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Learning about ED Dietitians
2/10/2017 4:00:56 PM

Hi! My name is Tiffany and I’m a dietetic intern (in the coordinated program at Stephen F. Austin State University) aspiring to be a registered dietitian. I have had the opportunity to have a rotation at My Signature Nutrition with Sara Upson, and it’s been an awesome experience.

Binge Eating Disorder Is Real
9/18/2016 4:12:15 PM

 

I have recently seen a series of different commentaries or editorials on “illness inflation” and “lowering the bar in medicine” that specifically mention Binge Eating Disorder (BED).  These editorials make it sound like BED is a made up disease that you have if you suddenly eat a “few too many cookies.”  As a clinician who sees first hand the devastating effect of binge eating disorder and the impact that it can have on quality of life, it makes me sad at how misunderstood this illness is.  It’s frustrating for me, but it is stigmatizing and shameful for someone who suffers from BED to read that their illness isn’t “real.”  When you’re struggling to stop thinking about food, feel ashamed in your body, afraid to eat because you’re worried you won’t be able to stop, it makes you feel like you have to hide your behaviors even more- which makes the eating disorder worse.


Yes- You Do Need A Treatment Team!
4/3/2015 11:43:55 PM

 

Did you know that a multidisciplinary treatment team is the gold standard for eating disorder treatment?  According to medicaldictionary.com a gold standard is “an acknowledged measure of comparison of the superior effectiveness or value of a particular medication or other therapy as compared with that of other drugs or treatments.”   Come again? Basically it’s saying that the gold standard, in this case a multidisciplinary treatment team for eating disorders, is superior to other treatments (i.e. only working with one clinician).


Did you catch it early? Eating Disorder Signs and Symptoms
3/3/2015 6:06:30 PM

Sitting across from me on the blue couch in my office, the mom says- “We wanted to nip this in the bud before it got serious.”   Meanwhile, her listless and pale daughter squirms with anxiety.  After finishing a thorough nutrition assessment, it is evident that their idea of early and my idea of early are two different scenarios.


What Someone With an Eating Disorder Wants You To Know
2/28/2015 12:53:06 AM

First of all, “I think the term eating disorders is misleading.  An eating disorder is a complex problem and it doesn’t have a simple solution,” said one member of My Signature Nutrition’s Eating Disorders Support Group in Tyler, Texas.  Other members agreed and emphasized that an eating disorder is not about food or weight or body or vanity, it’s about something much deeper.


Are you comfortable with your eating?
2/15/2015 1:07:07 PM

Take a moment to think about it- are you comfortable with your eating?  How much time do you spend thinking about food or your body? 

Eating Disorder Fact or Fiction
7/4/2013 11:44:19 AM

Whenever I tell people that I specialize in eating disorders I often hear a joke or an inappropriate comment in return such as: America has an eating disorder, it’s called Thanksgiving Day, I have an eating disorder it’s called powdered doughnuts, I wish I had a touch of anorexia, Man I wish I had that willpower.  Every time that I hear these comments it assures me that people do not understand eating disorders.  They only continue to perpetuate the problem and prevent people from getting the help they need.  Eating disorders are brain based biological illnesses and are the deadliest mental illness.  Learn to separate fact from fiction with three common beliefs about eating disorders.


The Diet Dance
5/7/2013 5:53:51 PM

Do you know the diet dance?  It goes like this: buy a diet book, buy some supplements, go on a diet, lose five pounds, gain it back, plus 3 pounds more.  Go on another diet, with different rules, lose 10 pounds, gain it back, plus 5 more.  Go on another bigger, stricter, more severe diet, lose 20 pounds, gain it back, plus 10 more!  Over and over this cycle repeats with weight continuously creeping up not down.  This is a familiar dance and a costly one too.  In 2012 Americans spent 61 billion dollars in the weight loss market alone. 


New Years Resolutions
1/3/2013 12:49:34 PM

Happy 2013!  As we begin the New Year many people resolve to make changes for a better future.  Resolutions can be quite broad but according to research anywhere from 40-80% of Americans make a similar resolution.  I don’t think it takes much guessing to figure out what that resolution is, but if you guessed weight loss, getting fit, or getting toned- then you would be correct. 

Food, Weight, and Dieting- Oh My!
9/30/2012 11:48:13 PM

People like to talk about food, weight and dieting.  It’s accepted.  It’s easy.  It kind of creates a bonding experience when you share battle stories of previous diets or when you start a new diet and a friend or co-worker joins you.  What happens though when that diet goes too far, or when things get out of hand?  There are some things attached to dieting that nobody likes to talk about.  Things that are difficult and uncomfortable and very personal.  It’s much easier to focus on the surface issues and not consider the deeper issues.  However, this week three individuals decided it was time to talk about it.  What do these individuals: Stacy London, Lady Gaga, and Katie Couric all have in common? 

Freshman 15: Fact or Fiction?
8/23/2012 12:07:41 PM

As colleges and universities across the country are gearing up for the start of the semester there are many excited and anxious freshmen ready to embark on their college experience.  One thought that may be pressing on their mind is the concern over the freshmen 15- the infamous fifteen pounds that freshmen gain their first year in college.  Is this concern fact- something college newbies should be concerned about, or fiction- something not to spend much time worrying about?


When "Healthier" Is Not Better: Orthorexia Nervosa
5/31/2012 11:01:12 AM

Have you ever heard of orthorexia nervosa?  Most people have not.  In simple terms it is an extreme focus on eating healthy foods to the point that it interferes with daily life.  The old adage says that you can never have too much of a good thing, however this is one area where that statement is simply not true.  Even with healthy behaviors such as exercise, diet, and nutrition there becomes a point where they go too far, where “healthier” is not better.


Healthy Food vs. Healthy Eating
4/23/2012 10:30:51 AM

If I asked you to make a list of healthy food, most people would likely be able to do this pretty easily.  You might even list something like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish, etc.  If I asked you to list or describe what healthy eating was, most people would recite the same list of healthy foods- fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish, etc.  However, healthy food and healthy eating are not the same thing.


Good Food & Bad Food
4/9/2012 11:27:34 AM

Normally when you read an article about good and bad food you will find a list of which foods are good and which foods are bad, or maybe which foods you should or should not eat.  Dividing foods into these categories to create a “healthy diet” may seem like an easy way to select foods, however this way of thinking can negatively impact your relationship with food and potentially your overall diet.  In truth there is no such thing as good food or bad food.


Time Spent Thinking About Food
3/15/2012 3:12:07 PM

How often do you talk about food and weight with others?  Or even more, how much time do you spend thinking about food and weight in a given day?  Did you know that food and weight are some of the most frequently discussed topics?  And, according to one clinical finding the amount of time you spend thinking about food, and weight directly correlates to your personal relationship with food.   This study recently came to mind when my husband and I were out to eat at two local establishments.  


Intuitive Eating
2/27/2012 12:08:44 PM

At My Signature Nutrition Intuitive Eating is a core component to our nutrition philosophy.  This sounds great, but you may wonder, what exactly does this mean?


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