Body Kindness®: Transform Your Health and Never Say 'Diet' Again

Body Kindness®: Transform Your Health and Never Say 'Diet' Again

This is a show about health, not weight loss. It’s time to redefine what it means to pursue health, where your well-being matters more than your weight. When you practice Body Kindness®, you create a more satisfying life by being good to yourself. Learn how self-compassion and acceptance help you cultivate a “caregiver” voice and quiet the “inner critic”. HAES Dietitian and Certified Exercise Physiologist Rebecca Scritchfield and her guests have interesting conversations about the cultural influences that keep you stuck in “diet prison” and how you can break free to create meaningful changes in your life. Instead of dieting, you’ll practice self-care, including better sleep, flexible eating patterns, having more fun, and moving in way that feels good, not punishing. Regular guest Bernie Salazar, a former Biggest Loser “winner” shares why he’s happier and healthier as a fat man.... Show More

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September 20, 2020

Let’s talk trauma and racism. I found today’s guest, Francesca Marguerite Maximé, from her podcast called Re-Rooted on the Ram Das Be Here Now network. She interviewed Dick Schwartz, the creator of Internal Family Systems (IFS) about his “racist parts” and I was all in on their discussion.

Side note to spell out the Body Kindness connections in case it’s helpful before I go on:

Connection is one of the three core pillars for practi...

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Most American kids are officially back to school in some way shape or form. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, now we have COVID and our kids well-being to contend with this year. I’m bringing back a personal and fan favorite all about stress and anxiety in girls.

Lisa D’Amour is a clinical psychologist, columnist and author and in this episode we discuss her New York Times bestselling book Under Pressure: Confronting the ...

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In today’s episode I talk with Kelly Jensen about her new book for young adults called Body Talk, which covers the themes of ability and disability, body positivity, fat positivity, tattoos, language, and much more.

Tune in for essay readings and a nuanced conversation about intentions vs. impact of the body positivity movement today and where we may be doing more harm than good.

Here’s a few items we cover:

  • How yoga has helped her...
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    A diagnosis of IBS can be a real pain in the a**! Seriously, IBS impacts 25-45 million people in the U.S. alone.

    The treatments for IBS aren’t really that great. The low FODMAP protocol may not even work in about half the people who try them. Worse, if you dare consult “Dr. Google” you’ll find there is conflicting and extreme advice out there that can really throw you off mentally.

    Today’s guest, bestselling author and gut health d...

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    Intuitive Eating is out with a 4th edition and the co-authors Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch are on the show to discuss what you can expect in the newest edition and we answer listener questions about struggles with intuitive eating.

    We discussed: 

  • The new alignment of Intuitive Eating with “anti-diet” approach.
  • Changes to the specific principles (spoiler alert: they changed one principle to honor your feelings with KINDNESS), and I...
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    Most “picky eating” in kids and adults is just that -- pickiness. But others can deal with social emotional issues and malnourishment (at any size). Joining me to discuss “supertasters” and challenges with picky eating, Rebecca Thomas, RDN. She is a dietitian and Body Kindness helping pro mentee of mine. She’s a pro at ARFID, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Tune in to get a HAES-informed perspective on support for food-rel...

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    In Part 2 of White Supremacy in Yoga series, we discuss the harms and the fixes, including what you can do as a yoga teacher, teacher trainer, student, or person who cares about anti-racism work. This includes reading books, having conversations, and taking meaningful actions. 

    Here’s just a taste of what we discuss: 

  • Cultural appropriation of ayurveda. 
  • Diet culture and racism in yoga. 
  • How bad teachers can mess up the yoga experien...
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    Join me in conversation with Dr. Sabrina Strings, author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. She also is a certified yoga teacher and advocate for inclusivity in yoga. We discuss our experiences  with yoga and hope for systemic change.

  • She shares a personal story on racism and body part fetishizing (Michelle Obama arms) she encountered in yoga classes when she was really seeking refuge for grad school stres...
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    This episode was first aired June 2019.

