Welcome to Recovery Bites, a podcast that welcomes voices in the field and voices of experience, to get real about recovery.
Join host Karin Lewis for candid interviews with experts in eating disorder and mental health recovery. Listeners can look forward to new perspectives, meaningful conversations, diverse connection, and compelling personal narrative that make a powerful difference in how we live.
Episodes focus on life beyond recovery, the good and the not-so-good, the successes and the challenges, and the authentic accounts of recovered lives. Not their whole story…just bites!
Karin Lewis, MA, LMFT, CEDS has been recovered from Anorexia Nervosa for over 20 years and has been specializing in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders since 2005. Karin is the founder of the Karin Lewis Eating Disorder Center located in Boston, MA. Learn more about Karin and her center’s services by visiting Karin Lewis Eating Disorder Center online (karinlewisedc.com).
Spoiler Alert! It's Not About the Food with Katie Barbaro, OTR/L
In this episode, I am joined by Katie Barbaro, OTR/L an intuitive guide and creativity doula with a background in occupational therapy, trauma-informed yoga, and improv & standup comedy. She is the author of “Fed Up: An Illustrated Guide to Food Freedom,” a cartoon-based memoir about her experience recovering from disordered eating and discovering her true self, creativity, and spirituality on the other side. In the book she (quite literally) illustrates her own process of shining light into the darkest areas of life. Katie’s mission is to remind you how fun it is to be YOU. (It’s so fun!)Topics Discussed:
• Using your voice to dismantle the power of shame.
• Breaking free from the identity of one’s distorted thoughts by taking them out of your head and onto paper.
• Accepting that wherever you are at this moment is the exact place to reach the next level of recovery.
• The absence of “noise” in recovery.
• The joy from accepting your true self, regardless of the messiness.
• How the principles of Intuitive Eating can extend past your relationship with food and into a healthy relationship with self.
• Changing your mindset about self can begin by overcoming limiting beliefs around food.
• The upcoming release of Katie’s book “Fed Up: An Illustrated Guide to Food Freedom”
Follow Katie at https://katiebarbaro.com
Connect with Katie Barbaro:
• Learn more about Katie's coaching and creative services
• Follow Katie on Instagram at @katiebarb and @fedupthebook
• ….and on Twitter and Facebook
• Pre-order your copy of “Fed Up: An Illustrated Guide to Food Freedom” available through Orchard House Publishing
• Sign up for Katie’s email list (at the bottom of the page) to receive a free chapter of “Fed Up”
• Subscribe to Katie’s blog
• Ignite your creative spark with Katie’s 6-week artist’s creativity course
• Listen to more of Katie by tuning into her podcast “Casual Ecstasy” (formerly “Showing Up Messy”)
About Karin Lewis:Karin Lewis, MA, LMFT, CEDS has been recovered from Anorexia Nervosa for over 20 years and has been specializing in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders since 2005. To learn more about Karin and her center’s services, please visit Karin Lewis Eating Disorder Center. You can connect with Karin on social media by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
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The Jots of Becoming with Lucie Waldman
In this episode, I am joined Lucie Waldman, the author of “The Jots of Becoming: A Journey of Hope and Recovery,” where she offers readers narratives and insights after fully recovering from Anorexia Nervosa. Lucie includes recovery pieces that intersect with the Jewish holidays and considers herself a Jewish recovery advocate. She is passionate about being part of the change of the recovery community and hopes to inspire others that full recovery is possible. Lucie also runs an Eating Disorder Recovery awareness and support account on Instagram (@lucie_shedding_layers). In addition to writing and advocacy work, Lucie enjoys speaking for other podcasts and mediums about the intersection between Judaism and Mental Health and is deeply passionate about mental health, Eating Disorder recovery, and equities in the treatment setting after her own experiences.
• The ways in which sharing your eating disorder and recovery experience can be a large part of your healing.
• How labeling people as “chronic” can create harmful message of defectiveness and further validate feelings of being unable to recover.
• Finding ways to recover “differently.”
• The importance of teamwork and self-motivation when creating an alternative treatment plan.
• The ways in which the dietary restrictions in Judaism can complicate the recovery process.
• How compounding years of behaviors can lead to severe medical complications in relapse and post-recovery.
• How recovery communities offer connection that can offset the isolating nature of eating disorders.
• How Lucie uses social media as a means to create a supportive, healing environment.
Follow Lucie at https://www.instagram.com/lucie_shedding_layers
Nourishing Your Relationship with Food with Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND
In this episode, I am joined renowned author and nutrition therapist Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FAND. Elyse is nationally known for her work in helping patients break free from diet culture through the Intuitive Eating process. Alongside Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, together they co-authored “Intuitive Eating,” a revolutionary book and movement now in its fourth edition. In addition to establishing anti-diet framework, “Intuitive Eating” introduced readers to the ten principles of their mind-body approach to finding peace and freedom with food and body. Elyse’s philosophy embraces the goal of developing body liberation, with the belief that all bodies deserve dignity, and reconnecting with one’s internal wisdom about eating. Recovered from an eating disorder herself, Elyse has over thirty-nine years of experience specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and Health at Every Size.
• The importance of speaking to the inner teen that exists within us all, regardless of our age.
• How imperative it is that teens are offered a different way of thinking about food that is not influenced through social media and diet culture.
• Understanding how the oppressive messages we receive from diet culture can lead to an eating disorder or disordered eating.
