. 038: Marci Evans on Food Addiction

Marci is a Food and Body Imager Healer™. She has dedicated her career to counseling, supervising, and teaching in the field of eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified ACSM personal trainer. In addition to her group private practice and three adjunct teaching positions, Marci launched an online eating disorders training for dietitians in 2015 and co-directs a specialized eating disorder internship at Simmons College. She volunteers for a number of national eating disorder organizations including the iaedp certification committee and is serving as an eating disorder resource professional for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is the second episode in a three part series about the intersection of eating disorders and substance use disorders, and after the previous episode, I wanted to really dig into the topic of food addiction, what is is, and what it is not, with the one and only, Marci Evans. In this episode Marci and I talk about the research around food addiction, and also how you can move forward and improve your relationship to food, and your experience around food, if you are currently suffering from feelings of food addiction. What did you think of this conversation? Let me know in the comments below! Resources Jessi’s Free Intuitive Eating Audio Download BodyLove Project Premium Podcast Intuitive Eating Support Group Marci’s Website Marci’s blog post on food addiction

58mins

6 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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Ep. 037: Isabel Foxen Duke on her Co-occurring Substance Use and Eating Disorder Treatment

***TW*** The first part of this episode Isabel shares her struggle with a co-occurring eating disorder and substance use disorder, and we talk extensively about using illicit drugs for the express purpose of weight loss. I’ve done my best to edit as many triggering details as possible, but if you feel this might be triggering for you, listen to the intro, then fast forward to minute 20:15 to hear the remainder of our conversation - the rest of the episode will still make sense and is full of great insights. Isabel Foxen Duke was featured on ep. 30 of the BodyLove Project podcast and this week she is BACK with a totally new, interesting, and important conversation. This episode will kick off the first of a three part series about the intersection of eating disorders and substance use disorders and in this episode, Isabel is sharing her personal experience with a co-occurring diagnosis. Interestingly, she highlights that her recovery from her substance use made recovery from her eating disorder difficult and confusing as she quickly got shuttled from AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) to OA (Overeaters Anonymous) to help her control her “binge eating” and “food addiction”. It wasn’t until Isabel was out of treatment that she later discovered that her compulsive eating was a direct result of restriction and definitely not due to a food addiction. We dig deep to explain why so many of us have bought into the food addiction myth, and some simple ways to overcome feelings of food addiction. Resources Jessi’s Free Intuitive Eating Audio Download BodyLove Project Premium Podcast Intuitive Eating Support Group Isabel Foxen Duke’s Website Isabel’s Stop Fighting Food Course

1hr 16mins

30 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Ep. 015: Abbey Sharp on Orthorexia, Navigating Weight Gain, & Ditching FitBits, and More

One exciting aspect of Abbey’s career as a registered dietitian is her Youtube channel, Abbey’s Kitchen. On this channel she debunks diet myths with the help of Diet Debbie, her diet crazed “alter ego”. At the beginning of this episode we touch upon a few hot topics in the diet world such as restricting to maintain weight, gluten free diets and some of the controversies behind wearable devices such as the Fitbit. Throughout the rest of the episode we talk about where Abbey is today in her career and the journey she followed to get there. She had never struggled with her weight or dieting until after high school when she was told by a naturopathic doctor she was allergic to ALL forms of sugar. At that point she developed a fear of food that ultimately lead to what is now known as orthorexia. Her biggest shift in her relationship with food came after she graduated college and began her career in food media. She quickly realized in this career she would not always have access to what she considered to be “clean foods”. She realized that if she wanted to be successful at her job she had to have a strong and healthy relationship with food. Abbey is now a weight neutral dietitian who believes that health is not dictated by weight. These beliefs were tested as a result of personal weight gain, however through that experience she was able to accept the weight she had gained instead of trying to lose it. Today, Abbey’s day to day in her career varies and can include anything from speaking at conferences to recipe development in the kitchen. She is also in the process of finishing her cookbook of 100 different recipes celebrating the pleasure of food and providing readers with food that simply tastes amazing! Listen to the full episode to learn more about Abbey, her journey and where she is today. Resources Jessi's FREE Intuitive Eating Audio Training Abbey's Website Abbey's Post on Weight Gain Abbey's Kitchen YouTube Channel The Body is Not An Apology ImaEatThat

