Dismantling Diet Culture and Oppressive Systems with Christy Harrison, author of Anti Diet and host of Food Psych Podcast.
In this episode, Christy shares the unexpected ways her book Anti Diet (Published 2019) have become relevant, how diet culture stops us from participating in life and in revolutions, why and how we can move away from the binary and binary thinking, the importance of understanding how we orient in the world, the inner process of doing the work, using our Interoceptive Awareness as our guide when doing anti-oppression work, what we need to think about before extending anti-diet messaging to other areas of oppression and a lesson in Cultural Appropriation (sign up to the full course by Monique Melton here!)
More about what Fi and Christy speak about:
- How Christy was one of Fi’s very first guests on The Mindful Dietitian Podcast and how she is someone she looks too and learns from consistently in this space.
- What Christy has been up to; focussing on social justice angles and roots of diet culture and getting her book deal and writing and publishing Anti-Diet.
- COVID-19 and the current anti-racism movement in America; how unexpected aspects of the Anti-Diet book have become relevant.
- The definition of diet culture and how diet culture takes us away from our purpose and disconnects us from what is going on in the larger world.
- Moving away from the binary and binary thinking and dismantling systems of oppression and injustice through looking for the third option.
- How we orient in the world, towards ourselves and towards others and how this can translate across different communities.
- The inner process of doing the work; learning, dismantling, wrestling and letting go and what we need to consider and remind ourselves whilst doing the unseen work.
- Using interoceptive awareness as a guide in anti-diet, anti-racism and anti-oppression work.
- For people who are already involved and practising anti-diet messaging, the work that needs to be done before thinking about and extending these messages out to other areas of oppression.
- A lesson on Cultural Appropriation (part of Monique Melton’s course, find more information here) and why white folks MUST work on appreciation without appropriation.
As mentioned in the podcast:
- Anti-Diet Book by Christy Harrison
- Sabrina Strings, author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
- Lucy Aphramor – Dietitian & Poet
- Andréa Ranae Johnson
- Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race
- Ibram Kendi, author of How to Be Anti Racist
- Robin DiAngelo author of White Fragility
- Monique Melton, Anti-Racism Educator.
More about Christy:
Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN is an anti-diet registered dietitian nutritionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and author of the book Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating (Little, Brown Spark 2019). She offers online courses and private intuitive eating coaching to help people all over the world make peace with food and their bodies. Since 2013 Christy has hosted Food Psych, a weekly podcast exploring people’s relationships with food and paths to body liberation. It is now one of Apple’s top 100 health podcasts, reaching tens of thousands of listeners worldwide each week.
Christy began her career in 2003 as a journalist covering food, nutrition, and health, and she’s written for publications including The New York Times, SELF, BuzzFeed, WIRED, Refinery29, Gourmet, Slate, The Food Network, and many others. Learn more about Christy and her work at christyharrison.com.
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