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RD Real Talk - Registered Dietitians Keeping it Real

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Rank #101 in Nutrition category

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Social Sciences
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Dietitians have a lot to say about nutrition, food, and health. Join host Heather Caplan and her registered dietitian (RD) peers as they talk shop, share their philosophies, and keep it real with you. Discussion topics include weight-inclusive nutrition and dietetics, intuitive eating, sports nutrition, career paths, and more.

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Dietitians have a lot to say about nutrition, food, and health. Join host Heather Caplan and her registered dietitian (RD) peers as they talk shop, share their philosophies, and keep it real with you. Discussion topics include weight-inclusive nutrition and dietetics, intuitive eating, sports nutrition, career paths, and more.

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Great show!

By sarahcr8 - Jun 21 2019
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This show is awesome!

One of the best podcasts for ED recovery

By wmc0987654321 - Aug 29 2018
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Long time listener! Absolutely love the podcast! You rock Heather!

iTunes Ratings

152 Ratings
Average Ratings
143
2
5
1
1

Great show!

By sarahcr8 - Jun 21 2019
Read more
This show is awesome!

One of the best podcasts for ED recovery

By wmc0987654321 - Aug 29 2018
Read more
Long time listener! Absolutely love the podcast! You rock Heather!
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RD Real Talk - Registered Dietitians Keeping it Real

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Rank #101 in Nutrition category

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Dietitians have a lot to say about nutrition, food, and health. Join host Heather Caplan and her registered dietitian (RD) peers as they talk shop, share their philosophies, and keep it real with you. Discussion topics include weight-inclusive nutrition and dietetics, intuitive eating, sports nutrition, career paths, and more.

Rank #1: 23: AMENorrhea and the ethics of practicing however you want to

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Robyn (Coale) Nohling and I team up to double down on the real talk. Robyn's site, The Real Life RD, is a mix of her nursing and nutrition expertise. We share a passion for talking about amenorrhea, so this conversation became a nerdy fertility deep dive. Robyn shares her opinions and knowledge with a dose of her signature sass. We also cover her internship experience, some amazing career advice, and what the "tickets to health" but actually be. (Spoiler Alert: it's not a cocktail of wellness supplements.) 

For topic or subject requests, fill out the RD Real Talk Listener Survey: hdcrd.typeform.com/to/JuJARt

In the conversation: 

  • A little bit about Disney
  • What happens when you get your 5th choice internship
  • Career advice we should have all received early on
  • Amenorrhea and all the things we know, plus many that we don't
  • Recovery, wellness, and the easiest way(s) to stay "healthy"
  • Thyroid hormones and what to look for 
  • Coming soon: Robyn's signature screening tool for physicians (!!!) 

Robyn Nohling, RDN FNP | www.thereallife-rd.com

Twitter and Instagram: @thereallife_RD

Jul 07 2017
58 mins
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Rank #2: 49: IE Principle 1 - Rejecting the Diet Mentality

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Sumner Brooks, an eating disorder dietitian and founder of EDRDpro, joins me to discuss the first principle of Intuitive Eating, Rejecting the Diet Mentality. As long as the diet mentality is prioritized—or as Sumner puts it, we make food decisions based on the outcome expected—it will be nearly impossible to eat intuitively. 

ETA: There seems to have been an issue with the audio recording, so Sumner's voice sounds a little off. Technology isn't always our best friend. :) 

While listening to this episode, think about your own diet mentality and what drives the food choices you make every day. Are you avoiding or working toward a certain outcome (e.g. weight, "health", or something else)? Or are you trying to tune into your body's signals of hunger, fullness, satisfaction, etc? (More on all of that to come!) 

It may be uncomfortable to realize that even though you may not be following a "diet," there are still many filters, or rules, by which you make food decisions. We know how that feels. We've been there. Stick with us.

We give examples of the various levels of diet thinking, and how to work through this principle to bring yourself some food freedom. It helps you build the foundation on which you'll continue to build your intuitive eating habits throughout this series. 

Questions? Reach out anytime: RDRealTalk at Gmail dot com. 

For more information about this series, and my work, visit HeatherCaplan.com or follow along @HeatherDCRD on Twitter, @RDRealTalk on Instagram, and Facebook

Follow Sumner's work on EDRDpro.com, and sign up for her upcoming EDRDPro Symposium

Subscribe to the weekly RD Real Talk newsletter for more show notes, Off the Air anecdotes, and weekly reads! 

