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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....
What is Orthorexia?

What is Orthorexia?

What is Orthorexia? By Alex Raymond, RD, LD I think most people would agree that is is important to eat “healthily.” But, what exactly does “healthy” mean? When does healthy eating become an unhealthy obsession? Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with “healthy” eating may be suffering from orthorexia nervosa.  This term literally means “fixation on righteous eating.” It is ironic, because this obsession with “healthy” eating, actually becomes extremely unhealthy. For many of our clients, orthorexia may start as an innocent way to eat more “healthfully”. How does it start? Experiencing a family health scare or reading a new research article about food Taking a well-meaning health class or Watching a television documentary or Simply conversing with friends that encourages you to focus on your food intake. Yes, healthy eating is wonderful, until it is not.  As Registered Dietitians we are so glad you want to prioritize your health and nutrition.  That’s exactly what we are here to help you with. What is healthy eating? The term “healthy” can mean so many things to different people and there is no one size fits all or one exact definition. Unfortunately, this ambiguity can be a barrier to “healthy eating”.  The problem is healthy eating is a process. Sometimes, especially for people struggling with orthorexia, feel that what they are eating is almost never good enough. There is always something more to be doing and ironically that is taking you further and further away from the health you initially strived for. I have found that this mission for eating healthily, actually takes you further away from values and creates a...
How to Prepare for Going to College in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

How to Prepare for Going to College in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

Preparing for College while in Recovery I have to start this blog by saying that depending on where you are in your eating disorder journey, taking a semester or year off can help tremendously with stabilizing your recovery long term. In the moment it can be so hard and upsetting to do this but the long-term benefits cannot be matched. Please talk to your treatment team to make sure that going/returning to school is right for you at this time and if it is not, know that a small break will not change things in the long run. A student with anorexia nervosa should have been eating properly and independently for at least six months prior to going away to college. August: Oh August- so many feelings and memories associated with this month as I write this blog and remember the first time I left for University of Maryland. Being away from home, living on your own, taking the next step in furthering both personal and professional values and of course having so much fun. While leaving for college can be an emotional and perhaps challenging experience for anyone, leaving for college with an eating disorder can make things even more difficult. New Routine: Anytime you are out of your natural environment and routine, it gives the eating disorder a chance to rear its ugly head yet again and stir up those restrictive or obsessive thoughts-tempting you to give into this voice in situations you have never been in before. Not to mention all the stress that comes with school, finding activities that you enjoy and finding “your people”, your support away from home. Dining Hall: And of course, the actual act of eating in...
Resources for Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Resources for Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

On The Blog: Empowered Eating Resources   By Alex Raymond, RD, LD The wealth of information available on the internet, including posts on our own blog, Empowered Eating, can be a great resource for everyone involved in eating disorder recovery.  I say everyone involved because different resources benefit different people. I’ve divided articles with important facts on eating disorder recognition and recovery into three groups: support for those in recovery, family and friends who have a loved one with an eating disorder, and for those thinking about reaching out for help for the first time. If you fall into any of these categories or just want to be more educated on eating disorders, these are some wonderful resources written by dietitians. For in Recovery All of these posts offer information on self-care, meal planning when in recovery, different treatment options, and general recovery information. The Best from the Web: Roundup of the Best REBEL Dieting Posts Around the Web! Empowered Dining Meal Support: Meal Support Group for Eating Disorders in College Park, Maryland All About Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Come to Our Eating Disorders Support Group Today: Eating Disorder Support Group Maryland: Continue Along Your Recovery Journey How to Know If It’s Time to Return to Exercise: Returning to Exercise when in Recovery Recovery Cards for Mealtime Inspiration Empowered Eating Success Story: How a Dietitian Can Help With Recovery 3 & 7 Meals: Meal Planning Support for Eating Disorder Recovery 10 Recovery Songs to Feel Empowered Today 10 Things You Can Enjoy in College after Recovery from an Eating Disorder Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Resources End Binge Eating Disorder...
5 Things I Want You to Know About HAES

5 Things I Want You to Know About HAES

HAES: Health At Every Size By Dana Magee, RD, LD, CLT Health At Every Size (HAES) is a movement that is based on HEALTH as opposed to WEIGHT.  I see the truth in this movement EVERYDAY when I see my clients making healthy lifestyle changes that include feeding themselves well, cooking for themselves, moving their body in ways they enjoy, prioritizing sleep and practicing stress management tools.   Unfortunately, HAES is met with a lot of pushback from those that do not understand it. My goal in this blog is to explain HAES to those that are open to a new mindset for what being healthy means.    1. Why do I believe in HAES? In our dieting culture the message “thinner is better” is played on repeat. I would argue that the message can also take the form “thinner is healthier”. Even more concerning, the dieting culture proclaims that achieving thinness is desirable by any means necessary.   This is dangerous and irresponsible.  The restriction and unhealthy behaviors around dieting can actually put the person at greater health risk.  Health at Every Size is a movement that separates the fusion between size and health.  HAES reorganizes our priorities and puts health at the top of the list (where it should be) and takes the focus on weight loss out of the picture.   What is health? Health is determined by the quality of the food you eat, regular and pleasurable movement, stress management and sleep hygiene.  When those ducks are in a row that is when we see improvement in chronic disease states, regardless as to whether weight has...

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