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Clean eating. Low carb. Low fat. Do this not that. Now what? Eating is getting too stuffy and complicated. Throw open your windows to allow a new stream of health, wellness, and peace. What if you could write a letter to food? Pen to paper, you hash out the love/hate relationship and food’s undeserving power. Details go back years, to your first childhood diet trying to fit in. How you relate to food chronicles many of your life’s ups and downs. In this letter, you examine your dusty food be ...
 
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Recovery Bites

Karin Lewis, MA, LMFT, CEDS

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Welcome to Recovery Bites, a podcast that welcomes voices in the field and voices of lived experience, to get real about recovery. Join host Karin Lewis, MA, LMFT, CEDS for episodes featuring candid interviews with experts in eating disorder and mental health recovery. Listeners can look forward to new perspectives, meaningful conversations, diverse connection, and compelling personal narrative that make a powerful difference in how we live. Episodes focus on life beyond recovery, the good a ...
 
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In this episode, Karin is joined by Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., pioneering activist, speaker, and writer, internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Jean’s exploration on the connection between advertising and several public health issues, i…
 
In this episode, Karin is joined by singer-songwriter Abby Anderson. With authentic, genre-bending sound, Abby quickly rose to stardom at an early age. Though it appeared her dreams were coming true, she was feeling anything but perfect. Abby realized she wasn’t being her most authentic self with the image she was projecting, so she listened to her…
 
In this episode, Karin is joined by clinical expert Norah Wynne, MA, LMFT. With over twenty years of experience, Norah is a force in the field of eating the disorder treatment and recovery. A mixture of intense persistence, never-give-up attitude, and one-of-a-kind enthusiasm, Norah’s focus is to ensure that clients are supported and challenged tow…
 
In this episode, Karin is joined by Julie Duffy Dillon, MS, RDN, NCC, CEDRD-S, Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder Specialist and PCOS expert. Julie helps fight diet culture through her writing, courses, podcast, her private nutrition practice, and by mentoring dietitians and health care workers on weight inclusive practices. Julie is committed t…
 
In this episode, Karin welcomes guest Brian Cuban, Dallas-based attorney, author, and mental health awareness recovery advocate. Recovered himself, Brian openly shares his lived experience overcoming alcohol, drug addiction, bulimia, and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) to advocate for recovery. He speaks regularly about his recovery, childhood bully…
 
In this episode, Karin welcomes guest Lindley Ashline, photographer, author, cat mom, entrepreneur, musician, and activist. Lindley creates photographs that celebrate the unique beauty of bodies that fall outside conventional "beauty" standards. She fights weight stigma by giving fat people a safe place to explore how their bodies look on camera an…
 
In this episode, Karin welcomes Amy Gardner, MS, CEDRD, RYT, registered dietitian with over twenty years of clinical experience and personal recovery experience with her psychology, mindfulness and yoga training to help her clients move into full recovery. She is creator of the iMove™ program based on her book, “iMove, Helping Your Clients Heal fro…
 
Go to JulieDillonRD.com for transcripts! Six years ago, Love Food was being born. I was sweating bullets the first time I published an episode mostly because I was so scared to use my voice. But I really wanted to help you feel less alone on your Food Peace Journey so I did it anyway! Thank you for helping me to grow. In this season finale, I share…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, C-IAYT, certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image, founder of Yoga for Eating Disorders, creator and host of Real Body Talk, an online interview talk show, and author of the book “Body Mindful Yoga,” and an international speaker. Through her virtual school, Yo…
 
Are you ready to ditch diet culture and embrace recovery, but unsure of where to start? In this week's episode, we sit down with Hannah Howard to chat about finding community, picturing recovery, and nourishing your relationship to food. Subscribe and leave a review here in just seconds. Mentioned in this episode: Hannah Howard's website / Feast / …
 
In this episode, I am joined by father and daughter Mike and Mary Polan. After “an extremely long and painful process with many twists and turns, detours and crashes along the way,” Mary recovered from a 10 year battle with anorexia, which nearly took her life. Mike’s personal experience supporting Mary’s recovery led him to shift his passion to su…
 
Content warning: this episode discusses sexual assault and specific eating disorder behaviours. Please take care of yourself! Are you someone who wants to know the "why"? Why did I turn to this certain coping mechanism? Why do I feel this way? Why is food peace so hard? In this episode, Liz Brinkman and I discuss the connections between trauma, eat…
 
In this episode, Karin welcomes authors, parents, and advocates, Linda and Jack Mazur to the show. After losing their daughter Emilee in 2016 at the age of 35 years old to her eating disorder, Linda and Jack embarked on the heartbreaking journey of sharing Emilee’s story. After publishing “Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anor…
 
We are rebroadcasting some of our older episodes of Love Food for a few weeks while we prepare and perfect the NEW PCOS + Food Peace Course. Please enjoy! How do you navigate a fatphobic world without support? This episode’s letter writer just started college and recovering from an eating disorder. And it is hard! College campuses can be a hub for …
 
