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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 […]

ethical vegan with anorexia

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

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 […]


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 […]

Experience With Bulimia

Eating Disorders and Family Life

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 […]


Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery 8

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 […]

extreme hunger in anorexia

Binge eating disorder

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 […]


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 […]

Eating disorders and family

OCD and Anorexia

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 […]


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 […]

Eating Disorders: How to Support an Adult with Children Present

Energy Deficit in Restrictive Eating Disorders

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 […]


Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia 1

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, […]

Questioning Perfectionism In Anorexia

A Matter of Life and ... Half Life

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 […]


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 […]

Eating Disorder Recovery Treatment

Meditation for Eating Disorders

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 […]


Turn Post-Festivity Eating Disorder Stress into Recovery Motivation

First off, thank you for following and reading this blog. Something that started as a place for me to blow off steam now has over 5000 followers! Those of you who write to me, tweet to me, and reach out mean so much. When you share a post, you know […]

Eating Disorder Stress

Treatment Model for Eating Disorders

Therese Waterhous on Creating a Complete Treatment Model for Eating Disorders

In this Podcast, Tabitha Farrar Speaks to Therese Waterhous on Creating a Complete Treatment Model for Eating Disorders In this podcast we discuss: Myths and limitations of inpatient treatment for eating disorders Problems with short-sighted treatments How to work together to incorporate a long-term plan Training practitioners in up-to-date treatments […]


Anosognosia and Eating Disorders — When We Don’t Know We Are Sick 1

Anosognosia is pretty messed up — and it messed me up good and proper! It means “without knowledge” and refers to the lack of insight that a person suffering from a disease has about their condition. It explains why, even in an incredibly emaciated state, I was resistant to the […]

Anosognosia and Eating Disorders

Neurobiology of Eating Disorders to Inform Treatment

Dr Laura Hill: Using the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders to Inform Treatment

In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar talk to Dr Laura Hill about the neurobiology of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa. We also talk about the new treatment approach that Dr Hill is developing. In this podcast we discuss: The history of research and understanding about eating disorders The importance of involving […]


Christmas Day Eating Disorder Contract and Planning 1

Christmas day is nearly here. If you have an eating disorder, or you have one in your household, you know how stressful a time this can be. I’m sick of eating disorders ruining things. I bet you are too. Let’s plan not to allow it to ruin this Christmas! Preparation […]


Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders — A Kick Start. Not A Cure 3

I want to start with this: Inpatient treatment for eating disorders save lives. I often tell adults suffering from eating disorders who are underweight and struggling to re-feed themselves to seek inpatient treatment. It is the kick start to weight restoration that many people need. That said, the real work starts […]

Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders — A Kick Start, but Far From A Cure

Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery

Tabitha Talks to Emily Troscianko on Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery

In this podcast Tabs talks to Emily Troscianko about what we refer to as “overshoot” in eating disorder recovery. In this podcast we discuss: Why not to stop halfway in recovery What exactly overshoot is in eating disorder recovery The importance of fat as an organ Why overshoot is a […]


Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Anorexia 3

This post explains negative energy balance in eating disorders.   What is a negative energy balance (sometimes called energy deficit)? Anything that means that the energy you put out is greater than the energy you put in. The most common — although not only — cause of such an energy deficit […]

Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Anorexia

Christmas with an Eating Disorder

Planning for Christmas with an Eating Disorder Podcast

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks about how people with eating disorders who are in active recovery can not only survive Christmas but come out feeling stronger and more in control than they were before. Thanksgiving, family meals, Christmas and other such celebrations are hard work for a person with an […]


Beth Rosen: Health at Every Size and Dangers of Diet Rules

In this podcast Tabitha Farrar talks to Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN, a Registered Dietitian promoting a non-diet approach to wellness. Origins of health at every size Dental issues in eating disorders Diet industry business model and how it exploits Overshoot in eating disorder recovery False truths and how they govern […]

Health at Every Size