Alexandra is a student, a hiker and an outdoor woman who is very honest about her struggle with the eating disorder Anorexia Nervosa.
I’m not going to lie, this was a hard interview to prepare for, a hard interview to record and a hard interview to edit because sometimes it’s challenging to talk about difficult topics.
But, it’s my hope that our conversation will open up a discussion on eating disorders, especially as they pertain to women who are heavily involved in outdoor activities. I also hope that you’ll drop a note of support for Alexandra in the comments section on our website at www.hikelikeawoman.net for having the courage to speak out and share her story with us.
If you know anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder and needs help we recommend learning more by checking out this website.
Enjoy the show.
- 4:20: Struggling with food.
- 5:00: Anorexia took 3 months of her life when she was in treatment. After she was released she went outside and promised herself that she would go outside again and enjoy every moment outside.
- 8:15: Treatment for eating disorders saves lives, but you have to set goals and help yourself too.
- 10:35: Why Alexandra seeks a different kind of therapy in nature.
- 13:00: What it felt like when Alexandra couldn’t reach the summit on an expedition.
- 17:00: “Mountains are calling me all the time,” Alexandra
- 20:00: Alexandra recommends the book Into The Wild by Jon Krauker
(p.s. you can support the podcast by purchasing this book through our Amazon affiliate program. Thank you!)
Today’s show is sponsored by Audible. If I’m not listening to a podcast, I’m listening to an audiobook.
I devour audiobooks while I drive my car to and from interesting hiking destinations, clean my house, fix dinner, do the dishes, fold laundry and workout. There are so many good books that I want to read and I feel a lot more productive when I can multi-task by listening as I work.