58mins

29 Mar 2017

Rank #6

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Ep. 021: Jennifer Rollin Gets REAL about Why We Try Gluten Free Diets for Depression, Brain Fog, and More

A few months ago I connected with psychotherapist Jennifer Rollin in a professional Facebook group we're both in. We both happened to watch a particular interview with an MD who was promoting a pretty strict diet to "cure" depression. It didn't take much digging to find out that there is no substantial evidence to support this doctor's claims, and I thought it would be fun to have Jennifer on the podcast to really hone in on just how dangerous these messages are. My goal with this podcast is NOT to get you as a listener to buy into MY way of eating or moving. My goal is to help you think more critically about the health and wellness information you see out there and learn to become your own expert. Jessi’s Intuitive Eating Bonus Episode Jessi’s Nutrition & Movement Therapy Services Jennifer Rollin’s Website Jessi’s Menopause Article The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris DBT Skills Workbook

1hr 8mins

10 May 2017

Rank #7

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Ep. 054: No Period, Now What? With Nicola Rinaldi

Dr. Nicola Rinaldi has a PhD in biology from MIT. Since experiencing hypothalamic amenorrhea (missing periods) herself, Dr. Rinaldi has been on a mission to spread awareness of the condition and how to recover. In 2016 she published the book "No Period. Now What?" This book is a comprehensive resource that includes much of the medical and scientific research that underlies our current understanding of the triggers for amenorrhea, what steps to take for recovery, and treatments to use for recovery and pregnancy as needed. In addition, Dr. Rinaldi performed the largest survey to date of women who likewise experienced amenorrhea, and includes results from the survey answering many of the common questions women have, such as "How long will it take to recover?" "Will I be able to get pregnant?" and "Will I resume cycling after pregnancy?". Finally, the book includes Dr. Rinaldi's own story along with those of hundreds of other women, providing hope and reassurance to women following in their footsteps. Since publishing "No Period. Now What?" Dr. Rinaldi has been a guest on multiple podcasts, attended the ACSM and SCAN conferences, and presented the winning poster at the 2017 Female Athlete Conference. In this episode we talk about how you can advocate for yourself when you’re suffering from amenorrhea (absence of a period) or Oligomenorrhea (irregular periods), how to know the difference between amenorrhea and PCOS, and what it takes, and how long it takes to get your period back, and how to check out your cervical mucus for a more intuitive way to track your ovulation. You can check out her website and popular blogs below and make sure to check out her book, No Period, Now What? For more details on all of the information we talked about in this episode! Bleeped Content: 24:18: “I did a survey for my book of over 300 women who experiences HA… Over 82% of them lost 10 pounds or more in the last few years. That’s a significant weight loss for anybody.” 30:06: “[getting your period back] will happen more quickly if you’re able to go “all in” and eat more than 2500 or more calories per day…” Navigating BodyLove IRL: In this episode we talk about how to advocate for yourself at the doctor if you are experiences amenorrhea; especially if you are living in a larger body, or struggling with a ‘false’ PCOS diagnosis. Listener Q/A In this episode we answer: How long does it take to get your period back? Is soy really bad for hormonal health? How do you actually “check” your cervical mucus? Resources: Jessi’s Intuitive Eating Audio Guide Nutrition & Body Image Coaching Skills for Personal Trainers Mentorship/Internship Posting Nicola’s Website No Period Now What Book Nicola’s Facebook Group Julie Duffy Dillon and PCOS Nicola’s Most Popular Blogs: Why Weight Gain Might Be Necessary Energy Balance and Missing Periods Hair Building as a Positive of Recovery Flax Seed and HA/recovery Acetyl-l-carnitine and HA/Recovery HA Recovery as a Competitive Athlete Overall HA Understanding HA versus PCOS

56mins

21 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Ep. 039: Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld: Is an Eating Disorder an Addiction? | The Intersection of EDs and Substance Use Disorders

