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The Story of Season 1 

When I started recording the podcast in early 2013, my goal was to have guests open up about their relationships with food in general, including their weird eating habits and (sub-clinically) disordered thinking around food. 

I didn't specifically seek out guests who had histories of full-blown eating disorders or significantly disordered eating, and I certainly didn't have the laser focus on eating disorder recovery and body positivity that I do today. 

Instead, my guests were people with interesting jobs related in some way to either food or entertainment—chefs, comedians, actors, writers, etc. I selected guests for their ability to speak candidly and humorously about their relationships with food, in the hopes of de-stigmatizing food issues and reducing shame for listeners. 

My friend Jamie Aderski, Marc Maron, and me at the LA Podcast Festival

My friend Jamie Aderski, Marc Maron, and me at the LA Podcast Festival

I'd been inspired by listening to comedians' podcasts, like WTF with Marc Maron and You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, where both hosts and guests threw open the doors and aired out their shame in many areas of life, including their relationships with food. And in what seemed like a dream come true for a new podcaster, I actually met Marc Maron at the 2013 LA Podcast Festival and got to record an episode with him just a few weeks after Food Psych's launch. It seemed like talking about food with funny people was going to be my niche. 

But even though I didn't specifically aim to focus on eating disorders in the podcast, the focus found me—starting with Episode 13.

That was the episode where I publicly revealed for the first time that I'd had an eating disorder in my early-to-mid-20s, and it got me thinking a lot about how that experience had shaped my career path. Soon after recording that episode, I decided I wanted to explore specializing in nutrition therapy for eating disorders, and I signed on to train at Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center. I also started getting more and more emails from listeners who were finding the podcast helpful in their own journeys toward eating disorder recovery. 

The rest, as they say, is history. By the time I launched my nutrition therapy private practice in early 2014, I was busy making plans to take the podcast in a new direction, focusing specifically on eating disorder recovery. Then, in Season 3, I refined the focus further to what it is today: body positivity, Health at Every Size, and intuitive eating, still with an overall pro-recovery message. 

I’ve learned so much since Food Psych's early days, and in these archives you’ll probably hear some places where my understanding of nutrition, eating disorders, and body image has evolved since I made these episodes. I'm so grateful for how the podcast has helped me grow and change, and to you for helping make it possible (because without my loyal listeners, who knows where Food Psych would be!).   

While many of these episodes have been edited to remove overtly triggering material, listener discretion is still advised due to some guests' discussions of ongoing eating issues. Also please note that some episodes are no longer available, hence the occasional jumps between episode numbers.

I hope you enjoy the archives below, and I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments! 

Food Psych #31: Life of Pie

Casey Erin Clark Vital Voice Coach

Season 1 finale! Actor and vocal coach Casey Erin Clark discusses church potlucks, her love of pie, how she maintained a healthy body image after a college theater director told her to lose weight, the connections between self-expression and balanced eating habits, and lots more. Enjoy this episode, and stay tuned for news about a Food Psych live show later this summer!     

Casey Erin Clark has worked extensively as an actor in NYC and around the country. She recently finished 20 months touring with the original company of the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Miserables, playing the Factory Girl and understudying the lead role of Fantine, which she performed over 25 times.  She has also enjoyed experiences at regional theaters around the country, including Paper Mill Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, Theatre by the Sea, Laguna Playhouse, North Carolina Theater, The Lost Colony, Cumberland County Playhouse, and Stages St Louis, where she was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Jo in Little Women

Casey has been teaching vocal production, public speaking, accent modification, and singing to clients of all ages for the last 10 years, working with the prestigious TADA Youth Theater, NY Speech Coaching, the Studio New Canaan, and her private studio. Her clients hail from Fortune 500 companies and fast-moving start-ups, business schools, a dozen different countries . . . and one NYC slam poet who wanted to bring out his inner folk singer. She is passionate about finding and freeing her clients’ own unique sound, style, and delivery to help them communicate with the utmost ease and joy. Find her at caseyerinclark.com, and learn more about her vocal coaching studio at vitalvoicetraining.com.

