Eating Disorders & Sport
Athletes with Eating Disorders
Meeting performance-based goals via individualized meal planning, food logging, and tracking of response and results. Approaches involve non-diet, body neutrality challenges, with nutrition myth-correcting education.
Focusing on aesthetic goals can delay performance gains and put an athlete at risk of over-training and injury. Performance-based goals targets individual improvements of time, distance, speed, agility, etc. from supportive nutrition.
Individualized meal planning, food logging....Response and results
Response to specific foods can vary dramatically from one athlete to another. Best practice in sports nutrition is to explore which fueling items settle and provide focus on your sport, rather than your stomach. Trial and error can be lightly explored during training and practice bouts in order to specialize ideal items for fueling by competition or performance.
Dieting and/or ignoring hunger causes food preoccupation and cravings, and makes it harder to stop eating when satisfied. Diets backfire and cause out-of-control eating. The goal is to relearn to eat in response to hunger and satiety cues, while learning what foods fuel and nourish you best. Following in the model of 'All foods fit', the restriction and judgement of any foods can make them stand out as special, without warrant. Free access to all foods can make 'forbidden' foods less special, and 'healthier' foods more desirable because they all become equal. When performance nutrition guidelines are unbiased, individual athletes gain freedom to seek enjoyable, satiating foods that meet their needs. No rules, no diets, and full freedom for curiosity of food and outcomes.
Body neutrality challenges
We were all born with the ability to trust ourselves and our bodies. If people do not diet or restrict, eat when hungry & stop when satisfied most of the time, and enjoy exercise/training/competition/movement, their bodies' will reach/maintain a natural, healthy size that is good for them. Healthy weight is highly individualized and cannot be determined by a standardized table and performance is not determined by size. The goal is to enhance athleticism and health without focusing on weight.
Nutrition myth-correcting education
Healthy weight is highly individualized and cannot be determined by a standardized table. The goal is to enhance health without focusing on weight. Most medical problems can be ameliorated without weight loss. The body will seek its natural, healthy weight as one eats in response to body cues and engages in physical activity. It is possible to be healthy and happy at weights higher than the government and society advocates.