Recovery is possible, you've got this!
Disordered eating can happen at any size, with any body shape. Sadly, the glamorised body shapes associated with eating disorders portrayed by social media, popular movies and TV shows can lead to many of my patients feeling afraid, ashamed or unworthy of seeking help. However, habits or symptoms associated with disordered eating don’t always fall under a clear cut diagnosis or stereotype. Regardless of the problem or severity, I believe that everyone deserves access to nutritional treatment and support.
I can help you if you are worried that:
Your relationship with food isn’t ideal
You have food anxieties or food fears
You have very black-and-white rules around food
You find yourself preoccupied with food for much of your day
Often, disordered relationships with eating and food, and poor body image begin in periods of stress, major life changes, or poor mental health. Disordered eating behaviour often acts as a coping mechanism when everything else in life feels uncontrollable. For some people, changing their eating behaviour might have started off as a resolution to become healthier, but over time it turned into a negative, unhealthy or restrictive eating habit.
I’ve helped many of my clients to escape from a diet mentality and strict food rules so that they feel comfortable honouring their body’s natural hunger and fullness signals. Identifying any problems early on is important, as it provides an opportunity to develop healthier ways of dealing with stress and trauma. Ultimately, seeking treatment is the beginning of your process of gaining a deeper insight into yourself and developing new coping mechanisms and skills that you can build on for many years to come.