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Tuna and Egg Salad on Romain lettuce

What is it about lettuce that makes it such a divine alternative to bread? I made myself some tuna and egg salad, which has always been a favorite of mine since I was little, but since I stopped eating bread years ago, I have found Romain lettuce to be the perfect alternative to bread.

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Diabulimia

Diabulimia is an eating disorder in which individuals with Type 1 Diabetes purposefully give themselves less insulin than they require, with the intention of losing weight. The eating disorder is most common in woman between the ages of 15 and 30. According to Dr. Ann E. Goebel-Fabbri, about 30% of diabetic woman restrict their insulin to induce weight loss at some point in their lives.

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Children with Eating Disorders

bullying and eating disorders

Does Your Child Suffer From An Eating Disorder?

Children that are bullied over their size are more likely to develop psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and eating disorders. 26% of sixth graders are bullied, teased, or rejected daily based on their size. This increases to 61% by high school. Additionally, obese children are 1.6 times more likely to be bullied by non-obese children.

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One Of My Favorite Supplements

Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite supplements, Resveratrol.  Talk about the fountain of youth! Resveratrol just may be it. 🙂 

Resveratrol
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Friday, April 22, 2020

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.  

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Change can be a good thing!

Hot Tea

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…

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The Best Vitamin C

In our newsletter this week we talked about the importance of vitamin C. 

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In this blog I want to give you some ideas about how to source the best vitamin C. The best vitamin C comes from Kakadu Plum from Australia or Camu Camu from the Amazon Rainforest.

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Keto Granola

Keto Granola

I made granola for the first time, And if I do say so myself, it is absolutely amazing! Truth be told, it is a keto granola. But I think anyone would enjoy it. It is both crunchy and chewy at the same time. Go figure! It is loaded with collagen, vitamin C, protein, and chocolate.

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Scrumptious and Super Easy Chicken Parmesan

Super Easy Chicken Parmesan

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:

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When Is “Bingeing” Actually Binge Eating Disorder?

BED

We use the word “binge” very casually in our society.  We “binge” watch episodes of our favorite shows on DVR or Netflix.  We “binge” listen to podcasts.   Most of us probably “binged” on Star Wars movies before.

But when is bingeing on food actually Binge Eating Disorder?

Consider a time when you thought you were bingeing and ask yourself the following questions:

*. Did you consume an abnormally large amount of food in a short period of time as compared with what others might eat in the same amount of time under similar circumstances?

*.  Did you experience a loss of control over eating during these episodes?Do you consume food faster than normal?

*.  Do you feel fuller than usual?

*.  Are you consuming large amounts of food when not hungry?

*.  Are you consuming food alone due to embarrassment over the amount of food you are eating?

*.  Do you feel disgusting, guilty or depressed after the binge?

*.  Do you feel distressed about the binge?

Finally, think about your behavior over a period of time.

Has the binge eating occurred at least once a week for 3 months?

It is important to note that weight gain may or may not be associated with BED. And while there is a correlation between BED and weight gain, not everyone who is overweight binges or has BED.

If you find yourself answering yes to these questions, I am here to help.

Email me at drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com or call 513-205-6543 to schedule an appointment.  Tele-therapy phone sessions available.

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: Food Addiction with Kay Sheppard

Kay Sheppard food addiction

Join us on WEDNESDAY April 2 at 7:30 pm EST as we welcome Kay Sheppard to the show! Kay is a licensed mental health counselor, a certified eating disorders specialist, and author of “Food Addiction: The Body Knows” and “From the First Bite“. You can tune in HERE!

Some background information about our guest…

“A licensed mental health counselor and a certified eating disorders specialist, Kay Sheppard conducts workshops for food addicts worldwide.

Since the beginning her own recovery in 1977, Sheppard has helped thousands of people live happy and healthy lives by following her comprehensive recovery program.

Find out how to eliminate cravings for sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine and personal trigger foods by using her Recovery Food Plan; how to recognize the dangers in so-called “health” foods; how to overcome emotional barriers to recovery; how to find recovery buddies; how to recognize the warning signs of relapse; and how to incorporate the Twelve Steps into your life to stay motivated and achieve success.”

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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Obesity & Eating Disorder Recovery Recipe: Lemon Carrot Cake Pops

Photo Credit: Cameron Knight ckpj.com

Photo Credit: Cameron Knight, ckpj.com

Lemon Carrot Cake Pops

Ingredients:

For the Filling –

2 large Granny Smith Apples (about 1 lb), peeled, cored & quartered
1 large carrot (add more carrots and/or apples if they are small)
1/2 cup or more shredded coconut
3 Tablespoons cashew butter
1/3 cup crushed or finely ground pecans, raw or toasted
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon 100% vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon juice and zest of one medium lemon
2 teaspoons apple juice
pinch of salt

For the Coating –
1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
2 tablespoons unrefined/cold pressed coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon 100% vanilla extract
zest of one medium sized lemon
coconut nectar
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar

Grate the prepared apples and carrots.
Combine and squeeze the mixture a few times.
Transfer to a fine mesh strainer and press out as much juice as you can.
Set the juice aside and transfer the pulp into a medium sized bowl.
Add lemon zest to the bowl.
Add in coconut, cashew butter, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut palm sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, apple juice, and salt.
Combine well, using hands. Form into a ball.
Roll into 10 golf-ball sized balls. If too dry, add more juice. If too wet, add more coconut.
Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Add a lollipop or popsicle stick if making cake pops, skip this step if you are making cake balls.
Freeze for 45 minutes, or until firm.

Next, melt coconut butter and coconut oil until just melted. Combine in short drinking glass with vanilla, lemon zest, coconut nectar, and coconut palm sugar.
To assemble cake pops, take an egg carton, turn upside down, poke medium sized holes into each section. If you’re making cake balls, skip this step and just line a baking sheet with parchment.
Dip each cake ball in the coating. Let the excess coating drip off.
Stir coating mixture occasionally. Coating should harden.
Place each cake pop (stick side down) into a section of the egg carton.
Once all cake pops are dipped, dip each cake pop a second time. Let coating harden, transfer to a container, store in fridge.

Nutrition (1 cake pop) – 225 calories, 17 g fat, 2 g protein, 15 g carbs, 4 g fiber

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

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Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Traditional Foods [Show Notes]

Eating Disorders, Obesity, Traditional Foods Dr. Ron

On this week’s podcast we welcomed Dr. Ron Schmid to the show.  Dr. Ron is the founder of Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure and author of The Untold Story of Milk and Traditional Foods are Your Best Medicine.

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What We Covered:

3:33 – About Dr. Ron
9:18 – Prostrate Health, Red Meat, and Dairy
18:18 – Is raw milk beneficial to our health? Where to find raw dairy products?
22:30 – What to do about rising PSAs and enlarged prostrate
25:10 – Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Metabolic Typing, and Eating Disorder Recovery
31:33 – The importance of high quality food and supplements
33:20 – The role of nutrition in developing a healthy spirit and mind
34:10 – How our underlying assumptions affect our goals to attain optimal health
39:00 – Supplements, fillers, and additives
41:16 – Can we get all of our nutrition from food? Why do we need to take supplements?
46:08 – Supplements that help with eating disorder related hair loss
47:35 – Changes in the complications of eating disorders

Links We Discussed:

Dr. Ron’s Ultrapure

Dr. Kelley’s Cancer: Curing the Incurable

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

 

Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and Addiction

David Wiss Eating Disorders

Join us WEDNESDAY January 15 at 7:30 pm EST as we welcome David Wiss to the show. David is the founder of ‘Nutrition in Recovery‘ in Los Angeles and specializes in the nutritional management of food addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders, weight management, sports nutrition and general wellness. You can tune into the show HERE.

