The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

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July 24, 2017  

Eating Disorders and PTSD

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Tabitha Farrar talks to writer, speaker, and songwriter Jenni Schaefer about her recovery from Anorexia, and subsequent experiences with PTSD. 

In this podcast we talk about:

  • Hope and ACTION in eating disorder recovery
  • Motivation to recover
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Exercise and lower-level movement in eating disorders 
  • Recognising the symptoms of PTSD
  • The importance of finding treatment suited to you as an individual

 

 

 

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Exercise Trackers, BMI, Obesity, and Anorexia Treatment

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In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Courtney Simpson about the work that she is doing looking at fitness tracker use amoungst people with eating disorders. We cover a lot of topics in this podcast that was originally about fitness trackers and the number of people with Anoreixa who use them to count calories and exercise. 

 

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How ARFID differs from AN/BN — science of picky eating

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Tabitha Farrar talks to Hana Zickgraf about a recently published research paper titled: Adult picky eaters with symptoms of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: comparable distress and comorbidity but different eating behaviors compared to those with disordered eating symptoms

Link to orginal study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5086050/

Study summary

Picky eaters are people who avoid many new and familiar foods because they dislike their taste, smell, texture, or appearance. When it is severe, picky eating can lead to weight loss or difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, nutritional deficiencies, dependence on supplements to get adequate nutrition or calories, or difficulty engaging in daily life because of shame, anxiety, or inconvenience. People who experience one or more of these consequences because of their picky eating can be diagnosed with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). People who restrict the amount of food they consume because they are afraid of gaining weight or being fat (and who usually engage in excessive exercise or purging behaviors to get rid of calories) are diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia when their eating leads to weight loss, nutritional problems, or interferes with life. ARFID is a new diagnosis, and in this paper, we show that 1) adults with ARFID symptoms are just as distressed, and just as likely to have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder, as those with anorexia or bulimia, but that 2) adults with ARFID symptoms show very different types of eating behavior from adults with symptoms of anorexia or bulimia.

June 5, 2017  

Eating Disorder Recovery and Pregnancy

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Tabitha Farrar talks to Brooke Mills about pregnancy in the years after recovering from an eating disorder. We talk specifically about the effects of Bulimia behaviours on pregnancy, and the importance of establishing a solid recovery before getting pregnant. 

  • Morning sickness and bulimia triggers
  • Sustaining recovery thoughout pregnancy
  • Problems that can arise when behaviours are present during pregnancy
  • Using family and friends to help in recovery

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May 8, 2017  

Julie Duffy Dillon on Fat Positive Attitudes to Nutritional Advice

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Tabitha talks to registered dietician Julie Duffy Dillon about:

  • Why a fat positive approach is needed
  • Eating disorder prevention
  • Food is not on a dichotomy of good and bad
  • Education and research on fat positive approaches
  • The problem with people with eating disorders becoming nutritional advisors
  • The canary in the coal mine
  • The problem with nutritional science
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and eating disorder
Instagram @FoodPeaceDietitian
My podcast Love Food: on iTunes or via my blog: http://www.juliedillonrd.com/blog/
Bio:
Julie Duffy Dillon is a Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert partnering with people on their Food Peace journey. She is trained as a mental health counselor and supervises dietitians and other health professionals to help using weight inclusive and attuned eating strategies. She owns central North Carolina’s group nutrition private practice and premier source of eating disorder treatment and prevention, BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy. Julie also produces and hosts the weekly podcast, Love Food. Learn more at JulieDillonRD.com.

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May 3, 2017  

Carmen Cool on HAES and Community Power

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In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to psychotherapist Carmen Cool about the origins and evolution of Health at Every Size and the power of community when it comes to eating disorder recovery.

Carman Cool’s Website: http://www.carmencool.com


 

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April 23, 2017  

Family Based Treatment for Adults and Problems of Fat Phobia in Eating Disorder Treatment

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In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Rachel Millner — psychotherapist about:

  • How to manage recovery in a society where there is a large amount of body discontent.
  • How to apply Family Based Treatment to adults in recovery from eating disorders.
  • The pros and cons of people in recovery helping other people with eating disorders.
  • How to keep the family dynamic “cool” when there is an eating disorder in the house.
  • Fat phobia within the eating disorder community.
  • The importance of a food-first approach to eating disorder recovery.
  • Recovery IS POSSIBLE and there is always hope

Dr. Millner is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant International University) in San Diego and completed an APA (American Psychological Association) approved internship at the University of Buffalo.

http://www.rachelmillner.com/


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April 17, 2017  

Professor Janet Treasure: Maudsley, Adults with Eating Disorders, and Community

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In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Professor Janet Treasure about:

  • The Maudsley approach to treating eating disorders with family support and how this has progressed over the years
  • 35+ years of eating disorder treatment and research
  • The power of community support for adults with eating disorders and caregivers/spouses/family of people with eating disorders
  • Oxytocin and the importance of human interaction in recovery
  • Online support for people who are unable to access other types of support

Professor Janet Treasure, OBE PhD FRCP FRCPsych has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders at the South London and Maudsley Hospital and had an academic career at King’s College, London for the majority of her career. The Unit continues to be one of the premier European academic centres for eating disorders. In their innovative approach to training and treatment they have adopted the newest technologies including iPODs, DVDs and web-based programmes as part of their interventions. Professor Treasure has spearheaded projects that introduce recovered patients and carers into the audit and development plans for clinical services and also in the delivery of training for professionals, carers and patients.

