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February 28, 2017  

EDAW2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Sex, Relationships, Family, Friends, Kids

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In this special podcast for Eating Disorder Awareness week, I share some stories and experiences from adults in recovery from eating disorders. Today the focus is relationships, sex, family and kids!

Adults in recovery from eating disorders face different challenges than children and teenagers do. The idea behind AEDRA — Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults is that we focus on adults and the specific problems that an adult in recovery will face.

The sex/relationships one is a big topic of conversation for adults. Lack of libido tends to lead to a dramatic fall in the desire to participate in sexual activity. Also the irritability and other disposition changes that many sufferers face as a reaction to malnutrition isn’t exactly a relationship booster. Family life can be fraught as it is, but when an eating disorder barges in it takes on a whole new level of tension.

From lack of interest in sex, to dealing with family reactions to weight loss. That is what we are talking about today.


Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults website: http://www.adulteatingdisorderrecovery.com/en/

Private adults only online support group: http://tabithafarrar.com/slack-forum/

Blogs on Anorexia and Money: http://tabithafarrar.com/2016/10/anorexia-money-recovery-meant-look-relationship/

Twitter @Love_Fat_    and @ED_MealSupport


If you want to send me your thoughts on tomorrow’s topic please email me at info@tabithafarrar.com. The Topics that will be covered this week are as follows:

Mon – Work/money – financial issues due to being sick
Tue – Family – partners and children
Wed – Entrenched behaviours/ personal identity crisis after 5,10,20,30 + years of ED identity
Thur – Loneliness
Fri – Not being treated like an adult in treatment

February 27, 2017  

EDAW2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Money and Work

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In this special podcast for Eating Disorder Awareness week, I share some stories and experiences from adults in recovery from eating disorders. Today the focus is money and work.

Adults in recovery from eating disorders face different challenges than children and teenagers do. The idea behind AEDRA — Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults is that we focus on adults and the specific problems that an adult in recovery will face.

The money and work one is a big topic of conversation for adults. We often have to pay for our own treatment. What do we do when we are too sick to work? Recovery is a full time job, so what about taking time out for that? And then there are the money-spending problems that many people with restrictive eating disorders have.

From spending money on putting the heating on to keep a thin and frail body warm enough, to paying thousands for treatment, to actually forking out for that piece of cake that you know you are scared to eat. It all adds up to a lot of money stress. That is what we are talking about today.


Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults website: http://www.adulteatingdisorderrecovery.com/en/

Private adults only online support group: http://tabithafarrar.com/slack-forum/

Blogs on Anorexia and Money: http://tabithafarrar.com/2016/10/anorexia-money-recovery-meant-look-relationship/

Twitter @Love_Fat_    and @ED_MealSupport


If you want to send me your thoughts on tomorrow’s topic please email me at info@tabithafarrar.com. The Topics that will be covered this week are as follows:

Mon – Work/money – financial issues due to being sick
Tue – Family – partners and children
Wed – Entrenched behaviours/ personal identity crisis after 5,10,20,30 + years of ED identity
Thur – Loneliness
Fri – Not being treated like an adult in treatment

February 26, 2017  

Eva Musby on The Surprising Truth about Care for Parents and Partners

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In this podcast Tabitha has the pleasure of chatting with parent advocate and coach Eva Musby. We talk about:

  • Nonviolent communication skills
  • Exhaustion, shame, regrets, and how to deal with these normal emotions
  • How kindness can heal for all parties involved
  • Origins of stress for parents of people with eating disorders
  • Types of stress and how eating disorder play into them
  • How to really not take rebuttal, hate, and withdrawal personally
  • Setting up for the long haul – as eating disorders can take years to treat
  • Nurturing friendships, mindfulness, living with joy to enable you to stay in it for the long haul.
  • Self compassion vs self esteem — and why you need both!
  • Why you need to take time out – and how to do it!
  • Action! How taking action can relieve stress for parents and caregiver.
  • The importance of getting support

Links:

