Bulimia Nervosa Dietitians and Nutritionists
Are you or a loved one consumed by thoughts of food or body image? Do you have urges to compensate for what you eat? Do you wish you had a better relationship with food overall?
If you suspect you or a loved one is struggling with Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Courage to Nourish is here to help. You might be wondering how to begin this recovery journey. It’s possible, you haven’t yet opened up about your struggle with food. Or perhaps you are looking to add a dietitian to your treatment team. Courage to Nourish is a team of expert eating disorder dietitians. We provide high quality eating disorder treatment, including Bulimia Nervosa treatment, and support clients to build a secure and comfortable relationship with food.
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia Nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder that is characterized by recurrent episodes of binging followed by compensatory behaviors including purging by vomiting, laxative abuse, exercise or restricting of food post binge. Some signs that you or a loved one might struggle with BN includes fear of weight gain, a preoccupation with food, body image, and/or exercise, and binge episodes followed by compensatory behaviors(not sure if that makes sense). Bulimia Nervosa, like all eating disorders, has both emotional and physical implications. The proper treatment for bulimia requires a full team, which includes a physician, therapist and dietitian.
Eating disorders, including Bulimia Nervosa, are highly misunderstood and therefore require specialized professionals that have extensive experience and understand the healing process . Courage to Nourish understands that your struggle with food and body is valid. We aim to give our clients space to heal and discuss food and body image without judgment.
How We Help Treat Bulimia Nervosa
Treatment of BN requires individualized, consistent, and compassionate support. At Courage to Nourish, our dietitians are highly trained to treat all eating disorder diagnoses, including bulimia nervosa. We value trusting and compassionate relationships between our dietitians and their clients. Not only do we work with you or your loved one in individual sessions, but we also collaborate with various members of the treatment team. We also provide text and email support and keep our caseloads small. This can assure you are getting the highest quality of care.
In terms of treating bulimia nervosa, we understand that restricting of any kind often triggers the binge/purge cycle. So, we work with our clients to feel comfortable eating satisfying, and consistent meals. We understand it can be extremely difficult to normalize your eating patterns during this process, especially after episodes of binging, when you are often feeling an array of difficult emotions alongside the short term physical side effects, like fullness and bloating. Because of this, we work as a team with each of our clients to establish an eating pattern that feels doable.
At Courage to Nourish, our dietitians work one on one with our clients and their treatment team to improve BN behaviors, urges and thoughts. We understand that this is a journey and we meet our clients where they’re at, each step of the way, to make changes to develop a better relationship with food. We value safety and a non-judgmental space so our clients are able to process their relationship with food and body in a way that is met with understanding and empathy.
Typical Clients We Work With
FAQs About Bulimia Nervosa
How do I know if I have Bulimia Nervosa?
How long does it take to treat Bulimia Nervosa?
Will I need to follow a meal plan?
How can I help a loved one with Bulimia Nervosa?
How can I find support for Bulimia Nervosa?
Courage to Nourish is happy to help. Contact us for more information about working with us. We provide both virtual and in person services. If for some reason we are unable to support you, we would be glad to refer you to other resources. You can also read our blog and resources page for more ideas and support on eating disorder recovery.
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About Courage to Nourish
Courage to Nourish is a group of eating disorder specialized dietitians. We have in person locations in Alexandria, Virginia, Columbia, Maryland, and College Park, Maryland. We offer virtual services across the state of Maryland. Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. We offer individual nutrition therapy. As well as support groups. We would love to guide you in building a better relationship with food.
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