Feck It, Fun, Fabulous & Free Eating Disorder Recovery

This is a podcast all about eating disorder recovery, providing frequent bite-size episodes containing information, inspiration, motivation and hope, as well as some relevant research and neuroscience, to help anyone be more feck it, fun, fabulous and free in their eating disorder recovery. Hosted by Helly Barnes, a woman who has lived with an eating disorder for over a decade as an adult, has navigated the tricky and messy recovery process, and who now works as a professional eating disorder recovery coach. Find out more about Helly: www.hellybarnes.com and here: www.recoveringnomad.com

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Episodes

Sunday Nov 12, 2023

This final part of the series about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment, relating its findings to restrictive eating disorders, covers what the Minnesota Starvation Experiment teaches us about starvation syndrome and the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural effects that semi-starvation alone can have on a person.
 
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
www.hellybarnes.com
 

Sunday Nov 05, 2023

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment gives us the best evidence we have of what starvation can do to a person and what happens when emerging from semi-starvation.
In this episode, the experiment and its findings are compared to what can be experienced with restrictive eating disorders and recovering from one.
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
 
www.hellybarnes.com

Sunday Oct 29, 2023

If you have a restrictive eating disorder then you need to know about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment and its findings. This experiment, carried out during the Second World War, is the most important evidence we have for the effects of hunger and starvation on a person and what happens as they 'refeed' and rehabilitate back to health.
This episode is part one of two on this topic and this post includes information about what the experiment involved and some of the key findings.
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
 
www.hellybarnes.com

Sunday Oct 22, 2023

In this second episode of the series about overcoming an eating disorder when you are in mid or later life, I talk about the extra considerations that you need to account for when you have a partner or spouse.
A partner or spouse can be a benefit to the eating disorder recovery process but there are also challenges that can come too. It is also important to remember the impact that the eating disorder and the process to overcome it has on your partner or spouse.
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
 
www.hellybarnes.com

Sunday Oct 15, 2023

Your self-identity can be deeply affected when you have an eating disorder. When you are overcoming an eating disorder, an important part is to let the eating disordered parts of your self-identity go and allow yourself to learn who you are without it.
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit 
Aiming for Overshoot
 
www.hellybarnes.com

Saturday Oct 07, 2023

Eating disorders are hard to overcome at any age but when you are overcoming an eating disorder in mid or later life, there are more factors to consider, with the 'adult' responsibilities and limiting beliefs you might have.
This is the first in a series of posts on this topic and this focuses on the importance of self-belief that you can recover, no matter what age you are, alongside being able to let the eating disorder identity go.
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
 
www.hellybarnes.com

Thursday Sep 28, 2023

With a restrictive eating disorder, your brain can lose the ability to understand what it means to eat without restriction, let alone let you actually do it.
One effective way to push past this brain fog and to really overcome the eating disorder, reprogram your brain and emerge from energy deficit is eating to gain... Eating to gain weight and eating to gain your life back. 
 
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
 
www.hellybarnes.com

Thursday Sep 21, 2023

We are taught to avoid anger, to suppress it and not show it but anger is a valid human emotion and serves a purpose. When you are overcoming an eating disorder, anger and angry eating can be a powerful means to help push you forward in making more significant changes if you direct that anger in the right direction. I talk about this in more detail in this episode.
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
 
Me:
www.hellybarnes.com

Thursday Sep 14, 2023

Are eating disorders a choice?
Does someone choose to develop an eating disorder and what about in whether they overcome an eating disorder or not?
In this episode, I explore this topic in more detail.
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot

Sunday Sep 03, 2023

Eating disorder recovery can be compared to a pendulum-swing effect. It can feel like the eating disorder pulls you to one extreme and as you let the eating disorder go, you go through centre to the other extreme in all kinds of ways, such as high hunger, eating more, feeling exhausted, weight gain and body changes which can all be alarming. 
My books:
Addicted to Energy Deficit
Aiming for Overshoot
 
www.hellybarnes.com

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