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Tips for Working from Home

Tips for Working from Home

Working from home can be a challenge, especially when you are used to being in a typical office setting. The combined effects of sitting for long periods, sleep deprivation and work stress can add up over time. By making proactive choices now, you can take back control of your health and well-being. Here are some helpful tips to stay healthy while working from home. Sleep Commit to a time when you turn off all devices before bed. The blue light emitted from phones, televisions and other devices actually inhibits the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles. Try to turn off technology at least 30 minutes before winding down to go to sleep. Design a routine to help you relax after a long day of work. Try meditation, a yoga video, reading a book or taking a warm bath to help you wind down. Eating at Home Working from home presents a great opportunity to cook and eat more meals at home. If you have flexibility in your schedule, you can go grocery shopping during off-peak hours to avoid the crowds. Before heading to the store, create a list of ingredients that you will need to ensure you can make the meals you planned. Focus on eating away from your desk to allow yourself to practice mindful eating. Try a new meal delivery service such as Home Chef, Freshly or Gobble. Freshly does all of the preparation and cooking for you, so that all you need to do is heat it up. Hydration while your work from home Staying hydrated can be difficult when...
Why see a HAES Dietitian for Eating Disorder Recovery

Why see a HAES Dietitian for Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating disorder recovery with a HAES Dietitian Why a HAES dietitian? 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 🙂 How can a HAES Dietitian help? First and foremost it is essential to have a Registered Dietitian on your treatment team.  A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert and can help you separate fact from fiction and decrease your anxiety about food. What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a HAES friendly Dietitian?  HAES stands for Health At Every Size and they are the principles that advocate for respectful and competent care for all NO MATTER their body size or shape.  Unfortunately, in our culture it is often believed that you have to look a certain way to have an eating disorder.  This is simply untrue.  Not only can eating disorders be present and serious at any body shape or size, but also any socioeconomic status, gender, or race.   If members of your treatment team are focused on weight loss or suggesting that your eating...
Wisdom Wednesday: Rebecca on RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson

Wisdom Wednesday: Rebecca on RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson

Sharing Taste the Sweet REBELLION on RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson Recently, I had the opportunity to be a guest on Dr. Anderson’s RealTalk radio show to discuss our brand new book Taste the Sweet REBELLION: Rebel Against Dieting. RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson hosts an afternoon radio show called Anderson Speaks that airs 3PM daily in the Washington DC area. On Wednesdays his program is called Wisdom Wednesdays and I was honored to be chosen to speak on how to change the way you think about dieting and weight loss. How to improve your mental and physical health without being trapped in “diet prison” and see how research combined with our REBELLIOUS spin can help you find both health and happiness without depriving yourself of your favorite foods. Rebecca on RealTalk Rebecca and Dr. David Anderson It is not you who has failed diets. It is dieting that has failed you. There is another way to find health and happiness around food and we can help! How can we REBEL dieting? Here are the principles of REBEL outlined in our workbook to help you boldly nourish your mind, body, and soul: R= REBEL against dieting E= EAT like a REBEL by embracing nutrition B= BUILD confidence in your eating by learning to trust you appetite and increase your awareness of the what, when, where and why of eating E= EMPOWER yourself by developing a healthy relationship with food L= LIVE joyfully by unleashing your inner REBEL and ditching diets forever We work with clients who have struggled with disordered eating and eating disorders and here is a text...
Parent Rick Deise Inspires Love, Hope and Faith: Empowered Eating Parent

Parent Rick Deise Inspires Love, Hope and Faith: Empowered Eating Parent

Family Eating Disorder Support Group We had the honor of having Rick Diese, an advocate of eating disorder recovery and president of the Eating Disorder Network of Maryland join us at our last parent support group meeting. The meeting was extremely positive and powerful. I thought it would be useful to outline some of the highlights of the meeting. Rick shared his story of what it was like for him when he realized that one of his daughters was suffering from an eating disorder. He spoke of the flood of thoughts and emotions that he experienced throughout his daughter’s recovery and how her journey helped his entire family heal. Rick has shared his story at many ANAD group meetings and graciously allowed me to post his talk on our blog to help spread the word to even more families in need of hope and healing. Here is Rick’s story: My friends, eating disorders are like puzzles – they come in a wide array of complexities and with many levels of challenge – and, most hopefully, they can be solved! Now, I wish I could say that eating disorders have a manageable number of pieces and are relatively easy to solve. The truth of the matter is that every eating disorder diagnosis is as individual as the daughter or son who is struggling with its effects. The good news is you have a wealth of highly qualified resources available in this area of the country and there has been an impressive amount of research and progress toward understanding and treating the eating disorder as well as the underlying, co-occurring disorders....
Teen Finds Confidence and Energy in Recovery

Teen Finds Confidence and Energy in Recovery

  Empowered Eating Recovery Stories: Recovery from an Eating Disorder with a Registered Dietitian At just 14 years old, our next successful client has made tremendous progress and has come to realizations that put her way beyond her years. She started seeing Bobbi about 7 months ago for her eating disorder, which had previously put her in an in-patient rehabilitation center. Upon her first visit, her Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) score was a 44. If someone’s score is above a 20, it is recommended that they discuss their results with a counselor and it indicates that there may be a serious problem, so I was not only concerned to see that initial score, but am now very pleased and proud to report that her latest score was a zero! Bobbi had told me how much progress this client had been making, and I recently got the chance to hear from the patient just how much she has changed. She told us that she has learned to trust her team of experts, as they are just here to help her. She also said that understanding how her eating disorder affected her friends and family gave her motivation to get better, but that she eventually learned to heal for herself. She says she now goes out to eat more with friends, enjoys chocolate and other sweets, and feels “normal,” which is just what any 14-year old girl should feel. “I’m not really concerned about how others see me and it feels like a weight off my shoulders.” Her confidence has shot up, and she is now truly enjoying her food rather...
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