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Interview with Marci Evans: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Marci Evans: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Marci Evans, Dietitian and Food and Body Image Healer™ By Alex Raymond, RD, LD and contributions by Caroline Best, Student Intern This is the first video blog of ED dietitians and we interviewed Marci Evans. Here at Empowered Eating we love to stay connected to dietitians all over the country.  I thought it would be an excellent idea to interview some other dietitians in the field to learn more about eating disorders and the work they do with clients. You hear from the Empowered Eating team quite often 🙂 and sometimes it’s nice to get some other voices out there! We asked them the following questions: What do you want the world to know about eating disorders? What is the most important thing in prevention of eating disorders? Why do you love working in the eating disorder field? What is a fun fact about you :)? Featured: Marci Evans Marci Evans is a rockstar dietitian (and friend!) who owns a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She calls herself a Food and Body Image Healer™ which I absolutely love! I am lucky enough to say that I have actually had the opportunity to learn from her. She is a wealth of knowledge and I love the enthusiasm and perspective she shares in this video!  Recovery is Possible My favorite quote from this interview with Marci is: “If you are suffering from an eating disorder, know that I believe in you and know that the team at Empowered Eating believes in you and when you don’t have hope to keep going or if you’re losing hope that eating disorder recovery...
NEDA Walk: Baltimore 2017

NEDA Walk: Baltimore 2017

National Eating Disorder Association Walk (NEDA): Baltimore 2017 By Alex Raymond, RD, LD It’s that time of year again when the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) organizes walks across the country, which occur in the fall and spring. Whenever a NEDA Walk comes to the DMV area, the Empowered Eating team makes it a point to sign up. And we’re gearing up for the Baltimore walk on October 29th. I wrote this blog to provide our readers with information on NEDA and to also compile some resources that are worth reading. What are NEDA Walks? Did you know… Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness At least 30 million women and men develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives 50% of teen girls and 33% of teen boys use unhealthy behaviors to control their weight These stats are listed on the NEDA website. NEDA’s Mission NEDA’s mission is to support  individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. NEDA believes that full recovery is possible with early detection and intervention and by bringing awareness surrounding eating disorders. It is essential that those who are struggling with an eating disorder to not only have improved access to care, but also have support from the medical community to appropriately recognize and refer. Awareness is Key As dietitians working in the eating disorder community, part of what we do is raising awareness surrounding this illness. We have seen first hand how awareness and early intervention/treatment is key. Some other reasons we are participating...
How to Use Your Values for Eating Disorder Recovery

How to Use Your Values for Eating Disorder Recovery

5 Ways to Use Your Values in Eating Disorder Recovery By Alex Raymond, RD, LD A few months ago, I heard a dietitian named Chere Bork speak. She considers herself to be a “life coach” or “energy igniter.” Chere also goes by “Chere Banana” and gives talks to kids! Chere Bork MS, RDN Chere Banana! Chere actually supports super busy individuals in achieving their goals, getting and staying motivated, and reigniting their passions. Seeing Chere speak was an amazing experience and I was so glad I got to hear all the advice she had to offer. I felt like I was able to brainstorm about how I can energetically achieve my own passions and goals… Of course, it also got me thinking about how this talk can be used in recovery from an eating disorder. She spoke a lot about living life close to your values. What are values? Webster dictionary defines “values” as the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. OR a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. So, basically living life closer to your values means you are holding the things you find important close to your heart and respecting your beliefs. That’s how you can truly make your life more abundant. Another way to think about this is “you attract who you are, not who you want to be.” (Another quote by Chere). I took this to mean your values and who you truly are as a person is the driving force in achieving your goals. If you go against...
5 Energy Bite Recipes for Athletes

5 Energy Bite Recipes for Athletes

Fuel Your Workouts with Energy Bites By Alex Raymond, RD, LD and Caroline Best, Intern Athletes, especially those with busy schedules, sometimes have trouble getting in enough fuel and protein to match the intensity of their workouts. Fitness progress can be slowed, or even reversed, if your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to repair itself after the strain of a workout. A workout isn’t nearly as effective if a body is in “starvation mode”, so making sure you’ve consumed enough fuel before and after a workout is key. Did you know protein should be eaten within 30 – 40 minutes of a workout to help with muscle repair and to help refuel your body? It’s highly important to also combine this protein with carbohydrates so the muscles can more easily utilize the protein. Energy bites are a quick and tasty way to meet nutritional needs before or after a workout and require almost no prep time. If you compare all of the recipes listed, there’s a lot of overlap with the ingredients, meaning once you have the “base” ingredients for energy bites you can have fun with it and mix and match the kinds you make, or even come up with your own variation! Blueberry Muffin Bites Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites in the works! Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites – the finished product These are perfect to eat on the way to a morning workout. They are so tasty and really easy to make, once you have the ingredients it takes about 10 minutes. 1 cup of old fashioned oats ⅔ cup of dried blueberries/cranberries ⅓ cup vanilla...
Letting Go Of Perfection

Letting Go Of Perfection

What Does Perfection Mean to You? By Alex Raymond, RD, LD The topic of “perfection” has been coming up more often both in my sessions with clients and personally. It got me thinking about the idea of perfection—what it actually means and why it’s important. For me, perfection meant (maybe sometimes still means) doing everything right, whether in work or with family/friends, leaving little to no room for mistakes. Mistakes either meant that I wasn’t working hard enough or that I wasn’t good at what I was doing. Looking back on some conversations with clients, I’ve reflected on my own thoughts about perfection and how “perfect” isn’t always perfect. Here is what I’ve learned about “letting go” of perfection and how this idea can be used to support eating disorder recovery. 1. There is no such thing as “perfect” eating. Your ED wants you to think that you must eat a certain way to be “perfect.” There’s no such thing. It’s a construct that the eating disorder and society has created. Why should eating a certain food make you any less of an awesome person? Enjoying cake on your birthday doesn’t make you bad. Having French fries with your double bacon cheeseburger is okay. Making sure you have a few servings of fruits and veggies is important, but it’s also important to enjoy all the foods you love. Now, I do believe in a few concepts called mindful eating, intuitive eating and normal eating. I could go on for hours, but in summary, these concepts are all about truly enjoying food and being able to nourish your body with...

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