You’re probably wondering how things could ever go back to how they felt before. You may not even remember how “before” feels. But something tells you that you can’t go on like this forever.
You are no longer able to focus at home, at work or at school because your thoughts are racing, consumed with thoughts about when, what and how much you are going to eat at your next meal or snack. Your days have become defined by a rigid list of food rules and you are no longer able to enjoy foods that you once loved, even wanting to avoid going out with friends or having meals with your family to avoid being met with panic and anxiety at the thought of having to consume foods that no longer feel safe to you.
Food is all you can think about so much that you’ve lost interest in hobbies and other activities that you used to enjoy. If these restrictive thoughts have taken over your life and are now impacting your health and wellbeing, you may be ready for help.
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Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by restricting food (energy). Anorexia is most common among female adolescents, but can impact all ages, genders, and ethnicities. There are two different classifications of anorexia: Anorexia Nervosa restricting subtype and Anorexia Nervosa binge eating / purging subtype. Both include restriction of food intake with the binge eating and purging subtype engaging in restrictive dieting in combination with binge eating and purging behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, and compulsive exercise.
If you have anorexia, you may also have an intense fear of weight gain and feel that your body is fat even when your weight is dangerously low. You may find it difficult to take in adequate food intake or interrupt excessive exercise even as medical complications such as cardiac abnormalities, fatigue and bone loss start to appear. Anorexia is an extremely serious condition that has significantly higher mortality rates compared to other mental health disorders due to complications resulting from malnutrition and starvation if left untreated.
Early signs of anorexia are sometimes difficult to recognize and may not be diagnosable right away. They can easily be masked as a “diet” or even perceived as positive and healthy behavior changes before evolving into extreme food restriction and weight loss. You do not need to be underweight to have anorexia and having a low body weight does not always indicate that someone has anorexia. While individuals struggling with anorexia may experience their eating disorder a bit differently, some common signs of anorexia may include a significant weight loss over a period of weeks or months, food restriction and avoidance and even excessive and compulsive exercise.
Impulsivity, social isolation, and depression
Preoccupation with food and body weight
Negative body image and low self-worth
Anxiety and guilt with food intake
Inability or refusal to maintain adequate nutritional intake
Physical symptoms such as dizziness, low blood pressure, cold intolerance, brittle bones, cardiac abnormalities, and infertility
Intense mood swings
You don’t need to do this alone.
Our team of compassionate Registered Dietitians is here to guide you through the recovery process as you start to nourish and care for your body. We like to think of ourselves as allies in recovery, helping you navigate learning to fuel your body and let go of the anxiety and fear that is keeping you stuck.
We're not new to this. Our services to treat anorexia have been designed in response to our decades of experience as Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitians. We’re also moms, sisters, aunts, and friends who’ve been in your shoes and genuinely want to help you recover from this disorder.
NourishRX’s team of Registered Dietitians and Recovery coaches will work alongside you and your treatment team as you work to regain your health, challenge misconceptions about food and nutrition and restore your body to optimal health. We’re going to give you access to the tools and resources that you need to challenge the eating disorder and regain yourself. We’ll provide you with a plan for nourishment and guidance to fight the powerful eating disorder thoughts so that you can feel more relaxed around food and within your body.
Our approach to anorexia treatment is educational, supportive and sustainable. Our team of Registered Dietitians will carefully assess where you are in your recovery journey and offer treatment plan recommendations that will help you interrupt eating disorder behaviors that are keeping you stuck
Did you know that your insurance may cover up to 100% for 1:1 nutrition counseling with NourishRX? We’ll work with you to understand your medical history, your relationship with food, behaviors and mindset, dieting history, body image and relationship with exercise. We’ll help you learn more about the role that nourishment plays in your healing and recovery, and empower you with tools and encouragement to make peace with food and your body.
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We like to say that if the eating disorder is interfering with your life in any way, you deserve to be helped. There is truly nothing to be gained from waiting for your eating disorder to get worse before reaching out. Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa may go long periods of time without adequate nutrition, which may cause long lasting side effects. Early intervention is vital. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Therapists are important members of the eating disorder treatment team and you really can’t do eating disorder recovery justice without one. However, therapists are not nutritionists, and can’t take on both roles in your recovery. Working with an eating disorder dietitian will help you confront the food piece of the puzzle while your work with your therapist can focus on deeper issues — the “roots” of the eating disorder. A malnourished brain can’t do the therapy work that is needed to fully recover. Working with an experienced eating disorder dietitian can help.
Recovery can feel like a full time job. It’s hard work, and time consuming. We want to make sure we’re making our support services as convenient as possible for you so that nothing stands in the way between you reaching your recovery goals. Our nutrition counseling and coaching services are both offered virtually to accommodate your busy schedule. Our NourishRX PATH program is also available to you anytime, anywhere, so you can literally work on recovery from bed if you want to!
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If you’re ready to start healing your relationship with food and stop fighting your body, you’re in the right place. Reach out to us by following the steps below.
Have questions? Discuss our services and resources with our Client Care Coordinator and learn more about what working with one of our compassionate registered dietitians is like.
Start to reconnect with the person you used to be, before food took over your life (even if it feels like it’s been a lifetime since you’ve known that person)
Anorexia Treatment isn’t the only option for healing your relationship with food at NourishRX. Our team of Registered Dietitians also offer one-on-one support in nutrition counseling for intuitive eating, binge eating recovery, bulimia recovery, picky eating, and support for families of loved ones in eating disorder recovery.