Feck It, Fun, Fabulous & Free Eating Disorder Recovery

Feck It, Fun, Fabulous & Free Eating Disorder Recovery

This is a podcast all about eating disorder recovery, providing frequent bite-size episodes containing information, inspiration, motivation and hope, as well as some relevant research and neuroscience, to help anyone be more feck it, fun, fabulous and free in their eating disorder recovery. Hosted by Helly Barnes, a woman who has lived with an eating disorder for over a decade as an adult, has navigated the tricky and messy recovery process, and who now works as a professional eating disorder recovery coach. Find out more about Helly: www.hellybarnes.com and here: www.recoveringnomad.com

Episodes

June 17, 2024 26 mins

To choose eating disorder recovery and commit to it is advice that's often given. But this well meant advice over simplifies a process that necessitates so much more.

There are several other key ingredients for eating disorder recovery success and that's what I talk about in this episode.

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit - A Neuroscience Based Guide to Eating Disorders

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

 

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If you never had children because of an eating disorder and you are now in your mid life, you might face unique and difficult emotions.

This episode covers some of the reasons an eating disorder can stop you from having children, the emotions you might experience and finally, how to move forwards.

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

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An eating disorder can make it easy to adopt a victim mindset.

It can make you feel that life is happening to you.

But what if you can choose to be a hero, not a victim in eating disorder recovery?

 

My Books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

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It's time to get real about 'quasi-recovery' and eating disorders… it's usually a state of being 'highly functional' but still with an active eating disorder.

In this episode I talk about what I mean by this and what to do if you are in this situation at the moment. There is still so much hope for a FULL recovery!!

 

My Books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit - A Neuroscience Based Guide to Restrictive Eating Disorders and How to Overcom...

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January 27, 2024 36 mins

In this episode, which is part of a series about overcoming an eating disorder when you are in your mid or later life years, I talk about some of the specific challenges that arise from overcoming an eating disorder as a parent and the extra considerations that you will face as a result of having children.

 

My Books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

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An eating disorder will impact on your ability to have real fun in life but fun in life is so important. This episode considers why fun matters and the importance of finding more of it as you overcome an eating disorder and build yourself a life that is eating disorder free and a little more feck it and fun!

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

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Setting eating disorder eliminating goals or new year resolutions is important in the process to overcome an eating disorder. But to achieve those bigger goals, establishing daily intentions can help you to stay focused and accountable, so that you make meaningful progress. 

My Books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

 

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Are you trying to make food decisions to find your freedom from an eating disorder and struggling each day with overthinking and anxiety?

Perhaps it is time to apply the 'Don't Think-Just Eat' approach!

My Books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

www.hellybarnes.com

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Food decisions with an eating disorder and when overcoming one can be hard, emotional and have a lot of anxiety and overthinking attached. This episode discusses the idea that maybe you don't have to decide between different foods or food situations...

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

 

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In this episode I challenge the very common narrative in our modern Westernised culture that restrictive eating disorders are at their core driven by a fear of weight gain. I believe that this view is an oversimplified and convenient narrative that has been convenient to draw but it also prevents eating disorders being more widely understood. 

 

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

 

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This final part of the series about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment, relating its findings to restrictive eating disorders, covers what the Minnesota Starvation Experiment teaches us about starvation syndrome and the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural effects that semi-starvation alone can have on a person.

 

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

www.hellybarnes.com

 

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The Minnesota Starvation Experiment gives us the best evidence we have of what starvation can do to a person and what happens when emerging from semi-starvation.

In this episode, the experiment and its findings are compared to what can be experienced with restrictive eating disorders and recovering from one.

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

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If you have a restrictive eating disorder then you need to know about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment and its findings. This experiment, carried out during the Second World War, is the most important evidence we have for the effects of hunger and starvation on a person and what happens as they 'refeed' and rehabilitate back to health.

This episode is part one of two on this topic and this post includes information about what th...

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In this second episode of the series about overcoming an eating disorder when you are in mid or later life, I talk about the extra considerations that you need to account for when you have a partner or spouse.

A partner or spouse can be a benefit to the eating disorder recovery process but there are also challenges that can come too. It is also important to remember the impact that the eating disorder and the process to overcome it...

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Your self-identity can be deeply affected when you have an eating disorder. When you are overcoming an eating disorder, an important part is to let the eating disordered parts of your self-identity go and allow yourself to learn who you are without it.

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit 

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

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Eating disorders are hard to overcome at any age but when you are overcoming an eating disorder in mid or later life, there are more factors to consider, with the 'adult' responsibilities and limiting beliefs you might have.

This is the first in a series of posts on this topic and this focuses on the importance of self-belief that you can recover, no matter what age you are, alongside being able to let the eating disorder identity ...

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With a restrictive eating disorder, your brain can lose the ability to understand what it means to eat without restriction, let alone let you actually do it.

One effective way to push past this brain fog and to really overcome the eating disorder, reprogram your brain and emerge from energy deficit is eating to gain... Eating to gain weight and eating to gain your life back. 

 

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Oversh...

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We are taught to avoid anger, to suppress it and not show it but anger is a valid human emotion and serves a purpose. When you are overcoming an eating disorder, anger and angry eating can be a powerful means to help push you forward in making more significant changes if you direct that anger in the right direction. I talk about this in more detail in this episode.

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

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Are eating disorders a choice?

Does someone choose to develop an eating disorder and what about in whether they overcome an eating disorder or not?

In this episode, I explore this topic in more detail.

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

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Eating disorder recovery can be compared to a pendulum-swing effect. It can feel like the eating disorder pulls you to one extreme and as you let the eating disorder go, you go through centre to the other extreme in all kinds of ways, such as high hunger, eating more, feeling exhausted, weight gain and body changes which can all be alarming. 

My books:

Addicted to Energy Deficit

Aiming for Overshoot

 

www.hellybarnes.com

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