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Don't Salt My Game | With Laura Thomas, PhD

English, Health / Medicine, 9 seasons, 100 episodes, 4 days, 11 hours, 26 minutes
Join Registered Nutritionist and Wellness Advocate Laura Thomas, PhD for conversations with game changers. Laura talks to people in wellness, foodies, bloggers, entrepreneurs from cool brands, creatives, nutritionists, doctors, body positivity people, mindfulness experts, and anyone else who is shaking up the wellness world, to find out how they stay on top of their game – and to help you do you, but better. It’s not all headstands and courgetti though - she and her guests aren’t afraid to dig deep into the darker side of wellness and WILL call BS on weird, faddy trends, that don’t have any legitimacy or scientific merit. Fresh pods every Friday. #dontsaltmygame
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Ep 142 Part 1 - What mealtimes can be when we take the pressure off w/ Emiko Davies

This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation with Emiko Davies, Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer and cook-book author.  Follow Laura on Instagram | Twitter Follow Emiko on Instagram Follow Don’t Salt My Game on Instagram Laura’s Website Check out Emiko’s blog Buy a copy of Just Eat It | How to Just Eat It  Sign up for a Learn with LCIE Course Buy an Intuitive Eating friendly guide to managing different health concerns Edited by Joeli Kelly
9/21/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep 148 - What Are They Teaching Them? w /Kelly Fullerton

Heyo - welcome to the LAST EVER episode of Don’t Salt My Game 🥺 (dw - I have something else very cool in the works and I’ll share details in this podcast feed when it’s ready at the end of summer).  Our final guest is Kelly Fullerton - a nutritionist and primary school teacher from Melbourne, Australia - who is challenging conventional and dogmatic approaches to how we teach kids about food. In this episode we break down: Why traditional nutrition education isn’t developmentally appropriate The unintended consequences of teaching things like grams of fat in cheese or number of sugar cubes in drinks We break down why ‘sometimes’ food and ‘everyday’ foods are just a version of ‘good/bad’ We talk about how kids actually learn about food and how teachers can engage kids’ natural curiosity, their culture, and the broader context that kids eat This was a fun episode to go out on - I hope you’ll share it with parents and teachers in your life! And I’m excited to share lots of cool new things with you soon. Show Notes: Follow Laura on Instagram | Twitter Follow Kelly on Instagram Kelly’s Website Follow Don’t Salt My Game on Instagram Laura’s Website Sign up for the Let’s Talk About Snacks, Baby Workshop  Book in for a complimentary 15-minute Discovery Call with Laura Buy an Intuitive Eating friendly guide to managing different health concerns Sign up for a Learn with LCIE Course Buy a copy of Just Eat It | How to Just Eat It  Edited by Joeli Kelly  
7/22/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep 143 - When Should I Worry About my Kid’s ‘Fussy’ Eating? w/ Dr. Katja Rowell

I’m SUPER excited about this week’s episode because I am speaking to the G.O.A.T of the child feeding world, Dr. Katja Rowell. Katja is an author and child feeding specialist with a passion for supporting parents in helping their children to do their best with eating and to relate to their bodies in positive ways. In this episode, we cover topics like; The difference between regular old picky eating and look at some red flags for when kids or families maybe need a little more support with eating How if you feel like there’s a problem and you could do with support and reassurance then that in and of itself is enough of a red flag that you should reach out for help Whether or not it’s helpful to pursue a diagnosis around eating difficulties Problems associated with some more conventional feeding therapies or programmes and why Katja and I prefer to work in a way that is less prescriptive and more responsive Values of responsive feeding therapy and talk about what they look like in action Some of the pitfalls perhaps in teaching kids to listen to their tummies, if our agenda is to get kids to eat less. Felt safety, what that means and how we can foster it at mealtimes. Show Notes: Follow Laura on Instagram | Twitter Follow Katja on Instagram Follow Don’t Salt My Game on Instagram Laura’s Website Katja’s Website Sign up for the Raising Intuitive Eaters Workshop  Book in for a complimentary 15-minute Discovery Call with Laura Check out Laura’s IG post on how to know if your kiddo needs support with their eating Buy an Intuitive Eating friendly guide to managing different health concerns Sign up for a Learn with LCIE Course Buy a copy of Just Eat It | How to Just Eat It  Check out the White Paper on the values of Responsive Feeding Get a copy of Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating book Get a copy of  Love Me, Feed Me book Check out the Saved By The Bell Hooks Instagram account Click here for help in choosing the right support Edited by Joeli Kelly
6/17/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 29 seconds
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We're back!

