Thoughts of food and eating have taken over your life. It might feel like there’s a monster inside your brain, reminding you of every time you’ve “failed.” You might try to quiet the thoughts by sticking to eating only foods that feel safe, but soon you find this list of safe foods starts getting smaller and smaller.
The anxiety that comes up when you eat a food that’s out of your ever shrinking comfort zone can feel unbearable. You might find that you can’t stop eating and may feel a sense of loss of control around food for a time. You then find yourself wanting to do anything to get rid of the anxiety, clear the racing thoughts, and start over.
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No two eating disorders are the same, and bulimia can present itself in many different ways. It can also look very similar to Anorexia for those who heavily restrict their eating.
Feeling preoccupied with body weight or shape
Finding yourself eating large quantities of food in a short period of time, often feeling out of control and often in secret.
Compensating for the guilt and shame you feel after binge eating by using behaviors like self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics or enemas, fasting or exercising excessively.
Finding yourself stuck in a cycle of binge eating, using a compensatory behavior, and restricting that feels impossible to stop
Working with a team of providers in eating disorder recovery is incredibly important. Nutrition counseling can help you learn how to nourish your body and rebuild a healthy relationship with food.
You will learn how to compassionately listen to and respond to your body, and resist urges to binge and purge. You can confront your fear foods with support and guidance so that eventually food just feels like food. You can finally say “yes” to experiences and memories instead of letting fear and anxiety take over.
Healing at NourishRX may start with a structured meal plan that is designed to help your body and brain be fully nourished, and that will help you be better able to recognize body cues over time. You’ll work with your dietitian to create a list of foods that cause anxiety and slowly work on incorporating those foods with support and space to identify and reframe any negative thoughts that come up. At first, you’ll be working to view all food from a neutral perspective. Eventually you’ll be able to allow yourself to truly enjoy food again, without any guilt or shame.
Did you know that your insurance may cover up to 100% for 1:1 nutrition counseling with NourishRX? Working with a dietitian one-on-one will provide you with the individualized, compassionate support you need to create meaningful change. 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.
NourishRX Dietitians can provide nutrition counseling to clients in Massachusetts, Colorado, Connecticut, California, Montana, Virginia, Vermont and New Hampshire
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This is what we like to call eating disorder logic. It’s super common for folks with eating disorders to compare their own illness with others they see on social media, or within their own lives. It’s also common to think that your eating disorder isn’t “bad” just because it isn’t someone else’s “worst.” 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.
Therapists are incredible treatment team members and you really can’t do eating disorder recovery justice without one on your team. 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. Working with an eating disorder dietitian is likely going to help you through the process of recovery more smoothly because you’ll be more likely to experience full nourishment and confront your food fears head-on.
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 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.
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)
Bulimia 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, anorexia recovery, picky eating, and support for families of loved ones in eating disorder recovery.