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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...
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...
Vacationing with an Eating Disorder

Vacationing with an Eating Disorder

Strategies from Clients on Vacationing with an Eating Disorder It’s almost summer!  This means events such as vacations, camps and other outdoor activities going on during the warm months. For someone with an eating disorder,  this can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Going on vacation with an eating disorder can present many challenges. These struggles may be unknown to someone not struggling. The truth-of-the-matter is being in a different environment is daunting to someone in recovery. You are surrounded by people with limited alone time. There are often body image triggers present. Beach-ware is an intimidating factor. In addition, those struggling are exposed to different foods that may not be currently in their daily routines. These are all real concerns for those who are working to gain peace with the mind and body from eating disorder thoughts. A primary focus during sessions with clients in the weeks leading up to summer are surrounded by conversation about vacation preparation. Many times with clients, we discuss strategies on how to combat potential triggers. I would like to share some of these on the blog! 1. Plan ahead. While this seems to be a common theme for many clients, I believe it is particularly important when going on vacation! Talk to your family and friends about what is on the agenda. Especially consider activities and meals. Will you be renting a house? Will you be cooking some dinners at home or going out to eat for most/all meals? What type of cuisine will be available? Will it be mostly “safe” foods or “challenge” foods? How active will you be...
Family Based Treatment for a Successful Recovery

Family Based Treatment for a Successful Recovery

Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders with Support from a Registered Dietitian Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses. They  affect both the person suffering as well as those closest to them. With treatment, true recovery is possible. This is especially true when intervention happens early.  Intervention and therapy works best when consistent, and eating patterns are normalized. It is imperative to have a strong team in place. Teams often include a dietitian, therapist, and doctor. In many cases, loved ones are also a huge part of the support team. The treatment of an eating disorder can be lonely and stressful for the one who is effected and the family.  Fortunately, we are here to give you support during this process. We will support you every step of the way. Our goal is to provide guidance and wisdom throughout every phase of recovery. While there are various types of clinically proven treatment methods for eating disorders I wanted to share with you an intervention called Family Based Treatment (FBT). FBT is also known as the Maudsley Approach. It is defined as “an intensive outpatient treatment where parents play an active and positive role in order to: help restore their child’s weight to normal levels expected given their adolescent’s age and height; hand the control over eating back to the adolescent, and encourage normal adolescent development through an in-depth discussion of these crucial developmental issues as they pertain to their child.” This approach works well for younger children and adolescents who are living at home with their parents. For sufferers, negative thoughts lead to extreme measures taken involving food the...
Ten Care Package Ideas to Send to Your College Student

Ten Care Package Ideas to Send to Your College Student

Care Packages to Brighten Your College Student’s Day By Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD Getting ready to send a loved one off to college for the first time can be both an exciting and stressful experience, especially if that loved one is on the road to recovery from an eating disorder. In my experience, transitions are challenging for everyone, but can be particularly stressful for those who are struggling with an eating disorder. One thing you can do as a parent to help a loved one make this transition is to send them care packages to brighten their day. You may want to include some of your loved-ones favorite foods and also non-food related foods. Coming up with a themed package can make putting the package together much easier. A few themes to consider would be movies, Easter, Halloween, finals week, or even a package for when your child is sick. You may want to send packages weekly or every other week during the beginning of the semester, then taper off, and send packages more often during the busy, stressful weeks around finals.  Here are some ideas and tips that you may find helpful. Did you know that you can get boxes for a flat fee at the post office that will be delivered in two days to your loved one at college.  Click here for the current rates and if you mail something on a Saturday, it will arrive on Monday. Make sure to include a handwritten card to your college students. Think about including a gift card to one of the local fast casual restaurants near campus like Chipotle, MOD pizza, or Panera are often...
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