(240) 670-4675 CONTACT US
Recovery Resources: Some of Our Favorite Books

Recovery Resources: Some of Our Favorite Books

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD and Caroline Best, Intern. We love reading books! Especially  about eating disorders and eating disorder recovery. We do this to stay up to date on new information and new research. One of my fave books that most recently came out is Sick Enough by Dr. Gaudiani (PS she was also recently on an episode of Food Psych!) Read on to find out more about some of our new fave books and their summaries! Click on the book titles for their Amazon Link!    1. Sick Enough by Dr. Jennifer L. Gaudiani Sick Enough is such a wonderful resource. Written by Dr. Gaudiani, a doctor who specializes in eating disorder recovery.  This book focuses on when someone with an eating disorder may not think they are “sick enough” to ask for help or work with a treatment team.  She does a good job of explaining the medical risks of delaying treatment. And she does this  in a non-judgemental and easy to understand manner. She focuses on overcoming perceived barriers to treatments and advocates for increasing perceived benefits of treatment and for how much it helps with recovery. 2.The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life by Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher PhD and Michael Maslar Psy/D. This is a bulimia recovery workbook meant for use by therapists or dietitians.  We think this  is a particularly helpful resource. Written by two psychologists, the book first addresses what bulimia is and delves into the emotions and possible triggers associated with it. There are also several worksheets and activities...
From Disordered Eating to Finding Peace: My Story

From Disordered Eating to Finding Peace: My Story

By student intern and Alex Raymond, RD,LD. Please note: This is a story of someone’s eating disorder/recovery journey. There may be information triggering to you. So please feel free to stop reading if you find the information to be triggering and also be mindful that someone is speaking of their own personal experience and everyone is different. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2. Not to be dramatic or anything, but this bible verse kind of changed my life. No matter your religious beliefs, I believe that this statement is something that a lot of people need to hear to finally be at peace with both their minds and bodies. It’s almost impossible getting through the day without being bombarded by the things society has to say about standards. I can’t even tell you how many article titles or ads I’ve read along the lines of: “Keep the weight off with THIS 30-day exercise program and see the results!” “Try out our new juice cleanse to detoxify your body and lose weight fast.” “Throw out your junk food [and mental peace] to finally be a better YOU!” And I’m sick of it.   The social media realm works as a constant distraction. It reveals new ideas that sweep our brains from the present moment and takes us into a mind of its own, causing us to be vulnerable to succumbing to the latest fads and norms of materialistic living. Instagram and Snapchat especially make us feel the need to one-up each other on our...
Dietitian Advice for Eating Disorder Recovery

Dietitian Advice for Eating Disorder Recovery

By Dana Magee, RD and Caroline Best, student intern. Recovery is a difficult, on-going, process. However, with a treatment team and a treatment plan in place, it is absolutely possible.  Our goal at Empowered Eating is to help those suffering from an eating disorder recover and develop an enjoyable,sustainable, and empowered relationship with food. Our team of dietitians: Bobbi, Alex, Klara, Dana,and Rebecca have a combined several decades of eating disorder treatment experience. Here are the pieces of recovery advice they have found to resonate the most with clients and offer the most support during the complicated process of recovery. Eating Disorder Dietitian Advice for Recovery  Food is your medicine for healing from an eating disorder. You may not feel like eating, and you still need to take your medicine. Throw away the scale – recovery is not about weight, it’s about regaining health and your life. You can’t compare your plate to others around you. Your body image distortion will likely be the last thing to get better, and you still need to eat. Stop reading nutrition fact labels and online articles about nutrition. If you have questions about nutrition, talk to your dietitian. Download the app, Recovery Record, which will let you keep a food diary on your phone. No numbers, no calories, no grams of fat or carbs.  Get rid of any calorie counting apps, fitbits, etc. Use this app if you find it to be helpful. ED will lie. And give you a bunch of food rules about eating. And you need to fight those lies and food rules to beat ED. Focus on your...
Tips for Starting School in Eating Disorder Recovery

