The Appetite 91: Reflections from Self-Quarantine: Mental Health During the Coronavirus   How can we best prepare for the psychological impacts of social distancing during the age of Coronavirus? In this episode, host and therapist Carter Umhau, LMHC shares her experience with self-isolating a couple weeks ahead of the curve in Seattle, a city already…

The Appetite Episode 90: Mental Health During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis: Opal Leadership Offers A Call to Self-Care   As the pandemic is rapidly removing what we’ve come to rely on in our day-to-day lives, it is becoming clear that we are not only in a health and economic crisis, but also a crisis…

The Appetite Episode 88: Sport Performance: Should Weight Ever be Manipulated?   “Leaning out” and manipulating body weight have been widely accepted modes of performance preparation for elite athletes. But as the sports world wakes up to the harm that the emphasis on weight manipulation can have on athletes’ mental and physical health (like in runner…

The Appetite Episode 88: The Psychology of Interior Design: Why Space Matters in Recovery   Does design impact mental health? Inspired by Opal’s recent remodel, Opal Co-Founder, Executive Director, and design-enthusiast Dr. Lexi Giblin PhD, CEDS sits down with host Carter Umhau, LMHC to talk about the psychology behind Opal’s interior design. Lexi will describe how…

The Appetite Episode 87: BMI: Answering Your Questions About the Body Mass Index (Part 2) What should you do if a medical provider is offering a treatment recommendation based on your BMI? In the second of a two-part series, Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church RDN, CEDRD-S, CD is answering this listener question (and others!)…

The Appetite Episode 86: BMI: How One Unscientific Calculation Became Our Main Measurement for Health (Part 1)   Can you actually measure health? BMI— or Body Mass Index—has become a widely embraced measurement of health, but is actually based on an entirely unscientific and racist 19th century research project. In this first episode of two parts,…

The Appetite 85: Body Image: Reflections on Infertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum   Body Image can be a struggle at any time, but what about when you’ve had a baby? For the birthing person, one’s relationship to food and body can be vastly impacted by the perinatal experience. In a roundtable conversation, Opal: Food + Body…

The Appetite Episode 84: Pregnancy and Postpartum: Support in Becoming a Good Enough Parent      What assumptions do you think are made about pregnancy and the postpartum experience? Doula Davinah Simmons and postpartum-focused therapist Julie Davidson, LMHC join Carter Umhau, LMHC to explore the ways in which our society under-prepares the birthing person or…

The Appetite Episode 83: Metabolism: How a Diet Can Harm the Body     Can we truly control our bodies in order to change the way we look? As talk of New Year’s “lifestyle changes,” diets, and new exercise regimens fill our feeds, we’re here to talk about a major function of the body impacted…

The Appetite Episode 82: Good Coaching Matters: A Conversation with University of Washington’s Center for Leadership in Athletics   What makes a good coach? With no agreed upon definition of a “qualified coach,” this is a question often ignored! Julie McCleery, PhD, of the Center for Leadership in Athletics at the University of Washington, joins…

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