WE’RE BACK. Don’t Salt My Game is back for a whole new run of shows. Check out this short trailer to get a sneak preview of upcoming guests, what to expect from the season and to catch up with what’s been going on for the past year (!). Make sure to hit subscribe in your podcast player to get the first full episode when it drops on Friday 8th April. Follow Laura on Instagram | Twitter Follow Don’t Salt My Game on Instagram Laura’s Website Buy a copy of Just Eat It | How to Just Eat It  Sign up for a Learn with LCIE Course Buy an Intuitive Eating friendly guide  to managing different health concerns Edited by Joeli Kelly
4/6/202210 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep 115 - Let's Talk About Sex, Baby - Part 1 w/ Alix Fox, Sex Educator

This week we're switching things up and talking about sexy things with Sex Educator, writer, and presenter Alix Fox. Alix is an advisor on the hit Netflix show 'Sex Education' and is giving us some BTS goss from the show, plus answering some listener questions on sex work and asexuality. Because this was such a massive 'sode, we've broken it down into two parts - Alix will be back answering more listener Qs next week! In part one we discuss: ✨What Alix really thinks about the term 'sexpert' and the need for diversity in this space ✨Her involvement on the Netflix show Sex Education and where we can see her influence ✨What we can expect from Season 2 (no spoilers tho) ✨Why Sex Education seems half British and half American ✨Alix answers a question from a listener who wonders if they are asexual  ✨Depression and libido ✨The spectrum of asexuality ✨Why sexual relationships portrayed in the media might put you off sex ✨Alix shares some thoughts on the complexities surrounding legislation of sex work and why that can't be understood without also looking at the social and economic circumstances surrounding sex work This episode is sponsored by Raising Intuitive Eaters, our online course for parents and carers who want to raise kids who have a healthy and happy relationship with food and their body. {Alix On Twitter | Instagram | Unexpected Fluids | Modern Mann} {Sex Education} {Benito Skinner} {Kelsey De Almeida} {Mr Bingo} {Decolonising Contraception}{Close Encounters} {AVEN} {Myles Jackman} {Revolting Prostitutes} {English Collective of Prostitutes} {SWARM} {Get my book!! on Amazon | Waterstones | Foyles} {SIGN UP TO OUR RAISING INTUITIVE EATERS ONLINE COURSE} {Workshops for Nutrition and Health Professionals} {Understanding Emotional Eating Edinburgh Workshop} {Just Eat It: Your Intuitive Eating Toolkit} {Leave a review for Just Eat It on Amazon} {Sign up for our newsletter} {Book in for Discovery Call w/ Jess, Eliza or Laura at the London Centre for Intuitive Eating} {Follow us on Insta!}
10/4/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 39 seconds
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This week Laura chats to Jes Baker, bad-ass author + unabashed fat chick. They sink their teeth into healthism, compassion + just how god damn hard it is to go from dieting to a more intuitive relationship with food + your body.  In this episode they discuss: ✨ Protecting your mental health online ✨ Being gentle with yourself when you're starting out with rejecting diet mentality + to try and let go of shame + guilt ✨ That doing a total 180 from dietland to donutland is totally fine + normal  ✨ How it can sometimes be important to take a break from movement when we're transitioning from exercising as part of diet culture to moving for enjoyment ✨ The fact that self compassion is our best friend on this journey of finding peace with food + our bodies Show Notes {Jes on Insta | Twitter} {The Militant Baker website} {Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls} {Land Whale} {THAT Insta post on body currency} {Self Compassion website} {Self Compassion workbook} {Jes' Spotify playlist} {KC Hossack Pottery} {Book in for Discovery Call w/ Jess at the London Centre for Intuitive Eating} {PRE-ORDER MY BOOK!! on Amazon | Waterstones | Foyles – I’ll share international links when they become available!} {Follow us on Insta!}
10/12/20181 hour, 19 minutes, 12 seconds
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EP90 - Bigorexia - Dudes Get Body Image Hang-Ups Too! w/ Scott Griffiths, Body Image Researcher

