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A podcast supporting eating disorder recovery, with tips, information and guest interviews.

The Eating Disorder Therapist HARRIET FREW

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A podcast supporting eating disorder recovery, with tips, information and guest interviews.

    We Need to Talk About Chewing and Spitting

    We Need to Talk About Chewing and Spitting

    Chewing and spitting (C and S) is a shameful secret sadly suffered by many people with eating disorders. As the name suggests, you chew your food, then spit it out – the aim being to enjoy the taste without the calorie cost, as food is not swallowed. Forbidden foods are the preferential choice, as the behaviour is rooted in restrictive eating behaviour. C and S does not discriminate and can be seen across all eating disorder diagnoses. It’s a tricky topic to talk about but it’s a topic that I feel needs a conversation and awareness. Increasing numbers of clients mention this behaviour and desperate queries slip into my DMs, as people ask for information about stopping and query whether they are alone in their struggles. In this episode, I talk about the costs of chewing and spitting and some first steps towards stopping this behaviour. I hope you find this helpful.
     
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    Eating Disorder Recovery, Dietetics and Restoring your Period with Queeny June Borgman

    Eating Disorder Recovery, Dietetics and Restoring your Period with Queeny June Borgman

    Today, I’m talking to Queeny June Borgman, registered dietitian, personal trainer, writer and founder of IAMSTUFFED. Queeny was raised in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and thrives on bringing a diverse and eclectic approach to food and looking at the world, having and Indian mother, Dutch father and being Jewish.
    Queeny is not your regular dietitian and provides bespoke packages to people to improve their relationship with food and exercise, whilst also enhancing their mindset and well-being. One of her special interests is working with eating disorders and also in supporting people regain their menstrual cycle.
    Queeny has not always had the easiest relationship with food herself. Previously, she tried almost every diet and wellness plan going and really has been on a journey in coming to be in a peaceful place in her body and mind. Queeny draws on her personal experience and professional expertise to help others do the same. I hope that you enjoy this episode.
    To find out more about Queeny: -
    Instagram: - @iamstuffed_com
    Website:- http://iamstuffed.nl/

    Overcoming People Pleasing with Emma Reed Turrell

    Overcoming People Pleasing with Emma Reed Turrell

    Today I’m talking to Emma Reed Turrell – psychotherapist, author and speaker. Emma grew up near Portsmouth and went on to read English at Queens’ College, Cambridge. Following ten years working in business, she returned to her earlier passion for psychology and retrained as a psychotherapist. Emma runs a thriving therapy practice alongside training and consulting. Her new book Please Yourself has recently been launched to the world.
    As a recovering people pleaser myself, and having worked with many people with eating disorders who struggle in this area, I was very keen to get Emma on the show. In this episode, Emma talks about the 4 different types of pleaser that she has identified; gives tips and strategies for overcoming people pleasing; explores eating disorders and pleasing; dealing with social media and lots more. I hope that you enjoy this conversation.
    To find out more about Emma: -
    Instagram: @emmareedturrell
    Twitter: @etcounselling
    Book: Please Yourself 
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    Being Highly Sensitive is a Superpower

    Being Highly Sensitive is a Superpower

    People with eating disorders often have the trait of being highly sensitive. What this means is that you feel things deeply, it’s like you have a thin skin to the world and at times, this can feel overwhelming. Growing up, it may have left you feeling different or as though you don’t fit in. You may have felt that others just don’t get you; you're ‘too much’, ‘overly emotional’ or 'too sensitive'. If you relate, you may view your sensitivity as a disadvantage and a cumbersome thing that you have to bear; something that makes life excruciatingly intense. However, there is a different perspective. Anthon St. Maarten says, 'Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate'. In this episode, I talk about some of the advantages of being highly sensitive and embracing this side of yourself. I hope that you enjoy!
    Resources:
    https://introvertdear.com/
    Book: 'The Highly Sensitive Person – How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You' by Elaine Aron

     
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    Eating Disorder Recovery, Weight Loss Camps and Bariatric Surgery, with Laur Plawker

    Eating Disorder Recovery, Weight Loss Camps and Bariatric Surgery, with Laur Plawker

    Today, I’m speaking with Laur Plawker who is a Primary Special Education Teacher, based in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Laur struggled with body image issues and a disordered relationship with food from very young, along with other mental health conditions. As a teenager, Laur’s eating came more under focus. She went to summer camps, specifically focused on weight loss, which sadly opened a path into disordered eating and cycles of restriction, bingeing and purging. Overtime, this resulted in escalating weight gain, which began to severely impact her mobility and mental health. Laur then entered an inpatient eating disorder treatment centre and continued work with a therapist, which resulted in her stopping all eating disorder behaviours; however, she continued to struggle with severe health consequences, as a result of weight gain. After much careful thought and consideration, Laur decided to have bariatric surgery. She is pleased to say that 1 ½ years on from this surgery that she is living a life with a healthy relationship with food, responding to hunger, fullness, movement and rest cues and living a life of balance. I hope that you enjoy this episode.
    To find out more about Laur:
    Instagram: @thehealthyhappycook
    Book recommendation: ‘The Fuck It Diet’ by Caroline Dooner
    Instagram recommendation: @thenutritiontea
     
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    Eating Disorder Recovery and Healing through the Tamalpa Life/Art® Process, with Maria Guiñazu

    Eating Disorder Recovery and Healing through the Tamalpa Life/Art® Process, with Maria Guiñazu

    Today, I’m talking to Maria Guiñazu, a qualified psychologist from Argentina. Maria is an educator in the intersecting fields of arts, somatics and education and has been working in this field in the UK for the past 8 years. Maria trained at Tamalpa Institute in California – the internationally recognised training centre for movement based expressive arts therapy. This is home of the Tamalpa Life/Art® process created by Anna Halprin. Maria uses a variety of tools that engage movement, dancing, drawing and creative writing for people to overcome disordered eating and feeling dissociated from their bodies. She worked at the Amy Winehouse Foundation with small groups of women recovering from addictions and eating disorders. Maria also collaborates remotely with a women-only outpatient eating disorder service in Mendoza, Argentina. Alongside her studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy, she is working with the Oasis project in Brighton where she works with women struggling with eating disorders, addictions and body image issues. Maria is hugely passionate about the benefits of dance and creative arts in healing. I hope that you enjoy this episode.
    To find out more: Instagram: @maria.iggy
    The Tamalpa Life/Art® process    
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