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How a Dietitian Can Help With Recovery

Help is possible. You can get help with your recovery from a treatment team. Here is a success story interview with one of our successful clients. We often like to post inspirational stories to highlight the hope of complete recovery from an eating disorder.  We hope that this story helps you reach out for help.

What made you reach out for help initially to work on your recovery?

I have been in recovery since 2014. Initially, I went through recovery in the beginning very effortlessly and then I hit a lot of life stresses that caused me to relapse into my eating disorder.  When I reached out to an eating disorder dietitian the second time, I was physically and mentally ill.

What was the most surprising thing you learned from working with an eating disorder dietitian?

The first time in recovery was easier compared to my relapse.  Through my dietitian’s gentle encouragement she stated that I will learn a lot during relapse and what it really means to recover.  This message never rang more true for me.  Throughout this year, I have realized what I was doing to my body and my mind.  I realized that happiness and LIFE was so much more important than my weight.

How did this make a difference in your recovery?

Thanks, I literally could not have persisted without my dietitian’s help.  She knows exactly how this will go and you have to trust her.

What was the most helpful part of working with a registered dietitian?

The most helpful part is that, I feel that I am in good hands.  And without care I would have never gotten better both physically and mentally.

What has changed in your life since working on your recovery?

Since I have recovered, I realize that life happens.  Although I stick to my meal plan 90% of the time, there are times when I may stray because I am out with friends and they want ice cream.  
Now, I allow myself to:
  • have fun
  • not worry about food as much
  • to realize that I am more myself, a happier and better me. 
This makes it all worth while.

What advice would you give to someone who is struggling?

Trust your body. Trust your dietitian. Trust your happiness.

If you or a loved one is struggling with disordered eating and you would like to meet with one of our Empowered Eating dietitians, please call (301) 806-0556 or click here to schedule an appointment today.
Blog originally written by Kait Fortunato, RD, LD, CEDRD. Edits by Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD.

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