⚠️TW: Eating Disorders. This week Laura chats to Scott Griffiths who's a male body image researcher at the Uni of Melbourne. They get into the nitty gritty of muscle dysmorphia and how pressures from media + our wider social constructs can affect male body image.  In this episode they discuss: ✨ What muscle dysmorphia is + its various risk factors ✨ Similarities between the driving forces of muscle dysmorphia + anorexia nervosa ✨ The issues with moralising health + the problems with #fitspo ✨ The current limitations of the research in male body image ✨ Signs + symptoms to look out for, especially if you're worried about a friend or family member Show Notes {Scott on Twitter} {Scott's TED talk} {The Adonis Complex book} {Male Body Image - Appearance Matters podcast} {Stuart Murray's case reports} {Book in for Discovery Call w/ Jess} {PRE-ORDER MY BOOK!! on Amazon | Waterstones | Foyles – I’ll share international links when they become available!} {Raising Intuitive Eaters Workshop} {Follow us on Insta!}
10/5/201859 minutes, 3 seconds
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EP82 – {SUMMER SHORTS} BoPo Bridal Tips w/ Harri Rose

With wedding season well underway, Laura speaks to Harri Rose about how to stay true to yourself and not get swept up in wedding fever. Harri is a certified health coach who helps people get unf*cked up from diet culture around food and their bodies so that they can live their best life and create their own version of wellness. She has done talks for organisations such as Sony Music and will be at many of the UK’s biggest festivals this summer with the Anti Riot Diet Club. In this episode Laura and Harri discuss: ✨Finding a dressmaker or shop which supports and inspires you to find the right dress/outfit without body-shaming you ✨Choosing your wedding support team wisely ✨Investing in a photographer who makes you feel great ✨How to protect yourself from the diet culture/wedding industry crossover SHOW NOTES {Harri on Instagram | Website} {The Ugly Truth About Wedding Diets} {Wedding Workout for Stress Relief} {8 Ways To Be A Body Positive Bride} {My Wedding Was Perfect - Lindy West} {Rock n’ Roll Bride} {The Skincare Bible} {Anti Diet Riot Club}
7/20/201823 minutes, 50 seconds
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EP79 - Finding Self-Worth Outside of Your Body w/ Jennifer Rollins of The Eating Disorder Center

Today I'm speaking with the fantastic Jennifer Rollin, who is a Clinical Psychotherapist and Eating Disorder Specialist based in the US. We’re sharing loads of information about eating disorders, who gets them and why, we’re blowing some stereotypes out of the water, and talking about dos and don'ts if you’re supporting someone with an ED. Then we go on to talk more specifically about body image; how body bashing is a coping mechanism  and ways to develop self-worth and value independent of your body which is  a super important conversation regardless of whether or not you’ve experienced an eating disorder, so listen up! In this episode we cover: ✨What having an ED is like ✨What EDs are and why people get them ✨Why stereotypes of EDs are so harmful and add to the stigma surrounding EDs ✨Warning signs of EDs and how to get help ✨ How best to support people in recovery ✨ How body bashing is a coping mechanisms for dealing with a deeper issue ✨ How to find self worth independent of your body ✨ Finally, we answer some listener questions, including, how can you lose weight while recovering from binge eating disorder Show Notes  {Jennifer's Website} {Jennifer on Instagram | Twitter | HuffPo} {Podcast Episode with Not Plant Based on their experience living with an ED} {BEAT warning signs poster} {BEAT GP letter} {Dieting and disordered eating behaviors from adolescence to young adulthood: Findings from a 10-year longitudinal study}{Project Heal Healer's Circle} {The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris} {Landwhale - Jes Baker} {Find a ED counsellor in the UK}
6/29/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 11 seconds
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In part two of my conversation with academic and activist Dr. Oli Williams, we discuss the work he does via his art collective, Act With Love. The mission of AWL is to translate Oli's research from complex ideas on weight stigma and inequality into artwork that conveys a simple message. In this 'sode we cover: ✨How health is not defined by weight ✨ The problem with using BMI as a measure of health ✨ How weight stigma worsens health outcomes ✨ The moralisation of bodies ✨ Weight bias in the medical community ✨ The lived experience of ‘obesity’ ✨ Social movements and resistance Show Notes {Oli on Twitter | Instagram} {Act With Love} {Resist and Retweet} {Steph Liddle Shop | Instagram}
5/19/201858 minutes, 37 seconds
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EP69 - How to Have a Non-Diet Holiday Season w/ Fiona Sutherland of The Mindful Dietitian

