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Fly To Freedom: Healing from an eating disorder

Fly To Freedom: Healing from an eating disorder

By Julia Trehane

Follow this podcast for lots of great insights and interviews about health, our relationship with food and diet culture, body confidence and much more.
This podcast includes solo casts with me, Julia Trehane, a recovered anorexic where I talk about the eating disorder journey and hopefully give lots of great tips on how to navigate it and also interviews with inspiring people around the world on many related topics.
Thank you for listening. I really hope you enjoy it.
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Episode 27 - Coaching with Claire

Fly To Freedom: Healing from an eating disorderSep 20, 2023

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Episode 37 - ORTHOREXIA

Episode 37 - ORTHOREXIA

- Orthorexia is an unhealthy obsession with “clean” eating, not a true commitment to health

- Often stems from good intentions but becomes an anxiety-ridden rigid set of food rules

- Causes social isolation, physical issues, mental distress

- Key signs: inflexibility, distress when “rules” broken, avoidance of social situations involving food

- Recovery is challenging but possible with self-compassion, professional support, addressing root issues

- Distinguish by assessing impact on quality of life — does it enhance or diminish?

- We must push back on unrealistic standards rather than internalize them

- Food and exercise are meant to nourish, not punish


Focus on balance, moderation and self-care rather than seeking an impossible perfection. Be patient and celebrate small victories. Prioritise self-acceptance.

Dec 06, 202335:21
Episode 36 - Katherine Cimorelli shares her ED story (without Song)

Episode 36 - Katherine Cimorelli shares her ED story (without Song)

Katherine Cimorelli, singer from the popular band Cimorelli, opens up about her powerful journey recovering from an eating disorder. Though she grew up with a healthy relationship with food, things took a turn when she entered the music industry in Los Angeles at 18.  


The immense pressure to look thin coupled with the prevalent “clean eating” culture led Katherine down a decade-long struggle with orthorexia and disordered eating. It wasn’t until 2020, after getting very sick with mono, that she finally had a breakthrough. 


Stumbling upon the concept of intuitive eating while bedridden sparked a revelation in Katherine - she realised the mental anguish she had been putting herself through for years due to extreme dietary restriction. Her new approach to food gave her a liberation she hadn't felt in a long time.


However, when bodily changes from pregnancy later triggered her, Katherine found she needed help. A diagnosis from a dietitian led her to understand she had an eating disorder all along.  


Now, Katherine focuses her recovery on mental wellness practices like prayer, connections with loved ones, and variety in eating/movement. She hopes that by bravely sharing her story, her music and words can encourage anyone still trapped in disordered eating to seek the help and freedom they deserve. There is life waiting beyond the confines of diet culture.

Nov 29, 202352:32
Episode 36 - Katherine Cimorelli shares her ED story

Episode 36 - Katherine Cimorelli shares her ED story

Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.

Katherine Cimorelli, singer from the popular band Cimorelli, opens up about her powerful journey recovering from an eating disorder. Though she grew up with a healthy relationship with food, things took a turn when she entered the music industry in Los Angeles at 18.  


The immense pressure to look thin coupled with the prevalent “clean eating” culture led Katherine down a decade-long struggle with orthorexia and disordered eating. It wasn’t until 2020, after getting very sick with mono, that she finally had a breakthrough. 


Stumbling upon the concept of intuitive eating while bedridden sparked a revelation in Katherine - she realised the mental anguish she had been putting herself through for years due to extreme dietary restriction. Her new approach to food gave her a liberation she hadn't felt in a long time.


However, when bodily changes from pregnancy later triggered her, Katherine found she needed help. A diagnosis from a dietitian led her to understand she had an eating disorder all along.  


Now, Katherine focuses her recovery on mental wellness practices like prayer, connections with loved ones, and variety in eating/movement. She hopes that by bravely sharing her story, her music and words can encourage anyone still trapped in disordered eating to seek the help and freedom they deserve. There is life waiting beyond the confines of diet culture.

