When I entered treatment it was almost like I had to become un-brainwashed or "de-programed" from diet culture. I had spent years and years believing that carbs were bad, being fat meant you over-ate and were lazy, foods were categorized as good and bad, healthy or unhealthy, and calories were the ultimate and ongoing mathematical equation to happiness and health. Deciding that I no longer needed to abide by these rules or agonize over every morsel was really hard and it actually took a lot of time and support. One of the things that helped me was listening to body positive, health at every size, anti-diet, intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery podcasts!
So, I wanted to share some of the podcasts that I listen to that have been really helpful on this recovery journey of mine. I listen to them as I'm editing photos, or taking my dog for a walk. They especially come in handy when I'm having a low week and feel like relapsing. These podcasts answer lots of questions, tell recovery stories, encourage body positivity, teach skills and tools to overcome hurtles in recovery and have open discussion with experts and normal people like you and me! If you are on a recovery journey or are interested in maybe leaving your diet days behind you, I highly suggest checking them out! You can find them on iTunes or anywhere else you listen to podcasts for free! (If you click on the title it will link to their websites!) I've simply listed the name of the podcast, what it's thumbnail looks like and it's description from the provider!
1. EVERY BODY PODCAST | RECLAIMING BODY TALK
"A new podcast counteracting the pervasive myths and misconceptions about food, dieting and body image with hard science and engaging storytelling. Each week, Every Body will visit the latest research to her you better understand you relationship with food and your body."
2. FOOD PSYCH - INTUITIVE EATING, HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE, POSITIVE BODY IMAGE, EATING DISORDER, SMASHING DIET CULTURE
Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN - Intuitive Eating Coach & Anti-Diet registered Dietician Nutritionist
"Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered Dietician Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Christy Harrison talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image and eating disorder, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, body politics, feminism, self-compassion and self-care--all from a body-positive, Health at every size perspective. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disorder eater and dieter to food writer and anti- diet dietician, and offers tips to help you access you body and let go of guild about food. Food Psych challenges diet culture in all its forms--including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. The podcast is designed to offer safe and non-triggering support for listener in recovery from eating disorders, weight stigma, and body shame."
3. THE EATING DISORDER RECOVERY PODCAST
"This podcast covers all aspects of eating disorder recovery from the science behind understanding what an eating disorder really is, to implementing effective, and above all, evidence-based treatment. Podcast host Tabitha Farrar suffered Anorexia from age 17-26, then spent four years in recovery. She has now made a full recovery and lives a happy and full life. She has published a book called Love Fat outlining her recovery and explaining the often misunderstood concepts that underly this brain-based disease. This podcast will range from interviews with ED experts, to parents, to adult sufferers, to how to manage child sufferers, to the latest research, to everyday musings"
4. THE EATING DISORDER RECOVERY PODCAST
Dr. Janean Anderson
"Healing your relationship with food, your body and your self, The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast is a show about the recovery process from eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, as well as disordered eating, emotional eating, dieting and exercise addiction. The show is for anyone who would like to learn more about eh psychology of eating disorders, make peace with food, improve their body image, and live authentically. The podcast explores how eating disorders work psychologically, what the recovery process looks like, and the cultural context of eating disorders.....Using compassion and humor along the way, Dr. Anderson reviews the latest information about eating disorder recovery while sharing pieces of her own recovery to help others create their own recovery"
5. THE LOVE, FOOD PODCAST: PEACE FROM EMOTIONAL EATING, BINGE EATING, EATING DISORDERS, AND NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE THROUGH INTUITIVE EATING.
Julie Duffy Dillon: Registered Dietitian, Food Behavior Expert, body Image Guru
"Clean eating. Low carb. Low Fat. Do this not that. Now what? Eating is getting too stuffy and complicated. Throw open your windows to allow a new stream of health, wellness, and peace. What if you could write a letter to food? Pen to paper, you hash out the love/hate relationship and food's undeserving power. Details go back years, to your first childhood diet trying to fit in. how you relate to food chronicles man of your life's ups and downs. In this letter, you examined your dusty food beliefs and wonder which go in the trash, are for others, and which remain in your heart. What if you wrote this all down and food wrote you back? This is Love, Food. Food behavior expert and host, Julie Duffy Dillon is rolling up her sleeves to get to the bottom of what is really healthy. Show topics include: emotional eating, weight concerns, binge eating, orthorexia, body image, eating disorders, dieting, parenting and food, healthy eating, stress eating, food addiction, mindful eating, non diet approaches. Pull up a chair to your dusty kitchen table and set it for a meal, Ask food to sit alongside you and chat over coffee, or a margarita. You have some reconnecting to do."
6. THE RECOVERY WARRIOR SHOW
Jessica Flint Raymond
"Motivation and inspiration for your journey to recovery from and eating disorder. Host Jessica Flint interviews recovery warriors and treatment professionals from around the world to get there unique perspective and advice on what it takes to recover. This show is for all types of eating disorders:anorexia, bulimia, binge, eating and disordered eating."
7. MENTAL NOTE: JOURNEYS OF HEALTH AND RECOVERY
Eating Recovery Center
"A new podcast highlighting both the work and the beauty of mental health recovery. Stories will span a variety of mental illness struggles, introduce you to relatable personalities, and dive deep into how they chose health amidst daunting illnesses. At the end of it all, we will provide hope that recovery is possible and worth it."
These are just a few of the podcasts that are out there, but they are ones that I specifically have listened to and have helped me tremendously! I hope they help you through your journey as well!
- Sara -