This episode is especially important if you suffer from food addiction, obesity or an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, or binge eating disorder.

Some background information about David:

“David A. Wiss, MS, RDN, CPT, grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. He earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at California State University, Northridge, and completed training to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). His Master’s Thesis “Nutrition and Substance Abuse” was a multisite and multidisciplinary investigation into the special needs of addicts and alcoholics within the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Mr. Wiss is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Additionally, he is a on the executive committee of the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, and is the Research and Grants Committee Chair for the Los Angeles District of the California Dietetic Association. Mr. Wiss’ private practice Nutrition In Recovery operates out of Los Angeles, CA and specializes in the nutritional management of: Food Addiction, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, and General Wellness.”

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Let’s Connect!
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Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement

Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: Clean Eating & Eating Disorder Recovery with Amber Romaniuk

Amber Romaniuk Eating Disorder Recovery

Join us on WEDNESDAY January 1 at 7:30 pm EST as we welcome Amber Romaniuk to the show. We’ll be having an inspiring discussion about Amber’s struggles with emotional eating and food addiction and her recovery journey. Amber is the founder of Nourish This Life and is a R.H.N. Holistic Nutritionist graduate from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Additionally, she is the author of a brand new cookbook “Amber Approved Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar-free Recipes“.

This episode is especially important if you suffer from obesity or an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, or binge eating disorder. You can tune in HERE.

Some background info about our guest:

“Amber Romaniuk, founder of Nourish This Life, Calgary, Alberta, is an R.H.N. Holistic Nutritionist graduate from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She offers a unique edge of understanding for supporting individualized plans and nutritional coaching to clients suffering from a spectrum of imbalances including: digestive, hormonal and adrenal imbalances, inflammation, stress, enzyme deficiency, food allergy/sensitivity and blood sugar imbalances.

She also has a deep personal awareness of emotional, compulsive, and binge eating as well as an incredible depth of knowledge regarding the connection between the physical and psychological imbalances these have on the body, mind and soul.

Amber is also involved in public speaking to educate those interested on how to take the steps involved to shift to a healthier lifestyle.

Amber is also a Advisory Council & founding member of the Calgary Holistic Chamber of Commerce, part of BNI Integrity, and a part of the Evolutionary Business Institute. She is writing her first cookbook titled “Amber Approved: Gluten, Sugar & Dairy-Free Recipes to Nourish This Life” was released on December 10th with all dairy, sugar and gluten-free recipes.

With a huge passion for cooking and creating new allergen-free recipes, both for her website and clients, she can help support your nutritional needs. There is a way to replace or transform any refined food or recipe into a cleaner, healthier, whole-foods creation that will satisfy and nourish the taste buds, appetite and soul, and Amber can teach you how.

Striving to provide you with a supportive, professional, and positive environment, when you Nourish This Life the seed of a trusting relationship can be planted to grow and flourish. Along with plenty of suggestions for creative meal plans and nourishing food, Amber knows the best way to support your shift to a healthier whole-foods lifestyle and set you up for success is by education, encouragement, and adding variety, rather than deprivation or strict diets.

For Amber, it’s about thoroughly understanding why you have been choosing certain habits and living the lifestyle you have been living. It’s her goal to support you by working toward shifting these habits, over time, to a state of balance that will change your life for the better. She is extremely excited to be part of such a talented team of practitioners and to start her practice at the Mount Royal Health Center. 

Amber’s Personal Story

Amber brings much life experience to her work. She knows first-hand how poor-quality food choices and using food to cope with emotions can create many different imbalances in the body and mind. Over a span of six years, Amber began taking responsibility for her health and became aware of how foods impacted her on a mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual level. She overcame a lack of self-love and emotional eating while learning how to listen to her body as well as love and nourish it the way it deserved in order to shift to a more balanced state.

Amber has developed a strong interest in learning about the connection between nutrient dense foods and the positive impact they have on supporting the body as a whole.

Every person is unique and always changing and, therefore, will require different nutritional and lifestyle needs to support balance and optimal health on an ongoing basis.

You may think: Where do I start? I don’t know what to do first. I don’t know what a chia seed is, or I love sugar too much to ever think of eliminating it from my diet.

It may seem too difficult or intimidating.

Amber started out in that space too, and she knows that through time, learning, and creating a space to be open to trying new foods, it’s totally possible. Anything is.”

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Let’s Connect!
 

Like me on Facebook

Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement

Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: The Whole30 with Melissa Hartwig – Encore Presentation [Show Notes]

Eating Disorder Pro Podcast Cincinnat

On this week’s episode we replayed one of our most popular show with Melissa Hartwig, co-author of It Starts with Food and co-founder of the Whole30 Program

Current Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Eating Disorder Pro on BlogTalkRadio

In this episode we covered:

0:42 – About Melissa Hartwig.
5:37 – Tell us a bit about yourself! What’s your background? How did you become interested in nutrition?
8:20 – What is kettlebell training?
9:40 – What does the “9” stand for in “The Whole 9”?
10:34 – How would you describe your approach to fitness?
14:10 – What is The Whole30?
15:40 – What percentage of people successfully complete The Whole30 program?
16:50 – How many people are affected by Leaky Gut?
18:40 – The Whole30 doesn’t include grains or dairy. What are the problems with these foods?
28:49 – Caller Question: What do you suggest for individuals that have difficulty eating breakfast (either from being nauseated in the morning, or just not having an appetite)? What is the cause of morning nausea and lack of appetite?
35:56 – What is your favorite Whole30 success story?
38:38 – Why do so many people have difficulty with eating intuitively?
41:40 – How is The Whole30 different than the Paleo diet?
42:49 – Is coconut palm sugar okay to eat on The Whole30?
46:17 – Caller Question: Why are so many people misinformed about nutrition and healthy eating?

Links We Discussed

Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s website: Whole9
Upcoming Whole30 Nutrition Seminars
Whole9 Success Story: Gerry C.

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Take my new Eating Disorder survey!

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Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast Show Notes: Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder with Brian Cuban

Body Dsymorphic Disorder Brian Cuban

This week we had great conversation with Brian Cuban, author of “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder“. Brian described what it is like to suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) from the male perspective. His experiences, especially his recovery is inspirational. If you or your loved one suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, you’ll definitely want to listen in!

Popular Health Internet Radio with Eating Disorder Pro on BlogTalkRadio

What We Covered:

2:50 – About Brian Cuban

4:00 – Caller Question: How do you get people to not think you are ‘crazy’ when you tell them you have Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, or binge eating disorder?

11:30 – What advise would you give to other men suffering from eating disorders and/or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?

13:58 – What are the symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?

16:12 – Brian Cuban’s story.

24:18 – When did you begin your recovery from Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

25:03 – What inspired you to recover?

37:27 – Why is society so much less receptive of eating disorders in males?

43:20 – Caller Question: As a teacher, what should I do if I suspect a student is suffering from and eating disorder?

51:14 – Brian Cuban’s advice to parents of a child with an eating disorder

Links We Discussed

The Four Agreements

www.briancuban.com

Shattered Image by Brian Cuban

The Maji and Mongo Books

Our FREE ‘Lifestyle’ Handbook

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Let’s Connect!
Like me on Facebook

Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement

Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

©2013, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2013, Dr J Renae Norton. //edpro.wpengine.com’.

Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: The Dark Side of Fat Loss with Sean Croxton [Encore Presentation]

Sean Croxton Dark side of fat loss

Join us on FRIDAY December 6 at 12:00 pm EST for a special encore presentation with our interview with Sean Croxton, founder of Underground Wellness and author of The Dark Side of Fat Loss. We had a great discussion about  the complete code of conduct for healthy living and nutrition so that you can be the healthiest, fittest version of yourself, free of excess fat, depression, anxiety, sweet cravings, sleep issues, low libido and the signs and symptoms of common degenerative diseases!