In the final episode of 2017, we're talking to the sensational Fiona Sutherland, non-diet dietitian & yoga teacher, about how to navigate the holidays around food, body image, and diet chat. We discuss everything from how to cope with food guilt & anxiety, to how to stop food FOMO, breaking the binge/restrict cycle, and how to deal with diet chat and the food police. This is probably my favourite episode of the whole year; Fiona is a total babe, so warm and compassionate but doesn't take any crap. Exactly our kind of people. I really think you're going to love this episode.  SHOW SPONSOR This episode is Sponsored by the London Centre for Intuitive Eating - This Christmas give the gift of a healthy relationship to food with a gift certificate to my Food Fight programme. 10% of each course sold will be donated to Help Refugees.  Show Notes {Body Positive Australia | Facebook}  {Fiona on Twitter | Instagram} {The Mindful Dietitian} {Yoga Body Image Coalition}  {Yoga & Body Image} {Australian Kelpie} {Self Compassion Activities} {HIIT to Help donation page} {The Rooted Project on Instagram}
12/1/20171 hour, 42 minutes, 43 seconds
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EP68 - That's My Jam Christmas Gift Guide w/ Emily Beeson of Young Gold Teeth

This Black Friday we're celebrating the little guys; the indie makers, creators, designers and small shops in our That's My Jam Christmas Gift Guide Special. Emily Beeson, the blogger and creative soul at Young Gold Teeth shares her favourite independents where you can find that really special gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Whether they're the nester/homebody type, the foodie, or you just need a secret santa gift that doesn't suck, we got you. Emily also shares where to find Christmas crackers that don't suck, pretty Christmas cards, and experiential gifts that aren't your average trashy Groupon. We also talk about Emily's extensive knowledge of celebrity animals (and why you need them in your Insta feed). PLUS, she smack talks Drake ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ P.S. neither Emily or I are judgey about shopping on the high street (Amazon is my lifeline), we just wanted to big up some of the little guys who don't get enough air time. Show Sponsor This episode is Sponsored by the London Centre for Intuitive Eating - This Christmas give the gift of a healthy relationship to food with a gift certificate to my Food Fight programme. 10% of each course sold will be donated to Help Refugees. SHOW NOTES {Emily on Instagram | Twitter} {Young Gold Teeth} {Emily for The Papergang Blog} GIFTS FOR THE HOME {Luks Linen - throws, blankets, Turkish towels and linens I’m loving}{Copper & Solder - handmade concrete and copper accessories}  {Smug - for plants and pots}  {The Future Kept - (We talked about them last year but if I had to pick one, TFK would be my favourite shop. They have a whole gift category for the home filled with handmade ceramics and candles that are really beautiful and all have a story to tell.)} BEAUTY GIFTS {Bybi by Clean Beauty Co - for skincare} {Sister and Co -  for body treats}  {LA EVA  - for bath and shower gifts}  DO STUFF GIFTS {Outdoors workshops with Axe and Paddle (not for everyone but a great team of inspiring people)}{Range of creative workshops at The Forge, Bristol} {Silver ring making workshops with The Workbench}{Range of lovely workshops at &Hobbs, Surrey} FOOD + WELLNESS GIFTS {Caro x Chocolate Society bars}{Honest Brew Craft Beers} -  (also Salthouse Bottles, my local beer shop){The Goodness Project hampers}  GIFTS FOR BIG READERS {Papersmiths for beautiful books (Do Book Co and coffee table books especially)} {Magculture for magazines (my favourites are 91, Hole & Corner, Huck and Frankie & Cherry Bombe)}{School of Life for deep thinking and life lessons} SHOP OFFLINE: INDIE STORES TO VISIT {Homage Shop, Brighton}{Midgely Green, Clevedon}{Maud’s House, North Yorkshire} {Future + Found, London} CHRISTMAS CHEER GIFTS {Ohh Deer for Secret Santa gifts} {The Hambledon for crackers and cards}{West Elm - juniper fox tree decoration (doesn’t say on the British West Elm site but proceeds go to ASPCA) there are four decorations based on Insta-famous animals}{Thornback & Peel screen-printed Christmas collection}  Celebrity Animals You Should Follow {Juniper Fox} {Smoothie the cat}  {Pumpkin the Raccoon} {Dogs Being Basic}
11/24/20171 hour, 51 minutes, 26 seconds
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EP67 - How to be Body Positive When You Body Isn't Playing Ball w/ Michelle Elman of Scarred Not Scared

