October 30, 2008


After months without one, M finally got an appointment with a new nutritionist. The nutritionist had a simple, intriguing suggestion for M: for the time being, focus more on when you eat than what you eat. So, M is supposed to eat breakfast between 8 and 9 am, lunch between 12 and 1 pm, a snack between 3 and 4 pm, and dinner between 6 and 7 pm. What she eats is up to her. The hope here is that this will free her from being paralyzed by debating whether or not to eat anything, so that she can start learning to trust and respond to her hunger more.

Through two days, the signs are pretty encouraging. She ate every meal on day one, and 2 good meals on day two. The bigger deal (in my mind) is that M seems less stressed by food than before. I've said it before, I'll say it again: the anxiety around food choices is almost as debilitating for her as the fear of food itself. This plan might help cool that pressure somewhat.

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