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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.


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? 

Yes, Hunger Will Do That To You!
7/13/2014 10:09:09 AM

 

You’ve probably heard of hangry by now, you know...when you’re so hungry you become angry…where you end up snapping at friends and family and biting someone’s head off because you really need a snack or meal.  Did you know that hangry is not the only emotional response of hunger?


Trick or Treating With The Dietitian
10/30/2013 10:56:48 AM

As a dietitian many people ask me every year what I give out for Halloween.  I get a lot of- “you probably don’t even give out candy.”  However, let me assure you that I, the dietitian/nutritionist, do give out candy and I even eat it too! 


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.


RD Day & National Nutrition Month
3/13/2013 3:23:36 PM

If you’ve ever looked into special holidays and observances you will know that there is one for practically every day of the year.  Some are respected and traditional holidays while some are silly, strange, or well deserved.  For example, in March there is St. Patrick’s Days but there’s also pi day (3/14), Corn Dog Day (3/23), and Registered
Dietitian Day (3/13).

Health Benefits of Chocolate
2/8/2013 2:12:39 PM

According to the National Confectioner’s Association more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentines Day!  This makes Valentines Day the fourth biggest holiday for candy purchases behind Halloween, Easter, and Christmas. With the increasing research on the benefits of chocolate there is some good news behind all this chocolate consumption.


Weight Loss Confusion
12/14/2012 10:58:33 PM

If you are looking for information about weight loss you are probably overwhelmed by all of the choices and conflicting information available to you.  I think this is true for pretty much everywhere, but I see it first hand with weight loss in Tyler, Texas. 


Surviving the Holidays
11/15/2012 3:58:18 PM

The holidays are approaching and many people are looking forward to joyous celebrations with their friends and family.  For you this may be carving the turkey, dining around the table, finding that perfect gift, wrapping the presents, or decorating the tree.  For many people with this excitement also comes much apprehension. On one hand the holidays are a festive celebration and on the other hand there’s the holiday weight gain followed by the New Years weight loss resolution.  I’m sure each year everyone vows that this year will be different- that visions of sugar plum regret will not dance in your head.  Let me assure you that it is possible to navigate the holidays, enjoy the celebrations, and maintain your normal weight. 


Tricks To Enjoy Your Halloween Treats
10/30/2012 1:31:44 PM

Happy Halloween! Halloween is celebrated by millions of people and is a fun time for dressing up and for kids to go door-to-door trick-or-treating resulting in large amounts of candy!  For the kids this is great, for the parents sometimes Halloween can turn into a nutrition nightmare.  As a parent you work all year long to try and instill good nutrition and healthy eating habits with your kids.  It might feel like this one-day of the year comes around and ruins it all.  Let me assure you that one day of splurging on candy- even one week of eating candy will not ruin years of work on healthy eating.  The same is true for you too!  However, if you find yourself reaching for the candy bowl too frequently, or if you are concerned about you kid’s candy consumption then read on for some tricks on how to enjoy your Halloween treats.


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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