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Peterson Nutrition and Fitness: Services

Specialties: Eating Disorders

Many people worry about weight, diet, nutrition, exercise and food! Elisabeth understands your concerns and knows how overwhelming they can be. She specializes in eating disorders and will work with you and the rest of your treatment team to help you heal your relationship with food. Congratulations for taking the important first step of reaching out for professional help.

Elisabeth is a strong advocate of the non-diet approach to nutritional wellness, however some cases may, of necessity, begin with a structured approach. The work starts from a strength based empowerment perspective focused on what is working for you rather than what is not working for you and builds on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives. Together, you and Elisabeth will work to re-build your self esteem in a compassionate, empathetic environment dedicated toward empowering you to move ever forward in pursuit of your goals. You will develop a healthy body image as you learn through mindful eating to eat healthy and love your body.

Healing an eating disorder requires:

  • Identifying feelings and needs.
  • Learning how to get your human needs met.
  • Learning to tolerate uncomfortable feelings.
  • Developing self care, self love and self respect.

Elisabeth Peterson is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with 16 years experience working with eating disorders in both individual and group settings. She will help you by:

  • Teaching you ways to change food, exercise and weight related behaviors.
  • Teaching you about normal and abnormal food intake patterns, hunger patterns, metabolic rate and somatic sensations or symptoms of each.
  • Increasing your awareness of physiological, biological and emotional body reactions to food, exercise and substance misuse.
  • Assisting your understanding of connection between emotions and behaviors.
  • Guiding and teaching you how to develop a healthy relationship with food to develop normal eating patterns for eventually maintaining weight within a healthy range.
  • Teaching you the benefits of an active lifestyle and encourage you to find activities that you enjoy.
  • Keeping other members of the team apprised of changes in eating, weight and food behaviors.

Weekly visits are recommended until minimum weight goals are met or until clients have moved into the middle part of recovery. Treatment is individualized and together we will decide at what frequency you should schedule appointments.

A multidisciplinary approach is imperative for the treatment of eating disorders. Each client is encouraged to create a treatment team consisting of a Registered Dietitian, Psychotherapist (Individual and Family), Psychiatrist, Primary Care Physician, parents (for minor clients), all who specialize in eating disorders. Elisabeth will frequently collaborate with your team to coordinate care. Recommendations for team members will be supplied on request.

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Group therapy is another avenue for healing an eating disorder. Check out our groups.

 

What is Intuitive Eating?

 

You see, life within an eating disorder is no life at all, only a prison of desolate existence.

 

Part of me wanted to stay there and part of me wanted to get up and leave, and run away from what would later become the best help I had ever received…The hardest thing to do as an anorexic or bulimic or any other sort of disordered eating is to go for help.” 

 

…I was unable to see that the only person who truly needed to accept me was me.”