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Community Meal Group

03.22.17

If you are in need of extra meal support, working through anxiety associated with eating different foods, or looking to integrate more flexible and social eating into your eating  our Community Meal Support may be a good fit for you!

Community Meal Support is an effective, professionally led therapeutic meal experience designed to teach and facilitate meal planning success for individuals in treatment for an eating disorder. This group is ideal for those who need accountability-based eating in a structured environment and ensures at least one adequate meal each day to prevent restriction and eating disorder behaviors. Participants are given a standard meal to support their individual nutritional needs. This group offers pre-meal check in and post-meal processing.

 

The group meets Fridays from 12:15-2 p.m. at the office 1750 S. Telegraph Rd. Suite 102 Bloomfield Hills. Contact Dr. Vazzano at kvazzano@mindfullness.com or Patrizia Jesue, RD at patriziajesuerd@nutritionalcounseling.com for additional information and registration. Group is $100 a session. Insurance can be billed for therapeutic group processing.

Announcing a New Office Opening!

01.19.17

Dr. Vazzano is excited to announce a new office location! Beginning February 7, 2017 all services will be provided at a new location. The new office is 2 miles north of the current space located at 1750 S. Telegraph Rd. Suite 102 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.

 

We are excited to share our new space with you and unveil new program offerings over the next six months. Stay tuned!

 

Entering A Year of Self-Care and Self-Compassion

01.10.17

As the New Year kicks off, it is a great time to evaluate where you are and where you would like to go. Resolutions (and that unhelpful focus on weight loss, diet, and exercise) can feel superficial and quickly get tossed aside. However, developing new goals and identifying things you would like to see different are ways to move towards lasting change.

Many with eating disorders struggle treating themselves in a kind manner. Most of my patients are the best partners, family members, employees! They go above and beyond for everyone in their lives showing kindness and empathy. But when it comes to extending those virtues upon themselves they really struggle. In its most basic sense, self-compassion is really about treating yourself the way you would treat a close friend. It is really hard to be in a place of peace and health when you are constantly ignoring your own needs, berating yourself and feeling critical.

So this year, as you kick things off for 2017 I challenge you to take care of yourselves! Find a way to be kind to yourself and honor your needs. Remember- self-care and self-compassion are not selfish.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Ask yourself, how do I feel? What do I need? Do your best to honor this
  • * Read Kristin Neff’s amazing book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • Set and maintain boundaries. Just as it is important to say YES To treating yourself well, it is also okay to say NO when something does not feel right or you just do not want to do it
  • Make time for the things that make you smile. Take that yoga class, meet a friend for dinner, buy a new top, read the book that has been on your nightstand for months
  • Stay in the moment
  • Slow down and reflect
  • Surround yourself with the people who make you feel good and strong
  • Honor yourself

And most of all, have some fun. Enjoy the promise of a New Year. Make it YOUR year!

How to Challenge your Eating Disorder Beliefs this Holiday Season..Practical Tips

12.22.16

We all know the holiday season brings about much celebration! For many, one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about the season is food. During the holidays, there tends to be many holiday treats accompanying traditional celebrations (e.g. your grandmother’s special Christmas cookie recipe).

When you are suffering from an eating disorder or working toward recovery, the plethora of food and expectations to eat socially  can create added anxiety. Previous blog posts have reviewed ways to manage your environment when in social settings. Today, I want to focus on ways to challenge the eating disorder thoughts that limit one’s diet. By challenging the eating disorder’s thoughts about food you are creating new associations and changing your perception. If a new behavior follows, you are also confronting the anxiety and proving to yourself it is okay to try new things and confront the things the eating disorder fears.

Here are a few ideas as to how YOU can challenge and confront the eating disorder this holiday season to help you feel better and potentially enjoy some festive fare:

  • When the ED thinks the Christmas cookies are too fattening and says “NO.” Push back! Remind yourself there is room for dessert in everyone’s diet. “Eating a Christmas cookie (or few) is a part of the holiday season. Cookies are yummy and aren’t going to hurt me.”
  • Re-connect with the tradition of food. Make a recipe that reminds you of a holiday memory or tradition in your family. When tasting it, focus on the memories and what the food reminds you of rather than calorie count or nutritional value.
  • Challenge yourself by eating a holiday favorite. We all have a favorite that comes around this time of year! Savor it and allow yourself to eat something you associate with the holidays and celebration. Again, reconnect with the tradition of the food but also eat in a way that allows for enjoyment and satisfaction.
  • Watch a child (or maybe an adult) really enjoy a holiday tradition with food. Decorate and bake cookies with your children, make a gingerbread house with your niece or nephew. Reflect on their enjoyment with food in its healthy and intended way. Can you remember when your relationship with food was natural without interference of ED? Try to go back to that place and shift your behavior accordingly.
  • Remember the mindfulness skills as you are confronted with food and different social situations with food. Select food choices and portions based on what your body needs and wants in that moment. Remove the filter! Ask yourself “Am I hungry?” “Am I full?” “Does this taste good?” “Is this what I want?” Don’t deprive yourself, but honor what your body wants and needs in each moment to the best of your ability.

Above all, it is my most sincere wish that you celebrate this festive time of year. Cherish the intent of the season and your celebrations by enjoying time with family and friends.