An Insightful Journey into Eating Disorders with Tabitha Farrar

In this post, we delve deep into the complexities of eating disorders with Tabitha Farrar, an eating disorder recovery coach, author, podcast host, farm owner, and equestrian. Join us as we explore the challenges and nuances of eating disorder recovery and the various aspects that shape this intricate journey.

Tabitha Farrar: A Multifaceted Life in Balance:

Tabitha, thriving amidst a bustling schedule, attributes her ability to juggle multiple tasks to her experience with an eating disorder. Having had to manage a life with a high exercise compulsion and the stresses of an eating disorder, she now finds managing a busy life without these constraints relatively easy.

Facing Challenges and Slowing Down:

Recently facing an accident and surgery, Tabitha discusses the difficulty of being forced to slow down and how the recovery process has been both challenging and rewarding. She highlights the importance of embracing rest and the joy of returning to activities she loves.

Eating Disorders and Compulsive Movement:

Tabitha elaborates on the often-overlooked compulsive movement element in restrictive eating disorders. She shares her personal experience with extreme exercise compulsion and how it significantly impacted her life. She emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing these compulsions in eating disorder recovery.

Restrictive Eating Disorders: Beyond the Stereotypes:

Tabitha challenges the stereotypical view of anorexia and other restrictive eating disorders, explaining how subtle forms of restriction can have significant effects. She emphasizes that eating disorders often don’t manifest as complete meal omission but rather as a consistent pattern of eating less than what the body needs.

The Role of Hunger Signals and Nutrition:

Tabitha advocates for listening to the body’s hunger signals, stressing the importance of trusting these cues over culturally influenced dietary restrictions. She believes that restriction often leads to overconsumption and that a balanced diet naturally emerges when one listens to one’s body’s needs.

Biological Stress and the Genetics of Eating Disorders:

Tabitha discusses the genetic predisposition for eating disorders triggered by energy deficits. She draws parallels between eating disorders and animal migration, suggesting that restrictive eating disorders might be a human form of migration response triggered by perceived food scarcity.

Impact of Family Systems and Recovery:

Family involvement in recovery, especially for younger individuals, is crucial. Tabitha dispels myths about family dynamics causing eating disorders, instead highlighting the importance of family support in recovery.

A Future Free from Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching:

Tabitha envisions a future where her role as a recovery coach is unnecessary, signifying a more effective and understanding eating disorder treatment system. She looks forward to dedicating more time to her passions, such as writing and equestrian pursuits.


Tabitha Farrar’s insights provide a deeper understanding of the complex nature of eating disorders. Her holistic approach to recovery, emphasizing the need to listen to the body and challenge cultural biases, offers hope and guidance for those affected by eating disorders. Her work underscores the importance of comprehensive support systems, both biological and emotional, in the journey towards recovery.

Connect with Tabitha Farrar:

For more information on Tabitha’s work and resources, visit her website at You can also tune into her podcast for further insights into eating disorder recovery.

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© Trudi Howley M.S., SEP, LPCC, CPC is a Somatic Psychotherapist and Certified Professional Coach, specializing in trauma healing.