Mastering Emotional Eating with Errin Smith

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Eating with our emotions is a tricky business and can be a challenge to untangle when food becomes the fallback to make us feel better. In this episode, I interview Errin Smith, founder of What We Crave, an emotional eating summit. In this episode Errin and I talk about: Rock …

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How to Free Yourself In Midlife

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In this episode, I sit down to talk with Lucie Quigley. Lucie podcast host of The Roller Coaster of Midlife, and women in midlife herself. Lucie is also the author of Your Journaling Journey, an action-packed guided journal meant to spark creativity, help cultivate a morning routine, and practice self-care …

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The Journey of Being Happy

There is a lot of pressure to be happy, despite how we feel about our bodies and weight, not to mention all that is ever-changing in the world. I had a deep conversation with Karyn Seitz, Happiness Expert and founder of Awakened Grace, a 10-week course for women that empowers …

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Why I Quit Drinking For Good

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Real Food Stories Podcast! In this episode, I will be exploring my personal journey that many of you have contemplated or even gone through yourselves – the decision to quit drinking. I made the choice to stop drinking and share the deeply personal …

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Healing From Trauma with Shannon Swanson


Last week I created a podcast about grieving the loss of my beloved dog Buck and how I am processing and working through those feelings in a very different way than I had done in the past. I was conditioned and trained to not show too many feelings and through …

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Grief, Loss and Eating Your Feelings

I experienced a tragedy this past week. I had to very unexpectedly and quickly put down my Golden Retriever, Buck, who was a very important member of my family. The grief compelled me to create a podcast about loss, trauma, how we were wired to process these emotions (me through …

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Redo Your Resolutions


Happy 2023! I always like the idea of a new year and all the possibilities. Typically, many of us go into January with an agenda to get things done and to make big changes. This usually centers around our physical – weight, detoxing, quitting alcohol, etc. It also means taking …

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When It’s Time To Quit (the Diet)


What does quitting feel like to you? Quitting, for me, shouts freedom. Quitting gives us a choice. As we near the end of 2022 what would it feel like to you to say “I Quit!” to the world of diets and deprivation and how do you shift your mind so …

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Holiday Party Pep Talk

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You know what’s coming up, right? At least five holidays (more or less, depending on which ones you celebrate) and a boatload of parties and gatherings. There are a lot of reasons to celebrate this month. But, which one of these people are you? The one that believes that gaining …

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Become a Healthy Cooking Rockstar

We’re coming to the end of the year and if you feel like your Thanksgiving didn’t go as planned (as in too much pie or too many champagne cocktails) then you might be setting your sights on losing weight after the new year. Weight loss as a goal is fine, …

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Tips and Tricks to Survive The Holidays

The holiday season is officially here! How do we get through the next month of holidays, gatherings, parties, and family without losing sight of our goals for health and weight? It all starts with some small tips and tricks. In This Episode Heather Talks About: her story of the holiday …

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Diet Books Gone Bad

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The holiday season is on the horizon and with that means an influx of new diet books. In this episode, I talk about the warning signs of a diet book and the key words and phrases they use to lure you in. In This Episode Heather Talks About: being particularly …

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Workplace Stress and Your Health

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The Surgeon General recently released an extensive report on the state of workplace health and well-being that was not very favorable to employers. The report emphasized the chronic stress that is prevalent in workplace culture, and employees are paying the price. Chronic stress from the work environment can have a …

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The Good Food Bad Food Controversy

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Perfectly good foods, that we are used to eating every single day, have suddenly gone bad. Thanks to the food gurus and social media health coaches, food is confusing, intimidating, and full of fear. On today’s podcast, I am calling out the foods, the ones the food gurus love to …

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Calling Out The (Non)Medical Quacks

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Just like the last podcast, when it comes to nutrition and food, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and I’m putting this mildly. Scary diets and frightening social media gurus rule the internet. But, after the medical doctors who pose as nutrition experts, the worst offenders are the …

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I’m Calling Out the Quacks


When it comes to nutrition and food, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and I’m putting this mildly. Scary diets and frightening social media gurus rule the internet. But, the worst offender of them all is the doctors that promote diets, supplements, and books for their own capital …

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The Importance of Being Your Own Inner Cheerleader


I am so passionate about self-compassion as a success tool that I am talking about it again on this podcast! In This Episode Heather Talks About: Why self-compassion, and being your own cheerleader, is vital to healthy success; Why it is so difficult, yet so important, to go against the …

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Joyful Eating is Our Birthright

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You may have heard the phrase “joy is our birthright” before. How does that make you feel? When I first heard that I thought to myself that joy as default might be for other people, but not for me. When you grow up with a diet mindset you also lose …

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Reset and Get Back on Track This Fall

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How do we get back on track after a fast-paced season of vacations and gatherings? Listen up while I propose four important questions to consider when you ease into the Fall season. In This Episode Heather Talks About: What big events got in her way this Summer; The four important …

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Meal Planning When You Are Insanely Busy

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As long as you have health goals and want to eat your best, meal planning should never be negotiable. No matter how busy you get. But what if you just can’t escape being busy? Or, more importantly, what if you’re so busy and don’t love cooking In this episode Heather …

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Meal Plan Like a Pro!

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When it comes to healthy eating and losing weight, there are a few essential skills that, honestly, I don’t think we can live without. Meal planning is one of them. There are all different types of meal planning but my focus is always on healthy meal planning. Once you master …

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Episode 8: Are There Any Good Diets?

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There are hundreds of diets out there to try. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know how I feel about diets. I haven’t met a single one that I can say I like. Nonetheless, the allure of going on a diet to lose a quick 15 pounds …

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Episode 7: The Tools I Used to Lose Weight

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Years ago, when I made the decision to lose weight, I utilized a couple of tools that became lifelong habits for me. Tune in to see what I used and how it worked for me. Weight loss is a personal journey; what works for one person may not be a …

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Episode 6: Ditch the Diet Mentality


Are you stuck in the diet mindset, the way of thinking that tells you that diets are the only way to eat? Join me to debunk the myth of this fixed mindset. In this episode Heather talks about: How Heather learned to use all her senses when cooking and eating …

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Living in the Land of Food Confusion

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The battle cry for so many midlife women? “What am I supposed to even eat anymore?!?” Why are we all so confused about what to eat for our health and weight? In this episode Heather talks about: Where the confusion around food originated from; The story of the two pioneering …

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Bathing Suits and Body Image

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Does the phrase “happy summer” fill you with anxiety? For so many women, the dread of getting into a bathing suit, or wondering if last season’s shorts still fit is real. In my latest podcast, I share some strategies that you can use today to help with feeling your best …

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What Does it Mean to Eat Seasonally?


When food feels mindless and the detriments of quick gratification run deep, leaning into a habit of eating seasonally can help us get more mindful and teach us to appreciate real food. In this episode Heather talks about: Why seasonal eating is so important, in particular for women; The benefits …

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The Power of Your Food Story

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Hi there and welcome to episode 2 of the Real Food Stories Podcast! In today’s episode, Heather shares: the “middle” of her food story and her struggle with years of diets and emotional eating the real reasons to let go of shame around our weight and body image the power …

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Searching For Food Happiness

Welcome to the first episode and introduction of Real Food Stories! I am your host, storyteller, chef, and nutritionist Heather Carey. In this debut episode you will: find out why the importance of owning your food stories matters; get to know Heather and realize why she is qualified to talk …

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