Are you in ED recovery? How do you find a good doctor? Why is genuine health about your daily behaviors and not the numbers on the scale? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks about kicking ED's butt with Amy Ferraro.

MEET AMY FERRARO

About 3 years ago, Amy developed Kick EDs Butt, a social media forum to support anyone that suffers from an eating disorder. Amy spent 30 years battling with binge eating disorder and atypical anorexia and now aims to help and support others in their own battles. Amy has a Master's Degree In Early Childhood Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany,  and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education with a concentration in Family Studies from SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, NY. She is also a proud mom and loving wife. Visit Kick ED's Butt and connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

IN THIS PODCAST

  • Find a good doctor
  • Have a loved one speak to you
  • “It’s not about the number, it’s about the behavior”

Find a good doctor

On your journey to kicking an eating disorder’s(ED) butt, you need to surround yourself with supportive loved ones as well as supportive professionals.
It took all these years of doctors to finally get one to even help me pursue treatment. (Amy Ferraro)
Find good doctors who will see you for who you are, not the size of your body, and who will work with you to achieve genuine holistic wellness instead of looking at a number on the scale.

Have a loved one speak to you

Eating disorders like to hide and cause people to feel shame. They can try to convince a person to hide what they do and to feel guilty for seeking help.
I’ve always been so embarrassed. Every time I’d binge, the feelings afterward… I just feel so bad that I did it, and when he brought that up that he was noticing it, [I said], “Oh, no, nothing’s wrong, it’s okay.” (Amy Ferraro)
Do not listen to this eating disorder voice. You can reach out, and sometimes, a loved one may reach out to you first if they are concerned. If you trust them and know that they mean well, then consider listening to what they have to say.
Until one day I started thinking about it and I was looking up “binge eating” and I said, “No, this is really what is going on with me”. (Amy Ferraro)

“It’s not about the number, it’s about the behavior”

It is not about the number on the scale, because that does not indicate good health. Your behaviors are a better indication of where you are at in life, how you feel, and how healthy your mental health, emotional health, and physical health is. Find a good therapist, connect with loved ones, and create healthy habits for yourself that make you feel good, well supported, and genuinely integrated with your body. Remember that recovery is possible, and you can do it.

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MEET DR. CRISTINA CASTAGNINI

I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!

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