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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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Jun 24, 2022
Settle in team because this is an episode you're not going to want to miss! This week's 'sode is the first of a 2 part conversation I had with Emiko Davies, an Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer and cook-book author. This is such a wonderful conversation that invites us to imagine another way to feed kids that isn't so caught up in ideas of perfection, or worrying about nutrition or getting everything "right". We touch on things like;
  • Emiko’s experiences of feeding her kids while living in Italy, and how that differs when compared with other countries.
  • Where the pressure to feed kids perfectly comes from and how you can learn to shake that off and relax.
  • How a laid back approach to feeding kids could help picky eater to grow to eat a wider range of foods.

The second part of this conversation will be out on your podcast player of choice next week, so keep you're eyes peeled for that one. As always, if you liked this episode please share the love and hit subscribe to hear part 2 as soon as it's out!

Jun 24, 2022

It’s that time of the week again folks! This week, I’m bringing back one of my all-time favourite episodes with one of my equally favourite people, Nicola Haggett. We recorded this episode back in January 2021 alongside the launch of my second book, How To Just Eat It. If you haven't already heard this episode, then I think it will have a lot to offer you. And even if you have already listened, I bet you'll get something new and different listening to it a second or even a third time around. 

Nikki is body liberationist coach and mentor, professionally trained and experienced life coach, certified Body Trust provider and Open Heart Project meditation instructor. Nikki is also a mid-large, fat human whose lived experiences navigating the world as a fat person are a super important part of her work. In this episode, we dive into the world of embodiment, covering things like:

  • How writing our body story can be an act of reclaiming the narratives of our bodies
  • What exactly embodiment is and how we can find examples of it in our lives (babies, kids, cats!)
  • The difference between embodiment and more ‘performative’ or ‘hustle’ self-care
  • How embodiment can help us to feel connected to our bodies without necessarily ‘loving’ or feeling ‘positive’ about them
  • Reclaiming pleasure, appetite, autonomy and more
  • Finding spaces that feel safe to reconnect with your body

As always, if you like this conversation, please share the love - give the episode a like on socials or share it with your family and friends, and hit subscribe to stay up to date on new episodes dropping weekly.

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Jun 17, 2022

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.

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Jun 10, 2022

Ready for more? Because part 2 is here people! 

Last week, I shared the first part of my conversation with Emiko Davies, Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer and cook-book author, so if you missed that then go back and have a listen before you jump into this one. This week I'm bringing you the second part of that conversation. This time, we talked about;

  • Emiko’s experience of parenting a child in a bigger body.
  • Emiko’s experience of having a bigger body as a child.
  • What the science really says about sugar and why we all need to chill out about giving sugar to kids

This was such a great conversation – Emiko is a dream. If you enjoy this episode then please don’t forget to share and keep the conversation going over on our socials!

May 27, 2022

Hold tight folks, this is a good one! This week, I’m chatting with Molly Forbes, journalist, campaigner, author of Body Happy Kids and founding director of the Body Happy Organisation.

Molly gives loads of practical and pragmatic advice for how you can begin to open up conversations with your school to stomp out diet culture and support positive body esteem. It's such a helpful episode for anyone who has wondered whether or not schools are undoing some of the things that you're doing at home to protect your kids' relationship with food and their bodies. 

Some of the topics we cover include:

  • How influential schools really are when it comes to supporting/disrupting body esteem. 
  • Where diet culture creeps up in schools in areas like school uniform policy.
  • How we can open up conversations with schools about diet culture, and how teachers can get their schools on board with an anti diet culture policy.
  • How you can begin to tackle food policing policies. 
  • National weight measurement programme and why you should opt your kiddo out. 

if you enjoyed today's episode, then you can help the show reach more people by subscribing on your podcast player and sharing it with a friend!

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May 20, 2022

This week, I'm joined by the Dr. Asher Larmie AKA The Fat Doctor. Asher is a transgender, non-binary GP and fat activist who campaigns for an end to medical weight stigma. I really loved this conversation and am so excited for you all to hear it. We cover things like;

  • Why you can't control your child's body and why you shouldn't want to
  • Advice on how you can raise kids who are resilient to body shame
  • What to say when your doctor wants to weight you and you don't consent
  • How they are working to disrupt weight stigma in the medical profession

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May 13, 2022

You’re gonna love this one team! This week’s episode is here and this time, I’m joined by Jeanette Thompson-Wessen, AKA @themindsetnutritionist. Jeanette is an anti-diet, Intuitive Eating, fat positive nutritionist and all-round bad-ass in this field. In this conversation, we cover things like;

  • Jeanette’s experience of bumping up against anti-fat maternity policies
  • How leaning into social justice helped her make peace with her body
  • Snapback culture and our experiences of breastfeeding
  • Modeling healthy body esteem to our kids
  • How diet culture shows up in our parenting
  • How raising anti-diet kids is a form of resistance and rebellion 

This is such a great conversation ya’ll, so don’t forget to subscribe and give it a share if you enjoyed it!

