October 8, 2019
In The Other F Word, Angie Manfredi has collected a powerful book of essays, art, and poems from adults speaking directly to teens who may feel like they don’t belong because they believe “my body is a problem”. It reads like empowering “love letters” from the contributors to their younger life version. We discuss reasons why many fat activists want to liberate the word fat & why that is hard for many people to do. Tune in for Angie’s amazing answers to this question + more.
September 29, 2019
Bernie and I are back with a special episode of Learn and Grow where we answer questions from Body Kindness listeners. We answer listener questions about leaving behind the rules of dieting for practicing body kindness, how to help empower our kids with awareness and compassion, plus we help a listener whose "healthy eating" still feels like restriction. Show notes: Applications are open for Learn & Grow mentoring program for help pros -
September 16, 2019
Feel like your time isn’t your own? Author & mom of four Laura Vanderkam has an answer. Track your time. Laura believes that the awareness that comes with time use tracking helps you find the correct narratives about your life rather than defeatist narratives you may have. We discuss how you can tend to your time like you would tend to a garden and capture a sense of agency over controllable aspects. Plus I answer body kindness reader questions about “time troubles”. Show notes
September 3, 2019
In this two-part episode, fellow anti-diet mom Virginia Sole-Smith and I discuss the ways in which culture sabotages parents, especially moms, by upholding unhelpful beliefs about food and weight. Tune in where we discuss how to handle unwelcome comments about our kids’ bodies or food choices, what to do when they say “fat,” and how to model body positivity. Plus I share some of my best tips for parents in setting boundaries with love and kindness. You’ll also hear me talk about the “back off” Lunch Box card by The Feeding Doctor, Katja Rowell, MD and I share my experiences with my kids eating at school. Links mentioned The Feeding Doctor’s Lunch Box “Back Off” note Leslie Schilling’s completed “back off” card on Facebook and available in Born to Eat book. Here’s a few of Virginia’s recent articles on higher weight fertility, higher weight eating disorders, and the Kurbo weight loss app for kids: New York Times Magazine: When You’re Told You’re Too Fat to Get Pregnant Elemental: Who’s Considered Thin Enough for Eating Disorder Treatment? New York Times: A New Weight Watchers App for Kids Raises Concerns Did you miss Part 1 of “Please don’t screw up our kids?” Virginia shares her rock bottom moment of what it took to finally give her daughter chocolate milk and why she had to unlearn much of what she learned from culture, her childhood, and her work as a writer and editor within the health and beauty industry. Listen to the episode and check out the show notes here. --- Get the Body Kindness book It's available wherever books and audiobooks are sold. Read reviews on Amazon and pick up your copy today! Order signed copies and bulk discounts here! --- Donate to support the show Thanks to our generous supporters! We're working toward our goal to fund the full season. Can you donate? Please visit our Go Fund Me page. --- Get started with Body Kindness Sign up to get started for free and stay up to date on the latest offerings --- Become a client Check out for the latest groups and individual support sessions --- Subscribe to the podcastWe're on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRadio. Enjoy the show? Please rate it on iTunes! Have a show idea or guest recommendation? E-mail to get in touch. --- Join the Facebook groupContinue the episode conversations with the hosts, guests, and fellow listeners on the Body Kindness Facebook group. See you there! Nothing in this podcast is meant to provide medical diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Individuals should consult a qualified healthcare provider for medical advice and answers to personal health questions.
August 27, 2019
In the wake of Episode 125 reacting to WW's Kurbo app, people are asking, "So what do I do then?". That's what I want to help with today. Whether or not you're a parent, we can all to advocate for kids' well-being and use our voices to stop the harm and speak out against making weight loss a goal for growing kids. I share practical steps for approaching kids' health, plus an excerpt from my 2017 interview with my friend and Born To Eat author Leslie Schilling. Show notes:
August 19, 2019
In this episode, parents speak out about why they would not use Kurbo Weight Watchers App to help their kids lose weight or or build “healthy lifestyles”. Tune in for their heart wrenching stories of their own struggles with body shame and diets. Plus you’ll hear me share what I found deeply concerning about the Kurbo when I used it for just a few days. I’ll share inspiring insights for what you can do if you are a parent concerned about your kids health and weight. Show notes:
August 13, 2019
Dieting is unethical. But how do you approach eating if you never want to diet again? The co-creator of Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD wants people to understand what intuitive eating is and is NOT. We chat about how we use intuitive eating as a model for being the expert on your body when it comes to nourishment, and swap client stories of struggles and how we have helped them overcome their challenges. Visit for links & show notes.
August 6, 2019
I’m replaying a fan favorite episode today. How do we teach our daughters to respect their bodies, while still being curious about their sexuality? If you’re squirming in your chair, so am I, but this is important issue if we really want our kids to normalize sex. Find out why Peggy Orenstein, bestselling author of Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, thinks we need to do a whole lot more talking about sex to our kids and teens, for everyone’s health and well-being. bodykindnessbook.
