Nourishing Thoughts

Nourishing Thoughts

Nourishing Thoughts is your go-to recovery podcast, where you will learn how to eat with confidence, cultivate trust with your body and reduce anxiety around food. Hosted by Registered Dietitians and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellors, Ariana Rodriguez and Cassie Barnard - Canadian and Aussie besties and co-founders of Embody Health London - specialise in eating disorders, body image and chronic dieting. They believe in the power of storytelling and each week they will speak to inspiring guests, who have gone through recovery themselves, experts who will get real and practical, and share bite-sized duet episodes to support you on your recovery journey, every Tuesday and Thursday. You will learn about non-diet nutrition, body acceptance, self-compassion, mindfulness, intuitive eating, eating disorders and self-care, all through a weight inclusive lens. This is your podcast to empower you to nourish your body, master your mindset and embrace the skin you’re in - so you can have your cake and eat it too! Because full recovery is possible! Free recovery resources at


August 23, 2022 20 min

Ariana and Cassie are back together with this bite-size episode on intermittent fasting to wrap up season three of Nourishing Thoughts. 

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    Dimitra Theodoraki, BSc (Hons), is a Specialist HCPC Registered Dietitian who is led by the idea that health can only be holistic when there is harmony between physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Her passion is to help people find their unique balance and reach their full potential  by blending her expertise in nutrition and psychology.


    Before her role as a full-time Specialist Dietitian at Embody Health London, Dimitra wor...

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    Founder and creator of the deeply personal and transformative 'Awaken Programme', Angus Ford-Robertson is a global leader in the field of human evolution and spiritual development. He is profoundly driven by the belief that everyone has the capacity to live a life free from mental and emotional suffering; that we can all awaken through awareness and shift from pain to joy and from suffering to peace.


    For over 20 years, An...

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    August 2, 2022 19 min

    “Hating your body will move you forward somewhat. But eventually, that's not enough for it to be a long-term sustainable change.”


    In today's episode of Nourishing Thoughts, Ariana and Cassie explore what it take to make lasting change on the food and body image healing journey. 


    They discuss body privilege, letting go of dieting and give you practical takeaways to propel you forward to achieve fulfillment, happiness, he...

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    “I just got tired of my body dictating how much I enjoyed my life.”


    In today's episode of Nourishing Thoughts, Cassie is joined by Lucy Neville, a Senior Content Producer for a women's media company, and best known for being the Agony Aunt on instagram where she provides unfiltered, raw and relatable advice to her thousands of followers on body image, eating disorder recovery, sex and beauty. 


    Lucy shares her personal r...

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    July 19, 2022 23 min

    Welcome back to Nourishing Thoughts!


    In today's episode, Cassie interviews Ari to pick her brain on all things embodiment. If you are wondering what embodiment is and why it's sooooo important in your healing journey, you don't want to miss this conversation. 



  • What is embodiment?
  • What does being ‘disembodied’ mean?
  • Top five tips to become embodied today 



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    “With mindfulness, you can become aware of when your mind is playing tricks on you. So, you can become aware when you are making the reality different. You don't see the world as it is, but you see the world as you are.” - Dr Moltke



    Episode Highlights:

  • What led Dr. Moltke to become a holistic medical doctor
  • Why a holistic approach to medicine and health is important
  • Stress: its impact and symptoms
  • How to prevent burnout + ...
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    Hello friends! In today's episode of Nourishing Thoughts, Cassie and Ariana explain how Embody Health London came to be and they set the record straight on intuitive eating: Can we really eat intuitively and lose weight?



  • How did Embody Health London come to be?
  • Diet: Beyond the physical state
  • How to strengthen your sense of autonomy
  • What is Intuitive Eating and why anyone can learn this skill
  • Where to get started on y...
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    “As long as you're engaging in healthy habits for your body, fueling your body in a good way, doing any movement that you love, we know that you're healthy; and that can look different in lots of different sizes.”


    Are we obssessing over the speed of our metabolism more than we should? Does our metabolism really slow as we age?


    In today's conversation, Cassie is joined by Elaina Efird RDN, CD, CEDRD, CSSD, an eating ...