Nov 29, 202357:22
Coping with the festive season 

Coping with the festive season 

- The holiday season can be challenging for people recovering from eating disorders.
- With preparation and support, it's possible to navigate the festivities while maintaining recovery.
Strategies for the Holidays
1. Preparation and Planning for Holiday Meals
- Discuss menu ahead of time.
- Identify safe foods. 
- Plan for portion control.
- Bring your own dishes if needed.
- Rehearse responses to questions about your eating.
- Use mental preparation techniques. 
2. Build a Support System
- Identify supportive people who can be allies.
- Establish a distress signal.  
- Schedule check-ins.
- Discuss potential challenges.
- Have an exit strategy.
3. Set Boundaries
- Communicate needs clearly.
- Define limits around food and conversations.  
- Say no to things that make you uncomfortable.
- Create physical boundaries.
- Limit time at events.
4. Use Coping Strategies
- Have a plan and safe foods.
- Focus on connections.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Visualize handling situations calmly.
- Maintain self-care routine. 
- Have professional support lined up.
5. Practice Self-Compassion and Flexibility
- It's okay if things don't go perfectly.
- Adjust expectations as needed.
- Use affirmations.
- Forgive yourself for any setbacks.
6. Debrief after Events
- Reflect in a journal on what went well and what was difficult.
- Identify successes and challenges. 
- Evaluate coping strategies used.
- Discuss with your therapist. 
7. Continue Therapy and Support  
- Maintain regular sessions with your therapist or coach.
- Develop a crisis plan. 
- Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
8. Educate Family Members
- Explain your eating disorder and needs.
- Discuss potential triggers and boundaries.
- Do roleplaying exercises.
- Set realistic expectations.
9. Manage Holiday Triggers
- Identify potential triggers.
- Develop coping plans.
- Limit exposure if needed.
- Prepare responses to difficult questions.
10. Create New Traditions
- Plan activity-based gatherings.
- Start new practices focused on connection.
- Volunteer together.
- Host relaxation or personal growth workshops.
Conclusion
- The holidays can be redefined and made more supportive with preparation and compassion.
- Focus on connections over food.
- Be kind to yourself and others.

Nov 22, 202348:21
Episode 34 - Becoming Embodied

Episode 34 - Becoming Embodied

Becoming Embodied : How Embodiment Can Support Eating Disorder Recovery


 In this episode, I spoke with Rachel Wilkinson, a trauma-informed practitioner and trainer. We discussed how embodiment and reconnecting to your body can be a powerful tool in eating disorder recovery.


Key Topics Covered:


- Rachel's background in recovery from addiction and eating disorders, and her journey to becoming a therapist and yoga teacher


- Why dissociation and disconnection from the body is common in eating disorders as a coping mechanism for overwhelming stress 


- The importance of embodiment and reconnecting to your body through practices like yoga, mindfulness, and therapeutic movement


- How to cultivate curiosity and be explorative with movement rather than judgemental 


- Welcoming all emotions, even difficult ones like anxiety - they are not 'good' or 'bad'


- The problem with toxic positivity and spiritual bypassing that negates certain feelings


- Rachel's community wellbeing project Create Your Community which aims to make holistic wellbeing accessible 


- The current mental health crisis exacerbated by the pandemic and importance of community connection


- How to contact Rachel and access support from Create Your Community



Resources:


Create Your Community website: www.createyourcommunity.org.uk 


Contact Rachel: rachel@createyourcommunity.org.uk


Instagram : Raw_yogi

Nov 15, 202301:10:19
episode 33 - From shadows to sunshine - Rachel’s journey

episode 33 - From shadows to sunshine - Rachel’s journey

Rachel's journey is a moving story of a woman battling an eating disorder, living a life marked by self-imposed rituals and a yearning for perfection. Her transformation begins upon meeting Julia Trehane, a compassionate recovery coach. With newfound understanding and support, Rachel learns to embrace self-love and acceptance, slowly dismantling the chains of her disorder. This tale is an intimate exploration of her struggles, growth, and ultimate triumph over the demons of self-image.

