Food Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison

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Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered dietitian nutritionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and journalist Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDS talks with guests and answers listener questions about making peace with food, healing from disordered eating, learning body acceptance, practicing intuitive eating, escaping harmful wellness culture, and more--all from a body-positive, anti-diet perspective. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disordered eater and dieter to food writer and anti-diet dietitian. This podcast challenges diet culture in all its forms--including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. Food Psych® is designed to offer safe and non-triggering support for listeners in recovery from eating disorders, weight stigma, and body shame. Subscribe for new anti-diet inspiration every week! Learn more and get full show notes and transcripts at christyharrison.com/foodpsych

(Disclaimer: All content in this podcast, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of the information contained in this podcast does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship.)

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  • Earthgrrl
    Have you had enough?
    If you are done with hating your body, struggling with food and weight, then give this show a listen. Christy and her guests know their stuff. Are you " too fat"? A "food addict? A chronic dieter? Recovering from an eating disorder? Confused about what to eat or tired of the insanity out there in the health and wellness world? Get ready to be blown away by new life changing, life saving and scientific truths about weight, food and health. If you are interested in listening to one of the Trail Blazers of Intuitive eating and size acceptance, go to Its Not About Food podcast with Laurelee Roark MA, CCHT. She’s been working with insidious and groups doing this kind of recovery since the late ‘80’s!!
  • Charkra11
    Life changing
    This was radical for the time when it launched, and it still swims upstream in 2024 though the zeitgeist has ostensibly adopted superficial tenants body positivity. Christy is a leading expert in the field and shares her bombshell insights in such compassionate delivery. Life changing for those who struggle with diet culture and/or disordered eating.
  • Hdjcieeurbdjckskdirjr
    Revised Review 3 years later obesity is a life thief
    I’ve recently discovered intuitive eating and I’m so grateful I found your podcast. Thank you for putting this good information out there. I see the intuitive eating and HAES movements being usurped by the diet industry. So please, please keep doing what you’re doing. 3 YEARS LATER: EDIT 3 years later I gained 100 pounds. Yes dieting is a life thief. But you know what else is? Being 100+ pounds over weight. I cannot access my life the way I want to. So now instead of dieting consuming my mind and money and energy being 100+ pounds over weight is. For example I would like to take my kids to the zoo but I don’t think I can be on my feet all day. I have to fly first class. I worry every time I sit on a chair that I might break it. I have to buy plus size clothing that is way more expensive. My luggage is heavier because of my bigger clothing. I can’t hike with my family. I’m on blood pressure medication. I’m hot and sweaty all the time. I have to get pedicures because I can’t reach my toes. I use a bidet because cleaning myself in the bathroom is nearly impossible. I snore so badly now that I keep eveyone awake and I most likely have sleep apnea. I’m tired all the time. Getting in and out of the car is hard. I can’t squat down. So now I spend my time energy and money coping with a world not meant for people my size. When a person has weight struggles it will consume your life one way or another. BTW I do not binge eat or eat much junk at all. I don’t even like chips and rarely eat fast foods. I eat mostly home cooked nutritious foods. I just eat real food. So it not like I stopped dieting and had a steady stream of cookies, ice cream and McDonald’s. I eat oatmeal and spaghetti and split pea soup and salads etc. I am returning to WW. I do not want obesity to be my life thief. I do not want to be in poor health and unable to access my life the way I want to due to my obesity
  • CaraJhane
    Grounding.
    As someone in eating disorder recovery it was very helpful to listen to the podcast episode with Sonya Renee Taylor and Food Psych. Sometimes it’s hard to stay on track, but this podcast aided in reminding me I’m not alone in this journey. 🤍
  • FlatwoodsRooster747
    Fantastic Show!
    Such an incredible and eye-opening podcast! I love both the solo Q&As and the interviews with guests. It’s a really easy show to listen to, because though the conversations get deep and explore some of the hardest periods in a person’s life, the tone always remains hopeful. The host is also extremely open and accepting, and she makes a conscious effort to be inclusive to everybody, including those with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people. Thank you, Christy Harrison, for your amazing work! It has really helped me, and I would recommend anybody (even those not struggling in their relationships with food or their bodies) to listen to this podcast.
  • HB567
    Informative in the Friendliest of Ways!
    Just found your podcasts, and I already love the “audience question” segments! So helpful in shifting my thinking and answering many of my own burning questions as someone new to IE. Can’t wait to listen to more!