This week we're talking to Michelle Elman, the 'grammer behind two of my fave Insta accounts; Scarred not Scared and Body Positive Memes. We talk about her WILD medical history, including 15 surgeries, a brain tumour, and a near death experience. WHOAH. Plus, how to cultivate body positivity when your body has been through SO MUCH STUFF. Plus we talk about Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and why you deserve to take a break BEFORE you break down.    Show Sponsor Switch up your lunch game with our great new sponsor, MealPal - get out of the lunchtime funk, discover new places, and save money. BOOM.   Show Notes {Michelle Elman} {Michelle on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook} {Body Positive Memes} {YouTube} {Preorder Michelle's Book}
11/17/20171 hour, 24 minutes, 30 seconds
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EP67 - How to Raise an Intuitive Eater w/ Catherine Lippe of Lippe Nutrition

Today we're talking to Catherine Lippe, a Registered Nutritionist who specialises in paediatric and maternal nutrition, about how to raise intuitive eaters. The things we say, how we act, and what we *think* kids should do can all influence how kids relate to food, and sometimes we do or say things with the best of intentions, that can totally backfire. Catherine shares her tips for things to look out for and we share a model for child feeding that helps take the pressure off parents, and helps the kid build a sense of autonomy and independence around food. The goal here is to help kids preserve their innate hunger and fullness cues and have a healthy relationship to food. We also discuss why restriction of certain foods might actually lead to eating MORE of those foods in the long run, and why it might not be the best idea to use creative coercion tactics to get kids to eat their veg! We just scratched the surface of things to talk about related to raising kids who have a happy, healthy relationship to food, so make sure you check out the show notes for more resources. SHOW SPONSOR Switch up your lunch game with our great new sponsor, MealPal - get out of the lunchtime funk, discover new places, and save money. BOOM. SHOW NOTES {Catherine's Website} {Catherine on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook} {Ellyn Satter's Division of Responsibility in Feeding} {Ellyn Satter's Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family} {The Body Book} {I Love the Shape of Me} {The Child Feeding Guide}
11/10/20171 hour, 34 minutes, 12 seconds
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EP66 - Guts, Periods, + Hormones w/ Robyn Nohling of the Real Life RD

If you experience digestive issues or period problems, then this is the episode for you. Today I'm joined by Robyn Nohling, a Nurse Practitioner & Registered Dietitian based in NYC who specialises in eating disorders and women's health. We talk about how restricting food to try and solve your digestive issues might be self-defeating, and could cause more stress and functional problems if you're not addressing the underlying causes. We discuss the gut-brain axis and the role stress plays on our digestive system and how just thinking a food is bad for you might cause a negative physiological response (the nocebo effect). Plus the best ways to support your digestive health if you're recovering from restrictive eating. Then we switch things up and talk about periods, hormones, and what the heck is causing your period to disappear, aka hypothalamic amenorrhea. Plus what to do to help you get your period back, and what the big deal is with it being gone in the first place!
10/27/20171 hour, 26 minutes, 3 seconds
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EP65 - Shutting Down Beauty Myths & What You Really Need for Skin Health w/ Dr. Anjali Mahto - Consultant Dermatologist

