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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 ...
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...
The Role of the Dietitian in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

The Role of the Dietitian in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

The Role of the Dietitian in Recovery from an Eating Disorder An eating disorder is a serious illness. It many times includes medical and psychological complications. Many individuals may not see eating disorders as a mental disease, but they certainly are. It cannot be helped. It is not just a matter of eating foods in significantly large quantities or avoiding foods altogether. Development of an eating disorder is not anyone’s fault. Eating disorders occur due to a number of things. Factors involved are  genetics, past experiences, trauma, and/or abuse. As eating disorder dietitians, we are truly passionate about helping individuals overcome this debilitating condition! Full recovery is possible. Freedom is available for anyone. Through the process of recovery, it is crucial that an individual works with a team of experts in the field, including a dietitian. Experts offer individualized guidance to help one find freedom from food fears. As Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians, we have extensive training working with clients struggling with this terrible disorder. We take our role as a part of the treatment team very seriously. We all are so fortunate to work with a strong team members in other professions. Our team includes therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, and counselors to help in the treatment of this serious illness. One important thing to note is that unless our brains and bodies are adequately nourished, therapeutic and mental health treatment will not be as effective. Recovery is dependent upon achieving adequate nutrition.  We work to restore a weight appropriate for the individual. Eating disorder complications such as gastrointestinal disturbances, lowered heart rate, low blood sugars, amenorrhea and low bone...
Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick, a Rockstar Dietitian By Alex Raymond, RD, LD with contributions from Caroline Best, Empowered Eating Intern I am so excited to feature another rockstar dietitian, Jessica Setnick. Jessica’s mission is: empowering health professionals to confidently and competently treat eating disorders. Jessica does amazing work to complete this mission! She developed the Eating Disorder Boot Camp for dietitians as well as created the Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide. The RD community is so lucky to have her wealth of knowledge! Here are some questions we asked Jessica:  What do you want the world to know about eating disorders? What is the most important thing in prevention of eating disorders? Why do you love working in the eating disorder field? What is a fun fact about you :)? Key Points From Jessica Jessica wants the world to know that everyone eats and everyone has feelings. Sometimes those things get mixed up and we should be aware and sensitive concerning that. She  wants to stress that there’s no specific type or of person who has an eating disorder. Eating disorders affect anyone. Jessica talks about ways to prevent the development of eating disorders. A huge part of this is not assigning morality to food or body sizes. Additionally, she really loves her work. Jessica loves feeling like she’s doing her part to “help repair the world”. We think this is so awesome! Jessica runs two workshops and is the author of two books on eating disorders. The resources she provides are informative and definitely something to check out....

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