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Food for Recovery: Exploring “Diet Culture” Messaging and How It Interferes with Physical Healing and Sobriety
It is almost impossible to make it through a day without seeing messages such as: "eat this for better health", "avoid these unclean foods", "remove toxins with this cleanse"; these messages are tempting when a person feels physical/emotional pain, discomfort and/or a focus on "health" may not have been a priority in the past. All of which are often true for those who have, or are currently struggling, with substance use disorder. This presentation will review key malnutrition and gut concerns that require immediate attention along with reviewing why it is so important to avoid FAD diets or extreme food/fueling behaviors. Nutrition education and monitoring are critical to ensure that clients can regain recognition of the body's natural cues, and the ability to understand balanced food choices to best support short- and long-term recovery.

May 13, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Megan A. Kniskern MS, RD, LD/N, CEDRD-S
Owner @MAK Nutrition Services, LLC
Megan is the owner of MAK Nutrition Services, LLC, the consulting Nutrition Director for ViaMar Health in West Palm Beach, Florida and a Lecturer at Arizona State University; teaching graduate and undergraduate nutrition and leadership courses. Megan is a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She is the current Past Chair for the Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Phoenix Ambassador of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. Megan’s strengths are working with complex eating disorder clients, providing RDs supervision in the areas of eating disorders, substance use disorders and mental health, along with speaking and presenting all over the country through a non-diet and Health at Every Size lens, with the ultimate goal of helping improve our relationship to our bodies and to food.