"The question is from a listener named Carla who writes dear Christie first of all I would like to express my gratitude for your podcast not just because your words and ideas reach me personally but because you're educating a whole new generation of people about accepting themselves and others around on your podcast has been quite helpful so far but I do have a question that maybe you could help me out with as I feel this. Topic is not readily discussed still. I've been struggling with being a part of Diet. Hi It culture since I was probably five years old and now I am twenty along the way of suffered disordered eating and perhaps a form of binge eating disorder. I've been doing so so much better in the last two years but have one thing on my mind that causes me problem. Sometimes which is digestion. It seems like once you notice your digestion getting messed up as mine did during severe periods of restriction you cannot put it out of your mind that easily anymore. I suffered constipation for some time during my eating disorder days which do not suffer today anymore but I'm still highly highly aware of it for example. My digestion works out quite well. If I had my predictable daily routine sleep enough etc but sometimes if it happens that I don't manage to go to the toilet as predicted I feel like my whole day is not going well and I also have different food preferences and sometimes even feel simply tired down. I notice not not something I can force as bodies have their own wisdom but I'd like to know how to cope with this uncertainty and lowered mood especially when I'm traveling. I want to go out there in the world and explore or as much as I can without being dependent on my digestive processes and worrying whether I'll be loaded constipated or something else and know that the still might be taboo topic on public platforms platforms but I feel like you're a person could help kindest regards Carla so thanks Carla for that great question and before I answer just my usual disclaimer that these answers and this podcast in general are informational and educational purposes only at art a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice so yeah this is such a great question and it really is not discussed enough in our field but I just want to empathize with your situation because I actually went through something really similar myself in the early days of my recovery so I can feel your pain and I know digestive. Discomfort is a big pain. I've shared here before on the podcast that I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and also acid reflux or gird is the acronym for it right around the time that I was"