On today’s episode, Molly sits down with her close friend Michelle Garside. Michelle begins the conversation by disclosing her journey through her eating disorder. She begins with discussing her experience with pregnancy and postpartum eating disorders and the struggles that come with it.
Molly and Michelle dig into the thoughts that can creep in while struggling with eating disorders and relate to each other’s experiences. Family roots run deep, and Michelle acknowledges her family history related to eating disorders, body image, and how she has grown the most due to her mother’s mental illness.
Michelle started eating in secret at a very young age mimicking some of what she observed at home. She discusses the repercussions of this on her childhood, and how it then impacted her teenage years. After researching eating disorders on the internet in high school, she taught herself how to become anorexic which brought on many health problems for Michelle. This led to her being bulimic for 15 years.
After coming home from studying abroad in Australia, Michelle was diagnosed with several addictions in a hospital then headed to rehab. She went to OA and found it comforting for her and found “her people” there. In 2015, she began dating again and met her now husband, Eric, who would change her perspective of her addiction for the rest of her life.
Tune in to hear the details of how Michelle lived with her eating disorder, what the days to recovery looked like and how she continues to grow after being abstinent from bulimia.
- “Life, people, things…are complex.” -Michelle Garside
- “I’m hyper vigilant that nobody’s going to bully me, let me bully me first.” -Molly Carmel
- “I am not alone in my eating disorder” -Michelle Garside
- Coping with the difficulties that can come with postpartum weight gain
- Family history connections to eating disorders
- Details of Michelle’s specific journey through bulimia and the struggles she faced while in the middle of it
- How Michelle was able to find healing and recovery from OA
About Michelle Garside
Michelle Garside is the Co-founder and Lead Strategist behind Soul Camp Creative, a full-service Creative Agency devoted to working with mission-driven companies and brands that are positively impacting the planet. Her expertise lies in creating authentic, aligned, soul-driven branding. Prior to creating Soul Camp, Michelle helped to create some of the biggest pharmaceutical brands on the market. Michelle and her companies have been featured in Oprah Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Fitness, Women’s Health, Good Morning America, ABC News, Parents, Fortune, Inc., and Forbes. She’s also one of Molly’s BFFs and part of her Power Circle 🙂
About Molly Carmel
Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
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