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: 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…

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 81: Rethinking Resolutions: Self-Inquiry as Self-Improvement Are you sick of making New Year’s resolutions you don’t keep? Instead of goal setting, try commuting to self-exploration! As an alternative to resolutions, Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS leads The Appetitecrew in the journaling process of “self-inquiry,” a Radically Open DBT concept in which you move toward discomfort…

The Appetite Episode 80: How to Eat During the Holiday Season: Why There’s No Right or Wrong Way   How do the holiday festivities impact your diet? For many—especially those already struggling with a disordered relationship to food and body—the holiday season can be chock-full of challenges. From holiday drinks with friends, to office parties,…

The Appetite #79: Shifting Toxic Sports Culture: Reflections on Runner Mary Cain’s Story   Does sport culture need to change? We say, absolutely—and especially around weight! Mary Cain was the fastest high school distance runner in the world until she joined the best distance running program in the country, the Nike Oregon Project, coached by…

The Appetite Episode #77:  How to Be in Your Body: Attachment and Emotion in Somatic Psychotherapy   How does your body carry emotion? Did you know that the answer to this question can serve as a window into understanding not only your relationship to food but your attachment style and personality as well? Opal’s Milieu…

The Appetite Episode #76:  Understanding Anger: From Socialization to Beyoncé   Why is anger an important emotion? The Appetite crew talks about why anger is useful, and how our perception and expression of it is impacted by gender and race. Opal: Food + Body Wisdom Co-Founders Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS let you…

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