Summer Heat and Your Diet

You may have noticed that as the summer temperature rises, your appetite wanes. If you have a history of an eating disorder, you need to be aware of this and the impact it can have on your health and well-being.

Despite not feeling hungry, it is still important to eat because your body needs energy and fuel in order to perspire and stay cool. Therefore, it is necessary that you consume essential nutrients, such as those rich in vitamins and minerals, and that you drink at least two liters of water a day.

Have You Heard Of Orthorexia?

While most people know what the terms anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder mean, many people may not be as familiar with the definition of orthorexia. Orthorexia Nervosa, or orthorexia, is a term that means ‘correct appetite” but in practice it is a fixation on righteous eating. Orthorexia is characterized by a fixation or a desire to only eat ‘healthy’ foods or to avoid entire food groups.

Putting Down the Weight: How Social Media Makes Eating Disorders Worse

Demi Lovato, the actress and singer, has been open about her struggle with an eating disorder since her 2010 emergence from a stint in rehab. She has become something of an activist around the issue. Despite her efforts to use her celebrity to change perception, she still gets called out on her weight, which is finally in a healthy range. The most recent salvo occurred last week when on Twitter a hater called her “fatty.” Lovato is no stranger to being fat-shamed. She took the high road in her response, tweeting, “Dear Haters, you don’t have to like me cause I love you. Everyone’s equal, everyone has a soul, and everyone deserves to be loved.”

Signs Of An Eating Disorder Relapse

The Meadows Ranch has previously discussed how to deal with an eating disorder relapse; however, we cannot emphasis enough the importance of being aware of the warning signs. Many people with eating disorders do experience a relapse, but it should not be seen as a failure. A recurrence is an opportunity for an individual to learn from the experience and to adjust their coping skills.

Equine Therapy and Eating Disorders

Horses are powerful animals prized throughout time for their strength, speed, and beauty. These loyal creatures have served men in battle, joined them on the hunt, and have participated in sport. Long ago in the Stone Age portraits of horses were immortalized on the walls of caves, and from ancient times to modern times these majestic creatures have captivated our admiration. The horse has seemingly always held a prominent place in our mythology and survival.

At The Meadows Ranch, these noble creatures play a crucial role in eating disorder treatment and recovery.