Lois Zsarnay
LMFT, BCPC, RD
Articles in "eating disorders"

Parents Need to Teach Resiliency and Distress Tolerance in Children

by Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, RD

Children who grow up to be “successful” in life learned resiliency and distress tolerance, especially if they were born with sensitive temperaments.

Eating Disorders

by Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, RD

So on top of eating disorders one of my favorite types of clients to really work with because being a registered dietitian over 30  years and...

When Eating Has Become a Coping Mechanism That Runs Our Life.

by Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, RD

Once a coping mechanism starts running our life we need to prepare for change before we can make lasting change. Or we can do another temporary diet…

Normal Eating is Intuitively Listening to Our Body’s Hunger Cues

by Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, RD

When we were born we ate when we were hungry and we stopped eating when we were satisfied. Simple, straightforward, no questioning ourselves!

Our Relationship with Food can be Healthy or Unhealthy, Functional or Dysfunctional, Disordered Eating or a Full on Eating Disorder

by Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, BCPC, RD

Relationships of any kind are very complex and constantly changing. Our relationship with food or eating can move from being relatively healthy to being more unhealthy so gradually that we don't notice it until it is causing problems with our functioning in life or our relationships with others (home, family, friends, or work). Sometimes it slips into being Disordered Eating and, if something doesn't change, that often continues the slippery slope into a full Eating Disorder (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder). Remember, probably no one has woken up one day and said, "I think I will develop an Eating Disorder - that sounds like a good idea!" Everyone thinks initially that they are in control and that this fad diet or this thing they are doing is only temporary and that they will be able to stop once they get whatever it is they want from it. Most people don't understand the direct relationship that nutrition has on their psychological functioning which then impacts every other area of their life. Sometimes I tell clients, you have one foot on a slippery slope and the other foot is on a banana peel! Where do you want to go from here?