Hi! My name is Jo Gale, I use she/her pronouns and welcome to THE THICK OF IT podcast.

I am a movement teacher and educator, a body liberation advocate and a community builder, which is a lot of fancy ways to tell you I have a deep interest in all facets of the human experience. I teach PIlates/Fitness classes weekly, I teach other movement folks how to make space for Inclusion in their practices and I am also engaged in local Politics, here where I live in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

THE THICK OF IT is a podcast where we explore a diverse range of topics orbiting around a central theme of Body Politics and Wellness. The inspiration for this podcast was born in the THICK of winter Covid-19 lockdowns here in Ontario, Canada, when many of my friends and colleagues were engaging in interesting, evocative and challenging discussion. I briefly hosted a weekly IGTV show, as my own way to make a platform for folks who were working toward change in various industries.

I hope to expand on some of the subjects covered in those chats, with return guests and explore new points of view as well. In this season a few topics we cover are: Disordered eating and Diet culture, the meaning of trauma informed wellness practices, Identity Politics and mental health and MORE.

I’m excited to share these discussions, and I hope you enjoy listening.

Welcome to The Thick Of It

Shanèl Dear : Not Here For Your Diversity Clout

February 9, 2022

Welcome to The Thick of It this week. Glad to have you. I’m super excited to have Shanèl Dear on the show today. Shanèl is a fellow movement teacher, but also a speaker and activist based in Toronto, but currently in Montreal. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 3 years, she teaches […]


Fran Allen : Finding Fun in Food

January 27, 2022

Hi friends, welcome to the podcast this week. I’m so excited to have  my friend and colleague non-diet nutritionist and recipe developer Fran Allen on The Thick of It today. Our conversation today circles around topics familiar to this show like intuitive eating, body image challenges and creating community for bigger bodies: but Fran and […]


Jordan Carrier : Big Auntie Energy

January 27, 2022

This week, Jordan Carrier is on the show: and her insights and stories are truly a balm for these hard, tense days we are going though in early 2022. In this conversation we talk about: the importance of Language for Indigenous communities, her experience growing up in Saskatchewan and then moving to Hamilton, Community and […]


Mid Season Check in with Jo

January 5, 2022

How’s it going? Next week I’m excited to start 2022 with a NEW full episode of The Thick Of It, featuring Urban Indigenous Community Advocate Jordan Carrier. But this week I wanted to check in. How are you doing? Listen right here on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


Jamie Boer : Size Inclusive Wellness Spaces

December 7, 2021

Today on the show, I talk to Jamie Boer (she/her) a Massage Therapist turned entrepreneur and founder of Eastwood Wellness Company in Toronto. Eastwood is a company that focuses on making wellness size inclusive and welcoming for all bodies. We are committed to dismantling diet culture, encouraging self-care, and connecting meaningfully with our community.  We […]


Michelle Cordeiro : No Bad Foods

December 7, 2021

Hey folks, welcome to The Thick of It! Today on the show I am so excited to have my chat with Michelle Cordeiro. Michelle (she/her) is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and Anti-Diet Nutritionist who is passionate about rewriting the script around food and wellness. She works from an anti-diet, Health at Every Size (HAES) […]


Sarah B : Existing in Shades of Grey

November 24, 2021

Hey, I’m so glad to have you back listening for episode 4! So a big part of this show, is that I wanted to give my guests a chance to introduce themselves. It seems like a simple thing, but I really believe giving people space to step into their own identity is so empowering.  In […]


Christopher Bourke : Witnessing Waves of Energy Through Movement

November 19, 2021

Today on the show I’m sharing my conversation with Christopher Bourke. Chris is a counsellor and movement educator with 10 years of experience working in the field of community mental health.  I’m super excited to share this conversation with you as Chris and I are quite close friends, and our on mic chemistry is pretty […]


Katie McCrindle : Creating Safe and Brave Spaces

November 10, 2021

Today on the show, I’m so excited to have Katie McCrindle on as my guest. Katie McCrindle (she/they) is a Body Liberation Counsellor, Registered Social Worker and Fat Activist who lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario. She identifies as fat as a way of reclaiming the word and situating herself in a political identity. She […]


The Thick Of It: Episode 1 — Robin Lacambra

November 2, 2021

We made it, here, to the first episode of this podcast: The Thick of It with Jo Gale (that’s me) and I’m so excited for you to be here with me. I have 6 episodes lined up for you that I recorded this fall. I’m so proud of these real, creative and varied conversations and I hope they […]



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