Tips for Starting School in Eating Disorder Recovery

By Alex Raymond, RD,LD. The time has come. In Maryland, this is the first week of school for many high/middle school students, while colleges have had their doors open for a few weeks. Many of my clients are actually pretty excited about heading back to school and getting into a different routine. Let’s remember, returning to school is a transition, which may cause a shift in your recovery. School is filled with various pressures and amounts of stress that may be nonexistent during the summer. Stress can trigger ED thoughts and behaviors, so creating a plan for yourself or your loved one can help you be prepared for this transition. Here are some ideas of what you may be able to discuss with your treatment team:   1. Scheduling appointments. Make sure to discuss with your treatment team how often you are going to meet. Chances are you’ll want to keep up the consistency of appointments even during the school year, if not increase regularity. Yes, other commitments come up, like sports and school activities, and it’s also so important to make sure that recovery is the number one priority. It might be a good idea to have appointments on the books before school begins, especially if you are heading to college and transitioning teams. If you don’t yet have appointments scheduled, I would encourage you to reach out to your team *wink.* You may also want to ask your providers if they provide virtual counseling.   2. Meal times. I recommend to take a look at your school schedule (or your loved ones schedule) to figure out when...
Top Ten Gold Nuggets from Jennifer Gaudiani’s Talk for Eating Disorder Professionals at the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Conference

Top Ten Gold Nuggets from Jennifer Gaudiani’s Talk for Eating Disorder Professionals at the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Conference

Eating Disorder Facts: New Information Learned Being a lifetime learner, one of my favorite activities is going to conferences and learning new information to bring back to my clients to help them recover from eating disorders. Many times the conferences reinforce things we are already doing, rekindles our passion to help our clients heal their relationships with food and themselves, reminds us to use new activities and metaphors and most importantly stimulates us to be the best nutritionists that we can be. Here are some gold nuggets I learned from the first speaker: Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS spoke on Advanced Medical Management of Critical Eating Disorders for the Highly Experienced Medical Professional: Optimizing Your Program’s Clinical/Medical Outcomes. This was the second time that I was able to hear Jennifer speak in person. I have heard her numerous times on video-conferences and I learn so much each time from her extensive experience working with critically ill patients. 1. She spoke on the importance of checking blood glucose with her clients with anorexia nervosa. As Registered Dietitians, we are already trained in glucose monitoring, so let’s check blood sugars! Make sure all labs are drawn STAT. Many clients with anorexia experience chronically low blood sugar with no symptoms. Make sure a Registered Dietitian is one of the first members of the treatment team to see the client. 2. Because one of the symptoms of an eating disorder is ambivalence to recovery, emphasize gently where the client is NOT FINE. For instance, use this metaphor: many people are in denial that their house is on fire just because the sidewalk is...
Client Corner: A Beautiful Beginning

Client Corner: A Beautiful Beginning

One of my amazing clients who is studying abroad and who is in recovery from her own eating disorder, has been internally battling how to best help a close friend of hers whom she knows is struggling significantly with her own eating disorder.  My client felt it was her calling to use her own experience, passion, and hope, to step out of her comfort zone and try to help her friend.  “How can I not get her help when I know how amazing this process of recovery is?”  We had been processing this for several weeks, as it is a very fragile situation.  My client finally decided it was the right time to approach her friend, and this is the email I just received: “Dearest Bobbi, I am just praising God right now for your instrumental role in restoring broken people to wholeness. Do you realize that the work you do each day is impacting eternity? It’s fulfilling the longing of Christ’s heart for His creation. You are so vital to this world! So thank you! Last night I finally worked up the courage to talk to my friend about the way she was eating. It was so uncomfortable and awkward, and her face showed that she completely shut down. She did not argue with me. She did not defend herself. She boldly asked me to give her specific examples of the behaviors I’ve noticed. When I did that, she humbly said, ‘I know I still have a long way to go; I just don’t know how to eat though. I don’t know what’s normal or where to start.’...

Subscribe to the Empowered Eating Newsletter!

Join our mailing list for recovery tips, special events and inspiration.

You have Successfully Subscribed!