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Nutrition Matters Podcast

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

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175: Exploring what Healthy Really Means and Reclaiming it for Good

The word 'healthy' gets thrown around all the time, but what does it actually mean? And, is the concept actually helpful for us?   Meghan and Paige unpack these ideas and explore ways we all can reclaim the true meaning of health for good in our lives.   Meghan Kacmarcik is a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist based in Boston, MA. She works locally in the Boston area and is the owner of New Moon Nutrition, a virtual practice where she helps people unlearn diet culture, recover from disordered eating, and heal their relationships with food and their body. Her practice is rooted in Health at Every Size and she uses intuitive eating as a guidepost in all her work. In addition to dismantling diet culture and fighting for a more weight-inclusive world, she enjoys reading good books, drinking good coffee, and snuggling with her cat Potato.   Links mentioned: Meghan's website: https://newmoonrd.com/ Positive Nutrition® Academy: online courses and webinars Become a podcast supporter and receive 3 additional exclusive podcast episodes per month for $5/mo Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


8 Jun 2020

Rank #1

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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.    Links mentioned: Kara's blog: https://karalydon.com/blog/ Blog post mentioned about mindfulness: https://karalydon.com/mindfulness/how-to-practice-self-compassion/ Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here

1hr 20mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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174: Pregnancy & Postpartum Body Image

Catie Lynch Shockey, LCSW is an eating disorder and body image therapist located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South and Tulane University. After recovering from her own eating disorder, Catie began to specialize in eating disorders and body image concerns. She is a mother of two girls—a two year old and an infant. Having girls has made dismantling diet culture and creating peace around food even more important to Catie.   Catie joined Paige to talk about pregnancy and postpartum body image. They discuss what the struggles are, why it's important to work on body image at any phase of parenthood (aka it's not too late wherever you are right now!), and some practical ideas to work toward more peace with your body.   Links mentioned: Catie's website: https://www.catielynchlcsw.com/ Positive Nutrition® Academy: online courses and webinars Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


25 May 2020

Rank #3

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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! Links mentioned: Robyn's blog: https://www.thereallife-rd.com/ Robyn's practice website: https://www.reallifewomenshealth.com/ Leave a review for the podcast here. Substance use disorders webinar for 1.5 CPEs for RDNs. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.

1hr 18mins

6 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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134: What is Intuitive Eating?

I'm stepping outside the box on this podcast episode and bringing you a solo recording. This episode is full of the main things you need to know about intuitive eating. If you've been exposed to the idea of intuitive eating, but you are feeling unsure about what it actually is or how it actually works, this episode is for you! If you yourself understand intuitive eating, but someone in your life doesn't, consider sharing this episode with that person!   Intuitive Eating is way more than eat what you're craving—there are powerful principles of IE that can enhance your wellbeing whether you're someone who has chronically dieted in you life, if you have a tumultuous relationship with food, or if you feel you've been a victim of diet culture in any way. Listen in to get a good foundational understanding of the principles of IE.   Links mentioned: Buy the Intuitive Eating book by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch Join the waitlist for the 2019 Salt Lake City Body Image Resilience Group 10 days of Intuitive Eating Series on Instagram Check out the Positive Nutrition blog for more about intuitive eating Positive Nutrition 101 online course  Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.


26 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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92: How to Care About Your Eating Without Caring Too Much

The purpose of food and nutrition is to enable you to live a fulfilling and meaningful life, but not necessarily to be the object of life. Food is important, but doesn't need to occupy so much room in your life that you don't have energy for the important things.   Emily Fonnesbeck, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist who is an outspoken advocate for orthorexia recovery among other topics within the Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating discourse.   Emily joined me on the podcast this week to discuss her personal story with transitioning into motherhood and how her relationship with food changed during this transition in her life. We also discussed her eventual recovery from orthorexia and what eating and self-care in general look like for her now as a mother and dietitian. We talk about her experiences with pregnancy and how this has affected her own recovery and body image.   We also dive into strategies for caring about your health and your eating without caring too much and how to honor the wisdom of your cravings.    Share this episode with friends and family who might benefit!   Links mentioned: Emily's website: http://www.emilyfonnesbeck.com/ Emily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilyfonnesbeck_rd/ Leave a review for the podcast here Educate, Embrace, Empower online course

1hr 9mins

5 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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

