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Nourishing Recovery: How Avalon Hills’ Registered Dietitians Support Clients with Eating Disorders

Monday, Apr 01  •  

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At Avalon Hills, we understand that healing from an eating disorder involves much more than just addressing disordered eating behaviors. That’s why our team includes skilled and compassionate registered dietitians who play a crucial role in supporting our clients on their journey to recovery. In this blog post, we’ll explore the invaluable contributions of our registered dietitians and how they utilize intuitive eating principles to help our clients develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

Registered dietitians (RDs) at Avalon Hills are integral members of our multidisciplinary treatment team, working collaboratively with therapists, medical staff, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for clients with eating disorders. With their specialized training and expertise in nutrition, our registered dietitians offer personalized nutrition assessments and develop individualized meal plans tailored to each client’s unique needs, preferences, and goals.

One of the core principles guiding our approach to nutrition at Avalon Hills is intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is an evidence-based approach to eating that emphasizes listening to and honoring the body’s hunger and fullness cues, rather than following strict rules or external guidelines. Our registered dietitians work closely with clients to help them reconnect with their body’s natural signals, rebuild trust in their ability to nourish themselves, and develop a more peaceful and intuitive relationship with food.

Intuitive eating involves rejecting the diet mentality and letting go of the idea of “good” and “bad” foods. Instead, our registered dietitians help clients cultivate a non-judgmental and compassionate attitude towards food, encouraging them to savor and enjoy a wide variety of foods without guilt or shame. By fostering a sense of curiosity and exploration around food, our registered dietitians empower clients to discover what foods truly satisfy them and bring them joy, rather than focusing on rigid meal plans or restrictive eating patterns.

In addition to meal planning and nutrition education, our registered dietitians also provide ongoing support and guidance to help clients navigate challenges and barriers to intuitive eating. This may include addressing fears or anxieties around certain foods, exploring the emotional and psychological factors contributing to disordered eating behaviors, and developing coping strategies for managing triggers and cravings.

Our registered dietitians also play a crucial role in supporting clients through the various stages of the recovery process, from the structured environment of inpatient or residential treatment to the transition back to independent living. They offer practical tips and strategies for grocery shopping, meal preparation, and dining out, as well as guidance on how to maintain a balanced and flexible approach to eating in everyday life.

In conclusion, registered dietitians play a vital role in supporting clients with eating disorders on their journey to recovery at Avalon Hills. Through personalized nutrition assessments, individualized meal planning, and the principles of intuitive eating, our registered dietitians help clients develop a healthy and sustainable relationship with food and their bodies. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, we’re here to help. Reach out to us today to learn more about our comprehensive treatment approach and how our registered dietitians can support you on your path to healing and recovery.

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