    Sabrina Strings, PhD is the author of the book Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. In the first part of this interview, we discuss how she was able to connect racism with fat phobia, control of women’s bodies historically and through today’s diet culture, and how medicine’s use of the BMI metric is problematic and harmful. Dr. Strings shares why weight loss should not be...

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    Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race is a great starting point for listening, learning and taking meaningful action. 

    I also recommend White Fragility by Beverly DiAngelo to any white person who wants to do better at creating change.    Books to talk to kids about race.   For race and health, I recommend Fearing The Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fatphobia. Dr. Sabrina Strings was on the Body Kindness podcast: Part...
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    Bernie Salazar guests with an update on how he is changing the conversation with his primary care doctors.

    He’s better at boundaries and aiming to keep the focus on medical needs, but the doctors still clearly struggle to understand what it means to provide weight inclusive medical care.

    He shares his labs with me again because he still wants my “input” (read: validation) that he is justified in his full commitment to practicing Bo...

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    May is mental health awareness month and I’m focused on shows that can help you create a better life and support your well-being. 

    This [COVID-19] Mother’s Day, women are still providing $10.8 trillion dollars a year of invisible, unpaid labor. 

    My guest this week Eve Rodsky says it’s unsustainable and she used her Harvard degree in organizational management to develop a structure for families to redistribute all it takes to make f...

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    My three guests today speak from the heart about their experiences during COVID-19 as patient advocate (Lara Loverro) and healthcare workers (Shannon Hughes and Katy Gaston). We discuss the meaning of compassion “to suffer together” and how the personal and collective traumas we’re experiencing challenge us to reframe our value, how and why we practice Body Kindness for resilience and personal growth.

    Here’s a glimpse of what what ...

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    Has your fertility or medical care been delayed or disrupted due to COVID-19? My guest today is Nicola Salmon, author of Fat and Fertile. We discuss how her work as a fat positive fertility coach has changed dramatically in the face of COVID-19. You’ll learn how she is helping people through and it just may help you grieve the losses you’re feeling at this time, fertility or not. Plus she shares insight on her own self-care practic...

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    My guest is Lara Loverro, a health coach, certified intuitive eating counselor, and she’s a professional mentee of mine. Importantly, Lara is a resident of New York and her mother is COVID-19 positive (over two weeks on a ventilator). Her teen son is struggling with anxiety related to the trauma. Lara shares how she and her family are coping and her recommendations for coping with anxiety. 

    About Lara
    Lara Loverro is holistic healt...

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    Practicing Body Kindness during COVID-19 is all about resilience skills as we navigate this collective trauma. While some people are finding “humor” in memes or chats about social distancing-related weight gain or the supposed “quarantine 15,” these messages are fatphobic and harmful to people struggling with mental health and body image. Nicola Haggett our ideas for setting boundaries, creating self-care plans, and well-being enha...

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    These times are truly unprecedented. For the past month I have been allowing myself to be human, showing up for my family, my clients (many hospital workers, displaced students, and parents turned home schoolers, many with disordered eating and anxiety exacerbated by the social distancing required).   I have been asking Body Kindness book readers and podcast listeners about ways (if anything) I can uniquely contribute to our collec...
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    Let’s talk about eating disorders that are born from culture and hidden in plain sight. My guest to share her personal story is Gloria Oladipo, a 20-year-old Black woman who developed an eating disorder in elementary school that went undiagnosed for over a decade. A student at Cornell University, Gloria also works as a freelance writer and has been published in Teen Vogue, Healthline, Wear Your Voice, Bitch Media, Bustle, and other...

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    I'm joined by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti editors of a new anthology Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World. We discuss why we need a book about believing women’s experiences are as credible and reliable as men. Believing women starts with believing ourselves and caring for our personal well-being.

  • Samantha Irby contributes an essay about her chronic illness which you can read on Elle
  • Anuradha Bhagwati, a...
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    A significant part of the body kindness practice is held in our relationships, especially parents and caregivers to children. As adults we understand there were ways in which our childhood needs were not met and with a deep desire to to better, we don’t want to mess it up. But we inevitably do and it’s OK.

    Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, New York Times Bestselling author of several books including her latest The Power of Showing Up, is here...

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