February 2017
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A Conversation About ED (Eating Disorders)
February 24 - March 4 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  About 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or other specified eating or feeding disorder.  Additionally even more struggle with chaotic and negative relationships with food and body.  Over half of adolescent girls engage in crash dieting, fasting, self induced vomiting and diet pills. Eating disorders have severe physical and emotional consequences, affecting productivity, relationships and valued living.

Full recovery is possible.  Read on to hear about one young person's and her mother's story.

EK:   Recovery from an eating disorder was the hardest thing I have ever done. Period. I disliked myself and I though starving my body and losing weight were the answer.  I began treatment with a nutritionist and therapist and at the time, did not know how sick I was.  I definitely did not know what an eating disorder was - but I had one. My nutritionist set up a very strict meal plan that I was mandated to follow. I hated the meal plan with every bone inside of me. I was terrified of food and gaining weight.  For months, my meals were spent sobbing and screaming  Fear, anguish and anger lived inside me.  After a long time I finally realized that I was never going to recover unless I began to trust my mom and my team. They constantly reassured me, "food is scary, but not eating is NOT an option.   Food is GOOD for you.  You will not get fat after one meal. Food is energy.  The scary thoughts that your mind is obsessed with will go away."  I had to trust that these words were true.  My team told me that one day I would believe the words were true and that day has finally come.  Finally, I do believe those words and I repeat them to myself daily.    Recovering from an eating disorder is a battle and most of the time it is a battle for your life. Many times I felt like quitting because the journey ahead was so overwhelming.  I never thought recovery was possible.  I thought the darkness that encumbered me would never end, but it did!  You must never stop fighting.  Put one foot in front of the next and one day you will reach the finish line.

MOM:   Anorexia was the LAST thing I ever expected to face as a mother of 5 healthy, happy and well-adjusted children.  I was totally blindsighted.  It's a good thing my girl and I were close, because I would have never noticed the early, subtle signs of this monster.  I watched it rob my teen of her joy, her confidence, her rationality, her inner peace, her outward beauty, her poise, her relationships, and sadder still...her innocence.  It took over, and IT WAS WAR.  Nothing was going to seek, kill, and destroy what God had blessed me with; a precious daughter, loved and cherished.  

Treatment was swift, certain and rigorous. Appointments took over our days and tears and yelling took over our family meals But quitting, or even acquiescing to her eating disorder was never an option. She was going to win, not IT!  Days turned into grueling weeks, into tedious months...and months.

Slowly, the fog cleared.  Reason and rational thinking returned and my precious, beautiful daughter began to emerge, and the chains fell off.  What was so shocking was watching who she became following the storm and chaos of recovery. Sure, much was lost, but so much more gained.  She learned hard lessons about life and herself. Today, she stands tall, strong, confident and HEALTHY. She has been poured out and filled with truth and wisdom to lead her into young adulthood, poised for success that she defines..not the world.  My daughter is an inspiration to me and a miracle. She is a warrior and an overcomer. It is my hope that her story will inspire other stories of victory and recovery.

If you have concerns about yourself of someone else, please go to:  https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ .  

It's time we take eating disorders seriously as public health concerns. It's time we bust the myths and get the facts. 
It's time to celebrate recovery and the heroes who make it possible. 
It's time to take action and fight for change. 
It's time to shatter the stigma and increase access to care. 
It's Time to Talk About It!

Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD, is a registered dietitian with expertise in treating adolescents and adults struggling with anorexia nervosa and bulimia. She has a passion for gently guiding clients towards normalizing their eating, improving body image, and ultimately living a fuller life. Pam, who has multiple years of experience, received her BS in Nutrition from Louisiana State University, interned at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, and completed her MS from Texas Woman's University.
Is b reakfast the most important meal of the day?
The short answer - yes.
By Casey Bonano, RD, LD 

The long answer - When an individual wakes from sleep, the body's metabolism is naturally lower and slower than during the middle of the day. This is due to the fact that our body's processes slow while sleeping allowing our body to rest and use less energy. In order to ignite the metabolism, we must provide it with fuel, i.e. food. By consuming a balanced breakfast, the body's metabolism ignites and begins burning faster than if you did not consume breakfast. If an individual skips breakfast, the body's metabolism slows causing the body to burn less metabolically. Skipping breakfast may also cause fatigue, slowed cognitive functioning, and over eating later in the day.
Try one of the following balanced breakfasts to help jump-start your metabolism:
  • 1 cup oatmeal - made with 1-2% milk, 1T nuts, & 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup granola, 1T nuts, 1 cup berries
  • 2 slices of toast, 1T peanut butter, 1 cup milk, 1 piece of fruit
There are many different balanced breakfast options. If you or your child wish to learn more about balanced eating, contact Girls to Women to schedule an appointment with one of our dietitian's. 

Casey Voorhies Bonano RD, LD is a Texas Christian University graduate with a BS in Coordinated Dietetics. Her experience in various fields includes clinical, foodservice management, nutrition education, long-term care, diabetes, community, residential/PHP/IOP eating disorder treatment, and private practice. Ultimately, Casey knew her passion was working with individuals in an outpatient setting and established her own private practice. Casey truly loves getting to know her patients and customizing her recommendations to fit an individual's lifestyle.  
EAT (It's Not About Food)
February 10 - 19, 2017  
Presented by 
EAT (It'
s Not About Food) dramatizes and decodes the baffling world of eating disorder s in boys and girls through a series of scenes ranging from realistic to satirical to humorous. Candidly exploring causes and warning signs, playwright Linda Daugherty takes a hard look at how society and the media influence self-identity. In EAT (It's Not About Food), we see individual stories of young people struggling with this epidemic, and all too often tragic problem. Follow the difficult journey of 14-year-old Amy, whose struggle to recover from an eating disorder leads to hospitalization, affecting her family and friends. Join us and experts from the Dallas community in a post-show discussion about ways to help our young people deal with these very real challenges.

Not suitable for children under 12
Screenagers (A Documentary)
Presented by  Parent Education Committee of Highland Park Independent School District

Screenagers is based on Dr. Ruston's experience as a doctor and a mother of teens. The film addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on-depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.  

Wed Feb 22: 7:00-8:45pm

Bradford Elementary School Auditorium
Talk back with Miki Johnston, MSW, LCSW, 
therapist of Girls to Women Health and Wellness

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Beacon of Hope Luncheon
February 23, 2017 
presented by Grant Halliburton Foundation
A Beacon of Hope  is the signature luncheon in the Dallas-Fort Worth area supporting teen and young adult mental health and suicide prevention.

Grant Halliburton Foundation works to promote awareness and understanding of teen and young adult mental health, to prevent suicide, and to strengthen the network of mental health resources for young people. The Foundation provides mental health education, training and support to more than 21,000 students, educators, parents and professionals annually.

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Elisa Project: Life Lessons Luncheon
March 3, 2017 11:30 am to 1 pm
Belo Mansion and Pavilion

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Kerrigan

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The Elisa Project (TEP) serves women, men, adolescents and children of all ages - we even have services for dependents' of clients and their caregivers.  Our clients include people living with symptoms of unhealthy relationships with food including: disordered eating, obesity, eating disorders, and more.