The world is a scary place right now.
We are all full of anxiety, overwhelm, fear, frustration and anger.
I’ve been overwhelmed this past week as I moved the entire Eat With Knowledge “office” to a virtual private practice. Luckily, Elyssa, Laura and I have done virtual work before, since virtual nutrition counseling online is possible, however we used to require clients to come to see us in person for the first session.
It was a lesson in resiliency for me. I had no choice but to make a hard decision, get uncomfortable, and figure things out. It reminded me of a lesson I try to teach other dietitians when I talk about private practice: our clients do hard things every day in eating disorder recovery. Business owners can do the same.
Our clients do hard things every day in eating disorder recovery. That is an UNDERSTATEMENT for what is going on right now in the world. Over the past week so many of our clients have been struggling with food. Food is very much connected to how we feel and the environment in which we experience life. If food is hard for you, I just want you to know you are not alone.
- If you are struggling to eat enough, you are not alone.
- If you are bingeing, you are not alone.
- If you are hoarding food, you are not alone.
- If you are worried/paranoid/stressed about what to eat, you are not alone.
- If you are purging, you are not alone.
- If you are overeating because you have so much food in your house and you’re stressed out, you are not alone.
I also want you to know that if you are a parent and suddenly have your kids at home and are seeing “weird” eating behaviors, you are not alone. I have had many phone calls this week with parents that suddenly realize what’s going on now that kids are home.
Elyssa, Laura, and I want to let you know that we are here for you.
If you are interested in a nutrition counseling appointment, please reach out by emailing me back. It’s a really hard time. Consider this an invitation if you want to talk about what’s going on with your relationship with food. We can help support you in the current situation that we are all in together.
Nutrition counseling is now offered virtually through video counseling. All you need a secure internet connection to sign-in. You don’t even need a “quiet spot” because frankly- we understand that you are probably home with a lot of chaos around you and that’s okay.
We are legally able to see clients in the following states that we are licensed in or states that do not have licensure: New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, Connecticut, Utah, Wisconsin, Colorado, and California. We can always check in with your state if you are interested.
We are also considering starting a virtual Intuitive Eating support group during this time for current or past clients that need more support right now (we also could take anyone from any state for this group). The Eat With Knowledge team is meeting (virtually!) next week to discuss this, so stay tuned!
Stay safe out there. Here in New York, we are seeing the most rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. I’m thinking about all of you, the first responders, the healthcare workers, and our entire community. We are in this together.
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!”
Start your own healing by downloading her Free Stop the Cycle of Binge Eating guide or her Free Hunger – Fullness Scale.