Anorexia is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.Continue reading
I wasn’t able to blog yesterday because I got involved in a yard project. I wanted to expand my patio by a few feet so that I could move the table and chairs into a corner and make more room for a glider for Moli and I to sit on during these gorgeous spring afternoons and evenings. It was tricky because I didn’t have any two by fours and it involved building up the side of the patio in order to level it out and accommodate a chair.Continue reading
Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite supplements, Resveratrol. Talk about the fountain of youth! Resveratrol just may be it. 🙂Continue reading
This Is going to be a short post… Not to complain, but I’ve been working all freaking day on a new PowerPoint. My eyes are falling out of their sockets, my butt hurts and my knees are stiff.Continue reading
I was devastated! How was I going to work out? How was I going to get any research or writing done on my books? Who would make my tea? How could I start my day seeing patients without this respite that was such an important part of my morning , my life? It is literally what motivated me to get up every morning…Continue reading
Today we are going to do a Chicken Parmesan that is scrumptious and super easy.
I used only two chicken breasts which is enough to last me for three meals. You could easily double the recipe. Here are the ingredients as I used them:Continue reading
We tend to blame the victims of disordered eating, no matter what form it takes. Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Emotional Eating and Obesity are all assumed to be the result of poor choices and/or emotional disturbances that lead to over eating. Anorexia is often perceived as a choice the patient makes to achieve cosmetic improvements.
The eating problems plaguing Americans are the direct result of the deficiencies and toxins in the food supply and are not the result of implusive choices or vanity.
The Big Pharma complex, industrial farming, and the food and beverage industries, (I call them Big Pharma, Big Farming and Big Food or the 3 Big Pigs) have worked hard to convince us that our foods, beverages and drugs are safe as long as we take/eat them in moderation.
The issue is serious. The United States has the distinction of being the unhealthiest wealthiest country in the world today. So, how can a country with so many economic and natural resources not maintain healthy eating habits? The answer is simple and scary. Not only are the foods and drugs constructed by the 3 Big Pigs not safe, they are driving the catastrophic decline in the health of Americans and seriously decreasing the quality of life for millions of people.
Clean food heals the dysfunction and diseases caused by polluted foods. One of the reasons my patients get well is that they learn to trust food again by learning how to “eat clean.” Clean eating empowers them—it frees them from the slavery of addiction, and it calms the anxiety they have about eating. The more clean food they eat, the fewer cravings they have because the systems that regulate eating behaviors and weight fluctuations stabilize in the presence of clean food. Under these circumstances my patients can learn new healthy eating patterns.
The sad thing is that most of the treatment for eating disorders completely ignores the role of food pollution during recovery. To highlight how important clean food is and how destructive therapies can be that ignore the problems with our food, I’m going to describe the experience of a young patient of mine (age 14) in a typical residential treatment program for eating disorders.
In the residential program MA was ingesting the majority of her calories in the form of Boost as a behavioral consequence of refusing to eat. She was also being kept in bed, all day, every day, for 13 days in a row. Understand she was not being kept in bed because she was too medically unstable to be up and around; she was kept in bed because she refused to eat. Her parents, or their insurance company, were paying a small fortune for this “treatment.”
Her treatment with me began by giving her choices about her food. She could pick whatever she wanted, as long as it was clean and had the necessary nutrients for her to slowly regain her weight. She slowly but consistently has expanded her foods to include everything she needs to thrive while consistently gaining weight.
Here is her experience with my approach to eating disorder treatment:
Did I mention this patient is only 14? She wasn’t asked to write this, she felt compelled to. After having such a terrible experience in residential treatment and finally finding a treatment program that was really working for her she needed to express what was changing in her relationship with food.
Whether you are bingeing, purging, restricting or are addicted- I guarantee that polluted food is playing a part in your illness. The food is at fault!
 These are the first 10 ingredients in Boost: water, sugar, corn syrup, milk protein concentrate, vegetable oil, (Canola, High Oleic Sunflower, Corn) soy protein isolate, and Carrageenan. The only ingredient that is not GMO or a form of processed L-Glutamine (MSG) which is highly addicting, is the water. (See Chapter _ Sources of Food Pollution)
“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of June 15th-21st, 2015.
NEWS:10 Foods That Will Ignite Your Energy
You’ve probably heard the term superfood—it’s often applied to things like brown rice, spinach, yogurt, tomatoes, and other healthy fare—but have you ever wondered what makes a food super? It’s about efficiency: Superfoods not only pack more nutritional punch per bite than other foods do, but they also have other properties that directly support the immune system, cut down on inflammation in the body, support mental health, and boost energy, stamina, and longevity. You can’t ask for much more than that from a single food! LEARN MORE
NEWS: 4 Sugar Secrets We Learned During Anne Alexander’s Facebook Q&A
Are you addicted to sugar? Don’t feel ashamed, it’s a vice millions of people are trying to overcome. To help get you on the right track, we recently invited Sugar Smart Express author Anne Alexander to answer readers’ sugar questions on the Rodale News Facebook page. Here are some of our favorite tips she shared: LEARN MORE
NEWS: At Least 110 Canned Food Brands Refuse to Give Up BPA
Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been implicated in health problems ranging from breast cancer to heart attacks. Since food brands aren’t eager to disclose whether they use the chemical, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed 252 brands of canned food to find out which ones do and which don’t use BPA. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Why You Eat At Night And How to Stop
People often say that your metabolism slows down at night, or that everything you eat after a certain hour “turns to fat.” That’s wrong. The problem is that people who eat late eat more. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Why Severe Anorexia Is so Difficult to Treat
Anorexia is the most deadly of any mental illness. So, why is proper treatment so hard to get, especially for people with a severe form of the disease? LEARN MORE
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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of June 1st-7th, 2015.
NEWS: Eating Disorders Affect Adults, Too
Autumn lost so much to an eating disorder that lasted nearly 40 years. The job she could not perform. The friends who drifted away. The energy to do the activities she loved. The ability to have children. LEARN MORE
NEWS: What Are The Healthiest Cooking Oils?
The average consumer today is spoiled for choice when it comes to cooking oils. Most stores (including health food stores) in the West tend to be packed with oils of various colors, tastes and origins, and it can be difficult to distinguish the healthy ones from the unhealthy ones. LEARN MORE
NEWS: McDonald’s Stops Reporting Monthly Sales to Hide Plummeting Fast Food Business
Anti-GMO activists and those who advocate for organic foods have a lot to be happy about regarding the recent decision by fast food retailer giant McDonald’s to stop publishing its traditional monthly revenue reports. Their decision has everything to do with the fact that more Americans are now making better food choices. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Reasons Not to Shop the Store Perimeter Exclusively
You’ve probably heard this advice before – if you want to eat healthy, buy food only from the store perimeter. The perimeter is where you’ll find fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, and fish. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Obesity May Be Tougher on Male Immune Systems Than Females
With the risk for obesity-associated diseases significantly higher for men than women, researchers compared how mice from each sex reacted to high-fat diets. They found that the difference may lie in the tendency of males to produce higher levels of white blood cells that encourage inflammation, which contributes to the negative health consequences of obesity such as insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. LEARN MORE
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