Tag Archives: Meal Plan

What’s the Food Exchange System & Its Place in ED Recovery?

Kitchen preparing for meal planning Food exchanges were created by the American Dietetic Association in 1950, in coordination with the American Diabetes Association and the US Public Health Service to establish guidelines to help target issues within the American eating habits. It was again revised and republished in 2013. Exchange simply means types of foods that can be substituted with [...]
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5 Coping Skills to Support Your Recovery This Holiday Season

Holiday season party Holidays can be stressful for most individuals, and especially if you are struggling with an eating disorder. Learning healthy coping skills to manage this season can help you stay on your recovery path. Identify Triggers Triggers can be identified and therefore you can be prepared. Work with your treatment team to be able to identify [...]
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Sticking to Your Meal Plan While Battling Body Image Issues

Woman eating, not overeating Contributor: Stephanie Ceranec, Med, LCPC, Eating Disorder Program Coordinator, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. Eating disorders manifest in myriad ways due to a variety of reasons. One component they all have in common is an unhealthy relationship with food. This unhealthy relationship with food is why residential and inpatient treatment programs alike share the same [...]
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Baking in Recovery: Avoiding Triggers and Finding Your Joy

Woman eating a macaroon Cookies, cupcakes, and pies that might classify as “comfort foods” to the general population often become “fear foods” for those struggling with an eating disorder. Whether you restrict, binge, or engage in other disordered behaviors around these foods, a great deal of fear and shame can develop in response. Cooking and baking can also be [...]
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Supporting Your Family Member’s Meal Plan

Family Eating Dinner Following a meal plan is an essential component of successfully recovering from an eating disorder. Many individuals who are in recovery typically work with a specialized registered dietitian to determine an appropriate meal plan based on their unique needs. Some people in recovery may require a meal plan that is intended for weight restoration. Whether [...]
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Learning Basic Nutrition Principles as a Family to Apply in the New Year

Woman serving food Starting a New Year is often a time where people feel compelled to usher in healthier habits and behaviors for living. While there is nothing wrong with setting goals and striving toward wellness, New Year’s resolutions tend to fizzle out after weeks or months. Approaching the New Year with the mindset of lifestyle changes that [...]
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Establishing Consistent Meal Planning Patterns for Success in ED Recovery

Meal planning and a picnic Eating disorders are characterized by chaotic and erratic eating behaviors, with some of the more recognizable behaviors including restricting, binging, purging, hoarding food, chewing/spitting, and the like. When recovering from an eating disorder, it is often unthinkable about eating food in a normalized way, and many individuals often lose sight of what “normal” eating even [...]
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