Build Enduring Strategies with the Intuitive Eating Group Program

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

We're so excited to announce our new Intuitive Eating Group Program

Do You Want to Improve Your Relationship with Food?

Looking for Guidance on How to Honor Your Nutritional Needs?

Struggling with Recovery From an Eating Disorder?

Marci RD Nutrition has a 5-week Intuitive Eating Group Program that will Transform You and Your Life!  We will help you navigate the complex journey of learning to listen to your body’s needs while in a supportive group environment! 

This program, led by Eating Disorder and Intuitive Eating expert, Sarah Patten, will help you:

  • Discover how to listen and reconnect with your body's hunger and fullness cues
  • Learn to trust yourself to make decisions around what or how much to eat
  • Take back your power around food
  • Reconnect to your body's innate wisdom to determine the right amount of food for you
  • Develop self-trust around eating challenging or “forbidden” foods
  • Practice being more mindful at meal times in a safe and supportive environment
Why Join our Group Program? 
  • Exposure to challenging meals in a supportive environment fosters greater self-trust while decreasing fear and anxiety over time.
  • Avoidance of particular foods or eating in a social setting is a big risk factor for relapse and can hold one back from making peace with food once and for all.
We will help you become more confident in your ability to feed yourself in an adequate, varied, and enjoyable way. 

 

intuitive eating support group

Who Should Consider Participating?  

  • People looking to heal their relationship with food and develop lifelong skills around eating and body trust. Participants must be appropriate for an outpatient level of care and must be working with an individual therapist and dietitian.
  • An initial 15-minute phone screening is required to determine appropriateness of fit for the group and to allow for Sarah to understand each individual's goals and challenges prior to joining.
Groups will be led by Sarah Patten, a registered dietitian, eating disorder expert, Intuitive Eating specialist, and registered yoga teacher.  To register for the program, contact Sarah via email or by telephone: 

617-945-2404


 

What Does the Program Include?
 
Five (5) weeks of meal support led by a Registered Dietitian and Intuitive Eating specialist that includes the following:
  • Inclusion in a small group – limited to 6 participants
  • Personalized goal setting
  • Orientation to the keys of effective exposures
  • Mindfulness based eating exercises
  • Dining together as a group
  • Guided meditation experiences
  • Post-meal processing
  • Handouts and resources
  • Access to a Registered Dietitian who leads you in this program
When Will the Group Be Held?
 
Dates:
June 13th, 20th, 27th, July 11th and July 18th
 
Time:
7:00 pm-8:15 pm
 
Location:
Marci RD Nutrition Counseling Office
22 Hilliard St., Cambridge, MA 02138
1st floor, door on the right
 
Your Investment in the Program:
$225.00 for the 5-week program - Registering for the full series is required.
 
Registration Information
  • Group size is limited to 6 participants.
  • To reserve your seat in the program, contact Sarah. Your seat in the program will be officially reserved once payment is received in full.
 
We look forward to have you join us for the 5-week Intuitive Eating Group Program!

Practice Taking a Pause

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017

By Sarah Patten, RD LDN


One of my favorite routines after getting out of bed in the morning involves making a steaming hot cup of coffee and taking a moment before taking my first sip to pause, gaze out my kitchen window, and set an intention for my day ahead. This ritual started a couple of years ago as I began to realize how busy the days can be and how easy it is to fill the waking hours to the brim without taking the time to slow down and check in. I found myself talking with clients and friends about the importance of mindfulness, self inquiry, and pausing, but realized that I too needed to hear that message and bring focused attention to sloooowwwwwwwwwingggg down.

Sometimes setting an intention to set an intention is the hardest part

At first, I had to remind myself to take that moment or would chide myself with self-criticism if I'd rushed around after waking up too late/hitting snooze and had forgotten about the intention to set an intention altogether. Just like any type of habit change, however, with enough practice and repetition, the new ritual stuck and now it's the part of my morning I look forward to most. This “mindfulness moment” allows me the opportunity to assess how I'm feeling, what I'm grateful for, what I'm worried about, and what I'd like to practice for the day ahead. Solidifying this habit in the morning has also helped to make it much more natural to return to this practice throughout the day.

Even the fullest days can hold mindful moments

Maybe it's taking a moment to check in while waiting in line at the grocery store, sitting down to eat lunch, or washing dishes at the end of a long day – wherever it may be, the realization that there IS time to take time throughout a busy day has been a huge change for me. We all have the ability to slow down and check in with ourselves, no matter how full our time may seem.

This past Christmas, I received the perfect gift to accompany this morning ritual - “Journey to the Heart” by Melody Beattie. This book has a daily reading for each day of the year and always seems to deliver just the message I need to hear. There was a reading a few weeks ago that gave me pause for thought and it felt important to share. It's entitled “Look at What's Right” - a reflection about how we can spend so much time looking for flaws in ourselves, even in the name of self improvement,”that we often forget to stop and take stock of what is going well or what we value within ourselves. Here's the reading:

“Take time to notice what's right in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us. We may become so concerned with correcting ourselves we become habituated to seeing what's wrong. Not just seeing it – constantly looking for it. The question itself – What's wrong? – is enough to keep us on edge.

"There are times to take stock, do an inventory. Times to learn and grow. But spirituality and joy do not stem from trudging around in the muck of what's wrong with others, ourselves, and life. We do not have to seek out mistakes and errors, poking and picking at ourselves to continue our growth. Poking and picking hurts. Our lessons will be revealed to us, and they will present themselves naturally. Growth will occur.