Devrie Pettit, MS, RD is a registered dietitian who has gone through an interesting professional journey from selling meal plans online to supporting a message focused on Intuitive Eating, HAES, and restriction recovery. She and her best friend started an online business a few years ago selling meal plans where they did their best to promote flexibility within their programs. Soon they realized that people who were participating in their programs were rigidly obsessed with the meal plan and not taking the ideas as a framework and guidelines rather than rules and Devrie started to feel like she wanted to make a change with her offerings and focus.   She eventually re-branded her business to be more in alignment with her personal philosophy around food and discovered the weight-neutral approach. She still has a soft spot for those who are wrestling with these concepts, and she came on the podcast to talk about her best tips for embracing flexibility with food.   In this podcast, we discuss food plans: the good, the bad and the ugly. We talk about how to detect diets in all their sneaky forms and we talk about strategies for incorporating flexibility into your life with food. We discuss why food plans in all the forms can be so seductive and alluring and provide some ideas for moving forward without rigidity.   Links mentioned: Devrie's website: https://www.happilyfed.life/ Listen to episode 111: Breaking Down Weight Science with Fiona Willer Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition Online Course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.


8 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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172: Medical Nutrition Therapy & Intuitive Eating: How Nutrition Improves with Connection & Kindness

Click here to support the podcast and receive 3 extra episodes per month!    Kirsten Ackerman is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Registered Dietitian and proud anti-diet advocate. During the day, Kirsten works as a renal dietitian, helping patients with end stage renal disease navigate their eating while receiving life-saving treatments. Outside of her day job, Kirsten hosts the Intuitive Bites podcast, puts out phenomenal content on social media and is currently writing a book.   Kirsten joined Paige to talk about a common question they both get as intuitive eating dietitians. Together, they explore the common sticking point of wondering if medical nutrition therapy and intuitive eating go together. In other words, they explore how intuitive eating and other non-diet frameworks enhance nutrition and health and are inherently pro-health interventions.   Links mentioned: Kirsten's website: https://www.theintuitiverd.com/ Positive Nutrition® Academy: online courses and webinars Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


27 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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150: A Simple, Straightforward Way to Decide What To Eat

"Okay this is all great, but what should I eat?!"  If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked this question, I'd a rich woman! While it's totally understandable to want answers to this question, it's actually much more difficult to answer than most people think. What a person eats is highly dependent on many factors: accessibility of food, socioeconomic status, hunger levels, social gatherings, cultural factors, and more. You can see how difficult it is as a registered dietitian to answer this seemingly simple question. People understandably want answers about nutrition.  But, since deciding what to eat is more nuanced than most people give it credit for, I've decided to break down the process of deciding what to eat with a simple metaphor you can implement and explore today. Join me for a podcast exploring a simple way to help you decide what to eat. Links mentioned: Get to know your non-diet resources via this blog post If Diets Had Warning Labels news interview June's webinar: The Positive Nutrition® Approach to Meal Planning Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Mindful Eating Workshop online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


27 May 2019

Rank #9

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173: Finding Your Authentic Voice in Challenging Diet Culture

Cara Harbstreet is a Kansas City based Intuitive Eating Registered Dietitian and nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert, author, and consultant. In 2016, Cara founded her private practice and began focusing on sports nutrition, intuitive eating, and applying the Health At Every Size model for clients in the Kansas City area. She is passionate about helping people rediscover joy in eating deeply nourishing meals without restriction or fear, and enjoys candid conversations about the food system, nutrition, and cooking. Cara is also an active volunteer in the dietetics field and has transitioned her business to a media and communications focus to help spread an anti-diet message to more diverse audiences. Find her on social media or learn more about her work at www.streetsmartnutrition.com.   Cara joined Paige to talk about Cara's process in finding her authentic voice and how her experiences can inform our own process with healing our relationships with food and body. Links mentioned: Cara's website: www.streetsmartnutrition.com Positive Nutrition® Academy: online courses and webinars Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


11 May 2020

Rank #10

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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. Links mentioned:  Mindful Eating Workshop Paige's online course Facebook community for Nutrition Matters Podcast listeners

1hr 4mins

1 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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

In this episode, Laura Thomas, PhD explores the concepts of weight stigma and weight bias in detail, and discuss how sometimes it's about the food but it's not about the food. Laura shares about the importance of not being complacent about how we communicate the science of weight and nutrition. We talk about the frequently-cited statistic that 95% of diets fail, and explore the nuance of the evidence. She gives an inside look into the research world including research bias and observation bias and gives some tips for critically consuming the science and the media around nutrition, weight and health.   Laura also shares about her new book coming out in January (in the UK only) called Just Eat It so be sure to follow her on social media to hear about the release of the book near you!   Links mentioned: Laura's website: http://www.laurathomasphd.co.uk/ Laura's podcast: Don't Salt My Game British Medical Journal: Challenging Assumptions in Obesity Research (with the podcast Laura mentioned as well) World Health Organization report about weight bias Episode 113: Exploring Weight Stigma Leave a review for the podcast here. Positive Nutrition Online Course coming soon! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.