This episode is especially important if you suffer from a obesity or an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, or binge eating disorder. You can tune in HERE.

Check out my review of the Dark Side of Fat Loss HERE.

A bit of background info about Sean Croxton:

“The word most often used to describe Sean is PASSIONate! This passion comes from a lifelong love of fitness and health, and a dream to revolutionize the way THE WORLD thinks about health. Recognizing the failures of health care, Sean promotes the concept of self care. In order to regain and/or maintain superb health, we must become more responsible for ourselves.

After graduating from San Diego State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology (emph: fitness, nutrition, and health), Sean began his journey as a certified personal trainer. Despite his extensive education in health, he was met with much failure as clients got heavier and sicker. Client programs consisted of endless cardio and the horrific Food Guide Pyramid. Rather than accept defeat, Sean took his failures as an opportunity for growth. He has since spent thousands of hours educating himself on the many truths that eluded him throughout his formal education, often joking that he got his Master’s from Amazon.com.”

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Let’s Connect!
Like me on Facebook

Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement

Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

©2013, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2013, Dr J Renae Norton. //edpro.wpengine.com’.

Body Dysmorphia and Anorexia

Body Dysmorphic Disorder treatment

Systems theory tells us that in order to solve a problem we have to use the right set of assumptions. Further, it tells us that if we use the wrong assumptions, the problem will continue to get worse. Suffice it to say, the underlying assumptions of those suffering with eating disorders are incorrect. One good example is the role that body dysmorphia plays in driving disordered eating – Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is not the same thing. I should point out that not all individuals that suffer from Anorexia suffer from body dysmorphia, but many do.

The underlying assumptions of those Anorexics suffering from body dysmorphia include:

  • Imagined defects in appearance. “My thighs are fat.” Or  “My belly sticks out too much.” (In an individual weighing 70 pounds)
  • Preoccupation with weight – I weigh too much. I would be more attractive if I lost weight. No one can respect me if my weight goes over 100 pounds.
  • Obsessive compulsive behavioral patterns – “I must try on every pair of jeans to make sure that they still fit.”
  • Social Isolation – “I know when they look at me, they think I’m fat. It’s better if I just avoid them.”

Obviously these are all incorrect underlying assumptions that will drive more disordered eating. If you have had a patient or a family member with anorexia, then you probably know how useless it is to try and convince the sufferer that the assumptions are wrong. They will assume that you are trying to fool them or trick them into changing so that they will be “fat” like you.  I find that it works better to focus upon behavior and the medical necessity of eating.  It also helps if they have people depending upon them to be well. Family support, instead of judgment is critical.

On my blogtalk radio show The Eating Disorder Pro, which airs every Wednesday at 7:30 pm EST and comes to you from Cincinnati, Ohio, my guest Brian Cuban, talked about his book  Shattered Image.  On December 11, Mr. Cuban will describe what it is like to suffer from BDD from the male perspective. His experiences, especially his recovery is inspirational, so be sure to tune in if you are traveling that road yourself. What was so interesting is the fact that his false underlying assumptions were not very different from what we think of as a female perspective when it comes to body image. Like many people with eating disorders, he had some pretty painful experiences as a child, not the least of which was a weight problem along with a mom that fat-shamed him. Ouch! He was also the victim of bullying.  Obviously, this was a recipe for disaster.

Check out Brian Cuban’s book to get a good sense of the incorrect underlying assumptions and how he eventually dismantled them for his own recovery. Be sure to tune in on WEDNESDAY December 11 at 7:30 pm.

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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Obesity & Eating Disorder Treatment Recipes: Apple Crisp and Baked Sweet Potato Rounds [video]

Eating Disorder Recovery: Apple Crisp

We recently started offering cooking classes in Cincinnati to patients that are in treatment for obesity, anorexia, bulimarexia, or binge eating disorder. During the class, participants pick up basic cooking tips for preparing “clean” luscious tasting dishes, dressings, marinades, and soups.  A few weeks ago we made Apple Crisp and Baked Sweet Potato Rounds.

Check out the video below to see how we made it!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity – Eating Disorder Treatment Testimony

There is nothing more rewarding than to travel with a patient down the road to recovery from an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or bulimarexia. The road to recovery can be a bumpy road, but the results are well worth the hard work. Today we received a heart-warming testimony from one individual that received outpatient treatment at my treatment center in Cincinnati.

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“If you had told me how much my life would change over the past year and a half, I would not have believed you.

A year and a half ago I was trapped; wedged between the controlling anorexic voice and a longing to be myself. I was falling, drowning, diminishing into an infinite dark abyss from which I could not escape. Literally. Right before my eyes and the eyes of my family and friends.

Two years prior to that, in October 2010, I was admitted against my will to the hospital for treatment for anorexia nervosa. I was taken out of college and for two weeks I was confined to bed, banned from showering, and forced to eat every single meal and snack that was placed in front of me. I was compliant, mainly because I felt like I had no other option, and I wanted nothing but to return to school. Having my family see me in such a helpless and horrific condition was the most humiliating experience of my life.

Once I was out of the hospital I was compliant with the outpatient treatment because I needed to reach a certain weight if I wanted to return to school. I eventually made the weight goal, mainly by consuming sweets and processed foods. I was not happy with what I was putting into my body but I convinced myself that I could do it long enough to return to school.

Back at school, a huge wave of relief washed over me. I thought to myself, “I can finally go back to eating healthy and working out so I can lose this fat I’ve put on.” I wanted to eat healthy and take care of my body, but my only knowledge of ‘healthful’ eating was based on the skewed eating habits that drove my anorexia. I strongly believed in eating organic, non-GMO food and animals that did not have any added hormones and that were raised respectfully. While these options were available to me at home, my school provided none of them. Consequently, I went back to the eating habits that landed me in the hospital: restricting myself to fruit and vegetables in the cafeteria and absolutely no meat. I did not want to ingest any harmful chemicals. If I could not eat clean and organic, then I simply wouldn’t eat. While it was incredibly difficult to eat this way, I didn’t know what else to do. I regarded gaining weight as a sin. I remember thinking, “How am I ever going to be able to keep restricting myself like this for the rest of my life?” I felt like I had no choice.

With no one keeping a close eye on me, I began losing weight again. The weight continued to come off until I reached about the same weight I was when I was admitted to the hospital.

In June of 2012 I broke down. I knew that the anorexia had gotten the best of me once again. I didn’t know where to go or who to turn to for help. I was not about to return to the hospital, but I knew that I needed some kind of assistance. My parents did some research online and found Dr. Norton, a psychologist offering outpatient treatment of eating disorders in Cincinnati. I was hesitant for her aid, but I knew I couldn’t recover alone. She advertised organic, clean, and wholesome eating in her eating disorder recovery program and that seemed like an optimal fit for me. I called her and scheduled my first appointment.

Before I met Dr. Norton, I was very much aware of “clean eating” however, Dr. Norton provided me with the tools to apply it to my life. At home, my parents always had complete control over the cooking and at school I had no say in what foods the cafeteria prepared. I knew that clean eating was what I truly desired for my body but I was unaware of how to incorporate it into my life.

Dr. Norton saved my life. I cannot express in words how much she has done for me. She has given me the tools to overcome my anorexic thoughts and an incredible amount of knowledge on clean eating.

Clean eating has completely changed my relationship with food. It has enabled me to feel confident in the fact that I am not ingesting harmful chemicals, GMOs, or hormone fed animals. I know that I am putting true nourishment and lovingness into my body. I can eat a meal and know exactly where everything came from. I no longer have ‘reward foods’ – unhealthy foods that I craved but that I would only allow myself to eat after a strenuous workout. I now consider clean eating a reward in itself every day. Clean eating has allowed me to feel confident about gaining weight in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight for the first time in my life.

