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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 73: Diabetes and Eating Disorders with Dr. Jaime Taylor and Nayiri Khatchadourian

    Episode 73: Diabetes and Eating Disorders with Dr. Jaime Taylor and Nayiri Khatchadourian

    Episode description:

    In this episode of Peace Meal, Dr. Jaime Taylor and Nayiri Khatchadourian discuss their study on physicians’ knowledge about disordered eating in patients with diabetes. Through their study, they found that many physicians feel that they do not have the resources to help patients who show signs of disordered eating. They also describe warning signs of disordered eating to look for in patients with diabetes, as well as some serious health complications that may occur in patients with an eating disorder and diabetes. They end the conversation by emphasizing the importance of spreading awareness about the elevated eating disorder risk for those with diabetes, as well as highlighting the fact that weight does not determine health.

    Dr. Jaime Taylor is the Director of Adolescent Medicine at Beaumont Children’s and is the Medical Director of the Hough Center for Adolescent Health. She is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of adolescents and is passionate about teaching on that subject as an Assistant Professor at Oakland University - William Beaumont School of Medicine. Nayiri Khatchadourian is currently a third-year medical student at Oakland University - William Beaumont School of Medicine. Her passion for advocating for mental health along with nutrition and wellness stemmed from her personal journey and struggles throughout her adolescent years. 



    We cover:



    * The importance of assessing physicians’ knowledge of disordered eating in patients with diabetes 

    * Why having type 1 diabetes is a risk factor for developing an eating disorder and why having both conditions can be an extremely dangerous combination 

    * How doctors are more likely to ask their patients questions about disordered eating if they feel they have the resources to help

    * Warning signs of eating disorders to look out for when treating patients with diabetes, as well as the potential health complications when these co-occurring illnesses are not managed properly

    * The importance of spreading awareness, not only to physicians but to everyone, that weight does not determine the health of an individual



    In their words:



    * Nayiri on the results of their survey: “Of the people who responded, 97% of the physicians were endocrinologists…58.8% of them reported not having received any education about identifying and assessing for disordered eating among patients diagnosed with diabetes during or after their professional training. 68% identify that they didn’t believe they had the tools or resources available to assist a patient with disordered eating behavior.”

    * Dr. Taylor on discussing body image with patients with diabetes: “It’s okay to talk about body image, it’s okay to talk about discomfort in body or changes in body. If we talk about it, then there’s a way for us to understand it better. And sometimes it’s just the fear of not knowing, ‘Why is my body changing?’ or ‘Why is it changing in this way?’”

    * Dr. Taylor on what health means to her and her team: “It’s about balance and variety and feeding your mind and your body and your soul in whatever way that is and really embracing that everything fits. It doesn’t matter if you have diabetes, it doesn’t matter if you have disordered eating, you can find a way to make all of these things fit and work for you.”



    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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    • 33 min
    Episode 72: The Benefits of Meditation with Kateri Anderson Heymans

    Episode 72: The Benefits of Meditation with Kateri Anderson Heymans

    Episode description:

    Kateri Anderson Heymans is a woman from Minnesota who works remotely and lives her dream of traveling the world. After years of struggling with anorexia and binge eating disorder, she has found freedom from the illnesses that once consumed her life. Since Kateri was 17, she has practiced a type of meditation called the Isha Judd System, taught by the Isha Educating for Peace Foundation. She now teaches this method of meditation and supports others on their journey, taking whatever opportunity she can to share with others the tools and insight that transformed her life.

    In this episode of Peace Meal, Kateri discusses her history of anorexia and binge eating disorder, including the isolation and misery these eating disorders caused. She tells us about her journey to finding a meditation practice that positively changed her recovery and life. Through meditation, Kateri was able to gain the self-love and compassion that she so desperately needed, as well as overcome anxiety, depression, and grief from the loss of her mother. Kateri encourages everyone to give themselves the love and grace they deserve and ends the episode with a powerful meditation. 



    We cover:



    * How isolating and miserable it can be to suffer with an eating disorder

    * How eating disorder behaviors might function as a maladaptive coping mechanism to deal with uncomfortable emotions

    * How meditation can aid in eating disorder recovery, as well as help to manage co-occurring conditions like anxiety and depression

    * How meditation can be challenging for those with an eating disorder, who often feel disconnected from their bodies 

    * The power of self-compassion and self-love, especially during recovery



    In Kateri’s words:



    * On the role of meditation in eating disorder recovery: “It helped me to live as fully as I possibly could within the recovery process.”

    * On the importance of giving yourself grace: “When we, in our mind, punish ourselves or judge ourselves for doing something, the behavior will continue. But when we’re loving and compassionate and kind and treat ourselves like a kid who is learning how to walk… the process will not only be a little bit less miserable, but I found in my experience that symptoms actually, little by little, started to lose their power.”

