Dietitians Unplugged Podcast

Welcome to the Dietitians Unplugged Podcast with Aaron Flores, RDN and Glenys Oyston, RDN. Join us as we explore the idea of health and wellness from a new perspective. Each episode we will discuss topics that we hope to help you improve your health, body image and fitness without obsessing on the scale or counting calories. We believe in Health at Every Size®, Intuitive Eating, and body positivity and we want to help you build the confidence to ditch the scale, and embrace your health without shaming your body.
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Oct 4, 2017
Aaron and Glenys talk to former The Biggest Loser contestant Kai Hibbard (season 3). Kai talks about her time on the show and her transformation from diet addict to anti-diet rebel and body positive advocate. She also tells us about how she learned how to advocate for herself with medical professionals in the face of an undiagnosed illness, her body positive inspirations, how anger is a fuel for activism, and her advice for TV networks looking to exploit fat people. Content Warning: discussion of weight loss in the first half of the show (all numbers have been bleeped).
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Sep 11, 2017

Glenys and Aaron take some time to talk with Julie Duffy Dillon MS, RD, NCC, LDN, CEDRD and she shares her wealth of knowledge about a often misunderstood issue affecting 1 out of 10 women, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  Julie is an expert in the field and has years of experience working with PCOS. She’s seen first hand how the pursuit of weight loss has had such a damaging effect on women who struggle with PCOS, which is the leading cause of infertility.  It’s a challenging issue in which many women are at risk for developing eating disorders and Julie shares with us specific tools to help as well as discussing an exciting new online program she is launching this month.  You won’t want to miss this episode of Dietitians Unplugged.


Discussed in this episode:

PCOS Facebook Group:

Julie’s Free PCOS Roadmap:


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Aug 21, 2017

Aaron and Glenys talk with Isabel Foxen Duke about emotional eating, addiction, and yes, sex, in this fantastic episode of Dietitians Unplugged. Isabel is the creator of the free video training program Stop Fighting Food  —a free video training program for women who want to "stop feeling crazy around food." After years of trying to overcome emotional eating, binge-eating and chronic weight-cycling through traditional and alternative approaches, Isabel discovered some radical new ways to get women over their "food issues" once and for all—not just by shifting the mindsets of individuals, but by challenging the dominant diet culture as a whole. 

Discussed in this episode:

Marc David

Book: Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting over 2000 Years

Stop Fighting Food Free Video Training Program


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Jun 13, 2017

How do we make spaces more welcoming to more bodies? What are the challenges of exercising while fat? Aaron and Glenys talk to one of their favorite fat activists, Ragen Chastain of the blog Dances with Fat, about how to make exercise more accommodating to more people of all sizes and abilities. She answers these questions and more, and tells us about her experience as a competitive dancer and how she decided to prepare for an Iron Man.  


Resources discussed: 

Body Positive Fitness Alliance Facebook page and website

Fit Fatties Facebook Page and Fit Fatties Forum


Also mentioned:

Glenys' Dare to Eat program starts June 19th! Click here to get the details - registration closes 6/16

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May 29, 2017

Let's face it: we're lucky if we get old. Yet there's so much stigma in our culture around aging. Aaron and Glenys talk with food and body relationship specialist Michelle Vina-Baltsas about what it's like to get older in a world that is stridently anti-aging, and how we can fight against the stigma of aging by continuing to be relevant as all hell. You can find Michelle on her website and in her Facebook group, The No Diet Sisterhood.

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May 12, 2017

Aaron and Glenys discuss their recent adventures being filmed for a mini-documentary for Vice UK, and then ending up on the cutting room floor. They cover privilege, exclusion, and the question, "What is wellness?" Plus, a question about Health at Every Size® and wellness from a listener is answered!


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Mar 16, 2017

Episode 22 is here and your hosts, Glenys and Aaron just need to rant a little bit.  They discuss some current research over "obesity" and cancer and examine flaws with studies like this and how it perpetuates fat-phobia.  Glenys and Aaron also take time to discuss with public weight loss experiences of Gabby Sidibe and Chrissy Metz.  Buckle up, and enjoy the bumpy, wild ride.


Links Discussed in this episode

Research article discussed (must have Medscape login to read)

Food Psych Podcast interview with Alan Levinovitz —

Chrissy Metz Weight Loss —

Gabby Sidibe Interview —

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Feb 24, 2017

Aaron and Glenys welcome Rebecca Scritchfield, RD to the podcast.  Rebecca just finished writing a fabulous new book, Body Kindness and she discusses her personal journey that inspired her to write on this topic.  Rebecca also shares her thoughts on how we can improve the training for future RDs to include a more weight neutral approach toward nutrition education.  You won't want to miss this amazing episode.  Learn more about Rebecca Scritchfield in these links: Body Kindness Book, and RDs for Body Confidence.  Also, the TED talk with Dr. Peter Attia that we discussed can be seen here.  


Jan 31, 2017

Glenys and Aaron are back with Episode 20. They invited Hilary Kinavey from Be Nourished to come on the podcast to help answer two questions from our listeners. Both questions deal with how can the people closest to us support our Intuitive Eating and HAES® journey.  One listener asks for tips in explaining Intuitive Eating and HAES® to her partner and the second question deals with working with a spouse or partner who is still steeped in diet culture and might not support our exploration of HAES®. 

They also recommend reading the book Body Respect which you can find here:

Jan 13, 2017

Glenys and Aaron are back (better than ever) after a month and a half hiatus.  In Episode 19, they interview certified health & wellness coach, Melissa Toler about her work in helping women heal their relationship with their bodies and discover food freedom.  The discussion covers Melissa's story of how she arrived at this work, her progression from weight loss coaching to a weight-neutral approach and the intersection of fat phobia, race and social justice.  It is a wide-ranging, thoughtful discussion that you will get you to see body positivity from a new perspective.

