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Men's Intuition

Men's Intuition

By Jeff Ash
We've all heard of "women's intuition." However, men have intuition as well! Intuition can and should play a powerful role in helping men (everyone for that matter) when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families while navigating our challenging food environment. This podcast explores and focuses on a variety of topics related to a powerful, evidence-based eating framework called Intuitive Eating that integrates instinct, emotion, and rational thought. My hope is it will help you finally break free of the perpetual diet cycle!
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How Often Should I Weigh Myself? Or, Should I?
In this episode, I share some thoughts on the extremely common question for people new to Intuitive Eating, "How often should I weigh myself?" My goal for this episode is to encourage you to get curious about the scale and its impact on your mindset and emotions. I help you to understand just how the scale can negatively impact our relationship with food and our bodies when we allow it to dictate what and how much we eat and move and just how much it can disrupt the process of working on becoming an intuitive eater. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
19:48
October 03, 2022
Biases In Fitness/Health Pursuits/Coaching For Larger People With Coach Joe Loye
In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with health coach, Joe Loye, about the challenges and biases that people with larger bodies face when trying to pursue fitness and changes in health, especially when they are not intentionally trying to lose weight. Joe has lived experience as someone with a larger body and so he has some special insight to bring to this discussion that I am sure will resonate with so many other men out there who have struggled in this area. Make sure to follow him on social media and reach out to just say, "Hi" and that you enjoyed the episode. Joe Loye is an Educator and Health Coach who helps plus-size people achieve a healthy lifestyle through an anti-diet approach that emphasizes body respect and food confidence. In our discussion, he explains "food confidence" which is a term I absolutely love! For more information about Joe and his work or to get in touch to work with him in a coaching role, you can find him at the links below: Instagram: @jloyecoaching Web: https://www.joeloye.com ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com My group coaching program for men, Equipped to Thrive, starts October 3rd!! For more info, check out the following link: https://hopedrivesme.com/equipped-to-thrive/
48:51
September 02, 2022
Intuitive Eating For Athletes and Active Individuals With Jill Merkel, RD
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jill Merkel, Registered Dietitian, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Take a look at some of her work experience in the area of sports nutrition and you'll see precisely why I was excited to have her on the show: Team Sports Dietitian for the NFL Tennessee Titans for five seasons (2017-2021). Consultant Sports Dietitian for Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) working with NBA G-League players for three seasons (2018-2020). Sports Performance Dietitian for EXOS (performance training department) at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine where she worked with athletes of all ages including youth, high school, collegiate, and professional (NFL, NHL, NBA, and WNBA) (2015-2016). Collegiate sports nutrition experiences at the University of Utah, University of Oregon, University of Louisville, and University of Virginia (2013-2015). Here are some of the things we addressed during our discussion: What does it mean to be an "anti-diet, weight-inclusive dietitian" and how is that different than other dietitians who may not use that label? How and why pursued dietetics and what was it about sports nutrition that she found so appealing? She spoke about her time as the team dietitian for the Tennessee Titans and some of the expectations coaches had regarding player weights. How to incorporate nutrition principles specifically for performance in the context of the Intuitive Eating framework. Supplementation Is there a place for intentional weight loss/gain in the context of performance nutrition when taking a weight-neutral, non-diet approach? And more! If you'd like to work with Jill, she provides support for men, women, and teens so definitely reach out! Instagram: @jillmerkelrd Website: https://jillmerkelrd.com/ Jill also referenced her group coaching program for women starting September 7th, 2022 so if you or someone you know would benefit from this, you can check out her page for more info: https://jillmerkelrd.com/intuitive-eating-support-group/ ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com My group coaching program for men, Equipped to Thrive, starts October 3rd!! For more info, check out the following link: https://hopedrivesme.com/equipped-to-thrive/
59:19
August 27, 2022
Fast Food and Prioritizing the Big Things First
In this episode, I start off by sharing a bit of what's been happening in my personal life lately and how it inspired me to create an IG post as well as this podcast episode where I focus the conversation on prioritizing the big things first. One of the things that I love about the Intuitive Eating framework is how it really teaches/encourages us to prioritize the most important things above everything else. The 10 principles of IE aren't rules to follow but principles to incorporate into the context of our day-to-day lives. So, I distill the principles of IE into 4 key points that I like to emphasize in my own life and with some of my clients. I like to make things practical so I talk about how you can address the common, "I eat too much fast food" thought that many of us have in the context of IE and thinking in terms of applying 3 of these 4 points (one of the points is related to movement so I don't really include that in this example). I offer some thoughts on changing your mindset from "how can I cut back on fast food" to: "Why do I feel like I'm eating too much fast food?" ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
25:19
August 14, 2022
Processed Food and Mental Health
I was recently part of a panel discussion on the topic of processed food and mental health. In this episode, I share a few thoughts about this topic from the perspective of Intuitive Eating as well as some of what the research has to say on this topic. I referenced a couple of different papers in this episode, so here are those links: "Ultra-Processed Food Consumption and Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies" (Lane et al 2022): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9268228/ Intuitive eating and its psychological correlates: Ameta-analysis (Linardon et al 2021): https://breakbingeeating.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Intuitive-eating-and-its-psychological-correlates-A-meta-analysis.pdf ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
17:08
August 01, 2022
How to Move Away From Tracking Calories or Points
In this episode, I share some thoughts on moving away from meticulously tracking calories, macros, WW points, etc. As you'll hear me point out, you don't need to go cold turkey! Intuitive Eating is not a rigid framework or new set of rules but a process of exploration, curiosity, and growth. If you're interested in exploring Intuitive Eating but don't think you're ready to delete MyFitnessPal just yet, have you considered a stepwise approach? Listen in as I share several ideas for how you can get this process started.  ==========================  If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at:  IG: @intuitive.eating.men  Web: hopedrivesme.com
22:30
July 17, 2022
Hospitals, Vending Machines, and Stress ... Oh My!
