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Peace Meal covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking.

Peace Meal The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative

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Peace Meal covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking.

    Episode 79: Pregnancy and Postpartum Eating Disorders with Katie Gantt

    Episode 79: Pregnancy and Postpartum Eating Disorders with Katie Gantt

    Episode description:

    Katie Gantt, MHS, RD, LDN, RYT, is a registered dietitian who has been working in the field of eating disorders and disordered eating for over five years. Katie is passionate about helping moms have a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period by finding health without dieting and challenging disordered eating patterns. She is the owner of Kathryn Gantt Nutrition where she uses her clinical expertise and yoga training to help moms reconnect with their bodies and their relationship to food in a positive, trauma-informed style. Katie focuses on mindful and intuitive eating, Health At Every Size (HAES), and non-diet approaches when counseling clients and helping parents raise intuitive eaters.



    Katie joins us in this episode of Peace Meal to discuss how pregnancy and postpartum can complicate or instigate an eating disorder. Offering a wealth of firsthand insights on this nuanced topic, Katie shares cultural and biological factors that make women susceptible to eating disorders during this period of life. She acknowledges the difficulty of speaking up when triggered by uncomfortable comments from providers, who may be unaware of their weight bias and their potential reinforcement of eating disorder behaviors. Katie then identifies practical tips for how providers can better serve these populations. Lastly, she acknowledges the beautiful potential for recovery-oriented body appreciation during pregnancy and postpartum.

    We cover:



    * How pregnancy and postpartum are uniquely poised to impact those with a history of eating disorders or disordered eating

    * The limited eating disorder training among OBs, and how this contributes to missed disordered eating behaviors during pregnancy

    * Weight-neutral approaches to prenatal and postpartum healthcare

    * How to manage gestational diabetes in a way that doesn’t contribute to disordered eating thoughts and behaviors

    * How to hold space for body appreciation within pregnancy and postpartum



    In Katie’s words:



    * On the lack of screening for disordered eating during pregnancy: “Over 90% of women are never screened for disordered eating in pregnancy, at all. So if you don’t provide that information or if you don’t yourself quite realize that you have a disordered relationship with food, it’s most likely never going to come up when you’re with your OB.”

    * On the special considerations for pregnant or postpartum women in eating disorder recovery: “Statistically, if we have a history of an eating disorder regardless if it’s active or not in our pregnancy, there is a significantly higher risk of it recurring in the first year postpartum. And you couple that with women who have had a history of an eating disorder who have a 30% higher risk of developing postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety – that can be a really risky time for women.”

    * On eating disorder recovery and body appreciation during pregnancy: “It’s not uncommon to see eating disorder remission during pregnancy. There’s this sense of, ‘this is kind of a cool thing that’s happening [to my body].’ For some of my clients, it’s the first time they have ever had body appreciation.”



    Learn more about The Emily Program online or by calling 1-888-364-5977.

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    About the podcast:

    Peace Meal is a podcast hosted by The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative that covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking.

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    • 35 min
    Episode 21: Eating Disorders and the Holidays with Kezia Reeder

    Episode 21: Eating Disorders and the Holidays with Kezia Reeder

    The holidays can be especially challenging for those experiencing or recovering from an eating disorder. Guest Kezia Reeder, a passionate advocate for recovery, joins Peace Meal to share how her eating disorder affected her holiday plans and celebrations. She discusses how to navigate these food-centric occasions and support those who are, and then reflects on the gift of recovery.

    • 36 min
    Episode 78: Occupational Therapy and Eating Disorders with Maddie Duzyk

    Episode 78: Occupational Therapy and Eating Disorders with Maddie Duzyk

    Episode description:

    We begin this episode of Peace Meal with guest Maddie Duzyk describing her lived experience with anorexia as it compares to her life in recovery. Reflecting on the everyday impact of her eating disorder, she explains how the illness made it difficult to distinguish between her own values and those of her disorder. Fortunately, treatment and recovery have allowed her to find herself again and reconnect with her interests and roles separate from the illness she once mistook for herself. 

    As an occupational therapist, Maddie now helps clients on their own recovery journey, including during the often difficult transition from higher levels of care to outpatient life. She shares with us her recent doctoral capstone, which explored the perceptions of social eating behaviors among adolescents with eating disorders, and provides suggestions for those supporting a person with an eating disorder during mealtimes. She ends the podcast by expressing her hope that one day clients and providers alike will recognize and employ occupational therapy as an additional resource in eating disorder recovery. 



