06: Why You Should Butter Your Cornbread with Aaron Flores
Aaron Flores, RDN

Today I’m talking with Aaron Flores, a registered dietician nutritionist and certified Body Trust provider based out of Los Angeles. Aaron works with individuals healing from disordered eating and runs groups specifically geared towards men. He is also the co-host of the popular podcast Dietitians Unplugged.

Listen as Aaron discusses his shift from focusing on weight-loss to embracing the principles of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size, how to enjoy eating, and movie metaphors to help you in your own recovery.

Show Highlights:

  • How Aaron left behind years of dieting
  • People need to stop blaming themselves for their bodies
  • Many folks have been subjected to intense oppression around their bodies
  • Running a weight-loss program for the VA
  • How he straddled weight-loss and Health at Every Size paradigms for a long time
  • How he identifies as fat and brings that into his work
  • Healing can begin when we name the impact of weight stigma and fatphobia
  • His group work with men and how frustrating it is to be asked about the male body image experience as if there was just one experience of being in a man’s body
  • Discovering the satisfaction factor
  • Eating what’s enjoyable
  • Asking yourself what you like about certain foods
  • You need to let the rebellious part of you eat what it wants
  • “Am I doing this right?” is such a common question from folks recovering from dieting and eating disorders
  • Health at Every Size is not just a book, it’s a social-justice movement
  • How the word “health” can exclude people

Links & Resources

Dieticians Unplugged podcast

Aaron Flores’s website

Intuitive Eating website

Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon

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