In this episode, I share some thoughts on chronic health issues, hospitals, vending machines, and stress in the context of Intuitive Eating. I literally recorded this episode immediately after returning home from visiting my wife who has been hospitalized for the past couple of weeks. During this short discussion, I compare and contrast how I navigated this type of life-disruption back when I was calorie/macro counting vs. now as an Intuitive Eater. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
15:50
July 12, 2022
All-Inclusive Cruises/Resorts, Buffets, and Unlimited Pizza and Ice Cream
In this episode, I share some thoughts on my recent experience taking a cruise with my wife and some friends. The cruise included essentially unlimited access to food and alcohol from early morning until 3:00 am. For some, this may sound like heaven. Honestly, going in, I was really looking forward to it because of the way that I have embraced Intuitive Eating and incorporated that into my life. I generally feel very free around food. For others, especially those who are currently dieting it might sound absolutely horrifying or at least bring up some feelings of uneasiness and anxiety. How can we navigate all-inclusive resorts, cruises, buffets, conferences, and even parties when there is going to be an unlimited supply of food? Listen in as I share 5 key things that helped me to navigate this environment without feeling anxious or overwhelmed so that I was able to completely focus on just enjoying the time with my wife and friends. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
23:26
June 27, 2022
Jason Wood: When "Healthy Eating" Becomes Unhealthy (Orthorexia)
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Wood who turned his battle with orthorexia into a mission to break the stigma around men's mental health and eating disorders by launching his blog Orthorexia Bites in 2021 and publishing his memoir, "Starving for Survival" earlier this year. Through numerous podcast appearances, speaking engagements, and his writing, Jason is starting an important conversation that encourages everyone - especially men - on how important it is to speak up and get the help they deserve. From the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), "Although not formally recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, awareness about orthorexia is on the rise. The term ‘orthorexia’ was coined in 1998 and means an obsession with proper or ‘healthful’ eating. Although being aware of and concerned with the nutritional quality of the food you eat isn’t a problem in and of itself, people with orthorexia become so fixated on so-called ‘healthy eating’ that they actually damage their own well-being." There is a lot of stigma, shame, and lack of understanding when it comes to eating disorders in general but men (and those who don't fit the stereotype) often find it very difficult to recognize an eating disorder and subsequently find help because so many think of eating disorders as affecting primarily thin, young, white, more affluent women. The reality is that eating disorders and disordered eating affect people across the socioeconomic, gender, ethnic, and size spectrum. If you'd like more information or to connect with Jason and his work: IG: @orthorexiabites Twitter: @orthorexiab Web: orthorexiabites.com ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
50:03
May 27, 2022
Vanessa Preston: Trauma and Its Impact on Our Relationship With Food
In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Vanessa Preston about trauma and its impact on various aspects of our lives including our relationship with food. Vanessa is a Mental Health Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Nutritionist in Australia (originally from Kentucky). She has provided assessment and therapy services for 14 years and specializes in treating posttraumatic stress disorder and complex trauma. Vanessa is the Body and Food Freedom Program creator and the host of the Body and Food Freedom Podcast where she supports women to make peace with food and their bodies. Vanessa’s group program focuses on self-compassion, shame resiliency, body image healing, and intuitive eating. Some of the topics we discussed include: Vanessa provides a fantastic description of what trauma is and how it impacts us in a variety of ways including our relationship with food. How men are often less inclined to express hurts and emotional struggles and how this can impact our eating habits and behaviors even when the traumatic experience has nothing to do with food directly. How dieting negatively impacts those who are trying to work through their trauma. How non-diet approaches like Intuitive Eating address the needs of those who are recovering from trauma. This was such a wonderful conversation that I know I'll return to again and again and will be sharing with my clients. If you'd like to connect with Vanessa and her work or if her Body and Food Freedom Program sounds like it might be a good fit for you (if you're a woman) or a woman in your life: Instagram: @vanessa_preston_ Web: greenlifepsychology.com Facebook: Vanessaprestonglp ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
58:42
May 19, 2022
Amanda Fitt: Weight-Neutral Nutrition for Climbing and Other Athletic Performance
