Episode 24: Worthiness, Disordered Eating and the Wild Feminine with Megan Fahey MS, RD, CDN

Why We Love Megan:

Megan is a Registered Dietitian and Functional Medicine Nutritionist specializing in eating disorders. She completed her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, one of the country’s leading schools of integrative medicine. Megan is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA), and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD).

She runs a her private nutrition practice, founded to help clients heal their relationships with food through nutrition intervention and psychological exploration. She is a certified Health at Every Size® Facilitator and has extensive experience developing and implementing detailed nutrition care plans.

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On the Pod, We Discuss:

  • How she got started in her work of eating disorder recovery and emotional eating
  • Why she believes that painful relationships with food aren’t about food at all but symptoms of something deeper out of whack in our lives
  • How she worked through her own painful relationship with food
  • Why she believes we must untangle food from body image and focus more on how it feels to be in our bodies
  • What she believes causes this disconnection to ourselves and our bodies as women in our culture
  • Why worthiness of taking up space in the world is such a common theme in recovery
  • What our society is teaching girls that’s making them question their worthiness and right to take up space in this world
  • Social media’s role in our cultural body image struggle
  • Why the masculine structure of our culture oppresses our feminine spirits and causes the emotional challenges that result in poor body image and negative food behaviors
  • How dieting disconnects us from our bodies and forces what should be an intuitive connection to ourselves into our minds instead – where intuition cannot thrive
  • Why food behaviors are really a canary in a coal mine for many
  • Why we should look under the hood of negative food behaviors to find the root cause of a need to exert a sense of control
  • Why the urge to numb our hunger forces us to numb out in the rest of our lives and how recalibrating our relationship to hunger helps us to rebuild the more meaningful areas of our lives as well
  • Her favorite exercise to lead clients through that helps to stop numbing emotional and physical hunger
  • The importance of the gut flora and the brain connection in healing from disordered eating
  • The negative feedback loop created by disordered eating in your body and brain and why consistent eating helps to reset digestion and re-nourish the gut with improves that feedback loop
  • Health at Every Size, what it means and why it’s so important  
  • Why we need to take the focus away from weight loss in order to heal – because none of this has ever been about your body and it will never be about your body
  • What it looks like to reconnect to your body and remove the judgement and fear and morality around food when you’re in the early stages of recovery.
  • The political side of our food environment and how it affects diet culture, our body image, and the uphill battle of healing from disordered eating
  • Megan’s favorite book and the three of us getting weird about wild, feminine energy and how our current patriarchal society stifles it
  • Why the Cheesecake Factory can go fuck itself
  • The most influentials books, resources and teachers she’s found along the way
  • Whether or not she is hopeful for the future for women everywhere

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  • EmaratForex says:

    Can I say that I think being able to recognize and teach that healthy doesn t have a universal definition is really valuable? I have a rare disorder and so lots of things that are awesome for most people don t work so well for me. I ve been guilted and shamed for that and it took me a long time to realize that it s okay not to eat the newest superfood or do that popular form of exercise if they weren t working for me.

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