alcohol and eating disorder recovery: part one

Alcohol in recovery is a topic I’ve been meaning to tackle for awhile and a question I get frequently on social media and during my one-on-one sessions with clients. Is it safe to drink in recovery? How does alcohol fit in my meal plan? How do I navigate alcohol and intuitive eating? After a little bit of thought, I’ve decided I’m going to break this down into two posts: the first (the one you’re reading right now!) will address alcohol specifically in the context of eating disorder recovery and the second (which will be published next week) will address alcohol in the context of intuitive eating. Although there are many similarities, there are some nuances between the two that I think are worth distinguishing between.

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Thursday thoughts 8.22.19

You may have noticed that it has been awhile since I’ve written a new blog post - it wasn’t until I came to write this that I realized it’s been almost 3 months! I didn’t intend to take so much time off but suffice it to say I’ve had a lot going on in the last few months. Without boring you with all the details, some major shifts happened workwise and I chose to leave a job recently which meant my whole June/July felt massively in flux. Leaving that job which means more room for working in private practice and I also started a per diem position at an eating disorder treatment center - something that feels so aligned with the work I already do. But I’ve been noticing the way my body reacts to the process of the transition itself.

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I trust your body but I don't trust your eating disorder

Recently, I was talking to a client in eating disorder recovery (of note, all of this is being shared with her permission) who reported feeling really frustrated that so many non-diet dietitians are sharing messages on Instagram about trusting your body and having bodily autonomy while also being recommended by her treatment team (myself included) to eat more consistently. “Y’all need to make up your minds” she said (half) jokingly.

And to be fair, I get where she’s coming from. I am one of the many dietitians talking about body trust, body autonomy, and body liberation on social media. So many of us are practically shouting it from the rooftops - because we steadfastly believe in it for everyone, full stop. We believe that everyone gets to make choices about their body, their health care, their food, their movement.

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