When you have an eating disorder food is probably the first thing on your mind, and the last thing you want to talk about. Often times talking about food is the window into the heart of the eating disorder. I often say to my clients “Eating disorders are not really about food, but really that is all they are about.”
When undergoing therapy for an eating disorder, it will not work as well if you are malnourished and your brain is not functioning properly. We will discuss what behaviors you are doing with food, and how to change these so you can become healthy and functioning in your life again.
Your behaviors with food might cause you to feel shame and guilt, and that you must continue to keep these behaviors a secret. Carrying around this shame and guilt only makes it worse, and further perpetuates the eating disorder behaviors. I offer a safe space where you can feel free of judgment to be able to discuss your behaviors and lift some of the shame you are carrying.
Having recovered from my own eating disorder in 2005, I know how difficult it is to talk about food. If you already have a therapist, I will work with your therapist so that we can all get on the same page for your recovery.
I have helped many others in their search for a Denver eating disorder dietitian. I focus on you, the individual because you truly are unique. My individualized eating disorder treatment focuses on helping you improve your emotional, physical, and mental health. Freedom can be found. Call (303) 489-9269 or contact me to schedule an appointment today!
Our society is obsessed with thinness and diets. If you look at any magazine, internet headline or label on your breakfast cereal, everything is giving us the message that we need to be thin in order to be happy. Losing weight can be so complicated; less calories, low carb, high fiber, low fat (but now high fat is good for you?), more exercise, burning more calories through running, but I should be lifting weights too because that burns more calories in the long run, etc, etc, etc.
Figuring out all of these messages and which ones you should listen to and which ones you should ignore can be so complicated and confusing! It’s enough to make anyone give up and order a triple banana split sundae.
If you have been dieting for a long time and have found that you now weigh more than you ever have, perhaps it is time to try something different. The fact is, diets don’t work! Nearly all dieters (90-95%) gain their weight back within 1-5 years. Diets may help you lose weight for the short term, but almost always the weight comes back, and more of it.
The reason is that diets are a short term solution to a long term problem. Diets leave you feeling deprived, hungry, and often cause you to eliminate entire food groups, or label foods as “good” or “bad”. This leads to an overeating backlash once you reach your ‘goal weight’. In addition, labeling food as “good” or “bad” perpetuates feeling guilt and shame any time a “bad” food is consumed. All of this is a recipe for feeling extremely frustrated!
We will discuss your personal weight and health goals, and how to achieve them. No diets. No restriction of any food groups. I will help you get back in touch with your hunger and fullness cues, your cravings and what they really mean, as well as your body and how you can view it as an ally; rather than something to hate and reprimand every time you gain back the weight you lost after your latest diet. We will work on discovering what you are truly hungry for, and how you can fulfill that need with other things besides food.
Step off the seesaw of deprivation and overeating, and contact me to schedule an appointment to find freedom in the war against your body!