Coming to you from across the pond, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jemma Richards from the Love This Food Thing podcast. Now in the show’s fifth season, Jemma opens the door to conversations about food, creating a “smorgasbord” of stories for people to relate to and find support in. While we live thousands of miles away from each other, we found common ground in our ideas on food, society, and our desire to create a community of like-minded people. Through her show, much like mine, Jemma works to promote healing through the modality of sharing stories and encouraging conversation. I encourage you to check out her podcast and blog after this episode, as I am certain you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed our deep conversation.
“I'm trying to open up the conversation and have something for everybody.”
Jemma Richards is the creator and host of the Love This Food Thing Podcast. The podcast pivots on the premise, “food: friend or foe?” After years of eating disorders but now recovered, Jemma decided to open up the conversation to find out how other people manage their relationship with food, and how it affects their behavior. Jemma believes that eating disorders are symptomatic of an imbalanced relationship with the Self, but if properly understood and recovered from, they can be powerful healing tools. Alongside hosting the podcast, she is also a voiceover artist and writer who shuttles between London and the lovely British seaside.
* Trigger Warning: This episode contains talk of eating disorders
Introducing “Love This Food Thing” podcast host – Jemma Richards
Richard and Jemma’s personal struggles with food
Her “ah-ha” moment where she found help
Healing is more about incorporating it into one’s system
Is bread the healer of the world or a method of control?
The reasons behind a plant based diet
Are we eating too much?
How Jemma promotes healing with her podcast
What five foods would you take to an island of your choice?
Cultural differences regarding food in the United States and the United Kingdom
The economics behind healthy eating
Pending issues in the food supply chain
An idea for community initiatives and gardens
Using social media to promote community
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Past episodes mentioned: Sylvia Earle
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