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How to Get Help For Binge Eating Disorder

How to Get Help For Binge Eating Disorder

Busy Mom's Starter Guide to Making Peace with Food
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Dr. Marianne Miller specializes in eating disorder treatment for adults and teens. Marianne has been a practicing therapist for more than 20 years, earning her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Abilene Christian University and her doctorate from Texas Tech. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, she is a member of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Marianne is committed to helping clients with all types of food and body anxiety through her private practice in San Diego.

On this episode of The Embodied & Well Mom Show, Marianne joins us to share the definition of binge eating disorder and discuss its prevalence in the US. She walks us through her approach to working with a client with binge eating disorder, describing several of the coping strategies she teaches to manage emotions and anxiety. Marianne also explains the spiritual aspect of her work with the clients as well as her support of clients in the LGBTQ+ community. Listen in for Marianne’s insight around the impact of weight discrimination and learn why she is an advocate for Health at Every Size!

Key Takeaways


The definition of binge eating disorder

  • Eat excessive amount of food regularly
  • Feel shame, regret + distress

The prevalence of binge eating disorder

  • Became official diagnosis on DSM-5 in 2013
  • Impacts 6% of population (more men than women)
  • Common in pregnancy, postpartum

Marianne’s approach to supporting someone with binge eating disorder

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (emotion, anxiety management)
  • Family of origin work
  • Refer to dietitian who specializes in eating disorders

The spiritual aspect of Marianne’s work with clients

  • Tap into client’s faith, spiritual beliefs as resource
  • Address harmful beliefs (i.e.: body = shameful)

Marianne’s approach to working with LGBTQ clients

  • Validate experiences of discrimination
  • Understand coming out journey, build chosen family

Why there’s a higher prevalence of eating disorders in the LGBTQ community

  • Gender dysphoria in trans individuals (effort to change body)
  • Stress from discrimination triggers eating disorder

Marianne’s insight on the impact of weight discrimination

  • Some clients shamed by physician
  • Work toward self-acceptance (Health at Every Size)
  • Think critically about messages you receive

Connect with Marianne

Marianne’s Website

Marianne’s Blog

Marianne on Facebook

Marianne on Instagram


Connect with Lindsay


Intuitive Eating Moms

Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook

Lindsay on Instagram

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Lindsay on LinkedIn




Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Dr. Marsha Linehan

Health at Every Size

Linda Bacon

Association for Size Diversity and Health

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor

Center for Discovery

Dr. Linda Shanti’s interview for her It’s Not About the Baby Weight Summit!

Dr. Linda Shanti’s interview for her It’s Not About the Baby Weight Summit!

It’s Not About the Baby Weight Online Summit from Lindsay Stenovec on Vimeo.



During pregnancy and postpartum, your relationship with food changes and your body transforms. This shift is challenging for nearly all new moms, but if you have a history of anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder, that adds another layer of complexity to an already difficult process. So, what kind of support do you need if you are in recovery as you transition into motherhood?

Dr. Linda Shanti is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. She specializes in recovery from eating disorders, body image challenges, anxiety, postpartum depression, and new mom support. Linda is also a well-known speaker and author of the book The Recovery Mama Guide to Your Eating Disorder Recovery in Pregnancy and Postpartum. With 20 years of experience in the realm of compulsive eating, emotional eating, binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia, she is committed to helping women leverage expressive arts, mindfulness, and compassionate mirroring to support recovery in pregnancy and postpartum.

On this episode of The Embodied & Well Mom Show, Linda joins us to explain the proactive approach she took to get support during her own pregnancy, discussing the way her anxiety presented as irritability, anger, and hypervigilance. She shares her experience with both food and body image during pregnancy and postpartum and describes how she supports women in decoding the myths around ‘getting your body back.’ Listen in to understand Linda’s approach to working with new moms in recovery—and learn to quiet your overdeveloped self-critic in favor of self-compassion!

Key Takeaways


Linda’s proactive approach to getting support during her own pregnancy

  • Brought up history of anxiety, eating disorder at first appointment
  • Surprised by irritable depression, rage and hypervigilance

The challenge of supporting a partner with irritable depression

  • Looks like pushing away, want to be alone

Linda’s experience with food during pregnancy and postpartum

  • Disconcerting ravenous hunger
  • Nausea in first trimester (calmed by eating)

Linda’s experience with body image during pregnancy

  • Drastic hormonal shifts led to BIG feelings
  • Fun to have baby bump in middle of process
  • Very rough at end, ‘carting around boulder’

How Linda supports clients around postpartum body image

  • Work through grief process
  • Decode myths re: diet culture, getting body back

How Linda works with moms in recovery from eating disorders

  • Reframe independence as interdependence
  • Address overdeveloped self-critic
  • Reassess schedule, lower the bar on expectations

Linda’s advice for overachieving first-time moms

  • You will come back, have time to self again

Connect with Linda


Linda’s Website

Recovery Mama on Instagram

Recovery Mam on Facebook


Connect with Lindsay


Intuitive Eating Moms

Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook

Lindsay on Instagram

Lindsay on Pinterest

Lindsay on Twitter

Lindsay on LinkedIn




The Recovery Mama Guide to Your Eating Disorder Recovery in Pregnancy and Postpartum by Linda Shanti McCabe


How to Use Yoga to Support your Motherhood Journey (without studios or expensive pants)

How to Use Yoga to Support your Motherhood Journey (without studios or expensive pants)

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Every mom needs more help than we get. But if you’re a new mom struggling with anxiety and depression, it can be difficult to reach out for support. With or without a diagnosis of PMADs, you deserve help—and yoga therapy may provide just the tools you need to address any physical or emotional imbalances you are experiencing. The best part? Much of it can be done while you’re holding a baby or lying down. No mat required.

