Many individuals seeking eating disorder treatment have great apprehension about meals. We understand that food, eating, and weight are emotionally charged topics. Therefore, we are committed to providing a clear rationale and explaining the details behind our nutritional rehabilitation approach.
The goal of nutritional rehabilitation is to help each client achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, as well as to develop appropriate eating patterns that will lead to true control over the eating process. A supportive, structured meal plan is individually tailored to each client to help them achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Our approach is to also help people establish a healthier relationship with eating and food. We have family style eating at mealtime to practice intuitive portioning and flexibility with food. In addition to a structured meal plan, we place great emphasis on nutritional education and dispelling the myths surrounding diets, food, and eating.
Our approach to nutrition is non-judgmental, allowing clients to quickly move away from their eating struggles and move to identifying and addressing the psychological issues causing or maintaining their eating disorder. We focus on helping clients feel secure in expressing their emotions triggered by food and eating.
Initially, it can be very overwhelming for our clients to select a menu or choose foods. Our goal is to empower the individual in developing a healthier relationship with food. Typically, staff will begin the meal planning process with some input from the client, but we try to move quickly to empowering them to make choices for themselves. Once clients successfully implement meal planning independently, they will plan and prepare their own food with oversight/assistance from our staff.
Many interventions happen in the kitchen which is why our therapists and dietitians are available to help and support clients through meal times, especially if they are engaging in a particularly challenging food. There are various stages of the meal planning process, but our aim is helping our clients normalize their eating behaviors and food choices. Some of the stages could include grocery shopping, intuitive portioning and practice eating with family and friends.