With the never-ending buzz of "bikini body" messages, there is perhaps no better time than the summer to read up on body positivity and health at every size. Here are some of our best HAES/Intuitive Eating Education, Psychology, Essays, Memoirs, and Fiction recommendations!
In this episode we talk about how you can advocate for yourself when you’re suffering from amenorrhea (absence of a period) or Oligomenorrhea (irregular periods), how to know the difference between amenorrhea and PCOS, and what it takes, and how long it takes to get your period back, and how to check out your cervical mucus for a more intuitive way to track your ovulation. You can check out her website and popular blogs below and make sure to check out her book, No Period, Now What? For more details on all of the information we talked about in this episode!
In this episode Anna and I talk about what the term “Body Love” means to us, how she developed Body Love Yoga, how ableism in the yoga and fitness industry is rooted in the patriarchy, and how to get comfortable taking up space in this world. In this episode we cover how to navigate difficult conversations around asking for seat belt extenders, chairs without arms (AKA fat positive chairs), and writing open letters to public figures to elicit uncomfortable but necessary conversations. Anna also answers a listener question about her favorite fat positive yoga clothing brands.
Katherine Zavodni is a non-diet, Health at Every Size registered dietitian/nutritionist specializing in eating disorder treatment, intuitive eating, chronic dieting and weight concerns, and family and childhood feeding dynamics. In this episode Katherine and I talk about how diet culture impacts how we feel about our body, how our body is not the problem (diet culture is), and how it’s OK to be part of the body positive movement and still have days where you hate you body.
Dana Sturtevant and Hilary Kinavey are the co-founders of Be Nourished, a weight neutral practice based in Portland, OR. In this episode Dana and Hilary talk about how to build Body Trust(TM), why it's so important for clinicians doing this work to use weight neutral messaging in our marketing materials, and why this work has to support people in ALL bodies.
In this episode Liz hits the nail on the head, naming a place where I hung out for a long time: Conditional Body Acceptance (see also: healthism). This idea that you can accept your body at any size, if and only if you are meeting orthorexic ideals. If this resonates for you, you might also know that these ideals differ from person to person, and my (past) ideals not only kept me deeply dissatisfied with my body, they also wreaked havoc on my health and kept me in a disconnected and disordered relationship with food, movement, and my body. Liz also sheds light on how Conditional Body Acceptance also plays a role in the yoga community, and how she is working to spread the Health at Every Size and Unconditional Body Acceptance movement as a newly registered yoga teacher.
Caroline Dooner is a former food & dieting addict turned writer and storyteller. She is also the founder of the only diet I will ever recommend: The Fuck It Diet. This diet (although literally not a diet at all) was created after Caroline decided to get off the diet-binge rollercoaster and stop measuring her self worth by the number on the scale. In this episode Caroline shares her personal story with dieting and disordered eating, talks about the difference between a good teacher and a cult leader, and shares some information about her upcoming course: How to Be Your Own Damn Guru. She is hilarious and insightful and I can’t wait for you to give this episode a listen!
Haley Goodrich is a registered dietitian fiercely passionate passionate about helping others create flexible, joyful eating habits and cultivate a peaceful relationship with their body. Haley is the founder of her Pittsburgh-based private practice, INSPIRD Nutrition. She specializes in intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery and digestive health from a Health At Every Size perspective. She is currently pursuing her Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) Certification. In addition to her full-time private practice she is also the co-founder of INSPIRD to SEEK, a community- based learning experience designed to mentor and guide nutrition entrepreneurs to build amazing businesses.
When you hear the term 'Body Acceptance', what is your initial reaction? For many of my clients, this idea scares the sh*t out of them. And you know what? I'm never surprised. We've been raised in a culture that values thinness and that measures our worth on how willing we are to fit conventional standards of beauty. As in, it's ok if you don't have the "perfect" body... as long as you're trying to.
In this episode, Dr. Douglass talks about learning through our bodies, how we use verbal narratives to describe how we're feeling in our bodies, and how we shift from hyper- and hypo-aroused states through physical activity in order to feel safe. She talks about the importance of slowing down to listen to our bodies in their present moment and to break down the communication between the body and the narrative to create a new, more intuitive narrative.