    * On self-love during recovery: “Be loving with yourself where you are in this moment. No matter where you are in your life, in this moment, you deserve love… No matter if you’ve recovered, if you’re just starting… your worthiness of love does not change. So be kind and gentle with yourself as you are in this moment."



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



    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.

    • 38 min
    Episode 71: Figure Skating and Eating Disorders with Nichole Soltis

    Episode 71: Figure Skating and Eating Disorders with Nichole Soltis

    Episode description: 

    Nichole Soltis recently earned her master’s degree from The University of Akron and is now a licensed therapist in the state of Ohio. A long-time figure skater, she will be competing at her second Adult National Championships this month. She has a passion for eating disorders and their impact on athletes, and she hopes to use her platform to spread awareness, support others, and start the conversation about eating disorders and sports. 

    In this episode of Peace Meal, Nichole discusses how her passion for figure skating played a role in the development and maintenance of her eating disorder, as well as how she was able to get back on the ice after treatment. Delving first into the complicated relationship between aesthetic sports and eating disorders, she shares how restricting her food did not improve her skating performance in the way her eating disorder promised it would. Instead, it negatively affected not just her sport, but also her physical and mental health. Through recovery, Nichole learned that nourishing her body and working on her technique was the best thing for her skating performance. Now as a therapist passionate about supporting athletes, she encourages all coaches to get their athletes professional help if they notice the warning signs of an eating disorder. Nicole ends the conversation by assuring any athletes struggling with an eating disorder that getting help can mean enjoying life, food, and their sport once again. 



    We cover:



    * The impact aesthetic sports can have on body image

    * How the stigma surrounding eating disorders can make it more difficult to seek help

    * How nourishing your body is the best thing you can do to be successful in your sport

    * The unique role of coaches in the lives of athletes 

    * The importance of taking care of your mind and body



    In Nichole’s words: 



    * On the stigma surrounding eating disorders: “Everybody’s okay with any body part breaking down except our brains… The stigma is still around and it impacts us definitely.”

    * On improving athletic performance in a healthy way: “I focus more on technique now as opposed to my body composition… I really think it’s important to focus on… changing that technique and adjusting it, as opposed to changing and adjusting your body.”

    * On life in recovery: “You can still enjoy your life and enjoy food and enjoy your sport as well… You really do need to make sure that you’re taking care of your whole self… your mind, body, your soul.”



    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.

    • 16 min
    Episode 70: The Healing Power of Embodiment with Heidi Andersen

    Episode 70: The Healing Power of Embodiment with Heidi Andersen

    Episode description: 

    Heidi Andersen is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Embodiment Specialist. She has worked with people struggling with eating disorders as a therapist in residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient levels of care. She currently maintains an outpatient group practice of body-centered psychotherapists specializing in weight-inclusive treatment for the intersection of trauma, attachment wounds, and eating disorders through an anti-oppression lens and somatic approach.

    In this episode of Peace Meal, we explore the concept of embodiment and how it relates to eating disorders and recovery. Heidi covers the reasons we can become disembodied, as well as different ways we can work toward reconnecting with our body. Heidi also dives into how important it is for healthcare providers who help others with their embodiment to work on their own. She offers yoga as one tool in increasing embodiment, and it is a practice she finds especially valuable to ground herself on bad body image days. Recognizing that embodiment can often feel unsafe for people who are not in white, straight-sized bodies, Heidi hopes for a future where embodiment is more accessible for all.



    We cover: 



    * The definition of embodiment and reasons why disembodiment can occur

    * How we can start to be more present in our bodies 

    * What healthcare providers can do to help progress their own embodiment

    * How yoga can aid the process of embodiment and eating disorder recovery

    * How body changes during recovery are normal and how to show yourself compassion if your body changes

    * Why embodiment is not as accessible or safe to those who aren’t white and straight-sized



    In Heidi’s words: 



    * On the true meaning of embodiment: “Embodiment is really about learning to experience ourselves from the inside out and experience life from that place, rather than the, ‘How am I being perceived as I’m doing this?’ 

    * On the impact of society on disembodiment:  “We live in a society that has prejudice and oppression… We live in a society where we’re still being told that one kind of body is preferred, and so as long as that’s happening, as long as it feels dangerous to be in different sized bodies, that’s gonna impact our embodiment.”

    * On the accessibility of embodiment: “Embodiment is definitely a key in recovery, but it is not as accessible to everybody. People that inhabit marginalized identities, it is less safe to be embodied. I think that is an important thing as a provider to understand is that, embodiment can feel like something that white, straight-sized people get to enjoy that marginalized identities can’t necessarily enjoy… Embodiment and safety in your body is a privilege.”



    Visit Heidi’s website, reclaimingbeauty.com, to purchase The Reclaiming Beauty Journal and Wisdom Deck, read her blog, and more, and follow her on Instagram (@reclaimingbeauty).