Jan 10 2018
49 mins
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Rank #3: 97: Real Talk with the Real Life RD

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Robyn Nohling, aka The Real Life RD and head dietitian at Real Life Women's Health, joins me on this episode to chat everything from the working-mom-life to private practice to our stance on the term "Ideal" body weights.

This is our first episode co-hosting the show (with many more to come), so let us know what you think!

Links: 

Questions, comments, concerns, or feedback about this episode (#97): Email me anytime, RDRealTalk at gmail.com

Support the show and chat with me every month, by becoming a Patreon member for just $1!

Keep in touch by subscribing to the RD Real Talk Newsletter.  

Mar 08 2019
43 mins
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Rank #4: 9: EDBs are a real thing

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Kylie Mitchell is in the house! We talk all things related to eating disorders this week, because that's her specialty (and I'm learning). We answer our first listener question, which leads to a stomach-acid-jacuzzi visual. Sometimes "real" gets weird. In the nutrition news: - Why teens (and adults) are not seeking eating disorder (ED) treatment - What should gyms do about compulsive over-exercisers (if anything)? Bonus: The #realtalk moment Kylie realized she was not meant to be a veterinarian. Kylie Mitchell: immaeatthat.com | @immaEATthat (Instagram)

Apr 07 2017
40 mins
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Rank #5: 4: Between Eggs and Bob Harper, Who Decides What's "Healthy"

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Kelly Jones is back! And Bob Harper has reentered our lives. It was a weird week for nutrition... In the nutrition news: It's National Nutrition Month. What does "Put Your Best Fork Forward" mean? What can we learn from Bob Harper's heart attack? Why are we still (un)scrambling the nutrition content of eggs? FDA says we can chime in on how to define "healthy," so, whatcha think? (Bonus! A thing about cookie dough. We're INTERESTED.)
Mar 10 2017
41 mins
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Rank #6: 3: Yes, we eat fries too

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This week I chat with Cara Harbstreet, of Street Smart Nutrition (street-smartnutrition.com). When we first met in real life, we connected over a mutual love of Oiselle and running. In this episode, we bond over a mutual distaste for the idea that dietitians don't eat french fries. In the nutrition news: The article that poses an odd question: is sugar or salt worse for you? The study that gives us an interesting insight into the many benefits of gut health, including a good night's rest The top cardiologist who is "blasting" nutrition guidelines, and why
Mar 06 2017
39 mins
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Rank #7: 111: What if "I don't want to be a dietitian anymore"?

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Robyn and Heather chat about two different existential RD crises today. One is a listener question about how to offer (or not offer) (un)solicited nutrition and health advice to people you love, the other a case of cognitive dissonance, fatigue, and career-choice-questioning. 

The post titled "I don't want to be a dietitian anymore" is the highest viewed blog on Heather's site, which led to a conversation about the comments, sentiments, and fatigue shared among those who have found this read. (And maybe that's you!) Hopefully this conversation offers some solace! 

Links to other things mentioned: 

Questions or requests for our next Q&A? Reach out, anytime: RDRealTalk @ Gmail.com

Other stuff:

Learn more about the Weight Inclusive Nutrition & Dietetics (WIND) Events: weightinclusivenutrition.com

Your hosts:

Heather Caplan RD : Twitter: @heatherDCRD, Instagram: @RDRealTalk

Robyn Nohling RD FNP: @thereal_lifeRD, https://thereallife-rd.com

Have you left a review for the show yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Last but not least, get more RD Real Talk from the newsletter, landing in your inbox weekly!

Jun 28 2019
39 mins
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Rank #8: 48: Drop the diet - IE Series Introduction, with co-author Evelyn Tribole

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Now is not the time to start a new diet, or "get back on track"—neither is tomorrow, nor the day after that. It won't work. But we have something else for you, that just might save your sanity. 

Introducing: RD Real Talk's first series, on Intuitive Eating

Evelyn Tribole, MS RD is the co-author of the book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works. It is NOT a diet; it is not an eating plan; it is not a set of nutrition rules. And it is not simply eating when you're hungry, and stopping when you're full. 

Evelyn helps me kick off a 10-episode series on Intuitive Eating (IE), in which I cover each of the 10 principles with fellow dietitians and therapists. She takes us back to 1995, when the book was first published, and how she and her co-author, Elyse Resch, finally decided enough was enough. No more putting clients on diets, no more weight loss plans, no more pretending that either of these things "work" for people. They questioned and challenged traditional dietetic practices, found the research to support their paradigm, and put it out to the world. 