  • Apollo133
    Great sanity inducing podcast
    This is a salve for my soul
  • CatCOliver
    Non-Diet is not All-or-Nothing
    Updated Review 3/27/2023 I loved your episode with Alan Levinowitz. You addressed many of the issues I mention below and it was so so so refreshing to hear. It’s so refreshing to and loved how AL mentioned the appeal to nature/naturalistic fallacy with respect to Intuitive Eating. I would have given this podcast 3/5 stars in 2018. I recently revised it to 4/5 and now I’m revising it to 5/5. I hope you keep it up and don’t slip back into the dogmatic all-or-nothing beliefs you once had. ——————————————————————— Really liked the most recent show. I appreciate the nuance I haven’t seen in your work before. You used to come across as having a all-or-nothing attitude around HAES and Non-Diet, but I’ve seen more nuance today and in the past few months and it’s very refreshing. Please keep it up.
  • Iphanplayer
    Horrible advise for obese
    This woman telling obese people it’s ok to eat for reasons other than hunger. It’s ok to eat when bored, or emotional, or other reasons. The very notion that a person who has NO proper satiety or hunger signals due to hormone disregulation that comes along with obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, etc, it’s ignorance. If obese people had proper hunger signaling they wouldn’t be obese. I know. Lifelong obese person here who lived that. Every day. Only after months of fasting and eating low carb did I even begin to experience what actual real hunger, as well as satiety, really feels like.
  • emilypetitte
    Enjoyed Contant about diet culture.
    Unfortunately, when I came across Covid, I had to go back and check the date of February 13, 2023. I guess I’m just surprised that people are still talking about vaccination. this possibly could’ve triggerd me to think about Covid days. I’m just ready to move on.
  • LanaMeow
    Helped me transform
    Thank you Christ Harrison, I appreciate this content and your book we it’s helped me step out of shame and start healing my relationship with my body and food. Thank you!
  • HogwartsHobbit
    Life-changing
    I could never thank Christy Harrison enough if I tried. The amount of times that this podcast alone has kept me from relapsing in my eating disorder has been completely life altering. The amount of care, research, and dedication to honesty and truth that is put into this podcast has saved my life - it helped me learn about intuitive eating, actually start eating again, and make peace with my chronically ill body and with food. Christy, your work is so powerful and does so much good. Thank you for all you do, and for this wonderful wonderful podcast!
  • bidadash
    Life Changing
    This podcast has helped change my life and get out of a disordered eating space. When I was early on learning about intuitive eating and HAES, I listened to the archive extensively because I felt like I needed to fill my ears with these refreshing ideas and the multitude of perspectives Christy invites as guests. I often re-listen to certain episodes and refer to friends.
  • A.Mode
    Incredible, Eye Opening and Healing ❤️‍🩹
    This podcast is life changing. It has helped me unpack years of harmful diet culture messages. I feel badly for those who do not find this podcast as helpful, but I know they are still stuck in diet culture and are not ready to “see the light.” Health at Every Size needs to be a household name as the only way to treat people of all shapes and sizes with the respect and dignity they were born with. Thank you so much for posting and helping people recover from disordered eating and realizing that regular medicine is failing us all. Health at Every Size is literally life saving. Thank you, Christy! Remember there’s no such thing as a bad food!
  • Huma 1972
    You need to read current research or go to school
    You are bashing functional medicine doctors who spent 20 years on an average understanding science about increased gut permeability. Just do a pub med research on increased intestinal permeability before you deny its existence. I would give you articles but I think you should do your own research. I understand you had a lot of trauma and you healed it but that doesn’t mean you start blaming doctors who have a lot more education and experience and misleading people who are already confused.
  • Jrm174
    Quote unquote just stop
    The use of quotes are effective in written communication but it is distracting and annoying in speech. Your podcast would be 5 star without the quote use!
  • Kelliann H.
    Thank you!
    Your calming voice has brought me such wisdom and strength on my recovery journey. Thank you for helping me feel less alone and more empowered during a hard time. I love you! Warmly, Kelliann
  • BRNJ1000
    Health
    Very helpful, healthful, articulate, intelligent advice about how to understand and incorporate intuitive eating.
  • Meg- GroundedNourishment
    Love this pod for a healthy foodie!
    I LOVE how this podcast focuses on eating and creating food of nutritional value rather than restrictive diets or harmful wellness practices. Christy does a great job of bringing on guests that remind us how important it is that we take care of our bodies and enjoy the food we eat!
  • Karen from Oakland
    Great anti diet expert!
    Christy’s podcast provides a strong foundation for navigating the anti-diet journey. Such a helpful guide.