In this episode, Karin welcomes Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, QCSW, Faculty Research Associate at Brown University School of Public Health and Faculty Associate at the University of California San Diego School (UCSD) of Medicine Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research to the show. Heather is a grant reviewer, faculty member, conferenc…
 
We are rebroadcasting some of our older episodes of Love Food for a few weeks while we prepare and perfect the NEW PCOS + Food Peace Course. Please enjoy! I encourage you to have unconditional permission to eat what you want when you want. And it is time to acknowledge the big huge unacknowledged boulder of a barrier: financial privilege. We explor…
 
In this episode, I am joined by writer, educator, and mentor Connie Sobczak. She founded The Body Positive in honor of her sister, and to ensure that her daughter Carmen and other children would grow up in a new world—one where people are free to focus on the things in life that really matter. Connie is also the author of “Embody: Learning to Love …
 
We are rebroadcasting some of our older episodes of Love Food for a few weeks while we prepare and perfect the NEW PCOS + Food Peace Course. Please enjoy! Let's dive into this old Love Food podcast episode and the complex experience of raising children while trying to walk the Food Peace journey. Does the question "What's for dinner?" feel like nai…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Harriet Brown, journalist, advocate, mother, and accomplished author of numerous books including “Body of Truth” and “Brave Girl Eating.” Inspired by the experience chronicling her daughter’s eating disorder descent and recovery while writing “Brave Girl Eating,” Harriet has become an advocate for better eating-disor…
 
We are rebroadcasting some of our older episodes of Love Food for a few weeks while we prepare and perfect the NEW PCOS + Food Peace Course. Hope you enjoy! Are you ready to ditch diets…yet not ready? Does the thought of another diet seem intolerable, yet so does losing control? Does it feel like you will be just letting yourself go? Listen to the …
 
In this episode, Karin is joined by Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, Board Certified psychiatrist, mom, writer, and clinician who uses a bio-psycho-social model to help patients with all types of mental health conditions and a variety of undiagnosed health problems, move onto a pathway for a healthful, creative, and meaningful life. A leader in the field of…
 
This week, we read a letter from a listener who has been through so much trauma and pain in their food journey. How can someone model a positive relationship with food for their family when it's so hard to feel at peace with eating? In this episode, Julie talks about prioritizing healing, choosing a different fight, and how centering yourself also …
 
In this episode, Karin is joined by Holly Toronto, certified Master Level Coach, group facilitator, and podcaster with years of experience helping highly driven women stop dieting and build resilience to toxic beauty messages. Holly uses an intuitive and spiritual approach that guides her clients towards self trust, confidence and sovereignty over …
 
This episode is for all of us who were once theatre kids, or anybody who's ever felt like they had to change their bodies to fit in. Join Julie and Lindley Ashline as they read a letter from a listener and chat about grief, anger, and how to channel those feelings into something positive and change-making. Subscribe and leave a review here in just …
 
In this episode, Karin is joined by Betsy Brenner, author, high school tennis coach, eating disorder recovery speaker, peer support mentor, and support group co-leader. Betsy’s recovery story has been shared widely on many eating disorders blogs and websites. She recently published her memoir, “The Longest Match: Rallying to Defeat an Eating Disord…
 
Join us this week for a deep dive into the things I want to see changing in PCOS care. That's right - we're busting down the walls that diet culture and the health care industry have put up. Listen to learn more about the issues in health care, what needs to change, and some ways we can improve PCOS care for all. Subscribe and leave a review here i…
 
In this episode, Karin is joined by Asher Pandjiris, MA, LICSW, psychotherapist, group facilitator, queer-identified parent, activist, podcaster, living with chronic health issues. Asher has years of experience working with issues related to trauma and its impact on the body and is a scholar of critical, psychoanalytic and mindfulness-based theorie…
 
This episode is for anyone wondering when the food peace journey will FINALLY feel organized and tidy. Do you feel like eating is a constant tug of war? If you can relate to that, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or your margarita, and join us for thirty minutes as we explore food peace. Subscribe and leave a review here in just seconds. Mentioned in thi…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Kerrie Baldwin, recovered editor and writer with twenty years' experience in areas ranging from adult and children's trade books to pharmaceutical training material. She is the author of “I, Dragonfly: A Memoir of Recovery and Flight,” which chronicles the physical and psychological transformations of Kerrie’s eating…
 
Welcome to this week's episode of the Love Food podcast! We're exploring the top three reasons why your diet is failing. Whether you're someone who's just started dieting or has been trying to diet your whole life, we're talking about the harm diets cause and why they're not working for you. Hint: it's not your fault! Subscribe and leave a review h…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Nicole Farnsworth, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CPT. Nicole works as a dietitian for the Sports Medicine Team and the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is additionally a clinical dietitian at Laura Moretti Nutrition and the consulting sports dietitian for Wheaton College. Nicole is a member of the Femal…
 
This week, we read a letter from a listener who is feeling incredibly frustrated and tired with the food peace and intuitive eating journey. What do you do when you have hit a wall with IE, nothing is working, and you don't know where else to go? Alyssa and Julie chat about slowing down, stepping away from all the IE pressure, and small things you …
 
