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Inspiration: No Longer Wasting Time with Eating Disorder Thoughts

Inspiration: No Longer Wasting Time with Eating Disorder Thoughts

  Empowered Eating Stories: Recovery from an Eating Disorder with a Registered Dietitian So, I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with the saying, “your body is a Temple”. It was a quote I heard quite often in my life but not until now that I can actually say I agree with. For many years I used to treat my body like a punching bag: starving, restricting, binging, and exercising myself into a black out. I used to think that pushing myself to these limits was good for me, that I needed too, that I had too because if I didn’t do these things I’d never be good enough. I wouldn’t be pretty enough. I wouldn’t be thin enough. I just wouldn’t be. Before Recovery: I couldn’t recognize the amount of stress I was putting myself through. I’d spend enormous amounts of my time in seclusion away from friends and family. I basically had no joy in my life. I channeled all my energy into perfection and the daily rituals that kept fueling the desire to achieve it.   I stopped listening to my body and its needs. If I were hungry I wouldn’t eat. If my muscles ached I’d push myself even harder and it wasn’t until without my consenting my own body shut down on me because it had, had enough.   It’s terrifying to think that you have no control and so with an eating disorder we put ourselves in control of what we believe we can manipulate. The true reality of it all though is, our bodies are going to react when they are...
Successful Client Sally Shares Her Story

Successful Client Sally Shares Her Story

  Empowered Eating Stories: Recovery from an Eating Disorder with a Registered Dietitian   I recently had the privilege of speaking with one of our successful Empowered Eating clients who wanted to share her story to help inspire others currently undergoing treatment. Sally (name has been changed to protect confidentiality) is 19 years old and is currently a sophomore at Rutgers University. She is majoring in biomedical engineering and also rows with the women’s Division I rowing team. Being on an athletic team, it was not uncommon to hear constant comments about weight, food and dieting. In addition, during her freshman year, Sally joined the campus Marine Corps program where she was informed that she needed to lose 20 pounds in order to meet a certain weight group requirement. Dieting turned into a full-blown eating disorder, and Sally knew that she had to leave this group before things got even worse. She didn’t quite realize the extent of the problem until she visited her parents and purged at home for the first time. Sally says that this was a big moment of realization for her. She didn’t want that existence for herself and didn’t want her family to see her that way. Keeping her eating disorder a secret and not being able to share it with anyone was immensely draining and an incredible source stress on her mind and her body. Sally began seeing Bobbi in June and continued to see her throughout the summer. She says that recovery has given her a life back. It’s been a difficult transition, but she now has the perspective she couldn’t have during the eating...
Using Social Media for Eating Disorder Recovery Inspiration

Using Social Media for Eating Disorder Recovery Inspiration

Social Media’s Role in Eating Disorders and Recovery By Alex Raymond, RD, LD.                  It’s not news to anyone that social media plays a big role in our lives. I think it may be impossible to go a day without being exposed to some form of it at some point. Everyone has Facebook accounts (even my grandmother!). People use twitter for news. Instagram for pictures. Blogs for reading. Basically, its is hard to avoid. However, it can be a fun, uplifting, and useful way of interacting with others.   When recovering from an eating disorder, social media often has the ability to bring to you a community of support. Or ruin your day.  Sometimes messages can be positive and helpful. Unfortunately, sometimes the messages we’re exposed to can also be harmful.  The accounts you follow can make such a difference in what social media you see.   How can you clean up your social media accounts? So we asked everyone at Empowered Eating for their favorite eating disorder recovery social media accounts . Fill up your account with positivity. And, unfollow accounts that fuel unhappy thoughts. Social media is a part of our lives. Use it as a way to incorporate messages of inspiration and support. Here are some of our favorites! Keep in mind that this list is constantly growing. And ask your Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian for the most up-to-date list at your next appointment.  Add some of these wonderful accounts. And clean up your feed! Instagram. @empoweredeating_ @positivebodyimage @thenorthface @radicalbodylove @foodandfearless @chaarg @em_carey @fitqueenirene @projectheal Facebook. The Body Positive Rebecca Bitzer...
Why it’s Okay to Not Love Your Body

Why it’s Okay to Not Love Your Body

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD Body image struggles are extremely prevalent in our society today. When you are in recovery from your eating disorder, taking steps to feel more comfortable in your body can be enormously difficult. Because it is frustrating when you are trying to make changes to nourish yourself and these negative thoughts continually pop into your head. Amazingly enough, you are strong enough to overcome them. I am so impressed with the work I see our clients doing day after day to fight this battle. These days, the body positivity movement is continually growing. I actually want to write about why it’s okay to NOT be body positive nor “love your body.” I’m sure you’re confused… but hear me out. It’s okay to not be completely in love with every part of your body. It seems like “Love your body” messages are plastered everywhere and targeted mainly toward women. This movement  preaches to fully embrace your body and love every aspect. Don’t get me wrong… I am in love with this idea, Seeing body positive images over my Instagram and Facebook truly makes me happy. So then, where’s the problem? As much as I am in love with the idea of “love your body,” I also think for many, especially those struggling with an eating disorder, it can be very difficult to go from absolutely hating your body to loving your body. There are many baby steps in between. Sometimes people who struggle with the idea of loving their bodies feel left out from this movement. Maybe they think there is something wrong with them if...
How to Follow Your Meal Plan When You are Busy

How to Follow Your Meal Plan When You are Busy

Seven Tips for Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery Fail to plan is a plan to fail especially in terms of a meal plan. I have been talking to many clients this week about how following your meal plan is so much easier when you plan ahead. Of course, mentally it can be hard to fight your eating disorder and meet all of your exchanges, but logistically planning out your meals for the week can help you get one step closer to making it a reality. Particularly on weeks when you are busy, having a plan in place will help you prioritize your recovery. I want to note that your recovery is your top priority and should not be set aside for anything, however we do want to see you living your life and doing what you love whether a parent, working full time, a college student living outside the home, or a high school student with various after school commitments here are some tips for following your meal plan when you are busy. Talk to your loved ones. It can help to be on the same page with others in your household so you can plan accordingly to meet your meal plan and not be thrown for any surprises. Perhaps mom/dad or your loved one would be willing to plan out some meals together and therefore you can fill in the gaps to help you meet all your exchanges (dairy, fat, etc) if the meal prepared for you does not include it. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help or suggest ideas as well depending on your recovery plan with the treatment team. Rely on one pot/one pan meals. These...

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