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They come in a lot of shapes, sizes and acronyms from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder to ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder) and EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified), to orthorexia and others.
Sometimes you have one, sometimes a combo. All of them can be controlled with, effort, a great plan and a great team.
Drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy and others can bring real benefits to patients. But getting off them brings real risks if not done the right way.
Let's do it the right way.
Diets are hard. Diets are temporary. And diets don't respect how our bodies feel nor how our minds work. So we're not going to do diets here. Instead I'll teach you how to listen to your body's natural hunger and fullness cues.
Yes that's a real thing. Your body actually knows what it needs and is trying to tell you. I'll teach you how to listen.
Trigger control is at the beating heart of recovery. Triggers can come from anywhere and anyone: an argument with mom, dinner with a date, going to a business event, sitting alone watching TV at night. Some of those might feel familiar to you, others not. The varieties are infinite and personal. But untreated triggers lead to eating disorder behaviors.
If this resonates with you, that's good news. Because I have a simple and clear protocol to identify your triggers, prepare for them, build alternate action plans and practice, practice, practice.
If that sounds scary, don't worry. We'll do it together. It works.
Eating disorders often start at young ages. Maybe you're a young person reading this. Maybe you're mom or dad. When we start young, a treatment plan that involves the whole family can be a powerful path to recovery. The love and support of an entire family working together with a treatment team can be very healing.
This process typically starts with the parents having significant involvement in a child's eating choices with a goal towards increased independence for the child as he or she gains control over his/her triggers and behaviors.
Like any other treatment, it's a journey, but one that often feels safer and more loving with the family working together.
For anyone fighting an eating disorder or battling weight loss, sitting down at a table to face your food isn't easy. Stress, emotions, compulsions, triggers. It's noisy up there. But it's also totally normal.
Some patients benefit greatly from eating together with a clinician. Not every meal of course, but as a regular or semi-regular event, it can help you learn how to manage those swirling thoughts and emotions.
And one day, believe it or not, eating a meal can feel as normal as walking the dog, seeing a movie or talking to friends.