ATEC - Episode 86: Recovering from Diet Culture ft. Stefanie Bonastia

Episode 86: Recovering from Diet Culture featuring Stefanie Bonastia

Stefanie Bonastia was about 15 years old when her eating disorder began. She was a shy, creative girl with anger she wasn’t aware of and wanted to gain a measure of control over her life. What started as anorexia became bulimia and later purging through exercise. She struggled mostly in secret but eventually left college and sought in-patient help. Her eating disorder ultimately spanned 25 years. Stefanie felt her relationship with food was so broken that she would never have normal hunger and satiety cues and never feel sane around food. But she discovered it is possible to heal your relationship with food even after years of failed attempts. In this episode, she shares her story, how she made peace with her body, and her work to help others find that same health and peace.


Stefanie is a Diet Culture Recovery Coach specializing in helping women overcome food and body image issues. She holds degrees in Human Development Psychology and Occupational Therapy with a certification in Integrative Health Coaching and is currently working on her Intuitive Eating Counselor certification. After struggling with multiple eating disorders for 25 years, Stefanie experienced her recovery with the help of a coach and plenty of self-exploration. She considers her “boots-on-the-ground” experience of recovery her most teachable asset. Stefanie lives in NJ with her husband and three daughters.




I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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