Tabitha Farrar

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You can be underweight at any size

  Underweight = being at a weight that is lower than the weight that your body would be if you did not suppress it with restrictive eating or exercise. So, taken from my definition of what “underweight” means above, it stands to reason that a person can be underweight at […]

Why eating without restriction really is the healthiest option

There was a heated discussion on Facebook after I posted a podcast on orthorexia last week. It seems that many people interpret the message of “it is okay to eat “unhealthy” food without restriction” as “all you should eat is “unhealthy” food all the time.” And it is very interesting […]

Dr G: Hormones (and how eating disorders affect them!)

In this podcast Tabitha talks to Dr Jennifer Gaudiani from the Gaudiani Clinic in Denver about the important and interesting topic of hormones and how they are affected by restrictive eating disorders. Topics covered include: How malnutrition affects the endocrine system How nutritional rehabilitation affects the endocrine system The thyroid, […]

Defining Mental Hunger

There is a podcast about mental hunger here if you prefer listening to reading: http://tabithafarrar.com/2017/10/defining-mental-hunger-important-anorexia-recovery-podcast/ What is mental hunger? Mental hunger is thinking about food. You might not even be thinking about eating food, but you may be thinking about food nonetheless. It can also be thinking about things that lead […]

A note for yoga instructors, about eating disorders

I sometimes do talks at yoga studios to yoga instructors and studio managers on what eating disorders are, and what they should do if they suspect a person who frequents their class has an eating disorder. This is incredibly important, as more than 20% of the population have eating disorders, […]

A couple of recent podcasts …

  I’m skiving off publishing a podcast this week because I am on holiday with family in England. We were in Manchester for my sister-in-laws wedding last week, and now are down in Wiltshire staying with my parents in a tiny village. I’ve basically spent the last couple of days […]

mental hunger

Defining Mental Hunger And Why It Is Important In Anorexia Recovery [Podcast]

In this Podcast Tabitha talks about mental hunger. We look at: – What mental hunger is – What mental hunger represents – Why responding to mental hunger is important – Why physical hunger cues are not reliable in Anorexia recovery – How mental hunger will naturally reduce during the refeeding […]

Male vs Female Treatment Experiences in Eating Disorder Treatment

  In this podcast Tabitha talks to Philipa Hay about recent research that looked into male autobiographies of eating disorders and recovery experiences. Link to the full research paper –> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485468/ Study Abstract Eating disorders are increasingly recognized as a problem for men but help-seeking is low and little is known […]

Before recovery vs. after recovery

Before recovery vs. after recovery

In this podcast Tabitha answers questions about life before recovery versus life after recovery from Anorexia. Topics covered include: – Dining out – Social life – Feeling cold – Eating with others Support this podcast via Patreon! You can support this podcast and ensure the continuation of it by pledging […]

Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: Teenage Brat Syndrome

Me before Matt is home from work: I miss Matt. Hope he gets home soon. He’s so lovely.  Matt: “Hey Babe, how was your day?” Me: OMG why are you always asking me questions. Can’t you just leave me alone! I wasn’t much of a teenage brat when I was […]

Anorexia Made Me Tell Pork Pies

Anorexia Made Me Tell Pork Pies

To my US friends, “pork pies” is rhyming slang for “lies.” (Pork pies are also these delicious little meat filled shortcrust pastry pies, which incidentally I refused to eat when I had Anorexia. Sod’s law that now I am recovered and would like to eat pork pies I live in […]

Dr Jennifer Gaudiani: Tummy Troubles in Eating Disorder Recovery

  Tabitha talks to Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani about all things gastrointestinal in eating disorder recovery! We talk about bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, delayed gastric emptying, and so much more! In the podcast Dr Guadiani mentioned the following medications for SIBO: Atrantil FC Cidal Dysbiocide   Medical Minute Videos:  Gastroparesis: https://youtu.be/ANke8zW_Uu8 […]

Anorexia as an evolved genetic response to famine

Shan Guisinger: Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective of Anorexia Evolution

  In this podcast we talk about the Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective of Anorexia evolution with Shan Guisinger. The Adapt to Flee Famine Perspective puts forward convincing evidence for the case that Anorexia is an evolved genetic response to times of famine. A migratory response that makes people with […]

Anorexia Recovery, Weight Restoration and Energy Debt

Anorexia Recovery, Weight Restoration, and Energy Debt

I published a podcast this week titled, Energy Deficit | Energy Debt | Target Weights | Weight vs State Restoration, and I will explain Energy Debt in detail in this post. Energy Debt: The accumulation of the effects of long-term energy deficit such as lack of bodily repair and maintenance […]

I don't care what Lily Collins says, there is no "safe" way to lose weight if you have Anorexia.

I don’t care what Lily Collins or anyone else says, there is no “safe” way to lose weight if you have Anorexia.

I don’t care what Lily Collins or anyone else says, there is no “safe” way to lose weight if you have the genetic predisposition for Anorexia. I’m so over the whole saga about the NetFlix film “To The Bone,” but very much understand that some of you are still incredibly […]

Mental health

Going Sane — exposing malpractice in the mental health industry

  Lisa Sabey is the woman behind the documentary “Going Sane.” In this podcast we talk about: -Malpractice in the field of mental health -Lack of accounability and assessment -Low standards of care for patients -The importance of using evidence based therapy and evidence based practice -The importance of rapport, […]

Exercise and anorexia

Exercise and Anorexia: The Case for Cold Turkey

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 […]

: The problems with nutritional science

Anorexia Recovery as an Adult: Letting go of nutritional science

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 […]