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Rebel Eaters Club
11 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Bonus: Mailbag with Isabel Foxen Duke!
You sent us your questions about how to get the hell out of diet culture, and Virgie, along with health coach Isabel Foxen Duke, are here to answer them! They talk about a better way to think about the meaning of hunger and fullness, and what to do when you’re confronted with a choice between the lasagna and the salad (hint: just eat them both!)
40 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
How to Stop Fighting Food
It can seem impossible to break out of the cycle of dieting and binging, but health coach Isabel Foxen Duke found the key at the end of what she calls her “final binge.” And the answer isn’t more dieting! Virgie and Isabel talk about “radical hopelessness,” why Nutella is the ultimate anti-diet food, and why dieting - not binging - is the real coping mechanism.
32 minutes | May 31, 2022
Horny For Healing: Body Positive Dating Advice
Virgie talks with disability justice advocate Alex Locust (aka Glamputee) about dating and intimacy. They discuss what fat liberation and disability justice teach us about interdependence, and Alex shares why they have started saying they're "horny for healing."Topics include:The Intersection of Fat Liberation and Disability Justice [04:20]Unpacking Hook Up Culture [05:40]Hiding Yourself for Others [09:09]How To Become “Horny For Healing” [14:45]What Is Access? [17:08]A Different Way to Date [20:50]The Tool of Shedding [24:24]Future Sex Love Sounds [28:32]For more of Alex’s work, follow them @glamputee on social or head to their website glamputee.com. Follow @virgietovar and @transmitterpods to stay up to date on all things Rebel Eaters Club, and make sure to visit rebeleatersclub.com to download your starter kit!
30 minutes | May 24, 2022
Trails Not Scales with Fat Girls Hiking
Virgie and Summer talk about fat erasure from fitness spaces, the new (fat positive!) rules of hiking, and the simple joy of petting moss. Topics include:Empowerment through Hiking [02:40]“Fat Time” [05:05]Nature/Body Parallels [07:36]Fitness Trauma [10:58]How Summer Reclaimed Nature [13:22]Fat Girls Hiking [17:59]Redefining “Hiking” [19:45]The Fat Girls Hiking Community [23:30]The Tool of Being in Nature [25:19]For more of Summer’s work, follow her @fatgirlshiking and buy her new book "Fat Girls Hiking." For more Rebel Eaters Club, follow @virgietovar and @transmitterpods for updates! And be sure to visit rebeleatersclub.com to download your starter pack if you haven't already!
33 minutes | May 17, 2022
How to Raise Food-Positive Kids with Ginny Jones
Parents can often trigger their kids so easily and without meaning to, especially when it comes to food and weight. Parenting coach Ginny Jones tells us how parents can learn how to raise food-positive kids — and how we all can heal after growing up in a fatphobic or food-restrictive environment.
2 minutes | May 11, 2022
Presenting: Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter - Season 2
We're excited to share a sneak peek of the new season of Body Stuff with Doctor Jen Gunter! Like Rebel Eaters Club, Dr. Jen Gunter takes apart the stickiest myths around personal health out there, which are often sold to us by companies and wrapped up in bogus science. And she reveals how our bodies REALLY work. This season she's covering a lot of topics I'm really interested in like metabolism myths, sleep, and more! To hear more, including the first episode of the season which is all about smell, follow Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter wherever you're listening to this.
32 minutes | May 10, 2022
The Punk Art of Saying F-U to Diet Culture
Vishinna Turner tells Virgie about growing up fat, Black, and punk in Fresno, CA. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy! But Vishinna also shares how art and friendship saved her life and helped her on the path to self love.Topics include:Creme Brulee [01:58]Pressure to Fit In [04:37]Growing Up In Fresno [06:57]Finding Yourself with Punk Music [10:01]“Being Yourself at the Buffet” [14:54]Fat Representation [16:34]“Fat Girl Tears” [19:15]Being True to Yourself [27:05]Learn more about Vishinna’s band Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries and listen to their music at fattycakesband.com. And check out Vishinna’s other band Squid Ink! at squidinkband.bandcamp.com. Follow @virgietovar and @transmitterpods to stay up to date on all things Rebel Eaters Club. And make sure to visit rebeleatersclub.com to download your starter pack if you haven’t already!