She's NOT into this whole "clean eating" movement, wonders when taking pride in the way we eat became important to our identities (a la Orthorexia), and indulges a burning question I had about her Olympic Trials Marathon run (🤓). 

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did, and can't wait to share the rest of the IE series with you! Stay tuned. 

Questions? Check out the series page on my website: heathercaplan.com . Subscribe to the weekly newsletter. And reach out via email anytime! 

Twitter: @heatherdcRD

Instagram: @RDRealTalk

Interested in the EDRDPro Symposium? Sign up for details by clicking here

Jan 02 2018
49 mins
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Rank #9: 105: Unleash the Carbs!

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Kara Lydon, aka The Foodie Dietitian, and carb afficionado, joins me to talk about All Things Carbohydrates, and why it's okay to consume carbs, regularly. We also talk about her career evolution—from Big Company Marketing Expert to Entrepreneur with a Part-Time Private Practice and Media/Consulting business. 

THE Carbohydrate Resource: Make Peace With Carbs 

Kara's recipes and work can be found on her site: KaraLydon.com

Other stuff:

Be part of the extended podcast conversations and meet fellow real-talkers by joining our Patreon community, for just $1.

Learn more about the Weight Inclusive Nutrition & Dietetics Events: weightinclusivenutrition.com

Your host, Heather Caplan: HeatherCaplan.com, @heatherDCRD, @RDRealTalk.

Have you left a review on iTunes yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Questions or requests for the show? Reach out: RDRealTalk @ Gmail.com

Last but not least, get more RD Real Talk from the newsletter, landing in your inbox weekly!

May 03 2019
53 mins
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Rank #10: 86: Wait, but what IS Intuitive Eating?

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Replay! This is the episode that kicked of the RD Real Talk podcast Intuitive Eating series—10 episodes all about the principles, and evidence, behind Intuitive Eating (IE). Evelyn Tribole is one of the co-authors of the book on Intuitive Eating, and dishes about how the idea came to be, why she wrote it (with Elyse Resche), and what that was like in the mid-90s. For reference: It was first published in 1995!

If you haven't already, buy the book and dig in

For now, tune in to hear it all from the OG IE dietitian herself. 

Other stuff:

Join the extended podcast conversations and meet fellow real-talkers by joining our community, Patreon.com/RdRealTalk

Your host, Heather Caplan: HeatherCaplan.com, @heatherDCRD, @RDRealTalk

Have you left a review on iTunes yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Questions or requests for the show? Reach out: RDRealTalk @ Gmail.com

Dec 30 2018
49 mins
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Rank #11: [REPLAY] 85: Why to avoid a Whole30 (Anytime)

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[Replay!] Jessica Jones, dietitian and co-host of Food Heaven podcast, joins me to chat about her career, and then, Whole30. January seems like the most popular time for people to "try" the Whole30, so we're here to try and help you avoid that path. I put out a call to social media, asking people why they've done the Whole30, and what they liked about it, to try and integrate various perspectives. 

Tune into our conversation to learn why Whole30 isn't the best way to adopt new habits like meal planning, trying new recipes, and eating to feel better. There are many other ways to do all of the above, without extreme food restrictions or rigid food rules. 

We address: meal planning, recipes, digestive issues, sugar addiction (or lack thereof), PCOS, and the hidden threat of deprivation. 

Most of the things we talked about:

Other stuff:

Your host, Heather Caplan: HeatherCaplan.com, @heatherDCRD, @RDRealTalk

Have you left a review on iTunes yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Questions or requests for the show? Reach out: RDRealTalk @ Gmail.com

Jul 12 2019
54 mins
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Rank #12: 101: Intuitive Eating isn't the diet fix you've been waiting for

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Crystal Savoy MS RD joins me on the show to talk about her career path, how to stop counting calories (or help your clients through it), body changes, and grieving the thin ideal. Crystal studied at Simmons College, gaining a rare dietetics education in eating disorder treatment, and quickly landed her dream job as an associate dietitian with Real Life Women's Health (led by Robyn Nohling FNP RD). 

Things we talk about: 

More about: Crystal Savoy MS RD | @brainnutritionRD

Other stuff:

Be part of the extended podcast conversations and meet fellow real-talkers by joining our Patreon community, for just $1.

Learn more about the Weight Inclusive Nutrition & Dietetics Events: weightinclusivenutrition.com

Your host, Heather Caplan: HeatherCaplan.com, @heatherDCRD, @RDRealTalk.

Have you left a review on iTunes yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Questions or requests for the show? Reach out: RDRealTalk @ Gmail.com

Last but not least, get more RD Real Talk from the newsletter, landing in your inbox weekly!

