Aaron and I reached out to you from home during the global COVID-19 pandemic in this episode of the Dietitians Unplugged podcast. This is clearly a time of stress and fear for everyone, and it can really bring up a lot of distress around body image, food insecurity and scarcity, and eating in general.
In this episode we discussed:
Our personal experiences of navigating scarcity at the grocery stores and the emotional roller coaster we’ve both been on
The hard work and ingenuity our clients and so many others are putting into their healing while stuck at home
The uptick in body image issues and how many of us use worries about food and body as a way to control anxiety and distract from bigger worries
Dealing with anxiety and difficult feelings during this time
How we can use this time to feel better about our bodies
How some people actually find themselves thriving in the slowed pace
How diet culture doesn’t go away even in extreme times of uncertainty and worry
Jessica Wilson, MS, RD joined Aaron Flores and I on the Dietitians Unplugged podcast to generously share her wisdom about how we need to create more inclusivity in the non-diet, Health at Every Size and eating disorder worlds. She talked about the inadequacy of dietetics education around trauma and what real nutrition looks like (vs the “calories in/calories out” paradigm). She also discussed her past involvement with the Health at Every Size Movement and the challenges she encountered there, including an early lack of inclusivity beyond body size, and what needs to happen to continue to help create forward movement in the area of social justice.
Jessica Wilson is a Registered Dietitian working in private practice, and with the college population. In private practice she works with clients to learn to eat without having a road map for their choices, and instead to learn to become fun and flexible in their eating habits. In her consultation she drives progress and advancement in the eating disorder field by fostering curiosity, building capacity for change, and inviting constructive challenge. She centers and elevates the narratives and lived experiences of individuals with marginalized identities and honors that our bodies and our histories inform how each of us show up and share space.