As a type one diabetic, clean eating has also enabled me to have better control of my blood sugars. This is an incredible feeling, as my blood sugars and insulin dosage are a daily battle.

My anorexic behaviors and thoughts were driven by a desire for strength and control. I exhibited that by restricting and tearing my body down. Now I know that gaining strength is accomplished by building my body up and by nourishing myself with wonderful and wholesome foods. Now I see myself becoming stronger by caring for myself to the best of my ability. I have not only grown stronger in mind, but body as well. I am physically capable of lifting more and heavier weights than ever before. I also have the stamina to run for longer distances. Coming home from a run or walk I am no longer incredibly fatigued. Instead, I feel re-energized and revitalized.

As a part of loving myself, I don’t have to restrict anymore. I don’t want to restrict anymore. My sense of control comes from the knowledge that I am doing the absolute best for myself in any given situation. I am trusting and loving myself – the real me.

I never thought I would be able to enjoy eating. I thought the mean, toxic, and judgmental anorexic voice in my head was something that would be constantly present for the rest of my life. I never thought I would be able to look in the mirror and love my body. I am more proud and confident in my mind, body, and spirit than I ever imagined possible.

I owe an incredible amount of thanks to not only Dr. Norton, but my parents. They have supported me my entire life. They have remained by my side through the worst of days and the best of days. They have given me nothing but kindness, empowerment, and unconditional love. I would not be where I am today without them. Thank you Mom and Dad, from the bottom of my heart. I love you both so darn much.

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

S.M.”

Read more testimonials HERE.

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) with Kim Schuette

Kim Schuette - GAPs and Eating Disorder Treatment

Join us on WEDNESDAY October 30  at 7:30 pm EST. We’ll be speaking with Kim Schuette about “Eating Disorder Treatment and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet”. Kim Schuette is Clinical Nutritionist and GAPS Certified Practitioner. This episode will be prerecorded, but you can submit your questions through our contact form. You can tune in HERE.

Some background information about our guest:

“Kim has been in private practice in the field of nutrition since 1999. She earned her certification as a Certified Nutritionist in 2002 from the National Institute of Nutrition Education and in that same year established Biodynamic Wellness, now located in Solana Beach, California, which staffs four additional nutritionists whom she has mentored. Her love for organic gardening, gourmet cooking and healing through foods and real food-based nutritional therapies led her into a practice where she offers private consultations specializing in nutritional and biotherapeutic drainage therapy to address gut/bowel and digestive disorders, male and female hormonal imbalances, cancer support, ADD/ADHD challenges and a myriad of other health concerns. Kim introduced the GAPS Diet to clients in 2006 and in 2011 became a Certified GAPS™ Practitioner under the guidance of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Additionally she has been trained in hair mineral analysis, salivary hormone balancing and blood chemistry assessment.

Kim teaches numerous workshops centered on the work of Drs. Weston Price, Francis Pottenger and Melvin Page. Her workshop topics range from children’s health and female hormonal concerns to transitioning to a whole foods diet. Kim is an award-winning activist for her work in children’s nutrition and preconception nutrition. Additionally, she was named “Best Alternative Health Practitioner of 2013” by Ranch & Coast Magazine in their annual “Best of San Diego” edition in March 2013. She serves on the honorary board of the Weston A. Price Foundation as well as the San Diego Chapter co-leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is the mother of three healthy children (two adults and one teenager). Kim resides in Encinitas, California with her husband and their youngest son.

You can learn more at Biodynamicwellness.com and Gapsinfo.com.”

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.Let’s Connect!
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Obesity and Eating Disorder Recovery Blog: Mashed Cauliflower

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In my experience, clients that are in treatment for bulimia, binge eating disorder, anorexia or bulimarexia are typically faced with an increased risk of inadequate nutrition. To this end, I try to provide my clients and readers nutritious and delicious recipes to enjoy both during and after their recovery journey at ‘The Norton Center for Eating Disorders & Obesity’.

Eating healthy can be quick and easy once you get the hang of it. The key is in the planning. When you get into the habit of having the right ingredients on hand, meal preparation is a breeze, not a source of agony.

For more recipes, be sure to visit my Recipe Corner!

Mashed Cauliflower

  • 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
  • 2-4 capfuls garlic juice
  • 1/2 cup Kalona cottage cheese or any organic, grassfed cottage cheese
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Snipped fresh chives for garnish (optional)

The easiest way to grate cauliflower is to do it in a food processor using the grating blade. If you do not have one, a cheese grater works. The idea is to use as much of the head as possible.  It should look like snow when you are done.

Place grated cauliflower into a microwaveable, covered dish. Do not add water. Microwave cauliflower for 3 minutes and drain well.

Place the grated microwaved cauliflower and the above ingredients in a food processor. Pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with butter and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.

Serves 6.

Nutrition Info: Per serving – 100 calories, 6 g of fat, 3 g of protein, 6 g of carbs, 1 g of fiber

Obesity and Eating Disorder Recovery Recipe: Gluten-free Quiche

Gluten Free Quiche

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In my experience, clients that are in treatment for bulimia, binge eating disorder, anorexia or bulimarexia are typically faced with an increased risk of inadequate nutrition. To this end, I try to provide my clients and readers nutritious and delicious recipes to enjoy both during and after their recovery journey at ‘The Norton Center for Eating Disorders & Obesity’.

Eating healthy can be quick and easy once you get the hang of it. The key is in the planning. When you get into the habit of having the right ingredients on hand, meal preparation is a breeze, not a source of agony.

This recipe for quiche has a cauliflower crust that is awesome, and it is loaded with good fat and gluten free!

Gluten-free Bacon (or Mushroom) Quiche Crust

Ingredients:
2 cups grated cauliflower* (Use stems of florets, but not green parts The easiest way to grate cauliflower is to do it in a food processor using the grating blade. If you do not have one, a cheese grater works. The idea is to use as much of the head as possible.  It should look like snow when you are done.)
2 eggs
1 cup organic coconut flour
a pinch of salt, pepper, italian herbs
1/2 c shredded organic, grassfed mozzarella or provolone cheese (grate your own please)
1/2 c grassfed butter
1/2 Trader’s Point Whole Milk, or any raw/lightly pasteurized, organic, grassfed milk
1 cap of garlic juice

  1. Microwave cauliflower for 3 minutes and drain well. Do not add water! Let it cool completely.
  2. Now you have to wring it out – if you don’t,  it won’t work! Just put it in a clean dish towel and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients with cauliflower to form the dough.
  4. Form into a ball and roll out or simply press it into a 9″ glass pie dish.

Bacon (or Mushroom) Filling

8 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (or 1 cup diced mushroom caps plus butter for sautéing)
1/2 onion, diced
Salt, pepper, Bourbon-smoked Paprika
1 cap garlic juice
6 large eggs
1 cup Trader’s Point full-fat milk (or Snowville heavy cream), or raw/lightly-pasteurized organic grass-fed milk/cream
1 cup shredded cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake pie shell for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven; lower the temperature to 325 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon (or mushroom in grass-fed butter) over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 5 minutes; using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper as well garlic juice to the bacon fat in the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 or 4 minutes. Transfer the onion to the baked pie shell.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the cream using a mixer; stir in the cheese (sautéed mushroom) and the cooked bacon.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Bake until set, about 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Info

Bacon Quiche – one serving – (made with full fat milk) – 495 calories, 40 g of fat, 18 g of protein, 15 g of carbs, 6 g of fiber

Mushroom Quiche – one serving – (made with full fat milk) – 410 calories, 32 g of fat, 15 g of protein, 14 g of carbs, 6 g of fiber

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 

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Show Notes: Making Healthy Eating Easy with Carmen Johnson

Carmen Johnson - Making Healthy Eating Easy

On this week’s episode we spoke with Carmen Johnson about how to make healthy eating easy! If you missed the episode, I’d definitely recommend you listen, especially if you suffer from anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, obesity, or binge eating disorder.

