Category: Eating Disorders
Eating to nourish our bodies and help with nutritional healing is key to flourishing in eating disorder recovery. Some nutrition goals include repairing negative food relationships, incorporating foods that induce fear and develop a lifelong routine of normalized eating patterns.1 Weight restoration can also be a key factor in recovery if individuals present as weight suppressed.2 During this stage, the quantity and density of … Read More Refeeding FAQs
Eating disorder recovery usually involves several treatment interventions. Refeeding, or the refeeding process, is used in treatments with other effective strategies to treat patients who are recovering from disordered eating. Nutrition rehabilitation and weight restoration are the first components of the refeeding process and is taken very seriously to avoid symptoms of refeeding syndrome1. Clinicians and the multidisciplinary team work alongside one another to … Read More What to Expect During the Refeeding Process
Starvation syndrome can occur in individuals of all weights when the body is denied energy through food restriction for a prolonged period of time. It is common in individuals with eating disorders because they often restrict food, eat irregularly, and try to compensate ingested calories through overexercising or forcing the body to eliminate food quickly. The symptoms that are commonly associated with eating disorders … Read More Starvation Syndrome
Investing in our health is just that; an investment. It takes commitment, dedication and perseverance. And in some situations, it is also a financial investment as some individuals may not have an extended health benefits plan that covers dietitian services and psychotherapy, two services that are essential to eating disorder recovery. When considering working with a Registered Dietitian, it’s essential to understand that it … Read More Am I Ready to Work With a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) is an integral part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team that should be involved in eating disorder recovery. An eating disorder is a mental health diagnosis and therefore requires the involvement of healthcare professionals from various disciplines, including a General Physician (GP), a therapist (a psychologist, psychotherapist or social work) and a dietitian. RDs are regulated health professionals who have gone … Read More How Our Dietitians Can Help You in Eating Disorder Recovery
When considering whether it’s a good idea to add or re-introduce exercise into the recovery process, it’s important to reflect on a variety of things. These include: a)what the motive is for wanting to exercise?, b) are we are in a physical state that can handle exercise?, and b) what our experience has been with it in the past? Is exercise something we have … Read More To Exercise or Not To Exercise
Our bodies are capable of amazing things, and there is a lot going on in there to keep us alive and attempt to make sure that we are functioning at our best. When we upset the optimal levels that our body needs to function, there are coping mechanisms that take place as built-in safety nets to help us survive. There are also specific things … Read More The Body’s Built-in Safety Nets
Over the winter months, we welcome frigid temperatures, frequent snowfalls and of course, cold and flu season”. During this time, we begin to experience a weakened immunity due to the change in weather, the lack of sunlight and shorter days.1Certain measures can be taken to avoid getting sick, such as frequent hand washing and getting the flu vaccine.2It’s also helpful to get adequate sleep, … Read More Sick Day Management: How to Stay on Track With Recovery When You Have a Cold
Following the holiday season, there comes the time of year where people tend to reflect on all the experiences and milestones that they have accomplished and begin to assess what they can change. January 1st becomes the marked date where resolutions are made in hopes to change a habit, better yourself or make new commitments to name a few. Many see it as an opportunity … Read More New Year’s Resolutions: Helping or Hindering Recovery?
Purging is the behaviour of ridding the body of recently consumed energy in an attempt to prevent weight gain.1This can be vomiting (aka oral purging), but also includes overexercise and the use of laxatives/diuretics. We will focus on the former today. For individuals living with eating disorders, purging is a dangerous way to try to manage weight as it can lead to several medical … Read More The Risks of Purging
For many people, the holidays are a highly anticipated time of the year. However, for those recovering from an eating disorder, the holiday season can be anxiety provoking and pose an obstacle to their recovery journey. Prior preparation can help to lessen the anxiety and tension that often accompanies the holidays for those recovering from an eating disorder. In today’s blog post, we are … Read More Surviving the Holidays in Eating Disorder Recovery
We can put so much energy into trying to attain a certain weight, through dieting,over-exercising, excessive meal prepping, over-hydration, etc. But what if our body has a built-in mechanism that naturally keeps our weight within a certain range? Wouldn’t all that energy be better spent a different way? In today’s blog post we are going to look more closely at this phenomenon known as … Read More What is Set Point Weight Theory?