February is the month of LOVE. What does a month of LOVE truly mean? For many of us, we think of the classic holiday Valentine’s Day, a month devoted to red and pink cards, bouquets of roses, and shiny, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates that somehow symbolize LOVE. When it comes to the month of LOVE, I think it is safe to say that Valentine’s Day is way over-rated. We at Natural Balance Nutrition believe that LOVE starts with loving yourself, your strengths and your “flaws,” and celebrating what makes you uniquely you! Even if loving yourself feels too challenging right now, you can still treat yourself with love by doing things that take care of you…including reaching out for help if struggling with a painful relationship with food. This week (February 21-27) marks the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. So instead of focusing on who is "loving you" through gifts and unrealistic expectations, what if you focused that energy on loving yourself and showing support for those you love?
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, with many cases not being reported (1). Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is providing a free, online eating disorders screening tool. Taking just 3 minutes can help save your life, or the life of someone you love. Click this link to take the confidential online screening to help determine if it is time to seek professional help: Get Screened.
Natural Balance Nutrition has partnered with NEDA in order to help promote eating disorder awareness. We are committed to being part of the integral treatment of eating disorders. Our mission is to assist clients in improving overall health and establishing a healthy relationship with food and body weight. We are here to help you rediscover your intuition!
Nutrition therapy is vital in the treatment of eating disorders because it is the component that has the biggest influence in regards to the physical health of the individual through restoring normalized eating patterns and nutrition status. Nutrition counseling sessions with an eating disorder Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is essential in the treatment of all types of eating disorders. Our specially trained RDNs can appropriately assess how to work with both the psychological and emotional aspects of an eating disorder to establish safe eating and body weight regulation behaviors.
Visit our website to learn more about eating disorders, our team, and how to get started in the treatment process.
With all our love,
Shelly Starrett, MS, MSHN, RDN Lisa Booth, MSHN, RDN, GFI Leslie Beggs, RDN, CPT, GFI
National Eating Disorders Association Web site [Internet].
Available from: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
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