In this episode we covered:

3:05 – About Carmen Johnson. Read more HERE.
5:10 – Carmen Johnson’s Story – How she became interested in health and nutrition.
7:05 – What kind of success are you having? What trends are you seeing in the health of America’s children?
8:22 – The daily sugar limit for children and adults.
11:20 – What kind of response do you get from parents when you are teaching about health and nutrition?
13:40 – How do our bodies respond to sugar alcohols, such as Xylitol?
17:10 – Caller Question: How does Xylitol compare to other sugars and sweeteners? Where can you purchase Xylitol? What are some healthier alternatives to sugary drinks/soda?
29:00 – Your program, Insane Body Science, has been sent to Yale Prevention Research Center for review. Talk to us a bit about this.
31:00 –  Do you experience a lot of parents that allow their kids to drink diet soft drinks?
36:30  – What is Neotame? Are there any dangers to incorporating Neotame into our diets?
37:35 –  The drawbacks of baby formula.
39:45 – Hidden names for artificial sweeteners. What should we look for on food labels?
40:12 –  What sugars/sweeteners are the healthiest? Read more about the benefits of coconut palm sugar here.
40:25 – What food products should we avoid? Misleading food labels. Read more here.
40:44 – Is fruit juice healthy or should we avoid it?
43:20 – Mortality Rates in the United States.
49:30 – Food additives in baby formula (MSG, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup).
51:40 – The three simple rules of healthy eating.
54:50 – The importance of eating healthy fats, the disadvantages of low fat diets.

Links we mentioned:

Maji and Mongo Book Review
Insane Body Science – How is too much sugar bad for my body? [Children’s Education Video]
Insane Body Science – You mean I should eat good fats? [Children’s Education Video]
Insane Body Science – Why toxins are bad for my body? [Children’s Education Video]
Hydro One Beverages
Reed’s Gingerale
Coconut Secret – Coconut Crystals and Coconut Nectar
Cultures for Health – Water Kefir Grains
The Healthy Kids Revolution
Nutrition Detectives – Dr. David Katz
Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World (documentary about Aspartame)
Back To School  – “Lunch Box Ready”  Training Call!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Gastrointestinal Infections

parasite infections

“In recent medical studies it has been estimated that 85%
of the North American adult population has at least one
form of parasite living in their bodies. Some authorities
feel this figure may be as high as 95%.”

As we discussed in the article “Why Am I Hungry When I am Morbidly Obese?“, infections are huge source of internal stress. Some infections can remain undetected for years, keeping the body in a chronic state of stress.

Chronic stress can have numerous effects on the body including, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, leaky gut, liver issues, premature aging, and increased food sensitivities.Additionally, it can lead to an impaired ability to break down food, maldigestion, and malabsorption of nutrients. This is an issue for us all, but even more of an issue for those who are already malnourished as a result of an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and bulimarexia.

Symptoms of a parasite infection will vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of a parasite infections include: excess weight gain or weight loss, blood sugar fluctuations, food cravings, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, joint and muscle aches and pains, anemia, allergies, skin conditions, nervousness, sleep disturbances, teeth grinding and clenching, chronic fatigue, immune system dysfunctions, acne, cancer, and more.

“I believe the single most undiagnosed health challenge
in the history of the human race is parasites. I realize
that is a pretty brave statement, but it is based on my
20 years of experience with more than 20,000 patients.”
– Dr. Ross Anderson

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common sources of parasite infections include water, food, blood, insects and animals. The CDC offers several tips on how to reduce your risk of becoming infected by parasites:

  • make sure your pet is under a veterinarian’s care to help protect your pet and your family from possible parasite infections
  • wash your hands frequently, especially after touching animals
  • avoid eating undercooked fish, crabs, mollusks, and meat

  • avoid eating raw aquatic plants (such as watercress)
  • avoid eating uncleaned raw vegetables. In restaurants, avoid all raw vegetables

  • follow the CDCs “Steps of Healthy Swimming

There are several options available if you suspect you have a parasite infection. You can address your concerns with your physician and request to be tested. Alternatively, you can work with a professional that specializes in natural medicine.

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Show Notes – Why Do You Overeat? When All You Want to Be is Slim.

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On this week’s episode we spoke with Zoë Harcombe, author of Why Do You Overeat? When All You Want to be it SlimWe talked about a variety of topics including food addiction and we shared tips to help people overcome overeating!

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In this episode we covered:

6:13  – About Zoë Harcombe
9:00 – How Zoë Harcombe become interested in the obesity epidemic.
10:00 – Zoë Harcombe’s position on food addiction.
11:10 – The Four Stages of Food Addiction.
16:40 – The Minnesota Starvation Experiment.
18:40 – Zoë’s Story.
23:15 – Bulimarexia.
28:30 – Characteristics/Attributions of Food Pollution
33:50 – The Paleo Diet.
36:40 – What do you recommend for those that don’t tolerate milk?
40:20 – Do you change dietary recommendations for a patient with leaky gut?
44:12 – What type of exercise do you recommend?
48:50 – Are GMOs labelled in the UK? Why isn’t the government protecting us from GMOs?
52:45 – Which of your books should my listeners read first?

Links we discussed:

www.zoeharcombe.com

www.theharcombediet.com

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – Why Do I Overeat? With Zoë Harcombe

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Join us Wednesday May 29 at 7:30 pm as we talk with Zoe Harcombe, author of Why Do You Overeat? When All You Want to Be is SlimWe’ll be talking about a variety of topics including food addiction and we’ll be sharing tips to help people overcome overeating! You can tune in HERE!

“Zoë Harcombe is a qualified nutritionist with a Diploma in Diet & Nutrition and a Diploma in Clinical Weight Management, but she is first and foremost an obesity researcher. She works exclusively in the area of weight and obesity and reads, writes and talks about obesity as many hours as possible, seven days a week. Her complete goal and drive is to reverse the obesity epidemic.”

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Show Notes – The Diet Cure with Julia Ross

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In this weeks episode we had a great conversation with Julia Ross, author of  “The Diet Cure” and “The Mood Cure“.

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In this episode we covered:

2:49 – About Julia Ross.
4:19 – How did you get interested in the field of eating disorders and addiction?
6:00 – What is the cause of the increase of food addiction?
12:40 – What natural approaches do you use to help people with food addiction?
19:30 – What are the symptoms of hypothyroid?
23:40 – What can people do about hypothyroid?
24:40 – What are bioidentical hormones?
27:00 – Caller Question: How do you know what diet is best? There are so many options!
35:43 – Is there any sort of survey or questionnaire that people can take to find out what types of food they should be eating based on where their ancestors originated from?
38:00 – How can people determine if they have a neurotransmitter deficiency?
42:30 – Is there any danger that if you are naturally supporting serotonin that dopamine will be depleted?
46:40 – What brand of amino acids do you recommend?
47:40 – What book should listeners read first, “The Diet Cure” or “The Mood Cure”?
49:16 – What is your favorite patient success story?
52:00 – What do people need to do in addition to amino acid therapy in order to be successful in overcoming food addiction?

Links We Discussed

The Diet Cure
The Mood Cure

Notes:

Be sure to check out my blog article on Amino Acid Therapy for more insight on supporting serotonin and dopamine naturally. Opinions of different podcast guests sometimes vary, so be sure to talk with your physician before starting any amino acids.

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Podcast Show Notes – Make Shift Happen with Dean Dwyer

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In this weeks episode we had a great conversation with Dean Dwyer, author of “Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think“.

