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How I shifted from compulsive exercise to intuitive movement. Plus 10 tips

A guest post by EDRDpro™ Member Caroline Young, MS, RD, LD, RYT

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My relationship to exercise has changed drastically over the past decade of my life, but most significantly in the last 3ish years. It wasn’t until I was in the beginning of grad school when I realized my dependence on exercise had become much like a drug addiction – something to help me cope with a lot of stress and numb unwanted feelings/emotions. But since we live in a culture that normalizes things like dieting, and disordered eating and related behaviors (i.e. excessive exercise), it’s easy to be labeled as “healthy,” and even be applauded for the effort to “better yourself.” What a bunch of bullshit.

Before I was able to change my relationship to exercise, I found intuitive eating and committed to that journey of truly connecting and listening to my body, honoring and trusting its hungers and desires. The exercise piece was the hardest and last part of adopting the intuitive lifestyle.

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Help! I’m so tired of listening to diet talk.

 

I received the letter below from a client who has worked hard and made great progress to heal from disordered eating and chronic dieting. What she wrote is a common frustration that comes up for people who have done or are doing this work of going against the cultural current of food and weight obsession. What people around us say can be triggering and emotionally draining.

Letter: Help! I’m so tired of listening to diet talk

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I’ve Stopped Depriving Myself and Still Think About Food Constantly. How Long Will This Last?

Casey finishes her lunch feeling a warm, comfortable fullness. Her meal tasted great, it was exactly what she’d been hoping for when she ordered. She was happy to have decided to add on the house-made brownie with her cappuccino to finish off her meal – and it was so satisfying. Months ago, as she’d been doing since she was 13, Casey would have only given herself the option to have a salad – dressing on the side, no croutons, and a diet coke.  [Read more…] about I’ve Stopped Depriving Myself and Still Think About Food Constantly. How Long Will This Last?

Finding The Best EMR for Dietitians

Maybe you’re ready to limit your commute time and start seeing clients virtually via telehealth. Or perhaps you already have a private practice established but you want to run HIPAA compliant virtual nutrition support groups for clients who can’t see you locally. There are literally so many options when it comes to taking the plunge into telehealth for dietitians.

While shopping for an electronic medical record (EMR) to use for telehealth as a dietitian in private practice, I came to realize what I thought are the three most important things to get out of an EMR (whether you offer telehealth or not):

  1. Properly protecting patient privacy and confidentiality under HIPAA laws
  2. Creating a positive experience for my clients using technology that will help improve their outcomes
  3. Having a system that can help save me valuable time and resources

Before we get into this, I think it’s important for you to realize why dietitians need electronic medical records, and what the benefits are. Give yourself 5 minutes to read through all the information here, so that when you’re really ready to pick a product you have some solid understanding of what you’re looking for in an EMR.

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Where To Start When The Idea of Self Love Feels Impossible

A guest post by: Claire LeGresley, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Like so many others, I spent years at war with the closest thing to me. I learned self-criticism at an early age, having grown up in front of a mirror as a dancer. Since my body type didn’t fit the mold of a classical ballerina, I hated and treated it as though it had betrayed me.

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Instilling the Message of Health at Every Size at the Heart of Motherhood

By Crystal Karges

 

“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.” – Harriette Hartigan

Today’s mothers are faced with intense scrutiny when it comes to their bodies and appearances.  Raising children in our current culture has taken a dramatic shift in the age of social media and with the Internet at our fingertips.  The reality is that the postpartum period for mothers is perhaps one of the most vulnerable and sensitive times for a woman.

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Being In Your Body

By Rhea Bergmann

How did we get to this point of being so utterly obsessed with our bodies – yet completely disconnected from the only home we will ever have?

Many of us are yet to fully realize that body dissatisfaction arises as a culturally and socially developed phenomenon, which is shaped by a dominant story. Body hate is a product of social constructs – it is a learned state – it isn’t with us from birth but thrust upon us as we grow. It is a product of living in an environment which places emphasis and high value on the outward appearance. That prioritizes how we look above all else and even deceptively convinces us that our entire worth as a human being can be concentrated down to the size of our bodies.

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