Why do eating disorders disrupt your relationships? What made you realize that something needed to change? What do you think and see when you look at yourself in the mirror? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks about the journey to recovery with Hannah Linnea.


Hannah Linnea is a health coach who helps people overcome sabotaging food habits and master body image so that they can gain confidence and have joy in life. ​Her mission is to provide clients with passionate, personalized support and the most up-to-date information so they can achieve their long-term goals.  She holds a Master's degree specialized in food behaviors and food access.

​Hannah has been health-focused her entire life. She has over a decade of experience weight-training with teams, coaches, personal trainers and her own solo training. In order to build on her strong foundation of well-being and weightlifting, she went through a personal training course with the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) in 2019, and she has also done supplementary fitness and health training courses through the Clean Health Institute based in Australia.

Visit Hannah's website and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.


  • Coming to grips with the reality of having an Eating Disorder
  • How an Eating Disorder can damage relationships
  • Body image as a mirror to your mental health
  • Find the right team

Coming to grips with the reality of having an Eating Disorder

People may often excuse or deal with their dangerous or unhealthy habits by pretending that they are good, helpful, or beneficial in some way.
My life revolved around what I now know is my eating disorder, but at the time I had no idea. (Hannah Linnea)
There will come a moment when you realize that the way you are currently living is not sustainable, and something needs to change if you are to go on living a truly healthy, fulfilled, and prosperous life.

How an Eating Disorder can damage relationships

Eating disorders coerce you into feeling ashamed and encourage you to pull away from your loved ones and people who would want to help you because it wants to keep you isolated.
I couldn’t bring myself to confess to her what I was living with, so I cut everybody off. I was like, “You don’t get it, you don’t care. I know what’s right for me, you guys are the ones with the problem” and sure enough, then I was all by myself. (Hannah Linnea)
An eating disorder will warp your mind so that all you can think about and care about is weight, appearance, and the size of clothes. Seek treatment to stop that voice from talking, so that it can’t convince you to abandon yourself completely and shut down every relationship you have that cares for your wellbeing.

Body image as a mirror to your mental health

Body image was the access point for me to realize that I do live with mental illness … addressing my body image issues was my key to getting a grasp on life again. (Hannah Linnea)
Notice the thoughts that come up when you see yourself when you look in the mirror. The way that you speak to yourself and how you see yourself can give you clues about your mental health. If you are in recovery, practice body neutrality if jumping straight to body positivity is too much. Give yourself gratitude for this vessel that allows you to interact with life, and be grateful for all the things it lets you do.

Find the right team

When you are in recovery, keep searching for the doctors and practitioners that see you and not just the eating disorder. Look for the good doctors and build a strong team of professionals, loved ones, and your determination to help you overcome the eating disorder and recover for good.



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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