My Eating Disorder Dietitian Saved My Life

This is a shout-out to all the dietitians on National RD (Registered Dietitian) day today! I’ve been talking more and more through the Running in Silence presentations about how little we’ve utilized them and how they’ve been undervalued/unappreciated. We need them in a time that diet culture is making many people feel inadequate and, more often than not, suffer from eating disorders/disordered eating.

We see a doctor for physical ailments and a counselor for mental struggles, yet many are not seeing a registered dietitian to improve their relationship with food and health. Instead, they fall back on various macronutrient-specific or “lifestyle” diets (think fruitarian, 80/10/10, Paleo, Whole30, etc). I was even told by someone that their doctor recommended they go on the Keto Diet (doctors, and coaches, by the way, are not registered dietitians–I wish they would refer anyone struggling with food/weight to an RD. This fantastic article clarifies all the certifications/courses RDs need to complete to do what they do.).

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Eating Disorders vs. Healthy Eating

(Thank you to BetterHelp.com for sponsoring this post, with their link on anxiety included in the final paragraph. I received compensation as a thank-you for my participation, and believe offering links to resources like this may be of help to some.)
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Let’s say a friend chooses to order a salad while the rest of your friends order pizza. Is this friend restricting calories to lose weight? Or does he want a salad right now because pizza doesn’t sound appetizing at the moment?

Some people may eat in a way that makes others think, eating disorder.

But you can’t point to every raw foodist and claim they have an eating disorder. You can’t claim every vegan is masking a bigger problem. And you don’t want to assume that just because someone eats a seemingly balanced diet that they don’t have disordered eating. Some may eat in restrictive ways to avoid food allergies or find that they feel better eating this way, while others use “gluten intolerance” or “raw food diet” as an excuse to carry out their eating disorder behaviors in a more convincing way.

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