In this episode, I had a fantastic conversation with Amanda Fitt. Amanda is a nutrition coach for rock climbers and outdoor athletes who want to fuel their bodies and level up their performance, without dieting or restriction. Rock climbing is a sport where the strength to weight ratio can impact performance. It's common for climbers to carefully control or drop weight for the purpose of improving performance or "send" (make it to the top of) that elusive project. However, is there another approach that may be better for improving performance, overall health, and long-term well-being? The practical insights Amanda shares in this episode are not only applicable to climbers but to other athletic pursuits where we might initially think intentionally losing weight may be the answer to improving performance. For more information about Amanda, to follow her content, or to work with her: IG: @purely_nourished Web: www.purelynourishednutrition.com ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
37:02
May 13, 2022
Dr. Greg Dodell, MD - Addressing Health and Patient Care from a Weight-Neutral Perspective
In this episode, I have a wonderful conversation with Dr. Greg Dodell, MD. Dr. Dodell is a board-certified endocrinologist. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his internal medicine and endocrinology Fellowship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, affiliated with Columbia University. He is in private practice at Central Park Endocrinology, PC. This is an important discussion where we talk about his non-judgmental, weight-neutral, weight-inclusive approach to patient care. In a field where prescribed weight loss is quite common (if not the norm) as a significant part of treating type 2 diabetes, PCOS, and other conditions, Dr. Dodell takes a refreshing approach that does not focus on weight loss as an outcome measure. In fact, he doesn't prescribe weight loss! If you're someone who has been constantly told to lose weight when seeking medical care or if you hesitate to seek medical care because of the stigma and inevitable conversations around weight that you may have experienced in the past, this episode is for you! Connecting With Dr. Dodell: IG: @everything_endocrine Web: centralparkendocrinology.com   Twitter: @dodellmd  Research References In This Episode: Jeff's comment related to physical activity improving/protecting against liver fat accumulation independent of changes in BMI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7085252/ Dr. Dodell's reference to the Look AHEAD Trial: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4339027/ ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: IG: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
42:57
May 07, 2022
How Small Steps Can Lead to Big Changes
In this episode, I give 4 different ideas for small steps to help you along your Intuitive Eating journey. Intuitive Eating is a significant change compared to the way our culture and society address health and nutrition so taking a stepwise approach means you can focus on small, less overwhelming changes. Here's a quick summary of the ideas that I discuss in this episode: Go a whole day or week without getting on the scale. Go a whole day or week without looking at yourself in the mirror naked or partially clothed. Take off your fitness tracker or Apple Watch for a whole day or week. Go an entire day, weekend, or week without tracking food in MyFitnessPal or some other app. The idea is to pick one that might be most helpful to you and where you are right now on your journey (not all at once). If you're currently working with a therapist, RD, or coach, I would highly recommend discussing it with them first so that you make sure it aligns with anything else you may be working on currently. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
18:16
April 24, 2022
Katy Harvey and How Men Can Help Their Spouse/Partner on Their IE Journey
In this episode, I have a great conversation with Katy Harvey, a non-diet dietitian who specializes in Intuitive Eating and body acceptance. She is based in Kansas City, and through her online resources and programs, she teaches people from all around the world to listen to their bodies, trust themselves with food, and ditch diet culture. Katy is also the host of the Rebuilding Trust With Your Body podcast (which happens to be one of my favorites, personally). We discussed an important topic about how men can help support their female spouses/partners on their Intuitive Eating journey if they are not themselves ready to move away from dieting and weight-centered fitness. We also talked about how fathers can support their kids and family overall around food and body image when mom is working on Intuitive Eating and how to prevent kids from having food/body image problems as they grow up. You can also find a video version of our conversation if you on my YouTube channel. To learn more about Katy and/or contact her for help/support, here's how you can do that: Website: katyharvey.net IG: @katyharvey.rd FB: @katyharveyrd FB Group: Intuitive Eating Made Easy ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
55:01
April 13, 2022
Does Intentional Weight Loss Interfere With Intuitive Eating?
