Beef, it's what's for dinner!
This week- I am on a nutrition adventure with the beef council to learn more about the benefits of beef for our complete health and wellness. This not only means physical but our mental health as well. In eating disorder recovery, the concept of vegetarianism and veganism often comes into play. Did you know that 14.3% of the general population report being vegetarian? But about half (45 to 54 percent) of patients seeking treatment for anorexia nervosa (AN) reported practicing some form of a vegetarian diet (Bardone-Cone, et al., 2012). Researchers found that 61 percent of current individuals who have had a vegetarian diet said they believe there was a relationship between their eating disorder and the choice to be vegetarian. Also, It has been found that more patients who were vegetarian struggled to complete treatment.
Something to take into consideration- if you are vegetarian- and suffer from an ED, consider taking a “holiday” from eating vegetarian while in treatment to best determine how to help you to stop limiting foods.
Exploring attitudes about food, existing patterns of eating, and the function your vegetarianism serves can help clarify your relationship with food and whether or not vegetarianism is positively or negatively contributing to your overall wellness.
With that being said, this Dietitian is on a Mission to work through all of the myths surrounding meats- with beef on the hot seat!
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