Are your thoughts and behaviors with food negatively affecting your training and/or health?
Do you find yourself intentionally underfueling and undereating in order to lose or to maintain your weight?
Are you scared to take in calories before, during or after workouts?
Do you tend to abide by a "bad" food list, avoid carbohydrates or sugar or follow rigid food rules?
Do you feel obsessed with food and it affects your quality of life and training?
Are you constantly dieting or trying to find the "best" way to eat in order to improve performance or to change your body composition?
Do you feel anxious and overwhelmed by food?
Do fear eating too much on your recovery/off days from training?
Do you constantly obsess over the number on the scale or your body image, or feel dissatisfied with your body shape/size?
Do your current dietary patterns/behaviors negatively affect your health when you try to increase your training volume or intensity or on race day?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may have noticed that your current eating patterns and relationship with your body is negatively affecting your quality of life, causing a decline in your health and/or limiting your ability to improve your fitness.
Disordered eating may not include all of the classic symptoms identified with a clinically diagnosed eating disorder but disordered eating patterns, especially among athletes, can seriously impact mental and physical health. Seeing that many athletes change dietary habits in order to improve health, change body composition and to maximize performance, rigid eating and not listening to the body's signals of hunger and fullness is disordered eating and can turn into an eating disorder. Additionally, chronic dieting may develop into a clinical eating disorder. Disordered eating is a serious health condition, which includes several adverse health outcomes, including GI issues/complaints, muscle weakness, impaired immune system functioning, nutrient deficiencies, restless sleep, anemia, bone loss, stress fractures, hormone disturbances, menstrual irregularities, dehydration, low blood sugar, cardiac stress, low blood pressure and increased anxiety and depression.
While it's common for athletes to be hyper aware of what's consumed in the diet for performance benefits, an obsessive pre-occupation with food and the body is not healthy. Athletes who receive proper guidance and correct messages on fueling and healthy eating from a Board Certified Sport Dietitian can still reach body composition goals, improve endurance, strength and speed and maintain excellent health without food rules, ritualistic eating and obsessive weighing.
Unfortunately, many athletes feel extreme pressure from society, coaches and for personal reasons, to change body composition or to follow dietary fads, often to achieve a more lean or muscular/athletic build and to improve performance. With athletes constantly feeling the need to be "less", athletes will often restrict calories and carbohydrates, limit fat intake and overexercise in an effort to change body composition or to improve performance. To keep athletes in good health, athletes must learn healthy eating and training habits to ensure safe, practical and healthy strategies to change body composition and to boost athletic performance.
Marni specializes in helping athletes improve their relationship with food and the body by teaching athletes how to create healthy, sustainable and practical nutrition habits to maximize performance, while keeping the body in good health.
Because disordered eating patterns require a comprehensive counseling approach, focusing on the thoughts and behaviors related to food and exercise, this service should be prioritized over any other Trimarni nutrition service if you are an athlete who struggles with your relationship with food and the body. Good health, which includes healthy thoughts around food and the body, is vital to your performance and longevity as an athlete.
Unlike disordered eating, an eating disorder (ex. anorexia, binge eating and bulimia) involves varying complexities such as nutritional imbalances, medical complications, and psychological issues, requiring an integrated treatment plan with a variety of professionals (ex. doctor, therapist, registered dietitian specializing in eating disorders). Marni does not work with athletes with a suspected or newly diagnosed clinical eating disorder or who need a treatment plan for a clinically diagnosed eating disorder.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-Text Revision), disordered eating is defined as "a wide range of irregular eating behaviors that do not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder."
Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN), are diagnosed according to narrow criteria. This excludes most people and the majority of people suffering with disordered eating. - Eatright.org
Given the complexity of eating disorders, if you think that you may have a clinical eating disorder, please seek the help of an eating disorder treatment professional.
Is this service right for me?
This service package is right for you if you are prepared to address following areas:
- Eat enough to support your energy demands
- Overcome your fears about food/calories
- Enjoy your food without food rules or guilt
- Learn to love your body shape/size/weight
- Live a life without constant body criticism or calorie counting/tracking
- Learn to eat mindfully and intuitively
- Create sustainable eating habits to ensure consistency in training
- Learn how to use sport nutrition products appropriately
- Identify key nutrients found in food, needed to keep your body in good health
It's time to let food enhance your life, not control your life.
How does this service work?
- For all athletes considering this service package, please complete the form below, describing your current situation, before purchasing the eating disorder consultation. Because of the high demand for consultations in this topic area, Marni has limited appointment availability for this service.
- If Marni feels this is the right service for you, she will follow-up to your form submission and direct you to the website to purchase the service.
- After purchasing the service, within 24 hours you will receive our online Nutrition and Relationship with Food and Body questionnaires, along with a dietary intake form via email, to complete before your session.
- Since every athlete is different in his/her individual nutrition journey, a series of shorter consultation sessions will help foster a less overwhelming and sustainable-for-change experience. Marni will offer small, realistic nutrition strategies for improving the relationship with food and the body to help improve energy, health and performance.
- Email feedback will be provided within 24 hours after each session.
- Each athlete will have unlimited email communication between sessions to ask questions, to express any concerns or to provide progress.
- Because there are many misinformed stereotypes surrounding disordered eating, this is a safe, trusting, non-judgmental service. Athletes should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about eating behaviors that need improvement.
This services lasts 4-8 weeks depending on the athlete progress. This is not a quick-fix service.
The Disordered Eating service package includes:
- 60-minute initial consultation via phone, Skype, or Facetime (athlete preference).
- Review of current lab work submitted by the athlete (if applicable, lab work must be within the past 6-months).
- 4 x 30-minute follow-up sessions for ongoing support and guidance.
- Consultation sessions will be scheduled every 7-14 days for accountability.
- Unlimited email communication between follow-up sessions.
- Optional: Additional Follow-up sessions*
Are you worried that this package may not be enough for you and you need more time and ongoing support to allow for change?Follow-up sessions may be purchased with your Disordered Eating service to provide additional nutrition coaching, accountability and education. These follow-up sessions can be utilized anytime over the next 6 months.
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For all athletes considering this service, please complete the form below describing your situation before purchasing the disordered eating consultation. Because of her high demand for consultations in this topic area, Marni has limited appointment availability for this service.