Let's Talk About Binge Eating! Meet UCSD CHEAR Director Dr. Kerri Boutelle

Let's Talk About Binge Eating! Meet UCSD CHEAR Director Dr. Kerri Boutelle

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to discuss innovative approaches to binge eating treatment that’s happening right here in San Diego! I’ve interviewed Dr. Kerri Boutelle, licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Public Health, and Psychiatry at University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is the founder and director of the Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR), and is affiliated with Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Boutelle is also the senior supervising psychologist at the UCSD Eating Disorder and Treatment Program. I went to a training at CHEAR by Dr. Boutelle, and I was impressed with how dedicated she is to eating disorder research and treatment. I also really appreciated CHEAR’s focus on binge eating recovery.

***Trigger warning***  This blog post interview does include the terms weight lossoverweight, and obesity in the context of explaining CHEAR’s integrative binge eating and weight loss treatment program.  I do believe that Dr. Boutelle does articulate how their approach is very different than “dieting” and absolutely does NOT advocate extreme behaviors that could trigger eating disorder symptoms. 

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Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Therapist Edie Stark, LCSW

Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Therapist Edie Stark, LCSW

Hi everyone! Have you ever felt like you are suffering alone in your eating disorder in San Diego, and you don’t know where to turn? One great resource is private practice eating disorder therapist Edie Stark, LCSW (Licensed Social Worker). Her office is in Bankers Hill, which is in central San Diego. Edie is an amazing, authentic, experienced eating disorder therapist—plus she’s also a good friend of mine, and I want you all to get to know how smart and wonderful she is! Given her central location, she works with a lot of college students who attend universities like San Diego State (SDSU), University of San Diego (USD), and Point Loma Nazarene University. She even works with students from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). PLUS, she’s originally from New York and is a LCSW in that state, so she can provide virtual therapy (a.k.a. Telehealth) in the entire states of California and New York. All in all, an excellent eating disorder resource in San Diego and elsewhere!

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Interview with San Diego Eating Disorder Nutrition Therapist Erika Salaman, RDN

Interview with San Diego Eating Disorder Nutrition Therapist Erika Salaman, RDN

Hello all! I had the pleasure of meeting San Diego eating disorder registered dietitian nutritionist Erika Salaman last year, and I continue to collaborate with her in 2019. I was impressed by how compassionate, nonjudgmental, and supportive she is toward her clients. Erika is especially well-versed in the intuitive eating approach—she is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She also embraces the health at every size (HAES) perspective. Erika especially loves working with LGBTQ+ clients, as well as people of diverse races, ethnicities, body sizes, etc. I think you’ll appreciate her transparency and authenticity about her approach, as well as about her own eating disorder recovery.

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Get to Know San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Get to Know San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve interviewed the very knowledgeable Lindsay Stenovec about her San Diego eating disorder practice. I absolutely love her passion about helping people heal from eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), which means that she has has tons of hours and extensive experience and training in eating disorders. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and definitely embraces the Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective. She used to work with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorders Center, and she has since gone into private practice and is the head of Nutrition Instincts, a group of dietitians providing in-person and virtual nutrition counseling for people who want to find peace with food. She has a sub-speciality working with mothers. PLUS, she is the host of an excellent podcast called the Embodied and Well Mom Show, which addresses a lot of eating disorder and body image issues. All in all, a very accomplished woman!

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"My Eating Disorder Recovery Story": Meet Virtual Nutrition Consultant Ari Snaevarsson

"My Eating Disorder Recovery Story":  Meet Virtual Nutrition Consultant Ari Snaevarsson

Hello all! For those of you struggling with eating disorders in San Diego and elsewhere, it’s easy to feel hopeless and question whether you can ever recover. I’m here to tell you, yes you CAN recover from an eating disorder and live a life FREE from the burden you’ve been carrying for so long. In order to bring you some hope, I want you to meet Ari Snaevarsson and read about his eating disorder recovery. He is also an author and virtual nutrition consultant, so he may be a helpful resource for you! One thing that I really appreciate about Ari is that he is really honest about how miserable and out-of-control his life was while he was active in his disordered eating behavior. He embraces the intuitive eating approach, which he also advocates in his work as a nutrition consultant. His enthusiasm is infectious!

