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Eternally Amy - A Sober Mom of Eight's Journey from Jail to Joy

Sep 5, 2023

In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy Liz Harrison and Kate Vitela delve into the often overlooked connection between eating disorders and addiction, particularly focusing on the concept of 'Drunkorexia.' Through their own experiences, they show how disordered eating and drinking too much can be linked in unexpected and sneaky ways. The discussion shows how social pressure, shame, and keeping secrets can keep these problems going. By talking about their own experiences, the hosts emphasize how important it is to talk about these problems openly and to understand them. They tell people to meet people where they are, have empathy for them, and not criticize their food choices. Lastly, the episode encourages people to recover out loud and help each other on their way to healthier relationships with food and drugs.

In this episode, we also talked about:


  • Relationship Between Alcohol Abuse and Eating Disorders

  • The Vicious Cycle of Bingeing and Purging With Food and Drink

  • Insidiousness of the Drunkorexia Phenomenon

  • Cultural Stigmas Against Eating Disorders

  • Influence of Societal Compliments on Body Image and Behaviors

  • Transitioning to Intuitive Eating and Using Food for Fuel

  • The Importance of Self-Esteem, Agency, and Honesty in Recovery

  • Supporting Friends in the Midst of Disordered Eating Struggles

  • Meeting Others Where They Are in Their Healing Journey

  • Impact of Comments and Peer Pressure on Eating Behavior

  • Developing Boundaries and Asserting Choices Around Food

  • Addressing Physical and Mental Health Issues