July 24, 2019
I’m replaying a fan favorite (and one of my favorite episodes) of Body Kindness from one of my favorite teachers. Long-time Fat Activist and author of Fat!So? Marilyn Wann joins me to discuss why it’s wrong when people say “you should lose weight for health reasons”. She shares ideas for fat activism that go beyond getting angry and protesting in the streets to include meaningful choices anyone can make to reject body oppression and instead, practice self-care.
July 22, 2019
Weight stigma is harmful to human health at all sizes. The medical community upholds weight stigma by weighing patients without informed consent, blaming weight on non weight related concerns and recommending weight loss based on the unscientific BMI measurement. Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani author of Sick Enough has made weight inclusive medical care a priority at her Denver based telemedicine clinic and she shares her ideas for why doctors must act to eradicate weight stigma. Show notes
July 15, 2019
No matter how painful your past, you can cultivate what you desire through the power of the pen. Tune in to hear my “sorry body” letter from August 2016 and Bernie’s “peace offering” from July 2019. We discuss the abuse he faced as a child and his post traumatic growth. Plus we share our best advice for anyone who wants to do this self reflection work. Visit for links & show notes.
July 8, 2019
Sex is a social skill and this week’s guest Dawn Serra explains why. We talk about the historical & culturally relevant reasons today that women struggle with sex today. You'll learn why it's OK to have a fraught relationship to sex & how to change it, including how to admit if you’re faking orgasms. Toward the end we answer a reader question who asked about sex when you have PTSD from sexual abuse & violence. for show notes. to get free tools from
June 25, 2019
Bernie Salazar joins me to rant on the Nike Fat Mannequin debacle. We love the mannequin and want to see more size diversity in fitness culture. We strongly reject the fat phobia expressed by some people with large platforms, especially the harmful article in the Telegraph. Plus “fan favorite” Ragen Chastain joins me in a conversation in supporting more athletes at every size and creating clothes and equipment that work with their bodies. Show notes:
June 18, 2019
In my second interview with Sabrina Strings, PhD, author of Fearing the Black Body the racial origins of fatphobia, we discuss why only white women’s bodies were subjects of control in historical fat phobia. Dr. Strings shares the history of the BMI development and its flaws. We share personal stories for how BMI and weight bias in medicine harms people today. Dr. Strings also shares how she was discouraged from even writing this book. Visit for links & show notes.
June 11, 2019
Sabrina Strings, PhD is the author of the new book Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. In this 2-part interview, we discuss how she was able to connect racism with fatphobia, control of women’s bodies historically & through today’s diet culture, & how medicine’s use of the BMI metric is problematic & harmful. Dr. Strings shares why weight loss should not be part of the health equation &d= instead we should be seeking access to safe, nutritious food for all.
June 3, 2019
In part 2 of my series on BURNOUT, which is also the title of a new book by Emily & Amelia Nagoski, we’re discussing why you should stop fighting your “inner critic” (that voice in your head constantly shouting at you, judging you & shaming you). In reality, this “madwoman in the attic” is trying to tell you something valuable about who you are, which can be really helpful in moving forward from BURNOUT because you stop pretending to be who the world wants you to be. Show notes
May 23, 2019
Burnout is the stress resilience book I’m recommending to friends and clients from now on. This 2-part podcast series with Emily and Amelia Nagoski will explain why. We all have stress, but we aren’t all completing the stress cycle, which can have real health consequences. Learn about “human giver syndrome” and why the opposite is not “taker syndrome”— which is what I used to think. Find out how the patriarchy... ughhhh plays a role in women’s burnout. Transcript & show notes: bodykindnessb
May 13, 2019
How would it feel to get an extra one to two hours of sleep per night? If the thought of that sounds absolutely amazing then you're like most people who don't get enough sleep. (side effects include daytime feelings of being drunk! fatigue! irritability!). Get our real life complaints and realistic advice for mindset and habit shifts that help. For links and show notes, visit
May 1, 2019
In this two-part episode, fellow anti-diet mom Virginia Sole-Smith and I discuss the ways in which culture sabotages parents, especially moms, by upholding unhelpful beliefs about food and weight. Virginia shares her rock bottom moment of what it took to finally give her daughter chocolate milk and why she had to unlearn much of what she learned from culture, her childhood, and her work as a writer and editor within the health and beauty industry. Visit for links & show notes.
April 15, 2019
In this episode listeners ask us what is the most difficult thing in leaving diet culture for the Body Kindness philosophy, how to practice self-compassion when feeling body shame, and what to do about stress and anxiety related weight loss. Show notes:
April 2, 2019
Stress has a function and so does emotional eating. How you relate to stress and frame your views of emotional eating can make all the difference in how you feel about your body. In this powerful episode, you'll learn why Bernie needed to stop restricting in order to realize that it would help cut back his stress eating even when his life stress continued to rise. SOS: support our show @ Pick up Body Kindness wherever books are sold & start healing your relationship with yourself.