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54mins

13 Sep 2017

Rank #9

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Ep. 026: Emily Fonnesbeck on Orthorexia and the Big Problem with Elimination Diets

One of my favorite things about hosting this podcast is my guests’ willingness to share their stories. Today’s guest, Emily Fonnesbeck, was so generous in sharing her personal history with orthorexia, and how her eating disorder recovery now informs her practice as a dietitian. Emily is a Registered Dietitian and her practice is in southern Utah. Here are some of the highlights from this episode:   Orthorexia Orthorexia, directly translated means “perfect eating”. It is typically accompanied by a lot of food rules, elimination diets or “cleanses”, and an obsession with “clean” or “pure” eating. Emily talks about how her “functionally dysfunctional” relationship with food and exercise snowballed, overtime, into “full-blown” orthorexia. Orthorexia, combined with an exercise addiction lead to a pelvic stress fracture, a weak and fatigued body, and a slew of digestive issues (all of which are very common side effects of undereating and overexercising). Orthorexia, exercise addiction, and perfectionism are really praised in our culture. Emily talks about how the biggest lie her eating disorder told her was that, in order to be strong, she needed to ‘stick to the diet’. Discerning Between Food Rules vs. Food Values Emily talks about how food rules are really anxious, and often driven by perfectionism and a need to control; they often elicit dichotomous thinking and deal in absolutes (separating foods as good or bad, healthy or unhealthy). Food values on the other hand, are really empowering. Now, Emily’s number one food rule is that food has to be flexible. When your behaviors are no longer in conflict with your values, you can start listening to the “healthy self” versus the “eating disorder self”. Digestive Health Emily and I were both trained in an extreme approach to digestive health, where the number one solution was an elimination diet. Listen to my episode with Lauren Dear to see that there is more than one way to treat digestive dysfunction! Emily states “I will maintain that elimination diets are what caused orthorexia for me”. Elimination diets have no place in eating disorder treatment and can easily trigger an eating disorder in an individual who is predisposed. Before we put someone on an elimination diet, we need to do a VERY thorough screening to see if someone has eating disorder tendencies or qualities. It’s important to note that often, greater flexibility with food supports digestive function. And to add fuel to that fire, under-eating can exacerbate (and cause) inflammation. If you have digestive issues, there are things we can do that will support your digestive health, without an elimination diet. And, if you’re in recovery from an eating disorder with a digestive issue, you can take steps to improve your symptoms without fear of relapse, under the care of a trained professional of course! Bottom line: DO NOT DIY GUT HEALTH. Resources This episode + Printable quotes: http://www.JessiHaggerty.com/blog/blp26 BodyLove Project Bonus Episode Jessi’s Nutrition & Movement Therapy Services Emily’s Website

1hr 1min

14 Jun 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 003: Christy Harrison, MPH, RDN, Intuitive Eating Counselor

Today I’m speaking with Christy Harrison, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor based in Brooklyn, NY. She offers online intuitive eating courses and individual nutrition therapy to help people make peace with food and their bodies. Today we dig a little deeper to decipher the difference between the following a diet, and clinging to a diet mentality. Christy explains that Intuitive Eating is about self-care, not self-control. When clinging to the diet mentality, you’re likely coming from a place of self-control. This involved a lot of black and white thinking (good foods and bad foods), negotiating (I ate something “bad” now I have to make up for it, via restricting or exercise), and thinking in “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts.” Intuitive eating is more gray. It involves asking yourself questions, pausing to notice what true hunger, fullness, and food satisfaction feels like, and approaching food from a place of curiosity. At first glance this might all sound a little “woo woo” so make sure to give the full episode a listen to hear a more in depth discussion on the diet mentality. Find out more about Christy at www.ChristyHarrison.com and make sure to subscribe to her amazing podcast, Food Psych in iTunes. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Resources Mentioned: Nourish Your Namaste by Kara Lydon Refinery29 Anti-Diet Project

1hr 2mins

30 Nov 2016

Rank #11

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Ep. 052: How Diet Culture Impacts our Body Image Katherine Zavodni

