On and Off the Mat with Beverly Price, RD, MA, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT, CEDRD-S | MemberSHARE

For your client with an eating disorder, the benefits of yoga can be a powerful tool to uncover attachments and move these individuals forward with awareness. By observing and recording body language, including the client’s resistance, the Yoga therapist can become in tune to what is going on with the client in the moment and consult with the treatment team.

For your client with an eating disorder, the benefits of yoga can be a powerful tool to uncover attachments and move these individuals forward with awareness.  By observing and recording body language, including the client’s resistance, the Yoga therapist can become in tune to what is going on with the client in the moment and consult with the treatment team.

via On and Off the Mat with Beverly Price, RD, MA, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT, CEDRD-S | MemberSHARE

“To the Bone” – Professional Review of the Netflix Movie

All in all, To the Bone focused on recovery, while it has initiated the needed conversation around eating disorders and its addictive nature. If we continue to shove this topic under the rug – this disease that affects millions of individuals – then we perpetuate its “disorder,” and it becomes as secretive as the sickness itself.

We glorify movies that highlight shootings, killings and violence. Shows featuring those addicted to drugs and alcohol are now mainstream. When it comes to documentaries about individuals struggling with eating disorders, these features become the white elephant in the room.

In the eating disorder community, there has been much drama around the recently released, To the Bone, featuring Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves. The greatest concern has been the potential of the film to “trigger” those who are currently struggling with an eating disorder.

As a certified eating disorder specialist, who previously owned and operated an eating disorder treatment center prior to its acquisition, our former treatment team would not walk on eggshells to prevent our clients from being “triggered.” Triggers are a part of everyday life, and it is the job of a competent professional working in an eating disorder treatment setting to acclimate clients to triggers. Triggers are not bad, they exist to push our clients to become aware, along with grow and transform.

If you feel your clients will be triggered by watching this and similar documentaries, ask yourself:

“What makes you uncomfortable as a treatment professional, and why?”, “What do you identify personally with in the respective triggers?”, and “Are you invested in the recovery process of your clients?”

When informational programs regarding diabetes and/or heart disease are featured on television, do medical professionals become concerned that these programs could trigger those individuals who are afflicted with these conditions? I think not.  Our clients with eating disorders don’t walk around with blinders. We are not shielding them from anything they don’t already know.

Our clients want to be pushed. They don’t want to be handled with kid-gloves. It is our job to continue push their buttons. An astute eating disorder practitioner is not one that receives rave reviews because they were good listeners and colluded with their patients. A skilled eating disorder professional receives reviews that exude, “My therapist/doctor challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I often left our session in tears…and gained insight.”

The film did not clarify for the audience what was unconventional about Dr. Beckham’s treatment approach. In addition, although diversity of individuals with eating disorders were portrayed – vs the stereotype – along with eating disorders across the spectrum, Anorexia Nervosa was still highlighted as the top of the food chain per usual.

All in all, To the Bone focused on recovery, while it has initiated the needed conversation around eating disorders and its addictive nature. If we continue to shove this topic under the rug – this disease that affects millions of individuals – then we perpetuate its “disorder,” and it becomes as secretive as the sickness itself.

Mindfulness – Tools to Assist the Registered Dietitian in Working with Clients who have Eating Disorders

Many eating disorders coexist with other mental disorders such as
depression. Studies have discovered that mindfulness can bring out
positive emotions and suppress negative emotions and stress…

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Mindfulness is defined as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness
of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
It also means being aware of these thoughts and feelings without
passing judgment on oneself. Its origins come from a Buddhist
meditation practice and philosophy. Mindfulness is considered an
effective practice with or without the religious context of Buddhism6.
The objective of mindfulness is to live a life that is more internally
centered, meaningful, and with deeper inner peace by using its
practices.

Continue reading Beverly Price’s article here, as written for Academy of Nutrition, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders subgroup (DEED).

Three Essentials for an Outpatient Eating Disorders Program

In order to run a successful outpatient eating disorders program, the institute can’t stand alone…there has to be heart. Are you in this work for the right reasons? Is it only your left toe that is in the water, or are you all in? A passionate professional is committed to everything they do…

The essentials in the development an outpatient eating disorders treatment program are many, ranging from business planning to financial management. However, without vision, passion, and determination, the plan and financials mean very little. This article is written for those who have created, cultivated or work in outpatient eating disorders programs who want to be the best at what they do, and who are determined to do whatever it takes to continue to have their program be of service to patients.

via Three Essentials for an Outpatient Eating Disorders Program – Eating Disorders Catalogue

Diabetes and Eating Disorders: Yoga as an Adjunct

For someone struggling with diabetes and an eating disorder, Yoga can be a powerful adjunct to treatment. Read my article here-re posted from We are Diabetes:

http://www.wearediabetes.org/articles/166/diabetes-and-eating-disorders-yoga-as-an-adjunct

New Jersey Administrative Law Judge Rules in Favor of Kantor & Kantor Client in Eating Disorder Case

If you are an eating disorder treatment professional, Lisa Kantor  is an important person to know. We are all advocates on behalf of our patients, who need to focus on treatment, while we fight for their care.

Eating disorders professionals, when providing insurance-based treatment, need to check benefits thoroughly and document who they spoke to–checking twice is not a bad idea to determine any inconsistencies in the health plan reporting of benefits. Document the health plan representatives that you spoke with, including date, time and reference number.

When you admit the patient to your program or service, make sure to obtain the health plan document from the patient – the long 100 plus page document – that the health plan is required to provide the patient. The patient can also obtain this from their human resource department.

Previously, I was a guest blogger on Lisa Kantor’s blog when I as the owner of an eating disorders treatment center.  You can read more tips here on the blog that I wrote regarding advocating for your patient.

I have also shared Lisa Kantor’s recent victory in the link below – how appropriate for the upcoming Independence Day holiday where in our frame of reference, this type of victory is in fact a large step to our own internal freedom. Enjoy your holiday!

Kantor & Kantor, LLP provides exceptional representation for clients who need help with ERISA and insurance claims. Call our California attorneys today.

Source: New Jersey Administrative Law Judge Rules in Favor of Kantor & Kantor Client in Eating Disorder Case