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

Join Registered Nutritionist 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 handstands 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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Now displaying: September, 2017
Sep 29, 2017

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}

Sep 22, 2017

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}

Sep 15, 2017

⚠️ 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}

Sep 8, 2017

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. 

Sep 1, 2017

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.

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Show Notes:

{Haley's Website}
{Haley on Facebook |InstagramTwitter}
{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}

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