Food Psych #30: Culinary Comedy

Greg Brown comedian chef food

Comedian and chef Greg Brown shares a ton of fascinating food-psych stories, including how he got a group of female professional cyclists to stop their disordered eating habits, why he doesn't want to be thought of as a balanced eater, how working in a restaurant nearly killed him (for real), and lots more.     

Greg Brown was voted class president of the 3rd grade, twice. He is bestselling cookbook author and and national touring stand-up comedian. Greg is a frequent food correspondent and comic for the Huffington Post and is currently writing a cookbook based on what cooks and chefs eat when they get off from work. He does a stand-up comedy tour for culinary schools called "Bacon and Greg's," where he makes fun of vegans, endorses eggnog and explains why rappers shouldn't drink expensive wine. He founded the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival in North Carolina, which will be held August 12-16 this year. He also likes to talk about himself in 3rd person. Find him online at gregisfunny.com.

Food Psych #29: Sizing Up

Lulu Fogarty actress playwright model

In this episode, actor Lulu Fogarty discusses the food and body image issues she encountered while working in Taipei, her first and only gig as a "plus-size" model for a Taiwanese catalog (pictured above), how she stayed sane about eating during times of weight gain and loss, and more. Trigger warning: This episode contains material that may be triggering for listeners with eating disorders or body image issues.

Born and raised in Greenwich Village, Lulu is a stage actor and is currently writing an interview-based play about politics and ethnicity in Taiwan. She strongly believes that art can change the world. See her Off-Broadway this August in the world premiere of Steven Fechter's play, Lancelot! Find her online at LuluFogarty.com and learn more about her Taiwan experience on her blog, applesandazaleas.com.

Food Psych #28: Seen and Heard

Michael Harlan Turkell food photographer

In this week's episode, photographer and radio host Michael Harlan Turkell discusses his past as a picky kid, his experience working in and photographing kitchens, how OCD shows up in his relationship to food, and lots more.

Michael Harlan Turkell is host of the food, art, and design show THE FOOD SEEN on HeritageRadioNetwork.org. A once aspiring chef and now photographer, Michael was formerly the photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, where his recurring BACK OF THE HOUSE series was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in Visual Storytelling. Michael has been featured in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers V2 (PowerHouse Books), received a Photo District News Photo Annual Award, and was twice nominated on Stitcher for Best Food + Wine podcast. He's often found photographing food culture and cookbooks. Find him online at harlanturk.com.

Food Psych #27: Hunger, Health, Heartache

Michelle Francesca Thomas actress comedian

In this episode, comedic actor Michelle Francesca Thomas discusses how her grandparents' health-consciousness (and grandmother's disordered eating) influenced her relationship to food; her experience of food insecurity and the unexpected ways hunger manifested itself in her childhood; the ups and downs of cooking for a significant other; and more. 

Michelle Francesca Thomas is a Teaching Artist for Enact, a non-profit that works throughout New York City’s Department of Education, using drama therapy techniques to teach social-emotional skills workshops. She is a regular player with ComedySportz NYC, has studied and performed improv and sketch at The Peoples Improv Theater and UCB, and is the Co-Director of the 10,000 Hours Improv Program. A few of her loves are: Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z, sunflowers and prefers homemade food to most restaurants. She hopes that she is an encouragement to at least one person every day. Find her at MichelleFThomas.com

Food Psych #26: Seders and Stroganoff

Adina Steiman Epicurious food editor

In honor of Passover, we talk with Self magazine Features Director Adina Steiman about her family's Seder traditions, the parallels between nutrition and religion, how boxed Stroganoff launched her culinary career, and lots more.    

Adina Steiman likes telling stories about food. Recently, Adina joined SELF magazine as Features Director, overseeing food coverage and other lifestyle and health topics. Previously, she was Food and Nutrition Editor at Men's Health, where her work earned two James Beard Awards. 

