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Eating Disorder Recovery Speakers

When Kristen got out of eating disorder residential treatment for the last time, she noticed a major gap in her care: among her treatment team there was no one saying, “I’ve been there. I get it. My life without my eating disorder is so full. Let me help you get there too.” Eating Disorder Recovery Speakers podcast is a platform for people well into their ED recovery, or who have recovered, to share their stories. Hope and inspiration brought to you by these powerful speakers.

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Erin(convo) - Kicking the Scale: A Journey to Recovery

“I wanted to do what I needed to do so that I could be myself again. I wanted people to laugh with me. I wanted to play soccer and enjoy it and not hate being out there and struggle to get through it. So my motivation for getting back to a healthy state was to be who I was before, but even better. With those goals in mind, that really helped inspire me to take chances and to take risks.” – ErinIn my conversation with Erin, she and I talk about friendships in eating disorder recovery, eating disorders in college athletes, raising a child with food allergies, recovery tips and goals, and more.Full List of Conversation Topics:- The light & shadow sides of personality traits- When friends tell someone about your ED for the sake of your health- Advice for people who are concerned about their friend with an ED- College athletes and EDs- Raising a child with food allergies- Using incentives & consequences as ways to recovery- Rock bottoms- Recovery tips & goals- Advice for school administrators to handle athletes with EDResource- Erin's Blog- Austin's Allergies- Accept Recovery

1hr 1min

2 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Bonus Episode: Everyday Woo Woo Podcast Interview

Kristen Brunello is the Founder of Always a Being, which provides affordable eating disorder recovery coaching, and the creator and host of the Eating Disorder Recovery Speakers podcast. Kristen struggled with an eating disorder from the ages of 12 –24 and hopes to make the philosophy, tools and inspiration that helped her recover accessible to those still suffering. Her passions include yoga, cats, friendships, tacos, New Jersey, and equality.We were so excited to dive in and learn from Kristen! We end up discussing…• Kristen’s story and her 12 year battle with an eating disorder• Her work as a Recovery Coach and what she is up to now• Opening up about mental health, addiction and eating disorders• Is it possible to fully recover?• Addiction vs. eating disorders• Finding meaning and purpose• Ayurveda, balance & recovery• The underlying struggle with control and stuffing down feelings• How to help loved ones with eating disorders• Resources & recommendationsHow to find Kristen:• Kristen’s Website: www.alwaysabeing.com• Kristen’s Podcast: Eating Disorder Recovery Speakers Podcast• Kristen’s Instagram: @always_a_being• Kristen’s 8 day recovery course: Accept Recovery• Kristen’s Recovery Archetype Quiz: www.alwaysabeing.com/quizEating Disorder Resources & Recommendations from Kristen:• https://www.meetup.com/• Coby Kozlowski: www.cobyk.com• Carolyn Costin: www.carolyn-costin.com• Recovered Living: www.recoveredliving.com• “Your Dieting Daughter” by Carolyn Costin• “The 8 Keys to Recovery with Eating Disorders” by Carolyn Costin• “Eating in the Light of the Moon” by Dr. Anita Johnston• “Solemate” by Lauren Mackler• “Women Who Run With The Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes• Food Psych Podcast

1hr 45mins

8 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Steph(interview) - Boss of "Body Banter" & Recovering from Anorexia

In Steph’s interview we talk more about the diet culture in Hong Kong, how she learned to accept that she was more than just her eating disorder, and how CrossFit helped her in her recovery. She also talks about how YOU can get involved in Body Banter.Questions Answered:-What was it like to have an eating disorder in Hong Kong? Did it limit your ability to gain access to help?-How did your family help you recover?-What are you currently growing into?-What are your thoughts about realizing that you used to think you would rather die than gain weight?-Who is Steph, the WHOLE human being?-How did CrossFit change the path of recovery for you?-What was the difference between CrossFit in recovery and exercise before recovery?-How can people benefit from or get involved with Body Banter?-Are there any words of wisdom that you have for the people listening?Resources: - “Eating in the Light of the Moon” – Anita Johnston, Ph.D- Body Banter- Muscle Up Munchkin (Steph’s blog)

43mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Sarah(story) - Recovered, Heart vs. Head, ED Recovery Coach

“I remember being frustrated because it seemed like people would have ‘Aha moments’ and recovery would be so easy for them after that. It wasn’t like that for me. Recovery for me took a long time. Get support, don’t give up, recovery can happen for you” – SarahSarah is a fully recovered eating disorder recovery coach who was certified through the Carolyn Costin Institute. She lives in Victoria British Columbia and prior to being a coach in private practice, she was a dietitian working with individuals with eating disorders. Sarah’s story tells of her long struggle with an eating disorder and how finding a meditation and spiritual practice that resonated with her was a significant factor in her recovery.Resources:- Sarah’s Website- Sarah’s Book Recommendations

41mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Jess - Bad Ass Recovered Therapist

“Sometimes recovery felt like a choice and other times it felt like a chore, but I knew I had to keep going. I am grateful to my previous self for sticking it out. Because I made a series of small choices then, I don’t have to make them now and can live comfortably. So kudos to my younger self. She was a bad ass” – JessJess is a therapist who primarily works with adolescents with eating disorders because she was an adolescent when she was in recovery. Now recovered from all types of eating disorders, Jess tells the story of what it was like to be in treatment and recovery as a teenager, and how she shifted her identity from someone with an eating disorder to someone who is a true bad ass. In the interview portion of this episode, Jess gives some advice for the loved ones of adolescents with eating disorders. She also gives some body positive, fat acceptance literary suggestions for people who are struggling.Questions Answered:-What was it like to “identify as an eating disorder”?-How did you separate yourself from your eating disorder and build your own identity?-What were some things that made you special, outside of your eating disorder?-What was the difference for you between choosing to go to treatment vs. when people told you that you had to go?-How do you come to the realization that recovery was a choice to be made?-What is it like looking back on the choice that you made to recover from the place of being recovered?  -How did hearing that “you wouldn’t recover from an eating disorder?” affect you, especially since you were so young? -What advice do you have for adults with adolescents in their life with an eating disorder"-What literature or resources have you come across that might be helpful for people in recovery?-What's good in your life now?Resources from this episode:-Jess’ website-"Two Whole Cakes" by Lesley Kinzel-"Shrill" by Lindy West- Health at Every Size -"Body Kindness" by Rebecca Scritchfield-Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

1hr

12 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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Steph(story) - Boss of "Body Banter" & Recovering from Anorexia

Steph struggled with anorexia while growing up in Hong Kong. In her story she talks about the impact that the extreme diet in Hong Kong had on her. In addition to extreme diet culture, Hong Kong also had a major lack of eating disorder awareness and treatment options. As a result, Steph recovered at home with the support of her family. Steph is now a student at Duke University and is the founder of Body Banter, which is an online platform that aims to engage communities in increased discussions about body image, raise awareness about the diversity in our experiences of body image issues and to make body positivity practices accessible and engaging.

48mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Amy(convo) - Finding Joy After Her Struggle With an Eating Disorder

“On April 4, 2016, I became weight restored. I’ve worked NY Fashion Weeks, graduated from an amazing university with honors, and started my own personal styling business at 23, but nothing in life am I prouder of than becoming weight restored. What I feared the most is eventually what saved me” – AmyIn my conversation with Amy, she and I talk more about her religion and faith in God as a tool that helped her recover, social media in recovery, weight gain post weight restoration, when weight changes with age, southern smash, and more.Full List of Conversation Topics:- Depression, suicide, & self-harm- Relapse- Religion & God- Social Media in recovery- The scale in recovery- Southern Smash - Scale Smashing- Weight gain post weight restoration- When weight changes with age- Stories of hopeResources:- Oliver-Pyatt Centers- Oliver-Pyatt on Instagram: @oliverpyatt- Center for Discovery- Joy’D Etsy Shop- Joy'D on Instagram: @joyoveryourdestination- Southern Smash- McCall Dempsey- McCall Dempsey on Instagram: @mccalldempsey- Accept Recovery

52mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Amy(story) - Finding Joy After Her Struggle with an Eating Disorder

