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Fully Recovered: A Parent’s Perspective

Fully Recovered: A Parent’s Perspective

Is is possible to be fully recovered? A strong support team is necessary in order for an individual to recover fully from an eating disorder. Parents can be huge support. They learn along with their child about the eating disorder and the best ways to cope. Here is one parent’s feedback about what she has learned. “I have learned that it takes a village- you cannot help someone with an ED alone- you need the obvious “team” as you all like to refer to it (doctor, therapist, dietitian), but you also need sympathetic family, friend, and even co- workers. And they need to be in for the long haul. The next most valuable piece of info I learned is that recovery looks like an upward spiral. That thought helps brace me for the inevitable down turns that recovery can and does take.  Having knowledgeable, caring, “with-it” people are the greatest support my child had. People who aren’t afraid to rock the boat and push the kid past the “status quo” of living with an eating disorder. People who hound her with e-mails, texts, and an app that beeps at her to remind her of what she should be doing….  Rebecca – you have been great. I lived for your emails [about my child’s recovery.]”   Connect with us at admin@empoweredeatingrd.com or call 240-670-4675 to make an appointment.   Note: This blog was edited and re-posted from July 11,...
Your Go-to Guide for all Things Eating Disorders

Your Go-to Guide for all Things Eating Disorders

Your Go-to Resource for all Things Eating Disorders As Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians, we wanted to provide you with a go-to resource for the 3 common eating disorders we work with in our office every single day to help clients and families on the road to recovery. Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is characterized by failure to maintain an adequate body weight, body image disturbance, and excessive dietary restriction. There is also the purging type or use of other self-destructive methods to keep weight off. Anorexia nervosa involves self-starvation. The body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally.  So, it is forced to slow down all of its processes to conserve energy. Signs & Symptoms Anorexia Nervosa Intense fear of gaining weight Low self-esteem related to body image Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, and dieting Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restriction against whole categories of foods Denial of hunger Development of food rituals (eating food in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate) Health Consequences of Anorexia Nervosa Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure Reduction of bone density Muscle loss and weakness Severe dehydration Hair loss and dry skin Feeling cold all the time Lack of or irregular menses   Bulimia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by binge eating (consuming large amounts of food while feeling out of control) accompanied by compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting to prevent weight gain, and body image disturbances. Signs & Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa A feeling of being out of control during binge-eating episodes Poor self-esteem related to body image There may...
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...
A Dietitian does NOT help you DIET

A Dietitian does NOT help you DIET

I love her quote “A Dietitian does not help you DIET”. This delightful Empowered Eating Client shares her nutrition journey to inspire you to get the help that you desire. Get an inside view into how working with a Registered Dietitian helped her change her relationship with food. Also take a look at the wonderful foods that she is now preparing and enjoying. 1. What would you consider to be your main food struggles before coming to Empowered Eating? Binging and Purging- I never knew what was the right portion to eat. I over-exaggerated my dieting, forbidding myself to certain ‘bad’ foods. This would cause me to binge and stuff my feelings by eating everything in sight. I was fearful of gaining weight and not being able to maintain my slim figure, so I would purge to control my weight. 2. What strategies have helped you the most that you learned and worked on in your sessions with your dietitian? Mindful eating- listening to my body. Eating when I’m hungry, and allowing myself to eat what my body is asking for. Also taking care of ME. Its fun to take care of yourself and to allow ME time…. going to get my nails done, getting a massage or facial, or creating my ‘vision board’ of all my dreams and aspirations. I learned that I have a creative side. There are other more productive things that I can do with my life other than focusing on food 24/7. It was not the foot that was the enemy, it was my emotions and not knowing how to deal with them properly!...
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