Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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Recovery from all eating disorders requires the normalization of regular eating patterns. This is best accomplished through planned and structured eating. In residential and inpatient settings, meals are typically provided for patients. But for patients recovering in the outpatient setting, this must usually be done on one’s own. And of course, all patients must transition out of higher levels of care into the outpatient setting and take this on for themselves eventually. In CBT-E, one of the most successful evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, the general advice is for clients to eat every three to four hours. Dr. Christopher Fairburn in the manual for CBT-E wrote:

“Patients should plan ahead. They should always know when they are going to have their next meal or snack, and what it will be. To emphasize this point we sometimes say, ‘If I were to call you out of the blue, you should be able to tell me when and what you will next be eating.'”

 

Dear Readers,

Please find below a healing recipe from Sufi Kitchen, ‘Chocolate Zucchini Cake’. Desserts are important component of meal planning and it’s encouraged by the dietitians to include them in your daily eating plan.  We hope you’ll include this delicious goodness in your meal plan.

According to  Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, CEDS

Meal planning is a critical skill for recovery from all eating disorders including anorexia nervosabulimia nervosabinge eating disorder, and other specified feeding and eating disorder (OSFED). It is important not only for adults who are working on their own recovery, but also for parents or caregivers who are helping a child, adolescent, or young adult with their recovery.

Recovery from all eating disorders requires the normalization of regular eating patterns. This is best accomplished through planned and structured eating. In residential and inpatient settings, meals are typically provided for patients. But for patients recovering in the outpatient setting, this must usually be done on one’s own. And of course, all patients must transition out of higher levels of care into the outpatient setting and take this on for themselves eventually. In CBT-E, one of the most successful evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, the general advice is for clients to eat every three to four hours. Dr. Christopher Fairburn in the manual for CBT-E wrote:

“Patients should plan ahead. They should always know when they are going to have their next meal or snack, and what it will be. To emphasize this point we sometimes say, ‘If I were to call you out of the blue, you should be able to tell me when and what you will next be eating.'”

 

A helpful tool for meal planning (for both individuals and families) is available free online. Look under meal planning, and download Weekly Meal Planning/ Shopping List.

For both adults and adolescents with eating disorders, those families who prioritize and make the time for regular meal planning and shopping make better progress in treatment. Registered Dietitians (RDNs) can assist with meal planning for recovery. Patients and families may also want to consider additional meal support when the patient is having trouble completing meals on his or her own.

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verily, He does not love the wasteful!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

 

Total time: 1-¾hours
Baking time: 1-¼ hours
Cooling: ½ hour
Ingredients
2-½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
2-½ tsp. baking powder
1-½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
¾ cup (1-½ sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. grated orange peel
2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
½ cup milk
1 cup pecans or walnuts
Glaze

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350蚌.

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. In another, larger bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla, orange peel and zucchini. Stir in half of the dry ingredients, half of the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients and milk. Stir in the nuts.

Grease and lightly dust with flour a 10″ tube or bundt pan. Pour in the batter and smooth it with a fork. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto the rack to finish cooling.

While the cake cools, make the glaze. Beat together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla until they are smooth. When the cake has cooled, drizzle this glaze over it and let it set for several minutes before serving.

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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