Eating Disorders: Navigating Recovery

Eating Disorders: Navigating Recovery

Co-hosts Francis Iacobucci (he/him/his) and Catherine Brown (she/her/hers) explore the complexities and profound impacts of eating disorders. With insights from individuals in recovery, mental health professionals, and family members, Eating Disorders: Navigating Recovery helps break the stigma surrounding eating disorders and provides a platform for engagement and connection. The recovery journey is not linear; whether you have struggled with disordered eating for days or years, we are here to help along the way.

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May 21, 2022 89 min
Hi Navigators! We have a remarkable guest to introduce to you all today. Jillian Rigert, DMD, MD, joins Catherine and Francis to explore an array of topics, including Jillian’s experience with an eating disorder and her recovery. She shares her relationship with anorexia nervosa as it relates to her identity, and how psychological and cognitive distortions and conditions like arrival fallacy, imposter syndrome, confirmation bias, a...
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Hi Navigators! Welcome to episode 91, a conversation with Kimberly Spencer, an award-winning author, high performance coach, Amazon best-selling author, international motivational speaker, and owner of Crown Yourself. She is also in recovery from an eating disorder. Kimberly joins Catherine and Francis to discuss how a challenging household growing up and a history of trauma led to the development of an eating disorder, and how, th...
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Hi Navigators! The co-hosts are excited for you to hear from Christy Maloney, RD, LDN, CEDS-S, CPT, a dietitian who focuses her work on nutritional support and therapy for those experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating. This conversation covered topics ranging from the work a dietitian does as part of an eating disorder treatment team; to discovering what body and food neutrality is and how they can be applied in recover...
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Hi Navigators! We're joined today by Molly Fennig, the author of the award winning novel "Starvation", a story about a wrestler with an eating disorder - a topic close to Francis' heart! Molly, a Minnesota native, is also pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at Washington University in St. Louis with a specialization in eating disorders. In this episode, Molly unpacks the intersection of anxiety and eating disord...
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Hi Navigators! We're excited to welcome back to the podcast Andrew Walen, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, mental health advocate, author, and public speaker. Andrew is an expert in the field of treating males with eating disorders, and recently opened a private practice called D.U.D.E. Mental Health, focused on supporting men break down the barriers which make seeking treatment scary. In this conversation, h...
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Hi Navigators! We are joined today by Judy Krasna, Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T, a global community of parents, and those who support parents of individuals experiencing eating disorders. Judy Krasna is the mother of four, mother-in-law of two, and grandmother of three. She is a writer and an eating disorders parent advocate in Israel, where she lives. Judy has been an active volunteer in F.E.A.S.T. and in the Academy for Eating...
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In this episode, Catherine and Francis were joined by Simone Seitz, Executive Director of the Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders (CRCED), and Anna Lutz, MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S and CRCED board member. The discussion focused on the state of eating disorder care and accessing care, what barriers remain or have been created by the pandemic, and how to move forward as a community oriented towards helping those in need of suppo...
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Monday, February 21 marks the first day of 2022's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Lauren Smolar, National Eating Disorders Association's (NEDA) Senior Director of Programs, joins Catherine and Francis to discuss the mission of awareness week, ways in which folx can get involved, provides resources for anyone wanting to learn more about eating disorders, and shares the hoped outcomes of raising awareness around eat...
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Catherine and Francis are thrilled to welcome Adina Kelman to the podcast. Adina brings a wealth of insight and knowledge to the platform, discussing everything from the language of diet culture and how to approach managing it through an educational lens, to understanding motivation as a complex spectrum rather than a generalization. She also shares pieces of her personal narrative, including her relationship with yoga, which ultim...
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Welcome to Episode 84, Navigators! Today, Catherine and Francis dive deep into diet culture, wellness culture, and all the other names of this insidious culture with Dr. Lara Zibarras, a psychologist and food freedom coach, specializing in mindset and behavior change. Lara, who herself is recovered from an eating disorder, shares her experience with orthorexia after her first efforts in recovery, and how diet culture – often guised...
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Co-hosts Catherine and Francis were joined by Liz Toland, RDN (bio below), at Ellwood Thompson's grocer in Richmond, Virginia for a live podcast! Acting as emcee, Catherine facilitated a poignant discussion about eating disorder treatment, recovery, body image, nutrition, and finding space to heal. The audience was able to interact and ask questions (unfortunately the internet wasn't on our side and we missed most of those ...
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As a Certified Trauma Specialist, Emily Walton believes how important a trauma lens can be within the therapeutic relationship. In this episode, Emily shares how her relationship with her therapist and her dietitian were important in her recovery from an eating disorder, and specifically how Internal Family Systems and somatic-oriented modalities played a vital role in discovering parts of herself that needed healing. Emily also di...
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Catherine and Francis were thrilled to be a part of TEDxYouth@RVA's production in Richmond, Virginia. The theme this year was "You, Me, Us, We." Every speaker's story provided a platform to connect, and the co-hosts were honored to be a part of a meaningful evening. In this special digest, Catherine and Francis share what it was like to prepare and do a TEDxTalk, and process their thoughts and feelings afterward...
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Emma Manis -- founder of EVOLVE -- is back with Catherine and Francis to explore the complexities of working in the fashion industry as an anti-fatphobic, anti-diet culture advocate, and what she's doing to help ensure her own emotional wellbeing as well as tearing down barriers for others. Emma also recounts what helped her stay in recovery during a significant life transition, words with which many individuals can relate. Mor...
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We spoke with Kelly Clark, an author and advocate for mental health awareness, whose compelling story of struggle, pain, hope and recovery resonated with us deeply. Kelly has been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, which at a young age collided head on with disordered eating and body image concerns, leading to a deep need for perfection and all or nothing thinking. Her own recovery story has led her to become an advocate...
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Catherine and Francis welcome Faith Elicia, author and advocate for those experiencing eating disorders, to the podcast to discuss her journey of recovery and her book, Do You See What I See? Faith developed an eating disorder as a coping mechanism while growing up with an alcoholic parent. She discusses ways in which her eating disorder experience was not unlike having an addiction, what it was like developing eating disorder beha...
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Catherine and Francis are excited to speak with Kim Machado, a psychotherapist and trained trauma expert, about the complex intersection of eating disorders and trauma. Kim shares how the subjective experiences of trauma impact individuals in various ways, and that many use maladaptive behaviors to tell a story of their trauma. Her approach in working with those who experience trauma is empathetic, compassionate, and can be describ...
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September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and in recognition of this we invited Kimberly O’Brien, Ph.D., LICSW to have a conversation about teens and suicide. Dr. O’Brien is a clinical social worker whose research focuses on the development and testing of brief interventions for suicidal teens with and without substance use and their families. An often-stigmatized topic, Dr. O’Brien helps break down walls around having conver...
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Catherine and Francis were excited to speak with diet culture rebel and eating disorder campaigner, Zoe Burnett. Zoe is an Amazon best selling author of "inside my ed" and an international public and TEDx speaker. She brings all of that experience -- as well as her lived experience recovering from an eating disorder -- to this interview. Filled with energy, knowledge, and passion, Zoe recalls her own journey experiencing an...
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Catherine and Francis were thrilled to speak with Maris Degener, Manager of Peer Mentorship with Equip, a virtual eating disorder treatment for individuals six to 24 years old. After recovering from anorexia nervosa as a teenager, Maris became passionate about harnessing her lived experience to support others experiencing eating disorders. Maris shared her story in the documentary “I Am Maris,” to spread the message that full recov...
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