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Let's Gut Real - Easy to Digest Nutrition Science

Making nutrition science accessible and easy-to-digest. Andrea Hardy, Canada’s Gut Health Dietitian, is on a mission to connect people to credible, up-to-date nutrition information about gut health and digestive disorders. Nutrition misinformation is rampant. If nutrition advice online scares you, it’s probably not true. Let’s Gut Real is all taking the fear out of nutrition messaging, cultivating critical thinking, and helping you understand nutrition science. Andrea talks with guests about digestive health, the gut microbiome, hot nutrition topics, and nutrition misinformation, sharing messages that are easy to consume and that inspire sustainable action. Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humour, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favourite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2.

Jul 13, 2021

We discuss how under-nourishing, which can arise from restricted eating can lead to slower digestion, exacerbate gut symptoms and lead to further restricted eating patterns.

This week I interview Rachael Hartley, fellow digestive health dietician on the intersection between IBS and eating disorders.

Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, is a Columbia, SC-based nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor and nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert who is passionate about helping others rediscover the joy of eating and foster a healthier relationship with food.

She is the founder of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, a weight-inclusive practice where she specializes in disordered eating and healing from chronic dieting, IBS and other digestive disorders, and women's health. She also runs the popular blog The Joy of Eating, where she shares practical intuitive eating advice and non-diet recipes and is featured regularly in national media outlets. Rachael also presents regularly about intuitive eating and non-diet nutrition to professional audiences and the general public.

We talk about:

  • How Rachael became interested in the field of eating disorders
  • The prevalence of digestive symptoms in eating disorders/disordered eating
  • Some screening/red flags to consider when working with clients with IBS
  • How to treat digestive symptoms in a patient with eating disorders
  • What role does the gut-brain connection play in cases of IBS and eating disorders?
  • What other interventions we can implement that doesn’t require restricted eating
  • What is the link between feeling stressed about eating and the reaction our gut experiences as a result of that?
  • Who is a good candidate for low-FODMAP diet?
  • What are the risks of the low-FODMAP diet?
  • Pathologizing bloating
  • What about gut directed hypnotherapy?
  • Does medication have a place in IBS management?

Connect with Rachael at or on instagram @rachaelhartleyrd or on her Facebook here as well!