Nov 08, 202321:47
Episode 32 - Body Neutrality
Nov 01, 202334:14
Episode 31 - Self Love

Episode 31 - Self Love

Self-love is like that warm, cozy hug you give yourself every day. It's about accepting and embracing who you are, flaws and all, because let's face it, nobody's perfect! It's reminding yourself that you are worthy of kindness, compassion, and happiness. Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is an act of self-love. So go ahead and indulge in your favorite hobbies, treat yourself to something nice, or simply give yourself a break when you need it. Remember, you're amazing just the way you are, and loving yourself is the key to living a fulfilled and happy life.

Oct 25, 202316:18
Episode 30 - Recovery is Possible with Debbie Lesko
Oct 18, 202346:03
Episode 29: Listeners' Questions

Episode 29: Listeners' Questions

I managed to persuade my husband Dave to come back on the podcast this week and we answered some questions sent in by you lovely listeners. 

Thankyou so much for the amazing questions and I hope you enjoy listening to the episode as much as we enjoyed recording it  

Oct 04, 202350:02
Episode 28 - Letting Go Of Limits

Episode 28 - Letting Go Of Limits

Limiting beliefs are like weights that hold us back from reaching our full potential. They are the stories we tell ourselves, often rooted in fear and self-doubt. But here's the thing: we have the power to let them go.

By acknowledging these beliefs and challenging their validity, we can break free from their grip.

Let go of those limiting beliefs and watch yourself soar to new heights.

Sep 27, 202318:24
Episode 27 - Coaching with Claire

Episode 27 - Coaching with Claire

This is a special episode with one of my incredible clients who has bravely volunteered to be coached on the podcast so that her journey may help others on theirs.

Thank you so much Claire for being such an amazing human 🙏🏼 I’m so proud of you ❤️

Sep 20, 202358:27
Episode 26: Knowing What To Eat

Episode 26: Knowing What To Eat

Recovering from anorexia can be a challenging journey, especially when it comes to re-establishing a healthy relationship with food.

In this solo podcast, we will explore various aspects of eating in anorexia recovery; addressing common concerns and offering helpful insights.

Remember, you are not alone in this process, and I am here to support you every step of the way.

Sep 13, 202314:14
Episode 25: Anorexia and Us - my husband's story

Episode 25: Anorexia and Us - my husband's story

This week is a very special chat.....with my husband!

We delve deep into the challenging journey of supporting a loved one through anorexia recovery.

Recovering from an eating disorder often affects the people around them; friends and family who play a crucial role in their recovery, but their voices are rarely heard. Those in recovery rarely hear and have an opportunity to understand how their condition affects the people around them.

If you're a spouse or partner navigating the complexities of supporting someone through anorexia recovery, or if you simply want to gain a deeper understanding of this critical aspect of mental health, join us as we uncover our story of love, courage, and resilience that lie at the heart of this episode which is a testament to the power of love in the face of adversity and the strength that emerges from supporting a loved one on the path to healing.

Sep 06, 202345:39
Episode 24: Becoming your own best friend

Episode 24: Becoming your own best friend

In this episode, I dive deep into the transformative journey of becoming your own best friend and valuing your true worth.

Tune in to this empowering episode unraveling the secrets to becoming your own best friend and valuing your value. Let’s uncover the incredible potential that lies within you and cultivate a deep-rooted sense of self-love and self-appreciation.

Remember, you are deserving of love, kindness, and respect from yourself. Join me on this transformative journey, and let's embark on the path towards embracing your worth and becoming the best friend you've always needed.

Aug 31, 202313:45
Episode 23 - Let's talk about the food!
Aug 24, 202344:16
Episode 22 - I gained weight and........

