I'm not sure if I have an Eating Disorder. How can I tell?
You can take the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) free self-assessment screening tool HERE. This is a good first step. You can also call, text or chat with a NEDA HERE.
I've been diagnosed with an Eating Disorder, how do I know if I am ready for Coaching?
This is a very individualized question. Something that we can definitely discuss together and help you decide. However, here a quick useful checklist for you to consider.
1. Have you ever (or are you currently) receiving Counseling or been through Treatment for an Eating Disorder specifically?
2. Can you understand to some degree your Eating Disorder experience and know when you're making choices toward or away from the Eating Disorder?
3. Are you in a place where you are able and willing to make changes.
Still not sure if your ready for Coaching? Schedule your free mini-session and let's talk.
What's the difference between Disordered Eating and an Eating Disorder?
Disordered Eating is:
Any negative relationship with food and our bodies.
A preoccupation with food and our bodies that diminishes our overall well-being (including emotional, mental, spiritual, relational and physical).
Viewed on a spectrum with an increasing level of intensity and a loss of control over eating behaviors. At the most extreme, disordered eating progresses to the point that it meets the threshold criteria and becomes a diagnosed Eating Disorder.
An Eating Disorder is:
A serious mental illness involving disturbances around food and body that meet the criteria in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). There is often a genetic component, social and biological factors, and a triggering event/environment. Eating Disorders require treatment and include a period of recovery.
Disordered eating behaviors may be the same as that of an Eating Disorder. It may even be the first signs of an Eating Disorder that has not progressed enough to meet the criteria (i.e. frequency and severity of behaviors) for an Eating Disorder.
What are Diet-Induced Eating Disorders?
Dieting often acts as the triggering event that is the catalyst for an Eating Disorder. Dieting usually results in a restrict-binge-purge cycle that causes biopsychosocial changes and can spiral into an Eating Disorder.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive Eating is the way we were born eating. Eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full. Choosing foods that are satisfying and nourishing for our minds and bodies. Intuitive Eating is the process of letting go of external food rules and relearning to connect with our hunger, fullness and satiety cues.
What is Orthorexia?
Orthorexia is a type of Eating Disorder characterized by increasing fixation on eating "healthy". However, an Orthorexic understanding of "healthy" is constantly shifting to limit more and more foods, adding them to the growing list of "off-limit" foods. Often times strict food rules develop around eating (what, where, when, how much, etc.) and preoccupation with calorie burning takes over.
What types of Eating Disorders do you Coach?
I work with people in recovery from all types of Eating Disorders; Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Overeating, Orthorexia, etc.