Have you been been making steps towards body acceptance, but find yourself stuck when it comes to letting go of certain eating behaviors? Perhaps, you are one of many of those with an eating disorder who has suffered from trauma? Listen to this week’s episode with special guest Amy Pershing as she helps guide listeners along their recovery journey so that they can begin their healing process from trauma.
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The transcribed episode can be found here.
Episode’s Key Points:
*Content Warning: discussion of sexual abuse
- Special guest Amy Pershing, licensed clinical social worker and founder of the Body Wise binge eating disorder recovery program and the Hunger Wise program as well as author of Binge Eating Disorder-The Journey to Recovery and Beyond.
- Many individuals who experience eating disorders have a history of trauma.
- Our culture has not recovered from its own eating disorder. When we are capable of making some steps forward in our culture’s recovery from its eating disorder (and acceptance of all bodies), we can begin creating space to process our individual trauma so that healing can happen.
- Trauma, particularly sexual trauma, makes an individual feel as though their physical being is not okay.
- We must begin challenging cultural narratives that perpetuate body hate/fat phobia, such as that an individual’s size predicts their health (spoiler alert: NOT true), in order to allow this trauma work to be able to take place.
- Additionally, filter your environment/social media: “If an image makes you feel bad, don’t consume it.” ~Amy Pershing
- Healing from an eating disorder includes honoring what the eating disorder/food behaviors has done for an individual’s survival as well as adding tools, in addition to food, to one’s toolbox for coping.
- Julie Dillon RD blog
- Link to subscribe to the weekly FREE Food Peace™ Newsletter. It is sent out every Tuesday morning. By signing up, I will also send you Love Food’s Food Peace™ Syllabus.
- Dr. Laura Brown’s Not the Price of Admission —> This week’s Food Peace Syllabus addition #1
- Amy Pershing’s Binge Eating Disorder-The Journey to Recovery and Beyond—> This week’s Food Peace Syllabus addition #2
- Amy Pershing’s Website #1 and Website #2—> This week’s Food Peace Syllabus addition #3
- Eating Disorder Dietitians can help your Food Peace™ journey. Get access to one near you here.
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