34 minutes | May 3, 2022
Fat and Happy with Laurie Santos
Virgie and Laurie unpack harmful happiness myths like "the perfect body" that contribute to diet culture, and Laurie tells Virgie how the science of happiness can be used to fight them.Topics include: Harry & David Pears [01:20]City of Angels (1998) [03:54]The “Arrival Fallacy” [11:38]Hedonic Adaptation [17:50]Science of Happiness [20:38]The Tool of Self-Compassion [31:34]You can find more of Laurie’s work on social media @lauriesantos or through her podcast ‘The Happiness Lab.’ Follow @virgietovar and @transmitterpods to stay up to date on all things Rebel Eaters Club. And make sure to visit rebeleatersclub.com to download your Rebel Eaters Club starter pack!
6 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Season 3 Appetizer
Rebel Eaters Club Season 3 is coming May 3. Get ready for more laughter, body positivity wisdom and snacks, of course. Here’s a little treat till then: a listener question around building fat community that Isabel Foxen Duke helps me answer. You’ll hear more of her and so many other fantastic Rebel Eaters this season.
37 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Presenting: Your Magic: Virgie on the Power of Pleasure
Virgie was a guest on another show we think you’ll enjoy: Your Magic. And we have an update on Season 3! Asking for help is not a sign of weakness — it's a sign of strength. In this episode of Your Magic, activist, speaker, teacher, and writer Virgie Tovar joins host Michelle Tea for a conversation about the magic of science, the dangers of diet culture, and the power of pleasure. Then, Bran Taylor helps us turn our emotions into powerful energy for change with a spell.
34 minutes | May 26, 2021
Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter
We're excited to share another show we think you'll enjoy: Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter, from the TED Audio Collective. Do I really need 8 glasses of water a day? Is it actually possible to "boost" my immune system? You’re constantly bombarded with news stories, ads, and social media posts telling you how to optimize your health—but a lot of these sources that pretend to be backed by science have another agenda. Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told—and sold—about your health, debunking some of the stickiest myths out there while helping you to understand how your body really works. We're playing episode one for you today, and if you like what you hear, you can get more episodes of Body Stuff by following the show wherever you're listening to this.
44 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
The Search for the Queerest Food
Team Rebel Eaters Club is excited to share an episode of a podcast we think you'll like from our friends at America's Test Kitchen. Proof is a podcast that explores the weird and surprising backstories about food. In this episode, an epic journey into a curious, unexamined corner of the food world. In John Birdsall’s 2014 article, "America, Your Food is so Gay,” he describes a particularly indulgent cheese burger as "unflinchingly queer.” For reporter Chad Chenail, this sparked a journey of self-discovery through queer theory, all in an attempt to answer the question: What is the Queerest food?
13 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Bonus: In the Kitchen with Virgie
Virgie wants to make you a snack, a tasty Mexican bread pudding called Capirotada. As she prepares it, she walks you through the recipe and shares the mysterious history of the dish. She also answers listener questions while she creates some kitchen magic!
36 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Eat with Friends with Angela Trakas
Food is a love language. In this season finale, Virgie and good friend Angela Trakas talk about the power of sharing a meal, and all the ways food has made their friendship stronger.
40 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Eating 101 with Dr. Jennifer Brady
"Fill up your tummy!" says dietician Dr. Jennnifer Brady. Dietitians are not immune to fatphobia. It can seep into their training programs and -- ultimately -- the advice they give to patients. Virgie and dietician Jennifer Brady discuss this while savoring croissants and discussing the feminist history of home economics.
3 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Announcing... Rebel Eaters Club merch!
We’ll be back with a new episode next week. In the meantime, check out our merch and this season’s journal prompts on rebeleatersclub.com. And take a few minutes to leave us a voicemail and let us know what you think of the season so far. Call us at (862) 231-5386. You can also subscribe to Queer the Table on your favorite podcast platform and never miss an episode! (Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS)
37 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
SPAM Will Survive the Apocalypse with Dr. Joanne Rondilla
Virgie and Joanne talk SPAM, Filipino food and trying to get their moms to share their most-prized recipes. Join the club by visiting rebeleatersclub.com to download your starter pack!
35 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Food is a Bridge with Francis Lam
Virgie and Francis explore the connections between diet culture and food shame for immigrants to the US, and Virgie discovers what the Chinese Exclusion Act, chop suey palaces, and Chinese-owned laundromats have in common. Join the club by visiting rebeleatersclub.com to download your starter pack!
38 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Debunking the BMI with Dr. Janet Tomiyama
The science is clear: diets don't work. So why is the medical establishment still so obsessed with them? Janet and Virgie break it down. Join the club by visiting rebeleatersclub.com to download your starter pack!
34 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Fatphobia (& Foodphobia) is Anti-Blackness with Da'Shaun Harrison
Virgie and Da'Shaun trace the roots of diet culture all the way back to slavery, talk about navigating the health care system as fat people of color, and explore what it looks like to find love and community.
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