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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:
Title: Helping Your Child With Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-By-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders
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:
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.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of serving as a panelist in a round table discussion of binge eating disorder (BED) treatment for IAEDP's Boston Metro chapter. In addition to serving alongside excellent colleagues like Lisa Du Briel and Bob Bordonaro, there was a great conversation around how eating disorder clinicians can best serve patients struggling with binge eating disorder.
It's a snowy weekend here in Boston, and I wanted to share a few of my recommended reading resources if you're in the midst of or recovering from an eating disorder. I've been heavily involved in the adolescent program at Walden, and there are two stand-out books for helping teens recover from eating disoders.
I have five words that I use over and over when describing what goes in to a healthy meal plan, and how to bridge the transition from using a structured meal plan to more intuitive or mindful eating methods. They are:
Probiotic Smoothie Recipe:
I recently shared a blueberry and strawberry smoothie recipe on my cooking blog, mostlybalanced.com, and I’m sharing the recipe here now because the impact that the combination of high-fiber fruit with a kefir and yogurt base are on my mind after attending the annual Massachusetts Dietetic Association conference in 2014; one of the most interesting (and popular) presentations was on the role that gut bacteria play in our health (and the connection between gut bacteria, obesity, and diseases like diabetes). It’s fascinating to hear the emerging research on this topic.
Basically, the kinds of bacteria growing in our gut have an influence on our health and how we feel in terms of gatrointestinal (GI) function and symptoms, and the foods we eat can influence the types of bacteria we grow in our own insides.