If you or someone you know has a strained relationship with food and exercise or a full-blown eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, I can help you or your loved one resolve conflicts with food and move toward more normal eating and recovery.
I have advanced training in eating disorders and related problems. I consider this a specialty area. I work closely with therapists skilled in the treatment of eating problems as well as physicians and residential treatment centers.
Eating disorders are very serious. Not only are they harmful physically and psychologically, they also take a toll on families and other relationships. No one chooses to have an eating disorder. And parents are not to blame. Early detection and robust treatment greatly increase the chances of recovery.
It is easier to prevent an eating disorder than to treat one. There is a genetic component to the development of eating disorders. If you are a parent and there is a family history of eating disorders in your family, I hope you will take extra steps to protect your children from eating disorders- especially if the following traits, which when combined with genetics increase the risk of eating disorders in susceptible individuals, are present: anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, low stress tolerance, and/or super sensitiveness.
How Nutrition Counseling Can Help Resolve Eating Disorders
Here are some of the things clients who work with me to normalize their relationship with food and exercise can look forward to:
- Resolution of physical symptoms related to low food intake:
- Regular menstruation without an oral contraceptive
- Warm body
- Healthy, growing hair
- Healthy skin
- Healthy teeth and gums
- More energy
- Better digestion and improved gastrointestinal function
- Increasing metabolic rate to its genetically predetermined level
- Eating a variety of foods- meeting needs for quality protein, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, water, and other nutrients
- Not getting stressed out by daily or weekly weight shifts caused by changes in hydration
- Having a routine of regular meals and snacks that allows eating in a controlled, healthful way
- Being able to recognize hunger and fullness and respond by eating in an appropriate and timely manner
- Less time spent thinking and worrying about hunger, food, body, and weight
- Being able to engage in light to moderate exercise, at the most, without a need to increase exercise as a method of purging
- Eating an appropriate number of calories for weight goal and for normalized metabolic rate
- Being able to comfortably eat an appropriate amount of most any food, if desired, without fear, guilt, or anxiety
- Being comfortable eating with family, significant others and friends, and in restaurants or the homes of others
- Maintaining weight within a healthy range
From Reiff and Reiff- Indicators of Recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia 1999