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How Science Helped Me Cope with the ‘Fat Tummy’ in Anorexia Recovery. 116

My Experience; When I had anorexia, I did not suffer from body dysmorphia, so I was acutely aware of how thin I looked and unattractive it was. I know that this is not the case for all sufferers, but I think that regardless, many will find this account useful for […]

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Julie O'Toole: Parents do not cause eating disorders

Julie O’Toole: Parents do not cause eating disorders

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my recovery? 2   Recently updated !

I don’t expect everyone to read this and agree with it. The TL;DR is that I believe that there is a fear that infests many eating disorder treatment approaches and this leads to inadequate intake prescriptions and target weights that do not serve individuals in recovery.  Please read the whole post […]

Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my recovery?

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

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

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 […]


Anorexia: Mid-Recovery Clusterfuck (Charlie Foxtrot ) 1   Recently updated !

This post contains swear words. This is not an apology, I’m just letting you know. 😀 When I went though what I refer to now as my “Mid-Recovery Clusterfuck” I didn’t know what it was. I thought that — despite considering myself at the furthest end of the insanity scale […]

Anorexia: Mid-Recovery Clusterfuck (Charlie Foxtrot )

DBT for Eating Disorder Recovery

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, […]


Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast: Kristina Saffran on Project Heal

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 […]


Scrapping the Anorexia Identity

Finding Recovery Motivation — Scrapping the Anorexia Identity 5   Recently updated !

One of the questions I get asked the most by both sufferers and parents/partners of sufferers is; “how did you find the motivation to recover?” often followed closely by, “how do I find the motivation to recover?” or “how does he/she find the motivation to recover?” These are very important questions […]


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

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 […]


What do Registered Dietitians Actually Do in Eating Disorder Recovery?

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery As An Adult: School Of Failure 3   Recently updated !

I’m not someone who berates herself for not getting everything right. Contrary to popular belief about people with Anorexia, I am not a perfectionist, not Type A, and don’t really care if I get an A, B, or C so long as it is a pass. I don’t like failing […]


Eating Disorder Recovery and Family Life: Picky Eaters and Innocent triggers

Today I am going to look at a somewhat awkward but nonetheless important idea: the notion that the eating behaviours of children could in fact act as triggers or stumbling points for the a parent in recovery from a restrictive eating disorder such as Anorexia.   Picky eating? Interestingly, according […]


Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 Roundup 1

Phew. That was a busy week. In case you missed them, here is a recap on the podcasts and other projects we put out there this week. I’ve listed the podcasts out below. I think that the most exciting thing that came out of this week for me personally were […]


Yoga and Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

Chelsea Roff on Yoga and Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

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 […]


EDAW 2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Loneliness

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 […]

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Adults with Eating Disorders: Entrenched Behaviors and Identity Crisis

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

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 […]


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

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 […]

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

EDAW2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Money and Work

EDAW2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Money and Work

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 […]


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

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 […]


Why Finding And Eliminating Hidden Restriction Aids Anorexia Recovery

Why Finding And Eliminating Hidden Restriction Aids Anorexia Recovery

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 […]


[Video] It is okay to eat a lot of food in Anorexia recovery 8   Recently updated !

I am excited to announce that this week we launched Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults (AEDRA) Meal Support Service. This is a worldwide service where any person can receive support at a mealtime to help overcome anxiety. We also have post meal support slots available for people who struggle […]

Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food 16

When I went through extreme hunger in my recovery from Anorexia, my eating disorder told me that nobody on earth had ever experienced this. Mostly it told me that nobody on earth had eaten as much as I was eating. Ever. Since working as a recovery coach for lots of […]


Author Christina Fisanick on Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

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 […]

Christina Fisanick on Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Anorexia Recovery Binges: You don't have Binge Eating Disorder!

Anorexia Recovery Binges: You do NOT have Binge Eating Disorder! 8

When in recovery from a restrictive eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or a subset of it, many of us experience something I like to refer to as “recovery binges.” This post is written from the point of view of a person who has recovered from Anorexia, but can be […]


Just Launched: Online (Global) Meal Support Service for Eating Disorders

It doesn’t matter how you try and skirt around it, there is one truth that exists for every restrictive eating disorder (Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, EDNS etc): You have to treat an eating disorder with food first!  But for many of us eating is so hard! We get intense anxiety […]

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Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh: The Power of Community Support

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh: The Power of Community Support

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 […]