“On April 4, 2016, I became weight restored. I’ve worked NY Fashion Weeks, graduated from an amazing university with honors, and started my own personal styling business at 23, but nothing in life am I prouder of than becoming weight restored. What I feared the most is eventually what saved me” – AmyAmy is the founder of the Joy’d initiative which sends gifts to people in treatment. She is also in grad school to become a therapist. Her story is a raw one about her experiences with an eating disorder and major depression. She tells of her many relapses, her struggle with self-harm, moments in her life when she had no desire to get better, the power that her scale had over her, and what it felt like to gain weight past her “weight restoration” goal. However Amy’s story is one of hope; she talks about how worth it all of the struggles were because of how amazing her life is now, and how her faith and religion helped her recover.Resources:- Oliver-Pyatt Centers- Oliver-Pyatt on Instagram: @oliverpyatt- Center for Discovery- Joy’D - Joy Over Your Destination Etsy Shop- Joy’D on Instagram: @joyoveryourdestination- Southern Smash

41mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Karli - Fitness Professional & Speaker Owning her Recovery

“I think my recovery now is talking about it. That’s how I deal with it. That’s how I keep it real. I put it out there. I own it. This is part of me. I don’t have any regrets.” – KarliKarli is a fitness professional who puts her experiences with anorexia out in the open in order to help others heal. While Karli did see some outpatient treatment professionals, none of them seemed to work for her, because as she says, “nothing works if you’re still lying to yourself.” In her story she tells about her struggle with anorexia and how learning about the physical body and nutrition helped her in her recovery. In our conversation, Karli and I talk about why she believes someone is always in recovery, the mental and physical effects of an eating disorder, relationships in recovery, and how her ED made her a stronger person.Full List of Conversation Topics:- Why she believes we are always “recovering” from an eating disorder- Mental and Physical effects of an eating disorder- How her eating disorder made her manipulative- When people you love “call you out”- Relationships in recovery- How her eating disorder made her a stronger person- Definitions of healthResources:- Accept Recovery: https://alwaysabeing.com/ecourse/

47mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Sam - Sharing Sparkly Light on ED Recovery

“What’s interesting is that the commitment and fire that was present during both eating disorders is the same commitment and fire that helped me overcome them. I refused to settle to be unhappy and feel tethered to these disorders, and it feels surreal to look back and realize how far I’ve come.” – SamSam is a life coach and a yoga teacher who has overcome a struggle with several eating disorders, including orthorexia. In her story, Sam reads two eerily similar journal entries written several years apart. What they both have in common? The last sentence which says, “I want to be me again”. In our conversation, Sam and I talk more about orthorexia and how it is portrayed in the media and on social media. We also talk about yoga and the benefits of having hard conversations with people that we love.Full list of Conversation Topics:-Orthorexia-Social Media and Orthorexia-Yoga & Self-Inquiry in recovery-Community and its effect on Recovery-The benefit of having “hard conversations with people”-Personality traits in the development of an ED-Anxiety and yogaResources:-Sam’s Website-Sam’s IG Handle: @yogawithsam-Coby Kozlowski-The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health-Ana Forrest-Jim Rohn-Nonviolent Communication-Accept Recovery 8 Day E-Course

1hr

14 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Colleen(convo) - HAES Informed Clinical Psychologist, Living Life in Color

“I don’t know how I truly feel about the fully recovered vs. recovery debate. But I can tell you this. I am a different person than when I was in the throes of an eating disorder. Nothing is the same. Nothing. I laugh, cry, take risks, speak in front of people, bake for fun, go out to eat, foster warm, caring relationships. I have my sense of humor back. Life is huge, and chaotic, and painful, and lovely, and I’m living it. Life in color with all of its uncertainties is so preferable to that cold, sterile certain life with an eating disorder.” – ColleenIn my conversation with Colleen we talk more about the biopsychosocial model of mental health and illness, personality traits in people with eating disorders, advice for people who are in recovery that want to work in the eating disorder field, Health at Every Size, and more.Full List of Conversation Topics:-Biopsychosocial model in developing an eating disorder-Personality traits predisposed to an eating disorder-How these personality traits can also help in recovery and life-How to navigate the waves of emotions in recovery-Importance of experiential therapy techniques in recovery-How body language and changing your physiology can help-Higher Purpose in Recovery-Recovery Resources-Instagram and Recovery-Advice for people in recovery who want to work in the recovery field-Health at Every SizeResources:-Project HEAL-Recovery Warriors-Food Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison-Life Without Ed by Jenni Schaefer-Food to Eat: Guided, hopeful, and Trusted Recipes -for Eating Disorder Recovery by Lori Lieberman, RD-8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin-Eating in the Light of the Moon by Dr. Anita Johnston-Appetites: Why Women Want by Caroline Knapp-The Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth by Dolores Cannon (the book Kristen couldn’t remember the name of in the episode)

