Eating Disorders

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Recovering from Eating Disorders

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, or disordered eating patterns, negative relationship with food or a history of problematic dieting, then this is your chance to learn a new food language (with the right dialect!) 

Rachael has 20 years’ experience in the world of eating disorders, working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, adults and families.  She helps her clients realise that recovery is possible, and empowers them to live their life free from an eating disorder, disordered eating practices and/or body dissatisfaction.  Her compassion, empathy, nutritional support and guidance form the foundation to navigate the client’s journey to normalised eating.

Types of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders and disordered eating are a group of illnesses where someone has a distorted view of body shape, food habits and weight, often a need to control something tangible in their life, and have extreme instabilities in their eating behaviours.  These include:

  • Contemplating Eating DisordersAnorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
  • Problematic dieting and diet merry-go-round
  • Body image concerns

The nutritional management process of eating disorders has been developed using a combination of evidence based practice, peer support, clinical experience and effective treatment models.  Further, a wealth of Rachael’s knowledge and practice has also come from everything that she learns from the clients themselves.  Rachael works in collaboration with the general practitioner, psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor and carers and family to ensure that an integrated approach is adopted.

It is not about the food …. Carolyn Crostin

It is not about the food………but then it is all about the food.  Food becomes an individual’s way of feeling in control, often when other things in their world feels totally outside their control.  This can manifest into food restriction, overeating then followed by compensatory behaviours, avoidance of certain types of food, altered eating behaviours, distorted and rigid views and rules about food.  However, with such extreme behaviours that are not consistent with happy or healthy bodies, unfortunate physical, mental and emotional changes happen as the body tries to preserve itself.   It then does become all about the food, in the sense of nutritional rehabilitation process that needs to happen to nourish the body back to its health and optimal functioning.  From this point, Rachael works on building a positive, nourishing, balanced and freeing relationship with food as you learn your new food language.  The old language patterns have to be unlearnt, new language needs to be developed, practised regularly to become a fluent and correct dialect that is effortless.

If you would like Rachael to help you share and navigate your journey to normalised eating, please book an appointment at Eat and Enjoy Nutrition.