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In this episode we covered:

5:26 – About Dean Dwyer.
8:45 – What did Dean have to overcome to get where he is today?
19:28 – The 4 Components of a Highly Successful Body.
31:15 – Dean’s opinion on cardio.
33:33 – Caller Question: Dean’s philosophy regarding fitness training.
40:18 – Food Addiction vs. Emotional Eating
53:06 – Dean’s New Project – Building Incredible Willpower

Links We Discussed

Dean’s websites – www.deandwyer.com and www.beingprimal.com

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – Dean Dwyer

Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 pm EST as we talk with Dean Dwyer about his book “Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think“. We’ll be taking your questions LIVE at 646-378-0494. You can tune in HERE.

“Dean Dwyer is a former teacher who roamed the planet aimlessly until the age of 45. He then finally managed to change how he looked, published a book about it, and now makes his living online. He is currently putting the finishing touches on a new project called ‘Building incredible willpower: 5 simple but powerful steps to change any behavior and transform how you look, learn, love, lead and live’. For updates on that or anything else you can follow him over at deandwyer.com and beingprimal.com.”

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UPDATE! New Service – Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN)

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I’m very excited to announce that I am now offering Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) to my clients. FDN gives patients the opportunity to improve their health by getting to the root cause of their symptoms. Many patients have had success using Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. In one case, for example, a patient was able to loose unwanted middle fat, regulate emotions well enough to discontinue an antidepressant and sleep without sleeping pills. If you aren’t in the Cincinnati area but are interested in improving your health with FDN, contact me by email or phone at 513-205-6543 and I will help you connect with an FDN Practitioner.

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) is an opt-in model of self-care; i.e. you have the option of learning how to be more pro-active regarding your own health and nutritional needs. Think of FDN Practitioners as health detectives. They help patients find the underlying causes of disease instead of relying on traditional medicine which primarily focuses on symptom relief. By integrating FDN into your current treatment plan, you have the opportunity to find healing opportunities in a natural health restoring process.

Here’s a testimonial from one of my clients that has incorporated FDN into their treatment plan:

“By integrating FDN into my treatment for Anorexia, I have experienced dramatic results. Before using FDN I was functioning poorly; I was extremely obsessive, anxious, and had great difficulty eating regularly. If anything stressful happened in my life, I instantly resorted back to anorexic behaviors. My energy was drained. I was reliant on caffeine and other over-the-counter medications to get through routine activities. I also had to take psychotropic medications to deal with anxiety and depression. After a few months of following the FDN protocol these symptoms and problems improved dramatically. I no longer obsess over calories and macronutrient ratios, as I have learned how to listen to my body to determine how much I need to eat. I am no longer taking medication for anxiety, which has become more of a rarity; if I do get anxious, the feelings do not last nearly as long and aren’t nearly as intense. My energy level is incredible, I haven’t had to use any caffeine or other stimulants to have enough energy to get through the day. Using FDN is one of the best decisions I have made. I feel better now than I did even before my Eating Disorder. I truly hope your other patients will take the opportunity to incorporate FDN into their recovery!” WL 

If you are interested in incorporating FDN into your treatment plan, contact me at drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com or discuss it with me at your next session! If you aren’t in the Cincinnati area or are not suffering from obesity or an eating disorder but are interested in improving your health with FDN, contact me and I will help you connect with an FDN Practitioner.

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Pregorexia

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Pregorexia is a term the media uses for women that have an eating disorder during the time they are pregnant and/or during early motherhood. Individuals affected by the disorder tend to be preoccupied with controlling pregnancy weight gain through food restriction, bingeing and purging, over-exercising, abusing laxatives. diuretics, or diet pills. It is estimated that 1 in 20 women suffer from an eating disorder while pregnant; 60-70% of eating disorder patients relapse during pregnancy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, warning signs of Pregorexia include:

  • talking about the pregnancy as if it wasn’t real
  • obsessiveness over calorie counting
  • eating alone or skipping meals
  • excessive exercise
  • pre-occupation with the scale and weight gain
  • minimal weight gain during pregnancy
  • dieting
  • signs of depression

Pregorexia puts the health of both the mother and the baby at risk. Disordered eating behaviors during pregnancy can affect the mother in a variety of way including malnutrition, dehydration, heart issues, premature birth, miscarriage, and depression. Gaining too little weight during pregnancy can affect the health of the baby in numerous ways including low birth weight, vitamin deficiencies, neurological problems, lower IQ, growth retardation, and other long-term health problems.

Psychologically speaking, pregorexia can be driven by a number of dynamics:

  • the media puts a lot of pressure on women to be thing, even during pregnancy
  • Some women associate motherhood with losing control of their bodies, losing control of their lives and/or losing their identity
  • gaining weight and bodily changes are difficult for most women during pregnancy, but it is especially difficult for those that have a history of disordered eating.
  • the idea of becoming a mother is frightening to some because they don’t believe they can take care of themselves, let alone a baby. They believe that if they keep their body small (like a child) this means that someone, usually parents, will have to take care of them.
  • sometimes the idea of becoming parents can cause relationship difficulties, making the mother-to-be feel out of control, she may try to regain control by controlling her food, weight, and exercise

Like all eating disorders, it is important to seek out treatment if you or a loved one struggles with pregorexia. Treatment often involves the obstetrician, psychological counselling, and nutritional support. A holistic approach that balances body, mind and spirit is the most successful form of treatment.

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The Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – Female Athlete Triad Syndrome – Dr. Kelly Austin

Join us on Tuesday March 19 at 7 pm EST as we talk with Dr. Kelly Austin about Female Athlete Triad Syndrome! We’ll be taking your questions LIVE  at 646-378-0494. Tune in HERE!

About Dr. Austin

Dr. Kelly Austin received her degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. She practiced in Canada for several years before relocating to San Diego. She has spent the majority of her career working in corporate settings helping the employees establish a healthy lifestyle, as well as lecturing for government agencies. She is currently the clinic director of two practices in San Diego, California.

Dr. Austin has a special focus on hormone (endocrine) metabolism and lifestyle medicine. She has a passion for teaching patients how all the hormones work together to ensure optimal health. Dr. Austin teaches her patients lifestyle changes that will stick for life and reverse and prevent chronic illness. Through addressing the underlying causes, she works with her patients to provide them with the most up to date research.

Dr. Austin’s special interests also include clinical nutrition, eating disorders, weight management, and mental health. She is a DAN! Doctor and sees many patients with Autism and Down Syndrome. She is also a certified fitness instructor helping many people achieve their health & fitness goals.

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Show Notes: Diabulimia – Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri

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In this weeks episode we talked with we talked about Diabulimia with Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri, a clinical psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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In this episode we covered:

5:18 – About Dr. Goebel-Fabbri
6:17 – What is Diabulimia?
8:36 – Are we seeing an increase in Diabulimia?
9:37 – Can you describe the diabetic in terms of weight and eating habits?
11:58 – Does the push to gain weight very quickly cause food addiction or unnecessary weight gain?
16:12 – Bulimics tend to be normal or slightly overweight, is that also true of the Diabulimic?
17:08 – Is there such thing as Diarexic?
17:25 – What are the complications of a disorder that involves restricting food and restricting insulin?
22:05 –  What are the long-term and short-term risks of Diabulimia?
28:03 – Type III Diabetes
29:20 – Caller Question: Is there such thing as a Type II Diabulimic? What would this complication be for older populations?
34:45 – What other things can people be on the lookout for, in terms of comorbidity?
36:27 – What treatment options are most successful in treating Diabulimia?
46:15 – What advice would you give to parents of children that are struggling with Diabulimia?