Episode 22 - I gained weight and........

Digging into my own personal journey, I look at all the things I have gained in recovery.

Aug 16, 202318:60
Episode 21 - Accessing support - with Jane

Episode 21 - Accessing support - with Jane

In todays episode I am chatting to a lovely guest called Jane about the difficulty in accessing appropriate support for eating disorder recovery. 

Aug 09, 202301:08:12
Episode 20 - Overwhelming Guilt

Episode 20 - Overwhelming Guilt

This episode is in answer to a question from the lovely Claire about how to deal with the immense guilt when you eat in anorexia recovery.

Aug 02, 202317:43
Episode 19: Finding my new identity- with Karla and Victoria

Episode 19: Finding my new identity- with Karla and Victoria

Victoria and Karla join me for this episode, where we discuss the fears we had of losing the eating disorder identities and how to discover who we were without the ED.

Many of you know already that my podcasts are pretty unedited and this episode has guest appearances from my 2 dogs!


Victoria Kleinsman is a Food Freedom & Body Love Coach who has beaten anorexia - bulimia - binge eating disorder and abuse. Using her unique gift of activating people to remember how powerful and self-loving they naturally are, Victoria helps people from all around the world to make peace with food, become besties with their bodies & come back home to self-love & intuition eating.

Website: https://www.victoriakleinsman.com/


Karla is a proud Mexican, mom of 3 beautiful kids, spouse and daughter. She used to be a rebellious girl, with a little tint of loneliness and sadness deep in her soul. She never felt totally part of anything or that she belonged, until her body could give her a place in the world.

At the age of 15, after a surgery, her anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, OCD or ED was triggered. It has been part of her life for the last 25 years. Like many, she has tried different treatments and had very few results. Until she found coaching and our now mutual friend, Victoria.

Karla is now an eating disorder recovery coach helping other women who are in the grasps of an eating disorder.

You can reach Karla here:

⁠Instagram⁠

⁠Facebook⁠

⁠Website


Jul 26, 202301:05:02
Episode 18: An Interview with Harriet Frew

Episode 18: An Interview with Harriet Frew

In this episode, HARRIET and I discuss the effects diet culture can have on Recovery and coping strategies to deal with this.

We also chat about why comparing ourselves, and what we eat to others can be very damaging.

Harriet is an experienced BACP accredited counsellor who specialises in supporting people with eating disorders and body image issues. She has worked in an Adult Eating Disorder NHS Service and privately since 2003. She is host of the eating disorder podcast - The Eating Disorder Therapist and trainer in eating disorders and body image. She offers individual therapy, online courses, training and Breakthrough Days. She offers a psychological approach to helping someone understand their eating disorder as a coping strategy, and then to empower them with skills and tools for change. Harriet is passionate about the therapy relationship and instilling hope that recovery is possible. She is also an expert through experience having made a full recovery from bulimia nervosa.

Harriet Frew's current offers: -

Bite Size Eating Disorder Therapy Membership

https://www.patreon.com/theeatingdisordertherapist

Online 10 Steps to Intuitive Eating Course with Harriet Frew - 50% off with code FREEDOMISPOSSIBLE

https://www.theeatingdisordertherapist.co.uk/online-courses.html

Online Event - Inspiring Prevention of Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspiring-prevention-of-eating-disorders-and-body-image-issues-tickets-601388086957

Website

www.theeatingdisordertherapist.co.uk

Instagram

@theeatingdisordertherapist_


Jul 19, 202341:22
Episode 17: Living Life Afraid

Episode 17: Living Life Afraid

I decided to do this episode, because I realised that I was holding back from doing something due to fear, and when I realised this, it reminded me that I’d literally spent most of my life living afraid so I’ve decided to do this episode on what that meant for me 

Hope you enjoy it.