Apr 05 2019
57 mins
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Rank #13: 27: It is a VERY small (dietetic) world

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Emily Wetzel joins the show from Chicago! As a contractor with Dietitians on Demand, she wears many dietitian hats. Emily and I chat about the small world of dietetics, which relates to her advice for any and all new dietetic students and interns. We answer two listener questions, then dive into why consumers are more interested in sugar than meat (or cooking with "raw ingredients"). 

Questions: 

1) In my internship, there were only a couple of rotations where I felt RDs were a valued member of the team. What can we do as a profession to change this and make it better for the next generation of dietitians?

2) I know for sure that I want to work in the field of food and nutrition, but I am fairly sure I am not interested in clinical. I'm worried I won't enjoy it at all, and it might trigger past ED behaviors. Should I purse the RD certification?

In the news: 

Nearly half of US consumers are trying to reduce the sugar they eat (FoodNavigator)

Younger consumers, however, are more interested in eating less meat. Either way, the top barrier to change is feeling tempted by these foods, and the perceived cost of healthy eating. How can we help?

Emily Wetzel, RD LDN | @HealthyHappy_U

Aug 11 2017
47 mins
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Rank #14: 13: 1-1 Real talk about Fit Fueling

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Real talk: I've both under and over-fueled for a few of my marathons. Then I met Intuitive Eating. It took me a whopping seven marathons to figure out how to properly and adequately fuel myself, according to both my needs and preferences. I want to tell you about why that matters, what I've learned, and how I'm bringing that information to you now (with Kelly Jones, RD CSSD). 

I hope this is the first of many 1:1 chats we have, even though I know you can't reply in real time. But you can leave me a topic request on heathercaplan.com/rd-real-talk-podcast/ , or email me anytime: RDRealTalk at gmail dot com! 

Intuitive Eating dietitians mentioned on this episode: 

Kelly Jones Nutrition (eatreallivewell.com), co-leading the Fit Fueling: Intuitive Eating for Female Athletes course with me. It starts Monday May 15—come join us!

Apr 27 2017
18 mins
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Rank #15: 83: The things you learn to question—from weight-loss diets to "Fat" Monica

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Jessi Haggerty, aka host of The Body Love Project podcast, joins me on the show. We talk about how she began questioning the efficacy of weight-loss diets in college, and how that felt as a young RD. Jessi is also a personal trainer, tired of the fat-phobia and fear-based food messaging in the fitness industry. Her work is based around body inclusivity, women's health, and creating environments supportive of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size (HAES). 

Also in this episode: Jessi shares a personal update that explains why we've heard a little less from her on her podcast and blog this year. And we dive into a discussion about how our favorite TV shows of yore don't quite hold up in the body and weight-inclusive world we want to foster. (Looking at you, FRIENDS and SATC. Though, the list is long!) 

Things and links mentioned in the show: 

Interested in the Weight-Inclusive Nutrition and Dietetics event series? Join our email list! More: weightinclusiveconference.com

This episode is sponsored by Simple Mills. Check out their snacks, baking mixes, and frostings on SimpleMills.com

Other stuff:

Your host, Heather Caplan: HeatherCaplan.com, @heatherDCRD, @RDRealTalk

Have you left a review on iTunes yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Questions or requests for the show? Reach out: RDRealTalk @ Gmail.com

Thank you for listening! 

Dec 07 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #16: 19: You might love this type of internship

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Kylie Mitchell is baaaack! You may know her as ImmaEATthat, on instagram and through her Eating Disorder (ED) recovery blog (immaeatthat.com). We talk about her new pregnancy feels, body changes, and how that first trimester has felt for her. (She also has some thoughts on pregnancy books, and which ones may not be worth a read.) We answer a listener’s question, cover some news in the ED world, and Kylie gets real about why she originally started posting recipes to her blog. Bonus: Some well thought-out ideas on how to revamp the dietetic internship experience. It involves less Jell-o and more Netflix.

BTW, have you taken the RD Real Talk Listener Survey? I want to know what you want more (or less) of on the show! Take it---> hdcrd.typeform.com/to/JuJARt (Thanks!)

Listener question: How are stress, amenorrhea, and moodiness related? (The negative loop of emotions is something I’ve experienced, as well.)

Resource plugs: Kylie’s site, the nonprofit I started in DC called the Lane 9 Project, and Robyn Coale’s Real Life RD.  

