#25: What should I definitely quit doing or saying?

with Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S

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In this episode we discuss…

  • heidi’s book Nourish and why this is the nutrition book we would recommend to body-positive families and parents

  • translating heidi’s guidance for people hoping to improve their relationships with food and their bodies into guidance for parents

  • why and how to quit the diet mentality

  • research on dieting and restrictive eating

  • the impact when children are put on diets or exposed to dieting parents

  • how to set healthy limits with kids while avoiding restriction around food

  • why and how to quit rejecting your own body and/or your kid’s body

  • why social and gender norms around body bashing can make this difficult

  • why and how to practice curiosity over judgment or criticism

  • why and how to quit second-guessing your body and practice body trust instead

  • helping kids self-regulate around food

  • why and how to quit following food rules (and practice gentle nutrition or nutritional common sense instead)

  • why and how to practice joyful movement over punishing exercise

  • why and how to connect deeply to your values

  • why and how to connect to your own self-care (and why to question images of self-care promoted in the media)

  • why and how to quit disconnected eating

  • why and how to quit going it on your own and find a support community of like-minded individuals trying to eat in a non-diet, more embodied way

  • heidi’s answer to the million dollar question

To close out Season 1 of the podcast, we’re joined by nutrition therapist Heidi Schauster to discuss ten things parents can feel free to stop doing in order to improve their relationships with food, their bodies, and themselves — and nurture the same in their children.

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Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S is a certified eating disorders registered dietitian, writer, and consultant with over 20 years of experience. She is the founder of Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy, based in the Greater Boston area, and an instructor in the Eating Disorders Institute graduate certificate program at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Heidi is the author of Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self, which she wrote from the perspective of her clinical practice and lived experience.  She is a Health-at-Every-Size (HAES) practitioner who encourages embodied eating and living for all. In addition to individual nutrition therapy, teaching, and writing, she facilitates the No Diet Book Clubs and supervises other dietitians – locally and virtually – who treat clients with disordered eating. Heidi is a lifelong dancer, side-hustle stilt performer, bumbling gardener, and the proud mama of two outrageous teenagers.

Connect with Heidi on her website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Jordan Best