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Recovery Record- Nutrition App for Eating Disorders

Recovery Record- Nutrition App for Eating Disorders

Recovery Record Eating Disorder App Over the past year or so I have been using the application on my iPhone (also available for Droid as well as online) called Recovery Record.  For those interested in working on their relationship with food I recommend this app to be used to compliment appointments with your dietitian. What is Recovery Record? This app provides clients with a workspace to log their meals. Their thoughts. And their habits surrounding food.  As I tell my clients- it was designed for use with eating disorder clients. BUT, because it is so customizable I recommend Recovery Record to many clients working on accepting their bodies, rejecting the diet mentality, and increasing overall self care. There is a separate app that I use as the clinician that allows me to link with my clients. It allows me to see their logs as well as message them back and forth in a HIPAA confidential, secure, password protected way. Features I use with my clients: Meal logging This feature is set up as a free text box to put in all meals, snacks, and drinks.  I like this because specific numbers and nutrition information are not logged. I’ve found logging specific numbers impairs treatment with certain patients and bring them further away from their ultimate recovery and non-diet goals. Log questions: These are a series of questions that pop up when logging meals that are completely customizable for the client.  It may ask anything from if the client binged or restricted, to their hunger/fullness level, to their emotions (happy, sad, bored etc), physical pain, exercise, hydration and more. This is fantastic ...
When Food Sensitivities are Eating Disorders in Disguise

When Food Sensitivities are Eating Disorders in Disguise

By Dana Magee, RD This week I had the privilege of joining Kathy Cortese on the ED Matters podcast titled, “When Food Sensitivities are Eating Disorders in Disguise”.  This topic that is near and dear to my heart. My passion is helping others rebuild a healthy relationship with food. I find that rebuilding process is essential with both my eating disorder and food sensitivity clients.  Below are the questions that Kathy and I explore together on the podcast.   Q:    Can you please give us a definition of food sensitivity or food intolerance? A:  This is a question I answer daily, it is so important so I always like to start by straightening out these definitions.   Food sensitivities trigger an immune response in your body that can cause symptoms of digestive problems, headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, skin issues, and/or fatigue. The tricky thing with food sensitivities is that they are dose dependent. This means that you may experience no symptoms with a small portion of the food. Say a few carrots in a soup.  Or even a full portion of the food like ½ cup of cooked broccoli.  But at a certain amount, let’s say broccoli three days in a row for dinner, you may experience symptoms .   Another aspect unique to food sensitivities is that they can be delayed response.  They can occur 45 minutes to 3 days after you have the food and that before you develop symptoms.  This makes the process of discovering a food sensitivity very challenging without the help of a Registered Dietitian experienced in food sensitivities. Check out our food...
5 Things I Want You to Know About HAES

5 Things I Want You to Know About HAES

HAES: Health At Every Size By Dana Magee, RD, LD, CLT Health At Every Size (HAES) is a movement that is based on HEALTH as opposed to WEIGHT.  I see the truth in this movement EVERYDAY when I see my clients making healthy lifestyle changes that include feeding themselves well, cooking for themselves, moving their body in ways they enjoy, prioritizing sleep and practicing stress management tools.   Unfortunately, HAES is met with a lot of pushback from those that do not understand it. My goal in this blog is to explain HAES to those that are open to a new mindset for what being healthy means.    1. Why do I believe in HAES? In our dieting culture the message “thinner is better” is played on repeat. I would argue that the message can also take the form “thinner is healthier”. Even more concerning, the dieting culture proclaims that achieving thinness is desirable by any means necessary.   This is dangerous and irresponsible.  The restriction and unhealthy behaviors around dieting can actually put the person at greater health risk.  Health at Every Size is a movement that separates the fusion between size and health.  HAES reorganizes our priorities and puts health at the top of the list (where it should be) and takes the focus on weight loss out of the picture.   What is health? Health is determined by the quality of the food you eat, regular and pleasurable movement, stress management and sleep hygiene.  When those ducks are in a row that is when we see improvement in chronic disease states, regardless as to whether weight has...
Amenorrhea and Bone Health: Dietitian Book Review

Amenorrhea and Bone Health: Dietitian Book Review

Questions About Amenorrhea and How it Affects Bone Health Dana Magee, RD, LD, CLT utilizes the book “No Period. Now What: A Guide to Regaining Your Cycles and Improving Your Fertility” to discuss amenorrhea and also its affects on bone health. What is amenorrhea and how does it occur? Amenorrhea is the absence of the menstrual cycle in a woman of a child bearing age and can occur due to: Stress: either physical or emotional stressors. Too low of body fat/weight: It is possible to lose your period at a “normal” weight but it is more common in women with low body weight. Losing 10 pounds, even in years past can affect the loss of menstrual cycle. Over-exercising: Eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full may not accommodate the caloric deficit from exercise especially if your diet is too low in fat. Over exercise can also increase cortisol levels which will affect reproductive hormones. You can even be moderately exercising 3-4 times a week or less and when coupled with other variables (energy intake, stress, genetics) may lead to amenorrhea. Under eating: food is our energy source and fuels our top priorities first: heart, liver, lungs, brain and then the rest goes the next level of necessity hair, nails, immune cells, bones, maintaining our body temperature, our digestive system (constipation) and our reproductive system. Genetics: explains why someone with a similar physique may lose their period while another one won’t. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: other symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, unwanted hair growth, hair thinning on the head, infertility, acne, headache, sleep disturbances. Tumors of the...
All About Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

All About Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Not sure where to go for treatment of binge eating disorder? Did you know binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States? If you or a loved one are suffering from this terrible illness, look no further for binge eating disorder treatment. Binge eating disorder treatment will likely involve a team including your Registered Dietitians, therapist, and primary care doctor. Support groups, art therapy, and psychology appointments may also be helpful if recommended. Tips for Managing Binge Eating Disorder If you struggle with Binge Eating Disorder, here are some things you can do to get started. 1) Identify your triggers- Stress, boredom, fatigue, can all be triggers that can lead to emotional, binge eating. A good first step is to start journaling and identify trends. Remember not to be judgmental this is just to practice awareness. 2) Practice forgiveness- Along the same lines, the road to recovery is never a straight line. There are going to be bumps in the road and forgiving yourself and moving forward will help you keep going. 3) “Normalize” eating patterns- Eat balanced meals including carbohydrates, protein and fat to help keep you full and satisfied. It is also helpful to eat every 3-4 hours to keep your blood sugars stable and prevent you from getting over hungry. 4) Plan ahead- In order to do this try thinking of your meals one day at a time according to your schedule. Will you need to pack snacks or lunch? If you are working late is there a 10 minute meal you can make when you get home or purposely make...

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