NUTRITION COUNSELING

 

Eating Disorders

 

What to expect from nutrition counseling:

We at BGBH believe that eating disorders are both biological or physiological as well as emotional/mental and psychological.  To address just the psychological without the biological and vice versa is in our experienced professional opinion is not a sustainable way to recover from an eating disorder.  

We recently had a client come into our office who was given instructions by another dietitian to eat intuitively.  While we believe that intuitive eating is an integral part of normalized eating, we discovered that she also had many biological systems out of balance.  And in order for her to move forward with becoming intuitive with eating, we needed to address her hormone imbalances.  When her hormones imbalance was corrected, she felt better and had more energy, more ability to connect to her body and to focus on hunger and fullness.  This hormone imbalance had prevented her from attuning to her body and becoming intuitive with eating.  

We also corrected a very low vitamin D deficiency that was left untreated by her previous providers.  And as you may know, vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin.  Everybody feels better with adequate vitamin D.  To expect our clients to change their behaviors without first addressing their biological systems is unfair to our clients.  

Another of our clients complained of constant sugar cravings.  We identified a intestinal pathogenic overgrowth and recommended a supplement to reduce and balance her gut microbiome.  As a result, she is no longer craving sugar.  At BGBH we know that certain microbes in our guts can influence neurotransmitter balance and result in restrictive eating, binge eating and compulsive overeating as well as bulimia.

Our dietitians are experienced and seasoned with counseling clients with the various eating disorders diagnosis including ARFID.  We use medical nutritional therapies to assess and treat the biological systems and we use mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy along with  loving kindness, compassion and self care strategies. 

We actively coordinate care with other practitioners, including primary care physicians, pediatricians, naturopaths, therapists, psychiatrists, and more, as a multidisciplinary team approach to provide optimal healthcare. 

Cancellation policy:

Better Gut Better Health has a 48-hour cancellation policy. This allows us time to schedule those individuals on our waiting list. Clients who cancel their nutrition counseling appointment in less than 48 hours are required to pay a $100 fee. Insurance does not cover this fee. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to meet the needs of our clients.