I really do believe you, as a person struggling with binge and compulsive eating, have unique needs and I think it’s important for you to know what makes me qualified to meet your unique needs.
I’ve been a Registered Dietitian for almost 30 years working with weight management followed by Eating Disorders. I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker 20 years ago and as a psychotherapist, worked in residential, inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient Eating Disorder programs. I am now a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.
But….. I’m still learning. A few years ago, I experienced my own medical health issues. After seeing a number of conventionally trained physicians, I found a Functionally trained MD and nutritionist. I discovered that the root cause of my medical symptoms was poor gut and hormonal health. Functional medicine doesn’t just look at symptoms- it goes straight to the root causes. After testing, changing my diet and using nutrient supplements, my medical issues finally started resolving. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to be mindful of how I eat to keep my gut happy!
I started wondering about the root causes affecting my patients’ struggle with binge and compulsive eating and decided to pursue my own functional nutrition training. I came across so much information and learned about how nutrient supplements like vitamins, minerals and amino acids along with dietary changes can be helpful in helping manage mental health issues like Anxiety, Depression which often partners with Binge Eating Disorder.
My practice evolved from using calories and exchanges for weight management to intuitive eating in the treatment of Binge and Compulsive eating and after working in a residential facility with people recovering from addictions, I now also see the role played by gut health and brain biochemistry.
Did you know the sugary, processed foods that people typically eat during binges helps the unhealthy bacteria in their gut to grow- damaging the gut lining, leading to inflammation which contributes to weight gain? Or that low levels of brain neurotransmitters can trigger cravings that lead to binges and compulsive eating behavior?
In my practice, Healthy Lifestyles in Allen, Texas, I practice psychotherapy and integrate functional nutrition interventions into my nutrition therapy. I work with individuals and groups specifically focusing on Binge Eating and Compulsive Eating Disorders and their partners in crime Depression and Anxiety. I believe that understanding the function and availability of nutrients in our brain health, gut microbiome health, and hormonal health is equally important and complements the work done in psychotherapy and nutrition therapy.
We can work together as part of an Integrative Medicine team with your doctor and other specialized health professionals. The focus can turn to healing the body from the inside out and finally stop the binge and compulsive eating behavior.
What I have learned from training, my own health issues and years of experience, I will use to help you.