March 18, 2019
Storytelling is a powerful way to examine how culture constructs beauty standards and upholds appearance privilege. In this episode, Kimberly Dark, author, yoga teacher, and retreat leader performs a reading of her poem about Marilyn Monroe and her mom teaching her how to smile like a woman down to the exact degree angle of the head tilt. Listen as I share how my decision to “reflect and retreat” helped me explore my relationship to my body, heal emotional wounds, and grow in my social justice work.
March 4, 2019
Dr. Jennifer Webb is back on the podcast to share outcomes of our Body Kindness research study examining mindful self-care and depressive symptoms in pregnancy and 5 years postpartum. Tune in to learn about the novel outcomes and get some advice you can use -- really it's good advice for anyone -- pregnant or not. We all have a body and we can all heal our relationship to it. Pick up Body Kindness wherever you get books and audiobooks. Get started with Body Kindness for free
February 25, 2019
Don’t miss this important episode in the Learn & Grow Series. We talk about one of the longest studies on weight cycling and dieting — a study that followed the Biggest Loser contestants from Season 8 for six years. I help Bernie understand the outcomes of the journal article and how he can make peace with his experiences and move forward with body kindness instead of dieting. Show notes:
February 11, 2019
I'm loving this show today about anxiety and girls with Dr. Lisa Damour. Her new book is Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. We discuss what's normal and actually beneficial for teen girls when it comes to stress and anxiety, when you should worry, as well as the options available for talking with girls and young women to reduce their stress and anxiety on everything from embracing their bodies, dating, setting boundaries. Show notes:
January 28, 2019
Why do higher weight folks get denied treatment for hip replacements, IVF, and even adoption? Find out the ways our culture excludes fat people even when research contradicts our approaches. My guest is Fiona Willer, HAES dietitian, academic, educator and creator of the HealthNotDiets Digest. Visit for show notes.
January 15, 2019
Bernie Salazar has been a student of the body kindness philosophy for over two years. But early on, The Biggest Loser was still a popular show and Bernie was still trying to make sense of what it meant to be healthy. Though he was deeply concerned about the well-being of the contestants, he still had his own self love and compassion “work” to do. Now, we come full circle with a deep reflection on culture, the show, and who gets access to feeling happy & safe in their body. Show notes:
January 7, 2019
In the last segment of our series featuring readers sharing their powerful stories, we hear from two trauma survivors, one who was abused and spent most of her life with an undetected eating disorder and one who experienced trauma from dieting on weight watchers, including needing two back surgeries from running injuries sustained while being encouraged to do more and push harder to reach her weight goal. Don’t miss these emotional testimonials about the power of Body Kindness in taking back your life.
January 1, 2019
Happy New Year! We are talking with readers about how they used Body Kindness as a way to break free from years of dieting and body shame. Tune in and get inspired as you contemplate your next step in healing your relationship with food, movement, and self care. You can’t hate yourself healthy but with Body Kindness you can create a better life. Body Kindness is available everywhere books are sold including on Audiobook! For special offers visit
December 24, 2018
Happy Holidays! We're closing out 2018 by talking with readers about how they used Body Kindness as a way to break free from years of dieting & body shame. Get inspired as you contemplate your next step in healing your relationship with food, movement, and self care. You can’t hate yourself healthy but with Body Kindness you can create a better life. As of 12/25/2018 Body Kindness is also available on Audiobook! For special offers visit Show notes:
December 16, 2018
The first historical study of diet books, Bitar's book Diet and the Disease of Civilization examines how four popular plans -- Paleo, biblical, primitive, and detox diets -- reflect and shape our social world. Bitar categorized 17,000 diet books based on their titles. All of them, from Paleo to the “biblical diets” and even the first diet book by William Banting, center around the conversation of who are we, what do we eat, and why? Visit for links and show notes.
December 10, 2018
If you’re new to #BodyKindness our podcast mini-series, Learn and Grow, was made for you. Bernie Salazar and Rebecca Scritchfield reflect on Bernie’s early days saying “bye-bye” to his relationship with The Biggest Loser and diet culture forever! Bernie and I discuss what is usually missing from the "new habit equation" and we share our own struggles with habits and how we’re working our way through them. Show notes:
December 3, 2018
Weight stigma, problems with our culture and the biases we carry about higher weight people harms their health. One pathway is through internalized stigma that elevates a person’s worry and anxiety about how they will be treated by the people and the physical spaces in this world (think comfortable seats - or the right to sit!) Founder of the International Weight Stigma Conference, Dr. Angela Meadows and I discuss. Visit for links and show notes.
November 26, 2018
Psychology research in terror management theory has shown that when people are primed with thoughts of mortality, their behaviors change, but not necessarily in helpful ways. Tune in as I talk with dietitian Michelle Alison (the Fat Nutritionist) about Ernest Becker’s research in the 1980s and how today’s diet culture keep us death phobic and fat phobic with “wellness” messages about saving your life with every bite of food, every minute of exercise, and every pill you swallow.
