Eating disorders are a global issue, affecting around 9% of people across the world. Within the United States, this translates to approximately 28.8 million Americans who will confront an eating disorder at some point in their lives. These disorders may manifest differently in each individual, but they uniformly disrupt lives and harm one’s relationship with food.
We specialize in disordered eating and eating disorders and apply a compassionate and holistic approach that includes the principles of Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size, weight-inclusive care, and medical nutrition therapy. These methodologies guide individuals on a journey toward liberation from food-related constraints and body acceptance. Whether the struggle involves body image, a complex relationship with food, or other nutritional challenges, our team is committed to supporting and assisting individuals on their paths to recovery and a balanced relationship with food and self.
A dietitian specializing in eating disorders can offer vital support and assistance in various ways:
- Personalized Nutritional Assessment: Conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the individual’s eating habits, nutritional status, and specific challenges related to the eating disorder.
- Customized Meal Planning: Developing tailored meal plans that suit the individual’s needs, preferences, and recovery goals, ensuring they receive the necessary nutrients.
- Therapeutic Counseling: Providing one-on-one counseling sessions to address emotional and psychological aspects of eating disorders, using approaches like Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size.
- Education on Healthy Eating Habits: Teaching about balanced nutrition and healthy eating practices, including mindful eating techniques.
- Weight Management Guidance: Offering support for healthy weight management, emphasizing a weight-inclusive approach that focuses on overall well-being rather than weight alone.
- Collaboration with Healthcare Team: Working closely with therapists, doctors, and other healthcare providers to create and implement a cohesive and individualized treatment plan.
- Monitoring Progress and Adjustments: Regularly assessing progress and making necessary adjustments to the treatment plan to ensure ongoing success in recovery.
- Relapse Prevention Strategies: Equipping individuals with tools and strategies to recognize and manage triggers, helping to prevent relapses.
- Emphasis on Body Acceptance: Encouraging a positive body image and self-acceptance through various therapeutic techniques and practices.
- Stress Management Techniques: Teaching coping strategies for stress and anxiety, which can be common triggers for disordered eating behaviors.
- Cultural Sensitivity: Considering cultural, religious, or personal beliefs and practices in all recommendations and plans.
- Assistance with Grocery Shopping and Cooking: Offering practical support like accompanying individuals to the grocery store or providing cooking guidance to ease the transition to regular eating.
- Long-term Support and Follow-Up: Providing ongoing support beyond initial recovery to ensure sustained health and well-being.
By taking a compassionate and individualized approach that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of an eating disorder, a specialized dietitian can play a crucial role in an individual’s recovery, helping them rebuild a healthy and balanced relationship with food and their body.