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Intuitive Eating With Judith Matz

Podcast 168

Your relationship with food doesn’t have to be a struggle. Judith Matz sheds light on why diets rarely work and the power of reconnecting with your body through intuitive eating! 

In this episode, Cathy and Judith discuss: 

  • Judith’s struggle with food and what it taught her about dieting 
  • What it means to truly be at peace with food and how Judith works with people with a diet mindset 
  • The psychological and physiological reasons of diet failure 
  • Unhooking weight loss from exercise and adding foods vs. taking away 
  • How intuitive eating answers questions about when, what and how much to eat
  • Making a match vs. filling a feeling that isn’t filled 
  • Why planning groceries is helpful for intuitive eating and addressing scarcity  
  • How to help someone who claims to be an emotional eater  
  • Scope of practice and when a health coach should make a referral to a therapist 
  • Why weight loss shouldn’t be the main focus of health coaching 
  • Destigmatizing obesity and working within the Health At Every Size framework
  • Details about the Making Peace with Food Card Deck 

Judith Matz, LCSW, ACSW, is a therapist and nationally recognized speaker on the topics of diet culture, binge eating, emotional eating, body image, and weight stigma. She is co-author of The Making Peace with Food Card Deck, The Body Positivity Card Deck, The Diet Survivor’s Handbook, and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet. Her work has been featured in the media including NPR, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Psychotherapy Networker. Judith has a private practice in the Chicago area.

Memorable Quotes:

  • “The minute I make things forbidden, they started to glitter…the minute something’s being taken away, it increases in value.”
  • “At its core, intuitive eating is about helping people reconnect to their own bodies and trusting themselves.” 
  • “Planning is very important. It’s important to have groceries, it’s important to have the foods you like.”


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