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What the Heck is Coaching Anyway? Meet Personal Coach Cassie Gaub.

What the Heck is Coaching Anyway?  Meet Personal Coach Cassie Gaub.

Hello and Happy New Year! I wanted to introduce you to a good friend of mine who has been working for years in the eating disorder field in San Diego, Utah, and now Atlanta. She is also a personal coach, and I can tell you that she is AMAZING at what she does! I have gone to one of her seminars on unearthing your personal attitudes about money, and I found it so transformative. She is incredibly positive, encouraging, and nonjudgmental. People from all walks of life would benefit from working with her—especially those who want support and accountability to instigate powerful change in their lives. I interviewed her both on her experience in the eating disorder community and on what she can provide as a coach. Enjoy!

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Four Tips to Navigating Triggering Family Situations in Eating Disorder Recovery

Four Tips to Navigating Triggering Family Situations in Eating Disorder Recovery

Do you ever struggle with all of the focus on “family” and “togetherness” this time of year? Does it seem as though you can barely get through family events without feeling like you want to run out of the room screaming? Holidays can be such a challenge if you have an eating disorder. A lot of family-focused activities center around food, which can trigger a lot of anxiety and other uncomfortable emotions. It is hard when parents, spouses, grandparents, great-aunt Petunias, or whoever comment about your body and what you are (or aren’t) eating. Especially in San Diego, when in December you can be wearing tank tops, shorts, or a skirt as you take family trips to the beach. It can feel as though your body and how you eat is on display. It may seem that loved ones have free reign to comment on it. It really, really sucks. As an eating disorder therapist, I love helping people navigate family situations that can be tricky and triggering, so I’m here to help you get started.

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Interview with UCSD Eating Disorder Center's Christin Conkle, LMFT

Interview with UCSD Eating Disorder Center's Christin Conkle, LMFT

Hi everyone! I interviewed one of my former marriage and family therapy (MFT) graduate students from Alliant International University. Her name is Christin Conkle, and she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego. She graduated years ago, so she knew me when I was a new professor at Alliant! She now works at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorder Center. She is the lead therapist in the adolescent programs, which provides a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) for teens with anorexia, bulimia, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), which is a category that includes subclinical and atypical eating disorders. She is a lovely person who really has a heart for teens and families struggling with eating disorders.

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Meet San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Physician Dr. Alexandra Myers, D.O., Specializing in Eating Disorders in Athletes

Meet San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Physician Dr. Alexandra Myers, D.O., Specializing in Eating Disorders in Athletes

Hi all! This week’s interview is with Dr. Alexandra Myers, D.O., who works with athletes with eating disorders in San Diego. I think there is a misconception that in order for athletes to recover from eating disorders, they have to give up their sport completely. That is simply not the case. Dr. Myers is THE medical professional in San Diego who can help people heal their disordered eating and return to the sport they love. She is especially gifted in treating high-level athletes. Dr. Myers specializes in sports medicine, and she is the Director of Women’s Athletic Medicine at San Diego State University (SDSU). She also works with US Olympic athletes, other college and high school athletes, people who are active only on the weekends, and even non-athletes! She is incredibly supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental. Plus, she’s an all-around nice person to know!!!

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Get to Know North San Diego County Eating Disorder Dietitian Diana Wright, MS RD CEDRD

Get to Know North San Diego County Eating Disorder Dietitian Diana Wright, MS RD CEDRD

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I want you all to meet my friend and colleague Diana Wright, who is a registered dietitian in private practice in San Marcos, North San Diego County. She is incredibly gifted and very experienced with eating disorders. Diana hails from New York City, where she worked with famous eating disorder dietitian Melanie Rogers at Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center. She and I have collaborated on numerous cases, and my clients love working with her. Diana is compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental. She is also direct when she needs to be. Diana is also a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), which is a highly coveted certification gained through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Foundation. She works from a HAES® (Health at Every Size) approach, and she is very passionate about helping her clients!

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