Professor Treasure was made a Professor of Psychiatry in 2000 and awarded an OBE for her work in eating disorders in 2013. Her research has led to greater understanding of, and better treatments for, anorexia and bulimia. Much of her research focusing on the development of new treatments has been carried out collaboratively with, and often inspired by patients and their families. As well as editing professional texts, Professor Treasure has written several self-help books for people with eating disorders (Schmidt & Treasure, 1993; Treasure, 1997). Guided self-help using books such as these are recommended in the NICE guidelines as a first stage of treatment.

The Maudsley Website


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April 9, 2017  

Audrey Boss: Beyond Chocolate

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Tabitha Farrar talks to Audrey Boss from the UK’s leading non-diet community Beyond Chocolate.

We talk about the history behind Beyond Chocolate’s no diet approach to health and happiness, the power of community when swimming against mainstream food and diet conceptions, and the choices that we make about our bodies.

Beyond Chocolate website: http://www.beyondchocolate.co.uk/


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April 1, 2017  

Aaron Flores on HAES and a Weight-Neutral Approach to Binge Eating Disorder

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In this podcast I talk to RD Aaron Flores about HAES and weight-neutral approaches to treating BED.
Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California.  With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings.  A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder.  Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents at Destinations to Recovery and with adults at La Ventana Treatment Centers.  He currently works part-time at Center for Discovery and part-time in his private practice in Calabasas, CA.  His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. Aaron’s work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and was the closing keynote speaker of the 2016 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.
LINKS:
Facebook.com/bvmrd — Facebook
Twitter.com/@bvmrd – Twitter

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March 28, 2017  

Julie O’Toole: Parents do not cause eating disorders

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In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to pediatrician Julie O’Toole. We discuss:

  • Progression of the Kartini Clinic – Kartini Clinic is an internationally recognized pediatric eating disorder treatment program for boys and girls.
  • Strength of outpatient setting for treating eating disorders in both children and adults.
  • Importance of empowering parents to help continue treatment in the home
  • Steep stepdown of IP to OP and how this can be overcome
  • What the process of putting a child into a higher level of care looks like from the intake form onwards
  • How attitudes towards eating disorders have changed over the last couple of decades
  • The importance of a food-first approach for weight restoration

Give food a chance on Amazon

Kartiniclinic.com –> Kartnini Blog


JULIE O’TOOLE, MD, MPH CEDS

Dr. Julie O’Toole is founder and Chief Medical Officer of Kartini Clinic. Dr. O’Toole is a board certified pediatrician and has been in private pediatric practice for more than two decades.

 


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March 25, 2017  

Calorie Counts On Labels: Request In Canada To Repeal The Act

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This week Tabitha talks to Andrea LeMarre about the harmful effect of calorie counts on food packets and in restaurant chains.

  • Calorie counts on labels and what this mean for people with eating disorders.
  • How you can get involved and have your voice heard.
  • Talking more about eating disorders in the public space.
  • How seeing calorie information can utterly derail a person in recovery from an eating disorder.

Links:

Andrea LeMarre Blog

Science of Eating Disorders Blog

 


Tabitha’s commentary:

If you knew how much seeing calorie values displayed on food items and in restaurants affects someone with an eating disorder such as Anorexia, you’d not think it was ethical.

I’ll tell you about it. When I was trying to weight restore I wanted to eat. However, seeing a calorie value on a food would put my brain into fight-flight-freeze making it impossible to make a decision. Another thing that happens when this HPA axis response in the brain kicks off is that one can feel nauseous, short of breath, panicked and therefore trying to eat becomes not only uncomfortable but almost impossible because my throat would feel like it was closing up — it’s the same feeling you get when you are about to cry.

So yes, a full-blown fear response in public that I would have to pretend wasn’t happening which would usually result in an about-turn and leaving without eating. This was not be being a prat, it is a mental illness which means I can have a fear-response to that sort of thing on par with the type you might have if you see a rattlesnake.

That response has never gone away with full recovery. It is still there, but my fully nourished brain can dismiss it and override it in a way that it could not when I was underweight. Now it creates anger to see calorie values on food. We do not need to know the precise amount of calories or fat or anything else about our food.

Your body is not a calculator. We do not need to know what exact percentage of fat or any other nutrient in is in what we eat. The body will work it out and balance it’s own intake if we stop trying to interfere. The point is that putting calorie values on food is futile at best, but at worst causes people to artificially alter what they eat as they try to be “healthy” and all this does is create imbalance in the body which usually leads to some sort of battle between what the body wants to eat and what is actually consumed. And that’s not even going into the problems that calorie labelling elicits in a person with an eating disorder.