1hr 17mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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131: What It Means to Nourish Yourself Inside & Out

Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S just came out with a new book called Nourish: how to heal your relationship with food, body and self and she came on the podcast to talk about the question so many people have: how do I nourish myself? We talk about perfectionism, eating disorder recovery and why we both love the word nourish when talking about nutrition and health. We both believe language matters as we explore our relationships with our bodies and food.   We also dive deep into the common questions we both get about troubleshooting intuitive eating. We talk about why structure isn't necessarily wrong or bad with trying to let go on the dieting mentality.   I also wanted to remind you about my brand new project: an online course called Positive Nutrition 101—the art & science of nutrition without the gimmicks! I am so excited to bring you this brand new online course, complete with 12 lessons covering topics from why diets don't work, metabolism, macro and micronutrients, gut health, exercise, grocery shopping, meal planning, normal eating, mindfulness and more. The entire course is HAES-aligned and evidence-based and is intended to be a resource for those who are ready to engage in the gentle nutrition part of the intuitive eating paradigm. I am thrilled to offer this unique course diving into the science of nutrition without the typical gimmicks.   Links mentioned: Heidi's new book: Nourish Heidi's practice website: https://www.anourishingword.com/ Positive Nutrition 101 online course officially RELEASED!!!! Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.

1hr 11mins

5 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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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!   Links mentioned: Tiffany's website: https://mindfulcounselingutah.com/ Tiffany on Instagram Therapy Thoughts podcast Leave a review for the podcast here Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Webinar: A Dietitian's Role in Addiction Recovery (April 18, 11am) Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB Donate to the podcast here


11 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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145: Bodies & Modesty in Mormonism: the Complexities of a Religious Culture & Body Image

Lexie and Lindsay Kite, PhD of Beauty Redefined® joined Paige on the podcast to talk about a topic that they've been outspoken about since the inception of their non-profit: modesty and Mormon culture (also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).    All three of us get this question a lot: does Utah have a particularly higher rate of eating and/or body image issues than the rest of the US? We explore this question and more together in this episode. It's a nerve wracking topic to explore (in fact, Lexie had hives all throughout the recording process) but we did our best to do this complicated and important topic justice and look at all sides of the coin.    Lindsay and Lexie have a nuanced way of viewing modesty rhetoric which has benefits for women and girls as well as men and boys. Since religion and culture are often intertwined, we discussed the experience of body image through the lens of a faith tradition that's prominent in the Intermountain West and throughout the world in an effort to explore a topic that has even wider cultural implications for folks in any religious or cultural community.    Links mentioned: Lexie and Lindsay's website: https://beautyredefined.org/ Buy tickets for the Body of Evidence workshop on April 4, 2019 Beauty Redefined's body image curriculum for church groups Mindful Eating Workshop online course Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


18 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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146: Demystifying Gut Health & the Microbiome

In this episode, I speak with Jessie Hoffman, PhD about her experience as a nutrition researcher and gut health expert. We discuss her dissertation studies on the gut microbiome and environmental pollutants and specifically take a deep dive into how her views of nutrition and science in general shifted as she continued through her schooling. She breaks down some of the most interesting aspects of the science of gut health and explains why media literacy is more critical in today's world than ever.   Jessie explains what all the hype about gut health is all about and helps separate differentiate between what we know about the gut and what we still are looking for in the research. She outlines some of her best tips for promoting gut health and explains why there's more to it than food and eating.   Here are some more specific topics we dive into in this podcast episode: probiotics: good, bad, or somewhere in the middle? prebiotics: necessary or just a hype? the gut-brain axis how to promote gut health when elimination diets are not the answer to gut woes why farting is normal (haha)   Links mentioned: Follow Jessie on Instagram Subscribe to keep in touch Positive Nutrition for Life: Heal Your Relationship with Food online course Positive Nutrition 101: The Science of Nutrition without the Gimmicks online course Mindful Eating Workshop online course Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