Prior to Men’s Health, Steiman was senior editor at Martha Stewart Everyday Food and a cookbook editor at Clarkson Potter. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and received her B.A. in English literature from Oberlin College. In the second grade, Adina listed her favorite foods as "artichokes, raspberries, and fried chicken," and she still can't really improve on that triumvirate. Find her work at Self.com, and follow her on Twitter @adinasteiman

Food Psych #25: Culinary Class

Jude Webre Alex Van Buren food

This week we talk food and class (the socioeconomic kind) with Yahoo Food features editor Alex Van Buren and Columbia University History PhD candidate Jude Webre. Jude discusses his culinary upbringing in a poor Cajun family, and how his relationship to food changed when his father became a restaurant critic. Alex shares her journey from being a picky eater in a middle-class Irish-American family to becoming a food writer in New York City, where she's expected to know the finer points of foie gras and other fancy food.

Jude Webre is a writer, historian, and bass player hailing originally from South Louisiana, who has lived in Austin and NYC for significant periods; all have had their valuable if sometimes contradictory influences. He is currently a doctoral student in U.S. History at Columbia University, as well as a preceptor there in the Core Curriculum (teachin' Homer to 18 year olds). His historical writing has appeared in The Daily and Tropics of Meta. The bass remains his first love though, and he continues to record and perform with Two Dark Birds, Ben von Wildenhaus and others. He also helps to coordinate East Bank Music, a new-music series at the Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint.

Alex Van Buren is the Yahoo Food Features Editor, and has lived in New York City since 2000. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle, Bon Appetit and Gourmet.com. For a year, she hosted and co-produced a NY1 TV segment for CHOW.com called the New York CHOW Report, featuring some of the city's tastiest dishes, which was nominated for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award. She is obsessed with ice cream and Mexican food, and her most recent trip was to learn to make molé in Oaxaca. See her latest work at food.yahoo.com.

Here's the Gourmet.com article Alex wrote for Christy in 2009 about her parents' Irish-American culinary background.

Food Psych #23: The Need to Feed

Nate Starkey James Simpkins food

Comedian Nate Starkey and chef James Simpkins discuss what it means to feed people, why they thrive on playing host, how cooking helps balance their personalities, and lots more. Plus, a listener opens up about the eating disorder she's hiding from her loved ones.

Nate Starkey hails from Denver, Colorado, where he was first introduced to the world of improv while doing shows at The Comedy Works. He performed over 1,000 shows with Comedy Sports of Denver before moving to Orlando to perform improv at Disney’s Comedy Warehouse, Disney’s MGM Studios, and at SAK Comedy Lab. Nate now performs improv and sketch comedy at venues all over New York City. He has been teaching improv almost as long as he has been performing it. He taught Comedy Sports Workshops in Denver, was a teacher/coach at Disney and now coaches New York improv ensembles. Nate received improv training from Keith Johnstone, Ali Farahnakian, Burn Manhattan, Armando Diaz and the Second City training program. You can see Nate perform with Big Black Car every Saturday at The PIT, catch him in his new web series Grilling in the City on YouTube, and get his recipe for green chili from this episode on our Facebook page.

James B. Simpkins is a private chef and cookbook author with years of experience in cooking, baking, and pastry. After earning his culinary arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in 2003 and spending a year studying and working in Provence, James returned to academia to earn a Master's degree in food studies and teach culinary arts in the classroom. Since then, he has written, consulted, and cooked for a variety of clients. He wrote a cookbook for Allagash Brewing Co. (Allagash: The Cookbook, Blue Tree 2012), in which he developed recipes for pairing with the brewery's beers. He also consulted with author and lifestyle expert Tim Ferriss on The 4-Hour Chef. In addition to writing and consulting work, James has worked as a private chef for numerous high-profile clients. He currently consults for a food-oriented tech company called Eat Club. In all he does, James works to turn the human need to eat and drink into a source of happiness. Find him at JamesBSimpkins.com.

Food Psych #22: Order and Disorder

Rebecca Flint Marx food writer eating disorders

Journalist Rebecca Flint Marx returns to discuss pescetarianism, food journalism, her brief period of disordered eating, and lots more. Plus, a listener reveals his fear of eating in front of others.

