But when a health blogger dishes out podcast recommendations, isn’t weird that she doesn’t include any about health?
Well, I was saving them for a special occasion…. And that happens to be now!
Joke, I just wanted to be able to go more in-depth with these recommendations.
It’s a very exclusive list.
Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it’s because I’m in the field of health science that I’m so strict about the conversations about health I want to listen to. You may or may not have noticed, but there is a lot of bull💩 out there!
I’ve listened to a lot of different podcasts about health, nutrition and fitness over the years. Most only for one episode. With others, I stuck around for a few months, before the talks started to feel repetitive, or I simply didn’t enjoy listening anymore. With the worst ones (usually about some stupid diet or overly focused on weight rather than health) I had to stop listening after a just minutes because I was getting so angry I had to punch something.
*slams the unsubscribe button over and over*
That’s also why I’m listing the qualifications of the hosts of these podcast, because you gotta be careful with the information you let in your head. There’s a surprising amount of uneducated people interviewing people without qualifications (except for their number of instagram folllowers*) on the internet!
But let’s not let this turn into an angry rant.
Don’t Salt my Game by Laura Thomas
Join Registered Nutritionist and Wellness Advocate Laura Thomas, PhD for conversations with game changers. Laura talks to people in wellness, foodies, bloggers, entrepreneurs from cool brands, creatives, nutritionists, doctors, body positivity people, mindfulness experts, and anyone else who is shaking up the wellness world, to find out how they stay on top of their game – and to help you do you, but better. It’s not all headstands and courgetti though – she and her guests aren’t afraid to dig deep into the darker side of wellness and WILL call BS on weird, faddy trends, that don’t have any legitimacy or scientific merit. Fresh pods every Friday. #dontsaltmygame
Laura interviews so many amazing people about food, intuitive eating, healing from toxic messages about food and dieting, body positivity, and so much more. Sometimes she springs in experts from a niche field to share the knowledge on maternal nutrition or anxiety, other times she goes on a mythbusting spree with Pixie Turner aka Plantbased Pixie.
You might also have caught some of Laura’s mythbusting in action over on Instagram, where she’s not afraid to slam down the latest fad or not-so-scientific trend.
I love this podcast because of Laura’s dedication to the science and an evidence based approach, and for doing hers to battle the messages from our diet-centric culture.
Qualifications: PhD in Nutritional Sciences, Registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition; She specialises in Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size & Non-Diet Nutrition.
Food Psych by Christy Harrison
Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Christy Harrison talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, body politics, feminism, self-compassion and self-care–all from a body-positive, Health at Every Size perspective. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disordered eater and dieter to food writer and anti-diet dietitian, and offers tips to help you accept your body and let go of guilt about food. Food Psych challenges diet culture in all its forms–including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. The podcast is designed to offer safe and non-triggering support for listeners in recovery from eating disorders, weight stigma, and body shame. Subscribe for new anti-diet inspiration every week, and discover a whole new world of body positivity!
The first thing Christy ask her guest (usually an expert in some health-related field), is how their relationship with food was growing up. There’s so many interesting answers to this question, and it has made me reflect on my own relationship with food, then and now, in many helpful ways. Like Laura’s podcast, this podcast is also about challenging the messages we’re told about health, diets and weight – and how we’re made to believe things ‘in the name of health’ that are actually really damaging!
Some of the episodes can get a bit heavy and feel confusing if you’re new to the politics aspect of having a body. That’s why I’ll recommend you don’t start with the latest episodes, but instead go back (not all the way) to an episode like #127: Intuitive Eating & Health At Every Size FAQs with Ashley Seruya & Christy Harrison, Food Psych #114: How to Smash Diet Culture with Self-Compassion with Louise Adams, or Food Psych #60: The Body Positivity Journey – LIVE Episode with Katie Dalebout, CeCe Olisa, Kelsey Miller, Caroline Dooner, and Amie Roe
Qualifications: MPH, RD, CDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor. Member-at-Large on the board of the Association for Size Diversity and Health.
The Love, Food Podcast by Julie Duffy Dillon
Clean eating. Low carb. Low fat. Do this not that. Now what? Eating is getting too stuffy and complicated. Throw open your windows to allow a new stream of health, wellness, and peace. What if you could write a letter to food? Pen to paper, you hash out the love/hate relationship and food’s undeserving power. Details go back years, to your first childhood diet trying to fit in. How you relate to food chronicles many of your life’s ups and downs. In this letter, you examine your dusty food beliefs and wonder which go in the trash, are for others, and which remain in your heart. What if you wrote this all down and food wrote you back? This is Love, Food. Food behavior expert and host, Julie Duffy Dillon is rolling up her sleeves to get to the bottom of what is really healthy. This award-winning dietitian seen on TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life has a secret: food is not your enemy and your body is tired of the constant attacks. Show topics include: emotional eating weight concerns binge eating orthorexia body image eating disorders dieting parenting and food healthy eating stress eating food addiction mindful eating non diet approaches Pull up a chair to your dusty kitchen table and set it for a meal. Ask food to sit alongside you and chat over coffee. Or a margarita. You have some reconnecting to do. In that connection is Love, Food. In that conversation is health and peace.
This podcast is very much about your relationship with food. It might seem crazy to have a “relationship” with food, but if you’re ever felt stressed or guilty about what you eat, separated food into good/bad, clean/dirty categories, that relationship might need some healing – and this is the podcast for you.
Some of the episodes do seem a kinda similar, but Julie often brings on different guest who can add new perspectives. I also don’t mind it, because the episodes are fairly short, and it’s just a nice reminder to be kind to yourself and to be mindful of your relationship with food – it feels like a nice talk with a good friend.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), Board certified eating disorder specialist (CEDRD)
I know everyone won’t be able to listen to these, but there are some danish podcasts I really enjoy, and I wanted to give them a mention to. Morten Elsøe hosts both of them with various cohosts, and he’s excellent at debunking nutrition myths and general bull💩 in debates about health.
They’re actually so good, you’ll probably want to learn Danish just to listen to them (unlike these).
Do you enjoy listening to health podcasts? What’s your favourite?
* Number of Instagram followers is not an actual qualification. As if that need to be clarified.