Katherine Zavodni is a non-diet, Health at Every Size registered dietitian/nutritionist specializing in eating disorder treatment, intuitive eating, chronic dieting and weight concerns, and family and childhood feeding dynamics. In this episode Katherine and I talk about how diet culture impacts how we feel about our body, how our body is not the problem (diet culture is), and how it’s OK to be part of the body positive movement and still have days where you hate you body. Resources: Jessi’s Intuitive Eating Audio Guide Katherine’s Website Marci and Fiona’s Body Image Workshop

58mins

31 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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Ep. 031: Kylie Mitchell on ED Recovery, Introvert Thoughts, and Curiosity

Resources: Jessi’s Free Intuitive Eating Audio Download BodyLove Project Patreon Page ImmaEATthat.com

56mins

19 Jul 2017

Rank #13

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Ep. 010: Nina Manolson on How to Get From Body Hate to Body Love

Nina Manolson helps women end their war with food and make peace with their body.  She is a Certified Psychology of Eating Teacher and Holistic Health Coach, with 25 years experience in the Health and Wellness field. She also holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. She is the founder of www.NinaManolson.com and the author of Feed Your Kids Well In A World That Doesn’t: An Everyday Guide to Make Healthy Food Happen in your Home and Beyond. and is currently working on her next book: Becoming a Nourished Woman: The Seven-Step Path to Feeling at Home and Joyful in Your Body. Nina’s journey of self discovery began with body hate. Eventually she was able to move from a place of body hate to body love, but it was no small task. Nina’s work is based on nourishment and specifically focuses on 3 factors: discovering what foods nourish your body, establishing a lifestyle that supports you, and reaching deeper levels of mindset and emotion. After working with women at a yoga and health center for many years she felt that a majority of the work she was doing was counseling and therefore decided to go back to school to receive her masters in counseling psychology. Combining psychology and nutrition, Nina is now a health coach and psychology of eating coach. One important component of Nina’s approach is the Body Love Continuum. This is a continuum starting with body hate progressing to body love with many steps in between. She created this continuum because of the huge chasm between body hate and body love in our society. The media is finally getting on board with this idea of Body Love but moving from Body Hate to Body Love does not happen overnight. This is where Nina’s continuum comes in to help navigate from this place of Body Hate to Body Love. The first step on the road from Body Love to Body Hate is Body Management. Body Management is where we seek control of or bodies through a diet or an exercise regimen but do not feel connected to our bodies. The key component to move from Body Management to Body Awareness is the beginning of a relationship with your body. The shift towards Body Positive and Body Love begins with Body Awareness. This is when we become curious about our feelings and our experiences but without judgement and learn to be body current. This idea of body current means that you are in a relationship with your body as it is TODAY and not, for example, the body that you had in college that you wish you still had. As we take better care of ourselves through nourishing practices and develop more appreciation and kindness towards our bodies, they will begin to recognize what we need and provide positive feedback, moving us from Body Awareness to Body Positivity. And finally, as you continue to be more aware of your body and continue with nourishing practices, you will then move to Body Positivity and Body Love. It is important to understand that this is a continuum and therefore once you are in a place of Body Love, it does not mean you stay there forever. However, this continuum provides the necessary knowledge to get yourself back to that place of body love. Nina reminds us that Body Love doesn’t have to come from losing weight. Body Love comes from being in a positive relationship with our bodies and knowing how to take care of them. This journey can be intimidating and even scary but it is an opportunity to grow and evolve as a person and is MUCH more interesting and self rewarding than the next fad diet.  Resources: visit www(dot)jessihaggerty(dot)com(slash)blog(slash)blp10 for links to all resources mentioned in this episode. 