Rebecca is the food editor of San Francisco magazine. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia’s School of Journalism, she has worked at Entertainment Weekly, New York, Elle, Slashfood, and, most recently, the Village Voice, where she spent two years as a staff writer for the food blog Fork in the Road. She has also served as the deputy editor of Edible Queens and as a contributing writer for CHOW, and has written stories about food and not-food for publications including The New York Times, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, Gilt
Taste, Gourmet Live, Salon, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Time Out NY, and the late and lamented Gourmet.com. Her essay “From Sex Cake to Spurned Salad,” written for Gilt Taste, won the 2013 IACP Bert Greene Award for Culinary Memoir. She is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, where she spent six months carving potatoes into minute football shapes and sweating profusely over a ragingly hot stove. Find her at RebeccaFlintMarx.com.

Food Psych #21: Love in the Time of Collard Greens

Christy and four guests share stories of the relationship between food and love in their lives. Comedian Jackie Kashian tells of her now-husband wooing her with chicken; food/travel writer Marisa Robertson-Textor discusses her go-to heartbreak food; comedian Nate Starkey reflects on the role cooking plays in his relationship with his wife; and journalist and culinary-school graduate Rebecca Flint Marx shares the ups and downs of dating men who don't cook.

Jackie Kashian's comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is comic, writer, and occasional actor... she just did her first late night set on the Conan O’Brien show, has a half hour special on Comedy Central and has recorded an episode of This American Life with Ira Glass, Her latest CD, "It Is Never Going To Be Bread" was one of the top ten comedy albums of the year on Amazon. She hosts a weekly cult fave podcast called "The Dork Forest" where she creates a safe space for people to admit that thing they dork out about more than anyone. Hear her in a full episode of Food Psych earlier this season, and find her at JackieKashian.com.

Marisa Robertson-Textor is a food and travel writer based in Brooklyn. The former research chief of Gourmet magazine (her essay on the demise of that cultural institution was anthologized in Best American Food Writing 2010), she has also worked as a contributing editor at Whole Living magazine and a researcher for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, O, The Robb Report, and MORE. Her 2014 New Year’s resolutions are: to take an overnight ferry from Marseille to Tunis; to eat warm sabich in Israel; and oh yes, to submit her book proposal. Hear her full episode of Food Psych earlier this season, and find her
at mitschlag.com.

Nate Starkey hails from Denver, Colorado, where he was first introduced to the world of improv while doing shows at The Comedy Works. He performed over 1,000 shows with Comedy Sports of Denver before moving to Orlando to perform improv at Disney’s Comedy Warehouse, Disney’s MGM Studios, and at SAK Comedy Lab. For the last six years Nate has been performing improv and sketch comedy at venues all over New York City and was recently a 2007 Andy Kauffman Award semi-finalist. Nate has been teaching improv almost as long as he has been performing it. He taught Comedy Sports Workshops in Denver, was a teacher/coach at Disney and now coaches New York improv ensembles. Nate received improv training from Keith Johnstone, Ali Farahnakian, Burn Manhattan, Armando Diaz and the Second City training program. You can see Nate perform with Big Black Car every Saturday at the PIT, catch him in his new web series Grilling in the City on YouTube, and hear a full episode with him here in a couple weeks.

Rebecca Flint Marx is the food editor of San Francisco magazine. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia’s School of Journalism, she has worked at Entertainment Weekly, New York, Elle, Slashfood, and, most recently, the Village Voice, where she spent two years as a staff writer for the food blog Fork in the Road. She has also served as the deputy editor of Edible Queens and as a contributing writer for CHOW, and has written stories about food and not- food for publications including The New York Times, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, Gilt Taste, Gourmet Live, Salon, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Time Out NY, and the late and lamented Gourmet.com. Her essay “From Sex Cake to Spurned Salad,” written for Gilt Taste, won the 2013 IACP Bert Greene Award for Culinary Memoir. She is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, where she spent six months carving potatoes into minute football shapes and sweating profusely over a ragingly hot stove. Find her at RebeccaFlintMarx.tumblr.com, and and hear a full episode with her here next week.