Are you ready to shut down some beauty myths? Because consultant dermatologist Dr. Anjali Mahto is here to SHUT 👏 THEM 👏 DOWN 👏 - do you really need eye cream? What about double -cleansing? And do oil based serums actually help with acne? Anjali distills down what we really need in our bathroom cabinets, and what's just junk. Plus we talk about the unrealistic beauty standards placed on women and how dermatologists need to step up and take responsibility when they suspect body dysmorphia. Plus why we need to celebrate the wisdom and experience of older women instead of trying to erase them from consciousness. So much great stuff in this episode, LEAN IN. Show Sponsor Switch up your lunch game with our great new sponsor, MealPal - get out of the lunchtime funk, discover new places, and save money. BOOM. Show Notes - full notes at {Anjali on Instagram | Twitter} {Anjali on Huffington Post} {Preorder Anjali's Book} {Anjali's Clinics: Skin 55 | Cadogan Clinic} {Dr Pimple Popper} {CTPA} Anjali's Skincare Recommendations: Sun ScreenHeliocare 360 gel oil-free SPF 50 Facial CleansersOily skin: La Roche Posay Effaclar foaming wash Jan Marini bioglycolic cleanser Medik 8 Pore cleanse gel Sensitive Skin Avene extremely gentle cleanser lotion Antioxidant Serums The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + ferulic acid 3% Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Skin brightening agents (ingredients to look out for): Arbutin Kojic or mandelic acid Glabridin (licorice) Azelaic acid Retinoid or Vitamin A based products: The Ordinary 2% advanced retinoid Skinceuticals retinol 0.5%
10/20/20171 hour, 25 minutes, 59 seconds
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EP64 - How to Make Peace With Food & Your Body w/ Megan Crabbe of BodyPosiPanda

YOU GUYS, this episode is 🔥🔥🔥 Megan Crabbe, aka BodyPosiPanda, BoPo warrior, author, and earth angel is back on the pod for round 2 (go back and listen to my first ep with her - #4). In this episode we talk about Megan’s experiences writing the book, and how that was for her in terms of her mental health. We talk about anxieties, insecurities,  imposter syndrome and the comparison game. So yes, even one of the most influential body positivity advocates on Instagram has bad days and I’m so grateful to Megan for being so honest with us about her mental health. We also talk about what happens when you are learning to eat intuitively and some of the challenges of that process and how to deal with the fear that you may never stop eating. You guys sent me a bunch of questions on this so I’ve tried to work them in. We talk about some common questions that come up around health and body positivity, Megan shuts down diet culture, we talk about how to deal with diet mentality, and why representation and diversity of bodies is so important. We talk about thin privilege, and soooo much more. And then Megan leaves us with her top tips for body positivity, aside from buying her book, which, if you don’t have it yet, then what are you doing with your life?
10/13/20171 hour, 12 minutes, 56 seconds
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EP63 - Is #fitspo Really #thinspo, and is 'Strong' Just 'Skinny' Rebranded? w/ Anna Kessel - Author of Eat Sweat Play

So excited to share this interview with Anna Kessel which was recorded live at the London Podcast Festival (which is why we sound like we're underwater at some parts 🐡). Anna is a sports journalist and author who advocates for gender equality in sports, but don't stress, she's not preachy about it. Having spent her formative years dodging PE like the rest of us, Anna developed a relationship with sport a bit later in life. We talk about how that relationship has changed over the years, especially now she is a mother. We also discuss how movement can ground us in our bodies and help us develop a better body image instead of being outside and looking at it more critically. However, this is pretty antithetical to the message we get from the #fitspo and #noexcuses movements which use punitive messaging to shame people into working out, or prey on our insecurities about our physical appearance. We also talk about campaigns that get it right and really empower women, like This Girl Can. Plus why it's so important that little girls have options besides party shoes for wearing to school. We also have some great questions from the audience at the end. Enjoy! Show Notes {Anna on Twitter | Instagram} {Eat Sweat Play} {Maureen Lipman BT Advert} {This Girl Can Old & New Ads} {Anna on Girls' school shoes} {Why is #Fitspo a beauty contest?} {Women's Sport Trust} {Hannah Witton on Youtube} {What to say instead of "you're not fat"} {Eff Your Fitspo} {Happy Healthy 50}
9/29/20171 hour, 20 minutes, 51 seconds
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EP62 - Overcoming Fat Phobia & Disordered Eating and Finding Radical Body Acceptance w/ Steph Yeboah of Nerd About Town (Part 2)

