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Your Go-to Guide for all Things Eating Disorders

Your Go-to Guide for all Things Eating Disorders

Your Go-to Resource for all Things Eating Disorders As Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians, we wanted to provide you with a go-to resource for the 3 common eating disorders we work with in our office every single day to help clients and families on the road to recovery. Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is characterized by failure to maintain an adequate body weight, body image disturbance, and excessive dietary restriction. There is also the purging type or use of other self-destructive methods to keep weight off. Anorexia nervosa involves self-starvation. The body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally.  So, it is forced to slow down all of its processes to conserve energy. Signs & Symptoms Anorexia Nervosa Intense fear of gaining weight Low self-esteem related to body image Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, and dieting Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restriction against whole categories of foods Denial of hunger Development of food rituals (eating food in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate) Health Consequences of Anorexia Nervosa Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure Reduction of bone density Muscle loss and weakness Severe dehydration Hair loss and dry skin Feeling cold all the time Lack of or irregular menses   Bulimia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by binge eating (consuming large amounts of food while feeling out of control) accompanied by compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting to prevent weight gain, and body image disturbances. Signs & Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa A feeling of being out of control during binge-eating episodes Poor self-esteem related to body image There may...
Snacks for a Dorm Room: 10 Tips from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Snacks for a Dorm Room: 10 Tips from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Dorm Room Snacks Many people have said “college will be the best time of your life.” And I would probably have to agree with them. College is a great place for you to get to know yourself better, expand your horizons, meet new people and of course have fun! Although college comes with amazing experiences, transitioning to college can also be difficult, especially if you are in the midst of recovery from your eating disorder. From a nutrition standpoint, it is important to have a food plan in place so you are able to progress through your recovery. One thing I would recommend to you is to be sure to have snacks in your dorm room to set yourself up for success. Here are my top 10 tips for healthy snacks in a dorm room! 1. Buy extra food at the school cafeteria: When I went to Maryland (Go Terps!), I would always buy some extra food to make sure I had enough for a snack later in the day or for breakfast the next morning. This is especially important if you have a busy day filled with class, work or studying. Some ideas of food to pack with you include, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit and cottage cheese/yogurt, chips and salsa, pita chips and hummus, cookies, or cheese or tuna salad and crackers.   2. Take advantage of the mini fridge: Having a mini fridge in your dorm room is just another way to set yourself up for success! You open your world to many more snack options. Yogurt, hard boiled eggs, leftovers, deli meat, cheese, fruit,...
Empowered Eating Resolutions

Empowered Eating Resolutions

Oh, January Resolutions…  The month in which we are all bombarded with diet talk galore. We all feel the pressure to make New Year’s Resolutions and somehow reinvent ourselves in the New Year. But, truly, all that happens is the sun sets and rises on another day. The diet industry has completely taken over New Year’s to, well, make a huge profit. The diet industry is worth almost 70 billion dollars. What this means is this industry knows how to play it to get our money. And they do this by making us feel badly about our bodies. And driving us to want to change our bodies to meet this unrealistic ideal. Think about it… how many New Year’s resolutions are about some kind of weight loss or toning or shaping our bodies? I don’t believe it’s anyone’s “fault” if they fall victim to the diet industry. It’s constantly in our face. We are constantly bombarded with those messages. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You do not have to measure your worth by the number on the scale. Thoughts of food and body image take away from you living your full and best life. Overall, I do think New Year’s Resolutions are overrated. We get all hyped up for the New Year and what’s going to be better, but the resolutions don’t last. And that’s okay. If it’s a diet, it wasn’t meant to last. I’d like to talk a bit about reframing resolutions if you do decide to make one. Which, keep in mind, there is absolutely no pressure to make one. Personally, sometimes I...
Diet Culture Terms to Look Out for in the New Year

Diet Culture Terms to Look Out for in the New Year

Happy New Year! When I think about the New Year, my brain automatically goes to “New Year’s Resolutions.” I think about all the messaging out there about “weight loss” and becoming a better YOU (usually by some form of losing weight). *cue eye roll* And this messaging is just so damaging, well to all people, but particularly to those struggling with eating disorders and those who are working on improving their relationships with food and body.  The diet industry sells us a false sense of happiness. When our self worth is based on our appearance and the way our bodies look, we will never truly be content. And the diet industry makes a HUGE profit out of our discontent. Encouraging words to remember! When I help my clients make New Year’s Resolutions, if they decide to make them, we never talk about resolutions about food. We instead talk about self care and compassion and silly things like…. Putting your clothes back on the hanger after you try them on. In this blog, I wanted to talk about diet culture terms to watch out for in 2019. The reason being…. I feel it is important to call out diet culture. This is because diet culture can often be difficult to see. It can often be difficult to understand the ways it can shapeshift and insert itself into a “non-dieting approach” (making it  non-non-dieting). Once you see it, and are able to point it out. It gets WAY easier to un-see. Please keep in mind: some of these below terms may seem harmless, so you may be a bit confused. That’s...
Empowered Eating Helps clients and their families recover

Empowered Eating Helps clients and their families recover

  Support Her Clients in Eating Disorder Recovery I have had the honor of watching our empowered eating dietitians blossom into an amazing nutrition professional. She started with our practice over ten years ago while she was a dietetics student at the University of Maryland. She had already been in recovery from her own eating disorder for about five years and was ready to help others begin their journey of treatment of their own eating disorder. We bring an enormous amount of knowledge, compassion and empathy into her work with clients each day. She brings enormous passion and dedication to help her clients heal from eating disorders and also helps them discover tools to help clients live a rich and meaningful life as they separate themselves from their eating disorders.   How can we help? As our team helps clients face their food fears, she will help clients manage their anxiety around food and will even share meals and snacks with her clients as they learn to push past their fears and nourish themselves. She has an incredible ability to meet clients where they are and to nudge them to go outside of their comfort zone and take the next right step toward recovery, she brings such genuine caring and kindness to each session, her clients are able to tolerate and eventually even enjoy food again. Our clients LOVE our dietitians! How do we support you? If you are working with us, we are available on a daily basis using a special phone/tablet app call Recovery Record. You will be able to communicate your thoughts, feelings and beliefs around...