Nourished on Campus: How to Maintain Eating Disorder Recovery

Having to figure out how to build and maintain your support system for your eating disorder recovery might seem really challenging. If you’re reading this and thinking “I have no clue how I am going to manage my recovery while I am at school,” this blog post is for you.  In this post you will learn tips on how to plan ahead, where to find support services that are offered on most college campuses, and how to create healthy boundaries. 

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Daphne Levy
Set Point Theory: What it is and how to know if you’re at it

The subject of weight often brings up a lot of feelings, opinions, fears and anxiety. Our thin-obsessed, fat-phobic, weight normative culture places so much pressure on people to micromanage their body size through, oftentimes, extreme and unsustainable means. More often than not, this fixation on being a certain weight or having a certain body type stems from the desire to be accepted by others, fears of inadequacy, or concerns over how others may perceive us. 

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10 Things Not to Say to Someone with an Eating Disorder

Do you know or suspect someone with an eating disorder and just don’t know what to do? Maybe you notice them skipping meals, picking at their food, exercising obsessively or perhaps tubs of ice cream and boxes of cookies or cereal mysteriously go missing. Maybe they suddenly eliminate foods and go vegetarian, vegan or keto (whatever the diet de jour may be); or you find them standing over a kitchen counter, polishing off that cake you’d been saving. If any of this sounds familiar, this person is likely struggling with their relationship with food and should seek help if they haven’t already.

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Three Ways to Conquer Fear Foods in Eating Disorder Recovery

Total food freedom is being able to eat spontaneously and regularly, with enjoyment and without restrictions. Fear foods can look different for everyone in eating disorder recovery. Most often they are the foods that you truly enjoy the most, even though the eating disorder may have convinced you that you no longer like them. Facing your fear foods takes courage and persistence, but it’s always worth it.

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Giving yourself Unconditional Permission to Eat: 8 Ways to Help You Get Started

We’ve touched on unconditional permission before when we’ve chatted about why “cheat days” are problematic, but we wanted to give you some concrete steps to get there. When we give ourselves full permission to eat all foods, we eliminate that “forbidden fruit” factor, thus enabling us to have a much more fluid, relaxed relationship with food.

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Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating

Chances are, you’ve heard of Intuitive Eating (IE) by now. Originally coined by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in 1995, it has taken popular culture by storm.

The premise behind IE is that dieting is not only ineffective for weight loss in the long run (95% of diets ultimately fail), but may also be harmful for physical and mental health. They developed  ten principles to help guide individuals away from rigid dieting rules, instead to come home to their bodies and tap into their innate wisdom in order to heal their relationship with food and body.

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Diet Buzz Words

Consider this post a personal PSA to you.

As a dietitian I am constantly bombarded with these “buzz words;” it’s just the nature of the diet-obsessed world we live in. They are so much a part of our language that we’ve become desensitized to them so much so that these conversations have become commonplace and even expected. We want to arm you with the knowledge to see through this diet culture BS and better understand the science backing up what could potentially be harmful - not helpful - to your health.

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11 Body-Positive Resolutions for the New Year That Have Nothing to do With Changing Your Body

Cheers to another year around the sun! The New Year can bring a lot of excitement for the possibilities and opportunities to come, but it can also stir up some pressure to change. You know the old adage, “New Year, new me.” We can’t even go grocery shopping without being bombarded with diet-y messaging urging us to buy their “detox” powders or weight loss cookbooks.

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7 Ways to Survive the Holidays Using an Intuitive Eating Mindset

Enjoying the abundance of food centered holiday celebrations can be tough, especially if you’ve struggled with an eating disorder, emotional eating or have gotten caught up in the dieting > restrictive eating cycle before. Any sort of real or perceived overindulgence can lead to feelings of guilt or shame, which can only lead to more stress eating, restricting or unhealthy dieting tactics. So how can we approach the season without getting too caught up in the food?

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What is Health at Every Size? (and why we think your weight is the least interesting thing about you)

Health at Every Size (HAES) is based on the wealth of research demonstrating that being in an “overweight” or larger body does not correlate with poorer health outcomes. Chronic diseases occur across BMI categories; they aren’t limited to the higher BMI categories. In fact, there is research to support the fact that a higher BMI, such as being considered “overweight,” is actually protective.

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Stop Playing Tricks with the Treats: Why you Should Let Your Kids Enjoy Their Candy this Halloween

Halloween is a FUN holiday meant to be enjoyed. Actually, it’s a wonderful opportunity to practice intuitive eating. Restricting, rationing, hiding your child’s candy and communicating these restrictions to your child can create a sense of shame and guilt when consuming these foods. A kiddo who is never exposed to any fun food will have a tough time eating them without shame and often this shame around food is carried into adulthood. .Providing your child with the support and structure to understand their own hunger/fullness/satisfaction signals without restriction can help them develop a positive relationship with food and Halloween is the perfect holiday to make this happen. But how do we accomplish this?

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Joyful Movement: Making Peace with Exercise

In this week’s blog, we’ll chat about exercise and how to use the practice of “intuitive self care” to ensure you are truly tuning in and responding to your body’s needs. Very similar to our food intake, our relationship with exercise needs to come from a place of tuning in, listening and responding to what it needs: enjoyable, sustainable, satisfying activity.

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Nourished on Campus: The Essential Dorm Room Grocery List

While having access to food is so important, it often gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list when you head off to college. If the dining hall is at the other end of campus and only has set meal times you may not always be able to get there. Making sure that you have access to food that provides your body (and your working brain!) with the nourishment that it needs will keep you fueled for success.

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Nourished on Campus: 6 Steps to Tackling the Dining Hall with Confidence

Let’s face it. College dining halls can be overwhelming. It should be the time of day when you’re catching up with friends and refueling before you’re onto the next big event of the day. Fun instead of stressful, right?! We promise there is a way to enjoy your dining hall experience - enjoy the food, enjoy the company and walk out feeling ready for whatever your classes have for you next.

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