Eva Musby: www.evamusby.co.uk
Support that Eva Musby offers parents: http://evamusby.co.uk/individual-support/
Videos offering practical and emotional tools:
FaceBook Links
Twitter is @evamusby
Resources mentioned in the podcast:
Laura Collins’ resources about parents not causing eating disorders:
Kristin Neff’s TED talk “The space between self-esteem and self-compassion” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvtZBUSplr4

 

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February 24, 2017  

Why Finding And Eliminating Hidden Restriction Aids Anorexia Recovery

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In this podcast Tabitha talks about her experience with recovery binges when she was recovering from Anorexia. She describes how she went from restriction, into a binge-restrict cycle. More importantly, she talks about how the way out of that binge-restrict cycle is to find the restriction that is still present in your eating and eliminate it. thus allowing the body to eat freely and unlimited.

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More information on this topic in the following blog posts:

Extreme Hunger

Why You Cannot Possibly Eat Too Much In Recovery From Anorexia

Video about Recovery Eating. 


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February 20, 2017  

Author Christina Fisanick on Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

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Tabitha talks to Christina Fisanick about her experience with Binge Eating Disorder.

In this podcast we talk about:

  • Being honest in recovery
  • Understanding that anybody can relapse
  • The Anorexia recovery binges are not Binge Eating Disorder. More on this here: http://tabithafarrar.com/2017/02/recovery-binges-not-end-world/
  • Important of using support in Binge Eating Disorder Recovery
  • The assumptions that are made about Binge Eating Disorder
  • Mindfulness and Binge Eating Disorder Recovery.
  • Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder not being weight loss orientated.
  • Being healthy in your own size.

Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. is professor of English at California University of Pennsylvania and the author of more than 35 books. Her memoir, The Optimistic Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder, explores her more than 30 year battle with an eating disorder and other personal challenges. Her most recent writing has appeared on the National Eating Disorder Association’s website and on her blog, Optimistic Food Addict. She is the founder of Food Addiction Recovery, a Facebook-based support group which has nearly 9,000 members.

The Optimistic Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder
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Website: OptimisticFoodAddict.com

 

Other resources:

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/stories-of-hope/christina-fisanick-greer-phd

Facebook/FoodAddictionRecovery

 

AEDRA Meal Support:

http://www.adulteatingdisorderrecovery.com/en/


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February 12, 2017  

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh: The Power of Community Support

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In this podcast Tabitha gets to talk to one of her favorite eating disorder experts: Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh. We discuss FEAST, eating disorder peer support forums, and how to take the sting out of an eating disorder diagnosis for the family members involved.

Laura founded FEAST, and this website is a true gift for any parent navigating the world of eating disorders. Since FEAST Laura has stayed active in the eating disorder parent community and works with treatment centers on how they can better gear services towards families from start to end.

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh wrote the book “Eating With Your Anorexic,” which provided a blueprint for all parents struggling with the elemental challenge of parenting a child with anorexia nervosa.

In 2008, Laura became the original Executive Director of FEAST — Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders.

Laura now operates Circum Mensam. She offers her knowledge and experience in the field of eating disorders from a parent perspective to educational and advocacy organizations. Starting in 2017 Laura is also providing services for parents as well: through private consultations and Starfish Packages.

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh now offers “Starfish Packages,” a colorful Priority Mail package filled with information and courage for parents of newly diagnosed patients. She also hosts a new podcast called NEW PLATES  about how parents and treatment teams can collaborate to support eating disorder patients toward recovery, and build resilient families.

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February 5, 2017  

Former NFL Player Patrick Devenny Talks About His Experience With Bulimia

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In this podcast, Tabitha talks with former NFL player Patrick Devenny about being a man with Bulimia. We talk about the mental and physical complications that his illness brought and how these affected his life. We also talk about the role of exercise and how Patrick’s compulsion to exercise was a large part of the problem. Patrick is now on a recovery path, and while he says that there is still a way to go, he knows that the treatment that he has received from the eating disorder specialists that he has worked with has been invaluable to his recovery.

It takes incredible strength to recover from an eating disorder. It takes even more self acceptance to talk about it openly in a world where many people believe that eating disorders are a phase that teenage girls go through. Patrick is doing a fantastic service by talking about his experience with bulimia. It shows incredible strength and courage and I hope that he will lead the way so that more men can get treatment.


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