In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Janean Anderson, licensed psychologist, author, and host of The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast. Janean holds the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation from the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She is the Founder and Director of Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center, …
 
We received a letter from a listener who is struggling with their past trauma and is scared of the idea of diet-free PCOS management. Listen now to explore the idea of forgiving and holding space for our past selves - also, trust in your past experience telling you that diets don't work! Subscribe and leave a review here in just seconds. Show Notes…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Colleen Reichmann, licensed clinical psychologist working in private practice at Therapy for Eating Disorders and Body Image. Recovered from an eating disorder herself, Colleen is an advocate for intersectional feminism, body liberation, fat positivity, and Health At Every Size®. Colleen is the co-author of "The …
 
In this episode of the Love Food podcast, we sat down with Jenna Doak from Body Positive Fitness! We answer a letter from a listener who is struggling through body changes during the pandemic and prescribe one big dose of compassion and care. Subscribe and leave a review here in just seconds. Show Notes: - Julie Dillon RD blog - The PCOS + Food Pea…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Kristina Saffran is the cofounder and CEO of Equip Behavioral Health, co-founder and active board member of Project HEAL, Ashoka Fellow, Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, and Harvard College graduate. Join us for a conversation about the motivation for Kristina to begin Project HEAL as a teenager, stereotypes a…
 
This episode of the Love Food podcast is a little different! We received a letter from a listener who has been working on food peace for fifteen years(!) and is sending you (and Food) their gratitude and encouragement. Listen as Julie responds to this listener's letter and walks us through some lessons to be learned from food peace. Subscribe and l…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Brianna M. Campos, LPC, fat-positive, Health at Every Size® provider, mental health counselor, therapist, and body image coach. Bri is passionate about helping others maneuver through their body image journey and heal the relationship that her clients have with their bodies. You can find her on Instagram at @bodyimag…
 
In this episode of the Love Food podcast, we are joined by Brittany Modell from the Food Therapy podcast! We answer a letter from a listener who is unsure about how to navigate their relationship with alcohol while also practicing intuitive eating. Subscribe and leave a review here in just seconds. Show Notes: Brittany's website / Food Therapy Podc…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Gena Hamshaw, MS, RD, recovered food blogger, recipe developer, cookbook author, and registered dietitian with nearly ten years of experience in nutrition counseling. Through her blog “The Full Helping,” Gena has created a space to find nourishing vegan recipes, reflections on mindfulness and self care, and resources…
 
In this episode of the Love Food podcast, we sit down with Marie-Pier Pitre-D'Iorio from the Balanced Dietitian podcast! We chat about a letter from a listener who is a self-described food "addict" and talk about letting go of control, giving yourself unconditional permission to pursue food freedom, and why food "addiction" may not be what you thin…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Jaclyn Bendt, CPT, a non-diet Registered Dietitian to be and a certified personal trainer studying medical dietetics at The Ohio State University. After struggling with an eating disorder herself, Jaclyn is passionate about using what she has learned in recovery to help others find freedom with food, peace with their…
 
In this BONUS episode of Love Food, we are switching it up (again)! Instead of answering one of your letters, Julie is sharing three ways that rejecting diets through intuitive eating goes hand-in-hand with PCOS. Grab your cup of coffee or a margarita - you can listen here now. Subscribe and leave a review here in just seconds. Show Notes: - Julie …
 
In this special episode of Love Food, we are switching it up! Instead of answering one of your letters, Julie is sharing her knowledge and thoughts about intuitive eating. If you're someone who has tried and struggled to adopt intuitive eating as a practice, or if you're curious about what it means, this ep is perfect for you! Grab your cup of coff…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Mira Rocca, MA, LMFT, Licensed Integrative Psychotherapist, Wellness Coach, Writer and Speaker with a passion for mentoring others in their own empowered success. Mira is dedicated to helping individuals overcome problems with food, body image, exercise, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and familial iss…
 
Are you getting tired and impatient as you are mending your relationship with food? Dylan Murphy from the Food Freedom podcast joins us today to give us some steps towards rewriting the narratives that we have learned about our bodies. We also explore how to reshape our food peace journey into something sustainable. Grab your cup of coffee, or a ma…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Jess Sprengle, a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Texas and New Jersey specializing in the care and treatment of adolescents, young adults, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating, body image disturbances, and adjacent issues. She is a champion of freedom, justice, and liberation f…
 
You dove into your food peace journey, and you've learned how to deal with the diet culture chatter. Now what? What do we do when the people we love are not there with us? In this episode of the Love Food podcast, our host Julie Duffy Dillon walks us through how to reshape our perspective towards our families and friends who have not found their fo…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Jessica Flint, MS, Founder of Recovery Warriors and CEO of True Warrior. After personally experiencing the collateral damage of calorie counting and the toxicity of our culture’s unrealistic beauty standards, Jessica created the platforms to educate, inspire, and empower people to make transformational changes in the…
 
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