Nov 4, 2016

This episode might be short, but it's well worth your time. Aaron and Glenys give their impressions from a great couple of days of learning at the 2016 Binge Eating Disorder Conference which was held in San Francisco. They reflect on some of the sessions, meeting some of their idols in the field and getting to connect with many HAES and Intuitive Eating professionals. You won't want to miss this episode.  

Oct 20, 2016

In this latest episode of Dietitians Unplugged, Aaron and Glenys answer a listener's question on whether Intuitive Eating promotes weight gain? It is a common question that comes up and Aaron and Glenys were happy to take time to talk about it.  

In addition to this great discussion, Aaron and Glenys also share some of news and inspiring stories they are coming across these days.

Dare to Not Diet Society Facebook Page 

BuzzFeed Body Positive Article 

Samantha Geballe's Gastric Bypass Photo Series (NSFW) 

Sep 26, 2016

Aaron and Glenys team up with Carmen Cool, MA, LPC and Julia Kohn, a very wise teen with a lot of things to say about how problems with body image begin at a young age, and are often unwittingly reinforced by adults. How can adults do better? Listen and find out. This episode was created as a part of Binge Eating Disorder Association's Weight Stigma Awareness Week, happening September 26-30, whose theme this year is Teaching The Truth to Kids.

Sep 12, 2016

Glenys and Aaron were thrilled to get the opportunity to interview Virgie Tovar, who has inspired them to be more active in the community.  It is a great discussion that touches on everything from her path to becoming a leader in the fat activist world to her thoughts on how we all can become fierce fat babes!  You'll want to check out her program Babe Camp for sure. 

We ran into some technical issues around minute 37 and we apologize to Ms. Tovar and to the rest of you for this glitch.  

Aug 22, 2016

Aaron and Glenys take some time to discuss the recent fat shaming incident that involved former Playboy Playmate, Dani Mathers. What she did was truly horrible and violates all sorts of privacy standards.  But to be honest, her incident was very public, but is it really any different than what happens to fat people everyday in our society?  Listen to this episode to find out what Glenys and Aaron think. 

Aug 1, 2016

Aaron and Glenys interview psychotherapist Andrew Walen.  They discuss eating disorders and body image for the male perspective. Andrew is an expert in the field and his personal story will enlighten you and his professional work gives hope for those struggling with eating disorders and body image issues.  You can learn more about his work at The Body Image Therapy Center and his Facebook page

Jul 13, 2016

Aaron and Glenys take an extended look into a recent episode of This American Life, "Tell Me I'm Fat" They discuss each chapter of the episode and share their thoughts on some of the themes and messages that are covered.  It is was a controversial subject for some in the fat acceptance world and so Glenys and Aaron share their unique perspective on the topic. 

Jul 1, 2016

In this latest episode of Dietitians Unplugged, Glenys and Aaron answer a listener's question, "If you are going to stop dieting, how are you going to eat normally again?" Glenys and Aaron will give you some valuable tips to help you stop living a life based on dieting and food rules and start your non-diet approach to eating.  They offer you a variety of different tips that are sure to get you going and learning to trust your body and make peace with food. 

Jun 7, 2016

Aaron and Glenys interview someone they have admired for quite some time, Vivienne McMaster.  She created a program called Be Your Own Beloved which is an online program to help people make peace with how they see themselves in photos.  We discuss how she came to develop the program and what she's learned through this process. If you are looking at ways to help improve your body image, this episode is for you!  

Jun 2, 2016

Glenys and Aaron let it all out as they discuss a show that epitomizes our diet culture, NBC's "The Biggest Loser". They start by reviewing an article in the New York Times that reviews some of the latest research on how contestants' metabolisms have yet to recover even six years after being on the show.  Glenys and Aaron also discuss this article from the New York Times about why you should never diet again.  Lastly, they were so happy to quote one their favorite HAES® colleagues, Deb Burgard in this great article.  Take a listen to this very important episode -- it might be the one you need to hear before you consider going on your next "diet"

May 4, 2016

Glenys and Aaron explore the "Beach Body" message and body image issues so many of us struggle with.  They share some of their own experiences with accepting their bodies and why they advocate for "body neutrality" rather than just "body positivity".  Lastly, they issue very special challenge that involves embarrassing-yet-hilarious consequences for your hosts...will you be up for it?

Apr 25, 2016

After spending a few episodes talking about making peace with food, Glenys and Aaron turn their attention to another important part of our diet culture, exercise.  They discuss their own personal history with exercise as well as what has helped improve their relationship with this behavior. They also give insights to the popular fitness trackers that so many of us are using these days.  Is there such a thing as Intuitive Exercise?  You'll have to listen to find out. 

Mar 14, 2016

In this episode of Dietitians Unplugged, Glenys and Aaron take a closer look at the clean eating craze.  This discussion all started after reading this article from the Daily UK.  Other topics that come up are, Ellyn Satter and the very interesting book, Blessings of a Skinned Knee.  We hope you enjoy this latest episode. 

Feb 8, 2016

Aaron and Glenys examine the latest Dietary Guidelines that were released earlier this year through the lens of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size®.  In addition, they offer their own suggestions for future guidelines that they'd love to see in future releases.

Jan 12, 2016

In this episode, Dietitians Unplugged hosts, Aaron and Glenys explore the common question , "Will I ever lose weight as an intuitive eater?"  It's something many people wonder about and this episode will help you understand why weight is not a central goal of Intuitive Eating.  Aaron and Glenys also give a brief update on Oprah's partnership with Weight Watchers which was discussed in detail in Episode 3. 

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