Nutrition Therapy

 

Eating Disorders

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What are eating disorders?

Eating disorders are a serious, yet treatable mental illness that affect the lives of many. At least 30 million people in the U.S. alone are currently suffering from an eating disorder. This illness knows no race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation and often manifests as a way to cope with life stressors, emotions, and burdens. Eating disorders can create long-term consequences, including physical bodily damage. They can also negatively affect relationships and the ability to be productive at school or work. Amy works with clients to help them develop their own nutrition strategies, and to offer guidance and support toward their emotional healing and growth.

types of eating disorders

  • Bulimia

  • Anorexia

  • Binge Eating Disorder

  • OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder)

  • ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder)

 

Disordered Eating

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What is disordered eating?

Disordered eating can present itself in a variety of ways. It can be seen in preoccupation with fad diets, extreme clean eating behaviors, and in the elimination of entire food groups without clinical recommendation.  At it's core, disordered eating is rarely about food or weight; those struggling often develop disordered eating patterns in a subconscious attempt to control their emotions or manage overwhelming circumstances. This can lead to an intense fear of eating and/or food groups,  nutritional deficiencies, and interference with activities of daily living and interpersonal relationships. By developing a long-term, nutritionally therapeutic relationship with her clients, Amy seeks to assist in normalizing food and the process of eating, where hope is realized and fear is minimized. 

Types of disordered eating

  • Chronic dieting and weight cycling

  • Body image dysmorphia

  • Clean eating hyper-vigilance (Orthorexia)

 
 
 

Feeding Children

Child eating

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Parents and caregivers often approach feeding children as a struggle, and something to be "fixed" or "managed". In reality, children of all ages inherently possess most of the cues required to feed themselves in a way that meets their nutritional requirements and encourages their natural curiosity, but only when parents do their part and allow the child to do theirs. Amy has spent 10 years working with parents to help them feed their children in emotionally and behaviorally healthy ways, effectively eliminating mealtime meltdowns, food challenges, and "short-order cooking", and ultimately establishing a healthy, long-term relationship between the child and eating, into adolescence and adulthood.

Challenges feeding children

  • Refusal to eat at mealtimes and snacktimes

  • Mono-diet, eating the same foods over and over

  • Eating in secret or hiding food for later

  • Perceived as underweight or overweight