The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

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Event Restriction

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In this podcast Tabitha talks about what she refers to as "event restriction." 

Event restriction is when you anticipate eating more or resting at an event or time in the future, and therefore try to create a "buffer" by restricting more or compensating more via exercise in preparation. 

Event restriction never works. Most people find that is actually makes eating and resting harder, so ironically you struggle even more when you actually get to the big day. Most commonly people event restriction in preparation for Christmas and the festive season. 

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Orthorexia: Why it’s healthy to eat “unhealthy” foods

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In this podcast Tabitha talks about orthorexia and why it is important to be able to eat all kinds of food without stress — including foods that you judge as unhealthy. 

I see orthorexia as a restrictive eating disorder. The goalposts may be slightly altered, but it is still restricting certain types of food that the sufferer deems to be "unhealthy."

If you have orthorexia you may find that you feel stressed about eating things like:

  • Fatty foods
  • Sugar and sweets
  • Salt
  • Artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Pesticides or genetic modification
  • Non-organic foods
  • Animal products
  • Dairy products
  • Anything considered to be unhealthy

People with orthorexia often also get obsessive about foods that they consider to be "healthy". So supplements may be excessively bought and used. Organic foods, foods that are sold as "health" foods. 

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Dear Doctor …

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People with eating disorders, parents, and doctors share what they think doctors should know about eating disorders. 

 

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Dr G: Metabolism

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In this podcast, Tabitha talks to Dr Gaudiani on the topic of metabolism in relation to anorexia and other restrictive eating disorders. 

We talk about:

  • How the metabolism works
  • How restriction affects the metabolism
  • Mental hunger
  • Physical hunger
  • How to eat in recovery to boost your metabolism

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Defining Mental Hunger And Why It Is Important In Anorexia Recovery

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In this Podcast Tabitha talks about mental hunger. We look at:

- What mental hunger is

- What mental hunger represents

- Why responding to mental hunger is important

- Why physical hunger cues are not reliable in Anorexia recovery

- How mental hunger will naturally reduce during the refeeding process

 

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Male vs Female Treatment Experiences in Eating Disorder Treatment

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In this podcast Tabitha talks to Philipa Hay about recent research that looked into male autobiographies of eating disorders and recovery experiences. 

Link to the full research paper --> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485468/

Study Abstract

Eating disorders are increasingly recognized as a problem for men but help-seeking is low and little is known about their treatment experiences. This paper sought to determine the treatment experiences of men who have suffered from an eating disorder using autobiographical data. Inclusion criteria were autobiographies of men who had experienced an eating disorder and sought any form of treatment for this, written in the English language, published between 1995 and 2015, and available for purchase in 2016. The search resulted in six books that were thematically analyzed. Analysis of data resulted in two broad themes (1. Positive experiences; 2. Negative experiences) with sub-themes. With regards to the first theme, factors such as concern of staff members, therapist’s expertise (in treating eating disorders in men), and a collaborative treatment approach were considered favorable for treatment. In contrast to the first theme, apathy of staff members, the authors’ own negative preconceptions, treatment providers being perceived as prioritizing financial concerns, perceived as incompetent and judgmental behavior of therapist(s), and time limitations of sessions were considered unfavorable treatment experiences. In this study, the perceived success of treatment depended on therapist’s features and the form of treatment provided. Further research examining these is indicated.

 

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Defining Restriction. Defining Unrestricted Eating

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In this podcast, Tabitha talks about restriction, and unrestricted eating. Restrictive eating disorders such as Anorexia are often misrepresented as total restriction and not eating. This is often not the case. Many people with Anorexia can eat seemingly "normal" amounts of food and still be operating under rules of restriction. The key is understanding that unrestricted eating is required in order to allow the brain and body to fully exit the Anorexia response. 

Redefining how you think of restriction is often the key to understanding what unrestrictive eating means for you 

 

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Dr G: Tummy Troubles in Eating Disorder Recovery

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Tabitha talks to Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani about all things gastrointestinal in eating disorder recovery! We talk about bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, delayed gastric emptying, and so much more! 

 

 

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Dear Dietitian … what we want you to know about treating Anorexia

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In this podcast we hear from adults with Anorexia, parents of people with Anorexia, and dietiticans treating adults and children with Anorexia about their experiences with dietiticans in the field of eating disorders. This podcast is a mixture of Tabitha Farrar reading out notes sent in from listeners, and audio files from listeners that have been sent in. 


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Cynthia Bulik: Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa

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In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar talks to professor Cynthia Bulik about the research underpinning the genetic locus for Anorexia Nervosa. In this podcast we discuss:

  • Past and present research on the genetics behind Anorexia Nervosa and other eating disorders
  • Implications for treatment
  • Anorexia Nervosa and OCD links
  • History of Anorexia Nervosa back to the starving saints
  • Importance of parents and family support in eating disorders
  • Anorexia and energy deficit
  • Anorexia and money
  • Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa

Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED, is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. She is also Co-Director of the UNC Center for Psychiatric Genomics. Dr. Bulik is also professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about translating science for the public.

May 15, 2017  

Hunger in Anorexia Recovery

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Hunger is a fascinating and crucial topic in Anorexia recovery. Navigating hunger can be difficult when hunger signals are either nonexistent, sporadic, or unrelenting.

At times of under-nutrition, most people with restrictive eating disorders such as Anorexia experience a vast reduction in hunger cues — this is a very normal result of the body moving into starvation mode. When we start to eat in recovery, hunger signals can be all over the place! In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar gives some insight into hunger based on her own experience and also those of the people with whom she was worked.

 


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