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At Embody Health London, our dietitians practice from a non-diet approach. This means that we don’t recommend dietary rules or restriction for weight loss, and instead focus on cultivating a positive relationship with food with our clients. By the end of this article, we think you’ll understand why!
Nutritional information, including calorific quantities, are indicated on almost all of the packaged food we buy in a supermarket or store. Because of this, many of us have experienced calorie counting and tracking at some point in our lives.
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.
The notion that “exercise is good for you – do more!” has been hammered into our heads from a young age, but to what end? You may think the more the better, but not when it comes at the expense of your period and ultimately your health.
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?
Many health professionals blame the symptoms and increased health risks associated with menopause on the increase in fat around the abdomen. While there is some evidence to support this theory, there is also a whole host of reasons why...
Googling “can you mistake thirst for hunger” brings up numerous articles advocating that hunger is often just dehydration in disguise. In a world where we have become accustomed to, if not normalised, ways in which we can suppress hunger...
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.
There is a vast amount of fatphobic and confusing dietary advice out there regarding the management of PCOS. So we’re here to tell you that you do NOT need to lose weight or go on a restrictive diet in order to manage your symptoms.
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...