In part two of my conversation with Steph Yeboah we discuss the idea that certain bodies dominate the body positive conversation, further marginalising the people who stand to gain the most from the movement and how the media have so much to answer for in terms of promoting certain more 'acceptable'  bodies over others.  We also talk about the damaging stereotypes that black women live with on a daily basis and how to be an ally for POC by listening, sharing their experiences and supporting their work. Finally we talk about how to build body confidence and be unapologetically yourself. Join in our #bodyapology challenge too.  Show Notes {Nerd About Town Instagram | Twitter} {Nerd About Town Blog} {Tess Holliday} {Body Positive Power} {The Slumflower} {Being Unapologetically Yourself} {A Letter to my Body} {Milk & Honey} {MohDoh} {R. Kelly's Cult} {A Victim of R.Kelly's weird cult comes forward}
9/22/201751 minutes, 18 seconds
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EP62 - Overcoming Fat Phobia & Disordered Eating and Finding Radical Body Acceptance w/ Steph Yeboah of Nerd About Town (Part 1)

⚠️ TRIGGER WARNING: This episode may not be suitable for people with an active eating disorder or for those who feel vulnerable. In this week's 'sode I'm talking to Steph Yeboah - aka Nerd About Town. Steph shares her experiences of being at the receiving end of fat phobia and bullying, and the subsequent self harm and disordered eating she went through. As Steph explains, she’s gone to really extreme measures to try and get the 'perfect body'. We talk about this really painful place to be in where society & people around you are telling you that your body’s a problem, but you can’t change your body so it really becomes a radical act to accept your body, accept your size and begin to love and respect your body. I also go off on a massive tangent about how the idea of healthy or sensible weight loss in a false economy and explain a bit of the weight science behind it (papers in the show notes for HCPs). Anyway, after we take a little detour into weight science, we got back to talking about body image and more specifically where the body positivity movement is at the moment and why Steph identifies more strongly with fat acceptance and fat positivity rather than body positivity. This is such a great episode, I can't wait to share part 2.  Show Notes:  {Nerd About Town Instagram | Twitter} {Nerd About Town Blog} {Sign up for FOOD FiGHT} {Don't Salt My Game at the London Podcast Festival} {Taylor Swift & Donald Trump} {Stigma & Perpetuation of Obesity} {Weight Bias in Health Care Settings} {The Ironic Effects of Weight Stigma} {Weight Discrimination and Risk of Mortality}
9/15/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 24 seconds
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EP61 w/ No Skin off My Back w/ Laura Stageman of Votch Watches

Laura Stageman is the founder of cruelty free & sustainable fashion watch brand Votch. Today she's sharing her wild story of withdrawal from topical steroid addiction - a painful condition that occurs when an eczema sufferer weans off of their steroid creams. She tells us why  feeling the pain of losing her own skin led her to vow never to wear the skin of another being ever again. We talk about how her debilitating condition left her in the bath for 20 hours a day and the excruciating pain of letting her skin heal. Her story has a happy ending though, and we get talking about ethical, sustainable, and (most importantly) cool vegan fashion. We talk about the struggles of building a brand that goes against the status quo and the creative and innovative solutions for faux leather that are even better than the real deal. Laura shares her favourite brands who are shaking off the idea that vegan shoes, clothes, and accessories are for crunchy hippies, and bringing us cool, fashion forward, compassionate designs. 
9/8/20171 hour, 21 minutes, 54 seconds
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EP60 - From Anxious Perfectionist to Non-Diet Nutrition Boss w/ Haley Goodrich of INSPIRD Nutrition

I’m really excited to introduce you to disordered eating dietician Haley Goodrich. Both Haley and I suffer from anxiety and Haley shares some great advice on how she deals with that, as well as her perfectionist tendencies that in her college days manifested as issues with food and over exercise. We discuss how they can morph and show up in other ways even when you've developed a healthy relationship to food. We also talk about the experience of being a nutrition student and how that can really fuel weirdness around food if you have perfectionist tendencies or are predisposed to it in some way. There's also a level of cognitive dissonance where on one hand you’re trying to be the perfect nutrition student, but on the other hand you want to drink beer and eat cake; something that intuitive eating is flexible enough to incorporate but traditional nutrition and dietetics models are way too rigid for which can again cause a lot of anxiety if you’re a perfectionist. Haley is also a total nutrition boss and she shares some advice for really anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur but especially people who want to work within the health at every size, intuitive eating, and non-diet paradigm. Show Sponsor: Symprove probiotics are offering Don’t Salt My Game listeners a 12 week supply for £120, so just a tenner a week, saving yourself almost 40 quid! To order, just call them up on 01252 413600 and quote DSMG and they ship it right to your door. Show Notes: {Haley's Website} {Haley on Facebook |Instagram| Twitter} {Inspird to Seek} {Baby Goats} {Pumpkin The Racoon} {Helping Hurricane Harvey victims} {Food Fight Intuitive Eating Course}(Use code 'DONTSALTMYGAME') {The London Podcast Festival Tickets}
9/1/20171 hour, 31 minutes, 38 seconds
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EP59 - All Bodies Are Yoga Bodies w/ Lily Silverton of All Body Yoga

