What does the recovery process from an eating disorder look like? Why should you release black-and-white thinking when it comes to recovery from eating disorders? How can you nurture your hope for recovery? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini discusses different recovery methods with two experts.

MEET SARAH DOSANJH AND STEFANIE MICHELE

Sarah Dosanjh is a psychotherapist and author of the book, I Can't Stop Eating. As someone in recovery from binge eating, she draws on her personal and professional experience to create content designed to help others struggling with food and body image. Check out The Binge Eating Therapist website. You can find Sarah on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and as the co-host of the Life After Diets podcast.   Stefanie is an occupational therapist and certified holistic health coach who works with women healing their relationship with food and body image. She uses her "boots on the ground" experience of recovery from binge eating to help others heal through 1:1 and group coaching programs. Stefanie is also the co-host of the Life After Diets podcast and hosts regular "closet coaching" sessions on Instagram stories. Check out her website I Am Stefanie Michele and listen to her podcast. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Her book is also free here on Youtube.  

IN THIS PODCAST

  • Recovery
  • Permission
  • Hope

Recovery

Recovery is completely possible, although it may not always look like how you envision it to be. To remain in a state of balance means to accept that some days will be harder than others and that recovery may take different forms during your day.
I think a lot of people have this idea and what they think recovery is is actually this idealized version of themselves. When they feel like they keep falling short of that they feel like they’re not recovering because it’s not what they thought it’s supposed to be. (Stefanie Michele)
Sometimes how one thinks they will heal looks completely different from how they end up healing.

Permission

Be gentle with yourself, become an observer of your feelings and daily needs, and be open to the idea that sometimes you may need to do things that feel foreign to you because they are good for you. Next to being an observer of your wants and needs, and being open to trying things that may feel uncomfortable in the beginning, permit yourself to try them. Give yourself permission to try things and be sure to tell yourself that it is possible. Surround yourself with people who encourage you, and allow yourself to be helped.

Hope

Right now there are so many resources and looking at something that you maybe haven’t looked at before … when I started to learn about these different ways of thinking about food recovery and having a relationship with food … I started paying attention. (Sarah Dosanjh)
Even if something feels overwhelming in the beginning, it does not mean that it is not true. When you are recovering from an eating disorder topics such as intuitive eating may seem uncomfortable, but they can provide you with the hope that it is possible to work with them. There is more out there than you have come across or even tried yet, and all of it can help you in your recovery.
Just the listening and integrating of these different ways of thinking about recovery is a great place to just sit for a while. There’s no pressure to change or recover very quickly because you can sit and learn and let that seed be planted for a while and know that it might turn into something in its own time when you’re ready. (Sarah Dosanjh)

Books mentioned in this episode:

BOOK | Sarah Dosanjh – I Can’t Stop Eating

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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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