Welcome to the Dietitians Unplugged Podcast with Aaron Flores, RDN and Glenys Oyston, RDN. Each episode they discuss topics that they hope to help you improve your health, body image and fitness without obsessing on the scale or counting calories. They believe in health at every size, intuitive eating and body positivity and want to help you build the confidence to ditch the scale and embrace..
Glenys and Aaron invite Meredith Noble of Made on a Generous Plan to the show to discuss a blog post she wrote a while back that our hosts love and refer to frequently. Meredith, a Certified Body Trust® Provider and coach who helps plus-size and fat-identifying people find food and body peace and fat liberation, wrote a poignant essay about how grieving the thin ideal is essential in our body acceptance journey. Glenys and Aaron have been sharing this article with clients for a long time so it was such a pleasure to have Meredith come on the show and take a deep dive into this work and what it looks like. Meredith also shared her number one tip for improving your body image. You won't want to miss this episode.
Nike recently unveiled a new plus-size line of athletic clothing and with it, a plus-size mannequin on which to display the clothing. One journalist railed against this move as "promoting obesity." In this episode, Aaron and Glenys talk about the reaction to the mannequin, both good and bad, how promoting obesity is not actually "a thing", and the role that internalized weight stigma may have played in this reaction.
Aaron and Glenys have been watching TV and want to tell you all about it. Our hosts discuss the most recent TV shows that seem tailor-made for those of us craving fat-positive entertainment, specifically the TV shows Dietland (season 1 now streaming on Hulu) and Shrill (also on Hulu). They breakdown what worked, what didn't, what they liked, and what they're hoping for more of. They also discuss the return of The Biggest Loser, which seems to be co-opting the movement-of-the-moment, and a TV show they didn't watch, Insatiable, and why they won't be watching it in the future. The episode contains spoilers of both Dietland and Shrill!
Aaron and Glenys are excited to welcome to the podcast Jes Baker, author of the books Landwhale and Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living. Jes Baker is a positive, progressive, and magnificently irreverent force to be reckoned with in the realm of self-love advocacy and mental health. She is internationally known for preaching the importance of body liberation, hard conversations, strong coffee, and even stronger language. Jes burst onto the body image scene when she created her own ads mocking Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating against all body types - a move that landed her on the Today Show and garnered a loyal following for her raw, honest, and attitude-filled blog missives. In this fantastic episode, she tells us about her revelation that she hadn't been a fat child, turning insults into cool nicknames, and how talking about mental health can be healing.
Glenys and Aaron welcome registered dietitian and eating disorder specialist Jennifer McGurk to the show to discuss the topic of emotional eating. In this episode, we talk about the differences between emotional eating and binge eating, and also what they both have in common. While eating is almost always done with some sort of emotion, when does that become a problem, and when does emotional eating become a binge? We also talk about the importance of having many coping tools in your toolbox in addition to eating. We think you will love this episode that gets into the nitty gritty of the emotional side of eating!
Aaron and Glenys were thrilled to talk to Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani of the Gaudiani Clinic in Denver, CO which provides in-person and telehealth care to people with current or a history of eating disorders. Dr. G is also the author of the book Sick Enough, a Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders. She talked to us about her journey to becoming a HAES-aligned doctor, and how she realized that HAES is the only ethical way to treat patients, especially those in larger bodies. She explains her "house on fire" analogy which helps those who struggle to understand that they are already sick enough with their eating disorder. We think everyone will benefit from listening to this podcast - patients and doctors alike.
Aaron and Glenys dive deep into the body with Tracy Brown, RDN, LD/N. Tracy is a somatic nutrition therapists who helps her clients reconnect with the wisdom of their bodies through the principles of Intuitive Eating. Glenys, Aaron and Tracy discuss the effects of trauma on the body, how "feeling fat" isn't really about body size at all, how the fight/flight/freeze reflex can keep us trapped in the diet cycle and how reconnecting with the body can help end the cycle. Bonus content: Witness Glenys' spectacular demo of how disconnection with the body can lead to total brain meltdown!
Aaron and Glenys discuss a talk they gave in they discussed the term "thin privilege" which was perceived to mean "thin shaming" by some members of the audience. But is mentioning thin privilege the same as thin-shaming? Is thin-shaming even a thing anyway? And what does it mean to have such a negative response to the concept of thin privilege? They discuss these questions and more in this episode!
Aaron and Glenys talk to Sunny Gold, a longtime health journalist and former magazine editor who is in recovery from binge eating disorder. She wrote a book for young women who binge eat, called Food: The Good Girl's Drug that came out in 2011. In this episode, she generously shares her story of a relapse back into her eating disorder after trying weight loss diets again, and what she learned from that experience about body acceptance. If you want to keep up with her, follow her on Instagram (at)sunnyseagold, where she shares about binge eating and body acceptance.
Aaron and Glenys answer a listener's question about how they address the health of very large clients. Is there a size limit to HAES, and do they still feel HAES is appropriate for even the largest bodies? Or is there a size at which they start recommending weight loss?