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…

The Appetite Episode #42: Sexual Appetites An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast    Have you considered how a deepening connection to your body’s desire for food may impact your body’s sexual appetites as well? Longtime Opal therapist Tahney Jones, LMHC, CEDS joins Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and host Carter Umhau, LMHC in an exploratory conversation around…

The Appetite Episode #41: Let’s Talk About Weight An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast Can you really control your weight? Diet culture certainly says you can, but in this episode, Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church, RDN, CD, CEDS sits down with host Carter Umhau, LMHC to challenge this, highlighting the real cost of weight…

The Appetite Episode #40: Exercise Avoidance An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   In a culture that moralizes exercise and reveres star athletes, avoiding exercise can elicit discomfort (at best) and at worst, can induce loads of personal shame. In this episode, Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS (Opal’s Co-Founder and head of the Exercise + Sport Program)…

The Appetite Episode #39:  Hunger + Fullness: The Path to Attuned Eating An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast When you come to terms with the fact that diets just don’t work, what comes next? Listen to your hunger and fullness! In this episode, Opal Co-Founder and Nutrition Director Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD, CD talks with host…

The Appetite Episode #38: Love Tour: Matters of the Heart An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast Love is in the air! Embrace new ways of thinking about the different kinds of love in your life by joining Opal’s “love tour.” All three of Opal’s Co-Founders–Julie Church, RDN, CEDS, Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS, and Dr. Lexi Giblin,…

The Appetite Episode #37: Envy: When It’s Helpful vs. Unhelpful An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast     Envy shows up in all kinds of relationships, but how often does it actually make us closer to one another?  Host Carter Umhau, LMHC talks with Opal Co-Founders Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and Dr. Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS…

The Appetite Episode #36:  The Eating Instinct: an Interview with Virginia Sole-Smith An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast  Virginia Sole-Smith–author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America and co-host of the Comfort Food podcast–joins host Carter Umhau, LMHC to share the story of how the feeding issues that arose for her…

The Appetite Episode #35: Perfectionism + Failure: The Possibility of Change An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   How can perfectionism and the avoidance of failure be keeping you from living out your values and desires? Opal Co-Founder Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS and Carter Umhau, LMHC draw from experiences in their own lives (basketball and writing, respectively)…

The Appetite Episode #34: Men and Eating Disorders: Patrick Devenny on Identity in Athletics An Opal: Food+Body Wisdom Podcast   Former professional football player Patrick Devenny joins us again for the second of two episodes, expanding on his eating disorder recovery story and sharing the identity crisis that ensued upon leaving professional athletics. Patrick joins…

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