November 12, 2018
If you’re new to #BodyKindness our podcast mini-series, Learn and Grow, was made for you. We reflect on Bernie’s early days saying “bye-bye” to his relationship with The Biggest Loser and diet culture forever! You’ll hear us discuss mindfulness and the beautiful and subtle ways in which Bernie has been able to embrace mindfulness and emotion regulation skills in his life. Show notes:
November 5, 2018
In the first of a short series looking at research and weight stigma, I talk to Dr Jeffery Hunger, a postdoctoral scholar in Health Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Hunger uses insights from psychology to understand and ultimately improve the health of stigmatized groups. We have a great conversation that includes how stigma impacts mental and physical health and why stigmatizing weight should never be used as a health promotion tool, plus more. Visit for show notes.
October 29, 2018
If you’re new to Body Kindness our podcast mini-series, Learn and Grow, was made for you. Bernie Salazar & Rebecca Scritchfield reflect on Bernie’s early days saying “bye-bye” to his relationship with The Biggest Loser & diet culture forever! In Part 4, you’ll hear us discuss emotional eating, feeling like you’re addicted to food, and why it’s probably NOT the case. Tune in to this pivotal episode if you’d like to learn how to get a better grasp on emotional eating. Show notes: bodykindnessb
October 17, 2018
Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt & I discuss why dieting and the brain are NOT friends and why dieting will never support a human’s healthy brain function. After this episode you'll either feel super pumped about your commitment to never diet again - OR you’ll realize that dieting is a losing game, you’ll probably get angry, (I did!) then you’ll get to work at creating your better life with Body Kindness. More Sandra: Visit for show notes.
October 15, 2018
In the third episode of our Learn and Grow” series, Bernie and I reflect on ways in which the practice of intuitive eating has helped him reject dieting and we discover new growth opportunities going forward. Tune in if you’ve ever felt confused about what the heck intuitive eating is and why it may be exactly what you need in your life. (Hint, the goal is to heal your relationship to food, not lose weight). Visit for show notes.
September 26, 2018
Are you a “Body Kindness beginner?” This new mini-series will boost your hope in confidence in leaving diets behind. In the second episode Rebecca and Bernie process his unhealthy experience as a contestant on The Biggest Loser. Tune in to hear an honest conversation about why extreme exercise is unnecessary. If you’d like help in finding that point where body kindness and better mind-body health intersect, this is it. Visit for a signed copy of Body Kindness
September 11, 2018
If you're new to the Body Kindness philosophy, breaking free from diets, and Health at Every Size (HAES) our new podcast series is made for you! Body Kindness Learn & Grow is a series that will boost your hope and confidence in leaving diets behind from exactly where you are today. Think of it like “Body Kindness for beginners.” Today is the first episode where Bernie and I reflect on our personal growth in the past 2 years through the lens of our earliest episodes. Show notes:
September 4, 2018
In this episode, I’m talking about Body Kindness in the family with a fellow HAES dietitian and mom, Anna Lutz. You’ll hear us chat about topics like how to approach food at home that supports HAES and why it is never a good idea to label foods as good or bad, how to support kids of all sizes, how to talk about yourself and others' bodies with kids, how to talk to children about nutrition at a developmentally appropriate level. Visit for links & show notes.
August 27, 2018
Three parents, five kids, age ranges 2-12 gather to discuss what it’s like to parent with body kindness, endure a child’s body shame at the doctors office, re-educate your child after the school’s health class taught diet tricks, what to say when your kid first says “fat” — as early as age three! And other things you need to know about raising kids with body kindness. Please visit for show notes.
August 20, 2018
This week I’m talking to author and fat activist Virgie Tovar about her new book, You Have the Right to Remain Fat. Tune in as Virgie shares her manifesto for standing up to diet culture. Find out more about Virgie's work at Please visit for show notes.
July 26, 2018
Pregnant or postpartum women should not be dieting and yet, many women do, thanks to diet culture & weight stigma. I chat with Lindsay Stenovec, certified eating disorder dietitian about the pressures women face to “get their pre-baby body back.” We share personal experiences with postpartum depression and weight stigma during pregnancy as well as research that shows 93% of women who engage in disordered eating and dieting behaviors are not screened for eating disorder symptoms.
July 17, 2018
Continuing my women’s health series, today we’re talking about sex. My guest is one of my favorite “sexpert” authors Emily Nagoski, sex educator and author of the New York Times bestseller Come As You Are. Among the gems in our conversation today: how her groundbreaking book changed my life, how our sex-negative culture came to be, intimacy without performance pleasure, and how our sexual well-being is byproduct of our overall well-being. Visit for links & show notes.
July 3, 2018
Bernie Salazar and I talk about the recent weight and body conversations in the media, including my latest story (and the backstory) on the harms when doctors weigh their patients, Self magazine’s groundbreaking issue on weight and health, and the 2018 ESPN bodies issue. Heads up, Bernie and I will be hosting a group Body Kindness for guys. Be the first to know when reg is up by emailing me Visit for links & show notes.
