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Carol’s Motivation to Body Confidence and Recovery

Carol’s Motivation to Body Confidence and Recovery

  Another one of our successful clients talks about her recovery For successful client, Carol, family and friends were the encouraging factors that helped her continue to fight to regain control of her body. Carol had been battling her eating disorder for 12 years. She knew it was time to get help when she realized the detrimental effects it was having on not only her body and health, but also her family. Although she was slightly hesitant, she was more ready than ever to begin the recovery process and scheduled her first appointment with Rebecca. Positive Role Model Carol’s story truly inspired me and I am so happy I had the opportunity to speak with her. She was so focused on recovery, not just for herself, but also for her daughter. She wants to be a positive role model and encourage her daughter to grow up with body confidence. At first, it was not easy. Carol was uncomfortable with her new body, but she learned how to take a breath and push the negative thoughts out of her mind. She has had many proud moments in recovery, but she said “the best feeling is knowing how proud my family and friends are of me and knowing that I did this myself.” Her health is improving every day and her closest friends say she looks “healthier and happier.” Carol also spoke about Rebecca’s impact: she said she “could never had done any of this without her.” She told me how Rebecca has helped her realize her full potential I becoming confident and strong. Anytime Carol thought she was going to give up, she...
Successful Client Mary’s Road to Recovery

Successful Client Mary’s Road to Recovery

  Mary’s Road to Recovery One of our Empowered Eating clients, Mary (name has been changed for confidentiality), is successfully continuing along her road to recovery. In summer 2010, she realized she needed to seek help and took the initiative to find it. She began seeing Bobbi when her eating disorder was “at its worst.”Mary was really able to open up to Bobbi during their sessions and she felt comfortable confiding in her. According to Mary, Bobbi has been the “most influential person” during her recovery. Mary said that with Bobbi’s help, she was able to recognize “triggers” that prompted negative thoughts. Being able to identify these triggers eventually led to Mary learning how to move on from always worrying about “bad” food choices and enjoying what she ate instead of punishing herself for it. Five months ago, Mary’s life was changed forever when she gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Caroline. Mary told me how she loves being a mother and adores her five-month-old who “amazes and surprises” her each day. Not only is Caroline adorable, but she has also allowed Mary to view her recovery in a different light. Because she wants her daughter to grow up with confidence, Mary wants to set an example for Caroline. She will show her daughter how she enjoys and appreciates her body. Mary explained that even though she may have some extra “jiggly parts,” they are just a reminder that her body did a wonderful thing by bringing her daughter into the world. After speaking with Mary about her daughter, I asked if she has any parting advice for others out there. Mary gave some enlightening pieces...
Motivational Monday: Empowered Eating Success!

Motivational Monday: Empowered Eating Success!

  Motivational Monday! Everyone likes to hear a success story especially on a Monday! I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing a client of Rebecca’s who has made amazing progress along her road to recovery. Currently, she is a freshman in college and says that she loves school. She is planning on graduating in three years and wants to become an occupational therapist. Wow! What was recovery like? During this interview, I learned about her recovery process and how it has helped her to make new goals for her future. She knew “for a while that she wasn’t okay” and that it was time to seek help from a professional. Her mom did much of the research for her and they found out about our Empowered Eating program through her mom’s co-worker. Even though she knew it was time to seek help, she was still hesitant to begin the recovery process because she didn’t know what to expect. But, Rebecca comforted her and also gave her a lot of tools to guide her through the process, like meal plans and books. She said reading books were especially helpful; Life Without Ed by Jenni Schaefer is one of her favorites! What about the food plan? According to this successful Empowered Eating client, sticking to the food plan during the first few weeks was the toughest part of recovery. But, with Rebecca’s encouragement and a little bit of a push, this client was able to stick to her food plan. Her proudest moment was when she ate pizza again!! Throughout the process, this client began to realize that “[recovery] is not...
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!...
A Dietitian does NOT help you DIET

A Dietitian does NOT help you DIET

By Alex Raymond. 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...

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