The Appetite Episode #59: Sport Retirement: How A Former Competitive Figure Skater Navigated an Identity Crisis An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast     How do you deal with change in life or an identity crisis? Former competitive figure skater Chrissy Hughes (and therapist at Opal!) shares about her retirement from skating and what the process…

The Appetite Episode #58: Nature as Therapy: An Interview with Farmer Lisa Hasselman An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast     In this podcast, we talk about using nature as therapy. So, how can nature be a part of your self-care ritual? Lisa Hasselman of Forest Garden Farm on Vashon Island, WA joins Carter Umhau, LMHC this…

The Appetite Episode #57: Shilo George: On Recovery, Indigeneity and Fatness An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   Shilo George talks about the intersections of fatness, queerness, and indigeneity in her story of eating disorder recovery and advocacy. Shilo, a Southern Cheyenne-Arapaho and Scottish international speaker, trainer, and owner of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting, shares her story…

EveryBODY is Beautiful: Documentary on Teen Body Image Opal staff were recently interviewed for a student documentary on teen body image. We are proud to be a part of this project and to support teens in navigating diet culture, media, and body image.        If you’re curious to learn more on this topic…

The Appetite Episode #56:  Learning Consent: The Personal Work of Attunement and the Role of a Parent  An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast    Jo Langford, MA joins The Appetite to talk with host Carter Umhau, LMHC about consent. This conversation—which focuses first on helping parents help their teens learn the language of sexual consent and the role…

The Appetite Episode #55: Exercise + Movement Styles: A Roundtable Conversation An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast     How would you describe your style of exercise or workout? Opal: Food + Body Wisdom’s Co-Founders, Dr, Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS, Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, and Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD talk with host Carter Umhau, LMHC…

The Appetite Episode #54: Working Out: What Are the Grey Areas? An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast     What does it look like to pursue movement or working out while recovering from a fraught or disordered relationship to your body? Opal: Food + Body Wisdom Co-Founder Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and host and therapist Carter…

On June 2nd, in support of World Eating Disorder Action Day, Balance ED Treatment published “Redefining Wellness” an ebook for teenagers. The book is a response to the Weight Watchers’ campaign targeting teenagers and encouraging them to diet and lose weight. This ebook is a collection of contributions from HAES and non-diet professionals aimed to redefine…

The Appetite Episode #53: Meet Zoe: Pet Therapy at Opal An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast     If you’ve had a pet at some point in your life, you may be aware of the inherently therapeutic presence of that animal in your life. But what happens when a pet spends most of their days in…

The Appetite Episode #52: Emotional Eating + Compulsive Overeating An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   Emotional eating is never just about the food. Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD-S, CD and therapist and host Carter Umhau, LMHC discuss the differences between binge eating, compulsive eating, and emotional eating. Julie contextualizes overeating within…

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