IAEDP + a life update.
I spent the last 5 days in Vegas attending the IAEDP Symposium 2017. In exchange for this post, IAEDP covered a portion of my conference cost.
I got to hang out with some dietitian and therapist friends at the conference! Hi, Allison<3 Allison in the white has agreed to take an intro to hip hop dancing class with me and I’m pumped about it. On the left up there is We All Eat! She’s great!
I really enjoyed the conference. I attended 13 sessions on eating disorder related topics and I learned so much. As part of the CEDRD (certified eating disorder registered dietitian) credential I am working towards, I was required to attend 4 Core Courses at the conference: one) Overview of Eating Disorders, two) Treatment Modalities for Eating Disorders, three) Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders, and four) Medical Treatment of Eating Disorders. I already knew a lot of what was covered in the core courses, which was validating for me. If you’re interested in becoming a CEDRD, here are the requirements.
One of my favorite comments made at the conference was that, “your brain is not a hybrid car.” It needs fuel in the form of glucose, not fuel in the form of something else. Expecting your body to run optimally on a low carb diet where you’re forcing your body to use ketones for energy isn’t helpful. You body has a specific pH level it needs to operate at for certain enzymes to function and those who minimize carb intake create ketone bodies that alter their pH. You wouldn’t expect your gasoline car to run off electricity. Why do some expect their bodies to run off a fuel it isn’t made to use? Moral of the story: no/low carb diets make no sense. More evidence in support of becoming a competent eater rather than a restrictive eater.
There was also a lot of mention of HAES (something I explore the meaning of in the course). It was said that HAES is a belief system that doesn’t support ED development, while dieting and restriction is something that creates EDs.
There was also a discussion on poop and how encouraging clients to look at their poop can help them understand their body better. Looking can help them determine if they are having issues with fiber, fat, dehydration or intestinal villi health.
Three other things mentioned that I hope connect with you:
In terms of food adventures, one of my most eating experiences in Vegas was getting to eat at Milk Bar! I knew they had this place in New York, but didn’t know they had one in Vegas.
I went with the cereal milk soft serve with chocolate chips and sprinkles.
I ended up waiting too long to book my room at the conference center, so I stayed at The Linq on The Vegas Strip and it was quite the experience…
And now I am SO happy to be home with Andrew and Maggie. After so much traveling this March I am ready for some normal life for a while. Well…as normal as things can be, since we’re changing things up!
At the end of February I decided to leave the private practice I was working at and open my own private practice in The Heights area in Houston. I choose the office location based off its close proximity to Torchy’s Tacos lol. Andrew has been key in helping get things set up. I love being married to him. I tell him what I’m dreaming of and he makes it happen.
Even though this is a change I wanted, March has been emotionally overwhelming for me. It is very egodystonic for me to tell a mentor who I’m super grateful to that I’m leaving them. In the past when I’ve decided to end jobs with people I respect I’ve had the same emotional reaction.
I know it’s the right decision. I am s0 excited AND also a bit emotional…and that is all okay. I plan to take it easy today with a yoga class, one recipe photo shoot (I haven’t been in my kitchen in forever!), and dinner with my parents tonight. I’m grateful for a day to get my feet back under me.
I start seeing virtual clients later this week and will be seeing in-person clients the first week of April. I can’t wait to share the office space with you once it’s decorated. Andrew’s mom is going to help me decide on furniture/decor this Thursday…she’s good at making decisions and indecisive me needs support with that! There will be a page added to the blog soon with details about my private practice, immaEATthat Nutrition Counseling :)