Medicare changes for Eating Disorders

Starting on November 1st, Medicare is introducing rebates for some people with Eating Disorders through an Eating Disorder Care Plan (EDP) which will allow rebates for up to 20 Dietetic and 40 Psychology sessions in a 12 month period. This will improve access to treatment for a lot of people experiencing eating difficulties. To access the Eating Disorder Plan, you need to see your GP who will assess you against eligibility criteria. For more information, Eating Disorders Victoria has put together a reference guide here.

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Although the scheme will improve access for many people, it won’t be available to everyone. Please remember, you don’t have to meet these criteria to be worthy of treatment. If you would like to discuss your options, please get in touch with me

Your experience matters.

If you would like to book an appointment, I’d love to support your recovery.

 

Genes linked to anorexia nervosa identified in study involving Queensland scientists

A major international study has for the first time identified eight genes associated with an increased risk of developing anorexia nervosa.

You can read more about the study here.

Eat in Peace is 5 years old !

The month of April marks 5 years since I began my private practice, Eat in Peace, to support people in their recovery from eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic and lifelong dieting.

It started as an idea to start a Facebook page while on maternity leave. Followed by deciding to see a few clients while still on maternity leave from my “proper job”. At this time, my daughter was 6 months old. Was that the perfect time to start a private practice? Probably not? But, I was motivated to, and I have discovered that for me, I need to ride these waves of motivation. You never know when the wave will break!

So I sat on my couch, developed and put together all my forms, registered my business and details with Medicare, developed my website from scratch (!), found an office space, organized a day of childcare for my daughter, reached out to peers for support, and said let’s do this. Ok, I didn’t really say that. It was more like… Um, I think I’m ready to do this… maybe?

It wasn’t until I realized this month that it has been 5 years, and sat down to write this content, that I realize the amount of work (physical, emotional and psychological!) it took to begin but also maintain it over the 5 years. It’s always felt like I am doing everything on a whim, minimal planning, and flying by the seat of my pants. I’m also really good at not giving myself credit, not centering myself and flying under the radar.

I also understand the privilege which enables me to do this work, and the fact that I can do this work when others struggle for their voices to be heard. I am grateful for my clients putting their trust in me. They give me the greatest gift of being able to learn and grow from them. I have also met the most amazing people and friends working in Eating Disorders , Health at Every Size and the Non-Diet Approach. Many have had my back, and given me a chance.

So now I will celebrate all of this. And looking forward to growing further over the next 5 years. I’d love for you to join me!

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2019 is underway!

I had some time off from July last year, and am now back in the office supporting people to heal their relationship with food. If you have an Eating Disorder, disordered eating, or just feeling pretty stressed and anxious about eating and your body, I’d love to help!

I have appointments available on Saturdays and Monday afternoons in Camberwell, Melbourne. To contact me, you can send me a booking enquiry, or schedule a 15 minute free call.< Home

Classic Anzac Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

¾ cup raw sugar

¾ cup dessicated coconut

1 cup plain flour, sifted

125 g butter, melted

2 tablespoons Golden Syrup

½ tsp bicarb soda

3 tablespoons boiling water

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C or 160°C  fan forced and line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, flour and sugar.

Melt the butter and golden syrup together, either on a low/medium heat in the microwave or a low heat in a saucepan.

In a separate bowl,  combine the bicarb and boiling water. Add this to your butter and golden syrup mixture. Add this to your dry ingredients and combine.

Place balls of the mixture onto the baking tray leaving about 6 cm between them. This would fit about 9 biscuits to a standard tray.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown, and rotate the trays halfway so your biscuits cook evenly.

Transfer to wire rack to cool.

MMMM I can smell them now. Enjoy!!!

Eating during the holidays while pregnant

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I was interviewed for an article this week about safe eating during the holidays while pregnant. (trigger warning: the article is embedded on a page which features other articles stuck knee deep in diet culture). When pregnant, the risk of becoming ill from food borne bacteria such as listeria and salmonella increases, and listeria can also effect the foetus/embryo.

Particular foods have an increased risk of carrying these bacteria than others and you can read more about that in the article. Although the topic of intuitive eating was not covered in the article, it was important to me that I got across the message that women should not feel shamed about the choices they are making. Know the information, and make the choices which you feel comfortable with.

If you have a history of chronic dieting, or an eating disorder, you may need extra support while trying to navigate this on an individual level. Feeling restricted in any way can increase the risk of disordered eating behaviour,  so please speak with your support team to discuss how it may apply to you and to put safe strategies in place if needed.

For more information on eating disorders and pregnancy from Eating Disorders Victoria, click here.

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International No Diet Day

International no diet day is about raising awareness of the dangers of dieting – restriction and deprivation of food. Everyday should be no diet day –  you can learn to not diet and have peace with food again. You can learn to eat all the foods you love, and feel better in yourself in so many ways. It may take longer than you’d hope, and be more challenging in so many ways, but you got this!

If you can make one little step towards a life without diets, what would it be?? If you look back in 10 years, it may actually be the biggest step you have taken.

If you would like to make an appointment to begin a life without diets and food restriction, please contact me. I’d love to work alongside you!

–Nicole