Kate Brown has been recently promoted to a stay-at-home-mommy that keeps it real. Her goal in this life is to use her own victories and struggles to help other women.
Wow. We get raw and real in this episode where Kate shares her struggles with an Eating Disorder before she had her first child and what pregnancy was like while she fought both for her mental health and personal physical wellness for herself and her baby.
I really appreciated the insight she brought to the topic of Eating Disorders--for Kate, it wasn't about looking a certain way or being skinny. It was about seeking control when her world felt out of control. She digs deep into the emotional pain of this struggle and how pregnancy and motherhood was a refining fire that ultimately brought her new life and healing in this area of her life.
Kate: "I never wanted to look skinny. That was not my thing. I feel like so many people misunderstand and they don’t know why they are struggling with an eating disorder and most of the time it is about control. People are always like, “Why do you want to be so skinny?” And that is not what I want. I want control. So that is what I want to talk about this. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, you have to find new ways to be in control. You have to get back in the driver’s seat. You can’t let it drive you."
Kate: "I’ve had to become friends with the voice in my head instead of making it my enemy. It’s going to live there. This voice is going to live there forever. And I just have to learn to co-exist and change the narrative."
Kate: "You know all nine months you’re waiting to meet this baby. You’re so excited. You can’t wait to meet them. And then they come out and you meet them for the first time, but you meet someone new also—you meet yourself in a totally different way."
Brittany: "You have to constantly speak truth to your mental health lies. It’s so important and it’s so exhausting."
Resources: The Recovery Mama Guide to Your Eating Disorder Recovery in Pregnancy and Postpartum by Linda Shanti McCabe
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