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Avoiding Binge Eating During the Holidays

Avoiding Binge Eating During the Holidays

Don’t let weight or food concerns prevent you from enjoying life and attending fun events. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, cookies, wine, cider…. the list goes on and on. We can pretty much predict the exact foods that will be gracing our Thanksgiving Day table, however, just because we know what to expect doesn’t mean that there aren’t other stressors to deal with. If your eating preferences, stress, or guilt about food make the holidays rough, you are not alone. Not only are there the food stressors, but family dynamics, travel, and financial burdens that increase our overall stress level- or what I like to call the metaphorical plate, around the holidays. The goal is to find enjoyment again as you take part in traditional and social food situations! Here are some tips to help you navigate holiday eating and avoid overeating or binge eating. Don’t skip meals in order to save up for the main event, rather, fuel yourself with small meals or healthy snacks throughout the day. Potluck or holiday buffet? Survey the foods and pick your favorites. Do you only get your mom’s homemade stuffing once a year? Definitely go for your favorites and think twice about more generic sides like frozen corn or boxed mashed potatoes that are around all year long. Aim for 1-2 starches, a serving of protein, and 1-2 vegetables. Choose your favorite off the dessert table and savor the taste! Make sure to stop periodically during the day to check in with yourself. Ask the questions, “How am I feeling? Am...
Parent Rick Deise Inspires Love, Hope and Faith: Empowered Eating Parent

Parent Rick Deise Inspires Love, Hope and Faith: Empowered Eating Parent

Family Eating Disorder Support Group We had the honor of having Rick Diese, an advocate of eating disorder recovery and president of the Eating Disorder Network of Maryland join us at our last parent support group meeting. The meeting was extremely positive and powerful. I thought it would be useful to outline some of the highlights of the meeting. Rick shared his story of what it was like for him when he realized that one of his daughters was suffering from an eating disorder. He spoke of the flood of thoughts and emotions that he experienced throughout his daughter’s recovery and how her journey helped his entire family heal. Rick has shared his story at many ANAD group meetings and graciously allowed me to post his talk on our blog to help spread the word to even more families in need of hope and healing. Here is Rick’s story: My friends, eating disorders are like puzzles – they come in a wide array of complexities and with many levels of challenge – and, most hopefully, they can be solved! Now, I wish I could say that eating disorders have a manageable number of pieces and are relatively easy to solve. The truth of the matter is that every eating disorder diagnosis is as individual as the daughter or son who is struggling with its effects. The good news is you have a wealth of highly qualified resources available in this area of the country and there has been an impressive amount of research and progress toward understanding and treating the eating disorder as well as the underlying, co-occurring disorders....
Teen Finds Confidence and Energy in Recovery

Teen Finds Confidence and Energy in Recovery

  Empowered Eating Recovery Stories: Recovery from an Eating Disorder with a Registered Dietitian At just 14 years old, our next successful client has made tremendous progress and has come to realizations that put her way beyond her years. She started seeing Bobbi about 7 months ago for her eating disorder, which had previously put her in an in-patient rehabilitation center. Upon her first visit, her Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) score was a 44. If someone’s score is above a 20, it is recommended that they discuss their results with a counselor and it indicates that there may be a serious problem, so I was not only concerned to see that initial score, but am now very pleased and proud to report that her latest score was a zero! Bobbi had told me how much progress this client had been making, and I recently got the chance to hear from the patient just how much she has changed. She told us that she has learned to trust her team of experts, as they are just here to help her. She also said that understanding how her eating disorder affected her friends and family gave her motivation to get better, but that she eventually learned to heal for herself. She says she now goes out to eat more with friends, enjoys chocolate and other sweets, and feels “normal,” which is just what any 14-year old girl should feel. “I’m not really concerned about how others see me and it feels like a weight off my shoulders.” Her confidence has shot up, and she is now truly enjoying her food rather...
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...

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