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How Science Helped Me Cope with the ‘Fat Tummy’ in Anorexia Recovery. 121

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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Anorexia recovery and food rules

Anorexia recovery and food rules: Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better 4

Anorexia: You can’t have that bagel for lunch. That would be a breach of Rule #382 Me: Rule #382? Anorexia: Yes, rule #382: Bagel for breakfast cannot be followed by bagel for lunch. Rule #382 Me: Since when did that rule exist? That wasn’t there before. Anorexia: You weren’t eating […]


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

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 […]

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

: Maudsley, Adults with Eating Disorders, and Community

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

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 […]


Adults in Recovery Workshop Coming Up!   Recently updated !

Not a usual post from me.  I just want to tell you about the upcoming Boulder, Colorado workshop I am offering May 20-12. Actually first of all I want to tell you about a free ED-ucation on Eating Disorders Seminar that I am presenting at in Canada next week. I […]


Anorexia recovery as an adult

Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: My body is not a calculator … and mental hunger counts! 11

When we start trying to control weight, food intake, and energy balance artificially we are messing with a system what we know too little about. Nutritional science is too immature to really know how and when the body uses energy and for what. In recovery from Anorexia as an adult […]


Audrey Boss: Beyond Chocolate

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. […]

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Anorexia Recovery: What about when I am not hungry?

Anorexia Recovery: What about when I am not hungry? 4

I got the below email and decided that I would answer it in blog post because I think that these are questions that many adults in Anorexia recovery will have from time to time. Other than removing the writer’s name I have posted the email in it’s entirety. My responses […]


The trouble with target weights in Anorexia recovery: Living paycheck to paycheck 1

There are certainly problems that arise with “target weights” in Anorexia recovery. The biggest, overarching theme is that they are set too low. I wrote about this in length in this post titled Anorexia Recovery: Why is it that treatment seems to serve my eating disorder better than it serves my […]

Living paycheck to paycheck

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

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 […]

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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? 4

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

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

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 4

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 […]