  • TianaX
    Irrelevant
    I completely disagree with the message of this podcast, you cannot be healthy at every size. We live in an era of over processed, industrialized food laden with HFCS, rancid soy oils, trans fats, preservatives and natural & artificial flavors. Intuitive eating would work if Christy said to only intuitively eat whole, minimally processed foods. If we intuitively ate those foods no one would be obese. The reason for the modern obesity epidemic and even conditions like acne is the laboratory created poison we are putting in our bodies.
  • Sonya R M
    A path out of diet culture
    This podcast relies on evidence-based research to intelligently debunk the lies of diet culture.
  • rapid.accelerator
    This podcast goes hard
    This podcast goes hard
  • leseynooy
    Anti-diet HAES Social justice podcast all in one!
    I appreciate Christy’s episodes and have been a huge fan of her book Anti-Diet. She sticks to her values and is honest about how she’s grown across the lifespan of the podcast. I appreciate this transparency and authenticity. Great range of guests and perspectives - from nutritionists to writers, activists, and therapists.
  • Blue2021
    Love
    This is a wonderful podcast.
  • Kellilynn1995
    Love the content, hate the endless promotion
    As someone in recovery, I really enjoy the content of this podcast… once you finally get to it. Every single episode she is constantly plugging in her book, website (that’s Christyharrison.com, *repeat twice.. five times an episode*), or series she’s teaching. I get it. It’s her platform, so of course she’s going to promote her stuff to make a living and help others. It just takes up at least a quarter of every single episode and is maddening. I stopped listening because of it, even though I really want to listen to the content! Hopefully, it changes so more people can reach this vital content.
  • ushzushabhabakajabajoana
    Revolutionary counter diet culture message
    This show presents a life changing perspective and way of life that is liberating. Thank you Christy for all that you’re doing!
  • Tahdig
    Political endorsement
    This podcast was recommended to me by my personal trainer. I opened episode 76 or 46 and it starts with an endorsement for Hillary Clinton for president. WTH. I can’t even listen to a health podcast without getting bombarded with politics. Unsubscribing.
  • Health_ Coach
    What Christy is doing is very important!
    What Christy is doing is very important! Teaching us how to ditch the diet culture and opt for intuitive eating instead is very helpful. With better eating habits comes a better life!
  • Leoandsonia
    A must listen!
    This podcast and her book, The Anti Diet, has changed my life! I have made a commitment to never diet again. She explores the roots of diet culture which was transformative to learn about and research on how diets simply don’t work and how we need to stop trying to shrink ourselves to fit in with diet cultures expectations. For anyone who has been on a diet, struggled with body image and to accept yourself just as you are please listen to this podcast!
  • DandyDani89
    New world
    This podcast changed my life! I’m still VERY far away from a healthy mindset and being great at intuitive eating but it’s steered me in the right direction.
  • didogirl78
    Not relevant for everyone
    While I understand the concept, if I ate every time I THOUGHT about food I would be eating nearly all the time. Looking at food and hunger in this way doesn’t account for hormonal anomalies that will lead to overeating if approached “intuitively”. Take what you can out of this podcast, but keep in mind that we’ve habituated our bodies to eat constantly and this is the piece that needs to be rewired.
  • RetiredOnFire
    I love this podcast so much
    This podcast has given me the insight needed to break free from diet culture. It’s given me a new perspective on how to nourish myself and how to be free. The historic roots of worshipping thinness, the terrible damage it’s wreaked on so many lives, the people who profit from our insecurity, the people working to defy the societal forces— there’s so much here. I‘ve learned so much and I really see the world in a different way. I’m so grateful to Christy and all the leaders who are making changes.
  • polkadotpollo
    Fantastic
    Listening to this podcast has been a fantastic experience unlearning diet culture. I feel happier and more at peace with my relationship to my body and to food when I listen to this podcast.
  • jes🥰
    Annoying and repetitive
    First, she talks way too much when the guest should be talking. Also, intuitive eating ISNT A CURE FOR EATING DISORDERS. That’s like telling a drug addict or alcoholic to intuitively drink or do drugs. It makes absolutely no sense. Her take on “wellness diet” is the most ignorant thing because for folks with legitimate auto immune conditions, eating unhealthy food isn’t food freedom, it can cause physical harm. Stop telling people recovering from ED that they have to eat everything in order to be recovered. People have sensitivities and allergies and everyone’s bodies are different
  • Hayungski
    Info + nuance + compassion
    Christy Harris & Food Psych was recommended to me by a HAES provider & it’s really been helpful to me as a listener. I’ve not only learned a lot about food science as well as how our bodies work & how our minds work (in general & particularly in re: dieting & restriction). The topics she & her guests have talked about are usually really relevant to me personally & I find they speak about them in a humble, compassionate, straight forward & thoughtful way. I’ll definitely be a long-time listener. Thank you so much Christy!
