The nutrition philosophy at Eating Disorder Solutions is that all foods are good foods in moderation. We believe in health at every size as weight does not determine health status. We treat each individual, not just the diagnosis, as our treatment is not a one size fits all approach. We want to help you reconnect to the joy of eating by incorporating a variety of foods into the diet and decrease negative self-feelings related to food, weight, and body image, as we believe you are worthy of enjoying all foods!
So how do we at Eating Disorder Solutions help you achieve recovery? First, we have a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to treat the body, mind, and spirit. We heal the body with nutrition. Upon admission, our clients will complete a nutritional assessment with a Registered Dietitian (RD). Our RD’s will work with each client to create an individualized meal plan to meet nutritional needs for optimal health. We utilize meal exchanges, rather than focusing on calories, as calorie counting is often unrealistic, unsustainable, and distress provoking upon choosing food items. In addition, we incorporate three meals and two to three snacks per day on a realistic schedule. Our dietitians have created menus that fit the needs of all individuals including those with food allergies and/or intolerances.
We offer individual and family nutrition education and counseling in addition to nutrition education groups. At the residential and partial hospitalization program (PHP), we offer a minimum of three nutrition groups per week in addition to the weekly individual and family nutrition education and counseling with a registered dietitian. Clients at the intensive outpatient (IOP) level of care are offered weekly group nutrition education and individual nutrition education and counseling.
We practice real-life food challenges and meal planning for continued recovery. Our goal is to set you up for success outside of treatment which means practice with the support of a Registered Dietician! This includes grocery store tours, challenge meals at restaurants, mindful eating, cooking demonstrations, and more. Nutrition groups are different each week as to meet the needs of the milieu at that time. This may include consequences of an eating disorder, the importance of proper nutrition, debunking and discussing diets and diet culture, group processing, and overall nutrition education.
If you or a loved one is suffering with an eating disorder and/or disordered eating, we encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. It is never too late or too early to seek treatment.