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Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick: Eating Disorder Dietitian

Interview with Jessica Setnick, a Rockstar Dietitian By Alex Raymond, RD, LD with contributions from Caroline Best, Empowered Eating Intern I am so excited to feature another rockstar dietitian, Jessica Setnick. Jessica’s mission is: empowering health professionals to confidently and competently treat eating disorders. Jessica does amazing work to complete this mission! She developed the Eating Disorder Boot Camp for dietitians as well as created the Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide. The RD community is so lucky to have her wealth of knowledge! Here are some questions we asked Jessica:  What do you want the world to know about eating disorders? What is the most important thing in prevention of eating disorders? Why do you love working in the eating disorder field? What is a fun fact about you :)? Key Points From Jessica Jessica wants the world to know that everyone eats and everyone has feelings. Sometimes those things get mixed up and we should be aware and sensitive concerning that. She  wants to stress that there’s no specific type or of person who has an eating disorder. Eating disorders affect anyone. Jessica talks about ways to prevent the development of eating disorders. A huge part of this is not assigning morality to food or body sizes. Additionally, she really loves her work. Jessica loves feeling like she’s doing her part to “help repair the world”. We think this is so awesome! Jessica runs two workshops and is the author of two books on eating disorders. The resources she provides are informative and definitely something to check out....
NAMI Walk for Mental Health Awareness

NAMI Walk for Mental Health Awareness

Walk for Mental Health Resources and Awareness in Maryland By Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD “You are not alone” is the powerful message of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). If you follow this blog, you know that we dedicate our lives to helping people recover from mental illness. Yes, eating disorders are considered a mental illness with serious medical complications. In addition to the professional work that we do working with clients with eating disorders, our Empowered Eating extended family has lost two loved ones to mental illness this year. In memory of my brother in law, Todd, I wanted to walk to continue to help increase the awareness of mental illness and to help raise money to increase access to mental health services. Brochures from NAMI Walk Additional Resources Whether you or or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, I encourage you to to get the help that you need. There are resources available and there is HOPE. About twenty percent of Americans live with a mental health condition. If one in five Americans are affected, it is time to start talking about it and getting people the help that they need. May was Mental Health Awareness Month. We decided to support NAMI to help the millions of Americans who face mental illness every day. Education and empowerment are key. Walking and talking about mental health seems like a good place to start. Here is our Empowered Eating team at the NAMI walk and resources that are available to you and your loved ones. We walked in Baltimore, Maryland at the inner harbor. The...
Amenorrhea and Bone Health: Dietitian Book Review

Amenorrhea and Bone Health: Dietitian Book Review

Questions About Amenorrhea and How it Affects Bone Health Dana Magee, RD, LD, CLT utilizes the book “No Period. Now What: A Guide to Regaining Your Cycles and Improving Your Fertility” to discuss amenorrhea and also its affects on bone health. What is amenorrhea and how does it occur? Amenorrhea is the absence of the menstrual cycle in a woman of a child bearing age and can occur due to: Stress: either physical or emotional stressors. Too low of body fat/weight: It is possible to lose your period at a “normal” weight but it is more common in women with low body weight. Losing 10 pounds, even in years past can affect the loss of menstrual cycle. Over-exercising: Eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full may not accommodate the caloric deficit from exercise especially if your diet is too low in fat. Over exercise can also increase cortisol levels which will affect reproductive hormones. You can even be moderately exercising 3-4 times a week or less and when coupled with other variables (energy intake, stress, genetics) may lead to amenorrhea. Under eating: food is our energy source and fuels our top priorities first: heart, liver, lungs, brain and then the rest goes the next level of necessity hair, nails, immune cells, bones, maintaining our body temperature, our digestive system (constipation) and our reproductive system. Genetics: explains why someone with a similar physique may lose their period while another one won’t. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: other symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, unwanted hair growth, hair thinning on the head, infertility, acne, headache, sleep disturbances. Tumors of the...
Meet Empowered Eating Dietitian, Alex Raymond

Meet Empowered Eating Dietitian, Alex Raymond

Interview with Alex Raymond, RD, LD Alex is a Registered Dietitian on the Empowered Eating team. Our student intern, Maya Jefferson, interviewed her for the EE blog. Check it out to learn more about RD Alex! Were you always interested in working with eating disorder patients? I can’t say that I had always wanted to work with eating disorders, but I will say that something always did bother me about our society’s diet culture and weight loss mentality. I didn’t like the ways media talked about body image, especially for women. Looking back, I strongly feel that our culture’s fat talk and diet talk had almost led me down a dangerous weight loss path in high school and early in college. I don’t believe my relationship with food was positive at this time and I knew that was something I wanted to change. I wanted to learn more about an “all foods fit” approach to nutrition and what the experts recommend–not Facebook or Instagram. My own relationship with food took a turn for the better when I started working at Empowered Eating. I absolutely loved the idea of empowering women and men to feel confident in themselves–not just with their food choices or how they look, but in all areas of their lives. And I think that is where my passion started. I knew I wanted to support and empower those who are in recovery from an eating disorder.   What do you like to do in your free time? So last year, my New Year’s Resolution was to read a book a month. I can happily say that...
Bobbi Boteler’s Own Recovery Sparked Desire to Help Others

Bobbi Boteler’s Own Recovery Sparked Desire to Help Others

Interview With Bobbi Boteler, RD, LD, CEDRD By Alex Raymond, RD, LD Here at Rebecca Bitzer Associates, we are lucky enough to have an experienced Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, Bobbi Boteler. She actually started as a student intern at Rebecca Bitzer and Associates and is now one of our Empowered Eating RDs. She is an important component of the Empowered Eating program and she has her own personal experience with an eating disorder. We were lucky enough to be able to speak with her about her experience being an eating disorder professional, who is also recovered herself. We had the chance to interview Bobbi to gain insight on her life as a Registered Dietitian as well as a mother of 3. We also asked some fun questions, just to get to know her better! What inspired you to work with eating disorder clients as a Registered Dietitian? Surviving my own painful, emotional, exhausting eating disorder for many years, was what inspired me to eventually want to work with this population. The longer I was in the field of nutrition, the more I realized that much of what we learn in our dietetics major contradicts what we model and teach in recovery from an eating disorder. I was no longer going home at night feeling good about helping a client lose 10, 25, or 50 lbs. I didn’t like supporting clients in believing that their weight on the scale was their main measure of health, and something they could either be proud of, or shameful of. I knew in my heart that I could connect with those struggling with...
Helping Your Children Build a Healthy Relationship with Food

Helping Your Children Build a Healthy Relationship with Food

Tips for Helping Children Develop a Healthy Lifestyle Most parents have an incredible influence on their children’s lives. Many studies show that parents are often identified as role models and the people children trust most to help them define their moral standards. Therefore it is vitally important for our parents to talk with their children about developing a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to help your children establish a healthy relationship with food: Be a positive role model. Children learn more through the actions of others than through words. Therefore, if you do not engage in unhealthy eating and exercise patterns, it is less likely your child with develop unhealthy eating and exercise habits. Accept your child’s body size. Every child is born with a different genetic makeup, which means that every child is meant to look different. Do not try to change your child’s body because you have expectations of how your child should look. Try not to compare your child’s size to that of another sibling or his or her friends. Make your home environment a safe place to communicate. If your child feels he or she will be criticized for expressing feeling, he or she will be less likely to talk to you. Show that you are interested in what your child says by taking the time to stop what you are doing to really focus on your child. Talk with your child about the media and advertising. It is amazing how many children are unaware of the techniques, such as computer graphics, to alter a picture in a magazine. Educate your child about the tricks in the modeling...

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