Eating Disorder – Healing Journey Food Tips!

Hungry woman

A complicated relationship with food is not uncommon but discovering that it is linked to an “Eating Disorder” can adversely affect your life and specialist help may be necessary.

This week in the UK marks Eating Disorder Awareness (26th February – 4th March) and this annual international event highlights the seriousness of this ill health problem. According to the Natural Health Service this serious disorder involves overindulging/eating too much or eating too little or becoming obsessed with weight and the body shape.

They are several kinds of eating disorders and cite findings includes common types namely;

  • Anorexia Nervosa links to extreme low weight by eating a minimum food, excessive exercise or both.
  • Bulimia which is linked to overindulging on food in a short amount of time (binging) then becoming sick and restrict food consumption in an attempt to stop weight gain.
  • Binge (BED) – consumes excessive food portions until becoming uncomfortable full and then often upset.

According to BEAT about 1.25 million people in the UK are believed to have an eating disorder problem and further studies have shown that while adults are not immune teenage (boys and girls) are commonly affected and therefore awareness of “Eating Disorder Signs” and “Eating Disorder Symptoms” is also necessary – as it can help a person with early identification and it may even prevent a case from getting worse as specialist help is sought quickly.

An antidote, specialist help – with an eating disorder there is a wealth of care and support available from a wide range of specialist disciplines such as; “Doctors, Nutrition Experts, Holistic Counsellors, and Charities such as “BEAT”.

A Diet and Nutrition expert should help with specific foods to support eating disorders which are linked to both physical and psychological mental health (brain health) problems. Also, help should incorporate other aspects of wellness such as energy to aid blood sugar and blood fats and other body composition matters such as muscle mass and bone health issues as these also attribute to a happier healthier and more ideal body weight during healing and going forward.

Healing Journey Food Tips which may help you!

  • Neurological health, brain food – Omega 3; Flaxseed, coconut and olive oil. Banana, pine nut, walnut, avocado.
  • Support Digestion – Coconut yogurt probiotics, banana, papaya, broccoli, garden peas, gluten-free foods.
  • Great Energy for you – Banana, ripe mango, organic sprouted food; mung beans, chickpeas, wild rice.
  • Hydration for you– Berries especially black, blue and red. Mango, lychee, orange, and plums.
  • Water – Coconut water, cucumber juice, quality mineral water, black seeded grapes, nut milk; hemp, almond.

Eating Disorder nutrition shortfall – Another great way to maximize proper food nutrients intake is juicing, smoothie and steamed foods.

Eating Disorder concerns – A holistic approach is imperative so try to include strong support and good nutrition for a great recovery on your healing journey.

Alison Henry

by Alison Henry, WAFFL Nutritionist

Alison’s dedication to her clients’ nutritional needs has meant using innovative tools and techniques to help clients reach great health.

Alison specialises in correcting long-term and recurring health issues. She also conducts a thorough assessment of her patients’ dietary and lifestyle choices to bring a solution for wellness.