  • Melody65000
    Very insightful!
    Very insightful interviews with experts and activists to empower mindset shifts around relating to food and our bodies!
  • sowergirlJB
    Victim narrative on every episode
    The victim narrative on every episode (60 min plus) gets annoyingly redundant. There is a way to deal with diet culture, body image and good relationship issues without so much anger. Listen to Marc David’s podcast — far more insightful as he delves into these issues with real life interviews with clients. Marc David’s podcast is a must-listen-to for nutritionists/dietitians, mental health experts and the public.
  • Maria Emmerich
    Uneducated
    Wow! I’ve been listening to this and I am shocked at her message. Very disappointed in her message.
  • Neb688
    Not my favorite
    I’ve head this podcaster interviewed on other shows and like her message. However, this podcast just isn’t for me. The avoidance of “trigger words” and the extended explanations aren’t my style. The into music is unusual - like maybe they are using it so they don’t have to pay royalties? Hopefully this show will bring comfort to some. It really isn’t for me.
  • UniquelyKesh
    I’m not alone!
    I absolutely love this podcast! The day that I started listening, I really didn’t realize the curse that diet culture had on me. This podcast has been key in the breaking me from the cycle.
  • Kristizy
    Love This Podcast
    This is an amazing well researched, thought provoking show that will change the way you view health and well-being. It will challenge everything we have been taught about weight, health, and happiness. Do yourself and favor and listen to the message of this podcast.
  • EmBroooke
    Eh.
    If you’re a progressive liberal, you might love this podcast. There is 100% a political agenda attached to this and she’s very one sided. Not a fan. The body positivity movement is a leftist movement. If you’re into that you might like it.
  • McDuff49
    There is a problem when…
    There is a problem when someone says that a person/company who has opposing viewpoints are entirely false. Not liking someone or a company is one thing, but claiming that every piece of their logic isn’t valid? That seems extremely one-sided and ungrounded. Specific quote: “I'm sure [company] has all kinds of research that they're trying to use to back up their claims about weight loss and body size and stuff and unfortunately you know none of that research is true is valid.” I don’t have any feelings (positive or negative) about the company in question, but am skeptical about someone who thinks that every research/study is wrong if it doesn’t fall in line with their own beliefs. Bias is natural, but ignoring everything that doesn’t support your claim is not.
  • hannahswann05
    Relatable and informative
    My childhood is riddled with negative memories of fatphobic comments reiterated from my family, developing an eating disorder at 11 and struggling with it for the next 8 years. My early adult life has been about recovering from that disorder and trauma that came with it. It’s still an ongoing struggle! So when I can upon this podcast, I was hooked almost immediately. It’s made feel vindicated and understood on a level I’ve never felt from people in my own life. My relationship with food is much better now, but my relationship with my self image and my health hasn't gotten better. I’ve been looking and judging myself through the lens of diet culture. This podcast has helped me realize the toxic propagated agenda of diet culture and how it has affected my relationship to my overall self. So thank you for that. And thank you for taking the time to inform us all.
  • RLbeehive1235
    redundant
    Great to promote Intuitive eating and HAES! ….However, I’ve had to stop listening as the host has become overly critical, call-out culturey, contrarian, soap box-y, and B&W. It becomes grating and is not constructive. We know those tactics have limited efficacy in culture change. I feel there are more insightful, nuanced, encouraging and curious ways to approach these topics. It is also misleading that only the last ~10-20min of the 75-90min episodes is given to the topic/content of the episode. The bulk of the podcast is the guest’s personal stories and the host reflecting on her own history/opinions - the conversations become redundant, mostly the host talking, and I wish there were more time allotted to the content from the guest on the episode title. There’s not much to take away from episodes except anger/criticism.
  • Lies Ahminelli
    Hate to miss an episode
    This podcast is so informative. Her guests are varied, smart and fascinating. She looks at things through a social justice lens. It has helped me so much with my relationship with food and my body. Thank you so much.
  • tgif4lyFe
    I don’t buy it
    I tried listening to this for a bit, and even read her book, but there are a lot of holes in her logic. I gave it two stars because it’s entertaining in a Portlandia kind of way and the production values are high.
  • Jilliemae
    Love this
    I go back to this podcast a lot, especially when I am feeling the pressure of diet culture. I can pick an episode and leave feeling like I’ve had a pep talk from a supportive team.
  • Mr4hafcs
    Interview quality
    I tried to listen but found that they use the audio through a computer when they interview and I just can’t get past that. There were quite a few interviews with poor interviewee audio.
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