Adults with Anorexia


Anorexia Recovery: The New Body Problem 1   Recently updated !

New Body Problem = the thoughts and feelings that arise when we move through physical change in Anorexia recovery. I got an email this week from a person in a state of despair because he has weight restored somewhat and doesn’t like his weight-restored body. Mostly his despair was due […]

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How ARFID differs from AN/BN — science of picky eating 1

  Tabitha Farrar talks to Hana Zickgraf about a recently published research paper titled: Adult picky eaters with symptoms of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: comparable distress and comorbidity but different eating behaviors compared to those with disordered eating symptoms Link to orginal study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5086050/ Study summary Picky eaters are people who […]


Do you need talk therapy in order to recover from Anorexia?   Recently updated !

The short answer here is “No.” You do not need talk therapy in order to reach full remission from Anorexia. However, you might want it, in which case you should have it. Before we get into it, remember that weight restoration is one step in recovery, and re-wiring mental processes is another. […]

Do you need talk therapy in order to weight restore from Anorexia?

Stomach problems in Anorexia recovery

Stomach problems in Anorexia recovery 5   Recently updated !

As if recovery wasn’t already difficult enough from a mental standpoint, there are often physical discomforts too! This blog post is about stomach in Anorexia recovery. Reading this blog post will not make your tummy feel better, but it may provide you with some knowledge that will make you feel […]


Anorexia Recovery: The problem with “intuitive eating” 12

I’ll preface this blog post with this: this post is about intuitive eating and Anorexia recovery. If you don’t have Anorexia, go ahead and do all the intuitive eating that your intuition asks you to do —this post is not about you. I agree that intuitive eating may be a […]

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Anorexia and exercise

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 […]


Exercise and Anorexia: The Case for Cold Turkey 14

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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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 […]


My Daughter is an “Ethical” Vegan (With Anorexia) … 4

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 […]

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

Extreme Hunger in Anorexia Recovery: What Happens with the Meal Plan? 8

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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


How to Prepare a Person for Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery 2

Note: I have been writing and talking about “overshoot” a lot. While I used this term because it has already been established, I do not think that the term overshoot is ideal to describe the process of establishing a recovery weight. The term overshoot implies that you went too far. […]

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Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery

Overshoot in Eating Disorder Recovery 16

This blog post is going to address overshoot in eating disorder recovery. It is the first of a couple that I have lined up on this incredibly important topic. Here’s the deal with overshooting your pre-eating disorder weight in recovery: you need to do it. In scientific terms overshoot is […]


Thanksgiving Day Eating Disorder Contract and Survival Tips

Thanksgiving day is on the near horizon. I know that people suffering from eating disorders in the USA are already having a hard time dealing with the pre-Thanksgiving meal anxiety, so here are some tools to help everyone enjoy the day.   Thanksgiving Day Eating Disorder Contract   DOWNLOAD Thanksgiving Day Eating Disorder […]

Thanksgiving Day Contract and Survival Tips

Binge Eating in Eating Disorder Recovery

Binge Eating in Eating Disorder Recovery 1

Many of us in recovery from eating disorder experience binge eating. I certainly did, and I wrote about it extensively in my book, Love Fat. I consider it to be a pretty normal phase in eating disorder recovery from illnesses such as Anorexia. Here’s the deal. Your body has been […]


Support for Parents of Adults with Eating Disorders 5

  This post isn’t just for parents of adults with eating disorders. It’s for parents, spouses, grandparents, cousins, siblings, friends, loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, uncles, aunts, children, and in fact anyone who knows or cares about an adult with an eating disorder. The emails that I get from parents of […]

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How Anorexia Affected My Personality (Introvert/Extrovert) 4

Anorexia affected my personality in many ways. Today I am going to focus on the introvert/extrovert aspect. First off: I pass no judgement whatsoever on the values associated with introversion and extroversion, None whatsoever. This post is nothing to do with saying one is better than the other. Both are […]


Eating Disorders and Money – Part Two 3

Last week I wrote about eating disorders and money for the first time. One thing the comments on Facebook and the post confirmed is that many people suffering from eating disorders also experience strange feelings/thoughts/ behaviours around money. In this post I’m going to highlight a few of the comments […]

Eating Disorders and Money

Anorexia and Money: Recovery meant I had to look at that relationship too! 10

What on earth has Anorexia got to do with money? More than you think. At least in my case. And, according to the comments and emails I get, I am not alone in having a very whacked relationship with money when I had an eating disorder.   Starting at the […]


Sustaining Eating Disorder Recovery — Conscious to Unconscious Competence 3

Last week I wrote about unconscious incompetence moving to conscious incompetence. Where that places you is knowing what you’re not great at. This week we’ll look into the next stages of eating disorder recovery so far as this model of competence goes. Check out last weeks post before you read […]