Links We Discussed

The Joslin Diabetes Center
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Diabulimia

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Diabulimia is an eating disorder in which individuals with Type 1 Diabetes purposefully give themselves less insulin than they require, with the intention of losing weight. The eating disorder is most common in woman between the ages of 15 and 30. According to Dr. Ann E. Goebel-Fabbri, about 30% of diabetic woman restrict their insulin to induce weight loss at some point in their lives.

There are many serious short-term and long-term consequences associated with diabulimia:

According to Diabulimia Helpline, there are several telltale signs that an individual is suffering from diabulimia:

  • A1c of 9.0 or higher on a continuous basis.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Persistent thirst/frequent urination.
  • Preoccupation with body image.
  • Blood sugar records that do not match HbA1c results.
  • Depression, mood swings and/or fatigue.
  • Secrecy about blood sugars, shots and or eating.
  • Repeated bladder and yeast infections.
  • Low sodium/potassium.
  • Increased appetite especially in sugary foods.
  • Cancelled doctors’ appointments.

Treatment for Diabulimia

The first step in Diabulimia is to break through the denial the individual may have that s/he is abusing insulin to manage weight.  Unlike many eating disorders, this one may start as an attempt to control the diabetes but end up as a way of controlling weight.   Those with Type I diabetes are at risk for addiction to empty carbs early in their disease as the first symptom is significant weight loss. Efforts to help the child regain the weight usually do not include clean eating, such that s/he may develop bad habits or even an addiction to carbs, fat and/or salt.

Treatment for Diabulimia resembles treatment for Bulimarexia, the combination of Anorexia and Bulimia, in as much as it often contains elements of each disorder.  To the degree that the individual uses insulin to “binge” on empty carbs, the first step is to teach him or her to eat clean foods that have a healing impact on the endocrine system rather than a damaging effect.

The other essential ingredient in the treatment of the individual suffering from Diabulimia is to help the individual deal with the fear of gaining weight.  As with many individual’s suffering from Anorexia, an excessively low weight seems like an accomplishment. The Diabetic is particularly at risk for having control issues, as so many things seem beyond his or her control, especially when it comes to the body’s reaction to food.

Interested in learning more about Diabulimia? We’ll be talking with Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri on next week’s podcast! We’ll be taking your questions live at 646-378-0494 or you can submit your questions HERE.

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Relationship Between Obesity and Eating Disorders?

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There is an epidemic of obesity in the US today. Consider the following:

  • 1 in 3 Americans is overweight
  • 1 in 5 or 129.6 million are obese
  • 70% of Americans dieted in 2007
  • 95% of all diets fail if exercise is not part of the program
  • Yo-yo dieting leads to eating disorders and may be the single most common “cause” of disordered eating
  • In a recent study, young girls were quoted as saying that they would prefer to have cancer, lose both their parents, or live through a nuclear holocaust than to be fat.
  • 80% of girls in grades 3 to 6 displayed body image concerns and dissatisfaction with their appearance
  • 81% of 10 year olds say they are afraid of being fat
  • By the time girls reached the 8th grade, 50% of them had been on diets, putting them at risk for eating disorders and obesity.
  • 25% of first graders admit to having been a diet.

In my practice, I often see patients that were overweight as children and experienced such self-hatred or shame that their eating disorder is a conscious attempt at avoiding that situation again.

For others, a family member, perhaps a father or mother or even a grandmother or an aunt with a weight problem triggers intense anxiety about weight gain.

If you are a loved one need treatment for obesity or an eating disorder in Cincinnati, I’m here to help! Schedule a consultation at 513-300-8043!

Sources:

World Health – 1 in 3 Americans are Overweight or Obese (//www.worldhealth.net/news/1_in_3_americans_are_overweight_or_obese/)

Empowered Parents – The Skinny on Raising Daughters to Become Healthy Eaters (//www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article14.htm)

Empowered Parents – Childhood Fears Take New Form: Body Image Concerns In Young Children (//www.empoweredparents.com/1childhoodonset/childhood_01.htm)

Empowered Parents – Obesity, Overweight and their Connection to Eating Disorders (//www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article7.htm)

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Childhood Obesity

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  • 15% of children and adolescents 6-19 are overweight and another 15% are at risk
  • 10% of preschool children 2-5 are overweight
  • 1 in 5 children are currently obese
  • For those who are obese at 10-13 years of age, they are 70% more likely to be obese as adults
  • Self-esteem is negatively affected and may result in the development of personality disturbances that last a lifetime.

If you are looking for childhood obesity treatment in Cincinnati, there is help! Schedule a consultation with me at 513-300-8042.

Sources:

Empowered Parents – Obesity, Overweight and their Connection to Eating Disorders (//www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article7.htm)

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Eating Disorder as Addiction

Refeeding, A Step at a Time

Refeeding, A Step at a Time

Re-feeding: What is Normal? 

The central and most difficult issue to be dealt with in the treatment of serious eating disorders is the issue of re-feeding and/or the establishment of a healthy relationship with food. The degree to which the patient can do this determines her success in conquering her disorder. The problem is that “normal” eating is a very complicated phenomenon, let alone the intricacies of re-feeding. This is one of the reasons that the “cure” rate for eating disorders is so low.

In some ways, it is more difficult to treat a severe eating disorder than it is to treat alcoholism or drug addiction. There is no such thing as cold turkey when it comes to eating. We have to eat every day, preferably 5 or 6 times a day. Likewise we cannot avoid the situations that trigger maladaptive eating behavior like the alcoholic or drug addict can do in an attempting to recover from their addictions. We eat for many reasons, under many different circumstances. We eat when we are hungry, not hungry, starving or full. We eat to socialize, to celebrate and to mourn. We eat to reward, nurture or punish ourselves. We eat when we are procrastinating, trying to relax or as part of a “working” breakfast/lunch/or dinner. We eat when we are happy, sad, mad, or for some of us, whenever we feel emotional.

Dieting Doesn’t Work

An equally important part of eating is the whole “not eating” thing, also known as “dieting”.  Ninety-five % of US women believe that they are overweight and 65% of the general population diets. The dieting mind-set is so well ingrained in our society that some 5 and 6 year olds are worrying about how many calories and how much fat is in their Lunchables. Indeed, so many people in the US are dieting that it is a 93 billion dollar a year industry. There are hundreds of “diets”, diet workshops and diet programs, the vast majority of which fail. In fact, without exercise, 95% of all diets fail.

So why do so many people do it?  We try to lose weight out of fear, vanity, pride or guilt or we may diet to feel stronger, more disciplined, superior and/or healthier, or we may just diet because everyone else seems to be doing it. The combination of being bombarded with advertisements  to eat along side strong media pressure to be thin is constant in our culture.

Eating Disorders

All of the above behavior comes under the heading of “normal” eating. For those whose eating problems have risen to the level of a disorder, eating triggers feelings such as euphoria, guilt, shame and intense anxiety. Those suffering from Bulimia or Bulimarexia (restricting, binging and purging or just restricting and purging) engage in mindless eating or bingeing to numb or distract themselves from stressful situations or unhappy thoughts and memories.

Purging by vomiting or abuse of laxatives can last hours, keeping the individual up late into the night or causing her to miss work or school when she cannot resist the impulse to binge and purge during the day. One patient recently described a nightmarish scene in which she could not purge into her toilet because it was broken and so took a chance on using the tub drain as she showered. Unfortunately, the food would not go down that drain either. In horror she continued to vomit into the tub until she was standing in a foot of water thick with vomit.  It took her and her mother hours to scoop the vomitous water out with buckets, which they then had to carry to another bathroom and flush down another toilet.  The unbelievable part?  Though repulsed by the mess, she was astonished and secretly impressed by the amount of vomit that she was able to produce!

