Unapologetic Eating and Living with Alissa Rumsey | #95

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I regularly get asked for resource recommendations from folks who want to work on changing their relationship with food and their bodies, and after reading Alissa Rumsey's new book, Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace With Food and Transform Your Life, I immediately added it to my list of recs. The book is accessible, thoughtful, and does a wonderful job of explaining why food and body issues are about so much more than food and bodies. In this episode, I enjoyed the chance to catch up with Alissa about the book-writing experience and some of my favorite parts of the book.

We discussed:

  • How Alissa's book launch has been going and what the experience of putting the book together was like.
  • Some of Alissa's favorite foods to eat unapologetically.
  • The approachable and practical nature of Alissa's new book.
  • How working on your relationship with food is an entry point to so much more.
  • Alissa's decision to hire equity consultants for the book.
  • What it's like to put out media such as books and podcasts when language and understanding are changing so quickly.
  • The role of shame in our relationships with food and our bodies.
  • How beauty standards are a tool used to keep marginalized folks out of power.
  • The meaning behind a phrase Alissa uses throughout the box, “Stop fixing, and start allowing.”
  • Some strategies for addressing shame and starting to live according to your own values.

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Alissa is pictured in a light pink blouse with ruffled sleeves. She stands looking out from behind a pillar next to pink flowers.

Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS (she/her) is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and the author of Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace With Food and Transform Your Life. Alissa is passionate about advocating for people to reclaim the space to eat and live unapologetically. She is the founder of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness, a weight-inclusive nutrition practice that offers virtual counseling and online programs to help people liberate themselves from dieting, cultivate a peaceful relationship to food and their bodies, and live a more authentic, connected life. Alissa calls New York City home and spends her free time exploring the city’s food scene and searching for patches of green space to sunbathe in. You can keep up with Alissa on her website and Instagram.

Did you benefit from this episode? You can show your appreciation by supporting Alissa's new book. Unapologetic Eating is available to purchase through both Book Depository and IndieBound.

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