In this episode...
In this episode, I’m joined by registered dietitian, Haley Goodrich, who specializes in eating disorder recovery, body image healing, and intuitive eating, approaching her practice with a health-at-every-size (HAES) perspective. We talk about what HAES and intuitive eating really mean, and how diet culture muddles these inclusive health-promoting models.
Our conversation addresses the questions "why is diet culture so pervasive?". Haley and I explore all the ways it taps into our psyches and convinces us that we need to achieve thinness or have a more aesthetically-pleasing body before we can be worthy or happy.
We discuss how to address the driving forces behind diet culture, and talk about the importance of ditching perfectionism, setting boundaries, and minding your mindset as you seek more joy with your relationship to food, your body, and yourself as a whole.
Haley is currently pursuing her Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) Certification. She also the Eating Disorder Resource Professional for the Behavior Health Nutrition dietetic practice group. In addition to individual client work and managing her group private practice, she is also the co-founder of INSPIRD to SEEK, a community-based learning experience designed to mentor and guide nutrition entrepreneurs to build amazing businesses. Haley strongly believes in integrating the Non-Diet Approach and HAES philosophy into all health care settings, including nutrition therapy. She advocates through her writing, speaking, social media presence, and mentorship for practitioners.
- We are all born intuitive eaters. We come into the world knowing intuitively what we need. Our bodies - no matter their shape or size - are already perfect.
- Tools like intuitive eating and mindset work can help you heal your relationship with food and your body. Grounding down into your values is key to keeping diet culture from taking over your life.
- Understanding the HAES movement can help you combat diet-culture on a broader scale. Both for yourself, your fellow human beings, and society as a whole.
- You are innately worthy of love, acceptance, and happiness. You do not need to change your body, restrict foods, or have a certain exercise regimen to be successful or find joy in your life.
Put inspiration into action...
- Unfollow any social media accounts that you feel promote diet-culture in a way that’s unhealthy for you or make you feel less-than about yourself, your relationship with food, or your body. The same goes for any email lists you’re subscribed to, books on your shelf, or shows you watch. Unfollowing is a boundary you lovingly set for yourself.
- Follow some accounts accounts that align better with your values and encourage radical self acceptance. Like accounts that promote food-freedom and body acceptance.
- If the conversation on thin privilege resonated with you, follow other people online whose bodies look different than your own or whose lived experiences you can learn from.
- If you’re curious to learn more about Intuitive Eating, HAES, or want to begin your healing journey - explore all the resources we’ve pooled below.
- If you feel like you need additional support, please reach out to a qualified professional. Healing is possible for you. You deserve to feel peace with food and your body.
Connect with Haley...
- Visit Haley’s website: https://www.inspirdnutrition.com/
- Connect with her on Instagram, FB, Twitter: @hgoodrichrd
- FB group for practitioners: Inspird to Seek
- Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch
- Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch
- Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon
- Body Respect by Linda Bacon & Lucy Aphramor
- Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield
- The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner
- Food Psych Podcast
- You Can Eat With Us Podcast
- The BodyLove Project Podcast
- Other inspiring people to follow (please note: this list is far from complete, there are so so many people doing great work out there. Here’s just a few to get you started) Jess Baker, Lindy West, Virgie Tovar, Jameela Jamil (I Weigh Movement), Tess Holiday, Fiona Sutherland, Jessamyn Stanley, Ashlee Bennett, Tiffany Roe, Anna Sweeney, Kylie Mitchell, Jessica Rothley, Simi Botic, Krista Murias