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What The Actual Fork Podcast

What The Actual Fork Podcast is co-hosted by your favorite Intuitive Eating Registered Dietitians Sammy Previte (Owner of Find Food Freedom) and Jenna Werner (Owner of Happy Strong Healthy). These dietitian besties can’t stand diet culture bullsh*t and love keeping it real! Their mission is for all humans to believe that they are made for so much more than chasing a smaller body. They are also here to share with you that food can be fun and pleasurable again. Although these ladies are medical professionals, they are human too! They are not afraid to share their deepest secrets and how years of their lives were taken by diet culture. They started this podcast so no human has to feel alone in their journey towards food freedom. So join Sammy and Jenna and expect to laugh, cry, learn, and grow!

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What The Actual Fork Podcast is co-hosted by your favorite Intuitive Eating Registered Dietitians Sammy Previte (Owner of Find Food Freedom) and Jenna Werner (Owner of Happy Strong Healthy). These dietitian besties can’t stand diet culture bullsh*t and love keeping it real! Their mission is for all humans to believe that they are made for so much more than chasing a smaller body. They are also here to share with you that food can be fun and pleasurable again. Although these ladies are medical professionals, they are human too! They are not afraid to share their deepest secrets and how years of their lives were taken by diet culture. They started this podcast so no human has to feel alone in their journey towards food freedom. So join Sammy and Jenna and expect to laugh, cry, learn, and grow!

The Evolution of Body Positivity, Fat Liberation, and Fat Acceptance

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Vinny Welsby (they/them) is a world-leading expert on dismantling fatphobia and diet-culture, TEDx speaker, and best-selling author. They went from being homeless, abused with self-esteem that was achingly low into the courageous fat activist and change maker they are today. Vinny helps people fall in love with themselves and is dedicated to shifting the way society views fat bodies. We talk about what fat liberation/acceptance really are, the origin of the body positivity movement, and the different levels of fatphobia. 

disclaimer: there is mention of domestic abuse in this episode, so if that is triggering to you, avoid or skip through Vinny’s story at the last 7 minutes of the episode 

Aug 05 2022

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Body Image for Boys

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This week we have Charlotte Markey, PhD. Charlotte Markey, Ph.D., is a world-leading expert in body image research, having studied all things body image, eating behavior, and weight management for her entire adult life (about 25 years!). She is passionate about understanding what makes us feel good about our bodies and helping people to develop a healthy body image. Charlotte loves to share her body image wisdom with others, and is an experienced book author, blogger, and professor at Rutgers University, Camden. In this episode we talk about what makes up our body image, differences between boys and girls body image views, and social media's influence on body image. Find her on IG @char_markey

Jul 29 2022

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Why “What I Eat In A Day” Content is Problematic

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Alexis Conason, is a clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist in private practice in New York City. She is the owner of Conason Psychological Services, a Health At Every Size ®-informed group therapy practice specializing in the treatment of binge eating disorder, disordered eating, and body image. Alexis is a fierce advocate for helping people recognize and question the societal norms that encourage their feeling not good enough about themselves so they can stop fixating on shrinking their bodies and reclaim the space that they deserve in the world. In this episode we talk about exposing your partner to HAES, why “What I Eat In a Day” content is problematic, and what really is mindful eating. Find her on IG @theantidietplan

Jul 22 2022

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Underfueling, Overexercising, and Missed Periods

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Cynthia has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. Cynthia is a non-diet dietitian and believes in Health at Every Size. Helping women recover from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (no period) & make peace with food is a speciality area of hers. Cynthia was driven to specialize in HA due to her own struggles with a missing period & infertility. In this episode we talk about hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA), why having no period is an issue, and how to get your period back. This episode is SO GOOD and will have YOU questioning- is sacrificing reproductive health WORTH having a smaller body? Find her on IG @period.nutritionist

Jul 15 2022

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Cortisol, Adrenal Fatigue, and Elimination Diets

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Dana Monsees is a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (MS, CNS, LDN) and Body Image Coach who practices from a HAES, non-diet approach. Her philosophy combines neutral nutrition with weight-inclusive care and the principles of integrative health, to help women heal their relationship with food and their bodies as a root cause of chronic health conditions. This episode it debunks a lot of misconceptions regarding adrenal fatigue, how consistently high levels of cortisol impacts health, and dieting and health. Find Dana on IG @danamonsees_cns

Jul 08 2022

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Is Clean Wine Really Clean??

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This week on WTAF we interviewed the Author of Soberful, Veronica Valli. Veronica Valli has been sober for 22 years and has worked as a psychotherapist for over 17 years. Veronica created Soberful to support and help women all over the world leave alcohol to find their most authentic self. She created a blog, podcast, book, facebook community, and more to help women on this journey! This episode is SO good and we cover a lot! Including, but not limited to “clean” wine, the life alcohol promises you and mommy wine culture. Don’t be surprised if this episode kindly calls you to consider your own relationship with alcohol. Find Veronica on IG @veroniajvalli.