"Give yourself a break. Ask yourself what's right, what's good, what's true, what's beautiful. Sometimes the lesson isn't in discovering what's wrong. Sometimes the lesson is discovering that the world is all right – and so are you.”

So, with that, I'd challenge all of you to practice taking a pause today (and maybe eventually every day) to acknowledge what's right. Give yourself the gift of self compassion, give yourself some space from that internal critic, and call out a strength you possess – even if it seems tiny or insignificant. With practice and persistence, everything gets easier.

 

BED and The Well-Trained Clinician: Are You Helping Without Harming?

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Monday, February 06, 2017

The Need for Well-Trained Clinicians


This blog post was originally posted on the Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Blog. I've reposted it here to spread the word! 

Binge eating disorder (BED) may seem new since it was just added to the official list of mental health diagnoses. But the truth is that using food to manage difficult internal experiences and emotions has been around a long time! While it’s official status is “young” in the eating disorder (ED) world, well-trained clinicians are desperately needed! The problem being that many clinicians haven’t been properly trained on how to treat BED, which is distinctly different than treating weight. Often, clinicians conflate the two and unintentionally create a whole host of problems!

While the ED field has a long way to go in developing substantive research to guide our treatment protocols for BED, we must borrow from related fields of research to guide our way.

The first area of research ED clinicians need to become familiar with is weight stigma. Similar to other oppressive forces in our culture, weight stigma infiltrates all of our lives in sneaky and insidious ways. And sadly, even ED clinicians are top offenders when it comes to bias and stigma relating to weight.

What is Weight Stigma?
Check out this succinct PDF on weight stigma developed by BEDA. In short, weight stigma is negative judgment, bias, assumptions, attitudes, and treatment based on a person’s size. Most importantly, when a person experiences weight stigma it makes them vulnerable for WORSE health outcomes. This means that when people are stigmatized they are less likely to get proper care and are less likely to improve in any health parameters. This is why a weight neutral approach to improving health of people suffering with BED.

Why A Weight Neutral Approach
A weight neutral approach makes no assumptions about a person’s health or habits based on appearance. And it deems every individual deserving of health enhancing interventions regardless of whether it produces a change on the scale. Two important philosophies, Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating (IE), provide the scaffolding and guidance for clinicians to generate interventions that will improve the health of clients without interjecting harmful weight stigma. Integrating these philosophies into the backbone of BED treatment is critical to helping without harming.

Seeking Additional Treatment
It is imperative that ED clinicians seek additional training in weight stigma, HAES, and IE. I have developed an online training for ED clinicians that is focused on how to provide nutrition specific counseling that is HAES informed, weight neutral, and grounded in research. I developed it because I am passionate about reducing weight stigma and improving treatment for people with EDs. There are relatively few resources for clinicians so I created am online training that is affordable and accessible from your own home. You can learn more about my online training for dietitians interested in eating disorder work here

Additionally, here are some other resources I recommend:

Let’s elevate the field of ED treatment and provide our clients with BED with the best possible care.

5 Week Mindful Eating Meal Support Series

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017


    Is working on your relationship with food a part of your goals for 2017?

    Marci RD Nutrition is offering a 5-week meal support series with

    eating disorder and Intuitive Eating expert Sarah Patten. Details below!

     

    Who should consider participating?

    Anyone actively working on their eating disorder recovery as well as those focused on improving their relationship with food, re-learning their body's hunger and fullness cues, and developing self-trust around consuming challenging or “forbidden” foods. Participants must be appropriate for an outpatient level of care and must be working with an individual therapist and dietitian.

    Groups will be led by Sarah Patten, a registered dietitian, eating disorder expert, and Intuitive Eating specialist with Marci RD Nutrition.

    What we offer:

    A five-week meal support series focused on consuming adequate and challenging meals in a supportive group environment.

    Our first group will consist of introductions, an orientation to the keys of effective exposures, as well as personalized goal setting. YOU decide how to best utilize exposures in the groups to follow. The remaining four weeks will consist of mindfulness based eating exercises, dining together as a group, and post-meal processing.

    When will the group be held?

    Tuesday evenings from 7-8:15pm; 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/21 and 2/28 (we will skip Tuesday, 2/14)

    Where we will meet:

    Marci RD Nutrition Counseling Office

    22 Hilliard St., Cambridge, MA 02138

    1st floor, door on the right

    Why join our group?

    Exposure to challenging meals in a supportive environment fosters greater self-trust while decreasing fear and anxiety over time. Food avoidance is a big risk factor for relapse and can hold one back from making peace with food once and for all. This group will help you to become more confident in your ability to feed yourself in an adequate, varied, and enjoyable way.

    Cost:

    $225 total ($45/group x5 weeks)

     

    In addition to the weekly support from Sarah and the other group members, you will leave this group with a toolbox of resources to take with you!

    Important registration information:

    Group size is limited to 6 participants. Contact Sarah at Sarah@MarciRD.com to reserve your spot. Your spot will be officially reserved once payment is received in full. Registering for the full series is required. We will not accept partial registration.

     

 

 

Healing the Hate: A Better Body Image in the New Year

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

I originally wrote this video blog for Recovery Warriors which is a phenomenal community and resource for anyone looking for additional support in their eating disorder recovery. But you don't have to have an eating disorder to have crappy body image. So if you'd like to feel better about your body, this one's for you.

Key Point: You cannot talk your way to better body image. If you treat yourself with hate you will continue to feel hate towards your body. In this video blog I share with you the why and the how to improve your body image through actionable steps.

After you view this video blog, I hope you will share what you plan to start doing that feels good to your body. What action step or steps will you start making today?