You Are What You Eat

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Can making changes about what we eat and how we feel about food create shifts towards more love and joy? Talking about Relational Food Psychology with Angela Doss.

Show Highlights

Stephanie sharing why we need to talk about food on a relating show.

Angela sharing her personal diabetes story.

Angela and Stephanie talking about their own curiosities and discoveries about their personal relationship with food…with some on the spot realization that it does not have to be overwhelming if you slow down and approach it “one bite at a time.” (pun intended)

Resources Mentioned

Lots of great resources to share for this show!!

First of all,  Angela followed up with Stephanie after the show to express concern for a very important piece of this conversation that they did not have time to go into —- the concept of food from a political and humanitarian standpoint. Our ability to access healthy foods directly impacts our ability to make healthy choices. And, so far anyway, access is not at all equal. The problem of food deserts and food swamps is a cultural and systemic one, in which socioeconomic factors block or impair access to fresh, nutrient-rich, unprocessed foods. It is a problem that disproportionately affects communities of color, and it cannot and should not be ignored.  In a culture where race-based hate and violence already end lives suddenly and prematurely, food injustice is also a killer — a slow killer, but a killer, nonetheless. Below are some resources for taking action and learning more.

Now some resources referenced in the show.

Angela’s Website

Some history on the origin of the phase – You Are What You Eat

What the Health documentary

Angela’s Book Recommendations

Relational Nutrition: The Psychology of Attachment and Eating Behavior by Jessica Schulman
Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being by Marc David
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink



Backstory Behind Stephanie and Guest

Angela and I have been in each other’s space for awhile via interactions at The Relational Center. I always appreciated her energy and warmth but did not get a chance to really connect with her until she conceived her SH*TSTORM SURVIVAL BASKET. (full story about the basket in the opening of this show) Like her basket, Angela is a gift that keeps on giving. I get a sense from her that she cares deeply and never stops doing so. Case in point, this show. Angela wanted to make sure that a very important part of the food conversation was included in this recap. (see above)  – Stephanie Michele

Social Challenge of the Week

Invite a Friend to Food Experiment with You – Try a new type of restaurant and/or experiment with your eating habits and compare notes.

Whatever you decide, try to slow down your decision making around food and be more mindful about the details —What are you eating? When are you eating? Are you doing anything else while you are eating? How are you sitting? Are you really tasting your food? Why are you selecting certain foods over others?


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