Let’s talk about health and wellbeing that actually serves your health and wellbeing.
Sadly, so much of the time “getting healthy” is confused with dieting, restricting, overexercising, and all the “should’s” that we think we need to do because we live in a society that tells us skinny = healthy. <– not true.
Rather, our definition of health is doing what’s best for you and your body, remembering that only YOU know what that is based on your life and circumstances.
Our nutrition philosophy is rooted in the principles of Intuitive Eating, eating disorder recovery, and Health at Every Size. These concepts guide our work with clients here at the practice and also were the foundation for Feel Fabulous About Food: The Eat With Knowledge Roadmap.
Here at Eat With Knowledge, we are all about having a healthy relationship with food.
All of the dietitians in the group practice focus on intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery, and improving body image. We are accepting new clients and would love to work with you!
“So what do we do if we don’t put you on a diet?? What exactly is nutrition counseling?” <– the most common question I get.
We help you with all of these things listed below! We would be so honored to be a partner on your journey to health.
19 of our Favorite Tips to help your Eating Disorder Recovery
- Allow all foods – Give yourself unconditional permission to enjoy all foods. Begin this process as an experiment of 1 food at a time, recommended to eat with a friend or loved one for support.
- Work to ensure adequate nourishment from food – Even on the days when the voices telling you to restrict are loud, ensure you are getting enough nutrition to maintain your health.
- Work towards variety – Try to maintain a balanced plate of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and fiber for the 3 main meals each day that are usually recommended for most people. This helps you feel your best as well as provide your body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive.
- Recognize and honor your hunger – Giving yourself adequate nutrition at regular intervals allows your body’s metabolism to work the way it should! Restriction of food during the day has been shown to decrease metabolic rate.
- Feel your fullness – This can be challenging! You may not recognize the need to stop eating until you are overly stuffed (this is very common). Begin with being present and try to feel how it feels to be “full” and not overly stuffed.
- Encourage satisfaction – When you allow yourself to eat what you truly crave, you feel so much more content. Honor your taste preferences and notice how they play into satiety.
- Engage all your senses – When we eat with our senses (sight, smell, touch, and taste!!) the more connected we will be to our fullness and satisfaction thereby being less likely to overeat in a mindless way.
- Practice body awareness – Take a few moments a few times each day to check in with the physical sensations of your body. Think of them as guideposts. Allow for the awareness without judgement and simply notice what is going on in your physical body.
- Practice mindfulness – Recognize that you do not need to attach to every thought. If an unwanted thought arises, imagine letting it go.
- Develop distress tolerance – Learn that your are strong enough to tolerate feeling your feelings. You can cultivate the ability to sit in the uncomfortable without having to rely on a negative coping mechanism to get you through.
- Create off ramps – In the development of learning to tolerate distress, sometimes we need to employ healthy coping mechanisms to get us through. Begin experimenting with what will help you manage difficult situations or emotions, so you do not need to engage with eating disordered behaviors.
- Connect with your body in joyful, purposeful way – Practice yoga, apply a nice smelling lotion, dance, get a massage, etc.
- Move your body – Whether you enjoy a walk in the woods or an intense spin class, give yourself the opportunity to feel the endorphins build up during movement.
- Practice self-care – Self care is primary care. Sprinkle in opportunities to connect your body, mind, and It can be 5 minutes of deep breathing, journaling, drinking a cup of cocoa, calling a friend, anything that makes you happy. Know that self-care is also hard stuff too.
- Cultivate joy – find what lights you up and DO THAT!
- Remember that your body is an instrument, not an ornament – Repeat that often. Your body houses your soul and is the vehicle that allows you to move through the world.
- Create a gratitude journal for the functionality of your body – Write down the ways your body shows up for you every
- Stay appropriately hydrated – When we are working to discern our hunger and fullness cues, we want to maintain appropriate hydration to allow for clarity in what are bodies are asking for.
- Cope with emotions– Recognize when hunger is not biologically driven and work to “feed” yourself what your body, heart and mind truly need.
Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian and the owner of Eat With Knowledge in Nyack, NY. She is on a mission to help people heal from diets, and find peace and balance with their food choices. She leads a team of dietitians who support the philosophy, “Feel Fabulous about Food!”