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Anorexia and Exercise 2: The lower-level movement trap 6

I wrote about Anorexia and exercise last week and the case for cold turkey. This post is the follow up to that and it addresses lower-level, movement. If you read the last post and thought “well that doesn’t apply to me because I don’t exercise excessively,” this post is for […]

Anorexia and exercise

Hunger in Anorexia

Hunger in Anorexia Recovery

  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 […]


Exercise and Anorexia: The Case for Cold Turkey 15

Dr: “Are you eating?” Me: “Yes” Dr: “Hmm … Well. you are still very underweight, so maybe try eating a bit more?” Me: “Sure, I’ll try that.” What my Dr never asked me about was the extent that I was exercising. I was eating, but that was on the condition […]

Exercise and anorexia

Nutritional Advice

Julie Duffy Dillon on Fat Positive Attitudes to Nutritional Advice

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: Letting go of nutritional science 12

I have a nutrition qualification, but I don’t use it. In fact, what I was taught about nutrition on that course set me back a good couple of years in recovery. I was taught that fat was bad, calories should be minimized, meals should be planned as to balance macronutrients, and […]

: The problems with nutritional science

HAES and Community Power

Carmen Cool on HAES and Community Power

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   We want your feedback on these podcasts! Please take a second to fill out […]


Anorexia is a Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder and should be treated as such … 8

While it may be broadly understood that effective knowledge, diagnostics, treatment and resources for eating disorders are lacking, I think that until certain parts of this system are conceptually overhauled we will continue to only see change and improvements happen slowly, and on the fringe rather than in the mainstream treatment model. […]

Anorexia is a Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder

Anorexia recovery and food rules

Anorexia recovery and food rules: Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better 6

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!

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. […]

Beyond Chocolate

Anorexia Recovery: What about when I am not hungry?

Anorexia Recovery: What about when I am not hungry? 5

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 4

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 […]

Binge Eating Disorder

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? 7

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 ) 2

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, […]


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 […]

Scrapping the Anorexia Identity

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 […]