About This Show
Because health and happiness begin by being good to yourself. Are you ready for big, sustainable change in your life? Body Kindness is here to help! I’m your host Rebecca Scritchfield, Registered Dietitian and Health & Happiness Expert. I’m joined by my great friend Bernie Salazar, the Season 5 At Home winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Since leaving the show and becoming a dad, Bernie is looking to make realistic healthy habits stick in the real world.
So we’re helping each other and you to create a wellness vision, so we can build habits that last and a healthy life we love.
My approach for cultivating lasting change focuses on the practice of body kindness, taking good care of yourself and connecting to your body through daily feel-good choices, big and small. Show topics include healthy eating, intuitive eating, mindful eating, stress, sleep, weight concerns and non diet approaches.
Body Kindness is the perfect podcast if you want to truly feel healthy without food rules or diet plans. We’ll explore how our minds and our bodies talk to each other and how they influence our choices. We’ll tackle what it really takes to transform your habits.
I believe we’re all “health in progress”, so Body Kindness is a diet-free, judgement free zone that’s all about gratitude, respect and fun.
Changing habits isn’t easy. But when your goals come from a place of kindness you really can become your healthiest and happiest self. Tune in to start your journey!
Most Recent Episode
#13 Body Positivity And Weight Loss
Today we’re talking about body positivity and weight loss. Can you be body positive and want to lose weight?
Whether it’s the election or TV shows, there’s been an explosion of stories about weight stigma, self acceptance in the news and social media. We think it’s great that this conversation is growing so we’re diving right into this timely topic today.
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Here's what we talked about:
- What is body positivity? There’s not a singular approved definition. It’s a way of life and philosophy of respecting our bodies and treating them well that had its origins in the fat acceptance community.
- Body positivity is trending so much that I’m nervous it may jump the shark. There is growing chatter about mixing weight loss diet culture messages with body positivity messages and it’s making some people angry. Those who started the body positivity movement are moving to terms like “fat activism” and “fat positive” to ensure there are safe spaces where you can be fat, not just a fat person trying to lose weight.
- We talked about the tendency to “give credit” to weight loss when we achieve goals. For example if you make lifestyle changes and happen to lose some weight and have less knee pain, you attribute that to the weight loss rather than your actions. This associates knee problems with weight when people of all sizes have knee problems! There’s a lot of nuance there, but if we need to understand that weight loss may not be a helpful conversation in a body positivity space.
- My view is you can't control your honest desires and "wants" - they are thoughts and feelings - but you can accept you feel that way, acknowledge that diet culture and society plays a role in creating them, but focus on the actions you would take - losing a certain amount of weight is not an action. So you can be body positive, reject dieting (and want to lose weight at the same time) and focus on a healthy approach to habits. If you lose weight you're not kicked out of the body positive club.
- We discussed our mixed feelings ab