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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 […]

Adults with Eating Disorders: Entrenched Behaviors and Identity Crisis

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

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 […]


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 […]

EDAW2017 Adults with Eating Disorders: Money and Work

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

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 […]

Why Finding And Eliminating Hidden Restriction Aids Anorexia Recovery

Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

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

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 17

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 […]

Anorexia Recovery Eating: There is never too much food

Christina Fisanick on Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

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 […]


Anorexia Recovery Binges: You do NOT have Binge Eating Disorder! 9

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 […]

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

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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 […]


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 […]

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh: The Power of Community Support

ethical vegan with anorexia

My Daughter is an “Ethical” Vegan (With Anorexia) … 3

I got the following comment on a post, and I woke up this morning realizing that by trying to be too kind in my response. I had done this women, her daughter, and any other readers an injustice. Here was the original question: My daughter is a vegan who is […]


Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery: What Happens with the Meal Plan? 7

Meal plans can be very helpful in recovery. For those of us who have been restricting heavily, we need a meal plan as without one we simply do not know how or when to eat. In the absence of hunger, meal plans can be a huge plus. Eating disorders also […]

Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery: What Happens with the Meal Plan?

Experience With Bulimia

Former NFL Player Patrick Devenny Talks About His Experience With Bulimia

In this podcast, Tabitha talks with former NFL player Patrick Devenny about being a man with Bulimia. We talk about the mental and physical complications that his illness brought and how these affected his life. We also talk about the role of exercise and how Patrick’s compulsion to exercise was […]


Eating Disorders and Family Life: Household Triggers

In the last two posts I have looked at the way that eating disorders operate in a family setting when a parent is the sufferer in recovery. The first post addressed how to continue with mealtime support. The second on mealtime tension and shopping etc. This post looks a little further […]

Eating Disorders and Family Life

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Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery 9

Ready and waiting for the criticism that I may get as a result of writing about this. I don’t care. I don’t believe that shielding adults in recovery from eating disorders from the events that can, and do often, happen along the recovery path helps anyone. When we are taken […]


Ryan Sheldon on Being A Guy with Binge Eating Disorder

In this podcast, Tabitha has a chat to Ryan Sheldon. Ryan talks about how he first discovered that he had binge eating disorder (BED), how it impacted his life and his mental health, and how he progressed through treatment. In this podcast, we discuss: Binge Eating Disorder from a sufferer’s […]

Binge eating disorder

Eating disorders and family

Eating Disorders and Family Life — Mealtime tension, shopping, food choices and exercise

In my last post on eating disorder recovery for an adult with children, I wrote about mealtimes and how to make them (more of a ) a success in terms of recovery goals with kids at the table. This week I wanted to touch on the impact that the eating […]


Carrie Arnold — Adult Eating Disorder Recovery with OCD and Anorexia in the Mix

Tabitha talks to Carrie Arnold on her experience on adult eating disorder recovery when Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anorexia are present together. Anorexia brings its own type of OCD behaviors, however for adults in recovery who also have premorbid OCD on top of that, recovery can be even more […]

OCD and Anorexia

Eating Disorders: How to Support an Adult with Children Present

Eating Disorders: How to Support an Adult with Children Present 3

You’ve got the Adults Recovery Kit, you’ve got the Partner Recovery Guide to go with it. You and whomever is acting as your Eating Disorder Check Person (EDCP) are on it and you’re hell bent on recovery. So what about the kids? I don’t have kids. However, the issue comes […]


Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Restrictive Eating Disorders

In this podcast I explain negative energy balance (energy deficit) in restrictive eating disorders. I talk about what it actually is, how it is different in a person with an eating disorder compared to a person without an eating disorder, and how if feels. Energy deficit is important to understand […]

Energy Deficit in Restrictive Eating Disorders

Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia

Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia 2

I am often told by eating disorder therapists and literature that I am a perfectionist. I am not a perfectionist. I was not a perfectionist before Anorexia. I was not a perfectionist during Anorexia. I am not a perfectionist now. If you don’t believe me, ask my husband (Who is, […]


Eating Disorder Recovery — A Matter of Life and … Half Life 4

Eating disorders are a matter of life and death. They can and do kill. Let’s not forget that. But they are also, for many, a matter of life and half life. I’m talking about the people for whom having an eating disorder turns from a year into a lifetime. The […]

A Matter of Life and ... Half Life

Eating Disorder Recovery Treatment

Eating Disorder Recovery Treatment Requires Food — Tara Deliberto

In this podcast I interview Tara Deliberto. Tara is the director of the new Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In this podcast we discuss Recovery resource services such as Eating Disorder’s Partial Hospitalization Program. How having to eat puts us in a constant state of fearfulness. The difference […]


Meditation for Eating Disorders — A Cynics Guide 2

It cracks me up that people assume I am a spiritual person because I meditate. I’m not. I don’t meditate because I am trying to be a good person either. I meditate because it helps me keep my shit together.  I’m a twice certified yoga instructor. I’ve taught hundreds of […]

Meditation for Eating Disorders