Jul 01 2022

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The Menopause Episode

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We interview longtime fan of the pod, Jenn Salib Huber who is a Canadian registered dietitian and naturopathic doctor. In this episode we talk about what defines perimenopause and menopause, food is NOT medicine and if soy is safe for women. Menopause or no menopause, we cover topics in this episode that every human can benefit from! Including the conversation about soy that we’ve been NEEDING to have for you all. This episode is so informative and it’s clear that Jenn is completely passionate about this topic! If you’re gonna hear this info, you need to hear it from THE menopause nutritionist. Find Jenn on IG @menopause.nutritionist

This episode is sponsored by Arrowhead Mills. Use code “ARROWHEADVIP” for 15% off any Arrowhead Mills product at vitacost.com . PLEASE NOTE UPDATED CODE. 

Jun 24 2022

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Stress & Disease Management

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This week on the pod we have our very first endocrinologist! Dr. Dodell is a board certified endocrinologist who received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, affiliated with Columbia University. He is currently in private practice at Central Park Endocrinology taking weight stigma out of healthcare! He has even removed weight from his medical charts. In this episode we talk about how stress impacts blood sugar, why stress management matters, and how weight does not lead to disease!

This episode is sponsored by Arrowhead Mills. Use code “ARROWHEADVIP” for 15% off any Arrowhead Mills product at vitacost.com . PLEASE NOTE UPDATED CODE.

Jun 17 2022

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Your Body is Your Best Friend

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You already know who Kaisa Keranen is, so we’ll keep this brief- Kaisa is a badass fitness coach and owner of KaisaFit. She has a masters in exercise science and graduated from University of Washington where she was on the track and field team. After a major injury ended her career, her relationship with her body completely changed and she’s never turned back! In this episode we talk all about what’s wrong with the fitness industry, creating your “why” for movement, and why your body is your BEST friend. This episode is so powerful and we are willing to bet it will make you either tear up or full on sob after hearing Kaisa talk about her relationship with her body. Find Kaisa on IG @kaisafit

This episode is sponsored by Arrowhead Mills. Use code “ARROWHEADVIP” for 15% off any Arrowhead Mills product at vitacost.com . PLEASE NOTE UPDATED CODE. 

Jun 10 2022

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The Errors in Weight Centric Medical Care

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This week on the pod we have Asher Larmie BACK and they are ready to shake. shit. up! Asher (they/theirs/he/his) is back on WTAF and there are a lot of updates! Since our last episode, they have changed their name from Natasha to Asher and come out as transgender. Additionally, he started an AMAZING campaign called #noweigh. This campaign is HAES aligned and forces doctors to prioritize the patients health over weight at doctor's visits by encouraging patients to refuse regular weighing protocol. @noweighcampaign provides resources to empower clients of every size body through this conversation on their website noweigh.org. We talk about how forked up weight centric healthcare is, the #NOWEIGH campaign, Asher’s whole life transformation. Find them on IG @thefatdoctoruk

This episode is sponsored by Arrowhead Mills. Use code “ARROWHEADVIP” for 15% off any Arrowhead Mills product at vitacost.com . PLEASE NOTE UPDATED CODE.

Links mentioned in episode: 

#noweigh Campaign Website noweigh.org

Asher Larmie Website https://www.fatdoctor.co.uk

Nicola Salmon Episode https://drunkdietitians.libsyn.com/2021/09 or search episode name “Fat Positive Fertility” on your favorite podcast platform!

Jun 03 2022

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Pronouns, Gender Identity, and Eating Disorder Recovery

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James Rose (they/she) is a non-binary New York City-based actor, Health At Every Size personal trainer, trauma-informed yoga teacher, and the co-host of the Full Soul Nutrition Podcast. This episode was first released during Transgender Awarenss Week in 2020 and James graciously shares their experience exploring their gender identity in addition to how that has impacted their relationship with food and body. In this episode we talk all about James’ eating disorder experience, gender identity exploration, and body dysmorphia vs body dysphoria. This episode is one of our most important EVER as we talk about things we haven’t in any other episode! It’s so critical to learn more about how to support, uplift, and respect trans folx and we are so happy you’re here to learn with us! Find James on IG @jamesissmiling

May 27 2022

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Navigating The Transition from Athlete to “Normal Human”

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Our guest this week is the hilarious and fiery Lauren Link! You may know her from her snarky IG posts (find her on IG @linktonutrition) debunking diet culture myths as it relates to sports nutrition and nutrition for the average joe. Lauren is an ex collegiate soccer player and director of sports nutrition at Purdue University. She was one of the first full time sports dietitians and has been working to grow the field ever since, providing programs to dietetics students to get sports nutrition experience and serving on the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietetics Association (CPSDA) board. You’ll hear all about this in the episode, but her passion lies in empowering her student athletes with the tools to take care of themselves after they graduate and no longer have an abundance of resources at their fingertips. We talk about identity after sport, how to stay healthy as a “normal human”, and how intuitve eating fits into sports like wrestling. On top of all of that, she answers our question: can you perform your best while intuitive eating?

