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Recognising and challenging your eating disorder thoughts At the beginning of the recovery process, many of our clients worry about who they’ll be without
Still care about what you look like? You will probably not be surprised to hear that “body neutrality” is a huge buzzword in anti-diet spaces
The truth about body diversity in eating disorders When you imagine someone with an eating disorder, you might visualise an emaciated young white woman.
Why you need to stop calorie counting and get your life back Nutritional information, including calorific quantities, are indicated on almost all of the
For decades, BMI has been used by health professionals and researchers to indicate the health and future health risks of individuals. However, in recent years, the criticisms for this practice have grown as the usefulness of BMI is called into question.
Incorporating self-affirmations can play a significant role in our personal journey to recovery from an eating disorder or a challenging relationship with food. Well-timed and consistent affirmations have been shown to improve health, relationship and educational outcomes, with long-term benefits…
Body image is such a big topic in the health space, and we know it is impacted by so many factors, including age, size, mood and even clothing. (1) Clothing has been around for around 100,000 years (2), initially serving more practical purposes …clothing today is more focused on aesthetics…
When you’re attempting to heal your relationship with food and your body, overcoming those deeply ingrained negative beliefs stemming from diet culture is often one of the biggest obstacles standing between you and food freedom… you’re not alone!
‘Feeling your fullness’ is one of the ten intuitive eating principles. This article will explore what this part of the intuitive eating approach really covers and how we can strengthen our interoceptive awareness. This will help us to recognise bodily cues to eat and live more mindfully.
The critical analysis of food labels is a practice that is often recommended by well-meaning health professionals in an attempt to promote a healthier lifestyle. But what happens when label reading becomes a source of guilt, anxiety, and strict food rules?
Recovery from an eating disorder is rarely linear. Instead, it’s more likely that your readiness to change will ebb and flow throughout your journey – and that’s okay! The purpose of this article is to help you to understand the process of change and to support you towards getting ready to recover.
…remember that you don’t have to cook a cohesive restaurant-style meal if it just doesn’t feel realistic to you! Putting together a plate that consists of a handful of walnuts, a few cubes of cheese, a slice or two of bread and a piece of fruit, for example, will get the job done! …
While we can’t guarantee you that changing your diet will yield a positive pregnancy test on your next cycle (we wish we could!), this article will talk you through the dietary changes that are backed up by research to support optimal fertility.
To break it down, hypothalamic refers to the part of the brain responsible for regulating reproduction, known as the hypothalamus; amenorrhea means the absence of menstruation. So hypothalamic amenorrhea is the loss of the menstrual cycle due to a disruption to the hypothalamus.
What are the risks and complications associated with bariatric surgery (and how likely are you to keep the weight off)?
Bariatric surgery is the most successful method of weight loss that currently exists, and its ability to improve some chronic conditions is widely praised. However, the procedure may not be the miracle cure that you’ve been led to believe it is!
In the space of the time it takes from plate to palette, we can come to internalize these comments and equivocate the portions on our plate with the proportions of our body.
Something as simple, innate, and natural as eating becomes complicated by the burden of socially conditioned expectations.
This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week here in the UK, and this year’s focus is on Binge Eating Disorder. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw As part of Embody Health London’s contribution to this important cause, this article shares five of our top tips to help you to stop binge eating – for good!
We frequently separate ourselves from our bodies and treat them like something that needs to be punished for betraying us by not fulfilling our own or society’s beauty ideal, as opposed to cultivating a greater sense of bodily connection and focusing on our lived experience over looks… this blog highlights how to do just that.
Eating disorders are incredibly isolating illnesses – as a result, social support is fundamental to recovery.1 However, worrying about what to say (or what NOT to say) to a friend or family member with an eating disorder can feel really overwhelming.
Organic foods are often promoted as the superior option by wellness and “clean-eating” gurus, yet are those pesticide, hormone, and antibiotic free foods truly “healthier” or simply a fast-track to shopping-induced stress and a direct route to eating into your overdraft and food budget?
The stereotypical eating disorder sufferer depicted by the media is a young, white, underweight girl. This over-generalisation is incredibly problematic in so many ways, one of which being the suggestion that eating disorders only affect women.
Most children grow out of this neophobic phase after a few years if given the right support to develop a healthy relationship with food. Believe it or not, it may take 10 or more exposures to a new food for them to start to like it!
Weight restoration is one of the most physically and psychologically uncomfortable aspects of eating disorder recovery.
…should we really build our sense of self-worth, self-value, and self-esteem on the destruction of ourselves or the decimation of another’s appearance, characteristics or attributes?
Often when we want to change something within our lives, within ourselves, about ourselves we’re given to wait for some sort of temporal milestone – that is, we wait for Mondays, for foreign holidays, for big birthdays, for Weddings…for New Years.
Christmas is often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year” but it can also be the most stressful time of the year if you’re struggling with your relationship with food and your body.
“Orthorexia” as a descriptive or diagnostic term was first devised by a holistic practitioner Steven Bratman in the 1990s to describe an eating pattern characterised by an intense fixation on “healthy eating” to the…
…even if you do not have a diagnosed eating disorder, if eating is causing you to feel shame, guilt, fear or anxiety, you are worthy of seeking support and amending your relationship with food.
A majority of research posits that eating disorders have multiple, and often interconnected, causes or risk factors – primarily falling under the branches of being biological, psychological, and sociocultural…
Changes in serotonin levels can contribute to many eating disorder characteristics, including perfectionism, lack of impulse control and issues with mood regulation. Different eating disorder behaviours seem to affect serotonin levels in different ways…
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital components of cell membranes, neurotransmitters and other necessary cellular substrates and structures…insufficiency can contribute to exacerbating mental health issues…
When you think about conditions that commonly co-occur, eating disorders and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may not be the first ones that come to mind. But they’re more interconnected than you might think!
The weight of diet-culture weighs heavier on our shoulders than any barbel ever could.
It causes us to sink lower than any squat and leaves us more (internally) contorted than any yoga pose…
There is a distinct difference between following a medically supervised, potentially life enhancing, ketogenic diet for therapeutic reasons versus using it as a tool to drop pounds by eating mounds of fats…
Intermittent fasting is a HUGE buzz word in the health and wellness industry right now. Celebrities are doing it, social media influencers are recommending it and many of our clients are enquiring about it – but what does the research say?
Our own and other’s selfies may ultimately come to be a source of self-destruction as we pinch, poke, and prod parts of ourselves to better fit into a highly filtered mould.
…emotional dysregulation can result in disordered or disturbed eating patterns as a means of self-management, self-soothing and a distraction from uncomfortable feelings and emotions…
Like modern day Goldilocks, we women are liable to be caught in appraising ourselves as being physically too much or too little, yet unlike Goldilocks we seldom find ourselves or our appearance to be just right.
Yes, you now know the calorific value of a sweet potato and the amounts of macronutrients it contains off by heart, but you no longer know that it feels like to honour your hunger, feel your fullness, or engage in intuitive eating.
Consider this, how often do you see a man looking thrilled to be eating a ‘low-fat, no sugar, no flavour’ (no life, no joy, no fun) yoghurt? How often do we you see women eat more energy-dense foods like pizzas or burgers?
It is an indisputable fact that all people deserve access to safe and effective health care – it’s a basic human right! However, current research and anecdotal evidence show that…
Where does the truth lie, in this chaos of claims and counterclaims? Does veganism cause eating disorders, or do eating disorders trigger the transition to veganism? Do plant-based diets help or hinder recovery? Can…
At Embody Health London we make it a point to bring up this topic as we believe it is key in building a safe and trusting relationship with our clients.
I am not sure about you but this scorching hot weather has been making me reach for cold and refreshing foods over these last few weeks. Any occasion to skip out on turning on the stove or oven, I’ll take it!
I often hear in clinic clients try to avoid snacks because they fear that they are ‘unnecessary calories’ and will result in weight gain. They sometimes also say snacks are unhealthy and ‘shouldn’t be needed’. Thank you diet culture.
Make no mistake, caring for someone with an eating disorder comes with many challenges… You are all warriors, believe me.
Yoga has taught me that mistakes are human. If I miss a practice, wobble out of a balance or struggle to find a new pose, it’s not a call to walk out of the studio and never roll out my mat again.
Being half Venezuelan, I can only vouch for these delicious patties as the ESSENCE of food culture in Venezuela. Made of ground maize dough and a touch of olive oil and salt, these patties can be stuffed with just about anything you can dream of!
Imagine if asparagus, spinach, chocolate and biscuits were equals… I can hear you singing “what a wonderful world it would be”.
Well my friends, I have wonderful news indeed… THEY ARE.
Are you mind-full or mindful? Hmmm…. So often we find ourselves saying “how quickly did the time go?!” or rushing through the day ticking off our to-do list without even noticing how quickly…
Biology doesn’t want you to be hungry. Nuh huh. When your body is hungry, it fears it’s survival is being threatened as it is unable to tell the difference between dieting and famine. This means that…
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed.
Especially when we haven’t experienced something like this before (or at least not in 102 years). Our aim is to provide you with as much guidance and support during this challenging time.
Imagine a world where you could eat when you wanted, what you wanted and still be healthy.
Imagine if you could be THAT person who ate the entire pizza and didn’t suffer from dreadful guilt afterwards.
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