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My Favorite Non-Diet Podcasts for the Holidays and Beyond

Hi, everyone! I hope you all are having the best possible December! While the holidays can be a time of good cheer, it's no secret that they can also be a big source of stress for many people - for a variety of reasons.

For some individuals who are working on developing a healthier relationship with food and their body, the holidays can generate a lot of anxiety. We are after all surrounded by diet culture. In an attempt to replace some of the diety messages that come up throughout the holiday season - and really throughout the year - with some non-diet wisdom, today I'm sharing my favorite non-diet podcasts with you!

These non-diet podcasts are a great way to learn more about Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES). They're also terrific for reinforcing some of the hard work that you may be dedicating to Intuitive Eating and the HAES approach.

My favorite time to listen to these is when I'm cooking - because that's a way for me to relax and continue to enhance my knowledge as a non-diet dietitian and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. But that's me. Maybe some of you enjoy listening to podcasts when you're traveling or running errands?! Pick a time and place that suits you best!

The following anti-diet podcasts are generated by some incredible Registered Dietitians who I really admire:

Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and journalist answers a listener's question at the beginning of each podcast, in addition to exploring her guests' relationship with food - followed by talking about topics revolving around Intuitive Eating, HAES, eating disorders, and body liberation. This was the first anti-diet podcast that I began listening to. I was instantly hooked by Christy's fierce passion for being a strong advocate for all bodies!

My favorite episodes:

-Episode #80: The Truth About "Food Addiction" with Marci Evans

-Episode #119: How to Fight Back Against Weight Stigma with Ragen Chastain

-Episode #127: Intuitive Eating & Health At Every Size FAQS with Ashley Seruya & Christy Harrison

-Episode #128: How to Transition to a Non-Diet Paradigm with Haley Goodrich

-Episode #171: Healthcare Without Diet Culture with Jennifer Guadiani

-Episode #175: The Truth About Digestion and Gut Health with Marci Evans


Paige Smathers, RD, CD, utilizes her expertise to help listeners develop a positive relationship with food. Paige interviews a variety of experts who work with Intuitive Eating and HAES, in addition to beautifully sharing her knowledge on how to understand these approaches to empower one's health physically, mentally, and emotionally.

My favorite episodes:

-Episode #99: Strategies for Navigating Diet Talk

-Episode #134: What is Intuitive Eating?

-Episode #137: Happiness Isn't a Size: An Interview with Jes Baker, Author of Landwhale

-Episdoe #139: Your Holiday Food & Body Image Survival Guide

Julie Duffy Dillon, MS, RD, NCC, LDN, CEDRD reads a letter at the beginning of each podcast that one of her listeners has written "to food"- one that expresses the listener's history, thoughts, and challenges with food and the body. Julie - and frequently an additional expert - provide their insight in relation to the listener's situation/question. When I first heard Julie's podcast, I quickly became a fan as I listened to Julie's empathetic and kind style of communicating her words of wisdom to her audience.

My favorite episodes:

-Episode #54: The Love Food Podcast Episode 54 with Barbara Spanjers

-Episode #87: My Mom Hates My Body and I Do Too {ep 87 with Summer Innanen}

-Episode #93: My Health Keeps Me From Food Peace {ep 93 with Anna Sweeney)

-Episode #97: I Have a Complicated Relationship with Exercise {ep 97 with Jessi Haggerty}

-Episode #132: What Is Anti-Diet Anyway??

Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C, and author of the book, Body Kindness, interviews her guests who possess a variety of backgrounds about their wellness journey - including interesting conversations revolving around Intuitive Eating, HAES, and Body Kindness. Rebecca's upbeat personality and love for the work that she strongly believes in come through in her podcast.

My favorite episodes:

-Episode #45: Is This a Diet Too? Why "Health Eating"is so Confusing for Non-Dieters

-Episode #56: I Feel Trapped By My Diagnosis - Finding Your New Normal with Anna Sweeney, Dietitian and Disability Rights Advocate

-Episode #63: Goal Digging for an Anti-Diet Year

-Episode #75: Your Body Is Not an Apology, with Author, Poet, and Activist Sonya Renee Taylor

-Episode #96: Why Dieting Usually Doesn't Work with Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, PhD

Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, and author of the cookbook, The Pescatarian Cookbook: The Essential Kitchen Companion, explores her guests' experience with Intuitive Eating and body acceptance, in addition to providing her insight. I appreciate the variety of shows and the terrific content that Cara has already come up with - in this new podcast - in addition to the time that she dedicates to thoroughly answering her fans' questions in each episode.

My favorite episodes:

-Episode #2: Rachael Hartley & An Intro to Intuitive Eating

-Episode #3: Haley Goodrich & An Intro to Health At Every Size (HAES)

-Episode #10: Marci Evans and Kelly Mora & Advocating for Your Health

Fiona Sutherland (The Mindful Dietitian), APD, RYT interviews experts about topics revolving around developing healthier relationships with food and the body - in addition to sharing her wisdom. This podcast is geared for dietitians, but anyone can listen! I really admire that Fiona's incredible track record as a non-diet dietitian, her sincere warmth, her fun side, and immense passion for promoting equality for all bodies shine in this podcast. And side note: Listening to this podcast also influenced me to head to Chicago to attend a fabulous Body Image Workshop presented by Fiona and Marci Evans, CEDRD, cPT - which I highly recommend if you're a clinician (It's now available online)!

My favorite episodes:

-Episode #1: The Mindful Dietitian with Fiona Willer

-Episode #2: The Mindful Dietitian with Aaron Flores

-Episode #14: The Mindful Dietitian with Dana Sturtevant

-Episode #36: The Mindful Dietitian with Lori Short-Zamudio

Happy listening!

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