June 22, 2018
Continuing my women’s health series, I’m excited that my guest is writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez. In 2016, Miriam gave a TED Talk: How Racism is Harming Pregnant Women--and What Can Help, which has been viewed over 850,000 times. In our conversation, we talk about the impact of racism on health. Miriam also shares the three core focus areas of her current research that she sees as possible solutions for safer pregnancy outcomes for women of color. Visit for show not
June 19, 2018
As part of my women’s health series, I chat to Maya Dusenbery about her new book, Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. We spend our conversation talking about the book and all that she's discovered about the history of ignoring and/or disbelieving women’s pain and the deep, systemic problems that underlie women’s experiences of feeling dismissed by the medical system. Visit for show notes.
June 12, 2018
Dr. Jennifer Webb studies body image in women as part of her research at UNC Charlotte. Webb’s lab is currently investigating body image in pregnant and postpartum women with my book Body Kindness. Get insights from Dr. Webb’s current and recent work in this episode. We’re looking for female Body Kindness readers living in the U.S. who are either pregnant OR who have at least one child 5 years or younger. Visit to learn more & find out how you can get a free e-book & reso
June 4, 2018
Dietland is a wickedly funny and extraordinarily timed satire from AMC, based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name. I'm delighted that Sarai is my guest on the show today! Equal parts revenge fantasy and heartfelt journey to self-acceptance, Dietland is a darkly comedic story that explores a multitude of issues faced by women today — including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture, and unrealistic beauty standards. Visit for show
May 30, 2018
In this solo episode Rebecca shares how mindfulness and mindful eating connect to the practice of Body Kindness. She also reads an excerpt from Body Kindness where she describes why meditation is so important (even when it’s hard). Rebecca closes by guiding you through one round of her favorite — The Loving Kindness meditation. Visit for links & show notes.
May 24, 2018
For some mindful eating is that thing they should do and never make time for OR it’s the next thing they hope will “work” to induce weight loss. My guests today Lilia Graue and Michelle May help unveil these myths and more in our conversation. They are both doctors, HAES informed practitioners and mindful eating experts. In this episode we will help those who aren’t yet big fans of mindful eating for well being enhancement (not weight loss) to give it a try. Visit for sh
May 18, 2018
Ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”. Straight/Curve:Redefining Body Image documentary is available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo on Demand from May 18th. You can go to to find a link to get the film and to download the FREE House Party Screening Kit. Visit for show n
May 8, 2018
In her latest book, a memoir called Landwhale, Jes Baker, covers important topics in the body positivity and fat liberation space that need to be discussed in the mainstream culture and she does it all through beautiful writing from her personal experience with a liberal dose of blunt honesty and humor. Jes and I discuss her evolving relationship with her body and how to deal with HAES “trolls”. Plus we discuss why dieting is the greatest scam of them all. for show notes.
May 1, 2018
Bernie is back on the Body Kindness podcast and he brings news from the doctor’s office that makes Rebecca lose it (you’ll notice the bleeps!) Tune in as they discuss the insidious nature of weight stigma in medicine and what to do about it. Bernie and Rebecca also discuss Bernie’s reluctance to fully step into and embrace an identity with the word fat. Visit for links & show notes.
April 23, 2018
Today we’re talking about the need to increase diversity in the field of dietetics. You’ll learn why it matters (including for anyone who is working on BODY KINDNESS & stepping away from diets). Tamara Melton is announcing Diversify Dietetics, a new non-profit & shares how you can get involved. We'll all do a better job at enhancing the health and well-being of others when everyone is represented - size, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual identity. Visit for show notes.
April 14, 2018
Even if you don’t see yourself as a writer, if you’re sharing content on social media, you’re educating and you’re standing for something. In this episode I talk to fellow career-changer HAES dietitian and journalist, Carrie Dennett. In our conversation, you’ll learn how to read and write better in the body positivity space and how you can take action when you read BS in the media. Get the show notes to read several of Carrie’s recent pieces. Support the podcast production costs
April 3, 2018
Are you in need of some radical self-love? This is your Body Kindness episode. Sonya Renee Taylor ( is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. Visit for links & show notes.
March 21, 2018
Dana Sturtevant had a wake-up call when she realized her diet and weight-centered nutrition research work wasn’t really helping improve health & well-being. She co-founded Be Nourished, a community outpatient clinic & professional training institute. Recognized as one of America’s top radical dietitians, Dana encourages movement toward a compassionate, weight-inclusive model of self-care to address body oppression, heal body shame & disrupt patterns of chronic dieting. More at
March 8, 2018
Rosie Molinary and I are thrilled to bring you this BONUS podcast about our new virtual workshop called MEND - radical self-acceptance with Body Kindness. In this episode, you'll hear us discuss the intersections of shame, perfectionism, and what it means to radically accept ourselves JUST AS WE ARE. We hope this episode gives you a taste for our interactive conversational approach we bring to our workshop. Hope you enjoy and if MEND is right for you, we'll see you there! Visit
March 5, 2018
Happy March and National Nutrition Month! (Speaking of: check out my course on radical self acceptance with author Rosie Molinary - Bernie is back and we have two guests on the show. Fellow dietitian Whitney shares what it was like to be complimented for dieting then criticized for gaining weight when she stopped. Then we talk to our very own podcast producer & former teen Weight Watcher Shauna Reid about the perils of WW and what it means to offer a program to kids.
