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Why see a CEDRD and Important Questions to Ask

Why see a CEDRD and Important Questions to Ask

Eating disorders are both physical and psychological illnesses. These two pieces often overlap. For example, in order to work on the emotional part, it’s important to have adequate nutrition, otherwise the brain cannot function properly. This is just one why recovering from an eating disorder takes a team. This includes a therapist, physician, psychiatrist and last but not least, a registered dietitian. All clinicians on the team are crucial in providing you or your loved one with the tools and techniques needed for recovery.   Since I am a dietitian and all, I’m going to spend some time discussing what makes a dietitian a critical member of the team 🙂   1.Degree in nutrition: Dietitians are the only members of the treatment team who have gone to school to specifically learn about nutrition science. (Just as an MD is the only one to have gone to medical school). The eating disorder can have a lot of knowledge about nutrition. However, this knowledge is often false or twisted to make it seem scary. We get information about nutrition from the media, but again, this information is false or twisted to make it seem scary. So, dietitians can use their background in nutrition science to help clients better understand what may be happening in the body.   .This knowledge can often be used to fight back against the eating disorder. For example, the ED might say “grains are bad.” But, in reality, grains are the main energy source for the body. They have essential vitamins and minerals. And they make meals more satisfying. When the “grains are bad,” thought pops up,...
Disordered Eating to Intuitive Eating: Supporting your clients in repairing their relationship with food

Disordered Eating to Intuitive Eating: Supporting your clients in repairing their relationship with food

Alex Raymond and Allie Hosier What Diet Culture Teaches Us “You have forgotten what you really like to eat and instead eat what you think you “should” eat.” ― Evelyn Tribole, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works Diet culture has manipulated our brains to make us believe that our body size defines our self-worth. We’re taught (by diet culture) that someone who consumes green juices, perfectly pictured smoothie bowls and avocado toast should win some kind of morality award. Our culture idolizes people in certain (smaller) bodies. And discriminates against other (larger) bodies. We’re taught to feel guilty about eating certain foods and to criticize our bodies and what we eat. The fact of the matter is, food is FOOD! Food is fuel for our bodies. Food  makes sure that we can live, grow, and flourish. I’ve written other posts about diet culture, so I encourage you to check our March’s post about Unlearning Diet Culture. Effects of Diet Culture “Dieting may cause stress or make the dieter more vulnerable to its effects. Independent of body weight itself, dieting is correlated with feelings of failure, lowered self-esteem, and social anxiety.” ― Evelyn Tribole, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works One huge effect of diet culture is well dieting. People begin to feel unworthy in their bodies and we start to make the connection between food and body image. We think, well if I can just change my food intake a bit, that will help me to get the body I want, and then, I’ll feel better about myself. And who doesn’t want to feel better about themselves?!...
Advocating for Yourself at The Doctor’s Office

Advocating for Yourself at The Doctor’s Office

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD The majority of health professionals do not have eating disorder knowledge and do not align themselves with Health at Every Size (HAES) © values. Although there is a huge movement and a huge anti-diet community, we still have a lot of work to do. HAES-centered providers, including myself, do a ton of advocating on behalf of their clients. Which is just so important. One of my goals as an eating disorder, anti-diet dietitian is to teach my clients how they can advocate for themselves if I can’t be there. As much as I LOVE my clients, my end goal is to help them so they don’t need me anymore, which is totally bittersweet 🙂 . Advocacy is especially important in a physician’s office. I am speaking generally here, but, many doctors are not well-versed in EDs and HAES. It can be extremely difficult to find a doctor who “gets it.” This blog is about how you can advocate for yourself in a doctor’s office when the topic on weight comes up. This blog was inspired by a recent trip to my ob/gyn. She commented I gained weight since our last visit and seemed concerned about it. She proceeded to say it was “fine” though because my “BMI is normal.” At the moment I could place myself in some of my client’s shoes who have had doctors comment on weight in the past. I followed up our appointment with a note (you can read it at the bottom of this blog as well as on my instagram… follow me at @empoweredeatingrd !!). Read on to...
Family Workshop: Supporting Your Loved One with an Eating Disorder

Family Workshop: Supporting Your Loved One with an Eating Disorder

By Alex Raymond When your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, it’s very possible to experience a wide range of emotions, including sadness, confusion, guilt, fear, frustration and helplessness. You might not know how to help them. You might be so confused  as to why your loved one might not want to seek professional help. It might be frustrating that it feels like they don’t want to  not “listen” to what the dietitian or therapist is saying. Or you might wonder why they just can’t eat or stop eating. You might even feel guilty and wondering if you played a role in the development of the eating disorder. As eating disorder dietitians, part of our job is to not only support our clients through their journey, but to also support their parents and other loved ones in navigating their own struggles. Sometimes that means we meet with our clients’ loved ones at the end of the session one on one.  Or it means we have a “family session,” involving loved ones and our clients. We truly believe that in most situations loved ones can be our clients’ greatest support. It does require a bit of learning and education for parents, friends, partners…etc. Just as their own loved ones are learning about the disease and how it plays a role in their own lives. On May 11th, 2019, Bobbi and I will be presenting to families and loved ones of those who are struggling with eating disorders (EDs). More details at the bottom of this blog! Again, we believe that caregivers can be the greatest allies in someone’s...
Unlearn diet culture this National “Nutrition” Month

Unlearn diet culture this National “Nutrition” Month

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD. Did you know, March is National Nutrition Month or NNM for short. The theme this year is “Eat Right, Live Right, Feel Right.” I first saw that and 2 things went through my mind… OMG what bullshit…. Well, sounds pretty on point for the culture we live in today.   As an anti-diet dietitian, I have a slightly (okay, very) different take on nutrition than what we hear in our everyday lives. The messages we get from the media, celebrities, instagram stars and even many health professionals can actually be harmful to our overall physical and emotional wellbeing.   Let me start out by describing a bit of what I believe “nutrition” actually means.  Firstly, I follow a Health at Every Size © (HAES) and intuitive eating framework with my clients. I believe I should be supporting my clients in improving their relationship with food and body. Not shaming them about what they eat, how much they eat, and how their bodies look. HAES and intuitive eating are evidence based. So providers who practice this way, including myself, are not making these things up. “Nutrition” actually has very little to do with WHAT we eat. Per the dictionary, nutrition is defined as “the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.” Interesting… I don’t see kale smoothies, quinoa black bean cookies or cauliflower pizza crust anywhere in there…   There’s a lot of layers to nutrition. But at its very core, it’s about nourishment AND enjoyment. It’s about providing your body with the fuel it needs to survive. We all...

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