The Podcast Discussing Your Relationship with Food
Hello Internet, a podcast by C.P.G Grey and Brady Haran was the first podcast I ever listened to. And for the first 25 or so episodes I enjoyed it and then got bored. With that I decided I hated podcasts and would never listen to them again. Now there is nothing wrong with the Hello Internet podcast, in fact I learned a lot from it and would recommend Freebooting and First World YouTuber Problems as good episodes to listen too. I think that in my case it just wasn't the podcast for me, which is why you should never say never to doing something. So when I got the Being Boss book and the authors Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson talked about their podcast (which has the same name), I dug into it hoping to expand on my knowledge from the book. Sadly it also wasn't the podcast for me, I can't even tell you what episodes I listened to. However, they lead me to another podcast and that one I have been enjoying immensly.
Food Psych Podcast, a weekly show dedicated to helping you make peace with food and your body.
Each episode, Christy Harrison talk with inspiring guests—including leaders in the body-positive and Health at Every Size movements—about intuitive eating, body image, eating disorder recovery, weight stigma, fat acceptance, nutrition, and more. This podcast calls out diet culture for the life thief that it is, and challenges it in all its sneaky forms—including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness.
Launched in 2013, Food Psych is now one of iTunes' top 100 Health podcasts and the world's leading anti-diet podcast.
(this information is found on the podcasts website here)
My relationship with food is very toxic, I have known this and written about it a fair bit throughout the years. The biggest question was whether or not a podcast could help me change my mindset for the best. Some of the episodes I have listened to are;
This was the first episode I downloaded and it all had to do with the guest, Jes Baker. Jes Baker is someone I have been following for many years. Her book was one of the first books I read on body positivity and I've her latest book on my shelf waiting to be read! I hope to one day be able to attend one of her talks but as that's not happening for a while a podcast is the next best thing. They covered a variety of things that interested me but within the conversation about a few books and I immediately ordered them; Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works and Healthy at Every Size. Now I just have to read them (I have so many books to read).
After Jes Baker's episode I decided to jump back into the archives and work my way up to the latest work. Which brought me to Isabel Foxen Duke's episode. I won't get the exact wording of this quote right but the general idea was
There are a few food items that I have been denying myself. I'll hold off for as long as I can and then I binge on them until the point of sickness. It's a frustrating place to be. There is so much that I could say on this, but just hearing those words and that it was okay made it okay. I will listen to this episode again in a few months. As I have a feeling they will be words I will need to rehear fairly often.
Yoga is something I have always loved, but it has become a core part of my daily life in the past two years. Listening to three well-versed women talk about the poses I do and their relationships with food, was so encouraging. This episode was just nice.
Lastly we have Melissa A. Fabello, who I have followed on and off since I discovered her writing on Everyday Feminism. This episode is what drew me to write this post. I want everyone to listen to it; friends, family, and you! It's words that need to be heard. Do I have any specific examples? No. I have already re-listened to this episode and I will probably do that again.
I am glad I opened myself back up to podcasts. It's good to be open to things even if they were something you didn't like in the past. I think you just need to find the thing that gets you, the thing that you need to hear that day. For me, it just happened that today I needed to find Food Psych.