When was the moment that you realized you want to change your life? Do you yearn for freedom from obsessive thoughts and behaviors around food? How and where can you begin your healing journey? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks with Ronni Robinson about her journey to recovery.


Ronni is a member of the Sandwich Generation; she's the tired lunch meat layered between two children and aging parents. She is a writer and indoor cycling instructor who lives in Eastern Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband in their second year of empty nesting. Ronni’s passion is helping others who are struggling with eating disorders. She also does public speaking about eating disorders and emotionally abusive relationships. “Out of the Pantry” is Ronni’s debut memoir, chronicling her 30 years of binge eating and compulsive overeating and her journey to recovery. Visit Ronni Robinson's website and connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  • The realization
  • Beginning the healing
  • Unlearn the old messages

The realization

After hearing the term “compulsive eating”, Ronni decided to explore what this could mean and whether it was something that she could change in her life.
There were books about this! … [to know] people who had gone through it and came out the other side. (Ronni Robinson)
Ronni discovered the tools to help her overcome her eating disorder. She discovered books, therapy, and other people’s stories who had gone through it and reached recovery.
I don’t want this anymore. I want this out of my life. It had been 30 years of binging and compulsive eating and I wanted it gone. (Ronni Robinson)

Beginning the healing

Ronni decided on the fact that she wanted to recover. It brought forth so much emotion that she didn’t know she was holding onto, and she felt a sense of relief and release, knowing that other people understood her experience and that recovery was possible. Ronni went to different meetings to find one that she connected the most with to find a supportive group.
There’s always something that you can relate to and even though all our backstories are different and I got really emotional because yet again I was discovering that I’m really not alone. (Ronni Robinson)

Unlearn the old messages

Many people come to healing when they realize that their eating disorder may have come about due to traumatic circumstances in their past or childhoods.
I learned that my childhood was dysfunctional and that it was traumatic for me even though to me it was normal. (Ronni Robinson)
Therapy became a huge piece of Ronni’s recovery journey because it allowed her to access and make a proper change in her adult life by understanding that her coping mechanisms came from childhood struggles.



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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