Food and Eating

"After years and years of dieting, I was so confused about what to eat.

There were so many foods on the ‘bad food’ list that I literally became scared of eating."

- Person with a historical diagnosis of atypical anorexia nervosa.

Seeing an eating disorder

dietitian
Knowing what to eat, how much to eat, how often to eat is not as simple as many health professionals make out – whether you have an eating disorder or not.
“Healthy” eating is a minefield. Diet mentality is ingrained in our culture, and we’re bombarded with conflicting messages in the media.

When you’re living with

an eating disorder,
things become even murkier. You lose natural body cues for hunger and fullness. Mind and body connection is lost.
Destructive thoughts get in the way of making healthy decisions. Food rituals become habitual, and it’s hard to break out of learnt behaviours.

Seeing an eating disorder

specialist can help
you create a more peaceful relationship with food.

You can move away from eating practices dictated by “food rules” and towards a more intuitive approach to eating.

Nutrition therapy

Seeing an eating disorder dietician

Knowing what to eat, how much to eat and how often to eat is not as simple as many health professionals make out.

“Healthy” eating is a minefield. Diet mentality is ingrained in our culture and we’re bombarded with conflicting messages in the media.

When you’re living with an eating disorder, things become even murkier. You may lose natural body cues for hunger and fullness. Mind and body connection may be lost.

Destructive thoughts can get in the way of making healthy decisions. Food rituals may become habitual, and it can be hard to break out of learnt behaviours.

Seeing a health professional with extensive experience in treating eating disorders can support you while you develop a more peaceful relationship with food. You can work towards letting go of eating practices dictated by “food rules” and explore a more intuitive approach to eating.

Developing a more peaceful

relationship with food

There’s a misconception that dietitians put you on a diet. At Freedom Co., we don’t believe in diets. We actually think diets get in the way of your recovery!

It’s not as simple as telling you what to eat and what not to eat. It’s about developing a loving relationship with food and eating. This will look different for everyone.

Your first few sessions with an eating disorder dietitian will either focus on food intake and reversing the consequences of malnutrition, or exploring food behaviours that feel destructive to you (overeating or purging). It depends on your situation.

Whatever your situation, neutralising the critical voice that affects healthy decision-making is at the centre of what we do.

Think it’s time to get guidance on food and eating? We provide nutrition therapy for eating disorders.

Do you need help with food and eating? We’re here to help.
We offer free 15-minute chats.

FAQs

Our team is part of the new wave of “anti-diet” dietitians. It’s an approach based on the evidence that diets don’t work.

Research shows that dieting can cause disordered eating (and eating disorders) and weight gain/regain. It stands in the way of recovery.

Our ultimate goal is to help you engage with food more mindfully and help you cultivate a more healthy relationship with food and eating.

Our Accredited Practising Dietitians are highly skilled in both counselling and food science with experience in the treatment of eating disorders. They work with tertiary healthcare facilities, such as hospital-based inpatient eating disorder programs and associated outpatient services.

Yes. We work with a range of eating disorders including bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder, rumination disorder, pica, and other specified feeding and eating disorders.

healthy bowl of food