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Client Corner: Touching, Hopeful Message from one of our Empowered Eating Clients Mirinda Keane in Honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Client Corner: Touching, Hopeful Message from one of our Empowered Eating Clients Mirinda Keane in Honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorder Recovery Success! I feel so blessed every day to be able to walk alongside my clients on their brave journeys towards recovery. Mirinda Keane is one of these amazing women, and below is one of her social media posts this week in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness week. It brought tears to my eyes and a huge smile to my face. Find hope in this message, because it exists, it is real, and recovery is waiting for you!   “This week is one of the most important weeks of the year for me and many other people recovering from eating disorders. NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) every year comes up with a theme for this amazing week, and this year it is “I had no idea.” You can manipulate this phrase into many different meanings associated with the disorder, and I think it is absolutely perfect not only as a description for eating disorders, but also the thoughts and triggers that comes with them. Being diagnosed with an eating disorder last year was a huge wake up call to me that what I was doing wasn’t normal. I definitely “had no idea” what I was doing and I’m assuming many of my family and friends didn’t either. Luckily, with the support of my family, friends, and medical team I got to a better place and am stilling fighting. Most specifically, Bobbi Hitchcock Boteler, the BEST dietician who I or anyone could ever ask for. Bobbi you are THE greatest/most inspirational/kind hearted/funny person I’ve ever met. You had an enormous impact on me even though most of...
Client Corner: A Beautiful Beginning

Client Corner: A Beautiful Beginning

One of my amazing clients who is studying abroad and who is in recovery from her own eating disorder, has been internally battling how to best help a close friend of hers whom she knows is struggling significantly with her own eating disorder.  My client felt it was her calling to use her own experience, passion, and hope, to step out of her comfort zone and try to help her friend.  “How can I not get her help when I know how amazing this process of recovery is?”  We had been processing this for several weeks, as it is a very fragile situation.  My client finally decided it was the right time to approach her friend, and this is the email I just received: “Dearest Bobbi, I am just praising God right now for your instrumental role in restoring broken people to wholeness. Do you realize that the work you do each day is impacting eternity? It’s fulfilling the longing of Christ’s heart for His creation. You are so vital to this world! So thank you! Last night I finally worked up the courage to talk to my friend about the way she was eating. It was so uncomfortable and awkward, and her face showed that she completely shut down. She did not argue with me. She did not defend herself. She boldly asked me to give her specific examples of the behaviors I’ve noticed. When I did that, she humbly said, ‘I know I still have a long way to go; I just don’t know how to eat though. I don’t know what’s normal or where to start.’...
Client Corner: Kait’s Success with Empowered Eating Clients

Client Corner: Kait’s Success with Empowered Eating Clients

REBEL Dietitian Kait Fortunato helps clients recover from eating disorders We like to interview some of our Empowered Eating clients about their experience with their Registered Dietitian. This particular client is doing amazingly during her recovery process. She was struggling with eating enough energy to fuel her body, so Kait worked with her to help her love food again. She taught her how to eat intuitively and how focusing on hunger/fullness will help you become more in tune with what your body needs. One piece of advice this client would like to share with others seeking to become healthier is this… “Be patient and remember that you can’t always trust yourself. It’s good to listen to other people you trust.”   If you want to be interviewed about your success, let your RD know. We love successful clients!   If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder and you wish to seek nutritional counseling, please give us a call at 240-670-4675. We are here to support you and answer any questions you may have about scheduling an...
Client Corner: A Thankful Mother

Client Corner: A Thankful Mother

How can an Empowered Eating team conquer eating disorders? Below is a note written to me from the mother of a successful client. It is so wonderful to see parents staying involved with a clients recovery. Family support is so vital! “Kait, Thank you so much for filling me in.  (One thing I’ve appreciated most about your help has been NOT feeling left out as a mom!  : ) )  I love all the topics you discussed and am so grateful that you’ve helped her look ahead to problems that could crop up in the future. We have been SO impressed by your wisdom and advice.  Thank you for getting to the heart of her struggle and addressing much more than just how much she’s eating.  My husband and I are eager to recommend you to anyone who needs help. We will be in touch!  Take care & thank you again”   Recovery is very possible when you have a great team behind you including a wise dietitian and a supportive family. Keep up the great work and always keep reaching for recovery!   To make an appointment with Kait, please call...
Client Corner: Pressure Makes Diamonds

Client Corner: Pressure Makes Diamonds

We are so thankful to our clients who are willing to share their story of recovery with us. Please know that there may be parts of someone’s story that may be triggering for you depending where you are at in your journey, however our intent with sharing stories is to provide hope and healing.   Everyone can relate to the constant pressures that school, work, and life can throw upon us. What’s important to remember, however, is that there are healthy and constructive ways to combat stress. Read this clients story about her recovery process. High school is a time of self discovery and exploration.  As a high school freshman I thought that meant it was time to achieve perfection.  I decided that I needed to take challenging classes, have a 4.0 grade point average, be cast as a lead in all my school plays, and continue to dance as a pre-professional ballerina with the Howard County Ballet. Slowly, each of these aspirations proved impossible.  I struggled in some of my classes and did not get into a single play. To make matters worse, I developed an injury that forced me to quit ballet for several years. I began to think that I was not good enough for anything or anyone.  I started to compare myself to everyone around me which caused my social life to suffer.  What could I do to make myself worthy? Then, it hit me.  I needed to better myself.  I thought that to achieve everything I wanted, I needed to be skinnier. I obsessively calculated my calorie consumption and expenditure. I would lie awake...

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