Animal-assisted therapy can be used as a complementary practice in eating disorder recovery, providing a sense of calm and comfort in healthcare appointments. Animal-assisted therapy often involves a dog, cat, horse, or another animal, and is usually used in addition to other practices along the recovery journey. Animals show love and affection unconditionally , providing comfort and support that is readily accepted and trusted1. … Read More Animal-Assisted Therapy
Recovering from an eating disorder is a huge achievement, but it often involves a few setbacks along the way. Relapse occurs when an individual who has recovered from an eating disorder reverts back to some of their old disordered cognitions and behaviours, such as negative thoughts about food or their body. Relapses are completely normal, but there are some things a person can do … Read More Relapse Prevention
Growing a baby and becoming a parent requires a lot of physical, psychological, and emotional strength. The journey before, during, and after pregnancy can be difficult at times, especially for individuals struggling with an eating disorder as pregnancy can magnify negative feelings towards one’s body and towards food. Other the other hand, pregnancy can also be a healing experience for some as it gives … Read More Pregnancy and Eating Disorders
Did you know that many employers cover (or partially cover) services by a Registered Dietitian through their employee health benefits plan or employee assistance program? Additionally, if your employer does not cover dietitian services, you are encouraged to request your employer to add them. Many health insurance companies have this option, but sometimes employers opt out of adding these services to your plan1. There … Read More Am I Covered for RD Services?
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
Thin privilege, related to weight bias, stems from the unrealistic ‘ideal’ of a thin body type for everyone, or for a preferred thin body type. It supports the idea that those with a thin body type have more advantages than those who do not. These advantages can be represented in scenarios such as easily finding your size while shopping at trendy stores, being offered … Read More What is Thin Privilege?
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
Diet culture is defined as “a system that values weight, shape and size over health and wellbeing”. 1 It can be very difficult to spot and is very misleading. The culture of dieting is led by an industry that claims to encompass “wellness and health”.2 This industry provides the means for society to internalize the thin ideal and practise behaviours that are likely to stem … Read More Diet Culture in Disguise
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