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    “We can only really achieve intuitive eating when we are embodied. ”


    If you're stuck in an endless cycle of dieting and food obsession, you are not alone. 


    In today's episode, Cassie and Ariana talk about why diets are so seductive and steps you can take to achieve food freedom and body confidence


    Episode Highlights:

  • How does Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) work and why do you need it 
  • What is THRIVE and who will ben...
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    “Your resistance to the thing you're most afraid of is actually causing you MORE pain than experiencing fear itself"  

    Today's guest, Meg McCabe, founder of the Recovery Collective, sits down with Ariana to discuss the power of community and why support groups are a constructive coping mechanism on your healing journey. 


    Episode Highlights:

  • The key turning points during recovery
  • The Power of Community and how The Recov...
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    Are you ready to see a change in your life, to feel free and move away from food controlling your life?


    In today's episode of Nourishing Thoughts, Ariana and Cassie will help you reframe how you invest in yourself, and how moving away from dieting will save you money and time.


    Episode Highlights:

    - The average woman diets for 14 years. Don't be one of them!

    - The concept of fear and how to use fear as your resource

    - Li...

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    “You're not broken. You're beautiful and lovable just as you are.”


    In today’s episode of Nourishing Thoughts, we are joined by Dr. Natalie Chua, a Clinical Psychologist, Meditation and Yoga Teacher, and Certified Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Teacher.


    Dr Chua’s approach to eating disorder recovery is embodied, relational, collaborative and holistic. She works sensitively with her client's cultural and social backg...

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    Imagine if...
  • You felt confident and empowered around food without the fear of losing control
  • You felt supported by like-minded people that understand how you feel in your food and body struggles
  • You no longer felt guilt or shame for eating your favourite foods
  • You loved and connected deeply to your higher self with an unwavering sense of self worth
  • In today's episode of Nourishing Thoughts, Ariana and Cassie guide you th...

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    In today's episode of Nourishing Thoughts, Ariana is joined Jhaynane Sung who is a holistic nutritionist, reiki practitioner and third generation healer.

    Make your self a cup of tea and get snuggly on the couch as we explore heart-healing practices in today's chat.

    Episode Highlights:

  • The role of breathwork, meditation and energy work to heal your relationship with food
  • The role of a mindfulness-centered approach in Jhaynane...
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    May 10, 2022 20 min

    Most of us experience loneliness at some point or another in our life and it can feel hard to take steps to combat loneliness. 

    In today’s episode of Nourishing Thoughts, Ariana and Cassie discuss Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 and this years theme of loneliness.

    They share personal stories of feeling isolated and lonely and leave you with their top tips to take action today. 


  • Weekly catch up with Cassie and Ariana
  • Th...
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    Dr Nicky Keay, BA, MA, MB, BChir (Cantab), MRCP is a sports and dance endocrinologist with extensive clinical and research experience.

    In today's episode, Cassie and Dr Keay discuss everything you need to know about your hormones and how to optimise and maintain your hormone health.

    “Respect your hormones, your hormones are there for you. They're personal to you. So treat them nicely, and they will serve you well"


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    April 26, 2022 27 min
    “Homesickness is real and we do need connection.” - Ariana

    Have you ever felt isolated, vulnerable or trapped?

    In today’s episode, Cassie and Ariana talk about The Power of Connection –  and how important our support system is when healing our relationship with food.

    Are you enjoying the show? Share it with a friend who might need to hear this too! 


  • Living the Authentic Life
  • The Importance of Human Interaction
  • A Challenge...
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    Is our breath the most underrated tool to increase energy, alleviate anxiety, calm our nervous system, boost immunity and improve focus? We think it might be!

    In today’s episode, Ariana speaks with James Dowler about the physiology of breathwork and how to use your breath to heal trauma and empower meaningful behaviour change.

    They explore what happens in the mind, brain and body when you bring conscious awareness to the breath.


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    Do you ever find your self trying to suppress those uncomfortable and icky feelings that come up for you? 


    In today's episode, Cassie and Ariana talk about emotional resilience, the benefits of feeling all emotions and how to make friends with them. They then end off this bite size episode with a short and sweet guided meditation for you to come back to at any time! Be sure to save this episode and share with a friend you thi...

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