Improve Your Body Positivity While Managing Chronic Illness and Eating Disorders

This co-occurring struggle is complicated, real, and there are very few resources available on the topic. Several years ago I was preparing for a talk on digestive disorders and eating disorders. I stumbled on a qualitative research study exploring the themes related to body image for people with chronic digestive health conditions. I was struck [...]

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2024 – Healing in Community

Today marks the first day of Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) with this year’s theme, “Healing in Community.” Historically, during eating disorders (ED) awareness week, I’ve aimed my efforts at clinicians outside the ED profession. This year, I’m taking a different approach and speaking directly to those of us already treating EDs, because in order [...]

Marci’s Annual Book Round-Up for 2023

If you’ve been reading my posts for a bit, you already know that each January (except when I'm on parental leave!) I post an annual book round-up. I share with you some of my favorite books from the previous year with a very quick blurb about how they made my heart sing. If you want [...]

The Gifts I Receive from My Nutrition Counseling Clients

I love gift giving. And as someone who celebrates Christmas, gift giving is front of mind this time of year. But lately I’ve been reflecting a lot on the gifts that my clients have given me over the years and wanted to share a bit from my heart as we close out 2023. Over the [...]

4 Tips to Manage the Holidays with Chronic Illnesses and EDs

You can enjoy the holiday season as stress and symptom-free as possible. If you are reading this and struggle with an eating disorder (ED), chronic illness, or both, I am proud of you. You must manage countless challenges each and every day. EDs and chronic illnesses can be thought of as “invisible illnesses.” On the [...]

Weight is Not the Illness When it Comes to Eating Disorders

We need to end traumatic and destructive anti-fatness rooted racism, shame, and discrimination. I got so angry while at the Eating Disorders Research Society Conference in September of 2023. If you’ve been following my reels on Instagram (totally ok if you’re not), you may have seen me sharing some of my takeaways and highlights from the [...]

The Intersection of Chronic Illness, Eating Disorders and Body Image

We have very little research that explores the impact of more rare, chronic conditions on issues of food and body image healing. But I can tell you from both personal and professional experience, complex chronic illness takes a significant toll on both. That is why I am so passionate about educating and supporting others. There [...]

How to Improve Body Image and Heal with a New Approach

Approaching Your Body Image by factoring in social and nervous systems when doing this work is often the path to healing. In my last blog post, I talked with you about why body image is so complex, what your bad body image is trying to tell you, and why your attempts to fix it likely [...]

Why Body Image is so Complicated and What it’s Telling You

Summer temperatures often bring the bad body image boiling right to the top. I get it, you are sweaty and exposed and damn, that’s uncomfortable. That’s why I have to talk about body image this month…and probably next. Today I’m going to share with you 3 things: Why body image is so complicated, what your [...]

Digestive Disorders and Eating Disorders: Answering Common Questions

Did you know that the majority of clients who suffer from an eating disorder (ED) also struggle with significant digestive health challenges? When I returned from maternity leave, I went to social media to ask - what content do you want from me? The resounding answer: digestive issues!! which is not surprising … Some studies [...]

Marci’s Annual Book Round-Up for 2022

Typically, each January, I do a roundup of my favorite books from the previous year. Since I was out on leave this past January, I thought today was the PERFECT day to share my recap because here in the U.S., it’s National Book Day! Below are some of the books on the top of my [...]

Learn to Take Up Space for Yourself

Taking up space can feel impossible and can often be a reason why you might feel stuck in your life or in your recovery. Hi! It’s Christine, one of the dietitians with the Marci RD team, still covering for her while she’s on Mat leave with the family! For those of you who might not [...]

Self-Reflections and Lessons Learned from Life at College

For many, as the year comes to a close, it's often a time for self-reflection. For me, the end of the year is bittersweet, filled with emotions, gratitude, and hopes for the new year. ~ Anita Dharwadkar Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Folks often look back at the year and focus on what they didn’t do versus [...]

Updates and News from the Marci RD Nutrition Team

As we head into Fall, our team of dietitians has lots of news to share. Can you believe that September is almost over? Admittedly, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed because I am heading out on maternity leave for baby #2 on October 1st! I’m filled with a whole range of emotions – excitement, mixed with […]

Summertime Body Image is HARD!!

I know I am writing to folks across the globe, but here in the US, temperatures are hitting record highs, which seems to correlate with record high grumpy body image. With hotter temperatures and less clothing, it’s natural to feel more vulnerable and exposed. Often, summer brings more socialization and opportunities for body comparisons. Additionally, [...]

Remember and Repeat after me – I AM Enough

December is a hectic month. Regardless of your religious affiliation, the holidays you celebrate, and how you are managing the pandemic right now - December is kind of hard. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself dropping balls left and right - sending my son to school without his water bottle, forgetting to [...]

What’s Food Insecurity Got to do with Pride Month?

It’s hard to believe that here in Boston, the summer is upon us! This past week we’ve had scorching temperatures, coupled with lots of very quick changes to our covid guidelines. It sure feels like a lot of changes all at once. If you’re like me or any of my clients, you might find yourself [...]

My Musings on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Come as You Are. Think on that phrase for just a moment. Come. As. You. Are. What if we felt able to show up in all facets of our life exactly as we are? Not as we pretend to be. Not as we believe others want us to be. Not as external expectations demand we […]