February 28, 2018
Get the inside details of what it takes to certify a Guinness World Record from Ragen Chastain, a speaker, writer, and Certified Health Coach. She's the heaviest person to complete a marathon. She's healthy. She's fit. She's fat. In this podcast Ragen will help inspire you to reframe exercise in your life away from body shame and weight loss goals -- at any size! Visit for show notes.
February 20, 2018
Attention anyone who wants to see girls succeed: tune in to this conversation with bestselling author Rachel Simmons. Her latest, “Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives” is the backdrop for our chat. Rachel’s research shows girl’s competence does not equal confidence. They've never been more anxious and overwhelmed, feeling that no matter how hard they try, they'll never be good enough. Visit
February 13, 2018
I didn’t always make the connection between Body Kindness and money, but I realized that how money moves through your life is an expression of your values and even beliefs about yourself. Do you feel restrictive with food and money “you don’t deserve…” or perhaps you relate to spending frivoulously. Bari Tessler Linden, is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach, and author of The Art of Money. Visit for links & show notes.
February 6, 2018
In this fitness-focused episode, my friend Bernie and I get into a heated argument about his former trainer Bob Harper’s recent appearance on Megyn Kelly TODAY about weight shame. Plus we chat to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s trainer Bryant Johnson. Find out her training habits and learn about Bryant’s new book The RBG workout - a handy tool for people who want no-nonsense advice for strength, flexibility, and mindset ( Visit for show notes.
January 29, 2018
Ask yourself these two questions: What’s wrong with my life and why? The answers become your goals, says Sarah Knight the New York Times bestselling author of three self-help books: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***, Get Your Shit Together, and most recently, You Do You. Sarah and I discuss several important “mindset” fixes you will need if you really want to create a better life (within your personal means). Visit for links & show notes.
January 23, 2018
Megan Crabbe, author of Body Positive Power joins me. In our conversation, we address how difficult real body positivity work can be -- issues of privilege, intersectionality, diversity, and the idea that barely sitting outside “the norm” of weight and beauty is not enough to create necessary change in our culture. Megan says we must watch out for the “trolls,” give compassion to people still entrenched in diet culture, and keep doing this work because it’s helping people.
January 16, 2018
In her new book, So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo explains, in simple terms and with lively examples, key concepts of privilege, intersectionality, microagressions, cultural appropriation, and more. Ijeoma helps us embrace the connections between body positivity, the anti-diet movement, and race and class issues that aren’t often discussed in these important spaces. She says “we live in a country that upholds the ideal that we aren’t allowed to talk about race and not talking is THE problem
January 9, 2018
Lidia Yuknavitch is a MISFIT and she wants you to know it’s OK to be one too. In fact, it’s necessary. In The Misfit’s Manifesto Lidia ( and her guest authors share their stories for what it’s like being on the outer edges where you don’t fit in. Our stories are a form of knowledge and we’ve been through trauma, adversity, and chaos that has strengthened us and we can help strengthen our culture too. Visit for show notes.
January 1, 2018
Rebecca and Bernie welcome 2018 by kicking diets to the curb. They share their personal goals for creating a better life in 2018. And they officially launch the Body Kindness "Spiral Up" club -- a year-long membership program focused on a diet DETOX and building up a positive, caregiving mindset with compassion, not shame. Then later in the show, they discuss the basics of "HAES" (health at every size) and answer listener questions about how to advocate for size diversity in their life.
December 27, 2017
Rebecca and Bernie recount some of their favorite and most popular episodes of 2017. With 62 episodes in two seasons, Body Kindness has big plans for 2018. Tune in to reflect back, catch up on shows you may have missed, and help Rebecca celebrate her first “book baby” turning one. Learn how you can evolve in your Body Kindness practice, with an exclusive limited time offer to work with Rebecca on “spiraling up” and ditching diets once and for all - for more.
December 20, 2017
In her first solo episode, Rebecca reflects on the past few years of "birthday manifestations" shares her intention for 2018. She spills the beans on upcoming workshops, retreats, and body kindness programming. Stay in the loop by becoming a Body Kindness Insider at You'll get a free e-course & invitation to join our Facebook group!
December 12, 2017
I finally got a chance to record with Bernie in person. I shared some frustration with the education sessions at FNCE (aka dietitian prom). The dietetics profession is riddled with weight stigma and I realized we have such a long way to go to disentangle health and well-being from diet culture. Bernie gets upset when I share the “disaster preparedness” content in the Whole 30 program. He has family in Puerto Rico. Plus we get a surprise visit from a guest that warms my heart.
