Nutritional Counseling is an integral part of our program. Upon admission, each client meets individually with a registered, licensed dietitian who specializes in the field of eating disorders. Here, clients begin the journey to recovery, moving toward peace with food and body.
During the initial evaluation, clients identify current and past nutritional patterns and explore their relationship with food and their body. Based on this initial assessment and the individual needs of the client, a meal plan is designed to serve as a framework for eating. Clients learn how to work with food rather than fear it. Throughout the process, clients are guided to become mindful of their thoughts and behaviors around food and eating. They learn to trust the body’s signals and eventually eat in a rhythm of hunger and satiety.
As nutrition counseling progresses, clients begin to connect with the emotional aspects that drive the eating disorder. In order to provide the greatest opportunity for successful recovery, our nutritionist works closely with the entire treatment team to ensure that the emotions that arise through improved nutrition are processed constructively.
What can you expect from Nutritional Counseling?
Nutrition therapy begins with education around the mechanics of food and body, and evolves into a process regulated by an individual’s internal signals.
Some of the topics addressed during individual session and nutrition groups include:
- The amounts and types of food necessary for proper nutrition
- The effects of fat, protein and carbohydrate deficiency
- Myths and realities relating to food and the body
- Metabolic rate and the impact of dieting, bingeing, purging and restricting
- The relationship between activity and diet
- The difference between physical and emotional hunger
- Mindful eating and the signals of hunger, satiety and fullness
- How to become an intuitive eater
- Establishing a supportive weight range
- Navigating social eating situations
- Effective grocery shopping strategies
- Meal preparation, from meal “assembly” to cooking
- Determining nutritional supplementation needs