Today I'm talking to body positive yoga teacher and writer, Lily Silverton about the myths surrounding what a 'yoga body' should look like and how the narrow version of yoga, stemming from the beauty myth and propagated by diet culture, fails to make room for for people who deviate from this oppressive norm. We also talk about the concept of Ahimsa and how Lily interprets this to mean making her classes a safe, body positive space for her students. Lastly we talk about how owning your own privilege doesn't mean you can't be body positive, but it does mean that you can be critical of how diet culture has co-opted this term and how it suppresses the voices of already marginalised people. It's about holding ourselves accountable & fighting for diversity & representation of ALL bodies, not just the ones that are already visible, not just the ones we find pretty. We also talk about how, like all social change, fighting for true body positivity, equality, and diversity is slow and we are only at the beginning and how conversations like these are necessary to chip away at the status quo. Lastly, Lily shares some of her favourite bopo yoga accounts to follow. This feels like a heavy conversation in a lot of way - probably because checking our privilege feels uncomfortable, but I hope we can all learn from this. I by no means am suggesting I'm close to perfect in how we talk about these issues, but I want to learn alongside you guys, and use this podcast to learn and grow together ✌️  Show Sponsor: Symprove probiotics are offering Don’t Salt My Game listeners a 12 week supply for £120, so just a tenner a week, saving yourself almost 40 quid! To order, just call them up on 01252 413600 and quote DSMG and they ship it right to your door. Show Notes: {Lily on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter} {All Body Yoga} {The Myth of the Yoga Body} {Amputee Yoga} {Skinny Shaming & Thin Privilege} {Lily's Interview w/ BodyPosiPanda} {My Interview w/ BodyPosiPanda}  {Naomi Wolf - The Beauty Myth} {Stoner Yoga} {Yours Truely Melly on Body Positivity} {Dana Falsetti} {Jessamyn Stanley} {Yoga Bodies Book} {Big Gal Yoga} {Morning Gloryville} {Omazie} {Body Positive Power} {The London Podcast Festival Tickets} {Thrive Festival Tickets} {Lily is an ambassador for the Choose Life Mat Project}
8/25/20171 hour, 25 minutes, 51 seconds
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EP58 - Things Blogger’s Say - Nutrition Myth Busting Special w/ Nic Whitehead of Nic's Nutrition

Alright guys, buckle in, it's a long one. Today I’m joined by NHS specialist Dietitian and everyone’s favourite RD, Nic Whitehead as we debunk all the weird crap that bloggers say on their blogs and social media. We talk about the detox myth, activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, and discuss the whole ‘refined sugar free’ thing. Plus fruit sugars, ‘clean’ plant based milks, and nutrition for acne. We also talk a bit more broadly about developing a healthy relationship with food that doesn’t unnecessarily eliminate or restricts foods and why food is for pleasure, enjoyment, and satisfaction, and that nutrition is never all or nothing.So much great stuff in this 'sode, think you're gonna enjoy it 👾 Show Sponsor:  Symprove probiotics are offering Don’t Salt My Game listeners a 12 week supply for £120, so just a tenner a week, saving yourself almost 40 quid! To order, just call them up on 01252 413600 and quote DSMG and they ship it right to your door. Show Notes: {Nic’s Blog} {Nic on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube} {The Rooted Project Acne Post} {The Rooted Project Med Diet} {Mindful Eating} {The Angry Chef} {The Gut Health Doctor} {What The Fruc(tose)?} {Rosie Saunt Smoothie Post} {Refined Vs. Unrefined Sugar} {Stop Pretending Your Chocolate Cake is Salad} {Food Shaming Post} {Coco Mint Bounce Balls} {Oh K! Coffe Hydragel Mask} {Emily’s Fruit Crisps}  
8/18/20171 hour, 33 minutes, 5 seconds