1hr 5mins

22 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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Ep. 017: Katie Dalebout on Healing Through Journaling, Dealing with Bad Body Image Days, and Being Uncomfortable

In this episode Katie shares her complicated relationship with food growing up and through college, and the tools she used to ultimately address the underlying issue: “I just didn’t know myself”. As a child she fell victim to the the issues our culture has with body image. She constantly found herself wanting to look like what she saw on TV and comparing herself to her friends. Her freshman year she gained some weight, and unintentionally lost it (and then some) while studying abroad. When she returned home she received positive feedback and validation for losing weight which motivated her to “keep going”. Katie continued to lose more and more weight by engaging in unhealthy behaviors that eventually spiraled out of control. After seeking guidance through self-help books, Katie stumbled onto journaling as a tool to help her express some of her deepest feelings, which eventually helped her heighten her self awareness and get to know herself better in the process. Journaling had such a profound affect on Katie, that she eventually wrote a book on it, Let it Out a Journey Through Journaling. This book contains over 50 journaling exercises to help you process difficult feelings and emotions. Katie also uses her podcast (also called Let it Out) as a tool to curate conversations about anything and everything that sparks her curiosity. In this episode we talk about life on the “other side” and how she (and I) still dance with bad body image days, and how inevitably old feelings and habits around food can sneak up on us when we least expect it. Our conversation has some really interested nooks and crannies about mindfulness, spirituality, technology (ehem, iPhone) addiction, and a PSA to Uber drivers (stop using perfume to “freshen up” your car). Listen to the full episode below, and then get in on the conversation! Let me know your thoughts or questions in the comments below! Resources: Jessi's Free Intuitive Eating Download Katie's Website, Book, and Podcast Get Messy Art Journaling Clip on Conan Louis CK Linda Bacon - Health at Every Size and Body Respect Isabelle Foxen Duke Christy Harrison Kelsey Miller You are a Badass by Jen Sincero You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes (Podcast)

1hr 14mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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Ep. 019: Barbara Spanjers "Dieting is a Symptom of a Bigger Issue"

Barbara Spanjers is a therapist and wellness coach who is hellbent on helping women banish the evil tag team of food-guilt and body-shame. She draws from a diverse educational and career background including media production, massage therapy, and psychotherapy. In her wellness coaching practice, Cake Is Magical Wellness, Barb takes a weight neutral approach to help her clients heal their relationship with food and their bodies. She offers a three-month program, Have Your CAKE (and Feel Peaceful, Too) to help clients move from a place of judgment and self-criticism to curiosity and self-compassion. For more information about the program, visit www.barbaraspanjers.com/haveyourcake. You can catch Barb at www.barbaraspanjers.com, where she infuses a sense of humor and irreverence into her writing. She fears no food (except beets) and loves to help others do the same. Resources Jessi’s Intuitive Eating Bonus Episode Jessi’s Nutrition & Movement Therapy Services Barbara’s Website Beauty Redefined Diet Survivors Guidebook Secrets From the Eating Lab Mindsight

58mins

26 Apr 2017

Rank #16

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Ep.027: Shira Brenner on Her Transition from Disordered Eating to Body Love

In this episode we talk about:  How Shira experienced weight stigma as a child, and how that set her on a path to disordered eating. How she found dance and yoga in a dark and sad time in her life. And how it both made her feel both connected and disconnected to her body at the same time.   How she was suffering from anorexia for months, and simultaneously being praised by colleagues and friends on her “dedication”. How she worked with an eating disorder therapist and dietitian to help her recover. Join the conversation: http://www.JessiHaggerty.com/blog/blp27 Resources Jessi's Website + Free Intuitive Eating Audio Guide Shira's Website

1hr 16mins

21 Jun 2017

Rank #17

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Ep. 018: Nancy Clark on the Intersection of Sports Nutrition and Eating Disorders

A few months ago I was at an eating disorder conference here in Boston, and hanging out by myself at a post-conference networking event (can you tell I'm an introvert)? Then, I was greeted by another dietitian, who complimented my on my soft-looking sweater. I turned to introduce myself and asked... "and your name is?" "Nancy Clark", she responded.  I was super embarrassed in that moment one, because I've followed Nancy's career since I was an undergraduate in Nutrition, and didn't recognize her immediately, and two, because I got slightly giddy as I realized I was talking to her in person, one-on-one. It only took about 30 seconds of talking to her before I blurted out, "do you want to be on my podcast?!" She said yes, and here we are having an insightful discussion on the intersection of sports nutrition and eating disorders. Our conversation can benefit both recreational and professional athletes, and professionals who are working with both.  Resources BodyLove Project Bonus Episode Work with Jessi Nancy Clark's Website Scan DPG Website Eating Disorder Catalogue Love, Food Podcast