May 20 2022

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Obsessive Exercise vs Intuitive Movement

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This week's re-release is important because it’s all about how exercise can help or hurt your relationship with your body. Through diet culture we’ve learned that exercise is for altering the way your body looks but diet culture neglects to tell you about the physiological benefits of exercise for your body. Jenna talks about what exercise obsession looks like, diet cultures impact on relationship with exercise, and how to find sustainable exercise habits. This episode is for everyone on an intuitive eating journey or people who are questioning their relationship with exercise. This episode is SO impactful and 100% for you! Find Jenna on IG @happystronghealthy.rd

May 13 2022

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A Journey From Binge Eating Disorder to Self Love

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We are even more excited to re-release this episode than we were the first time it aired! This week on WTAF we’re re-releasing our episode with the one and only @victoriagarrick. Victoria is a TED Talk speaker, host of @realpod, former D1 volleyball player, and founder of @thehiddenopponent. As if you needed more reason to love her, she is also an intuitive eating and in eating disorder recovery. We talk about mental health advocacy in collegiate athletics, pressure on D1 athletes, and the transition from binge eating disorder and recovery to intuitive eating. This episode is so powerful because it’s relatable, honest, and REAL. If you have been impacted by diet culture or if you’re an athlete, you NEED to listen to this episode!

May 06 2022

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How To Protect Your Peace

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We couldn’t NOT repost this hilarious episode with @thenutritiontea! This week on the pod we have the IG famous registered dietitian, Shana Minei Spence. Shana started her professional career with a BS in fashion merchandising and after 8 years in the field, decided to pursue dietetics. Like so many of us, counseling on BMI and weight loss just didn’t feel exactly right and long story short- she’s now rooted in intuitive eating and health at every size.  This week we talk about Shana’s passions outside of nutrition, organic vs non-organic foods, and how to protect your peace as a creator. This episode is so fun and the absolute perfect conversation to end your week!

Apr 29 2022

48mins

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Body Acceptance for All Bodies

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This week on the pod we have the one and only, Anna Sweeney. Anna is a registered dietitian specialized in eating disorder treatment and committed to social justice. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 15 and has been living with MS for 22 years now. She uses her powerful instagram platform to share her story, share information, and provide a safe community for her followers. We talk about body acceptance with a disability, anti-diet and social justice, and diet culture celebrity influence. Find Anna on IG @dietitiananna

Apr 22 2022

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The Secret To Enjoying Movement

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Moving right along with our reposts, we are sharing our 2020 episode with THE AMAZING Danielle Pascente.Danielle is an online personal trainer with a badass business rooted in making movement accessible, empowering, and enjoyable. Her tagline is “I help you believe in yo damn self” and she stands by that. Listen to learn more about finding a fun way to move, secrets of the sports modeling industry, and taking an in-person business online. We almost guarantee that listening will leave you feeling empowered and absolutely kickass! Find Danielle on IG @daniellepascente

Apr 15 2022

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The One Where The Interns Come Back

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This week on the pod we have 3 very important people on the pod. Chelsea Shafer (WTAF podcast manager & dietetic intern), Anna Crum (FFF registered dietitian & social media director), and Allison Mandel (WTAF intern & dietetic intern) come together to talk about what it’s like to be a dietetic intern as a student who knows about intuitive eating and HAES. Dietetics internships (DI) are weight centric much like the majority of dietitians and the rest of healthcare providers, which can make being a dietetic intern committed to practicing HAES particularly challenging.In this episode you’ll hear them laughing, ranting, and everything in between! They talk about how they found IE, examples of fat phobia in dietetic internships, and tips to get through your internship. 

Apr 08 2022

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The Connection Between Eating Disorders and Addiction

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This week on the pod we’re bringing back our episode with Lauren Smith, THE lead registered dietitian at Happy Strong Healthy! Lauren’s first job after undergrad was at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center and she currently works at an addiction treatment center (as well as at HSH) so she is the *perfect* person to talk about this. We cover how ED and addiction are connected, working at an outpatient ED center, and trusting your journey as an RD. This episode is so good we HAD to re-release it! Through this episode you’ll 100% be able to recognize why Lauren was the perfect first hire for HSH. Find Lauren on IG @laurensbalancedbites

Apr 01 2022

52mins

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Top Tips for Better Body Image

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This was one of our very first episodes and we could not be more excited to be releasing it again! You probably all know who Bri Campos is at this point, but in case you don’t she is a body grief counselor with an amazing business aimed at helping folks heal their body image and find body respect. She is one of our all time favorite people in the world and we talk about weight based micro/macroaggressions, steps to healing body image, and body respect. Find Bri on IG @bodyimagewithbri

Mar 25 2022

59mins

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Love it!!

By Sammmmmmmmmmy - Apr 01 2020
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These two are refreshing, funny, and knowledgeable!!

Fun!!

By cat-bird - Apr 01 2020
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Easy, funny interesting alllll in one. Listen all the way and enjoy!!