December 5, 2017
If you received a cancer diagnosis, would you say “thank you?” I don’t think I could. This week’s “body betrayal” guest Amy Herbert is grateful to cancer for helping her discover a whole new appreciation for her body -- scars and all. Amy was forever changed by her cancer experience for the better. In this post-traumatic growth story, you’ll learn how she forged this new relationship with her body and why we need to reject unsustainable ideals for beauty, illness, and emotional healing.
November 28, 2017
When a woman has trouble conceiving, she's likely to blame herself, feel alone and ashamed that her body is broken. Liz Shaw has been trying to conceive for years and her fertility treatments are not working (yet). In her “body betrayal” letter she shares her struggles with fertility and how her Bumps to Baby community is helping her through the low points. She's co-author of Fertility Foods Cookbook & writes about intersections of infertility & body image issues. Show notes:
November 19, 2017
Politics, Hollywood, and your neighborhood. Sexual abuse is happening everywhere and people are speaking up. And finally we’re believing them. If you’re shaking your head at Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey (and others) you’re probably wondering what you can do about it. There’s a new book out by author and activist Jaclyn Friedman. Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. Visit, and for show
November 13, 2017
Imagine one day finding out the tingling you’ve been feeling isn’t normal numbness it’s actually caused by “beautiful bright spots” in your brain. Now imagine you’re not yet a teenager. That’s exactly how it happened for Anna Sweeney, now a disabled woman and disability rights advocate. In her “body betrayal” letter, Anna shares how she transformed these boxes of difficulty she wanted to ignore and hide away into a powerful tool for change in her life and our culture. Follow her instagram.
November 6, 2017
Have you ever felt like your body has betrayed you? When you go through something painful, self-compassion and hope can help you find your way out of suffering. Listening to other people’s stories, even if they are different from your own, can be healing. In the first of this new series “how my body betrayed me” you’ll hear from Christy Harrison, a HAES dietitian, intuitive eating counselor, and host of the wildly successful Food Psych podcast who has also recovered from an eating disorder.
October 31, 2017
Rebecca Hall was only 25 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s been a long and challenging road for her, and Rebecca wants other women, especially young women with metastatic breast cancer, to know "you are not alone." Tune in to hear us talk about Rebecca’s journey. Watch Bare, the film she co-wrote with director Kerith Lemon at, and share it with anyone who needs to hear this powerful story. Visit for links & show notes.
October 24, 2017
Long-time Fat Activist and author of Fat!So? Marilyn Wann joins me to discuss why it’s wrong when people say "you should lose weight for health reasons". She shares ideas for fat activism that go beyond getting angry and protesting in the streets to include meaningful choices anyone can make to reject body oppression and instead, practice self-care. Visit, plus for links & show notes.
October 17, 2017
Rosie Molinary is the champion of 'radical self-acceptance' - the belief that you're worthy enough just for being born and the idea that you don't have to do ANYTHING to prove your worth. We discuss how to practice radical self-acceptance using examples from Rosie's life, including her experience growing up with brown skin in a predominantly white neighborhood, Visit, plus for links & show notes.
October 10, 2017
Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt & I discuss why dieting and the brain are NOT friends and why dieting will never support a human’s healthy brain function. After this episode you'll either feel super pumped about your commitment to never diet again - OR you’ll realize that dieting is a losing game, you’ll probably get angry, (I did!) then you’ll get to work at creating your better life with Body Kindness. More Sandra: Visit for show notes.
October 3, 2017
Tiara syndrome. Tunneling. Time Confetti. If you don't already know about these terms, you will after hearing me talk with award winning journalist and bestselling author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time, Brigid Schulte ( We have a conversation about mindset interventions you can try on yourself and ways you can more realistically schedule your time and create space. Visit for links and show notes.
September 26, 2017
I’ve been helping my friend, former chronic dieter, and former “winner” of The Biggest Loser Bernie Salazar practice Body Kindness for nearly two years. Bernie has been stepping on the scale again and asking his doctor about his weight. He’s looking for some advice from me. We spend a big chunk of this episode getting to the core of his concerns, disentangling the “inner critic voice” from the “caregiver voice”. Visit for links and show notes.
September 19, 2017
Melanie Klein and I discuss the beautiful potential of yoga to CONNECT you to your body, build self-compassion, and body kindness. We share our personal experiences with exercise and how yoga helped us reframe the purpose and value of movement in our lives, essentially 'deprogramming ourselves' by opting out of diet culture's negative messages -- from calorie counting to body comparisons, and self-judgments. Visit for links and show notes.
September 11, 2017
Anna Guest Jelley has connected yoga to many people who would have otherwise found yoga to be "not for them" because a crucial need was not met -- the instructors were not teaching for all sizes. Anna is a she-ro of mine because she saw a problem and addressed it. BOOM! was born! We discuss the powers of movement that has nothing to do with weight loss. Visit for links and show notes.