Food Psych #20: Bacon-Wrapped Dating

Leiti Hsu food word of mouth podcast wine

In today's episode, Christy talks with fellow food podcaster Leiti Hsu about the role food plays in their dating lives, why men should act like quinoa, when not to compromise, and lots more!

Leiti connects chefs, sommeliers, and other culinary movers, shakers, and makers. She hosts the weekly show WORD OF MOUTH with Leiti Hsu on Heritage Radio Network and is simmering several TV concepts. She thinks a lot about stuff like what's next for the wine industry (consumption, content, commerce) and millennials x innovation. Clients and partners have included Twitter, Cover, Thrillist, Fab, Plated, David Rosengarten, Wellness in the Schools, Whole Foods Market, and Wines from Santorini.

As Employee #10, Leiti helped scale Lot18 (wine online shopping) to $25MM revenue, a headcount of 100+, and a $50MM raise in 2011. She got delicious beginnings on the GOURMET magazine web editorial team. Find her on Twitter @leitihsu.

Food Psych #19: Chicken Issues

Jackie Kashian comedian chicken food fat acceptance

Comedian Jackie Kashian has a real chicken tooth. Hear why she wants to eat all the chicken, how she dealt with her family's fat-phobia, and lots more!

Jackie Kashian's comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is comic, writer, and occasional actor... she just did her first late night set on the Conan O’Brien show, has a half hour special on Comedy Central and has recorded an episode of This American Life with Ira Glass, Her latest CD, "It Is Never Going To Be Bread" was one of the top ten comedy albums of the year on Amazon. She hosts a weekly cult fave podcast called "The Dork Forest" where she creates a safe space for people to admit that thing they dork out about more than anyone. Find her at JackieKashian.com.

Food Psych #16: The Pleasure Principle

Marisa Robertson-Textor Allison Adato food

In today's episode, Christy talks to two guests about why taking pleasure in food is better for your health than worrying about nutrition.

Marisa Robertson-Textor is a food and travel writer based in Brooklyn. The former research chief of Gourmet magazine (her essay on the demise of that cultural institution was anthologized in Best American Food Writing 2010), she has also worked as a contributing editor at Whole Living magazine and a researcher for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, O, The Robb Report, and MORE. Her 2014 New Year’s resolutions are: to take an overnight ferry from Marseille to Tunis; to eat warm sabich in Israel; and oh yes, to submit her book proposal. Find her at mitschlag.com.

Allison Adato is a senior editor at People magazine and the author of Smart Chefs Stay Slim: Lessons in Eating and Living From America's Best Chefs, which the Wall Street Journal called "refreshingly readable—not to mention appetizing." Raised as an Angelino, Adato now eats out, cooks, and window-box gardens with her family in New York City. Find her on Twitter at @editgirlnyc.

Food Psych #15: Feed Yourself

Meg Griffiths Anderson comedian food alcohol sobriety

Christy talks with comedian and actor Meg Griffiths Anderson about family meals, going sober, dinner-party perfectionism, difficulties with self-care, and lots more!

Meg Griffiths Anderson is a comedian, actor, and improviser who loves to use her malleable facial expressions, physicality, and off-beat humor to go to great lengths for a joke.

Meg is a founding member of one of New York's longest running long-form improvisational comedy teams, The Baldwins, which performs to sold-out crowds Saturday nights at 8pm at The PIT. She created, curated and produced the first comedy show in the 148-year history of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Comedy Night at BAMcafe. She writes and performs sketch comedy with Loose Diamonds Sketch Comedy, teaches Level 1 and 2 improv at The PIT, creates and produces short videos, and is currently performing her one woman show, "It Came From Below."

