Eating Disorder Recovery and Getting the Most out of Your Yoga

Yoga is becoming an integral part of eating disorder treatment whether you are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder and regardless if you are in a residential, partial or outpatient level of care.

Your client’s relationship with food and all other relationships parallels their experience on their Yoga Mat.

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

This is the second article in the series. Learn about Yoga therapy for bulimia nervosa.

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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.

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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).

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

The Concurrent Nature of Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse: Yoga as an Adjunct to Treatment

Mindful Yoga and meditation can affect the cerebral cortex, improving focus and awareness. The cerebral cortex is the center of the brain that is responsible for impulses, irrational thoughts and behaviors. Activating the cerebral cortex can diminish the impulsivity along with irrational thoughts and behaviors involved in eating disorders, substance abuse and related addictions.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has concluded that at least one half of women who suffer from an eating disorder also suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD). While eating disorders, and substance use disorders are linked to higher risk for mortality than all other psychological disorders, the two are present together result in a much more damaging outcome.

The rate of comorbidity varies among eating disorder classifications with the prevalence of SUD in individuals with Bulimia Nervosa or Anorexia Nervosa purging type much greater than individuals with Anorexia Nervosa, restricting type. Researchers have reported a higher use of stimulants, sedatives, and cocaine in individuals with Bulimia Nervosa, with marijuana and hallucinogen use in those with Anorexia Nervosa.  It is speculated that the heighted impulsivity of those with Bulimia may reflect their more frequent use of these drugs along with the appetite suppressing nature of the drugs in individuals with Bulimia and those with Anorexia. It is also speculated that the escape offered by the drugs maybe appealing to those who suffer from anxiety associated with eating disorders.

Researchers at the University of Washington concluded that the onset of an SUD could be predicted in individuals with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa if the individual had attempted suicide, or had been hospitalized. Furthermore, the severity of the bulimic symptoms could also be used to predict a future SUD.

For professionals working with eating disorder patients, a thorough knowledge of and specialized training in substance abuse is warranted, along with understanding the research regarding eating disorders and co-occurring substance use disorder. In a therapeutic setting, a thorough history needs to be completed in order to assess an individual’s comorbidity. It’s not acceptable for the clinician to omit an SUD diagnosis because the individual did not report substance use to that respective clinician – especially when the SUD is clearly documented in the individual’s history. If it is not documented, digging deep is a must for the clinician, given the concurrent nature of eating disorders and SUD. A thorough history can determine the degree of co morbidity in eating disorder patients and may also be used in determining treatment options that suit the patient’s unique coexisting disorders.

Behavioral therapies alone, or along with medications can be a highly effective for of treatment that can lead to more positive outcomes. Another treatment option for co-morbidities is Yoga therapy. Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga. Yoga therapy incorporates a number of positive mind and body practices such as deep breathing, relaxation, deep meditation, and postural exercises. It adapts the practice of Yoga to an individual’s specific condition, and in the treatment of co-occurring eating disorders and substance abuse disorders, can be adapted to enforce a positive mental outlook, improved self-awareness and acceptance, and can relax and ground a patient.

Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, calming nervous activity. In recent studies, Yoga has been shown to increase the levels of GABA in the brain by more than 20 percent. This is important because people dealing with substance abuse usually exhibit low levels of GABA.

Mindful Yoga and meditation can affect the cerebral cortex, improving focus and awareness. The cerebral cortex is the center of the brain that is responsible for impulses, irrational thoughts and behaviors. Activating the cerebral cortex can diminish the impulsivity along with irrational thoughts and behaviors involved in eating disorders, substance abuse and related addictions.

The Concurrent Nature of Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders – Yoga as an Adjunct to Treatment Two (1) contact hours Tuesday June 20, 2017 11:45 am – 1:00 pm at Henry Ford Maplegrove, West Bloomfield, MI – Speaker BEVERLY PRICE, RD, MA, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT, CEDRD-S, IAEDP For more information or to register: Jessica Jacobs LMSW, MSW, CAADC (248)788-3011.

A special thank you to Bridgette Grabowski, NDTR, who researched the original content for this article.

Stay In Your Own Lane

Stay in your own lane. Need I say more?

I heard this quote on the radio today. It rang so true, as the saying seems to epitomize life lately. As you shake your head when others want to focus on you, versus growing themselves, keep this quote handy – and just smile…And as another saying goes-aside from sweep your side of the street, stay in your own lane. Need I say more?