Jul 12, 202320:52
Episode 16: Problematic People Pleasing - With Tina O Hoang
Jul 05, 202344:13
Episode 15: The Lies We Tell!

Episode 15: The Lies We Tell!

In this episode, I talk about the lies we tell ourselves and other people to protect our ED.

Jun 29, 202314:30
Episode 14: When does exercise become unhealthy? With Matt Davis
Jun 21, 202301:00:25
Episode 13 - "....but I'm doing it for my health..."

Episode 13 - "....but I'm doing it for my health..."

We often convince ourselves that our disordered behaviour is for the good of our health.

In this episode I look at the influence of 'wellness culture' and what 'health' actually means.

Jun 14, 202315:34
Episode 12: The Inner Critic, with Abbey Heagney
Jun 07, 202342:32
Episode 11: Weird ED Behaviours - with Karla Manzanilla
Jun 01, 202354:46
Episode 10: Lets talk about bingeing - Marianne Miller
May 25, 202350:13
Episode 9: Why are we so afraid of weight gain?

Episode 9: Why are we so afraid of weight gain?

In this solo episode I delve into where are fears about weight gain originated. 

How did we get these limiting beliefs that we seem to live our life’s by? 

Who do those beliefs actually belong to, are they even ours? 

Enjoy!

Reach out to me on instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/juliatrehane/

On my website:

https://juliatrehane.com/

By email:

julia@juliatrehane.com

May 18, 202314:40
Episode 8: Overcoming Perfectionism - Dr Menije
May 10, 202335:50
Episode 7: Managing the eating disorder voice

Episode 7: Managing the eating disorder voice

In this episode I discuss where the eating disorder voice comes from, why its there and helpful tips to reduce the overwhelm.

I hope you enjoy it

May 04, 202314:01
Episode 6: Lets talk about emotional energy! - Laura Bolgiu

Episode 6: Lets talk about emotional energy! - Laura Bolgiu

This beautiful episode is an interview with the wonderful Laura Bolgiu.

In this episode you can learn all about tapping into your emotional energy and how balancing our masculine and feminine energy can create a huge difference in our lives

Laura is a soul centered psychic medium, trained at the College of Psychic Studies in London.

She is a big fan of nature, rituals and a good laugh.

Her readings focus on the overall emotional energy and what stands in people’s way of achieving their soul calling.

She brings completion and release through her channeled spirit messages of those who passed away.

You can find Laura

@laurabolgiu on Instagram or

lauravbolgiu@gmail.com

Apr 27, 202340:37
Episode 5: But How Does It Feel?

Episode 5: But How Does It Feel?

This is a very raw and vulnerable share, where I attempt to describe what it actually feels like in your head to have an eating disorder.

Of course, everyone's story is different, but this one's mine.


Apr 21, 202315:16
Episode 4: Whats Love Got To Do With It? With Victoria Kleinsman
Apr 14, 202354:08
Episode 3: Lies! Lies! Lies!

Episode 3: Lies! Lies! Lies!

A deep delve into the world of lies an eating disorder tells us that keep us trapped and living in fear.

In this episode, I speak to the real life lies that you, lovely listeners and Instagram followers, tell me that your ED uses to control you.

I hope you enjoy this episode and resonate with it.

Please share, review and rate it so that I can reach more people.


Apr 08, 202328:57
Episode 2: Do I really have an eating disorder?

Episode 2: Do I really have an eating disorder?

Welcome to episode 2.

In this episode, I dive into how your eating disorder can convince you that you don't have an eating disorder!


Apr 01, 202315:49
Episode 1: My own eating disorder journey

Episode 1: My own eating disorder journey

As my very 1st podcast, it seemed to make sense to start right at the beginning of how and why I've done this: My own journey.

I hope that by describing how I think my ED started, how I lived my life around it for over 40 years and, ultimately, how I've got to the stage of recovery that I am now, I can inspire others to take the leap and seek help.

Mar 22, 202322:44