Lovely radicals, it’s podcast time!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’ll hear my conversation with Tabitha Farrar from Boulder, Colorado. Tabitha developed anorexia at age 17 and—as she says so herself—this devastating illness took pole position in her life until, at 25, she finally started her recovery journey. She successfully recovered from her eating disorder and the complicated matrix of obsessions and habitual eating disorder behaviors that came with it. Since recovering she has done a lot of work to help adults with eating disorders, and she has written a book called “Love Fat”, an educational memoir on eating disorder recovery and all the insights that she gained. Tabitha is a founding member of IEDA, International Eating Disorder Action and World Eating Disorders Action Day, and she has written countless eating disorder recovery guidelines for adults. Apart from that, she has set up two forums for adults in active recovery, she founded AEDRA, the Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults Meal Support Service, she has been selected to be a Coordinated Specialty Care Grant Advisory Board member, and she hosts a podcast called “Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast”. On top of that, she coaches adults and family of adults in recovery from eating disorders and she frequently gives talks about understanding eating disorders, how to spot them, and how to treat them.
Tabitha talks about:
– How long she was able to keep the body-confidence she felt as a child
– What triggered her eating disorder
– What the almost inexplicable lure of “being in energy deficit” can feel like
– What her eating disorder took from her
– How her compulsions and obsessions only grew the more her illness progressed
– Why eating disorders are such isolating illnesses
– Why so many people with eating disorders also struggle with excessive exercise
– What makes eating disorders to hard to break free from
– What the “Adapt To Flee Famine” model explains when it comes to eating disorder behaviors
– What she learned from animal studies
– How she differentiates anorexia and bulimia, and why her recovery guidelines apply for both illnesses
– What it was that made her start recovery
– Why she prioritizes food over everything else when it comes to recovery
– Why “going cold turkey” with exercise was the only thing that got her out of her compulsive and obsessive ways with exercise
– How she dealt with the fear of eating
– What she experienced in recovery
– Where she looked for advice regarding recovery
– How she dealt with her changing body in recovery
– How not to get stuck in “quasi-recovery”
– Why overshooting (weight) in recovery isn’t just “a good thing”, but maybe even critical to a full recovery
– How she now understands, trusts and feeds her body
– What her advice is for clients suffering from anorexia or bulimia
– Why eating disorder treatments that still have a weight-centric approach often backfire and make a full, lasting recovery impossible…

… And so much more!

If you are interested in Tabitha’s extensive work and all the resources she has, please check out her website:

Here’s the link to Tabitha’s book called “Love Fat”, a memoir about her insights from recovering from her eating disorder:

Here’s the link to Tabitha’s podcast called “The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast”: 

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