Eating Disorders & Body Image
Are you spending all of your precious time and energy thinking negatively about your body?
Are you playing small, afraid to take up space, waiting until you hit that magic number before you start living your life?
Are you tired of following all the boring diet rules and still feel unhappy in your body?
Astrid is a Practitioner trained and registered with The Australian Centre of Eating Disorders for all Eating Disorders, Obesity & Bariatric Surgery Support.
As an eating disorder recovery coach I hold your hand every step of the way to guide you in achievable steps to unrestricted eating and allowing your body to nutritionally rehabilitate so that you can physically recover. I will also help you identify neural pathways that require rewiring and develop tools for doing this.
Recovery from a restrictive eating disorder has to involve food and in most cases it is to involve weight gain. My primary focus is the elimination of restriction, eating disorder behaviours, and the subsequent weight restoration and supporting a person in whatever it is that they need in order to achieve full recovery. This means unrestricted eating, and not suppressing one’s natural, healthy, body weight.
A biological approach
We focus on the biology of how energy deficit leads into the activation of an eating disorder, and how malnutrition leads your body and brain to acting and thinking in the way that we associated with eating disorder behaviours. And … how unrestricted eating (responding to what the body is requesting of you via physical and mental hunger) leads to the return of a healthy mind and body.
At Mind Body Alive & my Sister business Feed The Mind, all of our practitioners and trusted referral partners have specific experience and qualifications in the treatment of eating disorders and nutrition. What this means is that we have a very good understanding of what predisposes a person to developing an eating disorder, what perpetuates eating disorders, and most importantly, what helps a person to recover and acts as protective factors against relapse.
We offer treatment for all people on the spectrum of disordered eating. Whether you have been medically diagnosed with an eating disorder, or you have struggled with disordered eating, yo-yo dieting and body image issues for a short or long period of time, rest assured that we can offer treatment that will be right for whatever stage you are at. We are experienced in offering treatment for the following:
Binge Eating Disorder
Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)
Body image dissatisfaction or weight concerns
Compulsive exercise behaviours
Disordered eating is more common than most people thing. This may be behaviours and/or symptoms that may reflect part of the same criteria as eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or OSFED. Long-term disordered eating may or may not lead to an eating disorder, but the damage that disordered eating causes is not to be underestimated.
Common disordered eating examples include:
Fasting or chronic restrained and restrictive eating
Chronic yo-yo dieting
Unbalanced eating (eg restricting/removing whole food groups)
Laxative, enema or diuretic abuse
Diet Pills/Other drugs (Prescription or otherwise)
Long-term disordered eating causes many issues physically, mentally and emotionally, it may or may not lead to a diagnosed eating disorder but healing your relationship with food and body is possible…
At Mind Body Alive we take great care to practice in a non-judgemental, inclusive and compassionate way, treating all of our clients with the respect and dignity that they deserve, irrespective of health status, weight or size. We ensure that we practice a non-diet approach, which is aligned with the Health At Every Size movement. What this means is that your weight, shape or size will never be a focus of treatment. Rather, we focus on the creation of healthy habits and skills which support mental, emotional and physical health.
Eating Psychology Coaching is an exciting and cutting edge approach. It effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related health concerns.
I studied at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world's leading school in Nutritional Psychology. Here I learnt cutting edge tools that enable me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating, and a variety of nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, auto immune illness and many others.
Eating Psychology Coaching, is an approach that is positive and empowering. I don’t see your eating challenges merely as a sign that “something is wrong with you” – but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight and health. Oftentimes, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationship, family, intimacy, life stress and so much more. By working on the places that are most relevant for you, success is more easily achieved.
Mind Body Nutrition
Mind-Body Nutrition is an exciting and timely new field that advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health. It goes far beyond classical nutrition by focusing on the fascinating connections between brain, body, and behaviour.
Simply put, what we eat is only half of the story of good nutrition. The other half is who we are as eaters. Mind Body Nutrition reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing and much more profoundly influence digestion and calorie burning. And it offers practical and results-oriented strategies for the most commonly seen eating challenges and health issues of our times.
Dynamic Eating Psychology
Dynamic Eating Psychology is a positive, empowering and transformational approach that’s designed for anyone who eats. Each of us has a unique, fascinating, and ever changing relationship with food.
Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the primary importance of this relationship. It sees our challenges with eating, weight and health not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a beautiful opportunity to grow and evolve. Previously, eating psychology has been limited to those with clinical eating disorders.
Dynamic Eating Psychology though, is for everyone. It affirms that our relationship with food has important lessons to teach us if we choose to listen. And it recognises that our challenges with eating, weight and health are intimately connected to other primary life dimensions – relationship, family, work, sexuality, our search for meaning and fulfilment, and so much more.
Dynamic Eating Psychology is a powerful breakthrough approach.