In this very short episode, I offer a few thoughts to consider if you are someone who likes the idea of developing the principles of the Intuitive Eating framework while still pursuing intentional weight loss. Does this pursuit of weight loss interfere with Intuitive Eating? Why is the principle of rejecting the diet mentality stressed so much in Intuitive Eating? I encourage you to simply listen and then do some honest reflection. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or for any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
08:58
April 05, 2022
Shift Workers and Intuitive Eating With Guest Roger Sutherland
In this episode, I interview my good friend and colleague, Roger Sutherland from A Healthy Shift. Roger is a veteran 24/7 shift worker of more than 37 years in front-line law enforcement in Melbourne, Australia. Now an MNU certified nutritionist Roger coaches shift working clients 1:1 in nutrition, health, and wellbeing to cope with the rigors of shift work. Roger still performs 24/7 shift work to this day so he gets it. In this fantastic discussion, Roger expertly answers the following questions for us:   What is the prevalence of shift workers in society today? Does shift work affect men and women differently? As a coach what do we really need to consider that is specific to shift working clients? Tell me about your pivot to using a weight-neutral approach and specifically Intuitive Eating for shift workers. What did your coaching look like before and what were some of the driving factors that changed your thinking? Tell me about values-driven coaching. How is this beneficial for shift workers? We don't endorse fasting, but why is an overnight fast important biologically, and how can shift workers navigate this in a way that doesn't cause restriction, deprivation, or neglect hunger cues?   If you have any questions or would like to work with Roger, you can find him on Instagram @a_healthy_shift.  As always, if I can be of any assistance you can find me on IG @intuitive.eating.men or on the web at https://hopedrivesme.com.
56:35
March 29, 2022
How to Talk to Your Spouse/Partner About Your IE Journey
In this episode, I share 4 things to consider when talking with your spouse or partner about your Intuitive Eating journey. This is a common issue since Intuitive Eating is so different from what we are constantly fed by the media, friends, family, and the health/fitness industry. These tips should be helpful for you regardless of your gender. If you prefer a video version, check out my YouTube channel. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
23:53
March 17, 2022
How Can Eating For Satisfaction Help Regulate My Food Intake?
In this episode, I address a common question that comes up for those just starting out with Intuitive Eating which is, "How can eating for satisfaction help regulate my food intake?" ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
24:02
February 22, 2022
I'm Concerned About My Kids' Eating Habits
In this episode, I discuss this common concern with parents and other adult feeders: "I'm concerned about my kids' eating habits." For most of us, this concern is just part of being a parent. We just want the best for our kids. We want them to grow up healthy. We want them to avoid the pitfalls that we may have experienced over the course of our life. Honestly, for so many, it's a fear that our kids may end up fat because of the stigma and pressure society puts on us as individuals and parents to keep our own bodies within a certain acceptable range as well as the bodies of our children. In this discussion, I lay out a brief overview of a wonderful framework that, when implemented, can help your children develop a healthy relationship with both food and their bodies while also growing into the body that is right for them. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
36:37
February 08, 2022
I'm Struggling With Managing Hunger
In this episode, I address the issue/struggle/problem with managing our hunger over the course of the day. This common issue comes up a lot for people, especially if they've been on and off diets for a long time. Join me as I share some thoughts on this topic and some practical ways to address the issue. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
27:18
January 26, 2022
I'm Struggling With Late Evening Snacking
In this episode, we address the issue/struggle/problem with late evening snacking. This is that common scenario many of us find ourselves struggling with on a regular basis or even every night. It's especially common in those with a long history of dieting and we'll discuss why this is. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
24:05
January 20, 2022
I Keep Losing/Gaining the Same Weight Over and Over
In this first official episode of the podcast, I discuss one of the most common issues where people struggle in our society: losing and gaining the same weight over and over and over. If you're familiar with Intuitive Eating and its 10 principles, you should know where my approach to addressing this issue is going to take us. However, if most of what you are familiar with is the idea that you just need to find the right diet, stay disciplined, eat the right foods, avoid the bad foods, etc. then my hope is that you'll be intrigued by another perspective on this age-old problem. ========================== If you'd like to contact me to work together, provide feedback on the podcast, ask clarifying questions, provide a suggestion for a guest or future episode, or any other reason (other than to sell me something) you can find me at: Instagram: @intuitive.eating.men Web: hopedrivesme.com
47:08
January 11, 2022
What Can I Expect From This Podcast?
Welcome to the Men's Intuition Podcast! We've all heard of "women's intuition”, right? Well, men have intuition as well! Intuition is so important when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families in our challenging food environment. This podcast explores a variety of topics related to a powerful, evidence-based eating framework called Intuitive Eating that integrates instinct, emotion, and rational thought. My hope is it will help you finally break free of the perpetual diet cycle! This first, very short episode is a brief introduction to the podcast, who I am, and what you can expect going forward. I would greatly appreciate it if you subscribe, leave a review (once additional episodes are available), and share with anyone who you think might benefit from this information. As always, you can find me online ... Instagram - @intuitive.eating.men Web - hopedrivesme.com
03:30
January 08, 2022