Fighting Fat-Stigma and Embracing Intuitive Eating & Health at Every Size with Christy Harrison

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I have a new favorite podcast.

It’s called “Food Psych with Christy Harrison” and it’s the most helpful resource for repairing my relationship with food and body that I’ve found yet. I’ve been listening to her non stop. If YOU think you may have a disordered relationship with food and your body or if hopping on the anti-diet train sounds appealing to you I highly suggest you check her out. You can listen here or where ever you download your podcasts.

“Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s been hosting Food Psych since 2013.” She’s a cis-gendered, white female in a heterosexual relationship and although she’s living with chronic illness and has experienced an eating disorder herself, she’s living in an able body with thin privilege and she acknowledges this, which I appreciate. “The majority of each podcast consists of her interviewing guests—[who range in size, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief, etc.'] and include health and psychology professionals, anti-diet activists, and leaders in the body-positive movement—about their relationships with food, journeys to body image healing and fat acceptance, and experiences of recovery from weight stigma and eating disorders.

As an expert on intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, and people's relationships with food, she's been quoted in top media outlets including The Washington PostSelfHealthRefinery29Men's FitnessBon AppetitThe Observer, and more. Her forthcoming book, Anti-Diet: Why Obsessing Over What You Eat Is Bad for Your Health, will be published by Little, Brown Spark in late 2019. She offers online courses and private intuitive eating coaching to help people all over the world make peace with food and their bodies. Learn more about Christy and her work at christyharrison.com.”

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Christy’s podcast and approach to food and body gives me hope. While it’s rare to find a person or philosophy that I agree with 100% (nothing is perfect, right?) so much of what Christy explains about disordered eating an diet culture resonates with me. If you’re someone who has an unhealthy relationship with food and body (do you moralize food? do you spend the holidays fixating on calories instead of your loved ones? do you feel like your weight determines your worth as a human?) Christy and her podcast are what I would most recommend.

I’ve been trying to read Intuitive Eating, which is supposedly the holy Bible of the new anti-diet movement but my schedule has been particularly busy and so far the book isn’t grabbing me. However, I’ve been able to listen to Christy’s podcast as I drive from job to job and I actually find Christy’s way of explaining Intuitive Eating much more engaging and relatable.

Intuitive Eating in it’s pure form is essentially the ability to just eat like a “normal” person, or rather, to eat like we did before the world told us that we needed to be dieting. You know those people who can leave part of their meal or dessert uneaten or save it for later because they’ve eaten as much as they wanted, rather than scraping every last morsel off the plate and savoring it like it’s the last they’ll ever have? Or on the flip side, who can go back for seconds and eat as much as they want without feeling guilty or shameful? That’s intuitive eating. It’s rejecting the dieting mentality, being aware of hunger cues, eating until you’re satisfied (not restricting or binging), trusting your cravings, loving your body at all sizes, and being mindful of nutrition without the goal of losing weight or achieving some kind of “perfect” eating routine.

It is definitely NOT a means of losing weight, even though some sectors of diet culture have tried to distort it into another form of dieting.

Yes, you may lose weight once you start eating intuitively but you might also gain weight or stay exactly where you’re at. Weight-loss isn’t the goal.

Some episodes from Christy’s podcast I specifically enjoy include…

Food Psych #166: How to Resist Diet Culture & Build Community with Lilia Graue

Food Psych #169: The Truth About Fitness Culture and "Clean Eating" with Christine Yoshida

Food Psych #170: How to Combat Fat Stigma with Cat Pausé

Food Psych #179: How to Avoid Falling for The Wellness Diet This New Year with Colleen Reichmann

It’s hard to narrow them down because literally every episode so far has been eye-opening. Again, if you’re someone who knows that they have an unhealthy relationship with food, if you think you’re in the diet-binge cycle, if you’re miserable and tired and fed up with dieting I highly recommend you check out this podcast.

Because you deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel good in your body. Right now.

Brene Brown