Suzannah Neufeld is a licensed psychotherapist and certified yoga therapist in private practice out of the Bay Area. She has 15 years of experience supporting people coping with eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety, and pregnancy and early parenthood. Suzannah speaks regularly on the topics of eating disorders, body image, perinatal mood disorders, and yoga therapy for organizations like the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Postpartum Support International, and About-Face. Her first book, Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood, was published in 2018.


Today, Suzannah joins us to share her definition of yoga, discussing the difference between its true intention and how it’s been marketed in Western culture. She offers her take on the idea of self-care and explains why she advocates for responsiveness to your body instead. Suzannah also addresses what she calls the ‘all-natural mandate’ and the judgement and shame pregnant women and new moms feel around food. Listen in for Suzannah’s insight on the distinction between PMADs and the baby blues, the value in researching therapists before the baby comes, and how she leverages yoga therapy to help moms with anxiety and depression.


Key Takeaways


Suzannah’s definition of yoga

  • Practices to connect body, heart and mind
  • Provide clarity and meaningful existence


The 3 key components of Suzannah’s practice

  1. Breathing techniques—pranayama
  2. Movement/postures—asanas
  3. Philosophical tools (e.g.: inward focus, compassion)


The true intention of yoga

  • Not about certain body type, structure
  • Dropping into body to access freedom


Suzannah’s take on the idea of self-care

  • Focus on self disregards community as source
  • Activities often require time or money


Why Suzannah advocates for responsiveness to your body

  • Act on need to rest, relationship with food
  • Yoga affords opportunity to learn to listen


The difference between PMADs and the baby blues

  • Distinction in duration, severity of symptoms
  • Emotional, behavioral and thought indicators


Suzannah’s insight on creating a postpartum plan

  • Deserve help with or without diagnosis
  • Interview therapists while pregnant


How PMADs might show up in unexpected ways

  • Anxiety (normal vs. interfering)
  • Rage that makes you ashamed


How Suzannah uses yoga to help moms with PMADs

  • Get present in body, notice areas of tension
  • Address imbalances with poses or practices
  • Many can be done holding baby, lying down


Suzannah’s view of the ‘all-natural mandate’

  • Perception that yoga means eating clean
  • Judgement that hurting baby if don’t
  • Another way of policing women’s bodies


How to recover from shame around food

  • Do what’s right for you, find support
  • Know people will say unhelpful things


Suzannah’s top advice around yoga and mental health

  • Medication can be helpful (not ‘easy way out’)
  • Yoga won’t fix, but will provide solace




Connect with Suzannah

Suzannah’s Website

Suzannah on Facebook

Suzannah on Twitter

Suzannah on Instagram


Intuitive Eating Moms Club

Non-diet wellness made simple for moms.

December’s Topic:

A Mindful You!

A month dedicated to establishing a mindfulness practice and using it to support your eating (and life) experiences.



Resources Mentioned in the Episode:


Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood by Suzannah Neufeld

Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage into Motherhood by Molly Caro May

Nancy Bardacke

Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond by Nancy Bardacke

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body by Melanie C. Klein

Yoga and Body Image Coalition

Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body by Melanie C. Klein

Episode 11: Helping New Mothers Overcome Depression and Anxiety with Stefani Reinold, MD, MPH

Episode 11: Helping New Mothers Overcome Depression and Anxiety with Stefani Reinold, MD, MPH


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Dr. Stefani Reinold is a Reproductive Psychiatrist, mother of two, women’s mental health advocate, and creator of the online program, Push Past Postpartum, helping new mothers overcome depression and anxiety. She completed her psychiatry residency training at George Washington University in Washington, DC. While at GWU, she trained in the renown Five Trimesters Clinic specializing in perinatal mental health, infertility and loss. She has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of eating disorders, body dissatisfaction and body image in pregnancy and postpartum. Personally, she experienced postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her daughter. Her mission is to encourage new moms to stop suffering and to start embracing motherhood.





Transition to Motherhood:

Stefani shares about how she and her husband planned her pregnancy while she was in the fourth year of her med-school. She experienced anxiety, guilt, and shame from the beginning due to a variety of reasons that she discusses in the episode. Being surrounded by a family who struggled with infertility and being in medical school, Stefani found it difficult to open up to everyone regarding her conception.

Episode Summary:

This podcast also talks about Stefani’s struggle with postpartum depression. She highlights the importance of taking the step in seeking professional help whenever you feel most comfortable. She advises mothers to find a support person whom they can talk to first about what they’re experiencing – spouse, friend, family member.

She also added that she wouldn’t want to pressure any mom into getting help when she’s not ready but to encourage her to talk with non-professionals until she is ready. According to her, giving mothers knowledge is power in the situation and it’s critical to find people that you can truly trust and connect with. Stefani talks about a few studies that show that the higher rate of body dissatisfaction postpartum is directly linked to postpartum depression and anxiety.  She elaborately explains the early signs, the cycle, and the predisposing factors that trigger the development of postpartum depression.

Referenced in the Show:



Push Past Postpartum- online program helping new moms overcomes postpartum depression, anxiety, and stress –

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