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May 6, 2022

HEYO - look who’s back on the pod!

Tally first shared her journey with us back in 2019 {listen to that here}. Since then she’s published two books and completely shaken up the fitness industry, challenging the notoriously weight-centric, aesthetics focussed industry to move in ways that feel joyful and to prioritize rest (and not feel guilty about it!). She also joined us in 2021 to break down the principles of Intuitive Movement {you can listen to that here}.

This episode was recorded back in January as part of a live Q+A we did (before things got weird). I decided to save this episode to share with you on International No Diet Day because it felt like the perfect way to celebrate!

In this episode we cover:

- The difference between exercise and intuitive movement
- How we can approach rest without feeling guilty
- Why I hate the daily mile in schools 
- Ableism in the fitness space
- How to know if movement is motivated by self-care or coming from a place of wanting to control your body and your weight

This is such a fun episode - Tally is a dream. If you enjoy this conversation then please don’t forget to share and keep the conversation going over on our socials!

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Edited by Joeli Kelly

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Apr 29, 2022

Kristen is back for round 2 this week! Kristen joined me a couple weeks back to talk about all things child feeding (if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can listen here!). This time round, we’re diving into some of the challenges listeners are facing while feeding your kids and answering questions you submitted about your specific struggle. We’re going to cover things like;

  • What to do if your breastfed toddler is a boob fiend
  • Child led ways to support older kids who are quite particular about what they like and don't like, and are maybe struggling to expand the variety of foods that they're eating
  • How diet culture shows up at the table
  • What to do when a kid starts dropping food or goes through a food jag
  • What if kids aren't interested in foods
  • How you can support a picky or fussy eater

If you found this episode helpful and want to stay in the loop with new episodes, hit subscribe now!  

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If you are looking for a professional trained in responsive feeding, you could reach out to myself, Jo Cormack, Julia Wolman, Natalia Stasenko, Katja Rowell or Naureen Hunani
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Apr 22, 2022

I hope you’re buckled in because this one’s a doozy! Today I’m joined by Dr. Martha Deiros Collado, a clinical psychologist with expertise in parenting, child development and paediatric health. In this conversation, we explore how to support kids in building healthy body esteem and preserving a positive experience of embodiment. Some of the topics we cover in this episode include;

  • The necessity of bringing an intersectional lens to conversations about body esteem
  • Why promoting body esteem is about so much more than teaching kids they look good 
  • We cover BIG ideas like agency, autonomy, consent and honouring differences in identity (but don’t sweat - Martha makes these ideas super accessible)
  • We touch on how letting kids have autonomy around food is so critical (and why you should let them blow their own nose!)
  • And lastly, we name some of the power structures and systems of oppression that make us feel as though our bodies are not good enough in the first place

If you enjoy this episode then don’t forget to subscribe to get more like this right to your podcast player every Friday!

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Edited by Joeli Kelly

Apr 15, 2022

In the second episode of DSMG's brand new season, I chat with Nicola Salmon, a fat-positive fertility coach and author of 'Fat and Fertile'. This is such an important conversation to have to support people in relearning how to trust their own bodies and ability to get pregnant. Some of the topics we touch on in this episdode include;

  • Fat-positive fertility
  • Why you don't have to lose weight before starting a family
  • The BS that are BMI cut-offs in assisted fertility
  • Things you can do to support your fertility at any size

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Edited by Joeli Kelly

Apr 8, 2022

Here it is! The very first episode of DSMG’s brand new season - are you ready?
In this week’s episode, my guest Kristen Scher and I are diving deep into all things child feeding. Some of the topics we’ll be covering in this episode are;

  • What the Division of Responsibility is and who has what role in the child-feeding relationship
  • Unpacking the parent's job when it comes to feeding - the what, the when, and the where of feeding our kids
  • How diet culture shows up in child feeding and the problems that can cause
  • The importance of unpacking our own issues with food before they trickle down to our kids

Don't forget to hit subscribe to keep in the loop with new eipsodes and keep an eye out for part 2 with Kristen, coming in a couple of weeks!

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Edited by Joeli Kelly

Apr 6, 2022

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.

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Edited by Joeli Kelly

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