Gut bacteria refers to the millions of tiny organisms that live in our intestines. These little guys play a big role in our immunity and metabolism by producing nutrients, vitamins and other essential products. Research has shown that gut bacteria play a role in brain function - otherwise known as the “gut-brain axis” (Pedersen, 2019).
The Ketogenic or “Keto” Diet has been getting a lot of buzz recently. Essentially, the method includes a low-carb, moderate protein, high fat diet. Many people are using this fad diet for quick fix weight loss. However, I and other eating disorder savvy nutritionists are against the approach. While the science behind “Keto” has been clinically indicated in some very special circumstances, this diet is not sustainable for the general public nor safe for those recovery from eating disorders.
For some, there is nothing quite like a glass of wine or a cold beer after a long week . However, with drinking comes a responsibility. In most cases, drinking first starts in college despite the legal drinking age set at 21. College is associated with quite a high alcohol intake, close to 60% of college students aged 18-22 years drink alcohol (The Washington Post, 2019). A recent article in the Washington Post elaborated on the term “drunkorexia”, the combination of alcoholism and an eating disorder.
As a registered dietitian, I often get asked questions about various heath and nutrition trends. One popular health trend that has surfaced over the past decade is adopting a gluten free diet. While gluten free products were once confined to health food stores and specialty shops, now most restaurants and mainstream supermarkets offer several gluten free options.
Recovering from an eating disorder includes re-learning not only how to eat appropriately, but everything else that goes along with feeding yourself, too. Buying groceries, cooking, meal planning, meal prep... it can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
Loss, and the resulting condition of ‘grief’, is one of the most difficult things a human being endures. When you lose someone, it affects everything – your physical body, your emotions, your relationships, and every part of your life. For so many, it is a time of chaos and feeling out of control. A myriad of feelings arises as you are forced to face what lies ahead. It is at these stressful times that the relationship between food and grief can impact your health and introduce the possibility of disordered eating issues.
Integrated Eating™ is a concept developed from over 15 years of patients and colleagues telling me how I practice is radically different than other nutritionists in the Eating Disorder world. This approach stems from the aspect of integrating Body, Mind and Soul into recovery and engages all aspects simultaneously to form an enlightened or mastered form of eating.