Episodes
This week's guest on the podcast is Beverly Engel. Beverly Engel is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and an acclaimed advocate for victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. She is the author of 26 self-help books, including three bestselling books on emotional abuse. Beverly is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has been practicing psychotherapy for 40 years. In addition to her professional work, Beverly frequently lends her expertise to national...
Published 02/25/21
This week on Real Health Radio, I take a deep dive into the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. As part of the show I cover: - How the experiment came to be  - Who were the participants and what were the conditions of the study - The different phases of the experiment  - The symptoms experienced by the men as part of the starvation and also the rehabilitation - What the study can tell us about weight regain as part of an eating disorder - The similarities and differences between the...
Published 02/18/21
Real Health Radio is back with another guest interview and this week, Chris chats with Fiona Willer. Fiona Willer is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who combines academic research, university lecturing and public speaking with creating professional development resources and training for health professionals through her business, Health, Not Diets. Her research areas are dietetic private practice benchmarking, inter-professional learning, health consciousness and dietary...
Published 02/04/21
Chris chats with Jon Robison.
Published 01/21/21
This week on Real Health Radio, Chris does a round up of his favourite books, documentaries, podcasts and music of 2020.
Published 01/07/21
Welcome back to Real Health Radio. Today’s guest interview is with Amber Karnes. Amber is the founder of Body Positive Yoga. She’s a ruckus maker, yoga asana teacher (E-RYT 200), social justice advocate, and a lifelong student of her body. Her commitment to accessible, adaptive yoga practice empowers thousands of diverse practitioners around the globe. She is the creator of the Body Positive Clubhouse, an online community using the tools of yoga to build unshakable confidence and learn to...
Published 12/31/20
Real Health Radio is back with another guest interview and Chris chats with Lindsay Kite this week. They cover self-objectification, the problems that arise from learning about 'health and fitness' from mainstream media, research on how children model their parents behaviour relating to body image and much more!
Published 12/24/20
This week on Real Health Radio it is a solo show and it's a personal one - a life update from Chris. A reflection on 2020.
Published 12/10/20
Real Health Radio is back with another guest interview and Chris is chatting with Veronica Garnett. We cover various events and aspects of Veronica's childhood that had an impact on her relationship with her body and with food, her training as a dietician and how her real desire was to go to culinary school, Veronica's anxiety and the ways that she deals with it and the different businesses that Veronica runs – her own dietician practice, Diasporadical Kitchen and Black Adventuristas.
Published 11/26/20
Welcome back to Real Health Radio. This week it’s a solo episode, and I’m reviewing “The Fiji Study”. This study looks at teenager’s beliefs and behaviours around body image and dieting in 1995 when television was first introduced and then in 1998, three years later. I go over the findings, what some of the possible reasons are, and talk about what I think we can take away from it.
Published 11/19/20
Real Health Radio is back with another guest interview and Chris is chatting with Veronica Garnett. We cover various events and aspects of Veronica's childhood that had an impact on her relationship with her body and with food, her training as a dietician and how her real desire was to go to culinary school, Veronica's anxiety and the ways that she deals with it and the different businesses that Veronica runs – her own dietician practice, Diasporadical Kitchen and Black Adventuristas.
Published 11/13/20
Welcome back to Real Health Radio. This week we’re looking at how thinking can affect health. We discuss cognitive dietary restraint (aka dieting) and negative body image, and see if they can impact our physical health as a whole. We review several studies that have been done in this area and we chat about the importance of changing our mindsets around this issue.
Published 11/05/20
This week on Real Health Radio it's another guest interview and Chris is chatting with Anna Sweeney. They chat about her diagnosis with MS at age 15 and how this has impacted on her life. They cover disability, body acceptance, eating disorder recovery and Instagram.
Published 10/29/20
This week on Real Health Radio, Chris is chatting with Victoria Welsby. They chat about Victoria's past and difficulties and the different therapies, jobs and experiences that helped her to turn her life around, including CBT and EMDR. They also discuss Victoria's TEDx talk, appearing on a BBC Documentary and the similarities between cults and diet culture.
Published 10/22/20
Welcome back to Real Health Radio. Today's guest interview is with Tabitha Farrar. Tabitha grew up in Wiltshire, England, in an idyllic (yet rainy) village. Despite being a robust and confident teenager, she developed an eating disorder at age 17 and this devastating illness took pole position in her life until, at 25, she finally started my recovery journey. She successfully recovered from Anorexia Nervosa and the complicated matrix of obsessions and habitual eating disorder behaviours that...
Published 10/15/20
This week on Real Health Radio, Chris is chatting with Virginia Sole-Smith. They chat about her book The Eating Instinct, her daughter Violet relearning how to eat after a life saving operation at age one month, and the myth of the sugar high.
Published 10/08/20
Welcome back to Real Health Radio. This week it’s a solo episode and I’m talking about weight set point theory. This has been on my list to talk about for some time, and I’m glad it finally came together. In this episode I cover what weight set point theory is, how our body determines our set point, and factors that could contribute to changing our set point over time.
Published 10/01/20
On this week's episode Real Health Radio, Chris is chatting with Nicola Salmon. Nicola is a fat-positive fertility coach and author of “Fat and Fertile” and the conversation focuses on all things fertility, conception and pregnancy.
Published 09/24/20
This week on the show it is a solo episode where we look at the topic of restriction. Restriction can take many forms but is at the heart of the struggles of nearly every person Seven Health works with. It's a big topic that Chris shares his thoughts on.
Published 09/17/20
This week on the show Chris chats with Kristina Bruce, a Certified Body Trust Provider and Integrative Life Coach. They chat about body acceptance, Byron Katie's The Work, Kristina's personal journey with disordered eating recovery and acceptance of her body, ayahuasca and more. This is a particularly practical episode with lots to take away.
Published 09/10/20
This week on the show Chris is chatting with Registered Dietician Emily Fossenback. They chat about Emily's history with orthorexia and her recovery, perfectionism, infertility, adoption, working with eating disorder clients, and feeding children.
Published 09/03/20
This week on Real Health Radio, Chris chats with Hermione, a client he's been working with for the last year. They talk about Hermione's history with an eating disorder, over-exercising and body image concerns. They cover what it was like working together, finally being able to open up about her struggles, and Hermione's changing relationship with food, exercise and her body.
Published 08/27/20
Chris chats with Karen Ricks - Founder of Our Kitchen Classroom, Worldschooler and Montessorian. They cover playful movement, HAES, Body positivity, Karen's healing journey around food and the beauty of learning about life, geography and culture through food play. They also discuss Worldschooling and the intrinsic curiosity of children and how they can be great teachers of how to be in the world.
Published 08/20/20
This week on the show it is a solo episode where we look at the topic of Health Inequalities. It's so common when talking about health to focus on "choices" and "personal responsibility" and that "health is in your own hands". But the truth of the matter is that at a population level, health is most directly connected to where you live and socioeconomics. Something we explore in great detail by looking at the recent report "Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On."
Published 08/13/20
Welcome back to Real Health Radio. This week I sit down with my former client Ilinca and we chat about her history with a restrictive eating disorder, being stuck in quasi recovery and getting her period back. We also cover what it was like working together, feeling understood and supported and Ilinca's changing relationship with sleep, food, exercise and happiness.
Published 08/06/20