I have been working within the field of Eating Disorders for a few years now as a registered Nutritionist and have been alerted to the support there is available and the costs attached to them.
This is why I have decided to set up a food support group for individuals struggling with an Eating Disorder, to hopefully offer something accessible and long term, as well as allowing individuals to try and recover alongside their lifestyle.
I am starting with a 'Breakfast Group' in Brighton on Thursday mornings (9-10am) on the 10th, 17th and 31st of January. This is suitable for individuals who can't afford a treatment centre, or has just come out of a treatment centre and wants to feel supported transitioning into their home life, or for people who have recently been diagnosed and need some support.
The group is based in a commercial kitchen to allow individuals to have a similar set up to their home surroundings. There will be some basics provided: Oats, Cornflakes, Bread, Eggs, Bananas, Apple...
If you're not familiar with the phrase 'iifym' it stands for 'if it fits my macros', a craze that started being used by people competing in fitness physique competitions who needed to be of a certain weight/size but now had been adopted by a lot of gym go-ers.
It is a calculated daily amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats based on your weight usually and sometimes activity level..and yes there is a lot of science behind it that it will help to lose weight however it requires daily weighing of food/packet checking and/or entering it into a tracking device to make sure the correct quantities have been met.
A lot of people will say this approach to 'dieting' allows them to have what they want to eat (e.g. A biscuit) as long as it fits into their daily allowance. Sounds great huh? Well, that means there would need to be some compromise throughout the rest of the day.
My belief is that all food is to be enjoyed in a relaxed way, with a mindfulness on eating things that have a benefit to...