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"It Felt Like I Could Never Be Healthy Enough."

"It Felt Like I Could Never Be Healthy Enough."

Update: 2023-11-16


Today Virginia is chatting about body autonomy, diet culture, and chronic health conditions, with Leigh Kamping-Carder, who writes The Heart Dialogues.

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Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she and her guests give are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.


Virginia's story as a mom to a 10-year-old with a heart condition

Not everybody wants to be known as a “heart warrior.”

How to advocate for yourself at doctors’ offices

It is only shockingly recently that pain management has become as big of a focus as it is in pediatric care.

the weird history where doctors thought babies didn’t really experience pain

For a deep dive into how intense medical experiences impact children and what recovery can look like, Virginia loves this book.

There are definitely small things parents can do to improve that dynamic.

Leigh interviewed a model about her scar.

an essay Virginia wrote about having to let go of medical mom guilt.

Heavyweight by Jonathan Goldstein

FAT TALK is out! Order your signed copy from Virginia's favorite independent bookstore, Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the US!). Or order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & NobleAmazonTarget, or Kobo or anywhere else you like to buy books. You can also order the audio book from or Audible.


The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting anti-diet, body liberation journalism. 

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"It Felt Like I Could Never Be Healthy Enough."

"It Felt Like I Could Never Be Healthy Enough."

Virginia Sole-Smith and Leigh Kamping-Carder