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I Am Anorexic And It Is Thanksgiving. HELP!

If you are reading this, you are probably in recovery. (Or you mistook it for some Pro-Ana trash. Sorry, but read on anyway). All of my patients, whether they are suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating or Obesity want to know what to do at Thanksgiving. Depending upon the disorder, there are very specific challenges. If you have food addictions, the holiday is triggering. If you restrict, you may be attacked with a spoonful of mashed potatoes by a well-meaning grandmother. If you purge, you may be trying to remember where the most remote bathroom is at your Aunt’s house in case you blow it. I put out a call to action on Twitter and Facebook for questions/concerns about the ...
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“These Are a Few of My Favorite Fats…”

(Imagine Julie Andrews spinning through the alps, praising my favorite fats…) My four favorite fats are: Canola Oil Crisco Soybean Oil I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Just Kidding! Those are my most disliked fats. My favorite fats are: 100% grass-fed raw butter 100% grass-fed Ghee Organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil Italian, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil Best sources of fat: 100% grass-fed animals and game Wild caught fish that are low in mercury, high in selenium Coconuts and olives In general, those first four fats are hydrogenated, rendering them a trans fat and/or they contain GMO ingredients. Whereas my favorite fats are raw except for the Ghee, which is a clarified butter, and the fats found in grazed ...
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Thanksgiving. You Have Concerns. I Have Solutions.

There’s still time to send me a question for my special Thanksgiving Q&A blog post next week. If you have an eating disorder, or have a loved one with an eating disorder, and Thanksgiving is keeping you up at night, send me your concern. If you have been free from bingeing but the thought of navigating the dessert buffet is stressing you out,  send me your concern. If you have food issues and Thanksgiving is less of a gratitude event and more of a “grit your teeth through it” event, know that you are not alone. Send your Thanksgiving issue to or tweet me @drrenae. I’ll answer it in a special blog post next week. -Dr. Norton #GetSunEatCleanBeWell    

Fat Chance You Know The Truth About Fats

  For decades, we have been told that saturated fats are unhealthy and that they are the root cause of the epidemics of heart disease, obesity and high cholesterol in our society. This is simply not the case. Ansel Keys was perhaps the most well known researcher associated with these theories followed by Nathan Pritikin, creator of the Pritikin Diet. Both men got it wrong for various reasons. For example, when they looked at coconut oil, which is one of the best oils you can use, they used hydrogenated coconut oil. Any processed oil, especially hydrogenated oil, is going to be bad for you. Heat denatures protein and ruins the oil, making it dangerous to consume. So unrefined cold pressed ...

I Do Eat In Moderation! Until I Start Bingeing…

Many people today talk about being “addicted” to a food or foods. I think that most people believe they are using the term loosely, i.e. that they are not really “addicted”. I would disagree. I see far more people in my practice today with food addictions than without, regardless of the type of disordered eating they have. Many of them have been in treatment for years, sometimes half of their lives. Some of them are on disability because of their eating disorders, which I believe are driven by food addiction and by the complications of food addiction. Whether they are anorexic, obese or bulimic, they almost always have food addictions. I can’t tell you how many Anorexic patients I have ...

Thanksgiving. You Have Questions. I Have Answers.

Thanksgiving is a really hard holiday for a lot of people. For people who are newly recovering from an eating disorder it can be tough. For obese patients, the thought of having to face all that food is enough to make them want to skip the holiday altogether. For binge eaters, who are in an already stressful situation, they just want to hide out in the kitchen eating. For a patient with an eating disorder who is not in treatment, it can be an incredibly uncomfortable situation. For parents of a child with an eating disorder, the thought of having all that food on the table and the person not eating can make them livid. I could go on and ...

The Number One Food Myth and Our Denial

For the past week or so I have been talking about the moderation versus abstinence model when it comes to recovery from eating disorders and obesity. I advocate clean eating, or abstinence from polluted foods, which I define as follows: All organic fruits and vegetables (or sticking with the clean 15 and avoiding the dirty dozen) 100% grass-fed sources of animal protein Wild-caught fish low in mercury and not exposed to nuclear waste Oils that have been minimally processed, are organic and Non-GMO, – coconut, olive, ghee, grass-fed raw butter Foods free of MSG, GMOs and food additives, food coloring or chemicals used in processing Minimal grains – substitute hemp seed florettes or nut flowers No protein powders – use ...
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Residential Treatment’s Parting Gift to Patients: Bulimarexia

  Recently I wrote about the traditional model for treating Anorexia, which is a moderation model, versus my approach, which is abstinence (avoiding polluted foods altogether and eating only clean foods that nourish the body.) I pointed out how much easier it is to get someone with Anorexia to eat clean foods during re-feeding than it is to get them to eat processed/polluted foods. I also pointed out that they enter recovery sooner and are much less likely to relapse when the foods they eat nourish their minds and their bodies. In reality, when you force someone that is Anorexic to eat polluted foods during residential treatment, their eating disorder sometimes morphs into something new. It’s called Bulimarexia and it is ...
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What Does the Anorexic Know That We Don’t?

What Does the Anorexic Know That We Don’t? Last week I wrote about the new research on Anorexia and addiction. In a nutshell it turns out that the individual suffering from Anorexia is addicted to restricting. This research looked at stimulus and response. It doesn’t really explain how it happens. My theory is that the individual suffering from Anorexia conditions this response (not necessarily consciously) by continuously programming the advantages of fat free foods and demonizing foods with fat until the brain reacts accordingly. It’s a sort of feedback loop, s/he sees fat free food, the part of the brain that drives addiction fires up, and she is reinforced for seeking out more fat free foods. And/or s/he sees foods ...
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