We need to stop messing around with the relationship humans have with food. When we push people to make decisions based on arbitrary values such as calories, we put the body and brain out of sync.


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March 21, 2017  

DBT for Eating Disorder Recovery

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In this podcast, Tabitha talks to Dr Lucene Wisniewski on how DBT can be implemented in treatment for eating disorders such as Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.

Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED is a clinician, trainer and researcher whose interests center around using empirically founded treatments to inform clinical practice.  Lucene, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, has taught more than 150 workshops, lectures and presentations on Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapies internationally and has over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and invited book chapters.  From 2006-2014, Lucene was Clinical Director and co-founder of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders, a comprehensive eating disorder treatment program offering evidenced based care. She served as the Chief Clinical Integrity Officer of the Emily Program, a multi-state eating disorder program from 2014-2017.   Lucene has been elected fellow, has served on the board of directors, and as the co-chair of the Borderline Personality Disorder special interest group of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).  In 2013 the AED awarded Lucene the Outstanding Clinician Award to acknowledge her contribution to the field of eating disorder treatment. She is currently the owner and founder of Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, LLC and DBTOHIO.  

www.lucenewisniewski.com

 


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March 18, 2017  

Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast: Kristina Saffran on Project Heal

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In this podcast Tabitha talks to Kristina Saffran on the start and progression of Project Heal.

In this podcast we talk about:

  • The message that recovery is possible for everyone
  • The upcoming projects that Project Heal has
  • The need for substantial increases in lower-level care options.
  • Funding and fundraising for people who cannot afford eating disorder treatment.

 

Find out more about Project Heal here: http://theprojectheal.org/


 

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March 14, 2017  

Thom Rutledge: Learning To Talk Back At The Eating Disorder Voice

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In this podcast I talk to psychotherapist and author Thom Rutledge about addition, eating disorders, and ignoring the negative inner voice.
Thom Rutledge, LCSW is a psychotherapist in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including Embracing Fear, The Self-Forgiveness Handbook, The Greater Possibilities, Simple Truth and is co-author (with Jenni Schaefer) of Life Without Ed. Thom has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Australia’s Channel 10 and has consulted with The Dr. Phil Show. For more information about Thom’s books, workshops and availability for Skype or telephone consultations, visit www.thomrutledge.com.
 
Thom’s Nutshell Wisdom Gift Shop: www.cafepress.com/nutshells
 
Thom’s FREE Download Page: www.thomrutledge.com/free-downloads


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March 10, 2017  

What do Registered Dietitians Actually Do in Eating Disorder Recovery?

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In this podcast I talk to Therese Waterhous on what registered dietician can actually do for a person with an eating disorder.

  • Dietitians as case managers for eating disorders
  • Eating, shopping and other food and eating related behaviors.
  • Working with families when youngsters are involved
  • Family dynamics and the devision of responsibility
  • Meal plans and accessing nutritional need.
  • When the dietitian is the only person with eating disorder training on the team
  • Taking pulse or blood pressure so that they can refer information to a doctor
  • Diagnostic criteria and hospitalization criteria
  • Training families and support people in helping in eating disorder recovery
  • Extreme hunger in Anorexia recovery and how to approach it.
March 3, 2017  

Chelsea Roff on Yoga and Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

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In this podcast we talk about yoga, mindfulness and mediation techniques and some in-depth explanations of exactly why they are a game changer in the later stages of eating disorder recovery. We also demo a 20 second breathing exercise that listeners can try for themselves!

Chelsea Roff is the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive™, a non-profit organization that prevents and helps individuals overcome disordered eating and negative body image. An internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator, Chelsea has spent the past seven years pioneering integrative programs for people with mental health challenges.

Eat Breathe Thrive is a nonprofit organization that aims to prevent and help individuals overcome food and body image challenges. Their programs combine yoga and mindfulness-based practices to support healthy eating, emotional resilience, and body confidence. Eat Breathe Thrive operates in three dozen U.S. states and four different countries. In a few short years, the organization has helped thousands of people around the world. www.eatbreathethrive.org


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March 2, 2017  

EDAW 2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Loneliness

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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 entrenched behaviours and overcoming the identity crisis that so many people in recovery from long term eating disorders have to deal with.

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.

Today I read your comments and thoughts on loneliness. Anorexia and other eating disorders are incredibly isolating. But recovery brings hope. New relationships will form and old ones will heal.


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

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

Email Tabitha: info@tabithafarrar.com

Twitter @Love_Fat_    and @ED_MealSupport


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March 1, 2017  

EDAW 2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Entrenched Behaviors and Identity Crisis

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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 entrenched behaviours and overcoming the identity crisis that so many people in recovery from long term eating disorders have to deal with.

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.

 


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


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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