Meg has appeared on MTV, E! Entertainment, and Discovery Channel. She has performed live comedy at various and sundry New York venues including: The Peoples Improv Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, Magnet Theater, The Living Room, Comix, Gotham City Improv, Boston Improv Festival, Philadelphia Improv Theater, Columbia University, 2nd Annual Mid- Atlantic Comedy Smorgasbord, Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction, Stage Left Studio, I Had It Bad Storytelling Night, The Shortened Attention Span Horror Festival at the Player's Theater (voted "Best of the Fest"), and The Kraine Theater.

Find her at MegGriffiths.com.

Food Psych #14: Food Hurts

Christy talks to two guests whose relationships to food were shaped in part by pain. Writer/editor Jonathan Vatner suffers from Crohn's disease, a digestive disorder that has led him to have some difficult feelings about bread. Comedy performer and producer Gina Fitch has trouble with bread, too, so in the interview we stick to butternut squash. This episode has it all: Insight, tasty treats, laughter, and even a few tears. 

Note from Christy in March 2016: I’ve learned so much since starting to record the podcast in early 2013, and you’ll probably hear some places where my understanding of nutrition, eating disorders, and body image has evolved since I made these episodes. (Be sure to check out the latest season for more a up-to-date snapshot of my philosophy!) While this episode has been edited to remove overtly triggering material, listener discretion is still advised due to some guests' discussions of ongoing eating issues. 

Food Psych #13: Anorex-ish

Christy talks to two food professionals who struggled with symptoms of anorexia but were never diagnosed with eating disorders, and she publicly shares her own eating disorder history for the first time. Lauren Rauh is a chef and caterer who just launched a company called Hell or Highwater. Louise McCready Hart is a writer and editor who primarily covers food. We'll hear when and why these ladies developed disordered relationships to food, what drew them to culinary careers, how they worked to overcome their restrictive eating habits, and lots more. 

Note from Christy in March 2016: I’ve learned so much since starting to record the podcast in early 2013, and you’ll probably hear some places where my understanding of nutrition, eating disorders, and body image has evolved since I made these episodes. (Be sure to check out the latest season for more a up-to-date snapshot of my philosophy!) While this episode has been edited to remove overtly triggering material, listener discretion is still advised due to some guests' discussions of ongoing eating issues. 

Food Psych #12: Unemotional Eaters

Food writer Matthew Amster-Burton and comedian Lucas Hazlett both say they have no major food issues. We'll see about that! Matthew shares how he developed a relatively healthy relationship to food and an obsession with Asian cuisine, Lucas reveals why dinner is a difficult meal for him, and lots more. 

Note from Christy in March 2016: I’ve learned so much since starting to record the podcast in early 2013, and you’ll probably hear some places where my understanding of nutrition, eating disorders, and body image has evolved since I made these episodes. (Be sure to check out the latest season for more a up-to-date snapshot of my philosophy!) While this episode has been edited to remove overtly triggering material, listener discretion is still advised due to some guests' discussions of ongoing eating issues. 

Food Psych #11: Sweet Sobriety

Improviser Chris Chromak shares how he kicked booze and got hooked on sweets, and comedian/actor Micah Sherman discusses his struggles with alcohol and love of vegan cookies. 

Note from Christy in March 2016: I’ve learned so much since starting to record the podcast in early 2013, and you’ll probably hear some places where my understanding of nutrition, eating disorders, and body image has evolved since I made these episodes. (Be sure to check out the latest season for more a up-to-date snapshot of my philosophy!) While this episode has been edited to remove overtly triggering material, listener discretion is still advised due to some guests' discussions of ongoing eating issues. 

Food Psych #10: Kitchen Psych

Chef Saul Bolton discusses his family's relationship to food, his (very sane) philosophy on managing a kitchen staff, his new restaurant in the Brooklyn Museum, and more. 

Note from Christy in March 2016: I’ve learned so much since starting to record the podcast in early 2013, and you’ll probably hear some places where my understanding of nutrition, eating disorders, and body image has evolved since I made these episodes. (Be sure to check out the latest season for more a up-to-date snapshot of my philosophy!) While this episode has been edited to remove overtly triggering material, listener discretion is still advised due to some guests' discussions of ongoing eating issues.