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Brain and Shame: Clinician Tools to Rewire the Brain Trapped in a Binge Cycle

June 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 8:30 pm

Presented by: Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD-S, CSSD, LD

Bio: As the Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services, Tammy focuses on program development and staff training to provide consistency and excellence in nutrition programming at all Alsana programs.

With over three decades of experience as a registered/licensed dietitian nutritionist, Tammy has served in multiple dimensions of care including inpatient and outpatient settings, advocacy and clinical training as Director of IAEDP Certification. As the first registered dietitian to become certified with IAEDP in 1993 and the first Alabama dietitian to receive the certified specialist in sports dietetics in 2007, Tammy is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and leader in the nutrition field.

As a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, Tammy is passionate about translating evidence-based nutritional science into practical yet innovative strategies within a collaborative treatment approach to support full recovery.

The cycle of binge-eating can feel like the brain is trapped in a loop of destructive and compulsive behaviors. It is not surprising these behaviors become deeply rooted in shame and loss of hope that things can or will change. In this presentation, Tammy will discuss what is happening in the brain to better understand “neuroplasticity” and how new brain pathways, both destructive and healing, are made. Using this understanding, key steps to reconnect the brain and body around hunger, fullness and the perceptions of both will be explored through the lens of the registered dietitian. Realistic tools and creative analogies to help clients “rewire” the brain will be demonstrated through a lens of self- compassion to restore hope in full recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how new brain pathways are made and reframe the physiological changes created by the binge cycle 
  2. Discuss key points of reconnection to hunger and fullness that help disrupt the binge cycle and strengthen recovery 
  3. Learn practical methods of rehabilitating the brain using illustrative analogies that can be incorporated into daily practice.

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