• The Intuitive Eating principles including that the emotional equivalence of all food and tuning into one’s satisfaction cues.
• The notion that we are all born with instincts and emotions, but not with a belief system, which are imposed on us through our environment.
• Weight stigma’s tremendous negative effect on health, far more than weight.
Learn more about Elyse and Intuitive Eating at www.elyseresch.com and www.intuitiveeating.org
Two Queer Perspectives on Eating Disorder Recovery with thirdwheelED
In this episode, I am joined by Jamie (OJ) Bushell (they/them/theirs) and Jamie Dannenberg, MS, RDN, LDN, (she/they), co-creators of thirdwheelED, a social media advocacy platform that strives to increase the visibility of how eating disorders and other mental illnesses disproportionately impact LGBTQIA+ communities as well as raise awareness of nontraditional caregivers who support folks in ED recovery. In addition, thirdwheelED offers clinical trainings on how to cultivate affirming eating disorder treatment for LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as editorial services for eating disorder and mental health professionals.
• How a lack of queer recovery stories can heighten and further isolate people.
• The harm caused when treatment providers see clients through a strictly heterosexual lens.
• The advances that individual practitioners are making towards care in the LGBTQ+ community versus the stagnation of large institutions in supporting the same community.
• How a lack of resources and direction for caregivers is detrimental for both the client and caregiver.
• The ways in which gender dysphoria may increase in the recovery process and how connection to one's values can aid in these challenges.
• How gender affirming options can only be pursued in those in a “healthy body,” not an eating disordered body.
• Overcoming system shortcomings (i.e. requiring permission for gender affirming procedures) and contradictions (i.e. only certain bodies can receive gender affirming procedures) to develop a sense of autonomy in the recovery process.
Investing in Yourself with Carolyn Costin, MA, MeD, LMFT, CEDS, FAED
In this episode, I am joined by world renowned, highly sought-after eating disorder clinician, author, and international speaker, Carolyn Costin, MA, MeD, LMFT, CEDS, FAED. Recovered from anorexia herself, Carolyn was first to publicly take the position that people with eating disorders can become fully recovered. Carolyn’s extensive contributions to the field include six books, the most popular being, “8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder.” Carolyn launched The Carolyn Costin Institute in 2016 where she offers training and certification of eating disorder coaches. Carolyn is an active, passionate, inspiring force in the eating disorder field.
• The different ways in which a recovery coach can help clients who are struggling in “real time”
• Reentering the world post-COVID-19 and challenging new rituals learned in the pandemic
• Acceptance versus resistance theory as a way to tolerate negative feelings and thoughts and align one’s behaviors with their values
• Reflecting on how trauma and the messages created can exist throughout time
• How emotions are the bodies’s response to thoughts and how changing one’s physiology can change cognition
• Deciphering if a behavior is a result of a trigger or a habitual practice as a means to best determine appropriate coping skills
• How transitional object attachments can be a healthy mechanism that serves as a bridge between one’s inner and outer worlds
The Girl in the Red Boots with Judith R. Rabinor, PhD
In this episode, I am joined by Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD., psychologist, psychotherapist, author, writing coach, speaker, and workshop leader. Judy has published dozens of articles for both the public and professionals and has authored three books, "The Girl in the Red Boots: Making Peace with My Mother," "A Starving Madness: Tales of Hunger," "Hope and Healing in Psychotherapy, Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids and Yes, Your Ex," and she also specializes in working with divorcing and remarried families. Judy offers individual, couples, and family therapy, runs groups for binge eaters, a consultation group for mental health professionals and mentors and coaches writers individually and in groups. Whether working with troubled individuals, couples, groups or families her goal is to help people bring vitality and aliveness into their lives.
• How the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship can challenge its importance.
• Exploring simultaneous feeling states, such as love and hate towards a parent.
• How reflection and exploration expands our consciousness and allows for new family narratives to be born.
• Understanding the relationship with mother, as opposed to blaming her, can be the beginning to dismantling the anger.
• How hunger for connection can often be disguised as hunger for food.
• The importance of the therapist’s role in helping the family and remembering that “blood is thicker than therapy.”
Candid interviews of hope and healing
Listening to two recovered humans speaking about the reality of full recovery is life-changing. Each week offers a new guest with their own personal and authentic recovery story to tell. I find myself leaving each episode feeling inspired, seen, connected, and hopeful that recovery can happen for anyone, despite what they may have been told.
I appreciate Karin’s ability to pull narratives from every guest (as if she knew them her whole life) of the diverse lineup. Not only is Karin a clinical expert in the field, but she is also a highly skilled conversationalist….with a sense of humor!
I recommend Recovery Bites to anyone who is living with (or has lived with) an eating disorder, family and friends, mental heath professionals, and anyone looking to learn about like on the “other side” of an eating disorder. Don’t pass this up!
Healing, hopeful and full of insight
I have listened to hundreds of podcasts conducted by clinicians and trauma warriors. Karin offers a combination of authenticity and wisdom about her journey and the lives of others she has guided in their eating disorder recovery. She is full of knowledge and so easy to listen to. I will be recommending this podcast to patients and therapists and hope she produces many many more episodes.
Shari Botwin, LCSW and author of Thriving After Trauma
Transparent, real & beautiful
Karin has an amazing ability to draw out true stories from her guests and I genuinely enjoy each episode and hearing the unique journey each guest shares! Thank you for putting this work into the world.