1 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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138: Sports Nutrition & How Athletes Can Work with their Bodies

Fiona Sutherland is Director of The Mindful Dietitian & Body Positive Australia and has been practicing for 15 years primarily in the areas of eating behavior, eating disorders, body image, sports nutrition & education/training. She has been integrating the Non Diet Approach into Dietetic practice for over 12 years, and is passionate about supporting Health Professionals to develop skills in understanding more about the complexities of client presentations, and how we can focus on wellbeing. As an Eating Disorders specialist, Fiona has a particular interest in binge eating and finding evidence-based, compassionate ways of working with people in diverse bodies. Fiona is also a Sports Dietitian, working with emerging professional dancers at The Australian Ballet School and host of The Mindful Dietitian Podcast.   Fiona is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner and Yoga Teacher, bringing a particular emphasis on mindful eating and the intersection of food environment, eating psychology and body image into her work and training. She has trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self Compassion) and MB-EAT (Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training). Fiona is guest lecturer within Deakin University Dietetics course within the areas of eating behavior, Body Image, counseling skills and the Non Diet Approach.   In this episode, Fi discusses her career path and how she landed in the sports nutrition realm. She discusses the female athlete triad, bone health and the pressures athletes experience around performance and body. She shares some advice for coaches in supporting athletes' best interests and shares how all of us can support athletes in working with their bodies, rather than against their bodies.     Links mentioned: Fiona's website: http://www.themindfuldietitian.com.au/ Positive Nutrition 101 online course. Leave a review for the podcast here. Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.

1hr 23mins

24 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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163: Q&A—Peace with Food During the Holidays

In this episode, Paige answers a few questions about food and the holidays.   Here's an outline of the talking points for this episode: When you've been told you need to lose weight but also need a healthy relationship with food Resolutions and how they can be potentially dangerous How to discuss IE with family to help alleviate meal pressure When you feel like you had IE down and then went nuts on food on Thanksgiving   Links mentioned: Positive Nutrition® Academy: online courses and webinars Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram


4 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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

Dr. Stephanie Waitt specializes in treating eating disorders at her practice, Texoma Specialty Counseling. In her work, with people she helps men and women find balance, peace, confidence, and happiness with their bodies, relationships and life. She emphasizes the importance of self-care and encourages people that being a little selfish is a really good thing. Stephanie is also an online recovery coach. In her recovery coaching Stephanie helps people learn to find peace with their bodies and ditch dieting. She helps people find confidence and the power to live the life they want right now!   In this episode, Stephanie talks about her experiences with struggling with orthorexia and using it to manage and cope with a very difficult and demanding career. She has a powerful story of how she worked to find her own sense of identity and self-worth beyond food, dieting and her body image. Her own personal experience enhances her ability to effectively treat folks who are struggling in similar ways. She brings a unique perspective—both personally and professionally—to the idea of how powerful and important it is to discover who she is beyond food.   Links mentioned: Dr. Stephanie Waitt's website: https://www.texomaspecialtycounseling.com/ HAES and ED recovery FB group Leave a review for the podcast here Substance use disorders webinar for 1.5 CPEs for RDNs. Positive Nutrition online course coming soon! Upcoming Mindful Eating Workshop for Dietitians on June 23, 2013 in SLC! Join the Nutrition Matters Podcast Community on FB. Donate to the podcast here.

1hr 7mins

16 May 2018

Rank #19

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158: Exploring Enoughness in Eating and Beyond

Intuitive Eating simplified and boiled down is essentially about getting enough. Enough food, enough satisfaction, enough enjoyment, etc. The concept of enoughness is critical to explore in order to move forward with healing your relationship with food. Linda Tucker joined Paige to explore this concept in how it relates to food, body image and beyond. Linda Tucker is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Body Image Coach. She "helps people walk away from diet culture" while learning how to care for themselves using compassion and kindness rather than fear and/or shame. Linda uses insight from own disordered eating recovery, while also trying to manage her chronic illnesses, to create a space of curiosity, empathy, and radical acceptance. Links mentioned: Linda's website: http://www.lindatuckercoaching.com/ Minnesota Starvation Study Positive Nutrition® Academy: online courses and webinars Donate to the podcast Positive Nutrition Blog Follow Paige on Instagram

1hr 9mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #20