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Virtual Anorexia Treatment Program

Nourish is the easiest way to find a personalized program for patients with anorexia and get it covered by your insurance. We provide virtual sessions with a registered dietitian to help you take control of your eating disorder.

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Nourish is the easiest way to find a personalized program for patients with anorexia and get it covered by your insurance. We provide virtual sessions with a registered dietitian to help you take control of your eating disorder.

Overcome Binge Eating Disorder

Your dedicated dietitian will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that implements proven ways to overcome binge eating disorder. Your care plan will take into account all aspects of your BED journey and your life to best meet your needs.

Convenient, virtual appointments

Receive the highest quality care wherever you are most comfortable. You get access to your dietitian virtually anytime, anywhere. No more driving to appointments. No more waiting around. Just join your video call and immediately get high quality care.

Coordination with your care team

We know it’s important to have ongoing collaboration with your care team - that’s why coordination of care is a key pillar at Nourish. We work with your other health care professionals to ensure a single, consistent approach to the eating disorder recovery process.

Adrien
Adrien
Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.

She is the founder of I Live Well Nutrition and is also the founder of Fearless Practitioners, a business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.

Adrien is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). She began her path towards nutrition by falling down. She has been dancing since age two and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During a practice she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at hospital in downtown Chicago.

In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and it has only continued to grow.

Brandy
Brandy
Stayman

I am an RD who has been in practice for 13 years. I am passionate about helping people form and maintain a healthy relationship to food when addressing their health and nutrition challenges.  I especially love working with individuals on intuitive eating, women's health issues such as PCOS and prenatal nutrition, disordered eating, and eating disorders. My practice style can be described as nonjudgmental and compassionate. Outside of being a dietitian, I have a strong passion for travel and trying new experiences! I also love spending time with my husband and two dogs!

Libby
Libby
Hill

Libby graduated from UT Austin with a degree in human biology and went to work in clinical trial research, which quickly taught her that my passion is in prevention and counseling toward therapeutic lifestyle changes. Libby returned to my alma mater to study nutrition and completed my dietetic internship at the UT Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

 

As a former collegiate athlete and certified personal trainer, she’s passionate about nutrition counseling for athletes suffering from eating disorders. She also has a special interest in helping individuals with medical conditions or allergies that limit their diets navigate the kitchen and promote quality of life. She strives to be the most inclusive practitioner possible and provide a safe space for people of all genders and gender identities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

 

In her spare time, Libby wears many hats! As a former Miss Earth USA, she uses my pageant title to organize coastal restoration projects and promote sustainable food systems. She loves to develop and cook what she call “planet-based” meals, which use ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients to promote the health of the environment and (coincidentally) the body!

 

When the workday ends, you’ll likely catch Libby hiking, wakesurfing, volunteering for a veteran non-profit, modeling for size-inclusive brands, or loving on her rescue cat, Tubbs, who thinks he is a dog.

Liz
Liz
Satterthwaite

Liz has diverse experience in providing nutrition services and counseling. Her passion for nutrition comes from her own personal struggles and she prides herself on being able to help others make nutrition work for them and to build a better and sustainable relationship with food and their body.

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What is Anorexia? 

Anorexia nervosa (also known as just anorexia) is an eating disorder characterized by an obsession over weight and food. If you have anorexia, you are likely to severely restrict your food intake in order to control your weight. You are also likely to suffer from a distorted body image, and you may even see yourself as fat even when your actual weight is dangerously low.  

People with anorexia will take extreme measures to continue losing weight or avoid weight gain, such as compulsive exercise, purging food after eating by intentionally vomiting, misusing laxatives, or extreme dieting. Regardless of how much weight is actually lost, you maintain an intense fear of weight gain. 

Anorexia affects approximately 1-2% of the global population and is most common among female adolescents and young adults, though it also affects men and is increasingly common among children. 

Anorexia is a serious condition that can have severe complications if left untreated, including malnutrition and death. Anorexia also has significantly higher mortality rates and suicide rates than other mental disorders. With treatment, however, you can take back control of your body image and eating habits and manage the risks of living with anorexia.

What’s the Difference Between Anorexia and Bulimia?

The principal difference between anorexia and bulimia is that while a person with anorexia takes extreme measures to lose weight or avoid gaining weight, a person with bulimia employs strategies to consistently purge food from their body after an episode of binge eating by taking laxatives or making themselves throw up. People with anorexia and people with bulimia both tend to fixate on their body weight and shape and have trouble accurately assessing their body image. 

Anorexia Signs and Symptoms 

Early signs of anorexia are often difficult to recognize. You do not have to be underweight in order to have anorexia. While the physical signs of anorexia are related to starvation, there are typically also behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of anorexia as well.

While a low weight does not always indicate anorexia, the most common physical sign of anorexia is having a low body weight for your height, sex, and stature. Other physical signs of anorexia include significant weight loss in a short period of time (weeks or months) and extremely thin appearance (emaciation).

The behavioral signs of anorexia center around taking extreme measures to lose weight such as extreme dieting or fasting, compulsive exercise, and self-induced vomiting after eating.

The emotional signs of anorexia tend to focus on body image and self-worth, including a preoccupation with food and weight, frequently skipping meals or refusing to eat in public, and repeated weighing the body or looking in the mirror for perceived flaws. 

Causes of Anorexia

While the exact cause of anorexia is unknown, it likely stems from a combination of factors spanning biology, psychology, and environment. Anorexia can begin as regular dieting that ultimately develops into extreme food restriction and unhealthy weight loss. People with anorexia tend to tie their self-worth to being thin.

Anorexia also often runs in families — children of parents that have eating disorders are significantly more likely to develop anorexia themselves. Anorexia is not caused by a lack of willpower or inability to control your behavior, and it’s a very difficult condition to control.

Anorexia Health Risks

The health risks of anorexia are very serious and primarily linked to the medical complications associated with malnutrition and starvations, which can negatively impact nearly every organ in your body. If left unmanaged, severe cases of anorexia can irreversibly damage the function of vital organs like your heart, brain, or kidneys. In the most severe cases, anorexia can cause abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) or an imbalance of electrolytes that can ultimately be fatal. 

Other serious long-term health risks associated with anorexia include:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Low blood sugar and seizures
  • Anemia
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Delayed puberty and physical growth
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Low potassium
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Depression and severe anxiety
  • Alcohol use disorder and substance misuse

Anorexia Treatment 

The right approach for anorexia treatment typically depends on the severity of your condition as well as your age, overall health, medical history, and other factors. In more severe cases, urgent medical care is needed to address physical health complications. 

Nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian that specializes in eating disorders is a critical part of recovering and managing your anorexia. The specialized anorexia treatment team at Nourish will work with you to understand biological, psychological and social contributors to your eating disorder. First and foremost, intervention at a behavioral level is imperative to stop restricting. Secondly, your treatment team will seek to understand the psychological issues that contribute to your eating disorder and help identify and treat root causes.

At Nourish, we have a team of anorexia dietitians that specialize in working with patients at all stages of recovery and patients that have atypical anorexia. We offer nutrition counseling over telehealth and accept insurance in order to make accessing care as easy and affordable as possible. Click here to find your dietitian today and begin your recovery journey. 

Binge Eating Disorder Signs and Symptoms

Binge eating disorder is often associated with symptoms of depression. There are several signs that someone might be battling with BED, including insisting on eating alone, overeating when not hungry, or eating until uncomfortably full. Episodes of binge eating are usually followed by feelings of guilt or shame, and often lead to more serious health complications.

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Causes of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is caused by a complex combination of genetic, psychological and cultural factors. Family history, long term dieting, and a disrupted relationship with food may increase the risk of binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder sufferers often struggle with co-occurring mood and anxiety disorders, have experienced some kind of trauma, or struggle to navigate developmental milestones and life changes.

Binge Eating Disorder Health Risks

There are serious health risks associated with binge eating disorder (BED), including: Cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome as well as Sleep Disorders, GI Disorders, Pain Disorders, Menstrual Dysfunction and Pregnancy Complications. That’s why it’s important to recognize that BED is a mental health illness, not a matter of trying to exercise more self-control.

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What is Anorexia? 

Anorexia nervosa (also known as just anorexia) is an eating disorder characterized by an obsession over weight and food. If you have anorexia, you are likely to severely restrict your food intake in order to control your weight. You are also likely to suffer from a distorted body image, and you may even see yourself as fat even when your actual weight is dangerously low.  

People with anorexia will take extreme measures to continue losing weight or avoid weight gain, such as compulsive exercise, purging food after eating by intentionally vomiting, misusing laxatives, or extreme dieting. Regardless of how much weight is actually lost, you maintain an intense fear of weight gain. 

Anorexia affects approximately 1-2% of the global population and is most common among female adolescents and young adults, though it also affects men and is increasingly common among children. 

Anorexia is a serious condition that can have severe complications if left untreated, including malnutrition and death. Anorexia also has significantly higher mortality rates and suicide rates than other mental disorders. With treatment, however, you can take back control of your body image and eating habits and manage the risks of living with anorexia.

What’s the Difference Between Anorexia and Bulimia?

The principal difference between anorexia and bulimia is that while a person with anorexia takes extreme measures to lose weight or avoid gaining weight, a person with bulimia employs strategies to consistently purge food from their body after an episode of binge eating by taking laxatives or making themselves throw up. People with anorexia and people with bulimia both tend to fixate on their body weight and shape and have trouble accurately assessing their body image. 

Anorexia Signs and Symptoms 

Early signs of anorexia are often difficult to recognize. You do not have to be underweight in order to have anorexia. While the physical signs of anorexia are related to starvation, there are typically also behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of anorexia as well.

While a low weight does not always indicate anorexia, the most common physical sign of anorexia is having a low body weight for your height, sex, and stature. Other physical signs of anorexia include significant weight loss in a short period of time (weeks or months) and extremely thin appearance (emaciation).

The behavioral signs of anorexia center around taking extreme measures to lose weight such as extreme dieting or fasting, compulsive exercise, and self-induced vomiting after eating.

The emotional signs of anorexia tend to focus on body image and self-worth, including a preoccupation with food and weight, frequently skipping meals or refusing to eat in public, and repeated weighing the body or looking in the mirror for perceived flaws. 

Causes of Anorexia

While the exact cause of anorexia is unknown, it likely stems from a combination of factors spanning biology, psychology, and environment. Anorexia can begin as regular dieting that ultimately develops into extreme food restriction and unhealthy weight loss. People with anorexia tend to tie their self-worth to being thin.

Anorexia also often runs in families — children of parents that have eating disorders are significantly more likely to develop anorexia themselves. Anorexia is not caused by a lack of willpower or inability to control your behavior, and it’s a very difficult condition to control.

Anorexia Health Risks

The health risks of anorexia are very serious and primarily linked to the medical complications associated with malnutrition and starvations, which can negatively impact nearly every organ in your body. If left unmanaged, severe cases of anorexia can irreversibly damage the function of vital organs like your heart, brain, or kidneys. In the most severe cases, anorexia can cause abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) or an imbalance of electrolytes that can ultimately be fatal. 

Other serious long-term health risks associated with anorexia include:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Low blood sugar and seizures
  • Anemia
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Delayed puberty and physical growth
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Low potassium
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Depression and severe anxiety
  • Alcohol use disorder and substance misuse

Anorexia Treatment 

The right approach for anorexia treatment typically depends on the severity of your condition as well as your age, overall health, medical history, and other factors. In more severe cases, urgent medical care is needed to address physical health complications. 

Nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian that specializes in eating disorders is a critical part of recovering and managing your anorexia. The specialized anorexia treatment team at Nourish will work with you to understand biological, psychological and social contributors to your eating disorder. First and foremost, intervention at a behavioral level is imperative to stop restricting. Secondly, your treatment team will seek to understand the psychological issues that contribute to your eating disorder and help identify and treat root causes.

At Nourish, we have a team of anorexia dietitians that specialize in working with patients at all stages of recovery and patients that have atypical anorexia. We offer nutrition counseling over telehealth and accept insurance in order to make accessing care as easy and affordable as possible. Click here to find your dietitian today and begin your recovery journey. 

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