Dec 1, 2020
Jill and Meredith review basics about digestive issues that one often sees when working with clients that are struggling with an eating disorder.
There are some great podcasts that cover more in depth- stomach issues- which often clients want to focus on food to change or eliminate. Do you have clients with "IBS" or "constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting" or perhaps struggle with sleep?
Today Jill and Meredith discuss how these digestive issues might come up in session and are more often than not due to handling emotions in effectively (ie, not actually dealing with them but attempting to numb or distract from emotions one feels challenging).
Meredith encourages looking at the client as a "whole" person and not just seeing their issues as "all in their head." Jill discusses the nutritional issues that impact digestive issues. Often digestive issues (up to 40% of IBS cases) are due to the "mishandling" of emotions through eating disorder behaviors and or malnutrition through elimination of foods, food groups over and under eating. Often this process and helping clients "connect the dots" can take up to a year or longer.