We approach nutrition from the basic premise that all foods are good in moderation. Individuals entering our program have often developed complex relationships with food which involve restricting intake, bingeing, purging and many other compensatory behaviors. Many people tell us their eating disorder symptoms feel out of control and they’ve lost the ability to recognize hunger and satiety cues.
You will work closely with our registered dietitians to create a custom eating plan designed to meet your unique nutritional needs. We utilize a structured approach to treatment and work with you to develop individualized weekly meal plans. We’ve found that meal planning group and structured meal groups provide you with stability and containment and lead to a reduction of eating disorder behaviors.
The most unique and popular aspect of our nutrition program is our real world approach to buying, preparing, and eating foods. Our patients are never told what to eat and are given the freedom to choose foods for their meal plan that they enjoy and want to eat. Of course, our registered dietitians provide guidelines and guidance through this process to ensure that every individual is achieving their weight and health goals while they are in the program. We encourage all patients to challenge food rules, try off limit foods fear foods and incorporate a variety of choices in their meal plans.
The ultimate goal is for our patients to learn how to make these decisions on their own. With the guidance of our registered dietitians, they will learn how to choose, prepare, and eat meals that are healthy, nourishing, and not contributory to their eating disorder behaviors. This real world nutrition approach has resulted with excellent outcomes for our patients, because they actually learn how to rid themselves of their eating disorder behaviors and have a positive, healthy outlook about food while they are in our recovery program.