The Appetite Episode #51: Sugar, Sugar: Debunking Myths About the Sweet Stuff An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast    Sugar. It’s loved, it’s feared, and apparently it’s in everything. In pop culture, this often leads to it being demonized. At Opal: Food + Body Wisdom, we’re debunking sugar myths, normalizing sugar, and talking about how sugar…

The Appetite Episode #50: Eating Styles: What’s Normal? An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast After ditching the diets, have you ever wondered what “normal eating” actually looks like? The truth is that attuned eating looks differently from person to person. So on this episode, the Opal Co-Founders (Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS, Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, and…

The Appetite Episode #49: Use Your Voice: Indirect vs. Direct Communication An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   In what ways do you use indirect communication to make your thoughts, needs, or feelings known? Opal Co-Founders Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD, and host Carter Umhau, LMHC explore the nuances of direct and…

  The Appetite Episode #48: Starting Early on Body Wisdom: Opal’s Workshop for Kids An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   Behind the scenes, Opal Co-Founders Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and Dr. Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS, have been hosting workshops for young girls to start them early on learning body wisdom and developing a healthier relationship…

The Appetite Episode #47: Eating Disorders Beyond Hollywood: An Interview with Filmmaker Elizabeth Ayiku An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   Filmmaker Elizabeth Ayiku joins host Carter Umhau, LMHC to talk about her upcoming feature film, Me Little Me. Elizabeth’s own struggles with an eating disorder and her difficulties pursuing recovery as a black woman in…

Earlier this year, Opal Co-Founder, Kara Bazzi was awarded as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40.  Kara was awarded for her work in the eating disorder field, specifically in her work around sport and exercise.  “I’m proud to be representing Opal with this award! I believe in the important work we are…

The Appetite Episode #46: Self-Care in Practice: An Interview with Sibel Golden, PhD An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   “Self-care” is practically a buzzword these days as more people embrace the importance of creating space for self-restoration. But what does “self-care” look like beyond bubble baths and treating yourself? Sibel Golden, PhD–psychotherapist and eating disorder…

The Appetite Episode #45: The Art of Non-Productivity An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast    Are you good at doing absolutely nothing at all? In mainstream American culture, the values of productivity and accomplishment can be so front and center that the need for rest and play can take the backseat or—worse—be deemed useless. Opal Co-Founders…

The Appetite Episode #44: Debunking Diets: Whole30 and Paleo An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   The ever-popular Whole30 and Paleo diets are often described as a “lifestyle change” or even a “return to the basics.” Though they’re packaged differently than the diets of yore (like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or Atkins, to name a few)…

The Appetite Episode #43: Motivational Interviewing: Ambivalence–A Hallmark of Change An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   What does it look like to get un-stuck? Dr. Amy Burns, MD shares her expertise in Motivational Interviewing and explains how this person-centered approach to behavior change embraces the ambivalence so often thought to be in the way of…

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