August 31, 2017
I catch up with my friend and former “winner” of The Biggest Loser, Bernie Salazar, after a bit of a summer break on our chats. (For new listeners, Bernie and I are chatting about how we’re doing at our own Body Kindness practice for mutual support and accountability, usually once a month.) We catch up on the cancellation of The Biggest Loser (only one of us is a little sad) and find out how I’m reframing failure. Visit for links and show notes.
August 21, 2017
I talk with HAES dietitian Glenys Oyston and body image coach Sarah Vance about the confusing and difficult space between “non dieting” and “healthy eating”. There’s a process to changing to a non-dieter, which includes letting go of food rules, and then working with your individual food preferences as you build intuitive eating skills. We discuss how emotional eating can be informative, especially while you’re overcoming dieting. Visit for links and show notes.
August 17, 2017
Holley Grainger is a registered dietitian -- "the expert", but even experts struggle. She e-mailed me privately & asked about a family member who wanted to try the HCG diet (on top of dozens she tried that have not worked) and I asked her to join me to discuss it. Weight concerns make sense because our culture sucks. I help Holley understand that diet culture keeps u stuck in an "I’m not good enough" mental place and believing our body is a "problem". Visit for show notes.
August 14, 2017
Whether you’re a chronic dieter, over-exerciser or a person who “eats clean”, you never know when the day will come when you realize what you’re doing is no longer working for you. “How did I get here and how can I get out?”. Change is not just good, it’s normal. I chat to fellow intuitive eating dietitian, Alexis Joseph about her epiphany that her blog, brand, and personal life was disordered and no longer serving her. Visit for links & show notes.
August 9, 2017
Elyse Resch knows all about Intuitive Eating because she is the co-author of the Intuitive Eating book. We talk about Intuitive Eating in the family dynamic. We are all born with an internal wisdom, but we get pulled away by diet culture and external regulation of eating - even as young kids with well-intentioned parents. Elyse gives a plethora of tips to raising Intuitive Eaters and how you can set boundaries on body and weight talk. Visit for links & show notes.
August 4, 2017
When the Netflix Original 'To the Bone' was released many professionals who work with people with eating disorders were unhappy. The primary concern that (once again) stereotypes for eating disorders would be reinforced by centering the story around a very thin white woman. BEDA founder Chevese Turner and I discuss the myths and misconceptions about who gets eating disorders and how we can do better to identify and help those struggling. Visit for links & show notes.
July 26, 2017
Kate T Parker is known for her viral photos of strong girls just being themselves, which is now compiled into a book, Strong is the New Pretty. We discuss how she got into photography and address why it can be so darn hard just posing in the picture when you struggle with body kindness -- and how to stop erasing yourself from your life. Visit for links & show notes.
July 17, 2017
Roxane Gay’ new book, Hunger - A Memoir of (My) Body captivated me from the get go. My guest Dr Maria Paredes also loved the book. Tune in to hear us chat about some of the key issues Roxane brought up in the book, both as a personal story of her experience in her body and how large bodies are treated in general by our diet culture. I dare you to listen and say anything but, “THIS SH*T AIN’T RIGHT”. Visit for links & show notes.
July 10, 2017
Guys have body image issues too, they just aren’t talking about it. In fact, research shows over 90% of men struggle in some way with body dissatisfaction or negative emotions and thoughts towards one’s body (Castonguay et al. 2014). HAES Dietitian Aaron Flores and I delve into the ways men’s body image issues look different than women’s and why most men wouldn’t dare to bring up their weight and body concerns with their friends.Visit for links & show notes.
June 28, 2017
I sat down with my long time friend, fellow dietitian, mama, and co-author of new book 'Born to Eat', Leslie Schilling. Leslie shares how to get motivated to keep your family’s mindset in line with body kindness and against diet culture. We share our experience as kids with family members who dieted and how we began to notice the intergenerational impact of dieting as adults with kids of our own. Visit for links & show notes.
June 21, 2017
We all know the voice of the “inner critic” where nothing is ever good enough and you’re on high alert about… well, most everything. The job of the critic voice (which is not YOU) is to keep you worried and afraid. Anita Johnston thinks worrying is a good use of imagination because it brings transformational change. Anita discusses how you can acknowledge your inner critic “voice” without giving her front stage permission to rule your life . Visit for links & show no
June 15, 2017
In this episode, Bernie and I finally catch up on the mind-blowing podcast episodes from “masturbation month” in May. We also discuss the stigma we faced growing up around body pleasure and we share our passion for helping our kids grow up with better sexual health as part of their overall well-being. Visit for links & show notes.
May 22, 2017
Dr. Sybil Lockhart is no "Masters and Johnson" - she’s so much more! With, she's taking men and women to the next level of pleasure with a website dedicated to the education of women’s sexual pleasure with unique videos, vocabulary & interactive tools to practice techniques. Sybil says when we’re open up to giving ourselves pleasure (even if struggling with body image), we're more open to all the other good things in the world. Visit for links & show notes.
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