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Feeling stuck with eating disorder recovery
Eating disorder recovery is a notoriously changeable journey. One of the most common words you hear being used to describe recovery is “ambivalence”. That is, part of your brain wants to change, but part of it is scared of change and desperate to keep things as they are. Here, we look at a brilliant diagram to help you keep the “big picture” in mind on the bad days.
Learning to make sense of appetite in eating disorder recovery
In eating disorder recovery, people occasionally report experiencing “mental hunger”. It can be stressful if this happens. Often, these people are working hard to normalise food intake and have been trying to build trust that their natural appetite signals can guide them around how to eat. So what is “mental hunger” and what is actually happening in the body in those moments?
A happy person who saw a dietitian. Obviously.
Having a well-nourished body is crucial for your brain to start making sense of appetite signals, let go of rules and rituals, move out of starvation mode, and stabilise binging if it’s occurring. This is where eating disorder dietitians come in.
Done well, a New Years Resolution is a wonderful thing. What a fabulous question to put to yourself as the new year is ushered in: What do I hope that my life will look like in 12 months’ time, and how will I get myself to that place? Working as I do in health-care, and as a dietitian in particular, so much of the work I do involves helping people identify and set meaningful goals to achieve longer-term change. We know the system works – yet without a bit of a push, most people never go ahead and set those goals! Without goals, we run the risk of finding ourselves chasing our tails year after year – never satisfied with […]
Disordered eating skyrocketed during COVID lockdown, then many people destabilised again as lockdown lifted.
Binge eating disorder sometimes feels like the most overlooked of eating disorder diagnoses. Worse – it can be overlooked by people in healthcare treatment positions, including doctors, dietitians, even psychologists. Part of the issue is that a great many people who have binge eating disorder don’t realise it’s a disorder at all, or that they can ask for help.
We love the concept of intuitive eating at Bloom Nutrition – in a sense, it is the opposite of disordered eating. When engaged with authentically, intuitive eating is calm, flexible eating that is guided by the body. Unfortunately, the flip side of intuitive eating being popular on the internet is that it’s led some people to use the phrase to catch people’s attention… even if they’re not actually describing true intuitive eating.
At Bloom Nutrition we love a bit of mindful meditation! Why? Because so many of our clients have anxiety, especially around meal times. Growing evidence supports mindful meditation as being helpful in managing a range of disorders, including depression, anxiety, and even chronic pain.

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