    Maddie is a pediatric occupational therapist who received her master's degree in occupational therapy from Spalding University in August 2018. In May 2022, she completed her post-professional doctorate at Eastern Kentucky University, with a capstone on social eating perspectives of adolescents with anorexia nervosa. In the eating disorder community, Maddie is an active member of Kentucky's Eating Disorder Council and was a member of the NEDA Walk Committee in Louisville, KY for two years. She has given several guest lectures on adolescent mental health, spoken at state-level occupational therapy conferences, and taught nationwide continuing education courses for medical professionals. 

    We cover:



    * The impact of an eating disorder on daily activities and occupations

    * How recovery can reconnect you to personal values, goals, and roles

    * How people with eating disorders experience social pressure while eating, including from those around them and from social media

    * How to support people with eating disorders during shared meals and snacks

    * The important role occupational therapists can play in eating disorder treatment and recovery



    In Maddie’s words:



    * On life in recovery: “Life is so much more than just those numbers on a scale or those miles ran in a day. There’s just so much more beauty to be discovered outside of the eating disorder.”

    * On her doctoral capstone on adolescent perceptions of social eating: “Common patterns… were the negative effect of social peer pressures and a lot of those pressures came from social media aspects.”

    * On her vision for the future of occupational therapists (OT): “I would love for more of a concrete definition of OT’s role in treating eating disorders… and for providers and patients alike just to be familiar with occupational therapy as a resource––an additional resource, not something to take away from the great care that’s already available.”



    Learn more about The Emily Program online or by calling 1-888-364-5977.

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    About the podcast:

    Peace Meal is a podcast hosted by The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative that covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking.

    You can find Peace Meal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or a href="https://podcasts.google.

    • 32 min
    Episode 77: A Collaborative Approach to Treatment with Beth Harrell

    Episode 77: A Collaborative Approach to Treatment with Beth Harrell

    Episode description:

    In this episode of Peace Meal, guest Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, discusses her experience in the eating disorder field, and reflects on how much eating disorder education and training has evolved since she got her start in the early 1990s. The bedrock of Beth’s career success is collaboration. She emphasizes the value of learning from clients’ lived experiences, as well as from the wisdom and vulnerability of fellow professionals. As a certified eating disorder supervisor, Beth debunks the notion that supervision is just case consultation. She guides from a place of mentorship and trauma-informed nutrition care, largely inspired by the perspective-broadening experiences she had with her own supervisors.

    Beth is a collaborative and weight-inclusive nutrition professional who has worked with eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic dieting for the past 30 years. Her work spans all levels of care, treating a full spectrum of diagnoses and ages. Beth’s passions are anything that includes learning and teaching. She has an educational podcast for eating disorder professionals (The SeasonED RD) and carries this knowledge into professional supervision, as well as a graduate elective course for dietitians each fall semester.



    We cover:



    * The evolution of the eating disorder field and eating disorder education 

    The value of a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment

    How supervision benefits both clients and clinicians

    The importance of self-care in the eating disorder and mental health field, as well as tips for how professionals can tend to their needs

    Words of wisdom for new clinicians about working with eating disorders



    In Beth's words:



    * On learning at our own pace: “Therapy works. Nutrition, all of that, it works. It’s maybe not on the timeline that we want it to work… We learn on our own time. We can hear something today that’s maybe the exact same thing we heard five years ago, but today, we can accept it.”

    On the importance of taking time for self-care: “I take a deep breath as part of my self-care… Because I need to be there and available for whatever [clients are] going to bring to me. Nothing is too much. And so, self-care is important for me by acknowledging it in the room.” 

    On advice for new eating disorder clinicians: “Find your team to work with and keep learning. Your client is your best teacher.”



    You can listen to Beth’s podcast The SeasonED RD here! Learn more about Beth’s professional services and courses at her website (bethharrell.com) and follow her on Instagram (@beth.harrell.cedss).

    Learn more about The Emily Program online or by calling 1-888-364-5977. 

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    About the podcast:

    Peace Meal is a podcast hosted by The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative that covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking.

    You can find Peace Meal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts. If you enjoy our show, please rate, review, subscribe, and tell your friends!

    Are you interested in being a guest on Peace Meal? Email podcast@emilyprogram.

    • 29 min
    Episode 76: Accepting Recovery with Avery Mock

    Episode 76: Accepting Recovery with Avery Mock

    Episode description:

    In this episode of Peace Meal, guest Avery Mock discusses how a goal to “get healthy” spiraled into an obsession with food and exercise that led to anorexia. He describes how he was a different person at the height of his eating disorder, burning bridges with the closest people around him. Thankfully, Avery was able to get into treatment to start his journey to recovery. Structure and support have been key to protecting his mental and physical health, he says. In recovery, he has learned that food doesn't need to take up so much space in his brain and that clothing size does not define his worth. Now he doesn’t need—or want—to change his body to be happy. Avery ends the episode by giving advice to those struggling with eating disorders, encouraging them to accept recovery. 

