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 april@ocnutritioncoaching.com

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Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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eating disorders

Work with an experienced dietitian.

While underlying thoughts and emotions remain at the core of a person’s illness and recovery, their relationship with food, eating and nutrition can play a major role in inhibiting or promoting the recovery process. Throughout the program, many opportunities are provided for patients to incorporate and practice their new balanced approach to eating.

 

While ED symptoms and behaviors can vary from person to person and between different eating disorder diagnoses, an unhealthy focus on food and/or nutrition is often present.  Individuals with EDs often have extensive and detailed knowledge about nutrition, but may be applying it in ways that inhibit rather than promote their health. In other cases, individuals may be rigidly adhering to nutrition information that is inaccurate, misleading or dangerous.  

 

Below is a list of behaviors and experiences commonly observed in individuals with eating disorders:

 

  • Chronic/Severe dieting

  • Eliminating specific food items

  • Eliminating entire food groups or categories of foods

  • Obsessive calorie counting, monitoring of nutrition labels or precise measuring of foods

  • Labeling foods as good vs. bad, clean vs. dirty, or relying on safe foods vs. fear foods

  • Difficulty eating around other people or in social situations

  • Extreme difficulty making decisions about food, as when ordering off of a menu at a restaurant

 

what to expect 

This program is designed to help address the following:   

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge Eating Disorder

  • Night Eating

  • Orthorexia Nervosa

  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

 

Nutrition therapy is an integral part of the eating disorder recovery process.  The primary role of nutrition therapy is to assist clients in normalizing their eating patterns:

 

  • Eating adequately to meet the body’s daily nutritional needs

  • A balanced and sustainable relationship with food, free from negative or distorted thoughts about oneself

  • Listening to and trusting your body’s internal cues to determine hunger and fullness

Individuals who have struggled with an eating disorder often lose touch with their body’s natural cues and signals regarding hunger and fullness; their metabolism, ability to process and regulate food, and enjoyment of food may also be disrupted. As part of the nutrition counseling process, meal plans are used to help provide support and structure as clients work towards repairing their relationship with food and their body. Ultimately, as normalized eating is maintained and clients learn to trust their bodies again, April helps clients move towards a practice of mindful and intuitive eating.