    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode 69: Mindful Self-Compassion with Erin Werner

    Episode 69: Mindful Self-Compassion with Erin Werner

    Episode description: 

    Erin Werner is a mental health administrator, student, makeup artist, and ordained minister who enjoys being present with her family, cooking, and baking. In this episode of Peace Meal, she shares her eating disorder experience, including the factors that contributed to her illness, her process of seeking help, and the power of mindful self-compassion in her recovery.

    Erin recounts her struggle with multiple eating disorders, illnesses that were characterized by bingeing, restricting, and purging throughout her adolescence and into her 20s. She then explains how, with the help of her parents, she started therapy and learned to identify the factors and co-occurring issues that were masking and influencing these conditions. Over time and with professional help, she learned the skill of mindful self-compassion, which was critical to her recovery. She shares how she has developed better coping mechanisms through the practice of self-compassion and overall feels more at peace with herself, her body, and food. In addition to finding a passion for cooking, she can now see food for what it is, fuel for the body. 



    We cover:



    * How an untreated eating disorder can escalate through the years

    * How therapy can help in identifying and working through past issues

    * How self-kindness, not self-criticism, can be motivating in recovery and many aspects of life

    * How comments about weight and body can inadvertently encourage disordered behaviors

    * How learning to cook can help you connect with food



    In Erin’s words:



    * On recovery: “I wish I realized sooner that you don’t have to recover alone.”

    * On practicing mindful self-compassion: “When you are coming from a place of such low worth and guilt and shame, and you're almost at war with yourself, the idea of being kind to yourself is so unbelievably hard.”

    * On learning to be nicer to yourself: “You have nothing to lose just trying to be as nice to yourself as you would to your best friend or partner or anyone else you care about. Try to turn some of that loving self-awareness to you.”



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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.

    • 23 min
    Episode 68: The Dangers of “Clean Eating” with Jason Wood

    Episode 68: The Dangers of “Clean Eating” with Jason Wood

    Episode description: 

    Jason Wood combined his therapeutic love of writing with his mission to break the stigma around men’s mental health and eating disorders by launching Orthorexia Bites in 2021. His first book, a memoir titled Starving for Survival, is out now.

    In this episode of Peace Meal, Jason discusses how weight-based bullying, the loss of his parents, and a cancer scare all contributed to the development of his eating disorder. He reflects on how the praise he received after weight loss in his early teens led him to believe that diet and exercise were something that made him “good” in the eyes of others. Then, he explains, a cancer scare led him to dieting and “clean eating” in an attempt to prevent cancer—the illness that took both of his parents. Jason experienced weight loss and was once again praised by friends and healthcare providers, suggesting that he was on the right track. In reality, however, an obsession with “clean eating” was consuming his life. Jason wants to share his story so that other men and boys know that they are not alone in their struggle with an eating disorder. 



    We cover:



    * How bullying can affect body image from a young age

    * How our culture praises weight loss and extreme dieting, which can reinforce disordered behaviors

    * The power of a diagnosis

    * How writing and sharing your story can help you find a community of people who understand what you’re going through

    * How toxic masculinity can prevent men from getting the mental health help they need



    In Jason’s words:



    * On sharing his story: “As a guy battling an eating disorder, I needed to get out there and I needed to share my story because there’s not enough men who talk about it. As someone who’s battling orthorexia, there’s not many people talking about it, I needed to get out there and change that as well.”

    * On his relationship with food during his eating disorder: “There is nothing wrong with wanting to have a ‘healthy’ lifestyle… But then there’s individuals like myself when it goes too far… where suddenly, I’m no longer consuming food, food’s consuming me.”

    * On how his definition of a “healthy lifestyle” has changed: “I was pursuing just physical health… I underestimated the power of mental health… social health… emotional health… Now I realize that there is a lot more to a ‘healthy lifestyle’ than just worrying about what you eat or how much you exercise.”



    You can purchase Jason’s book, Starving for Survival, through Amazon, his website, and more! You can also follow Jason on Instagram (@orthorexiabites) and Twitter (@OrthorexiaB).

    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!

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

stealinghome ,

Thank you!

Although I have been recovered for many years, you are helping me to Re-Heal. At the time, there were so few resources. I never had the courage to attend inpatient care. I found my own journey out. With your podcast, I feel as though my 15-22 year-old self is finally getting the love, empathy, and support she never had. Listening to others’ stories is like a balm to my soul. I cannot get enough of them. The education about genetics, neuropsychology, and nutrition are such a wonderful reframer. The shame is rolling off of me. I have been able to tell my story to old and new friends after hiding it away for so long. I am integrating it as a part of me. I have new-found self-love for the girl I hurt for so long. I am proud of myself for getting out. I realize that I owe myself a lot of self-love and self-care.

abbyb28 ,

Love!

Wow thank you for this! I listen to these episodes while practicing implementing movement to keep me focused on recovery & body kindness. Such a helpful & warm podcast!

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Recovery!

After 20 years or suffering from a debilitating ED, I have found the strength through this podcast to begin the very challenging climb to recovery and building a new relationship with my body! Thank you so much!!!!

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