The Nourishing Wisdom Podcast by Dr Natalie Chua is a podcast focused on trauma and eating disorder healing and recovery, de-stigmatizing mental health experiences, and practical ways that we can cultivate and sustain genuine well-being from the inside out. You can expect to hear stories, tips, and tools on these wonderful subjects from Natalie herself and hear guest speakers. May these conversations, discussions, and stories nourish you and bring you the healing and inspiration that you need.
5. Ashley Seruya ON Healing and Recovery Journey From an Eating Disorder
Ashley Seruya joins me in this week's episode to share her precious story on how she recovered from an eating disorder. This episode is filled with so much heart, humour, wisdom, and truth bombs! My deepest gratitude goes out to Ashley for her courage and authentic sharing. I believe stories like Ashley's make the world a better place. They provide us with the validation we need to heal, help us to feel less alone and bring us so much inspiration, empowerment, and hope.
Here's a little snippet of what you can expect to hear in this episode:
- How Ashley took her power back from the systems that disempowered her
- The beauty ideals Ashley had to surrender for her to heal and make peace with her body and her identity
- Navigating fatphobia and weight-stigma
- The importance of finding one's community, voice, and purpose during recovery
- Moving through black and white thinking during eating disorder and trauma recovery
- What helps Ashley to feel safe and remain sane in this beautiful and brutal world
and SO much more!
About Ashley Seruya:
Ashley M. Seruya is a therapist, writer, and illustrator exploring the topics of restorative justice, trauma-informed care, weight-stigma, complex trauma, Jewish identity, ADHD, and eating disorder recovery. Her clinical approach centers the Health at Every Size (H.A.E.S.) paradigm, and encourages exploration of the impact of cultural and individual trauma on our self-perception. Her practice is guided by compassion, validation, and reducing toxic shame. She enjoys working within various clinical frameworks and believes that lived experience and the patient should guide all therapeutic work. Ashley is a graduate from Fordham University's MSW program and has a BA in Narrative Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California with a minor in Nutrition Studies. She believes strongly in the power of telling our stories, and brings much of her literary background into her clinical work. Find more of her work on her website (ashleymseruya.com) or on Instagram (instagram.com/badashtherapy)
4. Dr Natalie Kemp ON: Destigmatizing and Valuing Lived Experience of Mental Health Difficulties in Mental Health Professionals
Dr Natalie Kemp joins me in this week's episode, and we got to speak about a crucial subject within the context of mental health. One that we are both passionate about: how can we continue to destigmatize and value the lived experience of mental health difficulties in mental health professionals?
In this episode, Natalie covers ways that we can navigate and combat internalized stigma as mental health professionals and how the systems and structures that we work in can either contribute to further shame and distress or healing. She also speaks about her experience of breaking down while working as a clinical psychologist in 2015 and how this experience led to the creation of in2gr8mentalhealth, a centre dedicated to supporting, destigmatizing and valuing lived experience of mental health difficulties in mental health professionals. Natalie and I also validate the challenges, struggles and feelings that can come with navigating one's own lived experience of mental health difficulties as a professional, and more...
More about Dr Natalie Kemp:
Dr Natalie Kemp is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and CEO of in2gr8mentalhealth. You can find out more about in2gr8mentalhealth, the brilliant work, and their fantastic offerings at www.in2gr8mentalhealth.com.
3. Story Time: Revisioning the Struggle
In this episode, Dr Natalie Chua reads you a chapter from one of the most amazing books she has read on the topic of disordered eating, eating disorders and recovery. This is the book: Eating in the Light of the Moon by Dr Anita Johnston.
This is chapter 3 in the book, and it consists of two short stories that illustrate the deeper meaning behind a women’s struggle with food and body image. The first story is a Hans Christian Andersen folktale: "The Emperor's New Clothes"; the second story is called 'The Log'. Both stories illustrate the function of disordered eating and eating disorder behaviours, and why these behaviours can be so difficult to let go of.
May this episode help you to feel less alone, validated, and understood in your existing self-discovery and self-healing journey.
2. Dr Anita Johnston ON: How Storytelling Can Help Women Transform Their Relationship With Food and Their Body
In this episode, Dr Anita Johnston, a pioneer in the field of eating psychology, offers her wisdom and advice on how myths, metaphors, and storytelling can help women transform their understanding and relationship with food and body image difficulties. She also shares the 'most important skill' a woman in recovery (from an eating disorder or disordered eating) needs to learn, and how her encounter with Viktor Frankl at graduate school taught her an important life lesson that would go on to shape the way she works with women with eating difficulties.
Dr Anita Johnston is a clinical psychologist and a certified eating disorder specialist and supervisor. She has worked in the field of women’s issues and eating disorders for over 35 years. She is currently the Clinical Director of an eating disorder treatment centre called Ai Pono in Hawaii. Anita is also the author of the best-selling book, Eating in the Light of the Moon, and the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Cafe, a series of online interactive courses designed to support women with their eating difficulties on their recovery journey. You can find out more about her work and offerings at https://dranitajohnston.com/ and https://lightofthemooncafe.com/.
1. Befriending Your Body with Dr Ann Saffi Biasetti
In this episode, Dr Ann Saffi Biasetti, author of the book: Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, shares her knowledge, tips, and tools on how you can begin to heal and recover from disordered eating and an eating disorder. Ann's approach is informed by her own lived experience of recovering from an eating disorder, her work as a psychotherapist and yoga therapist, transpersonal psychology, and self-compassion. You can find out more about Ann, and her work at https://www.anembodiedlife.com/
Introducing: The Nourishing Wisdom Podcast
Welcome to the Nourishing Wisdom Podcast!
In this episode, Natalie shares a little bit about herself, why she created the podcast, and what you can expect for season 1.