    Avery is an anorexia survivor and mental health advocate dedicated to helping people recognize the warning signs of eating disorders and help others in recovery.



    We cover:



    * The damaging impact of eating disorders on relationships, and the value of rebuilding these relationships in recovery

    * How recovery can make you realize that there is so much more to life than the food you eat

    * The importance of routine and stability in recovery

    * How the size of your clothing doesn’t define your worth

    * Why setbacks are normal in eating disorder recovery, as well as strategies for how to handle them



    In Avery’s words:



    * On letting go of an eating disorder: “It can be hard to want to learn how to control [your eating disorder] when it’s been in your life for so long. Learning how to accept the fact that it does need to be controlled is really, really difficult, but I don’t regret in the slightest ever going to Veritas.”

    * On the value of an everyday routine: “The biggest pillar for me is… daily structure… Waking up, doing something, and then going to bed is a big part of what kind of fuels a steady and stable recovery for me.”

    * On shopping with an eating disorder vs. shopping in recovery: “Usually, back in my eating disorder, I would think, “What size do I want to have?” and now it’s like, “Well, what size do I need?”... I’ve gotten to a point to where I just don’t care what size I am. I’m a healthy size, that’s all that matters.”



    Learn more about The Emily Program online or by calling 1-888-364-5977. 

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    About the podcast:

    Peace Meal is a podcast hosted by The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative that covers topics related to eating disorders, body image, and how society may influence our thinking.

    You can find Peace Meal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts. If you enjoy our show, please rate, review, subscribe, and tell your friends!

    Are you interested in being a guest on Peace Meal? Email podcast@emilyprogram.com for more information.

    • 20 min
    Episode 75: Eating Disorders in Running with Rachael Steil

    Episode 75: Eating Disorders in Running with Rachael Steil

    Episode description:

    In this episode of Peace Meal, Rachael Steil shares her past struggles with anorexia and binge eating and her current passion for helping athletes with eating disorders. Rachael loved running from a young age, but the drive she felt to improve in her sport contributed to restrictive eating behaviors. She says she became obsessed with food and started pulling away from her friends and hobbies. Once Rachael started her recovery journey, she received incredible support from her college running coach. Reflecting on this experience, Rachael explains the essential role that coaches can have on their athletes' lives and the importance of educating coaches on eating disorder warning signs. Rachael ends the podcast with the inspiration for creating her memoir Running in Silence and her nonprofit of the same name and previews the topic of her next book. 

    Rachael Steil is an eating disorder recovery advocate and the author of Running in Silence, which details her story as an All-American athlete struggling with anorexia and binge eating. She is also the founder of the Running in Silence nonprofit to break misconceptions and raise awareness for eating disorders in sports, serves on the board of the Michigan Eating Disorder Alliance, and is currently a mentor for the USTFCCCA Female Coaches Mentorship Program. 



    We cover:



    * How participating in sports that emphasize leanness, like running, can be a factor in the development of eating disorders

    * How eating disorders can affect people in and outside of sport and cause them to pull away from their friends, family, and interests

    * How opening up about your eating disorder can make you feel like your authentic self

    * The role coaches can play in the lives of athletes suffering or recovering from an eating disorder

    * Why it is so vital that coaches get training on how to spot the signs of an eating disorder and what to do if they spot them



    In Rachael’s words:



    * On the impact of her eating disorder: “It affected me in so many other areas besides my weight. I was getting very withdrawn. I was barely hanging out with my friends. I was constantly thinking about food. I was starting to count calories, and pulling away from everything else that I loved in my life… I didn’t realize it was partly because I was restricting food; I thought I was finally doing something right.”

    * On prioritizing health over performance in sport: “[My coach] said, ‘You don’t have to be fast, you have to be healthy.’”

    * On the important role of the coach: “It’s so important to know your athletes well and to develop this relationship with them because you are one of the first people that’s going to be able to recognize when there are behavior changes.”



    If you would like to read the blog mentioned in the episode, “For Coaches, Approaching an Athlete with an Eating Disorder: Q&A with Dr. Paula Quatromoni,” you can find that here. Learn more about Rachael’s nonprofit by signing up for the Running in Silence newsletter and find Rachael’s book, Running in Silence, here.

    Learn more about The Emily Program online or by calling 1-888-364-5977. 

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    About the podcast:

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    • 28 min

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