1hr 22mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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Erin(story) - Kicking the Scale: A Journey to Recovery

“I wanted to do what I needed to do so that I could be myself again. I wanted people to laugh with me. I wanted to play soccer and enjoy it and not hate being out there and struggle to get through it. So my motivation for getting back to a healthy state was to be who I was before, but even better. With those goals in mind, that really helped inspire me to take chances and to take risks.” – ErinErin struggled with an eating disorder as a star soccer player at Michigan State University. Eventually becoming a successful soccer coach, she has a unique perspective on eating disorders in college athletes. A mother of 3, Erin is also the author of the recently released children’s book “Austin’s Allergies” based on the true story of her son Austin who has severe food allergies. In her story, Erin talks about all of these things, as well as shedding some light on how to work your recovery even when there are very real food limitations involved.Resources:- Erin's Blog- Austin's Allergies

33mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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Janine(story) - Leader, Journal Author, Recovered from Anorexia

“A lot of times the struggle of recovery is like this huge mountain you need to climb. And you’ve fallen so far that the peak of the mountain looks a century away. Understand that you don’t need to find the path. There are Sherpas. There are people who will guide you. You don’t have to do it alone. Even if the people around you don’t understand, there are people who are out there that do” – JanineJanine and I were in residential treatment together in 2007. As the first person that I knew who was doing well in her recovery, she was someone that I looked up to. Janine currently lives in Colorado Springs where she works as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Abundant, a leadership mastermind that supports sales professionals in their growth. Her mission is to help others experience the brightest and most authentic version of the light within themselves. In her story she talks about the feeling of loneliness and how it contributed to her eating disorder. She also talks about how having a recovery pet, being in a sales position, and starting to live life on HER terms helped her in recovery. Janine says her eating disorder gave her the invitation to learn more about what makes her happy and that sharing her story helps her to create deeper connections with other people.

33mins

7 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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Mollie(story) - Clinician, Boxer, Lover of Pancakes

“Suddenly when I walked through the world, I felt powerful… I thought, 'This is me taking up the space that I didn’t think I was entitled to years ago. And now, because of recovery, I can walk like this'” - MollieIn her story, Mollie tells of life growing up in LA culture and how puberty and the implications of developing a woman’s body impacted her struggle with bulimia. Now a clinician in the eating disorder field, Mollie talks about the neuroscience behind bulimia and how the 12-steps and boxing helped her in her recovery.Resources:- Mollies Website- Overeaters Anonymous

26mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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Mollie(convo) - Clinician, Boxer, Lover of Pancakes

“Suddenly when I walked through the world, I felt powerful… I thought, this is me taking up the space that I didn’t think I was entitled to years ago. And now, because of recovery, I can walk like this” - MollieIn my conversation with Mollie we talk about the amazingness of the female body, as well as give advice for how parents can approach puberty with their daughters. We also talk about the neuroscience behind bulimia, Overeaters Anonymous, and the recovery vs recovered debate from the standpoint of the 12-steps.Resources:· Portia Nelson Autobiography in 5 chapters· Mollie’s website· AA meeting finder (Alcoholic Anonymous)· OA meeting finder (Overeaters Anonymous)· EDA meeting finder (Eating Disorders Anonymous)· ANAD meeting finder (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)· CoDA meeting finder (Co-Dependents Anonymous)· Accept Recovery 8 Day E-Course

1hr 3mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #15