Eating Disorders

Can you relate?

Do you think you or someone you know have an eating disorder?
Do you get distressed about your body and obsess over food?
Do you use exercise to punish yourself for eating?
Do you wake up thinking about how you will compensate for what you ate yesterday?
Do you think about food most of the day?

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What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are serious mental and physical illnesses that involve complex and damaging relationships with food, eating, exercise, and body image. There are many emotional, behavioral and physical warning signs and symptoms. The chance for recovery increases the earlier an eating disorder is detected.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What are the warning signs of an Eating Disorder?

It is very important to be aware of some of the warning signs of an eating disorder.

Physical signs could be:

  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Feeling cold
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Sleep problems
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Hair Loss

Emotional and behavioral signs could be:

  • A preoccupation with food and body
  • Having food rituals
  • Terrified of weight gain
  • Skipping meals
  • Withdrawal
  • Binge eating
  • Purging/vomiting
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Frequent body checking
  • Fear of eating with others

How do I know if I have an Eating Disorder?

Do you or a loved one think you might have Disordered Eating or an Eating Disorder?

Take this short quiz to learn more.

  • Would you say that food dominates your life?
  • Do you often feel guilt or shame around food?
  • Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?
  • Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
  • Have you lost a significant amount of weight in a short time?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may be at risk of an Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating.

There is hope….

“I was struggling with disordered eating habits and was not nourishing myself. I began eliminating entire food groups in order to achieve what I thought was “an ideal body.” However, I quickly realized that I was doing harm to myself and was not able to fix it on my own.
At first I was extremely hesitant about receiving help for my eating disorder.  But Madeline did not give up on me. She listened as I explained my fears and hesitancy and she worked with me to overcome them. After only a few weeks of meeting, I found myself challenging my “fear foods” and learning to let go of some of the practices I had developed.  After about six months, I had entered recovery and continued to work with Madeline to completely let go of my eating disorder. She worked with me to make weekly lists of my goals and create an action plan. This helped eliminate some of the overwhelming nature of recovery. She equipped me with knowledge about eating disorders, body image, and food in general.  She helped me unlearn all of the false information I had come across about food and nutrition and learn the truth about it.
Now, about a year and a half later, I am fully recovered and could not be happier.
I have recommended Real You Nutrition’s services to others and will continue to do so; it truly changed my life.”

- Talia B.

“I have been dealing with an eating disorder on and off for years now. Once getting out of the residential again, we immediately looked for another person to add to my team.
Working with Madeline was a game changer in my recovery journey. Her dedication to making sure I was completing my meals, portions were the right size, and her deep knowledge of Eating Disorders put my mom and I at ease throughout the entire process.
Madeline is always available to answer our questions, provide guidance, and negotiate on our behalf. We are beyond grateful for Madeline expertise and support, and we can’t recommend her highly enough! Madeline saved and changed my life…. Literally.”

- Annie S.

“An eating disorder is the epitome of disconnect between body, mind, and spirit. Reconnecting not only helps people heal, but brings deeper meaning and purpose to life.”

- Carolyn Costin

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible.”
- Audrey Hepburn

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As a Registered Dietitian who specializes in eating disorders, I help many families prevent eating disorders from escalating, and others on their road to recovery journey. I partner with the team of family, patient, therapist, and doctors to unite, push through the challenges,  and work together to rebuild a peaceful balance with food and self.

Recovery is possible, let us help you get there.