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High School Student’s Poetry Inspires Eating Disorder Recovery

High School Student’s Poetry Inspires Eating Disorder Recovery

Poetry to Support Eating Disorder Recovery Have you ever tried poetry to help you express your feelings? The time in which a person is in the midst of eating disorder recovery can be one of great emotion and creativity. One of our clients and ED warriors wrote this inspiring poem about her experience. It is definitely worth a read!   “After you eat sweets,  your mouth gets a sour taste,  as if to remind you that  nothing lasts forever. Nobody tells you  that one day you will  forget. They only tell you  about the sob stories: the people who didn’t get better.  They don’t tell you  about the people that do. I promise that one day you will  wake up, roll out of bed and eat breakfast. I promise that one day you will  read this and think, how sad. I’m glad this doesn’t apply to me. And then look up at the sky, after buying candy from a drugstore and realize: It’s a bit warmer  than I would have guessed.” If you or someone you love is seeking recovery from an eating disorder, please contact Empowered Eating here or call 240-670-4675.    Note: This blog was edited and re-posted from June 20,...
Japanese Cuisine: Experiencing New Flavors

Japanese Cuisine: Experiencing New Flavors

Otani Restaurant Japanese Cuisine in Crofton Maryland By Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD   Variety is the spice of life and also a good way to insure that you are getting a well-balanced diet. I often recommend to my clients to eat ethnic food once/week.  If you are not familiar with ethnic restaurants in Maryland, I will highlight one for you today.  Otani’s is one of my favorite restaurants. The tea mug sets the tone for the meal with 10 ways to better health!   I start the meal with edamame (soybeans) and a great way to add protein to the meal. Next, I was adventurous and tried the tuna for the first time ever.   Next, was dynamite roll which is prepared right at the table!   What is your favorite ethnic restaurant in Maryland? Contact us today at 240-670-4675 for more information about our nutrition services. We are here to help you reach your nutrition goals!    Note: This blog was edited and re-posted from October 16, 2015.          ...
Dietitian Dana’s Fast Food Favs!

Dietitian Dana’s Fast Food Favs!

Healthy Fast Food Options Yes, Dietitians do eat fast food. This week we asked Dana Magee, RD, LD, where are the best places to get food in a pinch? Where do you go? Here is what she had to say:     1. Starbucks- A lot of people only think of coffee and treats at Starbucks but I have grown to love their bistro boxes and salads when I forget my lunch or haven’t brought anything with me for the day.  The added bonus is you can purchase these when you get your morning beverage without having to run out again! My favorites are the chicken and hummus bistro box, edamame hummus wrap, chicken artichoke panini, and the zesty chicken and black bean salad bowl. 2.Near the Greenbelt office I love Perfect Pita.  I love the pita sandwiches, but when low on time I pick up the pre-boxed lunch with white bean salad, hummus, and tabouli salad which comes with a pita for dipping.  Easy to grab and go! 3.  Being from PA, I am a Wawa girl at heart.  I will drive a bit out of the way to choose Wawa!  I have my shorti sub sandwich order down pat which makes it an quick option.  Even shorter on time? They also have preboxed salads, sandwiches, fruit and veggies with dips to fashion a meal in no time. Try doing their hummus and pita pack with the carrot and celery with ranch dipper cup (you can use the veggies to use up the rest of the hummus) I also like the canoli dippers for dessert! 4. Giant/Wegmans/Whole Foods-...
Client Corner: Meaningful Relationships

Client Corner: Meaningful Relationships

Relationship Advice: How to Build Relationships While Recovering from An Eating Disorder One of the things we like to teach our clients in our support groups is that relationships have the power to replace eating disorders. For many, this concept does not make sense at first but as time goes on, they realize what it truly means to replace their eating disorder with meaningful relationships. Read one of our clients thoughts on relationship building: “Picture this. Support group. Year: 2012. Topic: what can replace an eating disorder. The dietitian leading the group says, very matter of factly, that “relationships replace eating disorders.” I laughed. There was no way that that was a part of recovery. I was in high school and had a tight group of friends. I was part of a youth group. I did sports. I had tons of relationships. But yet I still had an eating disorder. Now it is 2014. I still have a group of friends. I am in college. I have a job. I still do sports. I still have a ton of relationships. But now, I know what she meant. And the crazy part is that she was right. Relationships aren’t just our friends and other people that we see. We have relationships with the activities we do. With ourselves. With our belief systems. And not only that but most outward relationships that I had, didn’t have any meaning to them. They were all surface level to “protect” myself. The truth is that relationships do replace eating disorders. Switching gymnastics gyms, gave me a much healthier relationship with the sport I love...
Celiac Disease and Eating Disorders, What’s the connection?

Celiac Disease and Eating Disorders, What’s the connection?

Eating Disorders, Celiac Disease and Other Digestive Difficulties By Alex Raymond, RD, LD Have you ever thought that your eating disorder may have a negative effect on your gastrointestinal system? Briefly, anorexia slows the digestive system and bloating and constipation occur after the reintroduction of food. Kidney failure is also an effect of anorexia. Stomach ulcers, esophageal damage, and stomach pain are all effects of bulimia. However, little is known about the cause/effect relationship between digestive issues and eating disorders. Today, more health professionals have been questioning the relationship between eating disorders and celiac disease. Although there seems to be a cause/effect relationship between the two, research about this topic has been extremely minimal. There is not enough evidence out there to confirm if eating disorders causes celiac, and vice versa, but the possible association is not much of a stretch. How can one cause the other? Well, if you are diagnosed with Celiac disease, you must follow a strict gluten free diet. As you could imagine, if you already have a predisposition to developing an eating disorder, due to your genetics, negative self-image, or a comorbid psychiatric illness, following this restrictive diet could slowly progress into a full-blown eating disorder. Or maybe, you have started to fear certain foods due to the possibility of being uncomfortable. On the other hand, celiac disease could develop as a result of the damage digestive system as a result of your eating disorder. *Note: the information above has not been proven. Again, research is still being done on this topic. If research is minimal, why is this important? It is important for...

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