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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 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 values, or try to be...
Why You Should Trash Your Scale

Why You Should Trash Your Scale

Stop the dieting cycle What is the dieting cycle? “Within a diet and thin-focused culture, the focus has been on weight loss as the goal. This ‘treatment’ is often promoted by well-intentioned friends, family, and professionals. But with binge eating, dieting is a causal factor in the development of binge eating disorder. So it’s essential for treatment to provide alternatives to dieting for improving health and body image. In fact, weight loss as a goal of treatment—as opposed to goals of improved self-care–can be damaging to the process of recovery.” ~Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) What does it mean to weight cycle? In order to see the effect the scale may have on your nutrition behaviors, body image, and self esteem take some time to answer the following: How long have you been watching the scale?  What is the frequency in which you weigh yourself? Journal about how you feel when the scale shows a decrease in weight. Journal about how you feel when the scale shows an increase in weight. What are the pros of daily weighing? What are the cons of daily weighing? Use the questions above to evaluate if weighing yourself often is bringing you CLOSER to your health goals or if it may be bringing your FURTHER away from your health goals.  Try to identify feelings associated with weighting such as guilt, shame, accomplishment, anxiety, relief, pride, excitement, disappointment. Beyond a Shadow of a Diet One of my favorite resources is a book by Ellen Frankel and Judith Matz, Beyond a Shadow of a Diet.  Here are some interesting points they make about the use of scales in the...
Meal Support for Loved Ones

Meal Support for Loved Ones

What is meal support for loved ones? Meal support is not taking on the role of the food police, or the enforcer.  It is the modeling of healthy food behaviors, being there with your loved one, the calmness and compassion at meal times  that has the true value. See below for some amazing tips from the New Maudsley Approach: Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder book.  If someone in your life is affected by an eating disorder (ED) I highly recommend reading this book.  It is an invaluable resource!   Loved ones: Remember this is not easy.   Have compassion for yourself, learn, ask for help, forgive yourself if you wish you reacted differently.   To illustrate the roles family members may take I will use the model from the Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder animal analogies.  As stated in the book it is natural, typical and instinctive to a concerned and frightened family member or friend to take on one of the following roles:     Kangaroo Dolphin Rhino You see your loved one struggling, it hurts your heart to see them in pain and you try to protect them from that pain and keep them safe as if you have them in your pouch. The challenge with protecting your loved one from any stress or discomfort is that they do not learn to do this for themselves. It traps them in the infant role, and can exhaust you in the caregiver role. You see your loved one in pain and you are present  there with them.  Their eating...
A Practical Approach to Family-based Intervention for Eating Disorders

A Practical Approach to Family-based Intervention for Eating Disorders

How can Family Based Therapy help with Eating Disorders? What comes to mind when you think of a study session?  For us it was comfy clothes, great food, and pillows on the floor.  Recently, we hired Melanie Jacob, RD to fly down from her nutrition practice in Michigan to present to our team of Registered Dietitians and students on Family Based Treatment treatment.  As a result of this 8-hour intensive training, reading numerous journal articles and books we were assigned to read before her arrival, our Registered Dietitians will be offering an even more intense nutrition program for clients struggling with eating disorders.  This approach will be most effective for younger clients. Here are some of the new things that you will be experiencing as a client or a loved-one of a client (especially if your child is in middle school or high school): We will be setting projected goal weights based on the anticipated growth of your loved one in terms of age in months (not simply years) We will be working more closely than ever with parents through parent support groups and communication with parents and/or child through the Recovery Record app. We will continue to work closely with all members of the treatment team with an added component on how to help the loved ones with a specific strategic food plan based on 5-level increases which will be individualized to meet our client’s needs We will continue to monitor vital signs including heart rate and use even more sophisticated screening and quantifiable monitoring tools as your loved one progresses through treatment of eating disorders. It is our...
Ten Tips for Mealtime Support at Home

Ten Tips for Mealtime Support at Home

Ten Tips to Support Your Son or Daughter Around Mealtime while in Recovery from an Eating Disorder By Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD Mealtime can be stressful for parents and family members while trying to support your loved-one struggling with an eating disorder.  Families are an important part of the recovery process, yet it can be overwhelming to come up with successful strategies to make mealtime more calm and relaxed.  As you probably know, providing a comfortable environment is the first step; avoiding all talk of food, body image, calories or any other triggering topic is key.  So what can you to do help your loved one face their food fears and consume their meal? Here are some tips that will help you both before, during and after the meal.MEAL PLAN: Make sure that you and your loved one understand the meal plan. The purpose of the meal plan is to guide you both with the food requirements needed. It is helpful to think of the food as medicine, and just like you would follow your doctor’s medication order, it will be important to follow your Registered Dietitian’s meal plan with the same seriousness.  There will be temptations from your loved one to renegotiate the plan, but staying firm to the meal plan will only help foster recovery. Your nutrition appointments with Registered Dietitian can be vital in helping develop a meal plan, strategize realistic goals, and anticipate and provide mealtime guidance, all based on your individual family meals. Mealtime Support Resources MEALTIME ATMOSPHERE: One strategy can be listening to relaxing music during mealtime. Here is an example of...
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