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What is Orthorexia?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2018 1:01:40 PM / by Meg Salvia, RDN, CDE posted in Eating Disorder Recovery

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I recently authored a post for Walden Behavioral Care's recovery blog on the topic of orthorexia. It's a bit of a tricky concept because it can be really challenging to live with this degree of rigidity and restriction, and at the same time, it can feel counter-intuitive and counter-cultural to wonder if there is such a thing as heating too healthfully or being too concerned about nutrition.

Check out my post on Walden's blog here.

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Can I Eat Halloween Candy if I Have Diabetes?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM / by Meg Salvia, RD posted in Nutrition, Diabetes

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(Spoiler: The answer is yes.)

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Fall 2017 Articles Published

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2017 6:36:38 PM / by Meg Salvia, RD

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Two articles I worked on this summer were recently released in peer-reviewed publications and focus on the role of weight, nutrition recommendations, and binge eating in diabetes management. If you're interested in these topics, you can check out more below:

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Book Review: Extreme Picky Eating in Kids

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2017 2:02:26 PM / by Meg Salvia, RD posted in Nutrition, Resources

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Title: Helping Your Child With Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-By-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders

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How to Support Eating Disorder Recovery on Campus: 12 Nutrition Strategies

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2017 2:40:28 PM / by Meg Salvia, RD posted in Nutrition, Eating Disorder Recovery, Meal Planning

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GI Discomfort in Eating Disorder Recovery: Additional Resources

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 12:33:13 PM / by Meg Salvia, RDN, CDE posted in Eating Disorder Recovery, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Resources

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Last month, I wrote about what causes bloating and how to manage the discomfort that can arise as we recover from disordered eating patterns. In addition to the strategies outlined, there are several good resources to explore further, if you’re interested.

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What causes bloating in eating disorder recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 12:04:11 AM / by Meg Salvia, RDN, CDE posted in Nutrition, Probiotics, Eating Disorder Recovery

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Bloating is an uncomfortable physical symptom that can occur as you work towards normalizing eating patterns and intake in recovery from an eating disorder. It can be challenging on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Bloating after eating occurs after periods of restriction/starvation or purging. Understanding the reasons why it happens and framing expectations around the symptoms you're feeling can be helpful in coping with or managing discomfort.

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Recipe Links: Winter 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 3:25:45 PM / by Meg Salvia, RDN, CDE posted in Nutrition, Diabetes, Eating Disorder Recovery, Cooking, Recipes

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In addition to my practice, I also occassionally post recipes that are realistic for at-home cooks, inventive, and helpful for clients working with me on nutrition goals in our sessions at my (food & book) blog mostlybalanced.com. A few of those recipes have been featured in some round-up posts by fellow dietitians over the past few weeks. Not all of the posts are focused on eating disorder recovery or diabetes management (and I'm not on board with all the language used around "healthy" or assuming nutrition goals for a general audience), but it's still fun to see the collective creativity of dietitians.

A few of the recipes include:

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BED post on Walden's blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2016 12:28:54 PM / by Meg Salvia, RD posted in Diabetes, Eating Disorder Recovery, BED

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The co-occurence of binge eating disorder and type 2 diabetes is an intersection of two of my specialities, and something that doesn't get talked about enough in either eating disorder treatment circles or diabetes treatment circles. I'm really interested in exploring how people managing binge eating behaviors balance their diabetes self-care routines and the extent to which the two conditions influence each other. A post I wrote for my clinic's blog (Walden Behavioral Care) was recently published:

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Book Review: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2016 9:39:42 PM / by Meg Salvia, RD

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Book Review

 

Title: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living

Author: Jes Baker aka The Militant Baker

In brief: A body-positivity missive that advocates for accepting and loving our bodies as they currently are

Good for: Recovery – focus on body image

 

I like to refer clients to first-person narratives when they’re working on body image themes in our nutrition work, especially when they’re struggling with the belief that they’re allowed to eat the foods they want without shame or compensation, and Jes Baker’s is one I’ll add to the list of recommended titles. It’s not one I’d recommend if you’re super new to this exploration process, but it’s worth reading if you’re ready for it. It’s good for women who are starting to embrace recovery and body acceptance but have reservations about whether these ideas are truly possible or if there are actually women out there who live these philosophies in real life. Jes Baker’s approach is radical acceptance of fat bodies. She states weight loss isn’t a prerequisite to health or happiness, saying, “we aren’t ever told that our bodies are OK just the way they are. Right now.” The idea is that the way we view our bodies impacts the way we participate in the world, and people don’t need to lose weight before they have positive experiences in life.

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