Once she has binged (or simply eaten something she is uncomfortable eating) the need to purge is often so compelling that it goes beyond all reason, as in the case above.  However this is a temporary “fix”.  The purging gives the individual a temporary “high” followed by feelings of guilt and anxiety and a determination not to repeat the experience. Unfortunately this leads to restricting, which eventually leads to bingeing and the cycle begins again.

Sounds like drug and alcohol addiction, doesn’t it? Eating disorders are very much like other addictions, i.e. they are part of a classic addictive cycle. This includes an increase in tension, which the addict believes can only be relieved by the “fix”. In most addictions, relief from the fix is of shorter and shorter duration before the cycle begins again. This is what is known as a very vicious cycle.

Though not as obvious, the individual suffering from Anorexia is also an addict of sorts, i.e. she restricts to overcome feelings of inferiority, helplessness and hopelessness and to make herself feel in control. Often, she can only be proud of herself when she is pushing starvation to the extreme. This is her “fix”. Many of my patients describe the feeling of being able to function or stay alive on as few calories as possible as a “high”. Indeed there is scientific evidence that fasting does cause the release of endorphin’s, which do make us feel good. Not coincidentally, they report to the same part of the brain that drugs and alcohol do.

To summarize, even “normal” eating behavior can be stressful. Disordered eating takes over the individual’s life, much like alcoholism and drug addiction take over the addict’s life, robbing her of her relationships, her independence, her health and in far too many cases, her life. The mortality rate for eating disorders is higher than that of any other psychological disturbance.

Unfortunately, eating disorders are less likely to be understood as addictions, and more likely to elicit a judging stance from the general public, families and even a surprisingly high proportion of treating professionals. It seems as though the more serious the disorder, the more likely it is to be viewed as an attempt at getting attention or being manipulative.

Take, for example, the Cincinnati physician that said to one of our very attractive patients suffering from Bulimarexia, “You’re beautiful and you’re rich. You have it all. You should be counting your blessings. Why would you want to do something as stupid as refusing to eat?”

But the topper might be the psychiatrist that had another very attractive patient stand up at her first appointment so that he could “assess” her physique and make the following brilliant observation “Yup, you have breasts, hips and thighs. In other words you have curves, what’s the problem?” Individuals such as this often view Anorexia and Bulimia or Bulimarexia as vanity issues.

What Causes An Eating Disorder?

The causes are complicated and for most of the people suffering from an eating disorder, not the result of one factor, but many. The well-known causes are societal pressures to be thin, peer pressure, a major set-back at a critical point in the individual’s life, such as a loss or a traumatic event, childhood disturbances and/or dysfunctional family relationships, etc. However, there are also bio-physiological issues that play a significant role, although they tend to be poorly understood.

Many eating disorders are driven by cravings that are part of a classic addictive cycle, which may actually be perpetuated by food industry profits. In the early 70’s, the food industry discovered that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was much less expensive than sucrose. This was primarily because it was much sweeter. So, in it went into our foods, everything from baby food to hot dog buns and cigarettes! They ultimately took it out of most of the baby food, but it is still in the cigarettes, just in case cigarettes aren’t addictive enough without the sugar!

In Cincinnati, there are many fast food establishments still using HFCS’s in their buns, including; Arby’s, Blimpie, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Jack in the Box, KFC, McDonald’s, Subway, and Taco Bell. You’re not safe at the Cincinnati Kroger’s either, or any of the major grocery chains for that matter, since it is actually harder to find foods at the supermarket without HFCS’s, than it is to find foods with it. For example, there are no less than 10 teaspoons of HFCS’s in a single 12 once can of soda. Likewise they are found in almost all snacks, dairy products, condiments, canned goods, cereals, bread, even supplements and vitamins. In total, the average American eats 83 pounds of corn syrup a year plus 66 pounds of sucrose, for a total of 149 pounds of refined sugars.

What does that mean in terms of unnecessary weight gain? Well let’s do the math: We have 159,360 calories from the corn syrup, and 102,168 from the sucrose totaling 261,528 calories per year from sugar. If it takes 3500 calories more than you use in a given period of time to gain 1 pound, that means that unless you work it off, you could gain 75 lbs/year from ingesting sugar you don’t need and probably don’t realize you are eating. To avoid gaining weight from the HFCS’s added to processed foods, the average person would have to run a total of 438 hours per year or 8 hours per week. The net/net of all of the above is to avoid processed foods, i.e. if it didn’t have a face (meat, poultry, fish, fowl) or come out of the ground (fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes), think twice about eating it. (The exception would be dairy products, such as yogurt, soft European cheeses, and milk. The lower fat varieties of these foods are very good for you, especially when they are lactose free.)

Sugar and Eating Disorders

Sugar Cubes

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What does HFCS have to do with eating disorders? For starters, sugar has recently been shown to be the main culprit in insulin resistance, which is the precursor to obesity. In this country, obesity has become the nation’s most critical health problem. Ultimately it leads to such chronic diseases as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. These diseases are threatening to dismantle our entire health care system because of their increased incidence and skyrocketing cost of treatment.

Binge eating, bulimia, and bulimarexia are basically sugar addictions, as most individuals suffering from these disorders binge on simple carb’ s (highly refined foods that are often loaded with HFCS’s). Simple carbohydrates convert to sugar in the blood stream. Research has shown that sugar is as addictive as alcohol and/or cocaine.

Recovery from a food addiction (eating disorder) requires a basic understanding of the addictive nature of food and a commitment to replace the offending food(s) with something equally satisfying but less addictive. Otherwise you find yourself in a perpetual and very vicious cycle of restricting or deprivation (dieting) followed by the onset of withdrawal symptoms (food cravings, obsessive thoughts) a build up of anxiety and behaviors designed to quiet the beast, (bingeing, cutting, compulsive spending, binge drinking) and possibly efforts to compensate (purging with vomiting, excessive exercising, abuse of laxatives and/or diet pills). This leads to guilt and a profound sense of failure, which is followed by renewed determination to stop the cycle by not “eating so much” which is a euphemism for restricting or dieting, at which point the cycle begins again.

Unfortunately, many in an effort to avoid the offending food(s) restrict too much and end up avoiding the foods that could break the cycle, proteins or complex carbohydrates i.e. low fat meats, cheeses and fish or fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead they eat foods that actually contribute to the food addiction and cause the cycle to begin again. For example, so many of my patients avoid all protein because of their fear of fat and eat simple carbs, like pretzels or diet soft drinks when they are in restricting, dieting or “being good”. Or worse, they eat candy that has no fat, like jellybeans, thinking that this is a safer snack than a piece of chocolate or a handful of nuts. The chocolate, especially if it’s dark chocolate, does have some fat, but it has fewer sugars than a bag of jellybeans and, because it is dark chocolate, it has antioxidants. And the nuts have a good deal of fiber, which means that they usually have a glycemic load of 0. (This means that they do not enter the blood stream as a sugar and therefore do not contribute to a sugar addiction, which is the primary culprit in the weight gain that leads to obesity).

The jelly beans, on the other hand, and even the diet drink, make the problem much worse because they enter the blood stream almost immediately as glucose, adding to the sugar addiction, which in turn drives more binging behavior. They also have dyes and additives and no nutritional value. The real kicker however, is the long term negative impact that carb loading followed by purging or restricting has on ones’ metabolism, i.e. it slows it down to such a degree that it is almost impossible for the individual suffering from bulimia to eat normally without gaining weight. Until she understands which foods and supplements will stimulate her metabolism instead of suppressing it, she is stuck in this terrible self-perpetuating vicious cycle.

Once she understands how delicious real food can be and how much more of it she can eat without fear of gaining weight if she is exercising and supplementing, she has begun the journey toward a healthy relationship with food and the end of her eating disorder. But this requires courage, patience and lot’s of support from family, friends and allied professionals.

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