In the news:

Kylie Mitchell: @immaeatthat (Twitter and Instagram), immaeatthat.com

Jun 09 2017
50 mins
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Rank #17: 99: The one about Allostatic Overload

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Heather and Robyn are back to co-host this episode of RD Real Talk, talking about stress, and Allostatic Load (or overload). We're both in a certain phase of life where "overwhelm" comes easily, and we have to consistently reassess how much our buckets can hold.

Allostatic Load: "Stressed or stressed out: What is the difference?" 

Robyn wrote a great blog post about Allostatic load, so if you want to dive in further, read on

Things we discuss: 

  • how running can be part of joyful movement and a balanced relationship with health exercise 
  • why I (Heather) didn't go after that half-marathon PR 
  • real life, imperfect human moments
  • how to tell when your bucket might be WAY TOO full

Questions or feedback, or just a story about allostatic load in your life? Reach out: RDRealTalk@gmail.com

Other stuff:

Be part of the extended podcast conversations and meet fellow real-talkers by joining our Patreon community. Join here, for just $1.

Learn more about the Weight Inclusive Nutrition & Dietetics Events: weightinclusiveconference.com

Your host, Heather Caplan: HeatherCaplan.com, @heatherDCRD, @RDRealTalk.

Have you left a review on iTunes yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Last but not least, get more RD Real Talk from the newsletter, landing in your inbox weekly!

Mar 22 2019
52 mins
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Rank #18: 12: I guess we need a new word for "moderation"

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Heather Pavlik brings some zest to this week's episode! She joins us from San Francisco, where she works in the startup tech world. We met over a salad lunch near AT&T park, and bonded over running, startup things, and some eye-roll moments. I'm glad I didn't mention how full I was after that salad.

On this episode, we cover everything from a (shared) weird experience with Paleo book authors to the reason we should all consider a visit to Alaska (below-zero temps aside).

In the nutrition news:

Go find Heather Pavlik:

Twitter & Instagram @heatherpavlik

HeatherPavlik.com

Apr 26 2017
49 mins
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Rank #19: 85: Why to avoid the Whole30 in January (and the rest of the year)

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Jessica Jones, dietitian and host of Food Heaven podcast, joins me to chat about her career, and then, Whole30. January seems like the most popular time for people to "try" the Whole30, so we're here to try and help you avoid that path. I put out a call to social media, asking people why they've done the Whole30, and what they liked about it, to try and integrate various perspectives. 

Tune into our conversation to learn why Whole30 isn't the best way to adopt new habits like meal planning, trying new recipes, and eating to feel better. There are many other ways to do all of the above, without extreme food restrictions or rigid food rules. 

We address: meal planning, recipes, digestive issues, sugar addiction (or lack thereof), PCOS, and the hidden threat of deprivation. 

Most of the things we talked about:

Other stuff:

Join the extended podcast conversations and meet fellow real-talkers by joining our community, Patreon.com/RdRealTalk

Your host, Heather Caplan: HeatherCaplan.com, @heatherDCRD, @RDRealTalk

Have you left a review on iTunes yet? If not, please do! Click here and tap the stars.

Questions or requests for the show? Reach out: RDRealTalk @ Gmail.com

Dec 21 2018
55 mins
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Rank #20: 50: IE Principle 2 - Honor Your Hunger

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Jennifer McGurk joins me to discuss Intuitive Eating principle #2: Honoring Your Hunger. At the time of recording, I was pregnant and she had just given birth, so we start with some real talk about the IE lessons these experiences will teach you! If you decide to skip ahead, we get into the principle and how it's essential to intuitive eating. It's also essential to have acknowledged your diet mentality, and put any goals of weight loss (or "management" aside) in order to really hear and heed your body's hunger signals. 

Jennifer is an eating disorder specialist, so part of our conversation touches on how this principle is used for eating disorder treatment, when appropriate. 

Check out Jennifer's work and resources on her site: EatwithKnowledge.com

Questions? Reach out anytime: RDRealTalk at Gmail dot com.

For more information about this series, and my work, visit HeatherCaplan.com or follow along @HeatherDCRD on Twitter, @RDRealTalk on Instagram, and Facebook.

Register for the EDRDPro Symposium for 12 CEUs and information from 12 Eating Disorder experts! The symposium starts March 1, 2018.

Subscribe to the weekly RD Real Talk newsletter for more show notes, Off the Air anecdotes, and weekly reads!

Stay tuned to learn about principle #3 (Make Peace With Food) next, with Julie Duffy Dillon! 

Jan 17 2018
52 mins
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