51mins

19 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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Ep. 014: Summer Innanen on Giving Up Dieting to Improve Your Self Worth

As a Body Image Coach, Summer has an amazing perspective on body love and body acceptance. However, she hasn’t always had the privilege of being at peace with her own body. As a child she never felt comfortable in her body and grew up with the belief that thinner was better. This belief spiraled into an obsession with dieting, exercising and numerous weight loss attempts. At the time, Summer didn’t realize that she was struggling with exercise bulimia, a condition where you use exercise to compensate for eating, and described her obsession with exercises as an addiction. After struggling for years she sought professional help because ultimately her obsession was taking a physical and emotional toll on her body. Summer clarifies that it wasn’t necessarily the quantity of exercise that was the problem, but her relationship to exercise. For this reason disordered behavior in our society is so often overlooked. People do not realize it is more about the individual's thoughts rather than how that person looks. Summer also talks about what we lose when we diet, mainly, our self worth. She explains that most people enter into dieting because they lack self worth. As a society we do not believe we are good enough just as we are, and so we diet in an attempt to improve our self worth. Through her own experience as well as the experiences she has shared with her clients, Summer has come to realize that attempting to change your body size only further diminished self worth. It is only when you truly know yourself, that you can know just how worthy you actually are. Today Summer helps women improve their body image and self worth and to overall feel better about themselves. Loving our bodies does not mean we look in the mirror and think we are “attractive”. Instead, body love is about being more neutral with your body and cultivating respect, trust, compassion and kindness towards it. To learn more about body love and how Summer helps clients with self worth and feeling comfortable in their bodies listen to the full episode! Resources: Bonus Episode: Jessi's Free Intuitive Eating Audio Training Jessi's Masterclass Summer’s Website When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jess Baker HAES and Body Respect by Linda Bacon Body Image Remix by Summer Innanen Brene Brown Virgie Tovar Ragen Chastain Article: The Real Reason Women Drink

1hr 9mins

22 Mar 2017

Rank #19

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Ep. 053: Anna Chapman on Navigating Body Love and Checking Thin Privilege

In this episode Anna and I talk about what the term “Body Love” means to us, how she developed Body Love Yoga, how ableism in the yoga and fitness industry is rooted in the patriarchy, and how to get comfortable taking up space in this world. In this episode we cover how to navigate difficult conversations around asking for seat belt extenders, chairs without arms (AKA fat positive chairs), and writing open letters to public figures to elicit uncomfortable but necessary conversations. Anna also answers a listener question about her favorite fat positive yoga clothing brands. Navigating BodyLove IRL At the Airport It’s no secret that airplanes are uncomfortable. But if you’re living in a thin body, you might not realize that this discomfort is heightened if you’re living in a larger body. Anna gives some practical tips on how to make traveling more physically and emotionally comfortable. Get a seat belt extender (bring one or ask for one) Keep bags in the overhead to save leg room Always bring your own snack Noise cancelling headphones to block out sighs or negative comments Hoodie or scarf to “cocoon up” Make sure to go to the bathroom before getting on plane Travel with a friend + put the armrest up! Breathing - 3 counts in and out Grounding practice - Feel your feet on the ground With Public Figures Anna talks about how author Brene Brown has played a vital role in her ability to navigate fatphobia, but also doesn’t recognize how some of her writing perpetuates the shame that people in larger bodies feel on a regular basis (see episode 47 to learn more about this!). Anna went to one of Brene’s events a few months back and felt empowered to ask for a more comfortable chair (without armrests), and when she returned home, wrote an open letter to Brene Brown which is one of my favorite things ever written. Listener Q/A What are your favorite plus size activewear brands? Bombsheller Lineage Wear Universal Standard Resources: Jessi’s Intuitive Eating Audio Guide Nutrition & Body Image Coaching Skills for Personal Trainers Mentorship/Internship Posting Anna’s Website Anna’s Letter to Brene Brown Joyn app

1hr 22mins

14 Feb 2018

Rank #20