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The Hut – A Trauma-Informed Analogy for Eating Disorders and Eating Disorder Recovery

Did you know? Sööma has a YouTube channel and has prepared several videos to help you understand and explore various concepts related to food and eating disorders.    One of these videos discusses a trauma-informed analogy for eating disorders and eating disorder recovery, which offers a different perspective than the usual one. Keep on reading…

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Understanding your Hunger – Navigating the Different Levels of Hunger

Did you know? Sööma has a YouTube channel and has prepared several videos to help you understand and explore various concepts related to food and eating disorders.    One of these videos explores the Hunger portion of the Hunger/Fullness card, to help you understand what the different thoughts, sensations and signs are at different levels…

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How Embodiment Practices Support Eating Disorder Recovery

Seetha has been feeling anxious lately. She has been working tirelessly to get into medical school. With late nights, early rises, staying in to study, applying to different schools, volunteering at the hospital, and everything in between, Seetha is also exhausted. On this one Saturday morning, when she couldn’t study any longer, she decided to…

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How to help your child be food and weight neutral

Introduction Growing up is not an easy time for children nor parents. Children are faced with changes in personality, emotions and behaviors, as well as constant physical changes as their bodies develop and mature; this makes them particularly vulnerable to preoccupations with body shape and weight. Those living in larger bodies might find it particularly…

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What does orthorexia look like and how to overcome it

Have you ever heard of “orthorexia”? It’s a term to describe a type of disordered eating pattern. While not an official eating disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSM V), it describes a tendency to move towards “healthful“ and “clean“ foods, often leading to an extreme fear of consuming “unhealthy“ foods. What is…

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Do I Need To Diet Because I Have PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as PCOS, comes from the presence of small cysts on the ovaries (although not everyone with the condition has cysts on their ovaries). PCOS is not well-understood and can be misdiagnosed in many instances. This is one of the most common hormonal disorders occurring in people assigned female at birth…

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What does it mean to provide trauma-informed care?

In the public eye, trauma is often viewed as a major event that poses an immediate sense of danger. In reality, trauma is a very complex experience that can occur on multiple timeframes, in a variety of forms, and of varying degrees. Traumas can be both physical and/or psychological. These include chronic traumas, which are…

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Are You Ready For Gentle Nutrition?

Introduction Intuitive eating isn’t just about eating whatever you want, whenever you want. Intuitive eating is also about using nutritional principles as a guide and not as rules. This is called Gentle Nutrition. Gentle nutrition is the 10th and last principle of intuitive eating: « Honor your health with gentle nutrition ». It means that…

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How to Talk to Your Teenager About Healthy Eating

Oftentimes, you’ll hear the words ‘dieting’ and ‘healthy eating’ being used interchangeably. This can be confusing, especially when anti-diet dietitians are consulting people on how to ‘eat healthy’. We each build a relationship with food from the day we’re born, and many things can affect that relationship as we grow up. As parents or caregivers,…

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Yoga and the Eating Disorder Recovery Process

Introduction to yoga Have you ever seen people practice yoga and wondered what it’s all about? What are they doing and what’s the purpose? In recent times, yoga has gained in popularity among several populations, including those in eating disorder (ED) recovery. In fact, yoga has been integrated in residential programs for ED recovery, which…

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What it means to provide gender-affirming care – Part 2

What is the role of the dietitian in treating gender-diverse youth? The core role of the dietitian when treating gender-diverse youth is to provide nutrition interventions in conjunction with the management of gender-related needs.  The difference between treating gender-diverse adolescents versus cisgender adolescents is that among gender-diverse adolescents disordered eating may be rooted to prevent…

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What it means to provide gender-affirming care – Part 1

Individuals with eating disorders are not all the same and each individual has a unique lived experience. Transgender and non-binary people are at increased risk of developing eating disorders. This is a two-part blog series that focuses on gender-affirming care. Part one will discuss why gender-diverse people are at increased risk for the development of…

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Family-Based Treatment

What is Family-Based Treatment? Family-based treatment (FBT) is a therapeutic approach that was developed in the 1980s for management of anorexia nervosa [1]. In FBT, the therapist has an agnostic view where no time is spent analyzing why the eating disorder developed. In this approach, food is seen as “medicine” and the therapy prioritizes full…

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Social Media Makeover

Social media is very present in our everyday lives, and many spend hours mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook and posting on their accounts. Social media has many advantages, such as connecting and interacting with friends and family and getting updates on other people’s lives, but have you ever thought about the downsides of social…

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Signs of a Disordered Relationship with Exercise

Can someone who practices regular exercise be struggling with their relationship with movement? Based on the messages of diet culture, exercising can be promoted as something we “should” be doing in order to attain a specific, yet unrealistic body aesthetic, or as a way to compensate for eating “bad” foods. How does this message impact…

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2023: Transforming the Narrative from Ask to Action Resources

Introduction Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023 is taking place this February 27th to March 5th. EDAW is an annual campaign from NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and to provide hope, support and visibility to individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Here we share a…

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Why people struggle with weight loss – Restricting calories and the effects on metabolism

Pop quiz: How does someone lose weight? Most people would say it’s a simple formula – exercise, dieting and a good dose of discipline. So, how come most weight loss efforts fail? Diet culture would have you believe that people lack motivation, discipline or the “right” program. But, most dieters become frustrated when their dieting…

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ARFID

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), oftentimes characterized as “extreme picky eating,” is an eating disorder impacting thousands of individuals, particularly children. There are three main types of ARFID: Lack of interest: people with this type of ARFID have a genuine lack of interest in eating and food. They also get full quickly. Sensory Avoidance: people…

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How Can ACT Help You Recover From An Eating Disorder?

To begin, let’s quickly review what ACT means… ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It is an evidence-based model that helps us understand and explore the experiences that have shaped us into who we are today. It allows us to identify our values and help direct our time, energy and resources toward goals that…

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5 Signs your Child May Have an Eating Disorder

Food can be a pleasure for some while it can be a painful experience for others. The latter most likely translates into eating problems that are known as eating disorders. Eating disorders are not caused by one factor, per se. Eating disorders are typically a mix of many risk factors, including: ‘’genetic vulnerability/family history, body…

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Gratitude as we end 2020

2020…a year that we will likely remember for a very long time to come. I’m certain no one anticipated the challenges, the grief, the lessons and the experiences that 2020 offered us.   While I recognize that my 2020 was filled with similar themes to others, 2020 also represents the year that a vision, a…

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My Story: no meat; helping or harming?

Food. It is one of the few things that absolutely everybody has in common. For some, it is simply nourishment. For many, it is a source of pleasure. For me, it is also a strategic avenue to become a stronger athlete. The Background I am a runner. I am 28 years old, and my current…

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Emotional eating is normal; lean in!

In the midst of uncertainty, emotions are prominent and avoiding them feels challenging. Some choose to respond by “shoulding“ and suggesting that we take this “down time“ to become healthy, fit, lose weight and live our best lives. I’m not part of this camp. You can’t run away from emotions because you’re a human and…

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My Story: self-discovery

Through my teens and twenties I had very limited conceptions of what health was, and I thought being slim and fit was the feminine ideal that all women should strive for in their lives.     Mainstream media and social beauty standards just reinforced my internalized beliefs, which over the years did serious damage to…

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